Our Covid-19 Plan

Fellowship Baptist Academy Preparedness Plan 2020

 

Fellowship Baptist Academy (FBA) has established reopening policies that will allow FBA to continue in its mission of educating students from a Biblical worldview.  These policies were developed using guidance from the CDC, local health department, and other professional organizations and persons.  These policies will likely change as community factors and local guidance change.  FBA believes that God has given the responsibility of raising and instructing children to the parent.  Consistent with feedback from parents as well as FBA’s own belief that in person instruction is important for student learning, FBA is putting an emphasis on in person instruction five days a week.  We believe these policies will reduce the risk of expansive school closures in the event of a positive COVID case.  FBA needs the cooperation and help of parents/guardians in implementing proper procedures and controls that will allow instruction to continue in person.  Overall the goal at FBA is to have a quality learning environment where students can grow academically and spiritually.

Phase 1 or 2

  • If the state of Michigan is in Phase 1 or 2, the school board of Fellowship Baptist Academy and the deacon board of the First Baptist Church of Carson City, will meet to decide whether FBA should remain open, shift to remote learning, or close the school.

 

Phase 3 and 4

Fellowship Baptist Academy will maintain an in-person classroom with the following policies and practices in place:

I. Screening Protocol

  • All persons (teachers, students, aides, parents, and visitors) entering the school will be screened with a non-contact temperature scan.
  • The screener taking temperatures must be wearing a mask. Anyone having a temperature of 100.4 or higher must return home.
  • FBA asks that every family perform a daily self-screening of symptoms for both parent(s) and child(ren) before coming to school.  See Appendix A for a screening tool.
  • All persons may be subject to a symptom screening before being admitted to the school.

II. Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene

  • Students and staff will be taught proper hand and respiratory hygiene. Visual reminders will be posted in the restrooms and hallways.
  • Staff will be allowed to wear masks at their discretion. Where possible face shield or desk shields will be used for teaching.
  • Parents will be allowed to decide whether or not their child wears a mask during the school day. The school will work with parent’s preference in regards to wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.  Please see the informational section concerning masks in Appendix E.  Instruction will be given on proper mask hygiene.
  • Scheduled hand washing times will be scheduled after recess and before lunch. Please see the informational section of the Appendix D on handwashing hygiene.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the buildings.

III. School Day Operation Protocols

  • Parents who exit their vehicle to drop off students will be asked to wear a mask if they are going to be in close contact with others.
  • Parents are asked to drop off and pick up students at the designated areas for their child. See Appendix C on drop off and pick up areas.
  • Parents should not enter the building unless there is an extenuating circumstance. As always, a parent who is picking up their child for an appointment must check in at the office.
  • At the end of the school day, teachers will take students to designated areas for pick-up which will be outside weather permitting.
  • The kitchen menu will be suspended until further notice. Students will have to bring a brown bag lunch to school.

IV. Classroom Protocols

  • Classrooms will be sanitized by janitorial staff at the end of each day. Focus areas will be on frequently touched surfaces.  Student desks will be wiped down regularly during the school day.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be provided in every classroom.
  • Desks will be spaced out in the classroom to aid with social distancing as much as is feasibly possible. Students will be arranged to face the same direction when feasibly possible.
  • An emphasis will be placed on limiting the sharing of personal items as well as school supplies. Personal supplies should be kept in a locker, cubby, or backpack.  Storage areas will not be shared.   Chromebooks, laptops, phones, etc… should not be shared.
  • Assigned seating and cohorting will be used as much as is feasibly possible.
  • Signage will be posted to remind students and staff of proper social distancing methods.
  • Students will social distance themselves from the teacher and teachers will social distance themselves from each other.

V. Illness policy

  • Stay home when appropriate. Teachers and parents must have the understanding that if a student is sick, that child must stay home or go home.  Parents need to screen students at home and teachers will screen students for signs of illness when they arrive at school.
  • A student, who becomes ill while at school, will be required to wear a mask unless there are medical reasons not to wear a mask. Students who become ill while at school will be quarantined in the foyer next to the office to be viewed and cared for by the office staff until a parent or guardian picks them up.  A staff member who becomes ill must wear a mask until they leave the building.  See Appendix B for when a student may return to school.
  • Staff members who exhibit signs of illness must wear a mask and leave the building immediately.
  • Remote learning will be provided for those students who must recover from illness at home.
  • Students or staff members with a fever of 100.4 or greater, or with two or more COVID symptoms listed in Appendix A, may not return to school until 24 hours have passed since recovery. (recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of medications and /or improvement in symptoms listed in Appendix A)
  • Students or staff members with COVID symptoms or fever may return to school 24 hours after recovery with an alternate diagnosis (i.e. strep throat) and approval in writing by their healthcare provider. See Appendix B for clarification.

VI. Positive COVID Test Protocol

  • Any staff member or student with a positive COVID 19 test will not be allowed to return to school until they have a negative test or 14 days after symptoms first appeared with the last 72 hours being symptom free. See Appendix B for clarification
  • In the event of a positive case within the school, we will respond quickly. Administration will contact the local health department and will consider their guidance in regards to possible closure, cleaning, and parental notification.  FBA will consult with the local health department to assess factors such as exposure to students or staff members and the ongoing status of school activities.  FBA will make the final decision regarding these matters.
  • If a family member has a positive COVID 19 test, the student must quarantine 10 days after contact with the person with a positive test.
  • Contact tracing will be performed by FBA to notify close contacts.

VII. Athletics

  • FBA plans to continue athletic sports for students.
  • Masks are optional for athletes practicing and competing in athletic games. There may be times when masks will be necessary.
  • Coaches will have the option of wearing a mask. There may be times when masks will be necessary.
  • Spectator/visitor seating for athletic events will be spaced as much as is feasibly possible.
  • FBA may have to limit the seating capacity for home games in their home facility, the Fellowship Center.

Phase 5

Fellowship Baptist Academy will maintain an in-person classroom with the following policies and practices in place:

I. Screening Protocol

  • FBA will not be doing screening checks upon arrival
  • If a student exhibits symptoms during the school day, they will be screened by a staff member.
  • We will expect that parents will continue to screen their children before they bring them to school.

II. Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene

  • Students and staff will be taught proper hand and respiratory hygiene. Visual reminders will be posted in the restrooms and hallways.
  • Staff will be allowed to wear masks at their discretion. Where possible face shield or desk shields will be used for teaching.
  • Parents will be allowed to decide whether or not their child wears a mask during the school day. The school will work with parent’s preference in regards to wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.  Please see the informational section concerning masks in Appendix E.  Instruction will be given on proper mask hygiene.
  • Scheduled hand washing times will be scheduled after recess and before lunch. Please see the informational section of the Appendix D on handwashing hygiene.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the buildings.

 

III. School Day Operation Protocols

  • Parents are asked to drop off and pick up students at the designated areas for their child. See Appendix C on drop off and pick up areas.
  • Parents should not enter the building unless there is an extenuating circumstance. As always, a parent who is picking up their child for an appointment must check in at the office.
  • At the end of the school day, teachers will take students to designated areas for pick-up which will be outside weather permitting.

IV. Classroom Protocols

  • Classrooms will be sanitized by janitorial staff at the end of each day. Focus areas will be on frequently touched surfaces.  Student desks will be wiped down regularly during the school day.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be provided in every classroom.
  • Desks will be spaced out in the classroom to aid with social distancing as much as is feasibly possible. Students will be arranged to face the same direction when feasibly possible.
  • An emphasis will be placed on limiting the sharing of personal items as well as school supplies. Personal supplies should be kept in a locker, cubby, or backpack.  Storage areas will not be shared.   Chromebooks, laptops, phones, etc… should not be shared.
  • Assigned seating and cohorting will be used as much as is feasibly possible.
  • Signage will be posted to remind students and staff of proper social distancing methods.
  • Students will social distance themselves from the teacher and teachers will social distance themselves from each other.

V.  Illness policy

  • Stay home when appropriate. Teachers and parents must have the understanding that if a student is sick, that child must stay home or go home.  Parents need to screen students at home and teachers will screen students for signs of illness when they arrive at school.
  • A student, who becomes ill while at school, will be required to wear a mask unless there are medical reasons not to wear a mask. Students who become ill while at school will be quarantined in the foyer next to the office to be viewed and cared for by the office staff until a parent or guardian picks them up.  A staff member who becomes ill must wear a mask until they leave the building.  See Appendix B for when a student may return to school.
  • Staff members who exhibit signs of illness must wear a mask and leave the building immediately.
  • Remote learning will be provided for those students who must recover from illness at home.
  • Students or staff members with a fever of 100.4 or greater, or with two or more COVID symptoms listed in Appendix A, may not return to school until 24 hours have passed since recovery. (recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of medications and /or improvement in symptoms listed in Appendix A)
  • Students or staff members with COVID symptoms or fever may return to school 24 hours after recovery with an alternate diagnosis (i.e. strep throat) and approval in writing by their healthcare provider. See Appendix B for clarification.

VI.  Positive COVID Test Protocol

  • Any staff member or student with a positive COVID 19 test will not be allowed to return to school until they have a negative test or 14 days after symptoms first appeared with the last 72 hours being symptom free. See Appendix B for clarification
  • In the event of a positive case within the school, we will respond quickly. Administration will contact the local health department and will consider their guidance in regards to possible closure, cleaning, and parental notification.  FBA will consult with the local health department to assess factors such as exposure to students or staff members and the ongoing status of school activities.  FBA will make the final decision regarding these matters.
  • If a family member has a positive COVID 19 test, the student must quarantine 10 days after contact with the person with a positive test.
  • Contact tracing will be performed by FBA to notify close contacts.

VII. Athletics

  • FBA plans to continue athletic sports for students.
  • Masks are optional for athletes practicing and competing in athletic games. There may be times when masks will be necessary.
  • Coaches will have the option of wearing a mask. There may be times when masks will be necessary.
  • Spectator/visitor seating for athletic events will be spaced as much as is feasibly possible.

APPENDIX A:  COVID 19 SCREENING TOOL

APPENDIX B:  WHEN CAN A STUDENT/STAFF MEMBER RETURN TO SCHOOL

APPENDIX C:  DROP OFF AND PICK UP AREAS

Parents should drop off high school students at the door of the church or in the parking lot north of the church.  Students will be screened as they enter the church.  High school students will be dismissed at 3:00 and can be picked up in the same locations as they were dropped off.

 Elementary students who are being dropped off earlier than 7:45 should be dropped off at the gym.  Students will be screened at the gym.  Elementary students who are dropped off after 7:45 can be taken/sent to the elementary building.  Students entering the elementary building will be screened as they enter. 

Elementary students will be dismissed by this plan:

⇒ C’s class (4th-6th grade) will be dismissed at 2:50. These students will exit the church to the parking lot before the high school is dismissed.

⇒ Parents can pick up students from Mrs. Davis’ kindergarten class and Mrs. Zupon’s 2nd& 3rd grade class on the exit door to each room.

⇒ Parents can pick up students from Mrs. Lee’s 1st grade class at the gym.

⇒ Parents can pick up students from pre-school at the front door of the elementary building.

  

APPENDIX D:  HANDWASHING HYGIENE

APPENDIX E:  MASK HYGIENE

CLOTH MASKS SHOULD BE WASHED DAILY.   N95 MASKS CAN BE REUSED AFTER BEING UNUSED FOR 7 DAYS.  (i.e. LABEL MASKS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND ROTATE THEM)