- ABIQUA ACADEMY OFFICIAL ODE BLUEPRINT
- NOTIFICATION PROCESS
- ILLNESS POLICY
- TRAVEL POLICY
- COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PLAN
When a case has been confirmed at Abiqua Academy, contact tracing within the school population begins. The CDC defines exposure as: "Someone who was within 3-6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated."
If you have been exposed at school, you will be contacted by an administration member of the school.
Individuals notified are provided guidance on next steps they can take for their own health care and when they may return to school.
As a small school community, it is absolutely imperative that each family and individual exercise utmost vigilance in complying with these CDC guidelines and OHA requirements:
- Any person exhibiting primary COVID-19 symptoms, fever of 100o or greater, new cough illness, new shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, must stay off campus for 10 days after the onset of symptoms AND 24 hours “fever-free” and cough resolved, regardless of test results.
- If a student has been exposed to a person with confirmed or presumptive COVID-19, they must quarantine for 10 days after the date of last exposure to the COVID-19 positive contact. If additional household members become ill with COVID-19, the quarantine should be extended 10 days after every exposure. If you are unsure, contact the school.
- Report any household positive or presumptive cases to the school immediately.
Abiqua Academy Sick Policy:
- If your child has cold symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), they must stay home 72 hours from onset of symptoms
- In the case of individuals who experience symptoms such as diarrhea (3 loose stools in a day OR not able to control bowel movements) or vomiting (one or more episodes that are unexplained), they will not come to school until such time as our office receives a note from a medical professional or 48 hours after symptoms cease.
- If your child is experiencing a chronic condition or allergies, please call the school so we understand your specific situation.
Unvaccinated individuals including those under age 12 who travel by public transportation should heed the CDC and OHA guidelines - obtain a viral COVID-19 test 3 - 5 days after travel and quarantine for 7 days.
Vaccinated individuals who travel domestically are not subject to quarantine and testing requirements but are advised to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.
Vaccinated individuals who travel internationally should obtain a viral COVID-19 test 3 - 5 days after travel.
Illness on Campus:
In the event a child exhibits COVID-19 symptoms at Abiqua:
- The teacher will follow medically recommended protocol to separate the child from others. Staff training and guidance has been provided to assure that this is done safely and in a way that is caring and supportive for the child. The student will be accompanied to our Health Center isolation area and attended to while parents are contacted and arrangements are made for the child to leave campus as expeditiously as possible.
- The staff member attending this child will wear protective gear and follow distancing guidelines to the extent possible while providing reassurance, comfort, and appropriate care to the ill child.
- If or when informed of a medical diagnosis of COVID-19, Abiqua will notify Marion County Public Health to coordinate a response and follow-up to assure prompt and appropriate communication and action within the community.
- Masks: All adults and students are required to wear a mask.
- Assigned “welcome centers” for drop-off and pick-up. Clearly identifiable, staffed screening centers will be visible at assigned entrances, with timed drop-off windows.
- Except in the most unusual circumstances, parents will not accompany their children into the building. We request minimal transport of items between home and campus.
- Students should bring a jacket, snack, lunch, labeled water bottle, and their assigned Chromebook. NO TOYS please.
- Welcome and screening centers will include travel screening and hand sanitizing.
On site screening:
- Anyone with a temperature of 100℉ or higher will be ineligible to remain on campus.
- Free on-site diagnostic testing is testing for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a case.
Preventative measures while program is in session:
- Vaccination of all school staff and faculty is required by October 18, 2021.
- Physical distancing between people (three feet of separation) is an effective preventative measure. This is more difficult for the youngest children. Using HEART skills, staff will give positive encouragement and friendly reminders to help children develop good habits for healthy spacing.
- Minimization of time standing in lines to ensure that required distance between students is maintained, including marking spacing on the floor and one-way traffic flow in constrained spaces.
- Hand hygiene: Frequent handwashing and/or hand sanitizing is scheduled throughout the day, including before and after recess, lunch, and other activities. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout Abiqua, including in each classroom.
- Snacks and Lunch: Both should be labeled. Distancing needs to be clearly established before masks are removed for eating and maintained during snack and lunch. No sharing. We understand that it is normal to socialize while eating, but this is a time when we all need to “keep our distance.”
- Cleaning and sanitizing: Regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will occur throughout the day. Each child will use his/her own classroom supplies and materials. Any that are used by multiple individuals or groups will be regularly sanitized. If a room is used by more than one cohort, desks and tables will be sanitized between use. An electrostatic fogger will be used as needed.
- To increase the introduction of outdoor air within classrooms, windows and doors will remain open throughout the school day to the extent possible.
- Filtration methods (e.g., HEPA filters) to clean the air that is recirculated indoors and remove virus-containing particles are positioned throughout the school. Rooms without proper airflow when doors/windows are open are outfitted with a freestanding HEPA filtration air purifying system.
- Consistent with applicable federal, state, or local privacy and confidentiality laws, such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents/caretakers/guardians should inform Abiqua if they or their child has been diagnosed with or in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Wear a face covering when out in public and maintain physical distancing (maintain 3-feet of separation from others) during drop-off and pick-up.
It is the responsibility of each family and individual to adhere to the strictest health and safety practices to protect our community. Thank you in advance for your conscientious cooperation.