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Safe Return-to-School Guidelines
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Monday, September 07, 2020
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 “Safe Return-to-School Guidelines”


Arrival at School 

  • Parents or guardians are asked to stay at or near their vehicle at all times in an effort to decrease possible exposure. (School personnel will not enter or reach into the vehicle to receive or unbuckle a student.) 
  • The following entry points will be used upon arrival to campus.


                  K3 and K4   Preschool Center


                K5-4th Grades    Elementary Front Door


                 5th-8th Grades   Elementary Front Door by the Playground


                        9th-12th Grades  Front High School Door


  •  Students, faculty, and staff should have on face masks before entering the school building and beginning the screening process.  


  • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.


  • After screening, students will not sit in the hall, but go to their classrooms.


  • Students are not to congregate outside or in common areas within the building. 


  • Visitors will not be able to enter school buildings except as deemed necessary by school administration.


  • No athletics facilities will be open before 8:00am. Students should bring all athletic equipment with them in their school provided athletic bag and place in athletic lockers. 10th-12th students may choose to leave their athletic equipment in their private vehicles until the athletic period. 


Screening at School

  • Parents are asked to check a child’s temperature before going to school. Students, faculty, and staff with a temperature of 100.4°F or above should not report to school.  


  • Parents should not send their child to school if they have a fever or other symptoms of illness. 


  • Student temperatures will be taken each morning upon arrival to school. 

  • If a student or staff member is found to have a fever while at school, they will be referred to the school nurse/school office for evaluation. Parents will be notified and asked to come pick up their child.


  • School staff may ask students age-appropriate screening questions. The child’s overall physical state will also be noted. 


Face Coverings

  • All individuals entering the school building must wear a face mask, since it is not feasible to expect individuals to maintain the CDC recommended physical distance of six feet at all times. 


  • Students, faculty, and staff will wear face masks when social distancing is not practical. 


  • K3-6th grade students may not always wear masks in the classrooms since they remain in static groups.


  • 7th-12th grade students will wear masks in the classrooms when social distancing is not possible. 


  • K3-12th students, faculty, and staff members will each be provided two masks with school logo. If not wearing the school provided masks, only solid white, or solid navy, or solid red masks may be worn at school. Masks are to be free of design or writing. (Please write the student’s name on the inside of the mask.)


Safety Precautions Throughout the Day

  • At the current time, large gatherings and assemblies will be suspended during school hours. (Activities that require students to congregate are presently limited, but may be modified as guidelines change.)


  • Parents/Guardians checking students in or out will be required to wear a mask to the main office and remain in designated areas to maintain social distancing and to protect school staff/students. 


  • Students, faculty, and staff will wear face masks when social distancing is not practical.


  • Social distancing protocol of maintaining six feet of distance from another person should occur when possible. 


  • Group sizes will be limited in the dining hall, restrooms, playgrounds, and common areas.


  • Recess/P.E. for K3-6th grades will be conducted by class. There will be no interactions with students outside of the static classroom during the school day. 


  • Extra cleaning of our facilities (restrooms, conference rooms, cafeteria, dining hall, etc.) will occur throughout the day.


  • Disinfecting of surfaces and objects frequently touched will be maintained.  


  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and throughout the school. 


  •  Proper hand-washing will be required to help protect against the spread of the virus.  


  • Since all water fountains are closed, students may want to bring a water bottle (labeled with name) to school each day. 


  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, parent conferences/communication with teachers or administrators are encouraged to be by phone. 


Health Protocols


 Sick Student/Employee Protocols

• Do not come to school/work if sick.


• A student displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated until parent arrival.


• As soon as the school becomes aware that a student or employee may have COVID-19 or has been recommended to self-quarantine, the custodial staff will thoroughly disinfect all desks and workspaces with which the individual had contact. If the school is not open when notification occurs, the custodial staff will wait 24 hours or as long as possible prior to disinfecting and will restrict access to these areas so that others do not have contact. However, if these restrictions are not possible or school is in session, the cleaning will occur immediately.


• Students and employees will be asked to self-quarantine if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC guidance that is not otherwise explained:

Fever of 100.4° F or greater


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 


Muscle pain


Sore throat

Loss of taste or smell

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea


Per the MSDH, any COVID-19 test-positive student should be isolated at home and excluded from the school setting for 10 days after onset of symptoms (10 days after test date if person had no symptoms) Parents are also asked to notify the school if a student test positive. 


Per the MSDH, close contacts to COVID-19 cases must be quarantined for a  full 10 days after last exposure, or 7 days with a negative PCR (not rapid) test. (“Close contact” is defined as being less than six feet for 15 minutes or more without a face covering.)  



Return to School/Work Protocols After Illness

When a student/employee sent home from school may be around others:

° Fever: Must have a negative COVID-19 test result or a doctor note to return to school. Students will remain home for 72 hours and must be free from any fever   without medication for 24 hours. *If a student desires to return to school before the end of the 72 hour period, parents will need to provide clearance from a physician and a doctor's signature.


° Vomiting, diarrhea, persistent dry cough, shortness of breath:  Three days with no fever or symptoms. Three-day period begins the next morning.


If you think you have COVID-19 and have symptoms, you are encouraged to be tested.


• If you tested positive for COVID-19, you can be with others following:

                Quarantine at home for 10 days.


If the test is negative, the student/employee may return to school.



  • When there is confirmation that a person infected with COVID-19 was at school, the school will contact the local health department immediately.  


  • The school will notify parents, students, and employees of close contacts to inform them of the confirmed case of COVID-19. (The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large.)



East Rankin Academy Statement of Risk

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for those who come to our campus—students, employees, and visitors. While on campus you must follow all posted instructions. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease. If infected, you may exhibit no symptoms or mild symptoms, or become severely ill, or die. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and persons with underlying health conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting our campus, you voluntarily assume all risks related to the possible exposure to COVID-19. Your child’s attendance at East Rankin Academy demonstrates agreement to these terms and conditions




Our “Safe Return-to-School Guidelines” have been recommended for the reopening of our school based upon current information and will be updated as the situation changes.



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