Family of families in a Pandemic

Our plan for returning to community safely & responsibly

 

How is Coronavirus transmitted?

  • Coronavirus is thought to spread from person to person through respiratory droplets.  
  • Droplets are produced when a person coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks. These droplets can land on people or surfaces, or they can be inhaled into the lungs. 
  • Transmission is more likely when people are in close contact (within about 6 feet).
  • Current research suggests as much as 40 percent of COVID-infected people are asymptomatic (meaning an infected person may not exhibit any symptoms).

What safety measures are being taken on DA’s campus? 

PERSONAL

  • All persons at Dominion Academy will wear a face covering (see “Who needs to wear a mask at DA?” below).
  • All staff and students will receive training on disease transmission and prevention.
  • Many DA students have potentially life-threatening food allergies. Since students will eat in their classrooms this year rather than the refectory, we will be an allergy-aware campus (see “What is an allergy-aware campus?” below).

STRUCTURAL

  • A new health services room is available for anyone who becomes ill at school.
  • There will no longer be a waiting area outside the front office. Parents are required to pick up students as soon as the last sibling’s class ends for the day.
  • Classrooms have been restructured to provide maximum distance between desks.
  • Teachers will assign seats to minimize the spread of germs.
  • All core preparatory (prep) classes will take place on the second floor, socially distanced.
  • Prep students will remain in the same classroom throughout the day.

PROCEDURAL

  • Students will be dropped off at the new entry point to the building: the sanctuary entrance. (This entrance is wider, and allows two socially distanced lines of students to have their temperature taken while entering the building.)
  • Staff will escort students on frequent outdoor and bathroom breaks throughout the day.
  • Students will leave the building through the side entry off the parking lot, as usual.
  • All desks and chairs will be sanitized after student use and at the end of every day.
  • A professional cleaner will sanitize the core common areas of our campus (bathrooms, handrails, entry doors, etc.) at the end of each school day.

Who must wear a mask at DA?

Ohio requires all persons (staff, faculty, students, and visitors) at Dominion Academy to wear a face-covering.  Masks prevent droplets from landing on others and surfaces throughout the building. EVERYONE must wear a mask in the hallway and during class. An individual with a physical or social/emotional condition may choose to wear a face shield instead.

Exceptions include:

  • EXERCISING: While socially-distanced, a person may remove his/her mask.
  • MASK BREAKS: Staff, faculty, and students may take a “mask break” while doing quiet work or eating at their desks.*

Any staff member, family, or student who finds this challenging is encouraged to reach out to the school nurse — she can help you adapt these requirements in a way that works for you.

 

*Desks will be spaced 6 feet apart and disinfected after each use.

What options do DA families have during COVID?

Dominion Academy will offer two options for schooling this year:

  1. Attend in person*, Monday through Thursday, and Friday online
  2. Attend all classes virtually, reporting to class at the start of each school day

*Should a student become ill, he/she can switch from in-person to online classes.

What support will DA provide to create a cohesive environment between in-person and online classes?

  • We are upgrading our Internet infrastructure: We will have consistent, strong, and secure connections throughout campus, regardless of the number of devices sharing bandwidth.
  • Teachers will record classes for any students learning from home.  
  • A teacher who is temporarily ill will be able (if health allows) to teach from home via live streaming, with assistance from a substitute teacher in the classroom.

Dominion Academy is now an “Allergy-Aware” Campus

  • “Allergy-aware” means that we recognize some of our students have life-threatening food allergies, and we commit to leaving those foods at the door.  
  • Nuts and products made with nuts (including peanuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, etc.) will not be kept in the cafeteria or anywhere on campus.
  • Allergy-aware does not mean allergen-free.  It is not possible to guarantee a completely allergen-free campus.  
  • We recognize parents have a choice in what to pack for school lunch, but we hope families will choose not to send foods containing peanuts or tree nuts.
  • A health professional will train staff and students on how they can help look out for their classmates. Topics covered will include: food allergies, food labels, prevention of anaphylaxis, recognizing an allergic reaction, and responding to a life-threatening emergency.  
  • There will always be a staff member on campus who is trained in the use of Epinephrine Autoinjectors.
  • We will notify families of specific allergens to keep it out of their child’s classroom.  However, all health information (including student allergies) will remain confidential.

How might this year be different from other academic years?

  1. FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL:
    During the first two weeks of school, students will train and practice the new safety policies (e.g. when to wear a mask, eating in the classroom, how to wipe off your desk, etc.).  After week two, we will fall into a new routine and won’t have to think about it all the time.  We will have a wonderful time of learning and community, as we have in years past.
  2. STUDENT ABSENCES:
    Students who are ill may need to stay home longer than usual.  Students at home will have the ability to view classes and learn from home if able.
  3. ATTENDANCE:
    Prep students learning from home will be marked “present” for the day as long as they report to the classroom virtually each morning and remain until the teacher releases them. Individual teachers will monitor this. We encourage staff to record lessons so at-home students can view recordings for instructional help rather than having to be present for the entire duration of a class.
  4. POSSIBILITY OF QUARANTINE:
    If there is a case of COVID-19 at school, students in certain classrooms may be asked to learn from home for two weeks.  After that, they can return to in-person learning.  Chromebooks and internet access are available to help this temporary shift in schooling go smoothly.

What symptoms should I monitor for each day, before coming to school?

  • Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness. If he/she has any of the following symptoms, your child should NOT go to school:
    1. temperature of 100.4 or higher
    2. sore throat
    3. cough
    4. diarrhea
    5. severe headache
    6. vomiting
    7. body aches
    8. loss of taste or smell
  • If your child has had close contact with a person with COVID-19, your family should not go to school for 14 days.*

*See “Further information about COVID and quarantine”

What happens if my child becomes sick during the school day?

  • Parents should be prepared during the school day to take their child home should their child become ill in the middle of the day. 
  • A decision tree model outlining when students should stay in school or be sent home will be available next week.

If I am sick, when can I return to school?

  • A teacher who is temporarily ill will be able (if health allows) to teach from home, with assistance from a substitute teacher in the classroom.

I think or know that I had COVID, and I had symptoms…

You can return to school 10 days after your symptoms first appeared and you have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication).

 I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms…

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to school 10 days after you tested positive.

 I came in close contact* with someone who has COVID-19…

You can return to school 14 days after the last time you came in close contact with the person who was contagious.  A person is considered to be contagious 48 hours before symptoms begin, or 48 hours before they tested positive for COVID-19 if no symptoms were present, for ten days.


*”Close Contact” is defined as someone who came within six feet of
a person infected with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes.


Please leave your questions or comments below, our school nurse Mrs.Grey will get back to you as soon as possible.