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COVID-19 Plan

Students who show any symptoms of being sick must stay home (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, stomach issues, new loss of taste and/or smell, general malaise). Student temperatures may be taken if a teacher or staff member notices a student exhibiting any symptoms. If students are showing symptoms, a parent will be notified for pick-up.

If a student has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more (whether during school hours or home), the student must stay home and not return to school until they are symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours. Families should provide a doctor’s note to the school office when they receive any diagnosis. All COVID-19 test results must immediately be shared with the school administration.

Arkansas Christian Academy will mirror the Arkansas Department of Health Quarantine guidelines.

Visitors/parents will not be allowed inside school buildings unless it is for official school business (a scheduled meeting with teacher/admin). All pick up and drop off should take place outside in the carpool line. If a visitor/parent has to enter the building, a screening process will be administered, including a temperature check.

Please remember that if a student or faculty/staff member tests COVID-19 positive, HIPAA laws prevent Arkansas Christian from identifying that person. The ADH will give clear direction on who should be informed, regarding risk of exposure and quarantine guidelines for individuals, classrooms, grades, etc.

Student classrooms and meeting spaces will be cleaned on a daily basis, multiple times per day, with CDC-approved disinfectant. Air purifiers that use LEDs, electromagnetic energy, and ionized hydro-peroxides have been installed on our HVAC system. These are proven to be safe and effective at cleansing the air. Foggers will also be utilized in our sanitization procedures when the building is empty and overnight.

Hand sanitizing stations will be accessible in various locations around campus for use by students, faculty, and staff. Students may bring a personal supply (4oz. size) of hand sanitizer to keep on their person. Taking advantage of the stations or the personal supply will provide regular sanitizing opportunities for all students.

Students, particularly younger students, will have regular hand washing times, similar to previous years. We will encourage all students to frequently wash their hands during the school day. Regular sanitization will take place on all door handles, entry/exit points, cafeterias, and activity spaces.

All family, faculty/staff members, and students should use caution when away from school to decrease the risk of contact with COVID-19. Our ability to work as a team will be a key component to decreasing our exposure risk while on campus. During the school year, avoid known hotspot areas after school hours and on weekends, wear a mask when social distancing is not possible, and follow good hygiene practices. Students should use caution when congregating after school hours and on weekends (due to risk of exposure) and then coming back on campus.

The school is committed to the safety of all students, faculty/staff, and parents. Face coverings (masks/gaiters) are welcome to be worn, but they are not required during classroom hours, as we will be social distancing. However, all students should bring a face covering to school each day, which is to be kept in the student's backpack in case he/she were to become symptomatic during school.

Any face covering worn must be appropriate in nature, not containing questionable wording or images.