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LATEST COVID19 UPDATES FOR OCA

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OCTOBER 9, 2020

We are entering allergy, cold and flu season during a pandemic. These illnesses- which all look very similar- will create heightened concern throughout this sick season. The purpose of this memo is to provide you with current policies and situational awareness. We have very recently sent several children home with random symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose. These children may have had just one or more than one of these symptoms. We have had no confirmed positive cases of COVID. We remain in close contact with several COVID medical professionals as well as comply with recommended CDC guidelines and we are following the advisement that any child with a fever of 100.4 or greater, must have a negative COVID test before being allowed to return to school. Please consider speaking with your doctor about allergy medication if you feel your child is simply suffering from allergies and has no other symptoms. Simple allergies can lead to many other infections including cough, bronchitis, upper respiratory and pink eye, etc. – which are also symptoms of COVID. If illness should affect your family and you have questions as to how to proceed, please do not hesitate to call us at 254.526.9299. We will be happy to provide guidance based on your individual situation. We are here Monday through Friday, 6 am to 6 pm.

COVID19 POLICY & PROCEDURES

To remain open successfully, we have made changes for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. As we adapt to the new COVID-19 reality, our spaces are different, schedules and daily activities have shifted, and new rules are in place. Our community will learn and adapt. We know that our goals, values, and resiliency will keep Oak Creek Academy strong and healthy.
No matter the changes in our daily routines, we remain committed to the core values in our school’s mission statement.  Oak Creek Academy considers in-person classes to be vitally important for our students to continue to receive the services they need. As long as it is permitted, we will continue to provide the unique Oak Creek Academy environment, as we help to to nourish our students’ emotional, social, and academic growth and development. Students will still have access to physical education and recess, and get opportunities to practice their daily living skills. We will take every precaution to protect students, teachers, staff and all their families.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 at Oak Creek Academy will require the diligence and commitment of every member of the community. We will have a screening procedure in place to help us identify if students or faculty/staff have any symptoms of, or any exposure to, COVID-19. We are asking parents to partner with us in ensuring that our community can remain open – this can be done by screening our students for fever or symptoms prior to sending them to school. And, following our pickup and drop of protocols can help us limit contact and reduce the chances of COVID spreading in our community.

Oak Creek Academy remains profoundly grateful for the unwavering support of our faculty, staff, and families as we continue to work together with a shared commitment and responsibility in keeping our community together and safe. 

 

DAILY COVID19 OPERATIONS

FACILITIES AND SANITIZATION

  • Classrooms and common areas will be cleaned and disinfected  throughout the school day  using EPA, OSHA, and CDC recommended products.
  • All water fountains have been replaced with water bottle filling stations and will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Touch point surfaces (doorknobs, handrails, light switches, etc.) will be cleaned throughout the school day using EPA, OSHA, and CDC recommended products.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located at each entrance, in each classroom, and in all common spaces.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the school day using EPA, OSHA, and CDC recommended products.

ENTERING CAMPUS

Faculty are expected at school before 8:00 a.m. They will have performed a self-screening and taken their temperature at home before arriving at school. Students are expected between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. There will be only one point of entry to the school each morning. We are heavily restricting visitors. Only essential visitors will be allowed on campus. Visitors must wear a suitable mask, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. Please review and adhere to our pick-up schedule for  your child’s class. 

Staff will be stationed at the front doors and at the sidewalk for escorting students to the building. The temperature of every student will be taken before allowing the student into the building. If a temperature exceeds the limit (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), the parent will be asked to take their child home. Please view our policy and procedures for returning to class. 

 

MASKS & FACE COVERINGS

Masks covering the mouth and nose are required of every person on campus. Students and faculty are to provide their own masks, but we do have some for purchase at the front desk for $1. We are asking all of our students no matter the age to wear a mask or face shield if they are able. We understand that sensory issues may prevent some from being able to wear them. Our teachers, staff, and therapists will be in masks or shields as well. Guidelines for acceptable masks are listed below.

  • Cloth mask that covers both the nose and mouth
  • Plexiglass Face Shields
  • Disposable surgical mask, or K95/N95 mask

SUPPLIES & COMMON AREAS

  • The library is closed.
  • Students will have their own individual supplies (writing and coloring supplies, calculators, rulers, etc.).
  • All school assemblies are canceled until further notice.
  • All student activities will be required to wear face masks and social distance as able.
  • Surfaces will be wiped clean after each use of a common space. Sanitizing stations will be available at the entrance of the school and common areas. And, cleaning supplies will be readily available.
  • Students and staff will be trained and reminded to follow appropriate hygiene practices including frequent hand washing (or, hand sanitizing if soap and water is not available), refraining from touching one’s face, or sharing food or eating/drinking utensils.

SNACK AND LUNCH TIME

  • Snacks and lunch will be in the classroom, or outside when weather permits.
  • Microwaves and vending will not be in use.
  • Parents will provide lunches that require no microwave or prep.
  • No outside deliveries will be allowed for lunch.
  • Students will be directed to wash/sanitize their hands before and after eating.
  • Snacks will be provided by the parent each day.