Reopening Plan

Included below you will find the Preliminary School Reopening Guidelines for FBCA. Please read through them throughly. This set of guidelines is intended to be preliminary, there will be a more detailed document focused on laying out the classroom policies as we respond to this virus.

Visitor Procedures

All visitors are to report to the office upon arrival before interacting with any student and/or staff member.

Temperature readings will be required for all visitors upon entry to the school. Any person with a temperature greater than 100.3 degrees will not be allowed to enter the school.

Parents are required...

...to perform a symptom screening on their children prior to putting them on a bus or bringing them to school.
Symptoms include:
    - Fever greater than 100.3 degrees
    - Cough
    - Shortness of breath
    - Headaches
    - Body aches
    - Fatigue
    - Loss/altered sense of taste or smell
    - Diarrhea
    - Runny nose/congestion
...to have a plan in place should their student need to be picked up from school.

...to communicate ahead of time (if possible) with the office and alert them to any pre-existing conditions, such as allergies or another chronic medical condition that often cause some of the same symptoms as COVID-19. This allows for a plan to be made and put in place in the event symptoms develop during school.

Entrance Procedures

Temperature readings will be required for all students and staff upon entry to school. Any person with a temperature greater than 100.3 degrees will not be allowed to enter school.

If a student is transported to school by a parent/guardian, the parent/guardian is to wait until their student's temperature is checked before leaving the property. If the student has a fever greater than 100.3 degrees, they will be sent home with their parent/guardian.

If a student who comes on district provided transportation and has a fever greater than 100.3 degrees, they will be sent to the office, and a parent will be contacted to come pick up the student.

Procedures if there is a confirmed positive case of COVID in a student or staff member:

Administration will not shut down the classroom and/or the school unless it becomes necessary.
    Current evidence continues to suggest that children are less likely to be infected, less likely to have severe symptoms, and are at a lower risk of spreading the disease to others. This has also been the situation so far in Bucks County case investigations. As COVID-19 will likely be with us for an extended period of time, we will treat it similarly to the way we have handled other communicable diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), measles, chickenpox, influenza, and meningitis. It is our strong intention to keep the school open.

The Bucks County Health Department will be notified immediately.
    As part of COVID-19 case investigations, information will be quickly obtained from the student or staff member as to their close contacts since the onset of their symptoms. The actual nature of the contacts will be explored in detail, and multiple variables will be considered. Once information has been gathered, students and staff considered close contacts to the case (if any) will be notified of their exposure, using as little identifying information about the case as possible.

Administration will conduct enhanced surveillance for signs of symptoms as well as increase sanitation and hygiene in the affected areas.

Multiple cases may involve modifications to social distancing or mask usage.

After a positive test, a symptomatic student or staff member can return to school after medical clearance without any additional testing required. If an asymptomatic student or staff member tests positive, the health department will fully investigate the case and determine the return criteria.

Classroom Preparations

Masks will be optional while present in school. Extended daylong usage of masks by most children is unrealistic, causes discomfort, and distraction. Students will touch their face more frequently and can easily contaminate and/or render the mask ineffective, and in the worst case, possibly spread disease.

Classrooms will be sanitized prior to student arrival each day.

Classrooms and lockers will be sanitized during lunch periods in preparation for afternoon teaching.

Cafeteria will be sanitized after each use.

With the situation updating daily, an updated classroom preparation list will be given out on orientation night and will lay out changes to the student schedule to help provide a safe environment.

Procedures if a student or teacher becomes symptomatic at home:

Student or teacher would need to stay home for at least 24 hours fever free without the use of medication before returning to school.

Procedures if a student or teacher becomes symptomatic during school hours:

The student or teacher will leave the classroom immediately, put on a mask, and report to the office. The school secretary will fully assess the student/teacher, including a temperature check and questions about any pre-existing conditions that may explain the symptoms. As the situation warrants, the secretary will contact a parent/guardian to arrange for the student to be picked up. Staff members with an elevated temperature will be sent home. All students and staff with an elevated temperature will be required to leave school regardless of the cause.

The student’s or teacher’s desk area will be sanitized prior to further usage.

Student or teacher would need to stay home for at least 24 hours fever free without the use of medication before returning to school. School will continue to operate as normally as possible until additional information becomes available on the student's or teacher’s status. There are many common reasons other than COVID-19 that could explain someone not feeling well at any particular time.

Procedures if a student athlete or coach develops symptoms at a practice or game:

The student or coach will be asked to leave the field of play/practice immediately and put on a mask. Students should contact a parent/guardian to arrange to be picked up. Any common equipment touched by the student or coach will be sanitized prior to further usage. The student or coach would then need to get medical clearance to return to school/practice. The other players on the team should continue to practice normally, as feasible, until additional information becomes available on the student’s or coach’s status. Notifications, in most situations, will not be warranted in the absence of further details.

If the student or coach is confirmed as positive, the procedure will be the same as the steps found under “Procedures if there is a confirmed positive case in a student or staff member.” Depending on the details, team activities may likely be able to continue with additional precautions/modifications in place.

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