Overall Goal of School Operations and Protocols
We will strive to keep school open and operating as close to pre-COVID standards in the safest way possible, taking all reasonable steps to limit the spread of the virus in our community. As we enter the third year of the pandemic, we will balance the need for academic, social and emotional development of our students with the safety and health of our community. Our operating protocols are not fixed and will be adjusted based on rate of community spread.
- Traditional Operation (Pre-COVID)
- Fully in-person with mitigation protocols (2021-22 opening of school)
a. All students must learn on campus; no fulltime at-home learning option will be available
b. Students who are not COVID positive or quarantined but are symptomatic or ill will be encouraged to rest and get better; online learning will not be available.
c. Students who are Covid positive or quarantined, well enough and able, and verified by campus nurses, will be required to learn synchronously, on-line from home for the duration of the isolation or quarantine.
d. In the event an entire Lower School (Pre-K – Grade 5) class is quarantined, all students may be asked to learn online.
e. Students in grades PK – 2 who are positive or quarantined will be provided selfdirected work to be completed at home and will learn asynchronously.
f. Students who are Covid positive or quarantined will not be allowed to participate in any in-person school events or activities.
- Hybrid learning with mitigation strategies. (2020-21 school year)
- Fully online. (spring 2019)
Operating Scenario 2 Mitigation Protocols
- Health Screening
a. Daily employee screening will resume following the same protocol of spring 2021.
b. Students will not be required to screen daily but need to stay home if they report any symptoms.
c. Faculty will be instructed to send all symptomatic students to campus nurse; campus nurses will send symptomatic students home. A note from your doctor is not required to return to school.
d. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Covid, email covid@Bolles.org.
- Face Covering
a. At the opening of school, a face covering is required indoors regardless of vaccination status unless eating, in PE or able to physically distance at least 6 feet from others.
b. Face covering is required on school transportation.
c. Face covering is optional outdoors.
d. Face covering requirement will be evaluated regularly with the intention of making face covering recommended in lieu of mandatory indoors as soon as it is safe to do so.
e. Evaluation will use community and school transmission data, aiming for low or moderate transmission.
f. Any double-layered cotton (or other tight weave fabric) washable mask or medical grade mask that covers the entire nose & mouth and fits snuggly is acceptable. Balaclava-style/buff masks/bandanas and masks with vents are not allowed.
g. Masks can be any color or pattern but may not include inappropriate or controversial words, pictures, or logos.
- Physical Distancing
a. In the upper and middle schools, students will be spaced as far apart as possible in classrooms, aiming for at least 3 ft.
b. In the lower schools, cohorting will occur to the extent possible.
c. Teachers will keep seating charts for contact tracing.
d. Large group activities will be modified (for example, split into smaller groups, moved outside, shortened in time, etc.) or postponed to reduce the likelihood of close contact.
e. Activities will take place outdoors when possible.
f. Students will be distanced during lunch to the extent possible. (for example, utilizing additional seating in middle and upper schools, eating outside, rotating classes in cafeteria for lower school, etc.)
- Hand Hygiene
a. Sanitizing stations will be available in public areas.
b. Students will be encouraged to wash hands frequently.
a. Classrooms will be cleaned regularly, particularly high-touch areas.
b. Extra sanitation will occur in areas of known COVID exposure.
- Contact Tracing
a. Laboratory confirmed positive individuals must isolate for 10 days (including staying separate from family in the home to the extent possible) from onset of symptoms or positive test result (whichever comes first) and may return on day 11 if fever-free for 24 hours.
b. Following local health department and CDC guidance, campus nurses will contact trace in situations of known close contact with COVID positive individuals.
c. Current local health department protocols for adults classify close contact as less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period, 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms of the positive person.
d. An exception to the definition of close contact was added by the CDC to exclude students, greater than three feet from an infected person, if both the infected student and exposed student are masked.
e. Individuals who have had close contact with a COVID positive individual must quarantine for 10 days from last exposure, returning on day 11.
f. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or have had COVID in the last three months do not need to quarantine after close contact. Note that positive antibody tests will not be accepted to waive or shorten quarantine requirements.
g. Quarantine can be shortened to 7 days from exposure (returning on day 8) IF exposed student tests negative for COVID day 5 or later after exposure (with PCR or antigen test- no at home test accepted) – documentation must be provided to campus nurse.
h. Note all return to campus dates must be coordinated by campus nurses.
a. Visitors will be allowed on campus and must abide by all safety protocols established.
b. During the school day, visitors must check-in at the appropriate campus office to screen.
c. Visitors should be limited to outdoor areas and, when necessary, common indoor spaces for limited amounts of time.
d. When pre-approved, groups of parents may meet on campus following the established protocols (for example, athletic parent meetings, orientations, Parent Association, etc.)
a. Middle and Upper school athletic programs will follow the guidelines of the FHSAA.
b. To the extent possible, coaches will adjust indoor activities (for example, smaller groups, move outside, etc.) to limit close contact.
c. Coaches will not allow symptomatic students to participate and will coordinate closely with campus nurses.
a. Band (Grades 6 - 12) and chorus (Pre-K - 12) will wear masks to rehearse when inside. Teachers will use outdoor locations and small sectionals when appropriate.
b. Band students will use additional measures (bell covers, etc…) to reduce airborne droplets.
c. All arts classes will have assigned seating for contract tracing purposes. Dance and Drama students will be out of those seats when rehearsing and will not wear masks. Drama students will also have a contract tracing pod of performance, and dance students will not be within 3 feet of any dancer for more than 15 minutes.
d. Gallery receptions will be by ticketed invitation only. Only the artist, and one guest may attend. All Gallery Reception guests must wear masks. Individually wrapped treats will be provided to each guest on their exit instead of the traditional dessert table.
e. All performance events will be ticketed and allow for space between groups. All performance audiences are required to wear masks at indoor events with more than 30 people.
a. Bolles strongly encourages eligible employees and students to consider getting the COVID vaccine to reduce the likelihood of spread in our community, keep vulnerable members safe, prevent widespread absences and keep our school open.
11. Covid Symptoms to look for:
a. Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.