Covid-19 Protocol

COVID-19 Dashboard Information

This Dashboard is showing the number of total overall positive cases among CASB & SASB students and staff since we began in-person instruction; it is a running total. The cases are NOT broken down by date. Therefore, the quarantine of some of these cases may have already concluded.  The Dashboard is broken down into the following groups:

 

We do not send districtwide communication on positive cases. The staff and families of the impacted building/location are notified. Therefore, we are making this Dashboard viewable by the public so families and the community can see the cases.

Federal privacy laws, HIPPA and FERPA, prevent us from providing the identity of positive cases. Therefore this data is aggregated separately and is not relatable to the other categories; therefore we are not inadvertently identifying the positive cases.

When the administration of CASB and SASB receive notification of a positive case, the following actions are taken:

  1. Contact Tracing of the positive case begins to identify Close Contacts

Following CDC and Indiana State Dept. of Health Guidelines, positive cases must now do the following:
*isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND 
*be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms

  1. Close Contacts are identified, notified and quarantined for 14 days
    *Click here for more details on contact tracing from ISDH.
    *Click here for more details on quarantine from the CDC.
  2. Principal notifies building teachers and staff of a positive case in the building
  3. Principal notifies all school parents/families of a positive case in the building
  4. If necessary, parents and staff (who are not close contacts) of the impacted classroom will receive a more detailed notification. This is not always necessary if the close contacts have been quickly identified, not returned to school and are quarantining.

We will continue to consult with the St. Joseph County Health Department on specific situations to determine whether there is a need to shut down an impacted classroom, or the entire school.

*PLEASE NOTE: at this time the Dashboard is showing total overall cases since in-person instruction beganThe cases are NOT broken down by date. Therefore, the quarantine of some of these cases may have already concluded. Due to the nature of the coronavirus and even with contact tracing, the determination of where a person contracted the virus is not always easily discernable. A CASB & SASB student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean the person contracted this while in a CASB or SASB building.

School Day & Scheduling

When is the first day of optional in-person instruction?

The first day of optional in-person instruction for students will be Monday, September 28th.

 

If the in-person instruction option is selected, will school hours remain the same?

Yes, the school day will begin and end at the same time as the 19-20 school year.

 

Will high school virtual students follow a schedule during the school day?

Yes, virtual students will be expected to follow their schedule.  They will need to login to view livestreams and videos of instruction from their teachers.  There will be a combination of curricular resources utilized for instruction.

 

Will teachers be available via Zoom outside of class time for students choosing the virtual option?

Yes, teachers will have the ability to hold Zoom office hours.  However, teachers will be providing in-person instruction for students throughout the school day which will limit the time they’re able to commit to office hours.

 

Last year doors opened before school started, will that remain the same?

Yes, students at CASB will be able to come into the building at 7:15am.  Students will be required to stay in a car until 7:15am.  Middle school students will enter through door P on the south side of the building and remain in the cafeteria until 7:45am.  High school students will enter through door D on the north side of the building and remain in the gym until 7:45am.

Students at SASB will be able to come into the building at 8:00am.  Students must be dropped off in the circle drive at the front of the building.  Students will enter at the below doors and go directly to their classroom.  School begins at 8:30am.

Kindergarten-Door A

1st Grade-Door L

2nd Grade-Door K

3rd Grade- Door A

4th Grade-Door B

5th Grade-Door C

 

Will CASB students go directly to their advisory class?

Yes, students will be released to their advisory class at 7:45am from either the cafeteria (middle school students) or gym (high school students).

 

For in-person students, will intervention services happen in the classroom or will pull out groups still be utilized?

Pull out services will still be offered.  If groups are not able to follow social distancing protocol, students and staff will be required to wear facial coverings.  Group tables, chairs, and materials will be sanitized in between groups.

 

Will there be changes made to October parent/teacher conferences?

Parent/teacher conferences will still take place on October 22 but will be 100% virtual.  Additional information regarding timing will be made available at a later date.

 

Will visitors be allowed in the building?

No, we will continue to maintain our “no visitors” policy for the time being.  Exceptions to this rule are professionals as required by an IEP and tradespeople for school repairs and improvements.  All exceptions will be required to wear a mask for entirety of their visit.

 

If we originally choose virtual learning and want to change it later will you be able to?

Parents/Guardians will have to decide between virtual or in-person for the entire semester.  Changes will be allowed for the second semester.

 

Have any changes been made to the food service program?

Yes, social distancing and in-room meals will be put in place during in-person learning.  Additionally, all meals will be free of charge to all students this year.

 

How do I pick my student up early?

At CASB, the person picking up student will have to state their name and show ID via the camera/intercom outside of Door A.  Once the receptionist is able verify that person via Powerschool, they will call the student to the office, sign them out and send them to their ride.

At SASB, the person picking up the student will be asked for their name and show ID via the camera/intercom outside of main entrance.  Once the receptionist is able to verify that person via Powerschool, they will be admitted into the vestibule where they may wait for their student.  Students will be called down to the office, signed out and then buzzed into the vestibule.

Infection Protocol

Will students be screened for COVID-19 symptoms while at school?

Parents/Guardians need to be attentive to the health of their student(s) and are expected to conduct daily at-home health screenings prior to arrival at school.  Click here for the Indiana State Department of Health guide to at-home screening.  This includes being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (i.e. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.). School staff will also be receiving professional development on how to recognize potential COVID-19 symptoms.  No one should be in our buildings if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

 

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, will they have to quarantine?

Students and staff who test positive will quarantine for at least 10 days from the date symptoms began AND remain fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication) before returning to school.  Click here for the Indiana State Department of Health guide for parents related to student screening and quarantine/isolation guidelines.

 

What will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow direction from the St. Joseph County Health Department.  This may include closing a classroom, school or schools for a period of time and shifting quickly to virtual classes for students who are impacted.  Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur.  This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.  The community will be informed of COVID case statistics within our schools via our website dashboard.

 

What is close contact?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a close contact is a person who spends greater than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive person’s symptom onset or positive test collection date if asymptomatic.  While mask use decreases the risk of infection, it does not currently change recommendations for quarantine.  Close contacts need to quarantine at home for 14 days after the date of their last exposure.

 

Will CASB and SASB do contact tracing?

Yes, contract tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  In general, contract tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and their contacts (people who have been exposed) and working with them to interrupt disease transmission.

 

If a student is suspected of having COVID-19, how will this be communicated to parents?

Both Career and Success Academy’s websites will host a COVID dashboard that will be available for viewing at any time.

 

How long must students self-quarantine if they have been in close contact with another person (including a household member) with confirmed COVID?  If this occurs will virtual learning be available to the student?

The health and safety of the school community is our top priority.  All suspected cases of COVID will be handled in coordination with the St. Joseph County Health Department.  Anyone with a suspected case of COVID or living with someone with COVID will be held out of school for 14 calendar days.

For Success students, the student’s teacher(s) will provide make-up instruction/assignments as we normally would.  The child will remain with their previously assigned teacher(s) as opposed to being moved to a virtual instructor.

For Career students, they will be allowed to transition to virtual learning during the quarantine period while maintaining the same schedule.

What to wear

Will all students and staff be required to wear a mask while at school?

Yes, per state order, face masks are required to be worn in indoor public spaces or outdoor public spaces where appropriate social distancing cannot occur.  Career and Success Academy require face masks to be worn while at school for all students and staff.

 

What if I do not want my child to wear a mask at school?

We understand that there are strong opinions about the use of masks.  The Indiana State Department of Health cited a 40-60% reduction in COVID-19 transmission when masks are used by all, which is why we are requiring them.  This is especially important since some carriers of COVID-19 may not have any symptoms.  Children, despite being generally less affected by COVID-19, expose school staff and adults at home who may be more at risk.  Students who choose not to wear a mask during the required times at school will need to utilize the virtual learning option.

 

Will my child get in trouble if they are at school and refuse to wear a mask, refuse to appropriately social distance, or participate in an activity that will put themselves or others at risk for exposure?

The safety and wellbeing of all students and staff members are of the utmost importance.  If a student refuses to wear a mask, appropriately social distance when able to, and/or participates in activities that put themselves or others at risk, appropriate consequences will be put in place.  If the behavior becomes chronic, they will be required to utilize the virtual learning option.

 

Which types of face coverings are acceptable?

Students should plan to have two masks that meet health guidelines as part of their back-to-school supplies.  Cloth masks, disposable masks, and medical grade masks are acceptable.  Bandanas are not approved for use as a face covering.  Neck gaiters may be used in place of a mask during PE classes and athletic events only.  All face coverings must be a solid color or pattern and should not have words on them.

 

Will the school provide masks?

Yes, the school will provide each student and staff member with two reusable masks

If a student brings a note from a physician stating that they cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, how will this be handled to ensure safety for all students and staff?

A face shield and social distancing will be required.  SJCPHO 2-2020 issue on June 29,2020 states that “exceptions include but are not limited to any person who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.  Examples of such exceptions include but are not limited to individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease; severe anxiety; autism; cerebral palsy; 2 years of age or younger.”

 

If the in-person learning options is chosen, can students use a roller bookbag since lockers will not be available?

No, bookbags need to be carried.  Bags with wheels will not be allowed.

 

Can a student wear a medical gown over their school attire?

No, medical gowns will not be allowed to be worn at school.

Special Programs and Extracurriculars

Can students come in the building to receive special education services but participate virtually for the rest of the day?

All special education services will be determined through a case conference committee.  If the CCC determines that it is in the best interest of the student to attend in person services and then participate in the curriculum online, that would be allowable.  This is mainly applicable to speech and other related therapies.  The Director of Special Education must be notified if the CCC will offer in person services along with online curriculum.

 

How will IEPs be handled if a student selects virtual learning?

When a family elects to participate in the virtual option, a case conference will be held to determine how to best meet the student’s needs in a virtual setting.  The IEP will be revisited to reflect virtual services.  Special education staff will continue to provide services and support to our virtual students as determined by the case conference committee.

 

Can students come in the building for specialized programs (welding, machining, etc.) but participate in virtual learning for the rest of the day?

Yes, students will be able to participate in specialized programs if they choose to attend virtually.  Arrangements for in-person attendance to meet the requirements of the program will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

Will virtual students be permitted to participate in athletics?

Yes, virtual students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities.

 

Will Hero’s Hangout still be available at SASB?

Yes, Hero’s Hangout will still be available.  We will be adding additional staff to help with social distancing.

 

Will after school clubs still be available from 4-5pm at CASB?

Yes, we will continue to offer club options from 4-5pm.

Transportation

Will there be transportation this year?

There will still be transportation between CASB and SASB.  We are asking that this service be viewed as a last resort option in order to minimize the number of students on the bus.  Due to social distancing protocol, buses will only be allowed to carry at half of their capacity.  Please be aware that this is likely to result in delays if our numbers do not decrease.

 

Do students have to wear a mask on the bus?

Yes, students must wear masks on the bus for the entire bus ride.  If a student refuses to wear a mask they will not be allowed to ride the bus.

Cleaning

Will materials with a fabric surface continue to be used (i.e. sensory swing/hammock, chair cushions, cloth covered furniture)?  Is there a way to sanitize them?

Yes, all surfaces will be wiped clean throughout the day and in between uses.

 

What cleaning enhancements are being implemented in each building during the school day?

Daytime sanitation efforts (trash pickup, debris removal, etc.) have been supplemented by additional precautions to protect against a COVID-19 outbreak.  Janitorial staff will continually clean all touch surfaces throughout the day with hospital-grade germicidal solutions.

 

What cleaning enhancements are being implemented in each building after the school day?

After school hours, all touch surfaces are again thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants.  Deep cleaning of restrooms, classrooms, floors and the cafeteria also takes place.  Special care is taken to avoid cross-contamination by designating cleaning equipment for certain areas only.

 

What cleaning enhancements will be implemented in each building if there is a COVID-19 exposure?

In the event of a COVID-19 exposure, the same hospital-grade germicidal cleaning routine described above will be used with the addition of special chemical foggers like those used in medical care facilities.