Student Arrival / Dismissal + Campus Visitors
- Symptom Screening + Temperature Checks / Re-Checks
- Divisional Arrival Information
- Divisional Dismissal Information
- Parent Campus Visits
- General Campus Visitors
The daily routines of arrival and dismissal are being impacted by our COVID-19 plan - arrival much more so than dismissal. The emphasis on temperature taking and symptom screening (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, and loss of taste/smell) is a critical foundation of one of our efforts to restrict the virus from entering our buildings and is well worth the minor inconvenience of a slightly slower drop-off line.
The primary drop off for all students begins at 7:40 a.m. No faculty will be on duty prior to 7:40 a.m, and no student may leave their car until their temperature has been verified and recorded by one of the faculty members on duty. If anyone from any division needs to be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 7:40 a.m., please pull in front of the Administration Building and school personnel will assist you.
Parents need to wear masks in the drop-off line each morning as a window will need to be rolled down to take temperatures and respond to screening questions. Masks will need to be available at pick up if the parent rolls his or her window down to speak with someone outside the vehicle.
Lower, Middle, and Upper School students (except student drivers) will continue to be dropped off in the morning at their normal places. At each drop-off destination there will be multiple faculty members to conduct the temperature-taking protocol (e.g. take the temperature inside the car, screen for symptoms, require that a mask be put on). Lower School will utilize the carpool area in front of the main Administration Building. The Middle and Upper School drop-off sites are designated by tents.
The acceptable temperature for attending school, as measured on our infrared thermometers, is 100.0 degrees. If a student records a temperature of 100.0 degrees or less, they are permitted to exit the car wearing a mask and enter their respective building. Lower School students need to wait for a “runner” to escort them to their classrooms.
If a student's recorded temperature exceeds 100.0, the driver has two options. They can simply take the child home and care for them or visit a doctor OR they can drive to an area adjacent to the Lower School garden (designated by a small tent) where the school nurse will offer a second temperature taking and second symptom screening. At that point, the nurse is fully authorized to decide if a child stays on campus or leaves campus that morning. There is no appeal beyond her if she refuses to allow the child onto the campus. That child may return to campus once he or she has been cleared by a doctor or has received a negative COVID-19 test result.
Once a student has successfully completed his/her screening by one of the four staff members in carline, there will be two “runners” who will walk the students in small groups to Happy Hall to verify their screening was completed.
Students will report directly to their classroom upon entrance to Happy Hall or the Fifth Grade Hall and should not linger or wait in the hallway.
If a student does not have a mask, the parent will take the student home to get one. They will then have to follow the protocol upon return arrival to campus to check in at the Reception area in Corn Hall.
Once cleared by a staff member, the students will then follow the one-way-traffic protocol to go to their locker. They will then go directly to their 1st period class. The 1st period class will be monitored by their 1st period teacher. First period attendance will be taken at this time.
First period teachers will monitor students at their lockers where students will put away their items and retrieve morning class period items. Students will use their backpacks to carry their items between classes and will not be allowed to go to their lockers until lunch.
Late students will follow Upper School check in procedures.
All students must get checked in before entering Corn Hall.
Students who drive themselves to school go through the screening process in the Sea Island Tent.
Students who are dropped off by a parent should go through the screening process while in their car behind Corn Hall (at the designated drop-off area anchored by a small tent).
There will be two faculty members at the front of Corn Hall, two faculty members at the designated drop off area behind Corn Hall, and one faculty member on the side of Corn Hall to allow students who have been screened to enter.
Students should go to their lockers and then directly to their 1st period class.
Students will not be permitted to linger or wait in the hallways at dismissal.
Students will line up in a quiet line in their designated homerooms to follow a staggered dismissal. To implement the staggered dismissal, teachers will be called to exit their rooms and proceed to the main carline. Once at the main carline, teachers will have their class sit down in a designated grade-level area. Students will be called by last name and report to a color-coded cone for loading.
All parents must have a mask available to wear in the carline. Cars will be instructed to move forward once all students are loaded.
Students should not linger in the halls or the Academic Center after the school day is over. If they are not attending tutorial, they should leave the building. Students should leave the building promptly after tutorial is over.
Tutorials will be separated by grade designations on a weekly rotation (e.g. History 6 - Monday, History 8 - Tuesday etc.).
Students will be required to exit the building immediately after tutorial for parent pickup. Students will NOT be allowed to gather in groups to wait for parents and will be monitored outside for social distancing.
Students not picked up by 4:15 p.m. will be required to go to Extended Day to wait for their parents and a fee will be charged.
Students will NOT be allowed to be on campus unsupervised at any time.
Students should not linger in any hallway, the Ralston Fine Arts Center, Gym, Locker Rooms, or the Nash Academic Center after the school day is over. If they are not attending tutorial, they should leave the building. Students should leave the building after tutorial is over.
Although parents are welcome to visit campus, they are:
- Encouraged to limit visits as much as possible in order to minimize interaction.
- Encouraged to make appointments whenever possible and are required if meeting with a teacher or Division Director.
- Required to check in at the two reception areas (Administration Building or Corn Hall) and follow the same screening procedures as students and employees.
- Required to wear a mask and follow social-distancing procedures at all times.
- Required to gel in and gel out upon their arrival and departure. Hand sanitizer stations are located in both reception areas.