Health & Safety Protocols Overview
The Health & Safety Protocols listed below are a part of the district school re-entry plan. Please check your school's Re-Entry Plan for information about school specific information and procedures about health & safety, attendance, social-emotional learning support, and more. These are also available on each school website in the top menu and under Essential Links.
To view weekly student and staff new positive cases and quarantines, visit:
COVID-19 Parent Protocols
Subject to Change.
Does your child have any of these symptoms? - Stay Home if Sick
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Body aches
Has someone in the child's home tested positive for COVID-19?
- Notify School - Provide documentation to the school from medical provider. Beginning Semester 2, each school will provide work for quarantined students.
- Isolate 10 Days - Child follows medical orders to isolate the minimum 10-day period from onset of symptoms or positive test date.
- *Quarantine 10 Days - Child then quarantines for an additonal period of 10 days following the isolation period/*or receive a negative test result on Day 6 or after and no symptoms.
- Watch for Symptoms - If symptoms develop, parent should seek medical attention for the child and/or consider testing.
Has your child tested positive for COVID-19?
COVID Positive Students WITH Symptoms:
- Follow medical orders & notify the school.
- Conduct home isolation for a minimum of 10 calendar days from stat of symptoms AND have at least 3 days/72 hours of recovery without a fever and improved symptoms.
- Return to school following isolation if asymptomatic or seek further medical attention.
COVID-19 Positive Students WITHOUT Symptoms (Asymptomatic):
- Follow medical orders & notify the school.
- Conduct home isolation for 10 calendar days from child's positive test date and monitor any symptoms.
- Should symptoms start to develop, seek medical attention.
- Return to school following isolation if no symptoms are present.
Has someone at school tested positive for COVID-19?
- Any confirmed close contacts will be called and reported to the TN Department of Health. Contacts will quarantine 10 days from last exposure & monitor symptoms/or receive a negative test result on Day 6 or after and no symptoms.
- Parents of all students continue to monitor symptoms and seek medical attention, as needed.
- Schools continue to perform morning screenings of students & staff. Parents keep students who are ill at home.
Individuals who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days, as documented by a positive diagnostic PCR or antigen test, are not subject to quarantine. Individuals with at least 14 days after final vaccination dose & asymptomatic may also show proof for the quarantine exemption.
Close Contact = A person within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes of someone with COVID-19.
Health & Safety Protocols for Schools
Daily School-Based Health Screenings
- Assigned seating on the bus and attendance taken.
- Temperature checks upon building entry (encouraged by parents at home every morning) when infection rate is at a Critical level.
- Symptom-checks conducted via standard questions on Monday of each week. Students are encouraged to inform an adult if they experience symptoms throughout the week.
- Symptom-awareness lessons with students in the first week of school.
Here is some new information concerning face coverings following the September Board of Education Meeting on 9/8/20.
Below is the motion and vote from that meeting:
“To amend face coverings procedure to be in line with the Executive Order #54 of the Governor for grades 6-12
Motion by Jamie Farough, second by Carrie Pfeiffer.
Final Resolution: Motion Passed
Yes: Larry Tomlinson, Linda Armistead, Bill Robinson, Carrie Pfeiffer, Jamie Farough, Jon White
No: Kimberly McGee”
Face coverings are required in grades 6-12. Previously it was stated that students 12 and under weren’t required to wear them, however this new wording in the policy distinguishes by grade band to avoid confusion, particularly for some of our middle school students who may be 12 but turning 13 during the school year. The board was in agreeance that the 6th – 12th grade face covering requirement language made it easier to classify for teachers, students and parents/guardians.
In terms of “face coverings procedure to be in line with the Executive Order No. 54..” that was passed by the board, the items in that order that allow for non-requirement face covering flexibility situations for students in grades 6-12, as it relates to school day activities, are as follows:
- By someone who has trouble breathing due to an underlying health condition or another bona fide medical or health-related reason for not wearing a face covering
- By someone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
- While eating or drinking
- While outdoors, unless the person cannot substantially maintain appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household
- While working under conditions where appropriate social distancing from others outside of the person's household is substantially maintained
For students in Pre-K through 5th grade, there is the provision that allows for those students to wear a face covering, if they so choose and/or the parent encourages them to wear one during the day.
Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread and Mitigate Risk
- Stay home when sick
- 72-hour fever free prior to returning to work or school
- Hand washing videos and hygiene mini-lessons
- Surface-area cleaning between class changes
- Face coverings: required on bus, strongly encouraged at school, required when mandated
- Signs posted in all schools at specific locations about hygiene and symptoms
- Modified room/large-group area layouts, as possible
- Avoiding shared supplies in classrooms
- Visitor Policy Changes
- Food Service modifications and assigned/zoned seating at lunch
- Notification of COVID-19 positive tests to affected cohorts
- Nurse office virtual referrals, required face coverings in the clinic, and implementation of isolation protocols for symptomatic individuals
- No Field Trips
- No Assemblies
- Meetings with parents and school teams to address additional modifications or changes to IEPs, 504s, and health plans as needed for students to safely learn with underlying health conditions
It is our expectation that students and staff will wear face coverings while in the school building, and it is recommended that the adults model such behavior while interacting with others, both students and colleagues, while in the building.
Health & Safety Protocols for Athletics
The following safety measures will be in place while the district is utilizing the traditional model or hybrid model. If the district is forced to utilize the remote model, it is extremely likely that the TSSAA and/or Governor will suspend all athletic activities.
Athletic Practice and Conditioning
- District precautions will align with TSSAA guidance and Executive Orders from the Governor.
- Athletes and coaches will be screened before all team activities. Participants with a fever or symptoms will be sent home and referred to a healthcare provider.
- If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, that participant will isolate for the minimum 10-day period from onset of symptoms or positive test date. Participants that are determined to be close contacts will quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure.
- Common equipment will be sanitized regularly, hygiene will be encouraged, and water bottles will not be shared.
- Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible.
Athletic Locker Rooms
- Locker rooms will only be used on days that students were on campus for instruction.
- Face coverings will be required for everyone that enters the locker room.
- The locker room will be sanitized each evening after being used.
- The district will follow all guidance from the TSSAA and our Governor regarding athletic contests.
- Signage will be placed and messaging over the public address system to encourage spectators to take steps to preserve their safety and health.
- Virtual ticket sales will be encouraged.
- Ticket booths and concession stands must protect workers with plexiglass or curtain barriers.
- Athletic team members must wear a face covering while riding on a team bus.
- Overnight trips will not be permitted.