COVID-19 Health and Safety Update
Please note: Portions of the plan that have changed since the last published version will be marked as highlighted.
Updated Thursday, October 7, 2021.
This document is intended to provide ongoing information on any protocols that will be in place to protect our community at the Munnerlyn, Beaches, and St. Mark’s Campuses, and to do so in a way that ensures the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.
In the last 30 days we have continued to experience no known in-school transmissions of COVID-19. We are also very thankful to see materially declining positivity rates and hospitalization numbers in our community. Therefore, we are modifying our protocols to be mask-optional for all students in grades 7-12 beginning Monday, October 11.
At this time, we will continue to require masks for all students in classroom settings in grades Pre-K 3-6, and we will review our protocols no later than October 29.
Keeping our Community Safe
- Our overarching objective is to ensure we are able to have students physically present on our campuses, safely.
- We are counting on students, families, faculty and staff to not let their guard down, and remain mindful of any evolving changes in our community.
Flexibility to Modify
- We will continue to evaluate current health circumstances and local, state, and federal health guidelines as we focus on the overall health and safety of our community. We will seek to be flexible and proactive if any changes to our protocols become necessary.
- Our plans are based on our experience during the 2020-2021 school year and will continue to be informed by carefully considering recommendations made by organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics, Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), as well as local medical organizations and our Medical Advisory Committee.
Hygiene and Health Practices
- We will focus on reinforcing the value of personal hygiene by encouraging the washing of hands. There will be signage, daily reinforcement, and general availability of locations to wash and or sanitize hands.
- We expect all community members to self-regulate and not have students, faculty or staff come to school if ill or any symptoms are present.
- We strongly recommend vaccinations for all adults and eligible children.
- The following protocols will go into effect on Monday, October 11, 2021:
- Masks are optional for students in grades 7-12.
- Masks continue to be required for students in grades Pre-K 3-6 when in classrooms or smaller indoor settings.
Quarantine, Contact Tracing, and Online Access
- If a student is fully vaccinated or fully masked, quarantine will not be required in the case of close contact unless the student becomes symptomatic.
- We will inform parents and students when they have been in close contact with an individual that has COVID to take appropriate action.
- A student who is COVID positive will be required to quarantine. Students who have been exposed to COVID may also be required to quarantine based on the school’s contact tracing protocols.
- If the student is required to quarantine he/she will need to quarantine for 10 days after the last known exposure to an individual testing positive, or quarantine for seven days if he/she tested negative via PCR test after five days. Results must be sent to the school nurse before returning to campus .
- Online Access will be available for quarantined students as described above to observe their core academic classes. This assumes the student is capable of participating in the Online Access learning environment that is tailored to be age-appropriate and varies based on course and grade level.
- Students who are not COVID positive and/or quarantined by the school but are symptomatic will be encouraged to rest. Online Access will not be available.