COVID-19 Health and Safety Update

Updated Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Purpose

We will enter the 2021-2022 school year with protocols that have been modified since last year. 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.

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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.

Vaccinations

  • We strongly recommend vaccinations for all adults and eligible children.

Mask Usage

  • Mask usage is optional for all adults and students, with the exception of unvaccinated adults who must wear a mask in indoor settings.
  • We value the effectiveness of masks as a means to reduce the risk of transferring airborne diseases and recommend their use for anyone who may want to add a level of personal protection.

Quarantine and Contact Tracing

  • Vaccinated adults and students will not have to quarantine when exposed to individuals with COVID.
  • Unvaccinated adults and students may be required to quarantine if in close contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID.
  • We will inform parents, students, and school staff when they have been in close contact with an individual that has COVID to take appropriate action.