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COVID

Community

Handbook

2020-2021

Table of Contents

 

SECTION I

INTRODUCTION

SECTION II

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

Staying Home

Daily Screening

Entering School

Becoming Sick During the School Day

Confirmed Case of COVID-19

SECTION III

CLASSROOM PROTOCOLS

Set-Up

Face Coverings

Cleaning

Classroom Transitions

Shared Materials

Hand Sanitizer

SECTION IV

FACILITY PROTOCOLS

Hallways and Public Spaces

Cleaning

Bathrooms

Water Fountains

SECTION V

VEHICLE PROTOCOLS

Passengers

Cleaning

SECTION VI

OUTDOOR SPACES AND EQUIPMENT PROTOCOLS

Usage

Cleaning

Face Coverings

SECTION VII

VISITOR PROTOCOLS

Allowed

Not Allowed

Face Coverings

Screenings

SECTION VIII

DROP OFF PROCEDURES

Lower School

Junior High

High School

SECTION IX

PICK UP PROCEDURES

Lower School

Junior High

High School

SECTION X

FOOD PROTOCOLS

Lower School Lunch

Junior High Lunch

High School Lunch

Group Food

Cooking at School

SECTION XI

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Behavior

Training

Hygiene

SECTION XII

ACADEMIC DELIVERY METHODS & PLANS

On Campus Learning

Online School

Remote Attendance

Virus Days

SECTION XIII

ATHLETICS

Lower School/Junior High

High School

SECTION XIV

THE KNIGHTS CLUB (TKC)

Set-Up

Face Coverings

Cleaning

Hand Sanitizer

Usage of Outdoor Space and Equipment

Behavior

Hygiene

SECTION I

INTRODUCTION

 

COVID-19 has resulted in a Global Pandemic which is changing the daily operation of Noble Academy.  The following policies and procedures are designed to keep all members of our community safe and are expected to be followed by all. This is a fluid document that will change as the information about COVID changes.


SECTION II

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

 

Staying Home

Noble Academy students and employees must stay home if:

Daily Screening

Beginning on April 19, 2021 students will not be required to participate in a screening prior to entering school. Families should monitor students for symptoms at home and follow the guidelines for their student to return to school.

Employees will self screen, including taking their temperature, and report their information via an internal process.

It is expected that all employees and students are following the state, city and public health guidelines when not at school to help ensure the safety of our entire community, particularly our vulnerable community members.

Entering School

Students and employees are required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entrance to the buildings.

Becoming Sick During the School Day

Students who become sick during the school day will be sent to the Lower School Administrative Assistant.  If the student has one or more COVID-19 symptoms (chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.0 or above, diarrhea/vomiting):

Employees who become sick during the school day will immediately be sent home and their duties will be covered internally until a substitute can arrive.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on Noble Academy’s campus, the school may close for a period of time based on the recommendation from public health officials. The school will follow the guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as published in the Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19:

Returning to School

Noble Academy will utilize the protocol for returning to school as indicated by the Department of Health and Human Services.  This Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 provides comprehensive information regarding when employees and students can return to school.

(without medicine) and has felt better for 24 hours.

Students who are quarantined for any reason are welcome and encouraged to participate in their classes via Remote Attendance.

Faculty who are quarantined for any reason may have the option to teach remotely, if appropriate supervision for their classes can be secured.

Administrators and Staff who are quarantined for any reason will have the option to work remotely, if their position allows.


SECTION III

CLASSROOM PROTOCOLS

Set-Up

Classrooms are to be set-up allowing for students and employees to have 6 feet of physical distance between students and teachers when seated.  Employees are responsible for ensuring that desks and chairs are not moved from their designated location.

Employees will be responsible for keeping a seating chart for students in each class. Seating charts will be utilized in the event an active COVID-19 case is identified in the school to determine who would be considered a close contact. Students will be required to adhere to the seating chart provided by the school, however, adjustments and modifications to the seating chart could be made if the student requests a change. However, there are many factors that determine the seating charts, most of which cannot be shared with individual families, so Noble Academy requests families employ a sense of understanding about any rigidity in the seating charts.

In the unlikely event a class must have more students registered for the class than can be safely seated in the room physically distanced, the teacher will create a rotation of students who will experience the class remotely each day. Students who are on campus, but remotely attending a class, will only remotely attend one class per day, will be supervised by the classroom teacher, and will be provided with direct instruction on the utilization of remote attendance technology allowing for a student to experience remote attendance prior to having to use it from home.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required to be worn when inside of any Noble Academy building.  Employees are responsible for wearing their own face coverings, as well as instructing students to wear their face coverings when necessary.  Cloth face coverings should be at least two layers and kept with all employees and students at all times during the school day.  Face shields that wrap around the face and extend below the chin may be substituted for individuals that have difficulties wearing a cloth face covering. Employees will follow the existing discipline policy for students regarding face coverings in the event of non-compliance.

Cleaning

Employees are required to utilize a school-provided disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces in their classrooms at the conclusion of each class period.  This includes desks, chairs, shared writing utensils (dry erase board markers, smartboard pens, etc.), shared office supplies (staplers, hole punches, etc.), and any other high touch surface.  

Noble Academy will provide the cleaning supplies, as well as a pair of reusable gloves to be worn while cleaning.

Classroom Transitions

During classroom cleanings students will be transitioning to their next class, going to their lockers, and/or using the restrooms.  Administrators and teachers with an upcoming planning period will be in the hallways and other public areas to supervise these transitional times. All employees and students are required to wear a face covering during all transition periods.

Shared Materials

All shared, non-paper, materials will be cleaned at the conclusion of each class by an employee.

Classes which typically utilize a lot of shared materials will plan for sets of materials that students will have exclusive access to.  This includes art supplies and math manipulatives.

Hand Sanitizer

Students will be required to utilize hand sanitizer upon entrance to any classroom.  Hand sanitizer will be available in all areas of the school and students may be asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands if an employee notices excessive face touching. Employees will be on hand to ensure the usage.

 


SECTION IV

FACILITY PROTOCOLS

 

Hallways and Public Spaces

All employees, students, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings when in Noble Academy’s Buildings.  This includes hallways, buses, and other public spaces in the buildings.

Cleaning

Employees are responsible for disinfecting any high touch surfaces in any area they have utilized during the school day.  This includes during lunch duty, usage of the collaborative classroom, Lower School science lab, or any other group rooms.  Cleaning supplies and re-usable gloves will be provided by Noble Academy.

Bathrooms

All bathrooms will be disinfected and cleaned twice during the school day and then again during the evening facility cleaning.

Water Fountains

Water fountains will be closed for the balance of the pandemic.  The bottle filling stations will be open in each building.  Students and employees are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to school each day and fill it during transition times.  


SECTION V

VEHICLE PROTOCOLS

 

Passengers

Passengers should sit in any transportation physically distanced if possible.  Meaning, one row empty between each row with students sitting and only one student per seat.  

All bus passengers and drivers will be required to wear a face covering.

Windows on the bus will be at least cracked, weather permitting.

Cleaning

Drivers are required to disinfect the vehicle prior to the next usage.  Utilized seats and the seat backs in front of utilized seats should be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down.  Any high touch areas, such as windows or handrails, should also be disinfected.

Driver touch points will also be disinfected in the event a different driver utilizes the vehicle next.  This includes steering wheel, gear shift, door handles or opener, windows, stereo, and gauges.  


SECTION VI

OUTDOOR SPACES AND EQUIPMENT PROTOCOLS

 

Usage

Teachers will be encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces during the school day as much as possible, while still providing the appropriate instruction necessary for students to make academic progress.  Classroom usage of outdoor spaces could include utilization of the Outdoor Classroom, utilization of the Courtyard, utilization of the blue metal picnic tables, nature walks, and sitting in the field or another outdoor grassy space, maintaining physical distance or with masks on if physical distance can’t be achieved.

Recess will take place outdoors, weather permitting.  No indoor recess spaces will be available if the weather permits outdoor recess.

Cleaning

Outdoor Classroom:  The outdoor classroom is constructed of wood. The CDC does not recommend disinfecting wood surfaces, though COVID-19 could potentially be transferred via wood.  Students and employees utilizing the outdoor classroom will be asked to use hand sanitizer before sitting in the outdoor classroom and will be asked to wash their hands immediately after returning to the building.  

Courtyard: Employees are required to utilize a disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces in the courtyard at the conclusion of each class period.  This includes tabletops, seats, and any other high touch surface.

Blue Metal Picnic Tables: Employees are required to utilize a disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces of the blue metal picnic tables at the conclusion of each class period.  This includes tabletops, seats, and any other high touch surface.

Face Coverings

Outdoor Recess: Face coverings are required, even outside, when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required when students are outside and are able to physically distance themselves from others.

Outdoor Classroom Activities: Students participating in outdoor classroom activities will not be required to wear a face covering in the event physical distancing can be achieved. If physical distancing is not possible, then a face covering will be required..

SECTION VII

VISITOR PROTOCOLS

 

Allowed

In an effort to protect our community, visitors will be restricted to:

Not Allowed

The following types of visitors will not be allowed in the building while students are present:

Face Coverings

All visitors will be required to wear a face covering upon entrance to the building. Face coverings are required for all people in any Noble Academy building.

Screenings

Most visitors will not be entering Noble Academy’s buildings past the lobbies. Parents will not be allowed past the front desks, unless they have a pre-scheduled appointment with a teacher. Visitors moving past the lobby will be required to participate in a screening, which will include a temperature reading from the Administrative Assistant.


SECTION VIII

DROP OFF PROCEDURES

 

Lower School

Lower School (Grades 2-6) should be dropped off at the front door of Lower School between 7:45 and 8:10 a.m.  Students should put on a face covering before exiting their vehicle. 

Junior High

Junior High (Grades 7-8) should be dropped off at the Junior High door between 7:45 and 8:25 a.m.  (Students are tardy at 8:20.) Students arriving after 8:25 should enter through the Upper School Lobby doors and be screened by the Administrative Assistant. Students should put on a face covering before exiting their vehicle. 

High School

High School (Grades 9-12) should be dropped off at the Upper School side lobby door between 7:45 and 8:25 a.m.  (Students are tardy at 8:20.) Students arriving after 8:25 should enter through the Upper School Lobby doors and be screened by the Administrative Assistant. Students should put on a face covering before exiting their vehicle. 


SECTION IX

PICK UP PROCEDURES

 

Lower School

All students and employees will be required to wear face coverings during pick-up. Students will be picked up in the front of the Lower School at 3:00 p.m. (1:45 on Wednesdays).

Junior High

All students and employees will be required to wear face coverings during pick-up. Students in Grades 7-8 will be picked up outside of the Junior High hallway door starting at 2:55 p.m. (1:40 on Wednesdays). Parents should utilize the Upper School carpool lane closest to the building and will drive onto the gravel driveway. After the child is in the car, follow the driveway to the back of Noble Academy’s property and turn right onto Piermont Dr.

High School

All students and employees will be required to wear face coverings during pick-up. Students in Grades 11-12 will be picked up outside of the Upper School side lobby door starting at 3:00 p.m. (1:45 on Wednesdays). Student drivers are encouraged to leave immediately at 3 p.m. or wait until after 3:10 p.m. to avoid the carpool traffic.

Students in Grades 9-10 will be picked up outside of the Upper School side lobby door starting at 3:05 p.m. (1:50 on Wednesdays).  We anticipate heavy traffic on Piermont Dr. during dismissal between 3:00 and 3:10 p.m.  If you prefer to avoid that congestion, arriving at 3:10 is a good option.

The policies of the YMCA are still unclear at this point regarding if members are able to enter their facilities. Please check with the YMCA directly if the plan for your child is to go to the YMCA after school.


SECTION X

FOOD PROTOCOLS

 

Lower School Lunch

Students will eat in the Cafe, the space will be set-up with only the chairs and tables available to achieve the appropriate physical distance between students. This will include markings on the booths to indicate where a student can sit.

At the conclusion of any group eating in the Cafe, employees are required to utilize disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces.  This includes tables, chairs, and any other high touch surface.  

Hot lunches will be distributed by an employee wearing a face covering.  Microwaves will be available but should only be operated by a designated lunch supervisor. Students are encouraged to bring food that will not require the use of a microwave to limit waiting time.

Junior High Lunch

Students will eat in the Cafe, the space will be set-up with only the chairs and tables available to achieve the appropriate physical distance between students. This will include markings on the booths to indicate where a student can sit. The outdoor courtyard will also be available for limited seating and will be clearly marked.

At the conclusion of any group eating in the Cafe or courtyard, employees are required to utilize disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces.  This includes tables, chairs, and any other high touch surface.  

Hot lunches will be distributed by an employee wearing a face covering. Microwaves will be available but should only be operated by a designated lunch supervisor. Students are encouraged to bring food that will not require the use of a microwave to limit waiting time.

Depending on weather and the inaccessibility of the courtyard seating area, a classroom will be designated as a small group eating area in order to avoid exceeding Cafe capacity. The teacher supervising this room will be required to utilize disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces at the conclusion of the lunch period.  This includes tables, chairs, and any other high touch surface.  

High School Lunch

Students will eat outside, weather permitting. If the weather does not allow for outside eating, students will eat lunch in their advisor’s classroom each day, or in the Cafe while maintaining appropriate physical distance.

Hot lunches will be available for High School students to pick-up in the Upper School hallway. These lunches will be passed out by an employee in a face covering and students will be required to wear a face covering in the hallway.

Students in High School will not have access to microwaves during the lunch period to heat up a lunch. Students should bring a lunch that does not require heating.

Group Food

Employees and students bringing food to be shared with the community should be served by an employee wearing a face covering.

Cooking at School

All cooking during the school day, by students for a class, will be put on hold for the balance of the pandemic. Cooking in class, by its nature, creates an environment difficult to maintain physical distance, as well as leads to shared utensils and potential contamination of food.


SECTION XI

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

 

Behavior

Noble Academy recognizes that each family has their own individual response and beliefs about COVID-19. The school is required to adhere to local and state public health guidelines. Students who do not adhere to the regulations surrounding the safety of our community will be subject to the disciplinary process in their division. Students who regularly disregard requirements or instructions may be asked to learn remotely for the balance of the pandemic.

Noble Academy understands that face coverings, physical distancing, and other safety precautions will be difficult for our students, particularly our younger students. Our teachers will remain compassionate and work to coach them on adhering to the safety requirements. However, Noble Academy does have an obligation to keep all members of our community safe, including our employees who are statistically at a higher risk of getting COVID-19 than many of our students, so the safety requirements will continue to be enforced as an important part of the school day.

Training

During the initial days of the school year, students will be provided with direct instruction on the safety precautions Noble Academy is employing. Allowing them a thorough understanding of their own responsibilities, but also to provide a broad view of the big picture to assist with any anxiety about being back in school. These trainings will be delivered during Advisory and in individual class periods.

Employees will be trained on their responsibilities during the work days prior to school starting.

Hygiene

Students are expected to maintain high levels of hygiene while at school. This includes, but is not limited to:

SECTION XII

ACADEMIC DELIVERY METHODS & PLANS

 

On Campus Learning

The ideal delivery of a Noble Academy education is in-person. All of the health and safety protocols put in place are in an effort to have students physically at school for as many days as possible.

Noble Academy’s Academic Leadership Team has determined the utilization of a block schedule would be the most efficient and effective schedule during this global pandemic. The schedule consists of three or four 65 minute classes per day, which rotate among six classes total per student. This schedule allows a 10-minute break in both the morning and the afternoon, as well as a lunch and recess period for each division. This schedule also allows for cleaning time between each class change, to assure the safety and well being of our employees and students.

This schedule also allows an additional period on Friday afternoons. Lower School students will have an additional literacy period at this time, each week. This will allow an additional 65 minutes for their Wilson Reading Instruction weekly. Upper School students will have a club period at this time. All Upper School students will join a club. Clubs may change quarterly or semesterly and will be led by an Upper School teacher or administrator.

Online School

Online School is the utilization of synchronous and asynchronous instructional methods with the goal of maintaining current skills and achieving new academic skills in the event the physical campus at Noble Academy cannot be open.

The Online School schedule will be similar to the school-day schedule. Students will synchronously attend three or four classes every day of the week, as well as have access to their teachers for individual office hours as needed.

Remote Attendance

Remote Attendance is an option for students who are learning from home while Noble Academy’s physical campus is open. Each Noble Academy classroom is equipped with a conference room grade webcam. Teachers will provide a link on student’s calendars at the beginning of the school year to each class's video meeting. Students should log into the meeting at the beginning of each class period. Students attending remotely will be able to see the classroom, the teacher, and the smartboard. Teachers will be able to share their smartboard screen on the video meeting, so the student will be able to easily see it. Teachers’ lessons will include ways for students attending remotely to participate, complete assignments, be involved in group discussions and projects, and access all material used.

Virus Days

Noble Academy has added nine days to the end of the school calendar, called Virus Days. These days will be utilized when the physical campus needs to close and Online School does not begin immediately. In those instances the days of lost instruction would be added to the end of the school year calendar. Noble Academy’s goal is to truly empower students to meet their highest potential and we know that in-person direct instruction is the best way to accomplish this. These Virus Days will allow us to provide our students with the full school year’s worth of instruction in the event our in-person instruction becomes frequently interrupted for short school closures. The hope is that we will not need to use these and school will finish as scheduled, but the need to be flexible and responsive will be more important during this school year than ever before.


SECTION XIII

ATHLETICS

 

Lower School/Junior High

At this time the Independent School League has suspended all sports

High School

Noble Academy will have non-competitive athletic opportunities for high school students in the fall and winter seasons. Varsity Golf will be available in the Spring.


SECTION XIV

THE KNIGHTS CLUB (TKC)

Set-Up

Indoor TKC spaces, the Cafe and the Media Center, will be set-up allowing for students and employees to have 6 feet of physical distance when all are seated.  Employees are responsible for ensuring that tables and chairs are not moved from their designated location. Employees will be responsible for assigning work areas to students and ensuring they remain in their designated space.

Face Coverings

Face coverings or face shields that wrap around the face and extend below the chin are required to be worn at all times indoors.  Employees are responsible for wearing their own face coverings, as well as instructing students to wear their face coverings when necessary. Employees will communicate with the After School Supervisor and parents in the event of non-compliance.

Cleaning

Employees are required to utilize a school-provided disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces in the Cafe and the Media Center.  This includes tables, chairs, shared supplies, and any other high touch surface.  Noble Academy will provide the cleaning supplies, as well as a pair of reusable gloves to be worn while cleaning.

Hand Sanitizer

Students will be required to utilize hand sanitizer upon entrance to and exit from any shared space.  Employees will be on hand to ensure the usage.

Usage of Outdoor Space and Equipment

Employees will be encouraged to utilize outdoor spaces as much as possible, while still providing the appropriate guidance necessary for students during homework time.  TKC usage of outdoor spaces could include utilization of the Outdoor Classroom, utilization of the Courtyard, utilization of the blue metal picnic tables, nature walks, and sitting in the field or another outdoor grassy space, maintaining physical distance without masks or with masks on if physical distance can’t be achieved.

Recreation time will take place outdoors, weather permitting.  No indoor recreation spaces will be available if the weather permits outdoor activity time. TKC will have their own set of recreation equipment (balls, frisbees, etc.)

Pick Up

All students, parents,  and employees will be required to wear face coverings during pick-up. Students will be picked up at the TKC door, located between the main entrance of the Lower School building and the Cafe. Parents/guardians will ring the doorbell and once invited into the foyer, a TKC staff member will sign the student out using the iPad and then the parents return to their car.  Parents are not permitted to enter the shared TKC spaces and must remain behind the marking at the end of the entranceway. A TKC staff member will alert the student that it is time to go and will assist in gathering belongings and dismiss the student to their car.  All students must be picked up by 6:00 pm.

Food Protocols

Students will eat in the Cafe, the space will be set-up with only the chairs and tables available to achieve the appropriate physical distance between students. This will include markings on the booths to indicate where a student can sit.

At the conclusion of any group eating in the Cafe, employees are required to utilize disinfectant spray and paper towels to clean all touched surfaces.  This includes tables, chairs, and any other high touch surface.  

Pre-packaged snacks and drinks will be provided and the options for the week will be communicated ahead of time. Students are allowed to bring their own snack but no sharing of food will be permitted, nor will use of the microwave.

Behavior

Noble Academy recognizes that each family has their own individual response and beliefs about COVID-19. The school is required to adhere to local and state public health guidelines. Students who regularly disregard requirements or instructions, even after prior communication between the After School Supervisor and parent has taken place,  will be dismissed from TKC for the duration of the pandemic.

Hygiene

Students are expected to maintain high levels of hygiene while participating in TKC. This includes, but is not limited to:

Attendance

Students may not join TKC if they have been absent from school that day or have chosen to take advantage of our remote learning option. TKC is also unavailable on early release days, holidays, virus days, and during other special events as identified on the school calendar.  TKC may become unavailable if there is a report of a student or employee exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms  and/or a confirmed case and contact tracing is necessary.