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Safety Harbor Montessori Academy Re-Entry Plan| Phase II

Illness Policy

Please keep your child at home if he/she shows signs of illness. It is essential that everyone cooperate in this manner to keep the spread of illness to a minimum. An ill child not only unnecessarily exposes his/her classmates to illness but also is more susceptible to additional illnesses. We realize that parents sometimes have very pressing schedules that make it difficult to keep children home from school, but alternate arrangements should be planned for in advance since unexpected illnesses are an inevitable part of childhood. The school is not permitted to keep sick children in our care. If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be contacted so that you can pick him/her up as soon as possible.

 

​Your child needs to stay home from school if he/she: ​

  • Has a fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) or higher. 

  • Has a contagious disease. (Please inform the school immediately.) 

  • Displays any of the following symptoms: severe/frequent coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, a rash of unknown origin, heavy or discolored mucus discharge from the nose, or unexplained eye redness and/or drainage. 

  • Children should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

​These suggestions should aid you in the determination of whether your child should or should not be sent to school. We rely on your good judgment. When in doubt, keep your child at home.

 
Specific to COVID-19

 

​You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough/Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing 

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Confusion

  • Bluish lips or face

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion/runny nose 

  • Nausea/vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Seek medical advice if your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.  

- From CDC.gov

If a Child or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19​

​Students should stay at home if they have tested positive for or are showing signs of COVID-19. Please let us know right away if your child has a positive diagnosis for the virus. If a child or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 we will call the health department for further instruction. We will follow the health department's guidelines and require a doctor's note stating it is safe for a person to return to school after a COVID-19 diagnosis or after a suspected case of COVID-19. Students and staff members who have recently had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 may be asked to stay home and monitor their health. Affected school environments will be deep cleaned.​

 

Health Resource for Parents:

 

FL Dept of Health in Pinellas Epidemiology: 727-824-6932

 

 
Health Screening

Children with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) or higher are not permitted to enter the school. 

Parents need to be able to answer no to each of these questions below in order for the student to join the class each day. Please contact the front office if you are unable to answer no to one of the following questions.

  1. Does your child have a fever, respiratory infection, cough, or shortness of breath?

  2. In the last 14 days, has your child had any contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?

  3. In the 14 last days, have you been asked to self-isolate or been instructed to quarantine by a medical professional or local health department official?

​Personal Protective Equipment ​- Our Mask Policy

  • Masks are required for staff members while indoors and around others.

  • While inside, visiting adults and students are required to wear masks when around others.

We do realize mask wearing can be a challenge for our littlest ones, but please have faith in our amazing staff. They are quite adept at convincing the young ones to follow along, and please be assured they will do it kindly, gently, and respectfully. Masks should fit snugly against all sides of the face, cover the nose and mouth, and secure under the chin. Gaiters are acceptable if folded in a double layer covering the nose and mouth. 

We will make accommodations for students who have a disability and are unable to wear a mask or for students who cannot safely wear a mask because of a health condition, as determined by a medical professional. These exceptions to our updated mask policy will require a note from a medical doctor who is qualified to determine whether it is medically necessary for the child to be exempt. We will evaluate each exemption on a case-by-case basis. Students may be asked to socially distance if someone nearby is medically exempt and unmasked.

With the spread of the new Delta variant, the CDC has updated their guidance for fully vaccinated people. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff and students.

Below are links to recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

 

CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare

Mask Wearing Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics

We truly care about our SHMA family. We want the best for all of you. We thank you in advance for your help, understanding, and cooperation.

 

Handwashing

Staff members and children will wash hands regularly at CDC recommended times. Please see the resources below if you would like to know which guidelines we are following or if you would like to talk to your children about handwashing.

 

Click here for handwashing videos.

Click here for handwashing posters.

 

 
Parents & Other Visitors

 

We ask for visitors to please wear masks while indoors and around others.

 

Front Office Staff

 

Laura Pravs, Admissions

lpravs@shma.us

 

Lydia Buening, Office Manager

lbuening@shma.us

 

Germaine DiJohn, Associate Head of School

gdijohn@shma.us

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