Health and Safety Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols

As we enter this new school year, COVID-19 continues to be a threat to people in our area, state, and nation.  Unquestionably, we are prepared to be flexible and proactive should local conditions or any government or health mandates require us to pivot and modify our current plans.  At this time, FBCA will move forward with our plans to employ a number of health and safety protocols on campus, while resuming normal school operations.  
 
FBCA will continue to review the needs of the school community, monitor local and state guidance, and the recommendations from the CDC, and make any necessary changes to keep our students, faculty and staff, parents and visitors as safe as possible.

Protocols for 2021-2022 School Year

List of 9 items.

  • Students

    Parents are encouraged to screen their child for COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to campus each day. The self-screening can include taking their child’s temperature and checking for symptoms that are related to COVID-19. Parents should keep their child home if they have symptoms of any infectious illness and consult with the campus nurse or their healthcare provider for guidance and care.

    Parents must contact the campus nurse if their child tests positive for COVID-19 or believe he or she has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. The family will receive guidance and final clearance to return to school based on the unique situation of each student and school policies.

    Students that test positive for COVID-19, must meet the following criteria to return to campus: 

    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; AND, 
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; AND, 
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)  
     
    Students who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

    FBCA will continue to contact families as a courtesy if their child may have had exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.  Students who are fully vaccinated and/or who remain asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine from school after close contact with an infected individual.
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  • Staff

    Each day, every faculty and staff member is required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before reporting to campus. The self-screening can include taking their own temperature and checking for symptoms that could be COVID-19 related. If a staff member has COVID-19 symptoms, they must follow established procedures for reporting their absence and consult with the campus nurse or their healthcare provider for guidance and care.

    Faculty and staff members must contact their campus nurse and division head if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. The faculty or staff member will receive guidance along with the final clearance to return to work based on the unique situation of each individual and school policies.

    Faculty and staff that have tested positive for COVID-19, must meet the following criteria to return to campus: 

    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; AND, 
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication; AND, 
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)  
     
    Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home until at least 10 days after the day they were tested.

    Faculty and staff members, who are fully vaccinated and/or who remain asymptomatic, will not be required to quarantine from school after close contact with an infected individual. 

    FBCA’s Leadership Team will work diligently to support teachers through all circumstances this year.  In the event a teacher must be away from school due to COVID-19, division heads will work with the faculty member to teach remotely, when feasible, and livestream into his or her classroom on campus. A substitute teacher will be placed in the classroom during this time to facilitate instruction and supervise our students.
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  • Visitors

    We are happy to welcome parents and guests on campus for the 2021-2022 school year!  All visitors and volunteers are asked to self-screen prior to arriving on campus and to refrain from being on campus if symptoms of any infectious illness are present.
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  • Hygiene

    Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs to others. We will continue to ask that students, faculty and staff members, and visitors frequently and consistently practice safety protocols by washing their hands as often as possible using the following handwashing protocol:

    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and rinse with clean water. 
    • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer and dry hands with a clean paper towel.
    • Hand washing and/or sanitizing is required before, during, and after group activities, before and after eating, nose blowing, coughing, or touching any common items.
     
    Students, staff, and faculty will have regular, designated times for handwashing and access to hand sanitizer throughout the day, with a specific focus on arrival to school, entering the classroom, and before meals.
     
    Our Registered Nurse team will post communications around campus, reminding students of the importance of good hygiene practices, and will reinforce these measures on the first day of school and throughout the year.
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  • Face Coverings

    In accordance with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order, effective June 05, 2021, students, faculty and staff, parents, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in schools.  However, any individual may wear a mask if they choose to do so. Personal choice about mask wearing is to be respected at all times by all students, faculty and staff members, parents, and visitors.  
     
    As of July 27, 2021, the CDC recommended that everyone in kindergarten through grade 12 wear a face covering indoors.  This would include teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.  This recommendation is for schools located in areas of substantial and high transmission.  As of today, Fort Bend County’s COVID-19 community risk level stands at “low/moderate community risk.”  While face coverings are not required at FBCA, this precaution is encouraged for students, faculty and staff members, parents and visitors that are not vaccinated.
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  • Social Distancing Measures

    The CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms.

    Keeping this in mind, faculty will organize their classrooms in such a way as to preserve a positive and collaborative experience for students, and when feasible, space students apart and provide for social distancing. 

    FBCA will continue to review the needs of the school community, monitor the recommendations from the CDC, and make any necessary changes to keep our students, faculty and staff, parents and visitors as safe as possible.
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  • Safety through Cleaning and Distancing

    FBCA will continue the following procedures to protect the health and safety of our Eagle family:
    • Support CDC healthy hygiene protocols and have them posted throughout campus.
    • Provide hand-sanitizing stations in every classroom and provide portable stations around campus at all school entrances and communal spaces.
    • Conduct HVAC/AC system cleaning and utilize high-grade filters in all facilities.
    • Provide designated staff members to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and common interior spaces throughout the school day, including but not limited to desks, door handles, bathrooms, and playground equipment.
    • Maintain a daily cleaning schedule and increased disinfection.
    • Educate students on the importance of simple and consistent hand-washing and personal hygiene practices.
    • Provide no-touch water fountains around campus and suspend the use of traditional water fountains.
    • Require students and staff to bring their own water bottles to minimize the use and touching of water fountains.
    • Limit the use of shared objects when possible, and if not, clean between uses.
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  • Students’ Social and Emotional Well-Being

    At the center of FBCA’s planning for this school year is students’ social and emotional learning and well-being.  FBCA is committed to ensuring that every student is known, loved, cared for, and connected as we return to campus this fall. We will utilize our school counselors to provide training to our faculty, and frequently engage with and be available to students and parents, whether in the classroom or from a distance. FBCA will also offer a range of opportunities including resources, professional development, and educational programming to support our students, staff, faculty, and parents.
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  • School Clinics

    Clinic space will be offered for well care separate from sick care. The goal is to keep children and adults who are sick (even with regular, seasonal colds and flu) away from healthy students and staff who come to the Clinic for medication and other needs throughout the day.
     
    Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be removed to a separate location. FBCA’s Return to Campus Policy will be followed for self-quarantine at home until the person is fully recovered.
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