According to Simpson Academy Headmaster Nick Lee, everything is in order to start school August 7 as planned.
Lee said there will be a few commonsense variations from normal due to coronavirus. Facemasks are not mandatory but are optional. If students or staff would like to wear them they may. This is subject to change in the event that an order to do so is issued by the governor or health officials. Plans are to social distance as much as possible, but Lee says classroom space is somewhat limited.
School officials have planned four levels of implementation starting with the Cougar Plan which is the least restrictive. The second level is the Green Plan with which the administration plans to start. It includes the campus being open with limited restrictions. It limits visitors on campus, who must be pre-approved by the school. Under no circumstances will visitors be given access to go to classrooms. They must go to the elementary building to check in.
The overall goal is to provide a safe environment for the students, faculty and staff as well as maintain a quality education, said Lee.
Students are asked to bring their own bottle of hand sanitizer so they can help prevent the spread of germs. Water fountains will be closed so students are encouraged to bring their own water in a clear plastic bottle.
Athletic facilities will be limited to student use only. Teachers will assist in sanitizing common surfaces regularly to include items like computer keyboards and other common surfaces.
The school will be clearly marked to remind students safe health practices like social distancing. The staff realizes they everywhere student go they will be some risk so this is why they are implementing safe practice procedures which will reduce the potential of spreading the virus.
In the event a student is ill they should stay home and follow protocol as prescribed by the school.
Monday of this week was the final deadline for distance learning. Once a student starts with distance learning they are required to participate the entire semester in distance learning.
The elementary facility will have lunch on a staggered schedule to reduce exposure. The junior high and high cafeteria will continue to operate as normal students are encourage to take breaks outside or in the classroom for lunch.
Children should be checked for fever on a daily basis before leaving for school. The school has a laser thermometer to check students.
Signs of Covid-19 may include the following;
-Shortness of breath
-Repeated shaking with
-Loss of taste of smell
-Diarrhea or vomiting
-Feeling feverish or a
greater of 100 or equal
to 100 degrees
If there are questions by parents they should feel free to contact the office or any staff member.