March 11, 2021 COVID-19 Policy Updates

As stated prior to Spring Break, the Academy made changes to define the term “cohort” to mean any group of people who have been in class together. This has created many smaller cohorts within Middle and Upper School and impacts fewer students in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus. In the event that a student in these grades tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, contact tracing is performed by School Staff, and only the students who are in class together are required to transition to remote learning. Contact tracing additionally includes determining children who ride to school together, spend time indoors together, eat lunch together, etc. Utilizing contact tracing allows the remainder of the Academy to remain on campus with supervised, in-person educational instruction.

The following additional changes to the Academy’s COVID practices will be implemented for the remainder of the school year. These changes follow guidance provided by the NC Department of Health & Human Services which was updated for schools on March 24, 2021.

  1. The morning health questionnaire will be eliminated. Families should continue to conduct home-based symptom screening for students and keep children at home when ill. Students and Staff that test positive for COVID-19 should notify the school office as quickly as possible.

  2. Daily symptom screening for all students at school entry will be eliminated. The school will follow our typical procedures for exclusion as we would for any type of illness if a child is symptomatic at school.

  3. The quarantine period for close contact exposure will be lowered from 14 days to 10 days (if the person is not presenting symptoms of COVID-19 after daily at-home monitoring).

  4. The quarantine period for an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be 10 days from their positive test.

  5. If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not tested positive nor has visited a health care provider, they are presumed positive and may return to school when:

  6. It has been 10 days since their first day of symptoms AND

  7. It has been at least 24 hours since they had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine) AND

  8. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

These changes will shorten the amount of time that cohorts have to be in a remote status due to positive cases, ease the daily requirements on families and staff with eliminating the questionnaire, and speed up the morning drop off at campus.

The school will continue with our daily cleaning and disinfection procedures. The current mask policy will remain in place per guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. We will continue to monitor any changes in guidance and will update the policies and procedures related to COVID-19 for Cape Fear Christian Academy as needed.

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