COVID-19 Protocols

Training

Individuals that represent HCCS on campus (administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers) will receive training during in-service week on the following:

  • Practicing procedures for social distancing while on campus and using personal protective equipment (PPE),
  • Regularly wiping down classroom surfaces like desktops, doorknobs, and handles,
  • Identifying and reporting potential COVID-19 cases, and
  • Training students on promoting healthy hygiene habits in order to lessen the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.

This training will take place during the teacher and staff in-service week and be given by Mr. Moore, the Assistant Head of School.

In addition the staff training, Hunter’s COVID-19 response will also involve student training on best practices regarding preventative hygiene (i.e., hand-washing and sanitizing procedures, social distancing expectations, school procedures for lunch, etc.)  This instruction will take place during the first week of school by the administration and classroom teachers, with teachers leading by example in the classroom on an ongoing basis.

 

Arriving on Campus

Students will arrive on campus via the carpool drop-off. The on-campus traffic pattern has been slightly modified due to increased enrollment. The school community relies on the good judgment of each parent to monitor the health of their student before sending him or her to school each day.  The small size of the Hunter community well positions the school to continuously serve students in-person this school year.  Please take care not to send your student to school if he or she exhibits symptoms of illness.

When students exit vehicles at carpool drop-off, the following procedure will be followed in order to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Each student will be met under the port cochere by an HCCS faculty member to have his or her temperature taken.
  • If no fever is detected, then the student will proceed to his or her designated classroom following arrival protocols below.
  • If a fever is detected, then the student will not be allowed on campus, and must return to his or her vehicle.

This drop-off period will last from 8:00am until 8:15am. Student arriving to campus after that must report to the main office where he or she will undergo the aforementioned temperature-taking process.

  1. After carpool drop-off, each student will enter Heritage Hall and promptly sanitize his or her hands upon arrival. The student will proceed through Heritage Hall to drop off his or her lunch at the designated space, and continue immediately to his or her homeroom classroom.  At the appointed time the classroom teacher will escort his or her class to the sanctuary for morning chap

Classroom groups will move in units, and practice social distancing (remaining at least six feet apart) from other class groups that are also transitioning to chapel.

 

In Chapel

Each classroom unit will sit together in the pews at chapel, with appropriate social distancing between classmates.  Between classroom units there will be a buffer of at least one entire pew to appropriately separate classroom units from one another.

 

In the Classroom

Social distancing best practices will be adhered to in classrooms and other learning environments at Hunter Classical Christian School.

  • Student desks being situated three to six feet apart when feasible.
  • Each student will remain seated at his or her desk for the duration of each block of instructional time, with limited unstructured movement about the classroom.
  • “Shared use items” (i.e., pencil sharpeners or dry erase markers) will not be used. Each student will be prepared to be self-sufficient within his or her own desk space with his or her own materials.
  • Teachers will not be required to wear masks or face-coverings in classroom or other learning environments when social distancing best practices can be maintained (i.e., lecturing from the front of the room or from behind a teacher desk).
  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers can use discretion about wearing masks or clear face shields in the classroom.
  • 4rd through 8th grade teachers will be required to wear clear masks or face-coverings in the classroom if they move within three feet of a student (i.e., giving individual assistance, disciplining, etc.)
  • Each classroom is equipped with appropriate PPE for the teacher to distribute to his or her students if a situation arises where it is necessary to do so.

 

Transition Times

Students that transition from classrooms to other learning environments (i.e., the school library or art room) will adhere to the following:

  • Each class will m
  • ove about campus in its own group, escorted by the teacher.
  • When moving, students must remain in a single-file line with at least three feet of space in between each student.
  • While transitioning, each class group must remain at least six feet apart from other class groups that are also moving about campus.
  • Each student will be encouraged to wash or sanitize hands after each transition.

 

Lunch, Recess, and Specials

In addition to time in classrooms, students will spend time in other spaces on campus (i.e., Heritage Hall, the library, the art room, and on outdoor play spaces).

Heritage Hall

In order to allow for proper social distancing, two lunch periods will be incorporated into the daily schedule.  School-wide announcements and “Riddle Friday” will occur at lunch instead of morning meeting.  Routine hand sanitizing will occur before lunch.

  • The first lunch time will be from 12:15 until 12:35 and will include grades kindergarten through third grade.
  • The second lunch time will be from 12:40 until 1 and include fourth through eighth grades.

Recess

Two recess periods will be incorporated into the daily schedule to decrease the number of students outdoors at one time.  Routine hand sanitizing will occur before and after recess.

Specials

The same level of care that occurs in the classroom will be exercised in Specials.

 

Campus Visitors

All campus visitors must sign in in the main office where PPE and hand sanitizer will be provided.

 

Field Trips

Field trips will still be a part of the HCCS curriculum. They are an important aspect of the educational process and HCCS will continue to offer students these enrichment opportunities.

In order to maintain proper distancing, transportation for local destinations will require parents to transport their own students.  Parents may make arrangements with other families to jointly provide transportation as they deem appropriate; however, the school will not facilitate carpool to field trips as previously provided.  On field trips, students will wear masks in compliance with the requirements of the of the field trip destination and the executive order in effect.

Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student must quarantine for at least 14 days before returning to campus and obtain a physician’s approval that the virus is gone.  As HCCS will be in small classroom units to minimize mixing of students, exposure to a student with COVID-19 may be limited to one particular cohort and not pose a broad risk to the rest of the school.

 

Classroom units that have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 will switch to virtual learning as necessary and students will stay home in accordance with CDC’s guidelines for quarantine and self-isolation. The classroom teacher will facilitate distance learning during this time unless he or she also tests positive in which case alternative arrangements will be made. Meanwhile, the school may remain open. 

 

Adapting to New Information

As more is learned about COVID-19, guidance and best practices continue to change to navigate the pandemic.  HCCS will continue to monitor these updates, and will revise procedures and policies as befitting to best serve students and families.