Back to School Guidelines 2020
The goal of Corn Bible Academy is to return to school with our normal calendar and to remain as consistent as possible with our normal day-to-day operations while maintaining the health and safety of students and staff.
The following guidelines have been developed by the CBA Board and Administration. Changes or adjustments can and will be made as circumstances dictate throughout the course of the school year. Having a successful school year will require a high degree of cooperation between school and home. Parents carry the greatest responsibility for their children and we will rely upon parents to not only think of their child, but the health and welfare of others when making decisions about sending children to school when they are sick or potentially sick.
- Fever is a primary symptom of COVID-19 and many other illnesses, but we realize that individual temperatures can vary greatly. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 without medication, they must stay home. (If a child has a temperature between 98.6 and 100.4, parents are encouraged to keep the child at home if they display any other symptoms that would indicate they are sick.) In order to return to school, the student must have been fever-free, without medication, for at least 24 hours. In general, this means that if a child has a fever at any time during the day, they need to remain home the following day. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s temperature before allowing them to come to school.
CBA has purchased digital, no-touch thermometers and will take the temperature of students before they are allowed to get on our bus or enter the school building at the beginning of the day. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be isolated and parents contacted to come and pick up the child. (If a student drives to school, the parents will be notified to determine if the student may drive home.)
- Persistent cough is another common symptom of COVID-19 and needs to be monitored. Parents need to be aware of any change in behavior or health of the child that might indicate illness.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for 14 days or until they have had a negative test result before they can return to school.
- Students exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be required to stay home unless they begin to show symptoms.
- CBA will not suspend in-person school unless multiple students or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. In the event that school needs to be suspended, it will likely only be for two weeks during which time instruction will continue via distance learning.
CBA will take the following precautions to help keep students and staff healthy:
- Take temperatures of those entering the building or riding our buses.
- Encourage students to maintain social distance as much as possible in the hallways and common areas.
- Allow, but not require, students and staff to wear masks in the hallways and common areas. Students will also be allowed to wear masks in the classroom if they are comfortable doing so.
- Have hand sanitizer available in all classrooms, hallways and buses. Encourage good handwashing habits.
- Separate desks in classrooms and have them all face the same direction to maintain social distance as much as possible.
- Students will be asked to bring a water bottle. CBA is purchasing two touchless water bottle filling stations (one for main hallway and one for the gym.)
- Encourage social distancing during lunch and other break times.
- Alternate seating on buses and disinfect buses daily.
- Disinfect classrooms, hallways, bathrooms and other common areas daily using EPA approved disinfectants.
- Class registration and enrollment will be done via email for most students unless they have unusual schedule needs.
- All visitors to CBA will need to have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the building during the school day.
Sports and Other Activities
- As a member of OSSAA, CBA must follow their guidance in conducting athletic contests. At this time, OSSAA intends to have fall sports and activities proceed as normal.
- CBA is arranging to live-stream as many of our home sports contests as possible. Details will be shared with families as they become available.
- Spectator attendance at football and volleyball matches will be allowed with spectators assuming all risks associated with attendance.
- CBA’s Annual Meeting, Yearbook Signing party and Buck-a-Burger events are being planned with more information to come.