Back to School '21-22

Welcome back students and staff!

We know that getting back into the swing of full time learning schedule can have its uniques challenges. Delaware Academy is committed to providing our community with the most up to date information, that's why we've compiled this page.

Here you'll find back to school-related documents, resources and even some external links in the navigation column to the left that we hope will assist you. 

Please understand that given the unique nature of how quickly protocols and guidance from state and local governing bodies are handed down, information provided is subject to change from time to time. We promise to update this page—and communicate to our community—as soon as possible. 

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for here, please do not hesitate to reach out to our district office. 

 BACK TO SCHOOL DETAILS  
 

 LEARNING MODELS FOR 2021-22 
We are returning to full in-person instruction UPK-12 (no hybrid models this year).  Remote instruction will only be granted to students with approved medically qualifying conditions that cannot otherwise be accommodated in the school setting.
We understand that in some instances students may require accommodations for medically-based remote-only instruction models. To facilitate those needs, this application  will need to filed with the district office prior to exception. For more information, please visit our Medically-Based Remote-Only instruction page. 

 MASKING & PRECAUTIONS 

Based on recommendations from Bassett Healthcare Network, Delaware County Health Department, we will begin the year with universal masking indoors, outdoor mask wearing optional.
At this time, there will be no daily on-line screening requirements. Masking WILL be required on all busses/transportation.

When teachers, staff, and students consistently and correctly wear face coverings, they protect others as well as themselves. Consistent and correct face covering use is especially important indoors and in settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth or disposable face coverings that cover both the mouth and nose (i.e. commercially made, homemade, sewn, & disposable masks that cover mouth and nose).

All students, staff, parents/guardians and visitors must wear face coverings in instructional buildings regardless of vaccination status.  Mask breaks will be provided in classrooms at teacher discretion.  Masks can be removed indoors when seated and socially distanced at 3-feet when:

• 
DA experiences two (2) weeks of zero positive cases of students and staff
• 
Delaware County’s seven-day rolling average is <2%

Students and staff who are unable to tolerate a face covering due to a medical condition will require documentation from a physician. DA administration will make decisions regarding students and staff who cannot tolerate face coverings due to a mental health concern or a developmental disability on a case-by-case basis.

Delaware Academy will continue to obtain and maintain an adequate quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) used for school safety purposes.

SOCIAL DISTANCING 

While indoors, maintain at least three feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, cafeteria, physical education, and music.  If students are engaged in singing or playing a wind instrument, at least six feet of distance between students is recommended. In physical education, ensure any contact due to activities is quick and not for extended periods of time.

 CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINE 

School districts must continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 to DOH. All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation for 10 days from date of symptom onset or test date if asymptomatic. Consistent with CDC guidance, students in the UPK-12 indoor classroom who are within at least three feet of an infected student with masking are excluded from the definition of close contact and not required to quarantine. DOH concurs with CDC guidance which recommends that fully vaccinated persons who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure. Close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19 which do not fall in the exception detailed below must quarantine for 10 days and monitor symptoms through the 14th day. Below is the CDC exemption for K-12 students in indoor classroom setting:


Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within three to six feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a 
clinically compatible illness) if both students correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

It is recommended that schools should continue to assist the DOH with contact tracing. Any students who begin to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should remain home and seek testing.

SCHOOL BUSSES AND SCHOOL VEHICLES 
All students and staff must wear masks while inside a bus, regardless of vaccination status.  Greater than one student per seat is permitted if distancing cannot be achieved.

Ventilation (windows open) can also help reduce risk of transmission.

 MANAGEMENT OF ILL PERSONS 
Any student or staff member with a fever greater than 100°F and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection should not be present in school.

Students and staff with symptoms of illness must be sent to the health office. Ill students and staff will be assessed by the school nurse, medical director, or DASH staff. If a school nurse or medical director is not available, ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider. The school nurse or medical director will assess individuals for chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions that may present the same symptoms as COVID-19, but are neither contagious nor pose a public health threat.

Students with a temperature or signs of illness will be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area for an evaluation, and possible Covid test. Staff will wear protective equipment when assessing the student. Staff who are ill with COVID 19 symptoms at work should notify their supervisor, leave the building and follow up with their medical provider.

Whenever a student or staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19 that imposes a significant risk of infection of others in the school, the individual shall be excluded from the school and sent home in a safe and proper conveyance. The Covid Coordinator or Superintendent will immediately notify the local public health department when a positive COVID case is reported.

School staff must immediately report any illness of students or staff to the school nurse or other designated school staff.

DA will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19.


 RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19 ILLNESS 
If a person with COVID-19 symptoms is not diagnosed as COVID-19 positive by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) they can return to school in coordination with Delaware County Public Health department:

  • Once there is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours

AND are able to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • They have been diagnosed with another condition and have a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school
  • They have a negative COVID 19 test
  • They have self-quarantined for 10 days

DELAWARE ACADEMY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CDC, STATE, AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE. THIS PLAN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PROGRESSES.

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