Health and Safety Measures
Lakehill is implementing enhanced health and safety measures and cleaning protocols in order to provide an environment that minimizes the exposure to COVID-19 for our students, faculty, and staff. We will abide by state executive orders and local guidelines regarding health and safety and, as such, these protocols will be updated as we receive new information. The role of our entire Lakehill community in this shared responsibility includes maintaining safe and healthy behaviors that protect each person and those around them. Students will be trained in these new procedures on the first day of classes.
Health and Safety Agreement
Each family will be required to complete a Health and Safety Agreement. The agreement states that the family will adhere to the Health and Safety protocols, including self-screening each day and keeping students home if they are not feeling well, are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or have potentially been exposed. The agreement will be available through the FACTS Family Portal on Monday, August 17, and must be completed by Friday, August 28.
Visitors on Campus
During the initial phase of reopening, in order to maintain minimum exposure, only those essential to school operations will be on campus. Parents and visitors will not be allowed inside the campus building except by administrative invitation. At the time when parents or visitors are allowed on campus, they will be required to complete the health screening questionnaire and have their temperature checked at the main entrance.
All students should wear a face mask or face shield every day.
Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texans to wear face masks in public in counties with outbreaks of COVID-19. Based on this, Lakehill will require all faculty and staff and all students in grades three through twelve to wear face coverings while on campus. Students in kindergarten, first, and second grades will be asked to wear face coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Students may wear cloth masks or face shields and should bring a face covering to school each day. When face coverings cease to be required, Lakehill will ask that students wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lakehill is reconfiguring its classrooms to allow for three to six feet of physical separation for all students and faculty when in a classroom setting. The science and computer labs in Middle and Upper School will be equipped with plexiglass dividers to provide for barriers between students. Music classes will be held in the auditorium so that students can be at least six feet apart. Physical education classes will be held outside or in the gym with the students appropriately distanced from each other. The cafeteria will be furnished with rectangular tables with plexiglass dividers and the lunch schedule will be adjusted to accommodate smaller groups of students.
Students will be reminded to follow appropriate hygiene practices including frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing. Hand sanitizing stations are being installed in every classroom and in common areas. Students will be reminded not to share personal items, including food and supplies.
Disinfecting and Sanitizing Measures
All cleaning and sanitary practices on campus will be enhanced. Every classroom will be equipped with disinfectant wipes and disinfectant spray. Desk tops, chairs, door knobs, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will be cleaned each time students leave the classroom. The maintenance staff will spot clean restrooms, common areas, and high-touch areas throughout the day. All classrooms, common areas, and offices will be cleaned by the janitorial company every evening.
We are excited to add a full-time school nurse to our team. If a student is sent to the Health and Wellness Center and is running a fever, coughing, or experiencing shortness of breath, he or she will not be allowed to return to class. The student will be isolated and required to remain in the Health Center until picked up by a parent or guardian.
Keeping our students and faculty healthy is of the utmost importance. The health screening protocol involves a self-screening at home as well as temperature screening on campus before entering the building. A staff member will be stationed at each entrance and will administer contactless temperature checks for each student every morning. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be sent home.
Parents must not send a child to campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. Students who exhibit any symptoms related to COVID-19 while at school will be isolated until they can be picked up by a parent. Students confirmed or suspected with COVID-19 must stay at home.
Students may return to school when all three of the following are met:
- at least twenty-four (24) hours with no fever;
- improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If a student has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before the above three conditions are met, the student must obtain a doctor’s note clearing the student to return to campus.
Our school nurse will lead the health and safety protocols for screening, self-reporting, communicating, and tracing COVID-19 activity on campus. We are partnering with Dallas County Health and Human Services regarding our procedures for handling illness on campus, and will follow their protocols for reporting and communicating COVID-19 exposure and diagnosis within the Lakehill community.