Private schools announce plans for safe return

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Local public schools have resigned themselves to a virtual learning environment this fall, but area private schools are proceeding with plans for in-person instruction in early August.

According to officials at Indianola Academy and North Sunflower Academy, students will return for a half day at each school on Aug. 7, and the first full day will commence on Aug. 10.

If students do return to campus in August, it will not be without restrictions.

Both schools are taking similar steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the virus which has caused the disruption in education since March.

Both IA and NSA will have strict guidelines for parents, students and teachers.

For instance, no one other than students, staff and teachers will be allowed in any building between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

“Parents or visitors may not enter any building before, during or after school,” IA said in its guidelines handout last week. “Only employees of Indianola Academy will be allowed in buildings after 4 p.m.

Here are some quick highlights from the schools’ guidelines, which can be found on their individual social media pages.

Indianola Academy

Students who run 100.4 degree temp or higher will not be able to attend classes that day.

If a student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, IA will immediately remove students and staff from any area which may be affected until it has been fully disinfected.

Students who test positive, along with any siblings who live in the same house, will be asked to quarantine at home for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the test. Students must be symptom free in order to return to school.

Faculty and staff who test positive will follow the same quarantine guidelines.

K3-5 will be taught in the same room throughout the day.

PE will take place outside if weather permits.

Lunch orders will be taken in advance and will be boxed and delivered to the classrooms.

No cash will be accepted at this time.

Students 6-12 will change classes throughout the day with staggered schedules. Masks will be required for all students in these grades when they are in class or in common areas. 

The campus will be cleaned each day, throughout the day.

North Sunflower Academy

Students will be screened upon arrival. Those riding NSA-provided morning transportation will have their temperatures checked prior to being allowed on the bus/van.

Students with 100.4 degree temp or higher will not be allowed on the bus or attend school or practices.

Students living in the same household will sit together en route.

Upon entering the building, students will immediately wash their hands before going to their classrooms. Students will not wait in the hallway.

All employees are to be at the school by 7:30 a.m. to help with arrival and supervision of students.

Students K3-6 will be taught in the same room throughout the day. PE will take place outside if weather permits.

Assemblies or large gatherings of students will not take place until conditions allow.

Masks will be required for all faculty and staff when they are in close proximity or interacting with students.

Students 7-12 will change classes on a staggered schedule

Students with last names beginning with A – M may go to their lockers and restrooms between 1st and 2nd periods, 3rd and 4th periods, and 6th and 7th periods.

Students with last names beginning with N-Z may go to their lockers and restrooms between 2nd and 3rd periods, 4th and 5th periods, and 6th and 7th periods.

Both schools have their entire plans posted on social media.

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