THE SCHOOLS OF MCKEEL ACADEMY
COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES
COVID-19 Prevention Strategies
- Hand Sanitizer available in classrooms, throughout the campuses, and on school busses
- Utilize the McKeel Symptom Checker each morning
- Respiratory Etiquette (cover coughs and sneezes)
- Health signage posted throughout the campuses
- When feasible, all classroom seating will be spaced and facing the same direction.
- Students will not share supplies. If supplies need to be shared, they will be disinfected.
- Directional hallway traffic will be implemented whenever possible.
- Student desks will be disinfected between class periods.
- High touch surfaces/areas will be disinfected throughout each school day.
- High touch areas on playground equipment will be disinfected between class use.
- School busses will be disinfected after morning and afternoon routes.
- Cafeteria: seating will be reduced to 50% capacity. The remaining 50% of students being served during their designated lunchtime will eat in their classroom or utilize outdoor space.
- Visitors: TSMA will not permit school visitors or volunteers for the foreseeable future. Lunch visitors are prohibited until further notice.
- Field Trips: During the first nine weeks of school, student field trips will not occur.
- Face coverings (masks) remain optional except when indoor mask mandates become necessary based on campus infections. TSMA highly recommends the use of face coverings for all students and staff while indoors.
McKeel Symptom Checker
Health Screenings - Health screenings will be conducted regularly for individuals on TSMA property. Parents/guardians should conduct their own screenings at home each morning before the school day and must keep their child home if ill. All staff will perform a symptom self screen prior to leaving for work and will stay home if ill. Temperature checks are not mandated and therefore will not be conducted on or by TSMA staff or students as an initial screening method. Instead, wellness check questions will be used for staff and students. Wellness check questions:
- Has your student(s) received a positive COVID-19 test result or is your student awaiting test results? If so, please keep your student home and contact our COVID Care Coordinator.
- Have you had a fever (100.4° or higher) or felt feverish in the last 72 hours?
- Are you experiencing any new respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath?
- Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills?
- Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell?
Sick Individuals - Sick individuals will be refused entry into schools or buildings to reduce the risk of contamination. Employees presenting with sickness, symptoms or answering yes to any of the screening questions shall not be permitted to enter facilities.
Parent/guardians presenting with sickness symptoms shall be denied entry into facilities. Students who show symptoms of sickness must be picked up from school immediately.
Please contact our COVID Care Coordinator if you believe your student is presenting COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 Exposure Protocol
The Schools of McKeel Academy policy for exposure is as follows. These guidelines are for those who come in contact with an individual while on a McKeel campus who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
- The primary contact of individuals who have come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, will receive an email from the school informing you of an exposure.
- If your student is symptom free or has been fully vaccinated, your student(s) may remain in school.
- If your student is presenting symptoms, please do not send your student to school and contact our COVID Care Coordinator.
- If you would like to quarantine your student for the 7-day quarantine length, you must notify our COVID Care Coordinator, Mrs. Angela Allman. Your student is not required to quaratine so long as your student is symptom free or has been fully vaccinated. Please contact your teacher(s) for assignments while quarantined.
Please remember FERPA, HIPPA and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who receives a positive result.
TSMA COVID Care Coordinator:
Mrs. Angela Allman, 863-999-3027, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
TSMA will work with families whose students may contract COVID-19 and will develop a comprehensive care plan for returning to school. TSMA will cooperate with the health department and provide the required information as it relates to notifying individuals who may have been in contact with the person infected. Due to FERPA regulations TSMA does not have authorization to disclose names of infected individuals.
What if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
TSMA will notify individuals who have been in contact with the person infected. Due to HIPPA regulations TSMA does not have authorization to disclose names of infected individuals.
If a member of the household contracts COVID-19, will the student be required to quarantine?
Under the emergency ruling by the Florida Surgeon General on September 22, 2021, parents/guardians may choose one of the following options:
- Allow their child who is a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual to remain in school - as long as they do not have symptoms; or
- Elect for their child(ren) to quaratine for a period of time not to exceed seven (7) days from the last close contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19.
My student has been fully vaccinated, does he/she need to quarantine if he/she has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
Wellness & Self Care
Positive Cases for The Schools of McKeel Academy
2021-2022 School Year
|Aug. 5 - Aug. 7||4||0||3||7|
|Aug. 8 - Aug. 14||11||5||23||39|
|Aug. 15 - Aug. 21||36||18||95||149|
|Aug. 22 - Aug. 28||28||16||32||76|
|Aug. 29 - Sept. 4||10||9||11||30|
|Sept. 5 - Sept. 11||15||2||3||20|
|Sept. 12 - Sept. 18||10||1||2||13|
|Sept. 19 - Sept. 25||4||0||2||6|
|Sept. 26 - Oct. 2||6||2||3||11|
|Oct. 3 - Oct. 9||4||0||1||5|
|Oct. 10 - Oct. 16||6||0||0||6|
Last updated 10/20/2021
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