Health and Safety Protocols


Durham Academy’s prevention and protection protocols are informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for the reopening of schools, as well as state public health directives, specifically reopening guidance for K-12 schools issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

With health and safety as our first priority, our ability to offer in-person and/or hybrid educational experiences hinges on the willingness of our campus community to come together in support of our collective health and safety. Each of us has a responsibility to know and act on these standards and policies in a way that maximizes a safe and healthy environment for us to teach, work, learn and live.
 


 

 Responses and Management for Suspected, Presumed and Confirmed Cases

 

Student Feels Sick

Symptoms Detected Upon Arrival at School

Develops Symptoms at School

Reports Exposure Within the Last 2 weeks, No Symptoms

Reports Diagnosis Less than 10 Days Ago, No Symptoms

Action

Stay home.

Student will not be allowed to enter facilities and must return home immediately.

Student will be isolated in designated area and sent home.

Student will not be allowed to enter facilities and must return home immediately.

Student will not be allowed to enter facilities.

Contact

Health care provider, especially  if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.

Parent, guardian or caregiver will be contacted to transport student home and/or to medical care.

Parent, guardian or caregiver will be contacted to transport student home and/or to medical care.

Parent, guardian or  caregiver will immediately transport student home and/or to medical care.

Student will not be allowed to enter facilities and must return home immediately.

Quarantine

Dictated by symptoms and/or diagnosis. See Return to School.

Dictated by symptoms and/or diagnosis. See Return to School.

At least 10 days after appearance of first symptoms.

14 days after last close contact.

10 days after first positive COVID-19 test.

Cleaning

N/A

N/A

Areas closed off for at least 24 hours and then cleaned and disinfected.

DA will follow directions from Durham County Public Health Department.

N/A

Notification

Dictated by symptoms and/or diagnosis.

If positive diagnosis,  DA will notify Durham County Public Health Department and follow their guidance about notifications for students, families and faculty staff, and follow any additional instructions about facilities closures and contact tracing.

If positive diagnosis  AND symptomatic, DA will notify Durham County Public Health Department and follow their guidance about notifications for students, families and faculty staff, and follow any additional instructions about facilities closures and contact tracing.

DA will notify Durham County Public Health Department and follow their guidance about notifications for students, families and faculty/staff, and follow any additional instructions about facilities closures and contact tracing.

DA will notify Durham County Public Health Department and follow their guidance about notifications for students, families and faculty/staff, and follow any additional instructions about facilities closures and contact tracing.

Return to school

Student may return to school if fever-free** with confirmation of alternative diagnosis from health care provider explaining symptoms and after feeling well for 24 hours. 

Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 test  may return after 10 days since first symptoms, at least 24 hours have passed since recovery* and improvement in respiratory symptoms. They should also provide a statement from their physician clearing them to return. 

If diagnosed with COVID-19, student may return after 10 days since first symptoms, at least 24 hours have passed since recovery* and improvement in respiratory symptoms. They should also provide a statement from their physician clearing them to return.

If COVID-19 test is negative, student may return if fever free** and after feeling well for 24 hours. Confirmation of alternative diagnosis from health care provider explaining symptoms must be sent to Division Directors and Nurse Consultant.

If diagnosed with COVID-19, student may return after 10 days since first symptoms, at least 24 hours have passed since recovery* and improvement in respiratory symptoms. They should also provide a statement from their physician clearing them to return.

If COVID-19 test is negative, student may return if fever free** and after feeling well for 24 hours. Confirmation of alternative diagnosis from health care provider explaining symptoms must be sent to Division Directors and Nurse Consultant.

Student may return to school 14 days after last close contact, IF no symptoms develop NOR do they have a positive COVID-19 test.

Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 test should provide a statement from their physician clearing them to return. 

Student may return to school  10 days after first positive COVID-19 test or symptoms, 24 hours fever free** and improvement in respiratory systems, assuming they have not developed symptoms since that test.

Individuals who receive a positive COVID-19 test should provide a statement from their physician clearing them to return. 

 


After School

Extended Day and Enrichments

On-campus after-school programs will follow DA’s health and safety protocols including health screening, temperature checks, mask-wearing, grade-level cohorting in the Preschool and Lower School, frequent handwashing, physical distancing and outdoor activities.

Registration will be limited for these programs, and DA will only be offering an annual-contract, in-person option for Aftercare and Extended Day (drop-in and part-time contracts will not be available for the 2020–2021 school year.) After-school Enrichment classes will be offered online only, and space is limited for these programs as well. More information about registration dates, fall orientation meetings for parents and fall offerings can be found here



Athletics

In compliance with state and local guidelines, along with the NCISAA Guidelines for Conducting Summer Activities and current CDC recommendations, the following protocols are in place for all athletics practices. 

Please see this information from DA Athletics regarding fall plans, registration to participate in practices, and any meetings that students need to attend to find out more information. 

  • Athletes must have a Pre-Participation Form on file with the head athletic trainer, verify their medical and emergency contact information on Veracross and complete a COVID-19 waiver before they can participate in practice.
  • Coaches will complete a health screening and will conduct health screenings and temperature checks for all athletes before each practice.
  • Coaches or athletes who feel ill should not attend practices. If an athlete is registered to participate and does not attend, coaches will follow up to determine the reason for the absence.
  • All athletes are required to wear a mask any time they are not actively participating in practice.
  • All coaches are required to wear a mask during the duration of the practice.  
  • Teams will be divided into groups of 10 students or less. Social distancing will be practiced between groups, and they will not intermingle.
  • Parent attendance of practice sessions is not permitted.
  • Any person with positive symptoms reported will not be allowed to take part in practices and will be advised to contact their primary care provider. The school will take action as noted in the Responses and Management section of this handbook.
     


Communications

Durham Academy will coordinate with the Durham County Department of Public Health to determine when and how to inform families, students, faculty and staff as appropriate and maintain privacy and confidentiality as required by law. DA may also decide to issue notifications above and beyond what public health notification guidelines call for. Suspected, presumed and confirmed cases will be reported to the DA COVID Response Team, including, but not limited to the Administrative Team and Health and Wellness Team.

DA’s Office of Communications will keep families informed about announcements and information related to COVID-19 and the school's learning environments. Families can sign up to receive updates via email alerts through DA's website or via RSS feed.