MCA will be updating these policies according to recommendations from local health officials.
What will MCA do to ensure my child is in a clean environment?
We have always maintained a clean school building at MCA, but now we have to move to a more diligent sanitization practice. Daily cleaning will include more involved practices such as sanitizing shared surfaces between classes as students change rooms and daily sanitization of all common areas by pneumatic sanitizing sprayer after school hours.
Will there be additional personal hygiene measures in place to help protect my child from COVID-19?
Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple points throughout the school building each day. Students will be strongly encouraged to wash their hands before and after lunch as well as to use hand sanitizer throughout the day. For example, secondary students should use it upon entry to each classroom at class changes.
How will MCA assess staff and students for COVID-19 symptoms and what will the response be to these symptoms?
All Staff will be temperature screened upon arrival at school and sign a statement saying they have no symptoms. We are asking parents to assess their students before bringing them to school. By bringing their students to school they are declaring that their students are symptom free. If symptoms arise during the day that dictate a student be sent home, the student will be isolated in the school Health & Wellness area to await pickup by parent.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at MCA, all families will be made aware of the situation via MCA’s normal communication portals (FACTS, email, etc.) Specific policies and guidelines about MCA’s response to this situation are available in the school office for review with a school administrator.
The following update has been made to MCA's COVID-19 policy as of October 20, 2020:
If someone living in a student's residence has symptoms of COVID-19 and intends to be tested, the student must remain at home while awaiting test results. If the test result is negative, the student may return to school. If the test result is positive, the student will begin quarantine as directed by the local health department/CDC.
Students who are in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, must remain in quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact with the infected individual. When individuals suspect they may have been infected with COVID-19, it would be good practice to immediately isolate themselves from others living in the home.
Will my child be required to practice social distancing?
Social distancing will impact our students, staff and families each day. For example, our arrival and dismissal procedures will be modified to limit close contact among students at these times. A revised lunch schedule will enable us to spread the students out among the tables in the gym. Additionally, classroom furniture placement will allow us to maximize the distance between students. For those concerned about MCA’s sports programs, we will be playing sports this fall, but will make modifications as deemed necessary.
The following update has been made to MCA's COVID-19 policy as of November 10, 2020:
What is the policy for who may enter the building when students are present?
Employees, substitute employees (when scheduled to work), students, and required maintenance personnel may enter the building when students are present, both before and after school.
Parents of preschool and kindergarten students may continue to bring their child in to use the restroom and wash hands at the regularly scheduled drop-off time. Please do not enter the classroom. Please wear a mask, unless you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask.
Parents of students in Late Stay may enter the building during Late Stay hours to pick up their child.
Coaches may enter the building at their scheduled coaching time only.
Tardy students should be dropped off at the front entrance (near the offices) and, if necessary, school personnel will escort them to the classroom. Please do not drive away until you are certain your child has entered the building.
If your child has an early dismissal from school, please come to the front entrance (near the offices) and either call the school office or use the buzzer. School personnel will bring your child to your car.
If your child has tutoring or test make-up after school, please wait in your car in the front parking lot (near the school office) and your child will be escorted to your car, if necessary, when tutoring or test make-up is complete.
If you need to drop off something to your child, please leave the item in the bin on the front porch area (near the school office) and either call the school office or use the buzzer to let school personnel know you've left an item for your child (such as lunch, clothing, medicine, etc.). Please ensure the item is clearly marked with your child's name. School personnel will deliver the item to your child.
Students may not have any guest during lunch time.