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Fostering a safe learning environment for students, families, faculty and staff.

The Antioch School is committed to balancing the safety of our students, families, faculty and staff with our collective desire to have in-person school in September, if community conditions are conducive to doing that safely. With that as our goal, we have been working on our schooling plan. We have crafted this plan based on guidance from the Greene County Health Department, the Ohio Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control, and factored in family feedback to our survey, and the values that always inform the educational decisions at our school. The surveys were especially informative, and there were many topics where there was a consensus from our community – the desire for in-person school, daily temperature checks, hand-washing with safe soap, limiting of adults in the building, and maximizing the time your children spend outdoors.

The Antioch School has many advantages when it comes to maintaining a safe learning environment during the pandemic. For starters, we are a small school with small class sizes. Typical student enrollment is less than 60 students spanning Nursery (3 1/2 year olds) through the Older Group (up to 6th grade equivalent). The fewer number of students means less individuals available for contact, which means a safer environment.

Antioch School students also spend a significant amount of time outside every day. We also have outdoor classrooms that are used year round - even in winter! Outdoor learning has been an intricate part of the school since its inception. We know how to do it and do it well. Outdoor learning isn't an add-on to the curriculum because of COVID-19, it is one of the core principles of the Antioch School.

The school building itself has some advantages. Each classroom has direct access to the outside, so students can arrive/leave without ever having to go through crowded hallways. The classrooms also have tall ceilings and lots of windows - that actually open. In warmer weather it is possible to get cross ventilation throughout the school through strategic opening of those windows.

Antioch School Safety Plan for 2020-2021

Assessing Symptoms

  • Everyone will need to get tested the week before school starts. Students must have a negative test result before starting the school year. This is for baseline data and some screening benefit, although it doesn’t guarantee that exposure won’t occur after that.
  • Students will enter their classroom every morning through their room’s external door on the tire swing side of the building, and have their temperature checked with a no-touch thermometer by their teacher. Any adults who enter the building will have their temperature checked as well.
  • If a student, faculty or staff member has any of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4° F or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, cough, or an epidemiological link to a case of COVID-19, that individual must stay home and consult your doctor about when to get tested. Once you have a negative test and are healthy, you can come back to school. If you have a known or presumed case of COVID, follow the CDC guidelines for returning. Families should use their best judgement with regard to this policy and always keep sick children home from school, even if it is not likely to be coronavirus.
  • If testing is indicated by symptoms or an epidemiological link to someone with the virus, yet testing is slow to process, or unavailable, a two week isolation period will be necessary. Families must take this extra responsibility for ensuring that their child does not have coronavirus before they return to school. This is essential for maintaining the safety of the school community and helping us to remain open for in person school.
  • If a student, faculty or staff member tests positive, they will immediately inform the school. Whoever is determined to have been exposed to that person will need to isolate for two weeks. This may include an entire group, groups, or even the entire school. If a group or groups need to isolate at home, online instruction will be offered during that time.
  • If a member of a school family tests positive, children in that family will need to isolate for two weeks and not come to school.
  • If your family travels to one of the states identified by the Governor as a high infection area, your child will need to isolate at home for two weeks, before returning to school.

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