Overall Health Guidelines
On Campus Learning and Remote Learning (AMI)
Policies for Early Childhood, Lower School, and Upper School
Events and Activities
Last Covid Plan Update: August 31, 2020
All updates are indicated by yellow highlight.
Overall Health Guidelines
The Baptist Preparatory School is committed to the safety and health of our students and faculty. As we face unprecedented times, we will continue to follow the guidelines and wisdom from those in authority and input from our medical community. We desire to continue offering dynamic, Christian education in the safest and best way possible and we will continue to make changes as necessary to do this.
Any student or employee who has a fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher must stay home and not return to school until they have a negative COVID-19 test or a diagnosis from a medical doctor that rules out COVID-19 and remain fever/symptom free without fever reducing medication for at least 48 hours. All COVID-19 test results should be immediately shared with the Baptist Prep administration and/or nurse.
If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the student must stay home for a 10 day period and be fever/symptom free for 72 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school. Students will receive AMI instruction while off campus. If a student has any form of prolonged direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, he/she must stay home for 14 days while receiving AMI instruction. If a family member of a student has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, the student is allowed to attend school with daily screening in place. The family member is expected to show caution and remain off campus for a two week period.
A grade level, building, or floor-level closure may be activated upon a clinical positive case of COVID-19. The Arkansas Department of Health will trace the exposure. HIPAA privacy laws prevent the public identification of individuals with a test-positive. The ADH will inform us of who is to be notified of exposure risk.
Visitors/parents will not be allowed inside school buildings unless it is an emergency situation, checking in/out a student or for official school business (meeting with teacher/principal). If a visitor/parent has to enter the building, a screening process will be administered which includes taking of temperature followed by COVID-19 related questions. Time should be limited to your official business then a required check-out at the front desk will complete your visit. Face coverings are required.
All classrooms and meeting spaces will be cleaned throughout the day and in between uses by faculty and staff. All Baptist Prep facilities will be sanitized and thoroughly cleaned with CDC approved cleaners on a daily basis. We will have hand sanitizer in all classrooms and at designated stations around each campus. Frequent handwashing will be encouraged and part of our procedures.
The faculty and staff at Baptist Prep are committed to being proactive to prevent the spread of the disease. Our entire Baptist Prep community will need to work together to decrease the risk of exposure to our school. Please take necessary steps when we are not at school to limit the places and means that would potentially risk exposure to you and then our campus.
We will limit visitors as much as possible, screen those who come on campus, conduct temperature checks as needed, maintain social distancing guidelines as much as possible, and require masks or facial coverings at designated times and areas of the school to keep our students and faculty as safe as possible.
On Campus Learning and Remote Learning (AMI)
Baptist Prep plans to continue to offer on-campus learning for the whole school year. The school will communicate if and when we need to have AMI Days. Your tuition and fees will afford the opportunity for you to choose in classroom instruction or choosing a virtual learning option.
Policies for Campuses
Early Childhood and Extended Care, Lower School, and Upper School
Early Childhood and Extended Care
Facility Entry: Baptist Prep Early Childhood/ Extended Care prohibits individuals from entering the facility with the exception of the following:
Person with legal authority to enter including law enforcement, DHS and care child licensing staff.
Professionals providing services to children. ex: therapist
Other professional who are there for emergency situation that needs immediate attention. ex: plumber, electrician
Pick up and Drop off will be located at door 4. Each group will be given a time to enter. You will receive more detailed instructions prior to the first day of class. Parents will not be allowed to enter past the second interior door. Parents will be required to wear a mask when dropping off students.
Screening: Before allowing entry to the facility individuals must be screened. Baptist Prep Early Childhood/Extended Care will NOT allow anyone to enter the facility if they met any of the following criteria:
A temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above
Signs or Symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell and/or taste).
In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis.
In the previous 14 days has travelled outside the United States or areas within the US that are considered a hot spot.
Health and Safety Requirements:
If a child becomes sick while at the facility, the parents will be immediately contacted to pick the child up. The child will be separated from class while awaiting the arrival of parents.
If a child is diagnosed with COVID- 19, they must stay home for 14 days, if during this time symptoms dissipate you may provide admission and/or nurse with a negative COVID-19 test to return to school.
Same producers will be followed for teachers and staff.
In the event of a positive case of COVID-19 there may be a grade level, building, or floor-level closure. The Arkansas Department of Health will trace the exposure. HIPAA privacy laws prevent the public identification of individuals with a test-positive. The ADH will inform us of who is to be notified of exposure risk.
Students will be required to wash hands upon entering the classroom each morning. Student will also be required to wash hands periodically throughout the day.
The areas that are frequently touched- such as playground equipment, shared toys, door handles, drinking fountains, etc. and will be disinfected between uses OR at least frequently throughout the day.
The building will be deep cleaned. Administration is working out details concerning this and we will pass the information along as it becomes available.
Lunch will be served in the classroom and brought from home.
Snacks will be individually wrapped; family style snacks will no longer be served.
The classroom shall be limited to 9 students and 1 teacher.
The students will practice family style learning by staying with their classmates during the day to reduce the likelihood of exposure.
Students will travel as a family when leaving the classroom, and will have limited contact with other classes.
The enrichment teachers will visit the classroom. Ex: Librarian, Music Teacher, Art teacher.
Staff will be required to wear face covering and/or masks to reduce the potential spread.
At this time students under 10 years of age are NOT required to wear face covering. We will let you know if this guideline changes.
Extended Care Overall:
Students will have temps taken prior to being put in an extended care class. Each class will be limited in number of students and will stay with that class for the duration for the afternoon. Please note during extended care students will not necessarily be with the same students they were with during regular school hours.
Please note this is a fluid plan and we will be updating and changing policies and procedures based on the recommendations from the Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education and Arkansas Government Officials.
Student temperatures will be taken upon arrival at school by staff. A temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or below will be required before coming to school. 100.0 is the temperature-trigger for children and adults to be isolated at school. Student temperatures may be taken if a teacher or staff member notices a student exhibiting any symptoms.
Students and staff must be “fever-free”, without fever-reducing medicine (a temperature of less than 100.0) for 72 hours before returning to campus unless we receive a physician’s authorization for an earlier return. If students are showing symptoms a parent will be notified for pick-up. Students who test positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days and at the end of 10 days must be fever/symptom free for 72 hours without fever reducing medication.
We will begin the school year by wearing masks or facial coverings. At this time, face coverings are required of students, grades 1st-6th, for arrival and dismissal. All students, 1st-6th, will wear face coverings in the classroom and when transitioning in the building. K3, K4, and K5 may wear face coverings as directed by parents. Persons medically unable to wear a face covering will have appropriate accommodations. Please notify administration if your student has a medical waiver from their doctor for face coverings. Masks are expected of all adults and students in hallways, bathrooms, and assemblies. Masks are expected for arrival and dismissal for all students. Students should have two masks in backpacks at all times. We suggest that you purchase at least four masks so that each day masks can be washed and sanitized. Face coverings and social distancing will be monitored by faculty/staff on duty.
Campus guests will be screened at door #6 using a standard 5-point questionnaire. We will limit parent’s access to the building past door #6. If parents have a specific reason they need to enter a school building, they will need to get approval before arriving from the building administer and/or go to door #6 where they will be asked the purpose of their visit. All adults who enter the building will be required to wear a mask and have their temperature taken.
Enrichment subjects are brought to the student’s homeroom classrooms at the Lower School. This means the enrichment teachers will come to the student’s homeroom classroom. PE will be held in the gym or outside with social distancing measures in place and band will be held in the Chapel with social distancing measures in place. Students will not share instruments this year. Instruments will go home daily with students so that they may be cleaned.
Lunch will be eaten in the student’s homeroom classrooms. Students will need to bring their own lunch from home during the first nine weeks of school. We will have emergency lunches on-site for students who forget their lunch.
Lower school recess is restricted to one classroom at a time. All students will get recess each day whether it is outside or in the gym due to the weather.
Both drop off and pick up of students will be completed outside of the building. Morning and afternoon dismissal times will be staggered as done in previous years.
Extended care will operate under the same guidelines.
Student temperatures will be taken upon arrival at school by staff.. A temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or below will be required before coming to school. 100.0 is the temperature-trigger for children and adults to be isolated at school. Student temperatures may be taken if a teacher or staff member notices a student exhibiting any symptoms.
If sent home for a fever, students and staff must be “fever-free”, without fever-reducing medicine (a temperature of less than 100.0) for 72 hours before returning to campus unless we receive a physician’s authorization for an earlier return. If students are showing symptoms a parent will be notified for pick-up. Students who test positive will be required to quarantine for 10 days and may return at the end of 10 days when they are fever/ symptom free for 72 hours without fever reducing medication.
Students must wear masks or face coverings when entering the building. Masks are expected of all adults and students in hallways, bathrooms, and assemblies. Students and teachers will begin the school year by wearing masks or facial coverings in classrooms for grades 7-12. Masks are expected for arrival and dismissal for all students. Students should have two masks in backpacks at all times. We suggest that you purchase at least four masks so that each day masks can be washed and sanitized. Face coverings and social distancing will be monitored by faculty/staff on duty.
We have attempted to reduce class sizes and reconfigure our classrooms in order to maintain social distancing guidelines as much as possible. The movement and congregation of students during the passing period will be attempted to be reduced as much as possible.
Lunch may be eaten in the classroom to accommodate social distancing and when weather permits students will be allowed to eat outdoors. Chapel services will either be streamed or done in smaller groups.
Events and Activities
We will communicate with our students and families about annual school events as we get information from the Arkansas Department of Health about if and how we can conduct them. Programs and events will be in compliance with social distancing measures and we will adhere to crowd size guidelines when it is safe and permissible to have that event.
We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Arkansas Activities Association regarding athletics and extracurricular activities. Limited student activities following certain restrictions and guidelines began on June 1, 2020. Updated schedules and guidelines for the unrestricted return to activities have not been released. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
Transportation of Students
All school buses used for transporting students during the current pandemic will be sanitized prior to transporting children.
Each child’s temperature must be taken at pick up prior to boarding the bus.
Social distancing must be practiced allowing for the maximum amount of space possible between students. The capacity will be half of the normal capacity for the bus to allow for social distancing. The transportation department will place a vacant seat between all students.
All drivers, staff, and students must wear masks while on the bus.
Hand Sanitizer Stations for School Bus Drivers and Students
The transportation department will maintain a hand sanitizer station and tissues in the bus entry. All bus occupants (students and drivers) will be encouraged to utilize the hand sanitizer station upon entry to the school bus and again upon exiting the school bus. Each school bus should have tissues available for students who cough or sneeze. In addition, a trash disposal station should be readily available. Dispose of tissues after each run as part of disinfecting the bus.
Signage and Student Education
Signage will be posted indicating the proper method to protect others when coughing or sneezing on the school bus. In addition, all students should be properly educated in these procedures utilizing CDC guidelines.