Winter 2021 Protocols

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Information About Currey Ingram's COVID-19 Protocols
The on-campus protocols for students and families reflect a commitment to the health and safety of our School community while also maintaining the integrity of our mission.

Suggested protocols from local and state officials change often. As such, Currey Ingram's Health Safety and Working Group meets weekly and is dedicated to providing timely updates as they relate to the school and keeping our students safe.

Check back here for the most up-to-date information and messages from the school.

COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

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  • Before School Procedures

    Screening: Each parent / guardian must complete a health screening and temperature check of their student by 7 a.m. Monday through Friday using the school’s Magnus Health App. (Make sure you have downloaded and signed in to Magnus COVID-19 Health Screening App). Please submit results before leaving home for school. Each Division will have a list of students who can be admitted for that day. Students will not be allowed into the building until our records indicate that the daily temperature check and screening has been completed.

    School supplies: Make sure you have packed all your school supplies for the day, including:
    • A clean face covering to wear and a face covering as a backup. Faces masks must cover nose and mouth at all times when student is wearing it.
    • If using a face shield, make sure your student's name is on the shield.
    • Please provide a bag (plastic bag is fine) to store your child’s face shield when not in use.
    • A refillable water bottle labeled with the student's first and last name.
    Wash your hands before leaving home.
  • Arriving on Campus

    1. All students must be wearing face coverings before exiting their cars. If wearing masks, the student's nose and mouth must be completely covered.
    2. Practice physical distancing: Please refrain from hugs, fist-bumps, high-fives, or touching others. 
    3. Lower School students: Lower School students will arrive between 7:35 - 7:55 a.m. Students will proceed straight to his / her homeroom classroom after a temperature check at the door. Students will unpack his / her backpack in their assigned cubby and then wash their hands. Students will then sit at his / her assigned desk.
    4. Middle School students: All Middle School students will arrive between 7:35 - 7:55 a.m. and will get sanitizer at the door along with a temperature check. Students in grades 5 and 6 will store their belongings in their advisory rooms. Students in grades 7 and 8 will first store their belongings in their lockers and then proceed to their advisory rooms.
    5. Upper School students: To eliminate the clustering of students, all Upper school students should arrive between 7:35 - 7:55 a.m. Upon arrival, students will use the hand sanitizer provided at the front of the building and receive a temperature check by staff. They can then go to their locker and proceed to their mentoring class. 
    6. Students who arrive at Currey Ingram by bus should follow the same protocols as if arriving by car.
  • Athletics and Fieldhouse Procedures

    • When athletics resume, Middle School students will be picked up in the Middle School by sport.  
    • Upper School student-athletes will go to the Field House at dismissal.
    • Physical distancing and face coverings will be required when not participating in athletic practices or games, and during transitions.
    • Numbers will be limited, when possible and necessary.
    • Use of locker rooms: The use of lockers will be like the use of bathrooms. Students must keep face coverings on and practice physical distancing. 
    • Teams will avoid huddles, handshake lines, high fives, etc.
    • Student-athletes will be required to provide their own water bottle labeled with first and last name. Athletes must bring their own towel.
    • Equipment sharing will be limited, where possible.  Equipment will be cleaned between uses.
    • For practices, parents and guardians should remain in their cars and pick up students in a carline outside the Field House (same as previous years). Student-athletes will have a staggered release of practices when needed. Students waiting at the Field House for rides will practice physical distancing. Parents will refer to their student-athlete's practice schedule for details. 
    • Students riding school transportation to games will practice distancing and wear a face covering. Spring sports will not travel.
    • In the Student-Athlete Leadership and Success Center, furniture has been rearranged for social distancing and should not be moved.
  • Boost (After Care) Procedures

    • We will use small individual groups of 9-10 students with 1-2 Boost counselors that we will refer to as PODS.
    • All groups will be isolated from one another and will not intermingle throughout the program.
    • Students must be signed up for specific days of Boost (20 students for Lower School and 14 students for Middle School).
    • Each student will be given an individual container to store their daily belongings (backpack and belongings).
    • All Boost staff will wear face shields or masks while indoors and outdoors in case they need to get closer than six feet from a child.
    • Boost staff will need to complete the Magnus health screening through the app before coming to work.
    • Students will immediately have to wash their hands when arriving at Boost. They will wash their hands before eating snacks and after. Handwashing or use of hand sanitizer will continue to occur throughout the program.
    • Snacks will be provided in individual servings.
    • Students will have individual supply kits (pencils, markers, etc.) labeled with their names so they can complete their nightly homework.
    • If two students are playing a game together they will maintain six feet apart, wear a face shield or mask, and wash their hands before and after playing.
    • When possible the sharing of materials will be used by one student in the group and sanitized after each group. If items must be shared, items will be sanitized after each use. 
    • Activities will occur outside when possible and as weather permits.
    • If a child starts to exhibit COVID symptoms, he/she will be isolated from the group, and the school nurse will be contacted for further evaluation 
    • Parents will pick up children outside the building. Parents will call the program to let them know of their arrival and the child(ren) will be escorted out of the building. A staff member will conduct the sign in and sign out. 
    • Daily disinfecting of toys and materials will occur.
    • Boost counselors will be assigned the same walkie number for use each day, and walkies will be wiped down nightly.
  • Bus Rider Protocols

    • Students must register via the Magnus Health Portal.
    • Limited to eight riders per day (25% capacity).
    • Students must wear face coverings.
    • Students will be assigned seats on the bus.
    • The bus will be sanitized in the morning after drop off and the afternoon after drop off.
  • Dismissal Procedures

    • Students will be dismissed in staggered times.
    • Families should arrive during their students’ dismissal time. Please check your student’s Division Handbook for dismissal times.
    • Lower School students in front of the Ingram Halll
    • Middle School students in front of Eskind Hall
    • Upper School students in front of Jim and Jan Carell Hall.
    • Lower School and Middle School bus riders will be escorted to the bus in Magnolia Circle. Upper School students will be dismissed to walk down to the bus.
    • Parents should remain in their cars and drive up to the Division entrance.
    • Once students are in their cars, they may remove their face coverings.
    • Upper School student drivers may remove their face coverings once they are in their cars.
  • Face Coverings

    The School requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear face coverings (cloth mask or face shield) while on campus in accordance with guidance outlined by local health officials and the School’s Medical Advisory Group. Starting Monday, August 17, bandanas and gaiters will not be allowed.

    We view these coverings as an important way to support mitigation efforts, slow the impact of the virus on our community, and protect each other. 
     
    Research has shown that face masks with a filter are the safest. When wearing a face mask, the mask must cover the student’s nose and mouth at all times.

    In addition, we believe by offering the option of a face shield, we can continue to support students who need the full visibility of facial expressions to help with the development of language skills and/or understanding social cues. 
     
  • Late Arrival (Student)

    If a student arrives late to school:
    1. Parent/guardian drives to the Division entrance
    2. Calls the office
    3. A staff member will come out to greet and check in the student. The staff member will bring the student into the building.
    4. The student must have completed the daily temperatre check and health screening and be wearing a face covering.
  • Leaving Early (Student)

    1. The parents/guardians should email or call the school in advance if a student will leave prior to dismissal. 
    2. The parent/guardian should drive up to the Division entrance and call the office.
    3. A staff member will bring the student out to the car and sign out the student.
  • Positive COVID-19 Test, Returning to School

    Anyone who has a temperature of 100°F or exhibits symptoms will not be allowed to attend School, and it is recommended the individual be tested for COVID-19. If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, the individual will not allowed to return to School until the following have been met:
    • 48 hours without a fever (and rash) and
    • Symptoms have improved and
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared or test was administered and
    • Assessment of whether the individual is safe to be back at school by a licensed medical professional (MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant under the supervision of a doctor).
  • Residence Hall Protocols

    • Students will follow a “clean in/clean out” system, in which they utilize a hand sanitizer station (located at each entrance/exit) immediately upon entering the building and as they exit.
    • Students who live on campus will not be required to wear a mask/face covering once inside the dormitory; however, they will abide by all other face covering-specific protocols and procedures when outside the residence hall (both on campus and in the community).
    • Students and/or Residential Life staff will see to a frequent and thorough cleaning of reusable masks/face coverings.
    • Day students who have been cleared to attend school are permitted to join any scheduled Residential Life event that takes place outside of the dormitory as long as they have not left campus that day and are not exhibiting symptoms connected to COVID-19. This may involve an additional temperature check before joining the activity.
    • No visitors (including family members) will be allowed within the residence hall after orientation/move-in unless properly cleared and approved by school administration and Residential Life staff until otherwise noted.
    • Boarding students will undergo a daily health screening by a member of the Residential Life Staff to ensure they are cleared to attend in-person classes. This information will be shared with the Upper School office each day.
    • In the case of a positive test of any student or staff member living on campus, all persons living in the residence hall will be subject to symptom monitoring, contact tracing, and/or a quarantine period.
    • Students are able to sign-out if and when approved by all parties involved (Residential Life staff, parent/guardian, etc.); however, students will undergo a health screening upon re-entering the dorm. If the student exhibits conditions which bring his/her health into question, they will be quarantined in their room and their symptoms will be monitored for subsequent days.
  • Sick Students and Family Members

    Students who have the following symptoms -- fever (100 degrees or higher), cough, trouble breathing, sore throat, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or just doesn't feel well must be evaluated and cleared by a medical professional before the student can return to school. A physician’s note is required for a student to return to school.

    If a family member is sick, but my child has no symptoms, can they attend school?
    Students may only return to campus when a medical professional has ruled that the sick family member’s illness is not contagious. Keep your children home until you talk to your doctor. If the doctor thinks the family member’s symptoms could be COVID-19, everyone in the household should stay home until testing is done or quarantine is complete (See the Return to School Decision Matrix on this page for more). A physician’s note is required for students to return to school. 

    Implementing this process will increase the likelihood that more students are on campus for longer periods of time.
  • Visits

    To minimize the the spread of COVID-19, maintain a healthy school environment, and minimize risk for our students, faculty, staff, and our entire community parents and guests will not be allowed at lunch for first semester.

    In addition, we will limit the number, time, and location of parent volunteers on campus for first semester.

    All visitors are required to check in at Frist Hall and fill out a health screening form prior to arrival on campus. 

Nurse's Note

The Nurse's Note is a bi-weekly series in the All-School Newsletter where Nurse Heather and Currey Ingram's Health and Safety Working Group post helpful tips, reminders and updates to school protocols in an effort to keep everyone on campus healthy and safe.

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  • Vaccine Resources

    COVID-19 vaccine FAQs and resources

    As vaccine efforts across the country begin to ramp up, here are some resources from the Tennessee Department of Health that you may find helpful:
     
    2. General COVID-19 vaccine information, including daily vaccination reporting, from the Tennessee Department of Health.
    3. Learn about the Tennessee's vaccine rollout by phase.
    4. Faculty and staff are in phase 1b of the vaccine rollout. Sign up to be alerted when the vaccine is available for your phase in Williamson County. Check with your local county to see if they have something similar.
    5. Fact vs. Fiction: Mythbusters from the Tennessee Department of Health.
  • The Swiss Cheese Model

    The Swiss cheese model

    More recently, you might have heard experts make reference to the "Swiss cheese model" of pandemic defense. The metaphor -- illustrated in the graphic below -- is similar to the Four Pillars of Prevention we often stress. When you combine several layers of protection such as social distancing, masks, good hygiene, ventilation, and daily health assessments, you can significantly reduce the overall risk of spreading COVID-19. You can read more about the Swiss cheese model in this New York Times article.
     
  • The Four Pillars of Prevention

    The Four Pillars of Prevention
     
    Many states are seeing a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, including Tennessee. As the temperatures start to dip and we move indoors for holiday gatherings, please be mindful of the Four Pillars of Prevention: hygiene, physical distancing, wearing a mask and health screens.

  • Mustang Athletics Play On

    Mustang Athletics Plays On!
     
    One of our challenges in returning to in-person learning was finding a way to continue to offer athletic opportunities to student-athletes and maintain safety protocols. Educational-based athletics are an important component of our school and serve students physically, emotionally, and socially, and help connect them to caring coaches in their school environment. We are finishing up our fall club sports and are proud of how we've been able to provide even more opportunities than a typical fall season, in a safe way.
     
    Offerings
    This fall, Mustang Athletics was offered in a club-only format. While student-athletes didn't compete against teams from other schools or attend or host athletic events, they spent the season working on skill development. We had clubs for golf, running, flag football, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and strength training. Over 120 student-athletes from grades 5-12 participated in 12 different club sessions.
     
    Safety First!
    The successful completion of our first club season was a result of careful planning and the implementation of new safety protocols, some of which are listed below.
     
        - Roster size limits -- Each club had limited numbers to help manage changing, allow for proper spacing, and limit shared equipment. Our ratios were kept at 9 students (or fewer) to 1 coach to keep groups small and spread out.
     
     
      - Individual sport and specialized skill development focus -- This season, coaches focused on skill development and got creative to find non-contact drills and games to enhance skill progression and fun! 
     
     
        - Clean, sanitize, and repeat! -- Students were greeted with hand sanitizer before, during, and after practices, encouraged to wash hands, and any equipment that was used was thoroughly sanitized after each practice. Equipment was not shared between different club groups. Other safety protocols include mask wearing for any indoor sports, limited locker room use, and attendance tracking throughout the season in the event contract tracing would be needed.
     
     
    We are excited to be completing our first season of sports since returning to school, grateful for the opportunity to serve student-athletes safely, and so proud of our student-athletes and coaches for their flexibility and commitment to Mustang Athletics continuing safely through a pandemic! 
     
    GO MUSTANGS! 
  • Lunch Protocols

     
    Lunch Protocols Across Campus
    As with many activities around campus, lunchtime looks a little different this year. In addition to staggered lunch times, removing self-serve stations and offering more pre-packaged items, each Division has implemented their own protocols to keep everyone healthy and eating at a safe distance. Read below to see what each Division has been up to.
     
    Lower School
    The Lower School students and teachers are served lunch in their classrooms and in the school's auditorium where they can spread out. This is done in an effort to keep them in their own "pod" and distanced from the other two Divisions.
     
     
    Middle School 
    Facility Operations and Middle School staff deserve a round of applause for the set-up and tear-down of 6-foot tables and chairs that they set out for lunch every day! The students eat at the tables set up in the Middle School halls and in the Frist cafeteria so they can safely spread out to two per table.
     
     
    Upper School
    The Upper School students eat in the cafeteria and have also been spotted taking advantage of the dining tables set up outside Frist Hall and dining on the Frist Quad on sunny days.
     
  • The Importance of the 2020-21 Flu Shot

    Getting a flu vaccine this 2020-21 season is more important than ever. With cooler weather and more people gathering inside this fall and winter, it's likely that flu viruses and COVID-19 will spread. Since the two viruses often present similar symptoms, the healthcare systems could also get overwhelmed treating patients.   
     
    While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are important benefits, such as:
     
    1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
    2. It is an important preventative measure for those with chronic illnesses.
    3. Studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the severity of the flu if you do get sick. 
    4. It protects the people around you.
    5. Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
    There are many convenient and cost-effective ways to get your flu shot this year that we encourage you to take advantage of, including: obtaining one through your employer if it is offered, at the doctor's office, or at your local pharmacy. For more details about the benefits of obtaining this year's flu vaccine visit the CDC website.
  • How Often Should You Wash Your Mask?

    With face masks now a staple of our everyday attire, you might wonder -- how often should I be washing my mask? The CDC says "regularly," but experts that spoke with The New York Times' Wirecutter say that it should be every day, and added that you do not have to wash them separately from your other clothes.
     
    This topic also serves as a good reminder that disposable masks should be thrown away at the end of each day.
     
    Click here for tips from the CDC on how to properly wash your masks.
  • Debunking Infrared Thermometer Myths 

    Debunking Infrared Thermometer Myths 

    Daily temperature checks are one of Currey Ingram's main lines of defense when it comes to COVID-19 safety protocols. The school utilizes non-contact infrared thermometers because they offer safety to both parties while providing a quick and accurate temperature reading. 
     
    Here are two common misconceptions about infrared thermometers and their corresponding facts:
     
    MYTH: Infrared thermometers can expose the brain to harmful radiation.
    FACT: Infrared thermometers do NOT emit radiation or send any wavelengths into the brain. They sense heat that is naturally emitted from the body. (Dr. Haris Sair, Johns Hopkins University)
     
    MYTH: Infrared thermometers aren't accurate.
    FACT: Research has shown that, when used correctly and as directed, infrared thermometers are just as accurate as digital thermometers. (Dr. Neha Vyas, Cleveland Clinic)
  • Five Quick Tips for Safe Carpooling

    Does your student carpool to school? Here are five tips to consider to protect your student and others during their carpool:
    1. Have all passengers sanitize their hands before getting into the car.
    2. Passengers should wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) for the duration of the ride.
    3. Social distance as much as possible (e.g. sit at opposite windows or in different rows).
    4. If possible, keep car windows open to create a crossflow of air.
    5. Wipe down frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant before passengers get in.

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Currey Ingram Academy is an exemplary K-12 day and boarding school that empowers students with learning differences to reach their fullest potential. Since 2002, the school has been located on an 83-acre campus in Brentwood, Tenn., just miles from Nashville and Franklin. Families from 33 states and eight countries cite the school as their primary reason for moving to Middle Tennessee.

Currey Ingram Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).