While health and safety considerations are critically important, Sewickley Academy’s success is built on our understanding and belief that social interaction and in-person instruction are essential to our students’ emotional well-being, as well as their educational growth and advancement. We will employ a spectrum of interventions and strategies that, when applied consistently, work in combination to reduce the overall risk of infection and spread although we know no single safeguard, or set of safety measures, will completely eradicate COVID-19 or prevent its transmission.

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  • Cleaning and Supplies

    Sewickley Academy will provide teachers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products for use in sanitizing classroom spaces throughout the school day such as disinfectant wipes and spray, cleaning cloths, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, and cloth face coverings (as feasible).

    Healthy hygiene
     behaviors will be encouraged by providing adequate supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), and no-touch/foot-pedal trash cans. 

    All high-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly, including water filling stations, door handles, light switches, the Early Childhood playground equipment, and student desks. Note: The Lower School playground will be closed.

    Cleaning staff will be scheduled throughout the school day to clean high-touch areas including classrooms, bathrooms, faculty lounges, and common areas. Detailed sanitizing and cleaning will be completed by the second shift custodial staff after the end of the school day. Each custodian will be trained for COVID-19 cleaning processes before the start of school and daily cleaning checklists will be signed off on by each custodian to assure all facilities are being addressed in the same cleaning manner.

    In addition to routine cleaning and disinfection procedures, deep cleaning and disinfection will be conducted after a potential or confirmed exposure.

    Cleaning of our Sewickley Academy bus and vans will follow the local, state, and/or federal recommendations. Cleaning of school buses from the districts that transport our students is as follows: Avonworth is using a one-time, good for 30 days spray. Aliquippa, Ambridge, Central Valley, Cornell, Freedom, Montour, Moon, and West Allegheny are cleaning after every morning and afternoon run. We are still waiting to hear the safety protocols of the rest of the districts that bus students to the Academy.

  • Signage

    Signage provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs (such as properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering).
  • Modified Classrooms, Offices, Communal Spaces, and Hallway Traffic

    In classrooms, our goal will be to achieve maximum spaces between students at their desks. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a minimum goal of three feet of separation when face masks are worn by students and faculty, as a three-foot distance is associated with large reductions in infection via droplet spread of coughs and sneezes. While six-foot distancing is not required for the classroom seating, classroom configurations will be altered to maximize physical distancing.

    We will implement staggered rows of desks all facing the same direction, with limitations on face-to-face seating.

    Six-foot distancing is not required for the classroom seating – a lesser distance is acceptable if six feet is not achievable to meet the needs of students when face masks are worn by students and faculty. Our goal will be a minimum spacing of three feet apart, the social distancing recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as a three-foot distance is associated with large reductions in infection via droplet spread of coughs and sneezes. Classroom configurations will be altered to maximize physical distancing. For example, we will implement staggered rows of desks all facing the same direction, with limitations on face-to-face seating.

    Classrooms and common areas will be ventilated with the additional circulation of outdoor air using windows, doors, and/or fans. Outdoor air ventilation will be increased through our HVAC systems and upgraded MERV 13 filters are being installed over the summer break for additional air filtration on applicable equipment. 

    Before the start of school, locations will be determined for additional learning spaces, such as cafeterias, large gathering rooms, gymnasium areas, and theater spaces.

    Physical barriers, such as plastic flexible screens, will be installed, before school starts, between bathroom sinks and urinals when these fixtures are not at least six feet apart.

    High-traffic hallway use will be limited by staggering the end of classroom periods to reduce the number of students in the hallways simultaneously and requiring “one-way” pedestrian traffic to lessen two-way interaction between users. Signage and floor graphics will be installed over the summer to further reinforce distancing and one-way traffic within buildings on campus.

    Stairwells will be assigned for each grade’s use when traveling to the second floors of the Lower and Middle Schools to deter intermixing of student groups throughout the school day.

    Signage will be installed to identify which grade level will utilize the stairwells within the buildings.

    See the entry and exit maps on the Division Resource Boards on MySewickley.
  • Food Service

    Sewickley Academy’s food service company, Metz, will provide individually packaged snack and lunch options that must be pre-ordered using a Metz app. Details about ordering will be sent separately before the start of school. 

    Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle, snacks, and lunch from home but will also have the option to order from a limited “cold” boxed lunch menu provided by Metz and Associates. The boxed lunches will be delivered to the division and distributed to classrooms where students will eat lunch. The cafeterias will not be open to serve breakfast, lunch, or snacks.

    Lower School
    Lunch will be eaten as a homeroom, inside the homeroom classroom. Students who receive lunch from Metz will have their boxed lunch delivered to the homeroom.

    All best practices will be followed to ensure those students with allergies remain safe. Because we will not be able to eat in the cafeteria and provide nut-free tables, we will be operating as a nut-free campus. Any food brought by students from home must be nut-free in order to protect our students and staff with severe nut allergies.

    Following lunch, each homeroom will engage in best practices for cleaning and disinfecting the classroom space.

    Middle and Senior Schools
    Middle and Senior School students are encouraged to bring their own snacks with them from home.
  • Water Filtration Stations

    Students and staff will be encouraged to bring individual reusable water bottles from home or use disposable plastic bottles. 

    Our water filling stations will be available for use; however, the use of any water fountains for drinking will not be permitted. Signage will be posted at each water fountain that the fountain component has been shut off for use. 

    Fountains that do not have a filling station component will be covered to eliminate the potential for use. 

    Additional water filling stations will be installed in the Lower School before the start of school.

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