Sewickley Academy Health & Safety Plan 2021-2022

Sewickley Academy will provide in-person instruction for all grades, Pre-K-12, for the 2021-2022 school year. Our plans are informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Due to the nature of the pandemic, this plan will be flexible and adaptable to the ever-changing conditions in the region and the state. Plan updates will be posted on our website, www.sewickley.org/covid-19.

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  • Mask Requirements

    • All students, employees, and visitors must wear masks indoors on campus, regardless of age and vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors.
      • Please note bandanas and gaiters are not permitted, and all face masks with any patterns, markings, or other logos must be appropriate for school use. Masks may not have words or sayings on them. 
      • Families must provide their children with properly-sized face masks for school use. We suggest two for each day in case one is soiled. 
    • Federal law requires masks on all public transportation, including public and private school buses. All passengers and drivers on Sewickley Academy or public school buses and vans must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. This includes transportation to and from school, field trips, and athletic events.
  • Vaccination

    Sewickley Academy strongly encourages all community members to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. However, the vaccine is not required for enrollment or employment at this time due to its emergency use authorization by the FDA.
  • Physical Distancing

    Classrooms and indoor learning spaces will be configured for three feet of physical distance between students, when possible.
  • Health Screenings

    • Sewickley Academy will not use the Magnus Health App, and we will not conduct health screenings on campus; however, all community members should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
    • Anyone exhibiting contagious symptoms such as a temperature of 100℉ or above, chills, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, worsening headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home from school until they are symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. 
    • If your child becomes sick or symptomatic at school, please pick them up within an hour of notification.
  • Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation on Campus

    • All high-touch surfaces, classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
    • All buildings will utilize HVAC intake settings, open windows, and/or fans to increase the flow of fresh air.
  • Hygiene

    • We will practice and reinforce best practices for good hygiene. 
    • Touchless hand sanitizing stations are located in the common areas, and bottles of hand sanitizer are in each classroom.
    • It is highly recommended for all individuals to bring reusable water bottles to school. Water filling stations are available for use in all divisions; however, the use of any water fountains for drinking will not be permitted. 
    • Food sharing is prohibited. 
    • In an effort to limit the shared materials between students, we ask that each student continue to bring their own computer and earbuds/headphones/earphones each day.
  • Academic Day & Educational Programming

    • Most aspects of the school day will return to normal, including the use of lockers and traffic and transition patterns. One-way hallways and stairwells have been discontinued.
    • Drop-off and pick-up procedures from the 2020-2021 school year will remain the same
    • It is unclear at this time if we will invite the community to live performances such as the Middle School musical, Senior School play, and musical concerts. We will provide more information closer to the performance dates in alignment with the guidance at the time.
    • There will be no formal Early Arrival program for the 2021-2022 school year. Doors will open in the Middle and Senior Schools at 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the Lower School. 
    • After Hours and After School Activities will take place in the Lower School.
    • The Middle School LINK program for students in Grades 6-8 will operate as normal.
  • Cafeteria Use

    • Lower School students will eat in the cafeteria with at least three feet of distance between each student. Grades 3-5 will take turns rotating out on a weekly basis to eat in their classrooms to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. They will still be able to purchase lunch in the cafeteria even when eating in their classrooms. 
    • Middle and Senior School students will resume eating lunch in the cafeteria. Students will only be allowed to enter the Middle/Senior School Cafeteria during their scheduled lunch period to allow sufficient distancing between individuals. Outdoor seating options are available and encouraged for use.
  • Assemblies & Field Trips

    • Assemblies, gatherings, and meetings may be held in person or virtually, depending on the nature of the event.
    • Field trips are suspended until further notice, with the exception of walking field trips, which are permitted. Early Childhood trips to Fern Hollow will continue as normal.
  • Parents & Visitors

    • In general, visitors will be welcomed on campus. All visitors must wear masks while on campus.
    • All parent coffees will take place in the lobby of the Events Center. Lower School coffees will start at 8:15 a.m., and Middle and Senior School coffees will begin at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Athletics

    • Athletics will follow WPIAL/PIAA guidelines. 
    • Players, coaches, and fans must wear masks indoors, including the gymnasiums, locker rooms, restrooms, fitness center, and core training room. 
    • There are no restrictions on spectator limits at home athletic events. 
    • The Academy will be live streaming the following sports this year:
      • Varsity girls and boys soccer and junior varsity boys soccer (Nichols Field)
      • Middle School girls and boys soccer (Nichlos Field)
      • Varsity boys and girls basketball and cheerleading (Means Alumni Gym)
      • Middle School boys and girls basketball (Snyder Gym)
      • Varsity boys and girls lacrosse and Middle School boys and girls lacrosse (Nichols Field)
    • Athletic options for Lower School students will be provided as After School Activities.
    • Middle School Athletics and Activities will occur at 2:15 p.m. each day as they did during the 2020-2021 school year. Middle School competitions will resume.
  • Virtual School/Remote Learning

    • Sewickley Academy will not offer Virtual School as an attendance option. 
    • Students with documented health needs who require an extended absence from school should contact the Director of Instructional and Student Support, who will work with them, their teachers, and family to coordinate the reasonable and necessary accommodations.
    • If a student needs to quarantine due to COVID-19 or exposure, the Director of Instructional and Student Support will work with them, their teachers, and their family to coordinate the reasonable and necessary accommodations.
    • Sewickley Academy will allow for snow days this school year. However, we may shift to Virtual School in the case of extended inclement weather or a season with an extraordinary amount of snow days.
  • COVID-19 Case Procedures

    • Symptoms and Testing
      • Students or employees with symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home and contact the school nurse as soon as possible. If symptoms continue, follow up with a physician to determine if a COVID-19 test is necessary.
      • If a test is not recommended, the individual may return to school when fever-free for 24 hours (below 99.5℉ without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms have improved.
      • If a test is recommended, a negative PCR test is required for return to school. Sewickley Academy does NOT accept rapid antigen tests. 
      • All test results must be shared with the school nurse.
    • Positive Cases
      • If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19, notify the school nurse immediately.
      • Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus will need to follow the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
      • Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 may not return to school until at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared and have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and improved symptoms.
      • Students who require an extended absence from school should contact the Director of Instructional and Student Support, who will work with them, their teachers, and family to coordinate the reasonable and necessary accommodations.
    • Contact Tracing
      • The school nurse and athletic trainer will work with the Allegheny County Health Department to identify Sewickley Academy community members who were in close contact with an infected person. A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours, starting two days before symptom onset, or for asymptomatic cases, positive specimen collection.
        • In the PK-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks, and other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to adults.
        • Fully vaccinated close contacts do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic but will be asked to submit results of a COVID-19 test performed no earlier than 3-5 days after the last known exposure and will be instructed to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
    • Communication Protocols
      • The school nurse will communicate with the appropriate division if an absence is COVID-related.
      • Sewickley Academy will share information about exposure with the affected part of the school community while protecting the infected individual’s confidentiality.
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  • Pandemic Team

    • Dr. Ashley (Brown ’00) Birtwell, Interim Head of School
    • Beau Blaser, Director of Technology
    • Beth Brown, RN, BSN, School Nurse
    • Kaitlin Busch, Communications & Publications Specialist
    • Michael Cesario, Interim Head of Senior School
    • Derek Chimner ’04, Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
    • Dave DeNardo, Director of Finance & Operations 
    • Dr. Tom Doyle, School Physician
    • Ken Goleski, Assistant Head of School 
    • Jim Miller, Director of Buildings & Grounds
    • Krista Moyer, Director of Instructional & Student Support
    • Win Palmer, Director of Athletics
    • Dr. Shannon Mulholland, Head of Middle School
    • Brendan Schneider, Director of Advancement
    • Dr. Jerilyn (Carter ’86) Scott, Head of Lower School
    • Jayme Thompson, Director of Enrollment Management