Health and Safety
Ensuring Health and Safety is our highest priority. If you have concerns of any kind, please contact Health Center Director Eric Duffy (email@example.com). More information about current conditions for school in 2020 can be found here.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings/masks on campus indoors at all times and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Families should provide up to five reusable face coverings/masks for personal use. Reusable face covers should be well-fitting, cover the mouth and nose, and be made of two or three ply cotton. Neck gaiters or buffs will not be allowed due to recent research demonstrating that they break up droplets and allow them to spread in the air more easily.
- Disposable face coverings/masks will be available at the entrance of each campus building for anyone who needs one. Masks should be changed daily, and/or whenever they get wet.
- Face shields will only be allowed for students in specific situations, after consultation with the Health Center, family, and administration. Exceptions will be made for those for whom it is not possible due to medical conditions, disability impact, or health/safety factors.
Daily Health Screenings:
Regular screening for symptoms and ongoing self-monitoring throughout the school day can help to quickly identify signs of illness and help reduce exposure. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to engage in daily symptom screening. Day students who meet any diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 will be advised to stay home, or will be isolated in the HC until they can get home. Students who are ill or displaying any symptoms consistent with identified symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated immediately in the Health Center or designated quarantine room in KB Hall.
We know that physical proximity is important to how students interact with each other, and with faculty and staff. But we also know that social distancing is an effective part of how we stop the spread of the virus.
Health Center and facilities staff have measured the entire LA campus to determine the capacity of each classroom with a 6’ distancing guideline in mind.
- Wherever possible, multi-student tables are being replaced with individual desk/chairs
- Extended transit time has been built into all schedules to help support physical distancing.
- Facilities, buses, and entry and exit points will be clearly marked with floors markings and signage to help foster social distancing and provide visual guidance.
All students and staff will be required to wash/sanitize their hands before and after getting on and off the bus, upon arrival to school, before and after eating, after using the restroom, before and after using shared equipment, before putting on and taking off masks, and before dismissal. After eating, students should put on masks and then wash/sanitize their hands.
- We are enhancing access to touchless hand sanitizing and handwashing stations throughout campus and will ensure the availability of soap, sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, tissues, etc.
What to do if you are sick
Students or staff who are experiencing COVID symptoms should remain at home and contact the Health Center for further guidance. They may be encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to request COVID-19 testing, and be asked to share those test results with the Health Center. Protocols for returning to school are being developed in conjunction with the CDC, LA’s medical directors and other public health officials. Additionally, day students and employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 will be required to notify the Health Center, and follow CDC recommended precautions. The Health Center will confer with the Maine CDC and LA’s medical directors to determine the next steps at that time. Day students may be asked to quarantine at home. Employees may be asked to quarantine at home and to work remotely.
Testing for Covid-19
- Day students will be encouraged to get follow up testing for any suspicious symptoms or contacts, through their primary care provider or any of the local clinics that offer the service.
- Boarding students will be tested based upon arrival, and then again at the end of their 14-day quarantine; and will be tested at any other time at the discretion of LA’s medical directors, who serve as their primary care providers while they are on campus.