In response to the global pandemic, the Academy has implemented an extensive and careful Return to School Plan that meets or exceeds all local, state, and federal requirements and recommendations. In order to protect the health of all members of the MAC community (children, parents, staff, and faculty) and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at school, the Academy’s Plan pursues the following goals:
Facilitating maximum social distancing inside the school building.
Reducing crowds on campus.
Minimizing mixing between different groups, and the total number of daily contacts for each student.
Maintaining a clean and sanitized environment at all times.
Hygiene and Sanitation
Hand sanitizing stations are installed at every school entrance, and near every hallway and classroom door.
Anyone entering a classroom washes or sanitizes their hands immediately.
High-traffic areas and high-touch items (e.g. door handles) are sanitized hourly throughout the day, and overnight.
Children above the age of 3 and all adults wear masks throughout the day.
Staff wear additional protective equipment like face shields when assisting our youngest students with toileting.
Risk Reduction and Social Distancing
Parents do not enter the school building – drop-off and pick-up occur outside our entrance and in one of our parking lots.
Parents wear masks at all times during drop-off and pick-up.
Class sizes are reduced and no mixing between groups is permitted.
Use of common spaces restricted to one classroom at a time, and are disinfected between uses.
Certain shared materials (e.g. paper, crayons, scissors) are provided to children at a 1:1 ratio.
Health Monitoring and Sick Policy
All persons entering the building (child and adult) have temperatures taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature over 100.3 is not permitted entry.
Parents are required to report any COVID-like symptoms to the school and keep their child home or assessed by a physician when experiencing signs of illness.
Asymptomatic siblings of sick children are also required to stay home.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines are followed with regard to sick children and asymptomatic siblings being permitted to return to school.
When an affirmative alternative explanation for COVID-like symptoms cannot be provided (e.g. strep throat; seasonal allergies), either a 10-day quarantine or negative COVID test is required to return to school. Click here for step-by-step details of our COVID-related sick policy.
These same policies apply to faculty and staff.
To see more details about our policies and procedures, download this presentation.