Covid-19 Health & Safety Wellness Policy

 Policy Intent:

Due to the nature of our services as an educational institution and the focus being on children, this policy is at the specific recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits. Beyond supporting the educational development of children and adolescents, schools play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. As such, it is critical to reflect on the differential impact SARS-CoV-2 and the associated school closures have had on different races, ethnic and vulnerable populations. These policy recommendations are provided acknowledging that our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is changing rapidly.

Preventative Measures & Actions:

  • Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Encourage children, volunteers, and faculty/staff to stay home when sick.
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
  • Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
  • Stay up to date on developments in the community.
  • Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
  • Monitor absenteeism.
  • Plan for digital and distance learning.
  • Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events.
  • Plan ways to continue student services such as school meal programs if schools close.
  • Work with the state department of education and health department for guidance on closures and re-openings.
  • Supporting faculty, staff, and administration in Covid-19 awareness
  • Limit presence of visitors on campus until appropriate level of safety is assured
  • Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing with products that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released as EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Flyers available upon request.
  • Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
  • Provide hand sanitizing units around campus for convenience. Students will be monitored and discouraged from “playing with” units.
  • Educating employees on cleaning and disinfecting their classrooms and work
  • Allowing students, faculty, and staff to wear masks or face shields if they feel the desire to do so, provided they are clear or of a plain solid color to not distract from learning.

Independence Classical Academy was created to foster a sense of personal responsibility and establish a community of learners with self-discipline and accountability for their actions. We expect our families will meet this moral standard, and their children in turn will model this behavior, which will be encouraged and supported on campus. With this in mind, we expect parents and guardians to monitor their children’s health and keep them at home if they are showing signs of illness.  We operate on the premise that students are natural learners and pleasers. If provided direction, most students will adhere to those directions and act responsibly, and we trust our parents and guardians will do the same.

In line with this philosophy, the governing board of Independence Classical Academy has decided in lieu of mandating masks (which are not all effective in the protection against Covid-19), and temperature taking, which is not recommended by the AAP or the CDC, we will require our parents to be proactive in monitoring their own child’s health for the protection of others on campus. These proactive measures should include:

  1. Taking your child’s temperature prior to bringing them to school each day. This will prevent the need to delay school drop-off procedures and get our students engaged and learning as soon as possible upon arriving to campus-the primary goals of our school.
  2. Notify school administration immediately upon any positive Covid-19 tests for students and or immediate family members.
  3. Agree that even if your child contracts Covid-19, there is no way to determine the cause and or source of the exposure. Child to child transmission, as well as child to adult transmission is so low, that almost ALL government agencies suggest there is no need to close schools, given the loss of face-to-face, active learning has more of a negative impact on a student than the potential exposure risk.
  4. By signing the waiver, I am agreeing to the potential risk in sending my child back to school full time, and agree that the positive impact of his/her learning outweighs the risk, and I am prepared to take precautions and be proactive in monitoring of my child’s health and notifications to the school administration. I will not pursue action or ask Independence Classical Academy to alter their operations due to any Covid-19 outbreak and will solely be responsible for my own child’s wellbeing.  I am willingly signing the waiver, so my child can attend face-to-face instruction in a brick and mortar facility for the coming 2020-21 school year.

 

 

_________________________________      __________________                        _________________

Child #1 Name                                                2020/21 Grade Level              Teacher

 

_________________________________      __________________                        _________________

Child #2 Name                                                2020/21 Grade Level              Teacher

 

_________________________________      __________________                        _________________

Child #3 Name                                                2020/21 Grade Level              Teacher

 

_________________________________      __________________                        _________________

Child #4 Name                                                2020/21 Grade Level              Teacher

 

_________________________________      _________________________________________

Parent/Guardian #1 Printed Name                Street Address

 

_________________________________      _________________________________________

Parent/Guardian #1 Signature                       City  /  State  /  Zip

 

_________________________________      _________________________________________

Parent/Guardian #2 Printed Name                Street Address (if different than above)

 

_________________________________      _________________________________________

Parent/Guardian #2 Signature                       City  /  State  /  Zip (if different than above)

 Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Independence Classical Academy

2902 S. Jenkins Road    Fort Pierce, Florida 34981

Ph: 772.837.9300

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

Independence Classical Academy (ICA) has put in place protective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, ICA cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending activities on the campuses of ICA could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and on behalf of myself, my child(ren), my and spouse/co-parent of child(ren) voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I, and any member of my family, may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending activities on ICA campuses and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 while on ICA campuses may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, ICA employees, agents and representatives, volunteers, program participants and their families and/or any other individual who may be present upon school property or in attendance at any school activity.

I voluntarily agree to assume, on behalf of myself, my child(ren), and my spouse/co-parent of child(ren) all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren),myself and any member of my family, (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I, my child(ren) and/or members of my family may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance in activities or participation in ICA programming (“Claims”).

On my behalf, and on behalf of my children and/or members of my family, I will advance no claim and I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, defend, indemnify and hold harmless ICA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of ICA, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any ICA activity.   Additionally, it should be noted that the laws of the State of Florida provide for numerous immunities for schools should something occur to a student or to the family of a student because of activities on school property. In addition to this Agreement, these immunities remain intact.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to all parties, we are conducting a simple screening questionnaire with this waiver. Your participation is important to help us take precautionary measures to protect you, your Child(ren) and everyone on campus. Please circle your answers.

  1. Has your child had close contact with or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the 30 days?** YES      NO
  2. Has your child experienced any of the symptoms below in the last 14 days?** (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell) YES NO
  3. If my Child(ren) develop(s) any of the above symptoms I will keep them home, notify the School’s Administration and seek medical care to obtain a physician’s note stating it is safe to return to school. YES NO

 ** If the answer is “yes” to questions 1 or 2, access to campus activity will be denied until a physician’s note is delivered to the School Administration.

______________________________________________                 _____________________

Print Name of Parent/Guardian                                                         Date

______________________________________________                

Signature of Parent/Guardian                                   

______________________________________________                 _____________________

Print Name of 2nd Parent/Guardian                                                  Date

______________________________________________ 

Signature of 2nd Parent/Guardian      

_____________________________________________________________________________

Printed Child’s Name (separate by comma if more than one)

 

Have a safe and fun Summer!
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