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COVID

2021-2022 COVID PROTOCOLS & MITIGATION STRATEGIES

The following 2021-2022 Employee Handbook Addendum and 2021-2022 Student & Family Handbook Addendum outlines the COVID Protocols & Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Mount Vernon School cannot prevent faculty/staff members, students, or other family members from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID while being on the Lower Campus, Upper Campus, in any MV building, using any MV vehicles or facilities, or attending MV-related activities that take place off campus. The School continues to encourage eligible members of the Mount Vernon community to receive a FDA-authorized COVID vaccine.

Face Coverings

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Outdoors — Preschool through Upper School Students & Faculty/Staff Members

Preschool through Upper School students and faculty/staff members are not required to wear a face covering while outside Mount Vernon facility spaces before, during, or after school.

Indoors — Faculty/Staff Members

Regardless of vaccination status, faculty/staff members are required to wear a face covering inside MV facility spaces. If faculty members are distanced while teaching, they will have the option not to wear a face covering during certain periods of time.

Indoors — Preschool through Grade 6 Students

At this time, Preschool through Grade 6 students (generally) are not eligible to receive a vaccine, serving as an additional layer of protection against the COVID virus. While the School acknowledges the risk is lower among this age group, Mount Vernon is requiring students in PK2 through Grade 6 to wear a face covering inside facility spaces only — individual classrooms, hallways during class changes, and larger gatherings such as Chapel. While we recognize this is not optimal for our youngest learners, teachers will be pragmatic and use common sense. Throughout any given day, teachers will prioritize opportunities for breaks free of face coverings connected to the natural flow of the daily schedule (no longer than 60 minutes of wearing a face covering at a time). Wearing a face covering inside on a daily basis will allow students to remain at the School if a COVID positive case is identified and ultimately, will prevent them from having to quarantine at home for an extended period.

Indoors — Grade 7 through Grade 12

Grade 7 through Grade 12 students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering in confined spaces during larger divisional gatherings such as Chapel, assemblies, and pep rallies. Also, at this time, the School strongly recommends for Grade 7 through Grade 12 students, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering in classrooms and hallways.

Transportation — Preschool through Upper School

Based on Georgia Department of Health requirements, all students and faculty/staff members, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering going to and from School events and activities while traveling on a bus.

Facilities

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Mount Vernon has established deep-cleaning and disinfection protocols. The School has installed in the HVAC system, in each building, an ionization system intended to remove pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. Utilizing EPA-certified products, the School on a daily basis disinfects all buildings and equipment on the Lower Campus and Upper Campus.

Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

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Practicing prevention, hygiene practices and respiratory etiquette will continue to be promoted consistently throughout the day. Respiratory etiquette includes covering coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows. No-touch trash cans will be readily available to discard tissues. Upon entering and exiting each building on the Lower Campus and the Upper Campus, faculty/staff, students, parents, and approved visitors will be required to utilize sanitizing stations provided by the School.

Daily Pre-screening Criteria

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Without a requirement to utilize the daily pre-screening app (carpool) or conduct temperature checks at facility entrances, faculty/staff members, parents, students, and approved vendors and visitors are asked to pre-screen themselves before coming to the School and remain at home if meeting one of the following criteria:

  • fever ≥ 100.4 degrees
  • COVID-like symptoms
  • diagnosed COVID positive
  • direct exposure, if unvaccinated, with confirmed COVID positive person

Covid Symptoms

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Individuals with COVID have a range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-10 days after exposure to the virus. People with any of these symptoms (not exhaustive) may have COVID: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

If COVID-like symptoms emerge at the School, the individual must contact applicable division administration and depart campus immediately and has three options during quarantine:

  • contact local medical or healthcare professional to provide non-COVID symptom documentation to return to the School or
  • remain at home for 10 days (last 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication) or
  • take COVID test: one FDA authorized COVID test with negative results

Note: Any individual who has been fully vaccinated may remain at the School as long as a fever has not been recorded by one of the School’s medical professionals.

COVID Positive

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If a faculty/staff member, student, parent, or approved visitor tests positive for COVID (regardless of vaccination status), the individual must notify the School and quarantine at home for 10 days from the time the test was administered. The School will maintain confidentiality of the individual.

COVID Direct Exposure

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If someone is identified to have direct exposure due to a confirmed COVID case, faculty/staff members, students, parents, or approved visitors must choose:

1. to quarantine at home for 7-10 days (based on testing) according to current protocol. If the individual decides to quarantine at home, the virtual option will remain in place or

2. to remain at the School symptom-free while aggressively monitoring health condition. Students and faculty/staff members, having maintained the consistent use of wearing a face covering, will have the option to remain at the School unless MV medical professionals determine otherwise regarding exposure or symptoms

Note: Any individual that has been fully vaccinated may remain at the School.

Lunch

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All three cafeterias across both campuses will be reopened for serving lunch to students and faculty/staff members. Each respective division will have thoughtful lunch schedules to de-densify the student population in the cafeterias as much as possible throughout the day. Unless individually approved by the School for medical reasons, students will be prohibited from bringing their own lunch each day. FLIK, the School’s dining partner has collaborated with Mount Vernon to sustain strict kitchen protocols in advance of and throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Flik staff will be required to be vaccinated, and required to wear PPE during food preparation.

Virtual Option

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Communicated in May, the School has amended the virtual option for students. Students required to quarantine due to testing positive for COVID or being directly exposed to a person with COVID will be able to attend class virtually. The virtual option program will be assessed every nine weeks to determine viability in the future.

Parents, Visitors & Vendors

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Parents, vendors, and approved visitors are permitted to come to the School for in person on-campus events. The School strongly recommends for all Mount Vernon parents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering inside MV facility spaces. All vendors and visitors will be prohibited from entering MV facility spaces without wearing a face covering.

Note: At the beginning of the year, a few limitations for parent participation such as lunch and Chapel may exist as we phase into a new school year. See division updates before the beginning of the new year.

COVID Contact Information

COVID Information Line: 678.515.4891
COVID Information Email:
[email protected]
COVID eFax Line: 404.591.1441

 

QuickLinks

COVID Announcement July 30
COVID Announcement August 20