In order to protect our entire school community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have partnered with Atrium Health in our efforts to mitigate risk and manage exposure.
- Health and Safety Precautions
- Exposure Management & Contact Tracing
- Compliance Pledge
- Return to School Instructions
- Cleaning Protocol
These additional health and safety precautions are in place to acknowledge potential exposure, mitigate risks, and promote safety for our entire community while on campus. We will continue to monitor our policy against our vaccination data, as well as data on community transmission, and adjust our protocols if necessary.
- Adhere to school, local, state, and federal recommendations and health guidelines as it relates to health and safety precautions.
- At this time, masks are required indoors for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.
- All students will continue to mask on buses, regardless of vaccination status.
- Maintain sanitizing and cleaning processes, including in between classes.
- Continue to implement cleaning protocols, including proper hygiene, handwashing/sanitizing stations, tissues and paper towels, disinfectant wipes or spray, and gloves.
- Campus signage on preventing illness and current health and safety precautions.
- Each campus has two health facilities: one for isolation of suspected COVID-19 patients and one for daily health room operations.
- Follow CDC and NCDHHS protocol regarding notification and contact tracing in the instance of a confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Country Day adheres to local and state government policies in regard to communicable diseases. We also follow national recommendations from the CDC for the basis of this policy. Safety measures may include modifications to the traditional school day and activities.
Students and employees who are symptomatic, had a known exposure, or have tested positive should stay home, call the nurses (Cannon: 704-943-4568/4569 or Bissell 704-943-4830), and see their health care provider.
- Fever or chills
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
Individuals will not be able to return to campus until the appropriate quarantine period has passed or an alternate diagnosis for the symptoms is provided by their health care provider.
Symptoms of Illness During the School Day
- If a student or employee displays any symptoms of illness during the school day, they should immediately be sent to the designated health center for Nurse assessment. (Lower School students must be escorted by a teacher, Middle School and Upper School students may come unaccompanied if not in respiratory distress).
- If prudent, the Nurse will send the employee or student to the isolation area and then home as quickly as possible.
- The Nurse will notify the employee/student’s parent/guardian of the next steps to take. Exposure notification and tracing is guided by local, state, and nationwide policy per the NCDHHS G.S. 130A-136 and requirements outlined in COVID-19 Clusters in Occupational, Educational, and Community Settings. In partnership with Atrium Healthcare, the Nurse will facilitate exposure notification and safety measures.
If a student or employee has been sent home from the health room with symptoms that are consistent with suspected COVID-19 infection, the Nurse will notify their division head and provide updates as necessary. The school will maintain appropriate privacy practice and confidentiality measures throughout the process.
- It is understandable that you may want to know if someone near you tested positive, becomes symptomatic, or has an exposure. Generally, we cannot disclose that information. Under federal health privacy law, we are not able to release identifying personal information, and individuals are not compelled to share this information.
- The school's Contact Tracing Team, which is made up of school administrators, school nurses, and Atrium Health professionals, will engage in rigorous contact tracing and notify individuals and groups that have had close contact with people who have tested positive. They will also work with our facilities and cleaning services to guide appropriate cleaning and disinfection of affected areas.
- In most cases, you will only be notified if the contract tracers determined you were in close contact* with an individual who tested positive. Simply working or being in the same building/classroom with someone who has symptoms or recently had an exposure or tested positive does not put you at higher risk for getting the virus.
- In some cases, a division or the school community will be notified of a positive case on campus with reminders of our protocols and explanation of the school decisions based on that particular investigation.
- If Country Day is notified by a testing facility, physician's office, local health department, or another qualified source that a student or employee is confirmed positive for COVID-19, the Nurses will notify the Contact Tracing Team and initiate the Exposure Management Protocol.
- Anyone determined to have been in close contact* with the positive person will be called by the nurses and provided with necessary information on quarantine procedures.
- Recommendations on the appropriate course of action per local, state, and national guidelines will be provided to all who are notified, as well as access to Atrium Healthcare resources. The specific process of notification of potential exposure may vary by division and depend upon the circumstances. The school will maintain appropriate privacy practice and confidentiality measures throughout the investigation.
- Once identified, individuals may be instructed to quarantine and follow up with their healthcare provider. They will only be allowed back on campus once the case is resolved, not only by their health care provider, but also our Contact Tracing Team.
- We will continue to monitor the situation on campus and will make any necessary decisions to mitigate risk to our community, including transitioning a pod, class, division, or school to remote learning if necessary.
* For COVID-19, a close contact is defined by the CDC as anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes accumulated in a 24 hour period during the infectious period. The infectious period for the positive person begins 48 hours before the person developed symptoms of illness. If the positive person is asymptomatic, the infectious period begins 48 hours before the person was tested.
Per the NCDHHS and CDC guidelines, the local health department will perform official contact tracing for confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The Nurses and the COVID-19 Tracing Team will also interview positive cases and initiate the Exposure Management Protocol within the community. All involved will maintain appropriate privacy practice and confidentiality measures throughout the process.
Feel free to reach out to any of the nurses with questions or concerns:
—Cannon Campus: Liz Grasty email@example.com, (704) 943-4568/4569
—Bissell Campus: Wendy Barber firstname.lastname@example.org, (704) 943-4830
In order to successfully mitigate the risk for spreading COVID-19 among our Country Day community, it is important that parents, students, employees, and all household members adhere to the CDC and NCDHHS guidelines for reducing the spread of this virus both on and off campus. Parents and employees are asked to sign a Compliance Pledge (accessed via Magnus).
All students, employees, and campus visitors must not come to campus with symptoms or with a close contact exposure to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 without direct consent from the Nurses. When in doubt, please call the Nurses. Staying home is our number one risk mitigation tool.
The nurse, employee, parent/guardian, and individual HCP will work together to understand individual circumstances and necessity for COVID-19 testing, quarantine, or isolation.
As a standard, the school follows the contact tracing protocols of the CDC along with guidance from our Atrium Healthcare partners.
Country Day benefits from a long-standing partnership with the Budd Group to execute the high level of cleaning and sanitization necessary at all times for our school, but especially right now. The Budd Group has 58 years of experience in disinfection services. With their help, we can take extra precautions when it comes to infection control. As the largest janitorial, facility services, and disinfection provider in our markets, The Budd Group has the staff and experience to disinfect our facilities efficiently and safely. Plus, they know which tools, and which products, are most effective at killing pathogens and preventing their spread.
- The school has several misting, fogging, and electro-static machines at our disposal.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces throughout the campuses.
- Increased education and protocols for employees to perform routine sanitizing of desks and materials in their areas of use (classrooms) throughout the day unless extenuating circumstances exist. Cleaning materials will be supplied by the school.
- On a daily basis, our custodial partners, The Budd Group, cleans with two primary products manufactured by Diversey, Inc:
1) Virex II 256, a hospital grade disinfectant listed on the EPA/CDC website for COVID-19;
2) Alpha-HP, a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner, listed as Phato 1:64 on the CDC website with the same EPA registration number as Alpha HP of 70627-62.
- Alpha HP is primarily used during the day, since hydrogen peroxide poses less risk if one of the day porters had just wiped down a touch point and someone touches behind them.
- Virex is typically used by the evening crew and is a little harsher disinfectant.
Additional Processes Used by the Budd Group
- ProTech—spaces are disinfected with the Virex II 256, then BioShield is electrostatically applied with a special electrostatic misting machine. This product and the electrostatically charged spray provide a 90-day “preventative” barrier to growth of spores and bacteria.
- ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate)—testing to monitor the “cleanliness” of surfaces and performance of the barrier over the 90 days.