Student Health and Safety
SCHOOL SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
Parents want to know that their children are safe at school. We pursue student safety at all levels including the below precautions:
- Locked doors, video surveillance and security personnel protect the entrance to the school.
- Annual inspections by the Fire Marshal and the Montgomery County Health Department include verification of our Emergency Response Procedures.
- Regular drills prepare teachers and students how to respond appropriately to potential emergencies such as a tornado warning, general and emergency lock downs and fire. Input and training from Montgomery County Police School Resource Officers have shaped our plans for responding to a potential or active threat. The faculty and staff participate in annual training with Child Protective Services on recognizing signs of child abuse/neglect and reporting procedures.
- Middle and high school students receive training on their role in keeping Covenant Life School a safe place and how to report concerns to our Threat Assessment Team.
- We scan the government issued ID of all vendors, contractors and visitors into the Raptor Security System before allowing entry to the school. The Raptor system searches the sex offender directories of all 50 states and our custom database of individuals with custody orders or who are prohibited from visiting school grounds. Vendors and contractors are escorted by administrative or facilities personnel when in the building.
- Student safety is a consistent topic of discussion among faculty and staff.
- If you have urgent questions related to health concerns for your CLS Student, email or call our school nurse directly at 301-264-6558.
If a student or other family member fits the definition of “Covid-19-like illness” (i.e.Covid-19 like illness is now a new onset of any ONE of the following: fever of 100.4 or higher, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or new loss of taste or smell. For persons with chronic/pre-existing conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline) then all family members will also need to stay home from school until a negative Covid-19 test result is received.
If a student/staff member has a fever of 100.4 or higher and they have completed any required quarantine or have an alternative diagnosis from a Doctor the individual may return to school after 24 hours of being fever free without fever-reducing medication.
Mask Policy & Vaccinations
While we endorse and encourage the Maryland State Departments of Health and of Education, and strongly recommend that all individuals who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings outside of their home and in outdoor settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained, we will not be requiring students to wear masks. We will be helpful, supportive, and welcome any teachers or students who wish to wear masks this fall.
The administration encourages everyone to consider vaccinations for COVID-19, but we will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to attend CLS.
We require daily completion of the Health Screening Survey (of course, we are expecting parents to rigorously self-screen daily, keeping their student at home should they answer yes to any of the Health screening questions).
Please keep in mind that anyone entering the building needs to fill out our Health Survey. You can fill it out ahead of time to save time.
CLS will return to pre-pandemic class sizes and spacing. While the CDC encourages school districts to implement physical distancing to the extent possible, it cautions against implementing distancing requirements that would lead to the exclusion of students from in-person learning.
Isolation RoomCLS will have a designated isolation space for students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while at school. The school nurse will conduct an appropriate determination of the student’s condition based on their presenting symptoms.
CleaningThe school will continue cleaning 3 times daily, including nightly cleaning, with special attention given to door handles, light switches, sink handles, and other surfaces that are touched frequently. Restrooms in common areas are cleaned and disinfected more frequently throughout the day.
Visitors & Parents in the BuildingWe have an established security system which only allows entrance to approved persons. All visitors (repairmen, vendors, etc.) will be required to mask and use hand sanitizing stations when they enter the building. Parents will be permitted to enter the building after a health screening is completed and temperature taken.
Hand Sanitizer and Hand Washing
Regular hand-washing will be encouraged whenever students are in school buildings. Hand sanitizer will be provided to students and staff, with sanitizing stations placed throughout the building.