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.
This fall, we ask all school parents to monitor their children for any sickness prior to sending their students to school. Students displaying symptoms such as running nose, cough, fever, or nausea should and must stay at home.
Should any students test positive for COVID at home, we expect parents to follow CDC guidelines and notify the school nurse.
We will not be using the health screening survey this fall or investigating contact information.
Students are welcome to continue wearing masks, though masks will not be required. The school will continue using air filters and fans in all classrooms throughout this coming school year.
- If you have urgent questions related to health concerns for your CLS Student, email or call our school nurse directly at 301-264-6558.
Mask Policy & Vaccinations
We do not require students to wear masks, but we will be helpful, supportive, and welcome any teachers or students who wish to wear masks.
The administration encourages everyone to consider vaccinations for COVID-19, but we will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to attend CLS.
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.