Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, tuberculosis and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and COVID-19 are spread by:
- Coughing or sneezing.
- Unclean hands: Touching your face after touching contaminated objects and touching objects after contaminating your hands.
To help stop the spread of germs we ask that you follow the following guidelines and protocols.
Hand Sanitizers and Faucets
- Hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies will be provided in all corridors, classrooms and offices. Sanitizing dispensers will be installed on all outdoor athletic facilities as well as the concession building. Sanitizers will also be available in all tents erected as outdoor classrooms.
- Touchless faucets will be installed within high-use bathrooms.
- Hardware will be installed to enable swipe card access at three main entrances (Front Lobby, Middle School & employee entrance).
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
- If you do not have access to tissues, cough, or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing immediately or use hand sanitizer located throughout the building.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with others.
- Use disposable paper tissues (no cloth hankies) and no-touch disposal trash receptacles.
Health and Wellness
The COVID-19 questionnaire from Magnus Health will need to be completed prior to students and employees' return to campus. The questionnaire will be reviewed by a medical team, with follow up as needed.
All students and employees’ temperature will be taken daily upon their arrival to the NA campus via thermal imaging equipment. Any community member with a body temperature in excess of 100.4 will not be allowed to enter the building. We will work with our school physician, school nurses, and the local Board of Health/CDC guidelines to confidentially address any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our school community.
The nurses’ office will provide an isolation area for sick students until they can be picked up. Students must be picked up within one hour of parent contact, and families are encouraged to prepare for this scenario.
The nurses’ office will have increased ventilation within its areas used for sick students. Two full-time nurses and a new full-time trainer will be present to support the community’s health and wellness.
The COVID-19 questionnaire from Magnus Health must be completed by students and employees prior to entering campus. The questionnaire will be reviewed by a medical team, with follow up as needed.
Given that health and safety is a shared responsibility, community members will be required to sign a health agreement before the start of the school year. By signing the agreement, community members will affirm their responsibility in upholding the ”Campus Health and Safety Protocols for Fall 2020” (e.g. masks, social distancing, handwashing, etc.), disclosing potential illness and travel plans, conducting daily wellness checks, and making careful and prudent decisions about behaviors that could jeopardize personal health. In doing so, community members will protect the health of our entire community.
Recommended social distancing will be maintained in all classrooms both indoors and outdoors.
Appropriate face masks, without valves/vents or cloth face coverings must be worn, at all times, by all community members who are inside the building. It is recommended that each employee or student wear his or her own face covering. Newark Academy will provide a mask to all employees. If a student does not have access to a face mask or cloth covering, Newark Academy will provide the required face mask. Plastic face shields will be provided to employees upon their request. Plastic face shields cannot be worn alone and must be worn in conjunction with a face mask or facial covering. Masks should be worn at all times inside the building (except when eating).
Based on guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education, masks must be worn by students and employees during outdoor classes and activities, except while engaging in “high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities” during PE classes, outdoor Athletics, and sports play.
Language teachers, Health teachers, and coaches can remove their masks while teaching outdoors, but must engage in social distancing.
Students and employees will have access to outdoor areas during the day to remove their face coverings while practicing recommended social distancing. Gloves are not recommended but, if requested, a pair will be provided.
All non-essential on-campus visits will be suspended until campus health
Newark Academy will strive to limit all nonessential in-person employee meetings. If it is necessary to meet with another employee within the building, social distancing must be maintained and facial coverings must be worn at all times.
Should you become ill or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 infection, we ask that you please do not come to campus.
The nurses’ office will have increased ventilation within its areas used for sick students. Two
full-time nurses and a new full-time trainer will be present to support the community’s
health and wellness.
Newark Academy will conduct daily cleaning and sanitizing in accordance with the following protocols.
Newark Academy will display signage regarding wellness tips throughout the building in
key areas including on hallway monitors.
SAGE Dining Services is packaging all food in a grab-and-go style. Community members will eat lunch outdoors or while socially distanced in large spaces with plexiglass dividers. Families are encouraged to review the menu options and allergen information that are available on the Touch of SAGE mobile app or the Newark Academy SAGE Dining Community website.
For more information, review the remainder of our Health and Safety information.