Covid 19 - Health and Wellness
Covid 19 Guidelines and Protocols - Updated Second Term
In accordance with the guidelines and laws from the Georgia Department of Health for schools, the VCA Covid-19 policies have been updated. VCA recommends all students, staff and families follow guidance related to COVID-19 from their healthcare providers or the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
Valor reserves the right to adjust Covid related guidelines based on the health and wellness of our community, in accordance with state and local health department recommendations.
Arrival: Please prescreen your child before coming to school. We ask that every family to keep your child home if they have any new or unusual symptoms. Please check the screening guidelines below.
Face Coverings: VCA does not currently have a mask mandate for the 2021-2022 school year. Masks are optional. While mask usage is optional and not mandated for staff, teachers, and students during the school day, VCA will be supportive of individuals who choose to wear a mask. We ask that there be mutual respect within the VCA community for those who choose to wear or not wear a mask.
On Campus Family Visits - At this time, VCA is discontinuing parent attendance at chapel and lunch unless otherwise communicated.
Physical Distancing: Classroom desks will be arranged with as much space between each student as possible. Students and faculty will be encouraged to respect each individual’s personal space. Teachers will have seating charts for all classes.
Handwashing: The school will promote proper hand hygiene throughout the school day. The school will ensure that an adequate supply of hand sanitizer, hand soap, and paper towels will be available in all classrooms.
Cleaning: Our maintenance staff will continue to disinfect frequently touched surfaces with VCA approved products. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and throughout the building.
Lunch Services: K-12 students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. Hand sanitizer will be available, and tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Students will only eat with their respective class or grade level for upper school.
As was our normal procedure before the pandemic, students who become ill should contact our Mrs. Wheeler our school nurse. She will assist your family with questions regarding any signs or symptoms, positive COVID diagnoses or possible direct exposure to someone with COVID. The following protocols will be followed.
Positive Covid Diagnosis - Student and Staff diagnosis symptomatic and asymptomatic regardless of vaccine status
Students and staff will quaratine with a return to school after 10 days AND
after the first symptoms appeared, AND
at least 24 hours since last fever with fever reducing medication AND
symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath have improved.
Exposure to someone with Covid 19 regardless of vaccination status
If student or staff were in school:
Mrs. Wheeler will identify direct exposure (individual within 6ft with COVID 19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period)
If direct exposure is determined, you will receive a phone call from her to discuss the quarantine protocols and return dates
If student or staff were exposed outside of school:
Please call Mrs. Wheeler to discuss the possible exposure and protocols if any are required.