Procedures and Policies Relating to COVID-19

 

Our goal is to be on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. At this time, we plan to open and follow our calendar as shared with families. We will hold all events and activities on the calendar*.

*All school events and activities are subject to adjustments, changes, and cancellations should we have a concern for the students, staff, or families of Porter Academy due to changing situations.

Policies and Precautions

  • Masks are welcome but not required
  • We will have scheduled times throughout the day when staff will disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • We will encourage the use of hand sanitizer or hand washing when appropriate
  • Thorough cleaning will occur each evening
  • The foam pit will be disinfected weekly

Protocols if COVID-19 enters the Porter Academy community

  • If a student/staff is exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms
    • If they are vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine
    • If NOT vaccinated and they choose NOT to get tested for COVID-19, they must remain home for six (6) days after exposure to watch for symptoms. If still no symptoms, they may return to school on the seventh (7th) day after exposure
    • If NOT vaccinated and want to return to school before the 7th day, they must be tested for COVID-19. The test must be administered at least 3 days after exposure. If the test is negative, they may return to school. Please send a copy of the negative test results.

    If a student/staff is exposed to COVID-19 and is exhibiting symptoms

    • The student must stay home for 10 days from the date symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever AND other symptoms have improved
    • If the student tests negative for COVID-19, but is exhibiting symptoms, then please refer to our regular health guidelines in your handbook to decide when it is safe to return to school (24 hours with no fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc). 

    If a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19 but has no symptoms

    • The student/staff must stay home for 10 days after the positive test.

    Continuing our Students’ Education

    • If a student needs to quarantine, but the whole class does not, the student will be provided with school work via Google Classroom and other websites provided by your teacher. If your child is too ill to complete these assignments, be assured that these missed assignments will not count against them. 
    • If the whole homeroom needs to quarantine, the homeroom will switch to a virtual learning environment for ten (10) days after the date of last exposure.

 

What Sets Us Apart

  • Developmentally Grouped Homerooms
  • Differentiated and Individualized Academic Instruction
  • Utilization of a Variety of Well-Supported Academic Programs and Multi-Sensory Instruction
  • Small Groups for Core Academics
  • Group Speech-Language, Occupational, and Music Therapy for all