Health Safety Protocols
Mascotte Charter School
COVID-19 Data Dashboard
The COVID-19 Data Dashboard (link) is designed to keep parents, students, staff and the community informed about the number of known positive cases, quarantines and exposures throughout Mascotte Charter School. Parents will continue to be notified personally if their child has been in direct contact with someone who tests positive for the virus. Staff in direct contact will be personally notified as well.
Safety Protocols for 2021-2022
It is the priority of Mascotte Charter School, Inc. and Lake County Schools to implement health and safety protocols to maintain in-person learning for all students.
To protect the safety and health of all students and staff, school officials may send home or deny entry to any student, staff member, or visitor with any symptoms of illness.
Over the summer, all school AC systems were upgraded to include an air purification system.
- Bus drivers will be encouraged to wear a face covering.
- Students will be encouraged to wear a face covering on the bus.
- High touch areas will be cleaned between routes.
- Each bus will be thoroughly disinfected daily.
- Bus windows will be cracked to allow for greater ventilation.
Bus drivers will maintain a current seating chart for all routes to assist with contact tracing and physical distancing.
Bus availability is limited. Seats must be reserved. Students on a waiting list will be contacted by the Bus Transportation Coordinator, Mrs. Bultema.
- Students who are sick are required to stay home.
- Temperature checks will be conducted on any student who exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms. Students exhibiting symptoms, unless determined by the school nurse to pose no threat to other students, will be isolated from other students until the parent arrives to remove the student from the school.
- Upon arrival, students will report to the cafeteria before 8am and to their classroom after 8am.
- Supervision will be increased to maintain directional flow, reduce mass gatherings, and support physical distancing.
- Students not practicing or unable to practice safe physical distancing will be encouraged to wear a face covering.
- Breakfast will be provided using physical distancing protocols.
- The MOST program will also follow the approved safety protocols.
- Safe physical distancing of three feet will be encouraged in classrooms when possible.
- When physical distancing is not possible due to classroom space or by nature of the program/course and/or instructional setting, students will be strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Face shields are not recommended by the CDC due to limited data to show their effectiveness for source control.
- Hand sanitizer and soap and water is readily available to employees, students and visitors.
- Cleaning protocols will be increased, including replacing air filters as required by the manufacturer unless circumstances dictate replacing them sooner. This also includes cleaning cooling coils (evaporator coils) with disinfectant as per manufacturer recommendations.
- Equipment and instruments will be washed or wiped down after each use.
- Disinfectant, antimicrobial, and germicidal fogging of all high touch surfaces will be conducted every 30 days. Custodians are provided individual bottles of disinfecting spray for the retreatment of surfaces as needed.
- Water fountains will be limited for the purposes of filling personal water bottles. Parents are encouraged to include a water bottle to their child’s back-to-school list for daily use.
- Students will be reminded frequently by school personnel about the importance of good hygiene.
- Students will spend time on campus with the same group of students as much as possible, including in the classroom, the cafeteria, media center, and the playground. Interaction with students from other classes will be limited but necessary during intervention time.
- Face coverings will be encouraged during transitions if safe physical distancing of three feet is not possible or if not being practiced by students.
- Students will sit with their classroom cohort in assigned pod.
- Alternative seating areas including outside seating will be utilized when available.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- Dismissal will be staggered when possible to reduce mass gatherings.
- Parents of car riders MUST utilize the DashPass App.
- Students will be encouraged to wear a face covering when not practicing safe physical distancing or if physical distancing is not possible.
- Supervision will be increased to maintain directional flow and reduce mass gatherings.
- The MOST program will follow current safety protocols.
Additional Safety Protocols:
- Mascotte Charter School will run a “Closed Campus” model where only students and staff are permitted on campus. We will reevaluate every nine weeks the “no visitors or volunteers” policy.
- Appointments will be made for parents for IEP, 504, etc. meetings.
- Other meetings can continue through phone conferencing or Google Meet/Zoom.
- This includes not walking students to their classrooms during the first week(s) of school.
- Prior to sending children to school via the bus, walking, or parent drop-off, it is highly recommended that families and staff take temperatures daily prior to coming to school or work. Any person with a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher should not go to a school site or office.
- Students and adults should also screen themselves for respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath prior to coming to school each day. Students and adults experiencing those symptoms should not attend school.
- Temperature checks will occur in the front office and all individuals visiting the school campus will be checked.
- Substitutes will be screened for symptoms, including a temperature check, daily upon arrival to work.
- Plexiglass shields have been installed in all front offices to separate office staff from guests.
- Parents of medically vulnerable students should consult with their healthcare provider before returning to school or work.
- Temporary employees providing substitute coverage will be trained on safety protocols before working in a school or on a bus.
- Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, tissues, paper towels, soap and water will be available throughout the campus.
Sanitation and Cleaning Protocols:
- Nurses will work with school administrators to ensure that there is an adequate amount of clinic supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings, gloves, disinfectant cleaners, touchless thermometers, and hand sanitizer.
- Disinfectant and germicidal fogging of all high touch surfaces will be conducted every 30 days Custodians and all classrooms are provided individual bottles of disinfectant spray for the retreatment of surfaces when needed.
- Prior to school occupancy, all spaces (including permanent and portable spaces) will be cleaned and sanitized. Frequently touched surfaces would include door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, desktops, reception countertops and other surfaces as needed. Filters will be replaced in Mechanical HVAC systems with the most efficient that can be supported by its design.
- During School occupancy, cleaning and disinfection procedures will be conducted in accordance with CDC Guidelines. As an added precaution, frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned periodically throughout the day utilizing disinfectants listed for use on COVID- 19. Mechanical systems should be operated in accordance with ASHRE recommendations for Relative Humidity air dilution.
- In the event of possible exposure, additional disinfection procedures will be applied as necesssary.
- Face coverings will be provided as requested.
Student Becomes Sick on Campus:
- A student who becomes ill or has any COVID-19 symptoms will be removed from the classroom and placed in a supervised, isolated area. The LPN or RN will work with administration to identify an appropriate isolation area on each campus.
- While waiting for the sick child to be picked up, the school nurse and/or staff should remain as far away as safely possible (preferably 3 feet) while maintaining visual supervision.
- A health evaluation will be conducted by the school nurse.
- Parents/guardians will be contacted for immediate pick-up if considered necessary by the school nurses based on current illness guidelines.
- Parents/guardians will be provided information on COVID-19 testing and next steps.
- The school nurses will report suspected or confirmed cases to the Department of Health. The DOH will assist the school with the required contact tracing.
Communication when Staff/Student Tests Positive for COVID-19:
- All FERPA and HIPAA privacy requirements will be followed.
- When a suspected or confirmed case is reported, the DOH contact will be notified to assist with the required contact tracing. The school will notify those identified as having contact with an infected individual.
- For each confirmed positive case, the school principal or his/her designee, will notify all faculty and staff of a positive case on their school campus.
- The school nurses will be available to share pertinent information with the families of students who are directly impacted in accordance with guidance from the local Department of Health.
- All confirmed positive cases reported at the school campus will be posted on the COVID-19 Dashboard located at https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/our-district/coviddata
- The School is in constant contact with the local Department of Health, and we follow their guidelines for notification and contact tracing.
- CDC guidelines along with guidance from the DOH, will define when and how classrooms, a school or schools will be closed in the event of school or community spread.
- Mascotte Charter School will follow COVID-19 guidelines for quarantining students and staff as recommended by the Lake County Department of Health.
- All teachers will maintain a current seating chart for all classes to assist with contact tracing.
Asymptomatic students: Parents and legal guardians of students who have been in direct contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19 can choose one of the following options for their student:
- Allow the student to attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property, without restrictions or disparate treatment, so long as the student remains asymptomatic; or
- Quarantine the student for a period of time not to exceed seven days from the date of last direct contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19.
Symptomatic students: The rule for symptomatic students remains the same. Symptomatic students cannot return to school until:
- The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic; or
- Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student's other symptoms are improving; or
- The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed under chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459, or an advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 464.
Asymptomatic students/staff with a prior COVID-19 infection who are exposed to a positive case within 90 days of being diagnosed are not required to quarantine. Asymptomatic students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine. (Vaccination verification)
Exceptional Student Education
Students in self-contained ESE programs are strongly encouraged to attend full-time instruction at their 2021-2022 enrolled school. Remote learning and other reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis according to students’ individual needs.
Safety protocols are subject to change based on updated or new recommendations from the CDC, the local Department of Health, the Department of Education and/or Governor’s Executive Orders.