Meredith-Dunn School

COVID-19 Update

As the spread of COVID-19 affects our community, we are aware that Meredith-Dunn School families are concerned with their child’s health and safety.  Please refer to this website frequently for updates concerning our Meredith-Dunn School community.


UPDATE 8-18-2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Meredith-Dunn Students,

 

We can’t thank you enough for all of your support and communication these past few weeks.  We are looking forward to the start of our school year, although we know it will be very different than any of us have ever faced.

 

We all know that the health and safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of all of our decisions.  Therefore, we want to share some additional information with all of you regarding the procedures and guidelines that we have in place.

 

Attached is a document outlining frequently asked questions about Childcare Centers from the Kentucky Health Department.  We have also included a flowchart that may provide you with helpful information in decision making when you or your child is ill or is exposed to the virus.  We also want you to know that if there should be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our building, you will be notified, and we will follow the health department’s recommendations in relation to quarantines and contact tracing.

 

We are excited about our first day of school, Wednesday, August 19.  Your continued patience as we work through our experiences during this difficult time is very much appreciated.

 

Sincerely,
Robin Johnstone
Head of School

REOPENING PLAN

The following health and safety precautions will be put in place so that Meredith-Dunn School
can reopen on August 19, 2020. The ever-changing regulations and health concerns may affect
this decision at a later date. The Meredith-Dunn community will be apprised as changes occur.

Personal Health and Hygiene

Masks will be required for all visitors, staff, and students. The students will be asked to wear a
mask that is comfortable for them. Wearing of cloth masks is strongly recommended as they
protect individuals if the wearer unknowingly is infectious. Face coverings are essential when
proper social distancing is difficult. Special consideration will be given to those students who
have underlying medical, developmental, sensory, or behavioral health issues that may
preclude wearing a mask. Although not as effective as a face mask, face shields will be
considered for those who have an exemption from wearing a mask. Those wearing masks
should be reminded not to touch their face. Students should cough or sneeze into a tissue,
immediately throw the tissue away and wash or sanitize their hands.

Signs and Messages

Signs will be placed throughout the building advertising the use of masks and other health
precautions. Training videos and additional opportunities for hand hygiene practices will be
provided. Regular communication via social media and our website will be provided to the
Meredith-Dunn community. Resources for parents will also be posted on our website.

Social Distancing

Social distancing will be practiced as much as feasible in the school setting. Markings will be
placed on floors to remind students to stay 6 ft. apart. Students will be assigned entrance/exits
for a predetermined group of students or classrooms. Scheduling has been adjusted to reduce
movement throughout the building. Most children will be in self-contained classrooms with the
exception of lunch and recess. Staff will be encouraged to take students outside for breaks and
classes may even be held outdoors to benefit from the fresh air. Visitors will only enter through
the front door. A special bin at the top of the entry-way stairs can collect large items and
another smaller bin can be used to drop-off paperwork. This reduces entry into the main office.

Cleaning and Cleaning Products

Cleaning surfaces and materials will be a priority and accomplished when students are out of
the area when possible. Hand washing will be a regular part of each student’s routine. Hand
sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and common areas. Recommended cleaning
supplies will be available in every classroom for use in cleaning materials and equipment
between children or classrooms.

Lunch

We will have four lunch periods. Two students will sit six feet apart at each table with tables at
least 6 feet from one another. The arrangement of tables will be such that students can socially
interact with each other. Kitchen staff will wear masks and undergo rigorous and regular
cleaning instruction of all kitchen services and food handling will be at a minimum. Lunch trays
and table surfaces will be cleaned after use. Students will wash their hands before and after
eating.

Recess

We recognize the importance of exercise and fresh air. All students will at least have one
recess period per day. Students will be organized into small groups separated into zones
throughout the grassy areas around the school. Touch-free games and other activities are
being planned with staff members. At this time, the large equipment on the playground will not
be utilized.

Arrival

Upon arrival, students will wait in their car until a staff member can take their temperature. If the
student has a temperature of less than 100.4, they will be admitted to the building. If their
temperature is higher than 100.4, they will be asked to return home and follow their doctor’s
orders. Touchless thermometers will be used and the staff will have on a mask and gloves.
Once students enter the building, they will go straight to their homerooms where they will be
greeted by a staff member. Students will wear their masks upon entry to the building and when
walking in the hallways.

Dismissal

We have staggered our dismissal times to alleviate overcrowding. Small groups will be called
for dismissal with markings on the floor at least 6 feet apart while they wait for their
transportation. Carpools will be called out together. Dismissal times are as follows:
2:50-3:00 GRADES 1-5 AND CARPOOLS
3:00-3:10 GRADES 6-7
3:10-3:20 GRADE 8

Illness at School

If a student develops symptoms that require them to leave school such as, fever, chills,
shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell or gastrointestinal
symptoms, they will immediately be isolated in a room with adult supervision while they wait for their transportation home.

We will encourage parents to notify their health care provider for
further guidance and possible testing for COVID-19. A student sent home with COVID-19
symptoms who has a negative COVID-19 test or the symptoms have subsided may return to
school once they are fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours and have no
other COVID-19 related symptoms. If a student or member of our staff has tested positive for
COVID-19, while their confidentiality will be maintained, thorough cleaning of all affected areas of
the school will be completed. The contact tracing protocol will be followed.

Illness at Home

We would ask parents to conduct health screenings before sending their child to school
including:
● Communicating with and notifying their local health provider;
● Notifying our school of a COVID-19 related absence;
● Enforcing the required quarantine or isolation when sick;
● Notifying the local health department;
● Providing relevant data to the contact tracing team;
● Explore a remote instruction option, if feasible.

The Meredith-Dunn staff is committed to keeping current with any recommended new health
and safety precautions that become available. We all recognize that this is a team effort and we
are determined to provide the safest options for students based on governmental regulations. If
other options are needed to begin the 2020/21 school year, the Meredith-Dunn community will be notified as soon as possible.

 

 


UPDATE:

At this time, we plan on opening school on August 19, 2020 and follow the proposed school calendar.  We will continue to follow the guidance and advice of our local government and the World Health Organization as it relates to school closings.  We will act independently of the Jefferson County Public School District and Louisville Archdiocesan schools.  We will not necessarily close because they do. 

So, please continue to check this site for updates.

You will also be alerted to updates through Reach Alert, our text and email alert system, and Facebook posts.

 

 


PROACTIVE MEASURES:

 

  • Our entire facility- including our houses, the portable classroom, and the Commons was fumigated/disinfected professionally by City Wide Maintenance, using a process called Clorox 360 Electrostatic cleaning.  It kills all viruses on every surface that are currently present.
  • Extra masks, cleaning products, and hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and small group room.
  • Staff and students will wear masks in public spaces in the building.
  • Social distancing will be practiced in classrooms and all other areas throughout the school campus.  Rubber mats will be used as a visual reminder to stand at least 6 feet from others.
  • Any visitor that does enter the building will come through the main door and will need to wear a mask. A sign will be posted on the main door reminding visitors that if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness, they should not enter the building.
  • Temperatures of staff and students will be taken before they enter the building.
  • An isolated space will be set aside to act as a sick room if a child becomes ill during the school day.
  • Staff and students will continue to have continual education opportunities to review proper procedures regarding hand-washing, mask use, and social distancing.

 


WHEN TO STAY HOME:

We ask students and staff members to stay home when feeling ill, especially with fever and cold or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with anyone having such symptoms.  In the event that you or someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the school office.

 


 

IN THE EVENT OF A CLOSURE:

  • Families will be contacted by way of email and/or Reach Alert. 
  • Meredith-Dunn School teachers are prepared to offer remote learning through technology and materials sent to the home.  Teachers will be in contact with families via email and will be available to students and parents each day from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Teachers are working diligently to plan meaningful lessons for your students and will communicate with you directly via email.
  • All students will be allowed to take home their personal devices and pertinent curricular materials.
  • Relevant assignments, appropriate to age levels, will be provided each day.

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