Kansas Department of Health - Definition of Close Contact
You are a "close contact" if any of the following situations happened while you spent time with a person with COVID-19, even if they didn't have symptoms:
* Were within 6 feet of the person for 10 consecutive minutes or more.
* Had contact with the person's respiratory secretions (for example, coughed or sneezed on; kissed; contact with a dirty tissue; shared a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items).
* Live with the person or stayed overnight for at least one night in a house with the person.
* The chance of spreading the virus is greater the longer an infected person or persons are close to someone and the closer they are to each other. It also matters if the infected person is coughing, sneezing, singing, shouting, or doing anything that else that can put more virus into the air. Under these higher risk situations you may want to consider a close contact someone who has been within 6 feet of an infectious person or persons for 10 cumulative minutes or more in a 24 hour period.
* The final decision on what constitutes close contact is made at the discretion of public health.
Douglas County Smart & Safe School Reopening Guidance
Kansas Department of Health Travel & Exposure
2020-2021 Return to Campus Plan
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools throughout the world have had to reevaluate many of their existing on-campus procedures and adapt to the new circumstances we face. The Bishop Seabury Academy plan for returning to our campus has been informed by evolving best practices from national educational associations, independent schools, health organizations, and local physicians. These new policies & procedures will be in place during the 2020-21 school year or until this health threat has been sufficiently controlled.
The foundation of this plan involves several layers of protection:
1. Education about COVID-19 & adherence to our safety protocols at school and at home
Students and staff will receive clear and repeated instructions about campus policies and procedures that will significantly mitigate risk of COVID-19 infection on campus. To help mitigate risks on campus and to increase the likelihood our students and faculty can remain on campus throughout the year, Seabury families are strongly urged to implement CDC guidelines outside of school, and parents should direct children to observe the fundamental principles of good hygiene, physical distancing, and face covering protocol at all times.
2. Good Hygiene
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Hand-sanitizing stations will be located near every entrance door and in various locations throughout the school. Parents should also plan to send their children to school with a supply of hand-sanitizer.
3. Physical Distancing
Students and staff will generally be required to maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance in classrooms when feasible—and a minimum of 3 feet distance otherwise. Distancing is less important when students are masked and in movement (such as passing periods). Students should wear masks outdoors or maintain appropriate distance without masks.
4. Proper Use of Face Coverings
Some form of disposable surgical mask, commercial face mask, or cloth face covering will be required during the school day (in and out of classrooms) as a primary tool for reducing risk of contagion. All students and staff must comply with this expectation unless a documented medical condition precludes this practice.
5. Seabury LIVE
When students and staff must remain off-campus due to family risk factors or quarantine, students will be able to “attend” classes remotely and may be able to engage in classroom discussion.
Through our vigilance in reinforcing these vital practices, we can return to campus and have greater confidence in a stable and successful school year!