PINNACLE CLASSICAL ACADEMY
Pinnacle Classical Academy (PCA) must consider multiple learning options for students for the 2020-2021 school year due to restrictions required to provide a safe environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. PCA’s goal is to continue learning excellence while keeping the safety of all families a priority. Learning may look different based on the modality chosen, but the standard of education remains the same. Providing all students with a premier college-preparatory education is still the overall goal of Pinnacle Classical Academy.
All students K-8 will have the option to be on campus Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 2:00. Dismissal times may vary a few minutes for some grade levels.
Students in grades 9-12 will have the option to be on campus 2 days a week (either Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday) and will participate virtually on the days they are not on campus.
Pinnacle Classical Academy will follow the order of the Cleveland County Health Department for established orders and guidelines.
To limit the amount of movement throughout the school building, students will be assigned to specific classrooms and remain there throughout the day. Teachers and staff will rotate between assigned classrooms. Classes will be split into 2 rooms to reduce the number of students in each setting and provide desk spacing of at least 6 feet apart. A PCA teacher will offer direct instruction in one room; a Teacher Assistant will monitor independent work in the other. They will switch rooms so direct instruction can be provided to the other group of students as well.
Markings will be located in the halls and restrooms to remind students to stay at least 6 feet apart. Markings will also be located in waiting and reception areas.
Classroom equipment, supplies, and materials will not be shared between students and will be disinfected daily.
Visitors and volunteers will be restricted from entering the building.
CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
All K-12 students and staff will wear cloth face coverings while in the buildings. All facial coverings shall adhere to the following:
- Only cover the nose and mouth area.
- Cloth facial masks are permitted in school colors.
- Time will be provided, throughout the school day, for students, teachers, and staff to take breaks from wearing the cloth face coverings.
CLEANING AND HYGIENE
Supplies will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors such as soap, hand sanitizer, etc. Staff will increase monitoring and reinforcing handwashing and healthy hygiene. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and every building entrance.
Students’ personal items and supplies will be kept individually. There will be no sharing of personal items and/or supplies.
Ongoing and routine cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas will be implemented throughout the school day.
A dedicated space for symptomatic individuals will be provided. Any symptomatic individuals will be immediately removed from the classroom setting and sent home.
If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional - even if they do not have symptoms - MUST remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.
If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay home until they can answer YES to the following three questions:
- Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
- Has it been at least 3 days since the individual had a fever (WITHOUT using fever-reducing medicine)?
- Has it been at least 3 days since the individual’s symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?
If a person has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medicine and they have felt well for 24 hours.
Staff and students must stay home if:
- They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms until they meet the criteria for return.
- They have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 until they meet the criteria for return.
Students, teachers, and visitors will be screened prior to entering the school building.
- Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to be quarantined?
- Since you were last at school, have you had any of the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New cough
- New loss of taste or smell
- Since you were last at school, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Temperature will be checked before students exit the car.
If the individual answers “yes” to any of the questions is or has a fever of 100.4℉ or higher, they will not be able to attend school.
- Will students be able to bring book bags, lunch boxes or homework? Students will be able to bring book bags, lunch boxes, and homework to school. Student supplies, materials, and personal belongings will be kept individually.
- Will parents be able to volunteer? We are not able to allow volunteers in the building.
- Will parents be able to bring forgotten lunches or eat lunch with students? Parents will not be able to bring forgotten items or come to school to eat lunch with students. Following the Cleveland County Health Department guidelines, we will have a strict restriction on any visitors entering the building.
- Will students have PE? Students will have movement breaks within the daily schedule. PE teachers will be coming into the classrooms to offer services.
- What if my child has health issues that prevent them from wearing a mask? Do they have to participate in virtual learning? Parent requested exemption with a written request explaining the medical reason. We will adhere to the Cleveland County Health Department guidelines as well as following medical professional's directives.
- Will families have the option of changing their child’s placement from face-to-face to online or vice versa at any point during the year? When families choose traditional or virtual learning, the student must complete the 9 weeks with the option of changing at the end of the 9 weeks.