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High School Health and Safety Protocols

School Preparedness for Health and Safety | Student Preparedness for Health and Safety COVID-19 Case Containment

The School is taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protocols will continue to change based on local, state, and national guidelines.

Information below as of August 4, 2020 and subject to change.​

School Preparedness and Routines for Health and Safety

  • Landmark will regularly monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and consult with medical professionals and the local board of health.
  • The school will follow guidelines from Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
  • A team of 28 members representing administrators, nurses, faculty, and staff meet throughout the week to continually discuss the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and its impact on education. 
  • The primary prevention strategy is for students and staff to wash hands upon arrival to school and as needed through the day; the importance of good hand hygiene will be emphasized and routines will be built into the students’ day.
  • All buildings will have hand sanitizer dispensers prominently located and students will sanitize hands as they enter and exit each building. 
  • All community members will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times while on campus with the exception of being outdoors and six feet apart.
  • Landmark has added and improved fresh air and filtration to buildings, and air purifiers will be added in strategic locations.
  • Landmark uses CDC-approved disinfecting products and will follow DESE guidance for frequency of cleaning.
  • In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, the areas where this individual has spent time will be disinfected by Landmark custodial staff supplemented by support from a professional cleaning company.
  • Where appropriate, Landmark will employ the use of electrostatic disinfecting.
  • Landmark has modified the campus to retrofit and repurpose spaces to help maintain six-foot physical distancing. Some of these modifications include:
    • Designated entrances and exits for each building to avoid crossing traffic.
    • One-way traffic through buildings or hallways.
    • Floor markings to designate the direction of traffic flow.
    • Removing extra furniture in buildings to maintain six-foot distancing in common areas.
    • Rearranging classroom furniture to promote social distancing and improve airflow.
    • Additional signage posted around campus with reminders about proper hand-washing and hygiene, social distancing, face coverings, and other best practices for virus mitigation.
  • Walking meetings and outdoor learning will be encouraged.
  • High-touch surfaces and common areas will be frequently cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. 
  • During orientation and throughout the year, students will receive training regarding best practices for mitigation of COVID-19.

Student Preparedness and Routines for Health and Safety 

  • All students will be required to sign Landmark’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct, Pledge, and Agreement before arriving on campus.
  • All students must stay at home if they are not feeling well.
  • Students can take mask breaks when they are outside and six feet apart—or farther—from other Landmark community members.
  • Landmark students will be required to carry at least two spare, clean face coverings at all times.
  • Landmark will provide one face covering per student and staff member to start the year. 
  • There will be a sufficient supply of extra disposable masks in the Health Center, available to students who may need them.
  • All students will be expected to wear a clean face covering each morning.
  • Students will be expected to use MyMedBot each morning at home before they arrive on campus to conduct a daily health screening.
  • Landmark's Health Center will receive an electronic report with all screening data each morning.
  • Landmark School will cover the cost of the MyMedBot application subscription. 
  • MyMedBot can be run on any mobile device (smart phones and tablets) with iOS and Android operating systems.
  • Screening questions will include assessment for:
    • Fever of 100°F or higher, chills, or shaking chills
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) 
  • Students exhibiting any of the above COVID-type symptoms will need to dismissed from school, be tested, and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. 
  • If a student, faculty, or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, they will need to dismissed from school,wait 4-5 days from the date of exposure, and then be tested for COVID-19. These individuals will need to produce documentation of a negative test before returning to campus.
  • People who test positive for COVID-19 will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least three days have passed with no fever and improvement of other symptoms OR as directed by the Department of Public Health.
  • Students coming to the Health Center for first aid or medication administration will be separated from students who are not feeling well. Students cannot carry medication; all medications must be given in the Health Center, including Tylenol, Advil, etc.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to get an influenza vaccine this fall.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students and faculty to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available in order to contribute to the health and safety of the school community.

COVID-19 Case Containment

  • As of August 1, 2020, a new Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Order will go into effect. Please read the order as it may affect some students arriving to campus from certain states. In some instances, testing or 14-day quarantine may be required. 
  • Anyone not feeling well must stay at home or immediately report to the Health Center.
  • Students need to report to the Health Center immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever of 100°F or higher, chills, or shaking chills
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) in combination with other symptoms
  • Students exhibiting any of the above COVID-type symptoms will need to be dismissed from school and tested. They will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or will need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. 
  • Once in isolation, the Health Center will work with the school doctor and Department of Public Health to determine the need for testing and/or contact tracing. 
  • If a student has been exposed to COVID-19, they will need to be dismissed from school and wait 4-5 days from the date of exposure and then be tested for COVID-19. These students will need documentation of a negative test before returning to in-person classes.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students and faculty to get an influenza shot this fall.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students and faculty to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available in order to contribute to the health and safety of the school community.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified on campus, the community will be notified in accordance with privacy laws (individual names will not be given).
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Landmark will work with the Local Board of Health (LBOH) nurse for follow-up, will isolate the student unless they are already in isolation, begin contact tracing, and quarantine appropriate individuals.