What Does 2021-2022 Look Like at Silverdale Baptist Academy?
Discover what COVID-19 protocols will be in place during this school year on Silverdale Baptist Academy’s campus, along with the reasons such decisions were prayerfully made by the Principals, Head of School, and the Academy’s Health & Safety Team.
As Silverdale continues to navigate providing a quality Christian education amidst a pandemic, the Academy’s Health & Safety Team remains committed to prayerfully making decisions that ultimately:
- Keep the SBA community safe and functioning.
- Take scientific data and parental feedback into account.
- Encourage personal responsibility to help maintain a healthy learning environment.
- Empower parents to make decisions they believe are in the best interest of their child(ren).
- Provide excellent opportunities for students to thrive spiritually, academically, and socially.
We invite you to continue reading to learn how SBA has fared up to this point and what health and safety protocols will be observed on campus during the 2021-2022 school year. Please note that these protocols are subject to change as the situation at hand may change.
God’s Faithfulness in 2020-2021
The Lord’s covering was evident when Silverdale resumed in-person learning last fall and throughout the 2020-21 school year:
- Student-to-teacher and teacher-to-student transmissions were minimal; 0.86% transmission rate between employees and students for the entire school year.
- Silverdale Baptist Academy and Preschool remained open the entire school year.
- On average, around 12 students (1% of our total population at SBA) tested positive for COVID each month.
Health and Safety Protocols
Will practice and compete per CDC and ISC/TSSAA guidelines.
One does not have to quarantine if exposed to someone that tests positive for COVID as long as he/she remains symptom-free and either of the following criteria is met:
- Fully vaccinated (as defined above)
- Tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days
Exception: In the K-12 setting, the close contact definition excludes individuals if both the infected individual and the exposed individual(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
Per the Tennessee Department of Health (7/29/21), “antibody testing is not appropriate for return to school for persons exposed in daycare and K-12 settings.”
We strongly encourage wearing masks when in close contact with others.
At this time, field trips will be allowed per Health & Safety protocols (subject to change without notice).
Although we came back to school without Lexan partitions in the classrooms, an upward trend in our own population has us installing them in classroom spaces where proper distancing cannot be achieved.
Silverdale students love their lunchtime, and we want them to experience that again. There will be modifications, but every grade level will have the opportunity to be in the lunchroom during their specific school rotation. Hot lines will return, as well as the salad bar, etc.
Each morning prior to dropping your child(ren) off on campus, we ask you to closely monitor your child(rens) health. If your child is sick, email Nurse Anne as well as:
- For preschool and elementary school parents, email your child’s teacher.
- For middle and high school parents, email us.
*If your child presents with two or more low-risk COVID symptoms not due to chronic conditions such as allergies, migraines, etc. OR one or more high-risk COVID symptoms, your child must be cleared by a physician prior to return (doctor’s note must be sent to Nurse Anne at 423.892.2147 or via email).
- Low-risk symptoms include chills, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, fatigue.
- High-risk symptoms include new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fever 100.0 degrees or greater.
SBA’s janitorial staff, as well as teachers and teacher assistants, will continue to remain vigilant about disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the school day. Currently, we have 18 Bipolar Ionization units that go inside the air ducts to assist in cleaning the air and assist in ridding the air of viruses such as COVID-19. And although daily temperature checks will not be enforced on campus, SBA is still encouraging parents to conduct this health check each morning before sending their child(ren) to school. Any students feeling unwell should plan to stay home until they are symptom and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (return to school guidelines are below).
Should any students feel unwell during the school day, they should report to the SBA Nurse where our nurse will be able to provide a medical assessment and advise their parents on next steps. COVID-19 tests and vaccines will not be available from the nurse; SBA families are encouraged to see a healthcare provider if this is something they’d like access to.
If an SBA student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should:
- Inform Health and Safety Team ASAP via email and complete the COVID Questionnaire. Nurse Anne will then email you your child’s return to campus timeline by the next school day.
- Isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms or if no symptoms present, ten days from the test date.
- Return to campus being fever-free for the last 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and symptoms significantly improved.
The Hamilton County Department of Health will contact the individual who tested positive to conduct contact tracing. The Health & Safety Team will collaborate with parents of the individual that tested positive, administrators, teachers, coaches, and pertinent staff as well as seating charts to determine who were close contacts to the individual that tested positive. Once contact tracing is complete, those deemed close contacts will be notified via text alert to check their email. They will have an email with details of their quarantine. The Health Department will also be notified of any individuals exposed to COVID on the SBA campus.
If an individual in a student or staff member’s household tests positive and the student/staff member has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days, the student/staff member should notify the Health and Safety Team via email and complete the COVID Questionnaire. Timelines may vary depending on if the individual that tested positive is able to fully isolate from the rest of the family. For more information on quarantine guidelines at SBA, check out our Nurse’s Corner on the Parent Portal.
In the event students are absent due to a COVID or quarantine-related absence, they will have the opportunity to keep up with their classwork via synchronous and/or asynchronous methods. Teachers will work with quarantined students to make sure they have access to classwork. Our hope and prayer is that little to no students will need to exercise this option so they can reap all the benefits of a robust, in-person education. If your student is experiencing difficulties with the virtual learning process while in quarantine, please contact the Director of Virtual Campus Operations, Jordan Thompson, via email.
Social distancing and hand washing will still be encouraged and promoted throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms, event spaces, etc.
With vaccines now available to children ages 12 and up, parents are in the position to decide if that is something they want for their children. There are no COVID-19 vaccine requirements in place on SBA’s campus. If a parent does decide to vaccinate their child for COVID, then please upload your child’s COVID vaccine card to his/her Magnus Health account.
At this time, individuals that are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine unless he/she were to develop symptoms. Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series (ie, Pfizer & Moderna) and 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (ie, Johnson & Johnson).
All visitors to the Academy will be allowed but limited in quantity to applicable space.
- Temperature checks at front reception desks
- Class helpers will be scheduled
- Social distancing per CDC - 6 ft. at all times
- Wash hands often
- Masks required
SBA’s leaders will continue to closely monitor the situation as our school community marches forward in prudence and faith to further our eternal mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Weekly COVID Numbers
Below you will find our weekly COVID numbers for the Silverdale Baptist Academy campus. These numbers reset weekly through each Friday.
September 10-17, 2021
Student Positives: 15
Student Quarantines: 68
- Positives: 1
- Quarantines: 1
- Positives: 12
- Quarantines: 48
- Positives: 1
- Quarantines: 10
- Positives: 1
- Quarantines: 9
Employee Positives: 2
Employee Quarantines: 9
For questions and further clarification, please reach out to the Silverdale Baptist Academy Health & Safety Team via email.