Health & Safety Standards
Ensuring a Safe Campus
Specific decisions and plans will be finalized in the coming weeks as more information and updated public-health guidelines are issued. Strategies in the following areas are in development.
Protocols for temperature screening of all students, faculty, and staff before entry to any building as well as testing requirements for individuals with known or suspected exposure.
✓ The use of face coverings on campus if required by government authority or personal circumstances.
✓ Limits to provide physical distancing in spaces such as libraries, the gyms, cafeterias, and study areas. In keeping with physical distancing, we will also limit the number of students in any classroom.
✓ Enhancement of campus sanitizing and cleaning processes. There will be hand sanitizers in all classrooms, hallways, and common areas along with protocols regarding frequency of use by all individuals. In addition, touchless paper-towel dispensers will be available in every restroom.
✓ All HVAC intake vents to use MERV-16 level filtration. This is the equivalent of an N-95 mask.
✓ Modification of programs and events in compliance with limits on crowd size and physical-distancing measures.
✓ Restrictions to campus access for visitors and parents and use of temperature screening and face coverings.
✓ Restructuring of food service to enable delivery of lunch to as many Lower School and Middle School classrooms as possible. Menus will contain more “grab-and-go” options, and we will convert to touchless transaction systems in the Upper School.
Face Coverings, Temperature Screenings, and Sanitization on Campus
WILL DAILY SCREENINGS BE REQUIRED OF STUDENTS AND STAFF?
- Yes. Students who are dropped off in the carline will have their temperature checked before exiting the car, through either an open window or open door. For those students who drive themselves to school, there will be either temperature kiosks or staff members at the entry point with handheld thermometers checking students before they can enter. Students who are brought to school early to participate in athletics or band practice will also have their temperature checked by a staff member or coach before joining their classmates for those activities.
- Temperature screening of all staff, visitors, and anyone entering the facility for the first time that day will be instituted.
WILL FACE COVERINGS BE REQUIRED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?
First, we realize that guidelines may change. For now, we plan to take the following approach.
- When we are able to maintain a physical distance of six feet, face coverings are optional.
- When we are unable to maintain the required physical distance, face coverings are mandatory.
During the school day, physical distancing will be possible within classrooms, so face coverings are optional. When students are walking in the hallway — to the library, to specials classes, or during passing periods — face coverings will be worn. When students are working in a small-group setting or discussion group, it is important for them to wear face coverings.
Face coverings and gloves will also be worn during engineering classes and science labs.
WHAT TYPE OF FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED?
Legacy will follow the guidelines established by the CDC.
If a student forgets to bring a face covering, we will provide a disposable mask.
Face coverings will be available for purchase through Dennis Uniforms or the LCA Spirit Shop.
WHAT WILL BE THE DAILY SANITIZATION PROTOCOLS?
Hand-sanitizing stations have been installed across campus. Students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to wash and sanitize hands regularly. In addition, spray surface sanitizing solution will be available in each classroom.
Commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops in the reception area, and shared spaces in all the buildings will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.
We will, of course, be cleaning and sanitizing the rooms every night.
WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING INSTITUTED FACILITY-WIDE?
We have acquired MERV 16 level filtration for our AC units. These filters provide the equivalent of wearing an N-95 mask, thereby providing much better filtration of the air as it passes through our AC system.
Plexiglass shields will be set up in both reception areas to add another layer of protection.
Touchless towel dispensers have been installed in all bathrooms.