Back to School Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will face coverings or masks be required for scholars? Staff? Visitors?
A: Yes! All scholars and staff will be required to wear face coverings. Visitors will only be allowed on a limited basis but will be required to wear masks and observe all safety protocols.
Q: Where can I find more information about the start of the 2020-21 school year?
A: The Uplift Education Back to School website contains the most up-to-date information.
Q: Where can I learn about the Health Services safety measures in place?
A: The Health Services Protocols section of the Parent Guide contains a detailed explanation of Uplift Health Services as well as extensive FAQ content to answer specific health-related questions.
Q: If a teacher contracts COVID-19 will the entire class have to quarantine for 14 days?
A: No. Only those who are considered to have been in ‘close contact’ with the teacher (defined be the CDC as being within 6ft or less for greater than 15 minutes). However, the classroom will transition to virtual learning for 1-2 days to allow for disinfecting, contract tracing, and time to follow-up with potentially infected persons.
Q: Will campuses be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day or only after school?
A: Yes! We will have on-site support throughout the day to ensure that our facilities remain a sanitary space. Campuses have been equipped to meet higher sanitizing standards and more frequent cleaning intervals. For more information see the section entitled Facilities Safety Protocols in the Parent Guide
Q: If my scholar’s regular teacher is absent, will a sub take over the class? Will they be trained?
A: Yes. Uplift will have substitutes who cover both in-person and remote classrooms. Remote substitutes will be trained in how to manage our virtual platforms.
Q: Will there be after school programming/sports/events?
A: Sports decisions will be based on final guidance from UIL and the Charter League, which has not yet been determined. No sports will be allowed during the virtual learning period to start the year. Gatherings, such as for after school programs, will also not be allowed to start the year.
Q: Will recess be allowed?
A: Yes. While playgrounds will remain off-limits, recess and “brain breaks” will be incorporated into daily activities to give scholars a chance for physical activity during the school day.
Q: If my scholar fails the temperature check/screen in carline what are the next steps?
A: The Uplift team will conduct a second temperature check with an oral thermometer. If the second test confirms a temperature 100 degrees or greater, the scholar will be sent home. Parents will be given instructions on the appropriate next steps. Scholars presenting with other symptoms, such as a cough, may be permitted into the building only if there is a current diagnosis.
Q: If a scholar doesn’t pass a carline screen what precautions are taken in the classroom they were in earlier that week?
A: It depends on the reason for failing the carline screen, which may vary. If COVID-19 is suspected, the health service team have the scholar isolate at home and notify the campus director so learning may continue virtually.
Q: Are siblings of a scholar who test positive for COVID-19 allowed to attend school while the one who tested positive is at home?
A: No. the siblings would be considered a “close contact” of the scholar who tested positive and would have to remain home and quarantine for 14 days.
Q: What if a scholar gets sick at school?
A: The teacher will send the scholar to the nurse’s office. With parental consent a telehealth visit can be scheduled to rule out strep and flu. Depending on the nurse’s assessment and the results of the telehealth visit, the scholar may be sent home.
Q: If a staff or scholar thinks they have “seasonal allergies,” can they still come to school/work?
A: Allergy symptoms happen partly because of inflammation caused by the body overreacting to things like pollen or mold. The symptoms of seasonal allergies are not the same as COVID-19. With a diagnosis of seasonal allergies, staff and scholars experiencing allergy symptoms would be permitted come to work/school. Common signs of allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Dry, tickly cough
- Itchy or watery eyes
Q: Can Uplift nurses test for COVID-19?
A: No. Currently, Uplift does not offer COVID-19 testing.
Q: Does any scholar qualify for Telehealth through Children’s Health?
A: Everyone under the age of 18 qualifies for Telehealth. However, some insurance plans required a $49 visit fee.
Q: What is the criteria to determine if a scholar/staff member can return to school—if they had a fever, if they showed COVID symptoms with no test, or if they tested positive?
A: Campuses will use the following guidelines:
- Fever-free for 72 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicine
- The individual has an improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
Note: FAQ section will be updated on an ongoing basis based on staff and family feedback.