Admiral Farragut Academy updated health precautions following COVID-19 pandemic
Admiral Farragut Academy has updated all health precautions following the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes new Student Health Center procedures and quarantine rooms, providing facemasks for students, education on hygiene and proper handwashing, more social distancing, cleaning of common areas, classrooms, and the dormitories, and campus-wide nightly sanitizations.
Health of Students Attending Admiral Farragut Academy
- If your child is not feeling well for any reason please keep them at home.
- Please regularly monitor your child’s health. If your child has a temperature of over 100.4F they are not allowed to come to school.
- Boarding students not feeling well will be immediately taken to the Student Health Center.
- Boarders with a temperature of over 100.4F will be tested immediately and kept in one of our two quarantine rooms.
- Students in grades 1-12 must wear a face mask when unable to social distance throughout the school day.
- PreK-Kindergarten will wear face masks if developmentally appropriate.
- AFA will provide one free mask for use at school, additional ones can be purchased through the school’s Ship’s Store.
- All classes will receive a demonstration on how to wash their hands and how to wear a face mask.
- Students will be educated on the importance of avoiding touching their faces throughout the day, and washing their hands when they do.
- Posters are displayed around the school with handwashing and mask-wearing instructions.
- Handwashing will be required in the following situations: after coughing or sneezing, before and after eating, before and after drinking, after any breaks, after using the toilet, when hands are dirty, after sports, after recess, after physical contact with others, after coming back in from outside of the classroom, and before and after delivering items.
- The Academy will provide hand sanitizer dispensers in all classrooms, dorm hallways, cafeteria, lobbies, and more.
The following hand washing method will be taught:
Wash your hands with running water, use soap or hand sanitizer, dry hands with disposable paper tissue or clean towel, here are the seven steps to washing hands correctly:
- Step 1: Rub two palms together
- Step 2: Rub hands and palms, left and right cross scrubbing
- Step 3: Rub hands and fingers together
- Step 4: Hold fingers together, bend joints, and rub together
- Step 5: Hold thumbs, rotate and rub hands
- Step 6: Rotate and rub the fingertips of one hand in the other palm and switch for the other hand
- Step 7: Hold the other wrist in one hand and rotate it for rubbing and switch for the other hand
Mess Hall, Ship’s Store, Student Center, Lounges, Playground
- Students will have specific times and instructions to prevent overcrowding in the Mess Hall, Ship’s Store, Student Center, playground, and/or any additional common areas.
- The Academy will use the East and West Lounges and our patio area as dining options to create more space during lunch periods.
- Students will not be allowed to sit opposite each other.
- Students will sit at desks or be spaced out at tables maximizing social distancing.
- In the primary grades, classrooms will be organized to maximize social distancing.
- Students will have labeled individual classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, scissors, etc.
- All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers.
- All classrooms will be equipped with disinfectant solutions to wipe desks, chairs, and objects down after each class.
Lower School Morning Drop-Off
- Students will be dropped off at the Lower School car circle located off of Country Club Road between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. For safety reasons, parents and students will need to stay in their vehicle until the adults on duty help the child(ren) out of the car.
Nightly Disinfection of Common Areas, Classrooms and Dorm Areas
- The main common areas of the Academy including bathrooms, conference rooms, stairwells, handrails, and other public parts will be disinfected every day.
- Classrooms will be professionally disinfected nightly.
- The dormitory will be professionally disinfected on a regular basis causing minimal interruption to daily lives.
What Happens if a Student is Unwell During the Day?
- Our Student Health Center will remain open at all times during the academic day and into the evening and will treat common ailments in accordance with normal school procedures.
- If a student is suspected of having a fever, they will be moved to one of our isolation rooms and the student’s parents will be informed immediately and asked to come to school to take the student home for observation, or to see a doctor. In the case of a boarding student, he/she will remain in the isolation room until testing can take place.
Contact our Student Health Center by email at email@example.com.