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November 29, 2020

Dear High Point Parent/Guardians,

As Thanksgiving break ends and students return to school, it is very important to be mindful of the health of your student(s), keeping close watch for any potential symptoms they may show. With that in mind, I would like to highlight a few important changes found in our Healthy Start policy. Please pay utmost attention to the following:

  • Face Coverings (pg. 7) – All students grades K-12 (health exceptions verified by a doctor’s note) are required to use non-medical grade face coverings, covering nose and mouth at all times.
    • Refusal to wear the required face covering will be considered insubordination (Student Handbook, p. 36 & Employee Handbook, p. 36) and may lead to disciplinary action.
  • Student Health Protocols (pg. 4-5) – All parents are responsible for ensuring that a daily self-screening of each student occurs prior to coming to school.
    • Temperature Check (temp must be less than 100.4°F)
    • Have you traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 calendar days? (REMINDER: 14 Day quarantine REQUIRED upon return)
    • Have you been exposed to anyone who is sick?
    • Have you had any of the following symptoms?
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Known contact with someone who has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Exposure (pg. 11) – Close Contact
    • Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet for approximately 15 accumulated minutes during a 24 hour period. 

In following the guidance of our Healthy Start plan, as well as the direction of local, state and national health agencies, we are working diligently to minimize the risk of exposure to our students and staff. I urge you to be vigilant in paying close attention to the health of your student(s). If your student(s) begins experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to practice caution, stay home and contact a physician. If at any time your student is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, you must notify High Point Academy immediately. In the long run, your efforts in this direction will ensure that all High Point students and staff can finish the semester strong.

Take care, be safe, stay well,

Katie P. Stellar
CEO / Superintendent