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The Heritage School is excited to have faculty and students back on campus for in-person learning. Our 20-21 school year calendar is attached for your reference.
 
We have created the “2020-2021 Return to School Plan” for your review. This document will provide a detailed list of the policies and procedures we have put in place keeping our mission statement of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Camaraderie at the forefront. Our small class sizes and expansive outdoor areas allow us to be more creative with our space than larger schools. This ability to adapt classroom space on campus to meet social distancing needs is key in our return to face to face instruction.
 
 
 

Return to School Plan

 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 13 items.

  • What specifically determines when our school moves from orange to red or orange to yellow?

    We use many different metrics to make decisions about moving from phase to phase. Every day we look at data from the Georgia Department of Public Health and look at the number of cases in Coweta, Fayette, Carroll, and Fulton counties. We review the Cases Chart filtering on Onset Date to get a more accurate picture of the trend of cases in the counties where our students reside. The daily attendance report is another key factor in our decision-making process. This report gives us the most up-to-date information on any child or faculty member who is not at school and if they are sick, a list of their symptoms. The School Nurse, Director of Campus Security, and Head of School will consult with the Heritage COVID Task Force if there is data that causes us to consider moving to a new phase. Any change in phase will be communicated to our school community via email and will appear on the Coronavirus Response Page on our website.
  • How long does a student/teacher have to quarantine if they test positive?

    If a student or teacher receives a positive test or a physician diagnosis of COVID-19, the person will quarantine for at least 10 days from when the symptoms first appeared, until no fever for at least 72 hours without medication and improvement of other symptoms. 
    A person who tests positive but who is asymptomatic will quarantine for 10 days from the date of the positive test unless symptoms appear during that time.

  • What guidelines do you have for students if a family member is diagnosed with COVID?

    If the family member lives in the immediate household, students must quarantine for 14 days. The School Nurse, Renae Smith, must approve a student’s re-entry to campus.
  • Will all Heritage families be informed when there is a positive COVID case on campus?

    We will update families if there is a spread or if their student has been in sustained contact or low contact with a COVID-positive person. Parents can also check the Covid Data Dashboard on the resource board for the most up to date numbers each Friday. 
  • What is sustained contact?

    Sustained contact means contact with a person within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.
  • If one child in our family is required to stay home because he or she has had sustained contact with someone who has COVID, does the sibling who is in a different grade or class also need to stay home?

    No, the sibling would not need to quarantine unless the exposed sibling tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms.
  • How will I know if my child has to quarantine? How long will they need to quarantine?

    If your child was exposed to someone on our campus who has been identified as COVID-positive and your child is deemed to have sustained contact with this individual based on Georgia Public Health and CDC criteria, you will be notified by email to expedite the notifications process. Because we will engage the Health Department in contact tracing efforts, this agency may call you as well to get more information.
    • Sustained contacts must quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the COVID-positive person. If you want to have your child tested, you should wait until the 10th day to allow time for symptoms to appear and for the virus to be detectable.
    • The School Nurse and Division Directors will maintain in touch with anyone identified as a sustained contact while they are quarantining and prior to their return to campus. 
    If your child is deemed NOT to have sustained contact with the individual but was still around them at some point, you will still be contacted via email and phone, but your child will not be required to quarantine. The School Nurse will talk with you about the next steps.
  • What is involved in contact tracing?

    The school will notify Public Health of the positive test and will notify families whose students are deemed to have had sustained contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) first. We will then notify families whose students have had low contact. We strongly encourage families to work with Public Health contact tracers should they reach out to you. Public Health officials will not reach out to families of students who have not been in sustained contact.
  • If a student has had sustained contact with someone COVID positive, is the student expected to stay home for 14 days even if they get a negative test?

    Yes. Based on recommendations from the CDC and Georgia Public Health, students who have had sustained contact to someone who has COVID must quarantine for 14 days whether they have signs/symptoms or a negative test.
  • What happens if someone in sustained contact with my child just has symptoms? Will we be notified of this type of contact or is it only when someone has a positive test?

    Based on the recommendation of Georgia Public Health, we are only notifying parents when we have a positive case on campus. Our experience to date is that students who have had symptoms of COVID have not tested positive. Strep throat and allergies are common ailments that may present the same symptoms as COVID.
  • Will students need to quarantine if one of their teachers gets COVID?

    Students will not need to quarantine unless they were deemed to have had sustained contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with the teacher.
  • What happens if my child’s teacher has to quarantine or cannot come to work because he or she is ill?

    We are fortunate to have a wonderful group of substitute teachers who are trained to use the SWIVL system. If your child’s teacher is feeling well but just quarantining at home, he or she may choose to teach from home using the SWIVL system. A substitute will serve as a facilitator in the classroom while the teacher instructs if that is the case.
  • Why is the School limiting attendance at some athletic events?

    Unfortunately, athletic events, especially indoor athletic events, have been very difficult for us to monitor effectively. It is tough to enforce mask policies and social distancing with fans that do not attend the School. While our school has many safeguards in place, other schools who are not in session, are not taking the same precautions. We continue to look at each week and make decisions based on our current phase. Outdoor events will be easier to manage and will have less restrictions.
     
    If your family chooses to attend activities at other schools’ venues, we strongly encourage you to wear masks and socially distance even if the school you are visiting does not require those safeguards.

#protectthenest

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
We are doing our part to Protect the Nest by offering remote services to families who do not wish to come to the Administration Building in person. If you have questions please contact the appropriate person via email. 
 
Questions:
 
Kristin Skelly, Head of School
 
School Records and Website Login Assistance:
Dr. Sandy Thames, Registrar
Student Billing and Smart Tuition:
Cherie White, HR and Benefits Manager
 
Financial Assistance:
Dan Langford - Director of Finance and Operations
 
Security Questions:
Mike Adcock, Director of Campus Security

Not sure who to contact?
Judy Cooper, Front Desk Receptionist
jcooper@heritageschool.com
 
 
 
 

Our Approach

Our Approach is “Preparation-Not Panic”
We are only using information from reputable sources such as the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health to guide our preparation practices. We believe that we are well equipped to handle any situation that should arise regarding COVID-19 by planning and employing scientific based practices. 
For the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to bookmark this page, watch our school calendar, and monitor the following websites. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to The Heritage School. 
 
 
 
The Heritage School2093 Highway 29 North, Newnan, Georgia 30263Main Office: 770.253.9898 770.253.9898