In alignment with KDE’s guidance, Caverna will implement the following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the Kentucky Department of Education, and Kentucky Department of Public Health:
All staff and students 12 or older will have the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage staff and students that have not been vaccinated to get the vaccine prior to the school starting. Vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19.
- Masks will be required for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, as long as the county remains red on the COVID-19 Current Incidence Rate map and until the county is out of red for at least 7 consecutive days.
- Masks will be required for all individuals while being transported on school buses and school vans, per the CDC federal guidelines.
- Masks are not required when outdoors.
- Reminder: this could change if a mandate is issued by KDPH, Governor, or Federal government
- Physical distancing of at least 3 feet is recommended between K-12 students in classrooms with unvaccinated individuals.
- Maximize physical distancing for unvaccinated individuals who are eating meals indoors.
- Classroom, bus rosters, etc. will be maintained for the purpose of contract tracing if necessary.
Healthy Hygiene Habits
- Students and staff should continue to regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be stationed throughout the school.
School Facility Repair/Improvements and Indoor Air Quality
School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs. Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.
Parents should screen students for COVID symptoms prior to allowing them to leave for school and/or get on the bus.
- Sick students, teachers, and staff should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including:
- Fever or feeling feverish (e.g. chills, sweating)
- New cough
- Di?culty breathing
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days after the start of their illness (or testing date).
Quarantine and Contact Tracing
- Schools will work with the local health department to facilitate case investigation contact tracing to identify individuals who have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. (Close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes while the person was considered contagious.)
- Exception: The close contact de?nition excludes students who were at least 3 feet away from an infected student if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks and other K-12 prevention strategies were in place.
- Unvaccinated individuals who are identi?ed as close contacts should be quarantined, regardless of whether exposure occurred within or outside of the school setting.
- Quarantine may be discontinued when the local health department determines the individual is safe to be around others or:
- After day 7 if the individual is symptom-free and receives a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later after the last date of exposure to the case.
- After day 10 without testing if the individual is symptom-free.
- If you are quarantined due to someone in your household testing positive, you are still required to quarantine 10 days after that positive case is released unless you fully isolate away from them (No bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen contact).
- Fully-vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine following an exposure if he/she is not experiencing symptoms.
Cleaning and Disinfection
- Buildings will be cleaned on a daily basis to remove potential virus particles that may be on surfaces.
Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
- School-sponsored sports and extracurricular activities will follow guidance from the KHSAA.
- Fully vaccinated persons do not need to wear a mask or physically distance themselves.
- Students who are not fully vaccinated and participate in indoor sports or other indoor higher-risk activities are recommended to continue wearing masks and keeping physical distance as much as possible.
Visitors and Volunteers
Nonessential visitors, volunteers and activities with people who are not fully vaccinated will be limited.
Reopening Continuation August 2021
Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan