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Campus Life

Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly diagnosed respiratory illness. We have been closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State and local/regional/national private school organizations to shape our response to the disease’s spread. The COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly evolve. On March 13, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in the Commonwealth closed for two weeks. On March 23, Executive Order 53 went into effect, requiring all in-person instruction at K-12 schools, public and private, to stop for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Browne Academy faculty and administration have been busy planning and implementing a robust distance learning program for students that will run through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
 

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS: Take steps to protect yourself and others, especially individuals that are at higher risk.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly person to person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (6 feet)
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Have your children sing "Happy Birthday" song while washing hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains ​at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people, and practice social distancing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Get your flu shot, as influenza is prevalent and an ongoing concern.
  • Stay home when you're sick. Click link for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

BROWNE ACADEMY HEALTH POLICY & INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES:
  • At Browne Academy, we have increased cleaning and infection control measures with our contracted cleaning company and within the classrooms.
  • Implemented CDC hand washing posters/reminders and provided registered nurse driven healthy hygiene/germ lessons to all grade levels.
  • Hand sanitizer stations placed throughout campus and in the classrooms.  
  • Current Browne Academy health policy remains in effect:
    • Students and faculty are required to stay at home until fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
    • Students and faculty are required to stay at home if actively vomiting or have vomited throughout the night.
    • Individual cases of illness will be evaluated by the registered nurse to ensure the safety and health of students, faculty, and staff. The registered nurse will use their judgment should a child exhibit symptoms they deem concerning, even in the absence of a fever.
    • In the event that a child or staff member is identified to have traveled to an area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 or has had contact with anyone who has recently returned from a CDC designated level 3 or 2 area regardless of symptomatic or asymptomatic, that person will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and be cleared by a medical professional before returning to school.
    • Please contact The Director of Health Services, Shannon Naik, at snaik@browneacademy.org regarding the information stated above or a confirmed diagnosis in order to uphold confidentiality.