School Health & Safety Guidelines

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  • Returning to the Hive

We are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our girls and our faculty/staff. We consulted local health experts and CDC guidelines to create a reopening plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. We will monitor the situation throughout the school year, and reserve the right to make adjustments as needed. Decisions about whether to close sections of campus will be based on trends in specific classes, grades, and/or divisions.

Our School-wide Health & Safety Guidelines

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  • At-Home Screening

    In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Shelby County Health Department, we are requiring everyone to self-screen or be screened by a parent/adult prior to coming to campus.
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  • Cloth Face Coverings

    Until further notice, all faculty/staff and girls in grades 1-12 are required to wear face coverings that cover their noses and mouths at all times while on campus except during meals or when instructed to remove them.
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  • Hand Washing

    Regular times will be designated for hand washing, and access to hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the day, with a specific focus on arrival to school, entering the classroom, and before meals. Soap and water are the best way to sanitize the hands. In lieu of soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, which will be available in every classroom and throughout the school, should be used.

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  • Physical Distancing

    Physical distancing, keeping a consistent and appropriate distance from others, will be maintained with classroom desks arranged six feet apart; designated entry points for each division and for each building; and new measures for classes, lunch, recess, and P.E.

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  • Wellness Center

    The Wellness Center, located in the Robinson Building, will remain the Primary Health Center and will be used for regular assessment, medical treatment care, acute emergency, and medication distribution. For non-COVID illnesses, individuals must be symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours without medicine such as pain reliever or fever reducer and either have a note from a medical professional
    that they may return to school or have quarantined for 14 days.

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  • Designated Isolation Space

    To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC guidelines require that a designated space for isolation be provided for those who become ill at school or arrive sick. A supervised isolation area has been established and reserved as the carefully maintained transitional space for symptomatic individuals to isolate while waiting to be picked up.
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  • Social & Emotional Support for Students

    Feelings of uncertainty and anxiety may be more prevalent for students as they deal with persistent disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on their daily lives. We remain committed to building and supporting both the social and the emotional well-being of our girls. Using information and resources from a variety of experts on social-emotional learning (SEL), our counselors, teachers, and advisors will help our girls understand and practice self-care, adaptation to change, emotional regulation, relationship building, and communication of needs.
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  • Designated Facilities & Outdoor Spaces

    In order to reduce traffic congestion, limit contact, and maintain distance, buildings and spaces will be designated by division, eliminating the need for cross-divisional interactions. To facilitate physical distancing and limit intermixing across divisions, outdoor spaces will be designated for specific divisions and accessed through clearly marked doors. Click here to see the designated areas for divisions.
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  • Signage & Color-Coded Doors

    Appropriate signage compliant with CDC and local guidelines will be placed throughout campus. Signs will be placed at entrances and high traffic areas including bathrooms, and community spaces will be marked to designate proper physical distancing standards.
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  • Cleaning of Facilities

    The school has a two-way air filtration system in place. In addition, intensified cleaning protocols are in place for all classrooms, restrooms, and other shared spaces. These protocols include cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces and spaces.
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  • Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up

    Morning carpool drop-off routines will run as they do in a typical year, with girls entering the school at specific assigned doors, while maintaining physical distancing.
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  • Sign-In & Sign-Out

    If families need to bring their daughters late to school or need to check their daughters out during the regular school day, they will follow division-specific directives.

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  • Assigned Seating

    In an effort to assist contact tracing, students will be given assigned seats in their classrooms and during activities.

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  • Cross-Divisional Student Interactions

    At this time, there will be limited, if any, cross-divisional student interactions unless physical distancing can be maintained outdoors.

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  • Gatherings

    Large gatherings such as convocations, chapels, orientations, etc., may take place outdoors with proper physical distancing or move to virtual settings. Additionally, invitations for birthday parties or other events will not be distributed at school. Per our community agreement, parties and student gatherings that can not ensure physical distancing and other CDC-recommended protocols are prohibited.
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  • Arts, Extracurriculars & Field Trips

    At this time, if it is possible for students to distance themselves appropriately, some arts and extracurricular activities may take place. Field trips will not take place and are postponed.

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  • Athletics & Physical Education

    Physical education may take place with proper distancing. Shared equipment will be strictly limited and physical distancing rules will be strictly adhered to. Whenever possible, physical education will take place outdoors. There will be no lower school intramural sports until further notice. Training sessions have been redesigned to foster development and allow cohorts to remain intact. Interscholastic competition will be limited. We will continue to adhere to TSSAA guidelines including newly mandated safety protocols in all sports.

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  • Visitors on Campus

    Per the Tennessee Department of Health, entry of parents and other community members to campus buildings will be strictly limited to those that have an appointment. Any visitor to campus must self-monitor and may be subject to screening. All parents and visitors are required to wear a mask.

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  • Food & Drink

    To aid with physical distancing and to avoid crowded dining hall spaces, families will need to provide student lunches and snacks from home until further notice. Early childhood girls will be provided a snack at school.
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  • Student Belongings

    Individuals are required to keep their personal belongings with them or to use specific storage protocols. In accordance with our community agreement, girls may only bring those belongings needed for school activities to school. No overnight bags or extra items will be permitted on campus.

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  • Technology Support

    In order to reduce traffic congestion, limit contact, and maintain distance, students in grades 5–12 will seek technology support using the new, cloud-based ticketing system.
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  • After-School Care

    SPARK (Little Hive–6th Grade) will be available with special attention focused on keeping the girls in their cohorts as much as possible. Girls in grades 7–12 must check in and sign out and will go to different locations depending on their grade.

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  • Managing Suspected, Symptomatic & Confirmed Cases

    Because COVID-19 presents differently in different people, it is possible that asymptomatic individuals may unknowingly carry the virus from the greater community to campus. With awareness of that possibility, the school has adopted additional health and safety protocols and
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