Spring 22 COVID Protocols

Adjusting our protocols to balance in-person, on-campus learning with the evolution of the COVID-19 virus.
On Feb. 16, 2022, Mecklenburg County announced that the county mask mandate will be lifted on Saturday, Feb. 26.

As a result, effective Monday, February 28, all Davidson Day students, faculty, and staff may choose whether or not to wear masks while on campus.

We anticipate that we will continue to have periodic cases on campus, regardless of mask protocols. Moving forward, we will all continue to learn more about the evolution of this virus and its impact for school settings, and it is increasingly apparent it will become a virus with a presence in schools for the foreseeable future.

It remains important that students stay home when not feeling well, even with mild or minor symptoms. Should the situation change, we are prepared to adjust our protocols, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

As always, we have appreciated the ongoing support and collaboration of our community. Working in this way has allowed us to serve our students well in a very challenging period of time, allowing them the opportunities to continue to attend school, participate in academic and extracurricular activities, and grow as young people. We remain deeply appreciative of this collaboration and trust.



Health Protocols

List of 6 items.

  • Vaccination

    COVID-19 vaccinations are strongly encouraged (but not required) for all eligible age groups. Davidson Day families are encouraged to share their child’s vaccination card with School Nurse, Angie Spraberry (simply email a photo of the card to her at aspraberry@davidsonday.org). 
  • Daily Health Screening

    All students and employees will complete a health screening form via the PikMyKid app each morning before they come to campus. The app will list questions related to symptoms and possible exposure. Certain responses will initiate instructions for the student or employee to stay home from school.
  • Isolation for COVID-Positive Cases

    If Symptoms:
    The student can return to school when:
    • It has been at least 5 days after the onset of symptoms; AND
    • It has been at least 24 hours since they had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine); AND
    • Other symptoms of COVID are improving.

    If No Symptoms:
    The student can return to school 5 days after the date of their positive COVID test as long as they do not develop symptoms. 
     
    Given that Davidson Day is now "mask optional," the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does advise that individuals continue to wear their masks while on campus days 6-10 of symptom onset or positive test.

     
  • Quarantine for Close Contacts

    We will conduct contact tracing and notify any close contacts. All close contacts will be asked to take a COVID test at the time of notification and again 5 days after their last exposure.

    Symptomatic close contacts will be sent home until a negative COVID test has been received or an alternate diagnosis to explain symptoms has been provided by a healthcare provider. Student must be feeling well for at least 24 hours before returning to campus.

    Asymptomatic close contacts will no longer be required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status or location of exposure.
  • Social Distancing

    Whenever possible, we will adhere to 3 ft. social distancing as currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With our low student-to-faculty ratio, Davidson Day is able to maintain this in each classroom and learning space by reconfiguring desks and other furniture to fit each student’s desk or seat 3 ft. from others. Note: 3 ft. social distancing will also apply on school transportation.
  • Observation Room

    A student who develops symptoms during the school day will immediately visit the School Nurse. We have designated two different clinic spaces—one for isolation of students with COVID-19-like symptoms and one for daily health operations.

Other Protocols

List of 7 items.

  • Virtual Learning

    Individual Virtual Learning (i.e. Campus Open)
    Individual Virtual Learning (some students learning at home while other students are in the classroom) can be a difficult experience for the students at home and at school and is extremely challenging for our teachers. As a result, we will offer limited individual virtual learning while the school is open to in-person learning. Only students who have been asked by Davidson Day to a) quarantine due to COVID-like symptoms or a positive COVID test OR b) due to identification as a close contact will be permitted to learn virtually at home.
     
    School-Wide Virtual Learning (i.e. Campus Closed)
    Although it appears unlikely given the vaccine and other mitigation strategies, there is a possibility that we may need to switch to virtual learning for all students if circumstances require it. This is a last resort. Should it need to happen, though, our teachers proved last year that they could pivot very quickly and offer an exceptional education no matter the circumstances.
  • Before School

    To minimize larger group gatherings, Davidson Day will not provide Before School Care. Upon arrival:
     
    • Early childhood and lower school students will report directly to their classroom.
    • Middle school and upper school students will report to the classroom of their first period class.
  • Gatherings

    Morning and midday assemblies have been redesigned, and through technology, students will view announcements from their classrooms.
  • Lunch

    To minimize larger group gatherings, students will eat lunch in their classrooms or outdoors, weather and space permitting. Hot lunch offerings will still be available for order through the school’s hot lunch program, but we will only offer individually-packaged options. Those lunches will be delivered to each classroom. Individual lunch deliveries will not be permitted due to the restriction of all non-essential visitors to campus. Students will not have access to microwaves in the Commons, so those who bring lunches from home need to bring lunches that do not need to be heated up.
  • After School

    After School Care only will be offered to families. Parents will be asked to register students for After School Care, so that we can plan effectively for appropriate staffing and spacing.
  • Overnight Trips

    All overnight class trips are suspended for the 21-22 academic year.
  • Visitor Guidelines

    Parents, vendors, and other guests are permitted by invitation or appointment only. Visitors will need to fill out a paper screening form at the front desk and adhere to the school's current masking policy at the time of visit.
Davidson Day School is an independent private school for students 2 years old through 12th grade in the Lake Norman region of Charlotte.

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