Maranatha Baptist Academy and Maranatha Baptist University are committed to student safety, health, and wellness. Our high school is blessed to be located on a college campus that maintains a full-time custodial department, campus health clinic, and facilities management office. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maranatha Baptist University has established a Coronovirus Campus Safety Committee to ensure our organization is both protecting students and preparing to act with wisdom in any health-related event.
Guidelines for Returning to Classrooms, Fall 2020
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has stated, “The virus causing COVID-19 will remain in circulation for the foreseeable future” (https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sspw/pdf/Education_Forward_web.pdf). However, the DPI has acknowledged the need and desire for education to return to typical settings for fall, 2020 and has published recommendations for schools to follow in the return to classrooms.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and shut-down, MBA is taking precautions to ensure our students, faculty, and visitors are able to learn in an environment that is safe, clean, and healthy. As MBA resumes classroom learning in fall 2020, the following protocols, as recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, will be followed:
- Reasonable social distancing relative to class size, course type, and curriculum offerings
- Making available school-issued, medical-grade facemasks free of charge (These are the only facemasks that will be permitted)
- Encouraging anyone with COVID-like symptoms to stay home
- Teaching and reinforcing prevention behaviors (i.e. hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette)
- Availability of hand sanitizer and encouraging students and staff to wash hands regularly
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces
- Screening of students and staff for symptoms, including the use of digital thermal, no-contact thermometers as determined by school staff
- Asking standard questions of students and staff exhibiting possible COVID-19 symptoms. Questions such as:
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat?
- Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had muscle pain or chills?
- Have you had new headache?
- Have you had nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
- Isolation and timely removal of students and staff who display COVID-19 symptoms.
- Timely communications with families, students, and staff in regard to school health issues
- Preparing staff, families, and students to potentially move to virtual learning in the event of additional Coronavirus outbreaks
- Working to ensure all students have access to virtual learning resources
- Establishing reliable technology systems for both on-campus and away-from-campus education
- Ongoing training and instruction for staff, families, and students on the use of educational technology
While many options and scenarios for preventing the spread of COVID-19 are possible, it is the goal of MBA to establish an atmosphere that is conducive to learning yet free of unnecessary distraction. These reasonable precautions for safeguarding teachers and students are subject to change as the need arises.