COVID-19 UPDATES


A Safe Return to Campus

Welcoming Students Back August 7th, 2020!

We are excited for the 2020-2021 school year to begin and are committed to keeping our students safe spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Harding Academy is a family and we look forward to reuniting with each other and restoring the personal connections that we all love and need. Our teams are preparing for students to return on August 7, 2020, for the first day of school.

As we move forward in planning and preparation, we will closely monitor the recommendations as they are released by the Governor, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

– Mr. Simmons, Superintendent

Quick Facts


ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Aug. 7, 2020 – First day of school for K-Prep-12th
Aug. 10, 2020 – Pre-K Begins
May 21, 2021 – Last day of school
*We plan to observe scheduled holidays. This plan is flexible and subject to change as situations arise.

SCHEDULE

School days will be a five-day school week.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

We are planning for modified programming that allows for continued delivery and participation with physical distancing and adhering to all Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) guidelines.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Planning to continue to offer for students from Pre-K through 1st grade.

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

Provide consistency between on-campus learning and remote learning, as well as consistency between grade levels.

POLICIES & HANDBOOK

Revisions and expectations are currently being evaluated and adapted.

Health & Safety

Harding Academy is dedicated to keeping our community safe and healthy. When recommendations from state health officials for safety changes, we will keep you informed, so students, facility, and staff are healthy and safe.

Face Coverings

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings, especially in areas where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

All students in grades 4-12 must bring a face covering to school. They will be used while in community spaces such as hallways, auditorium, gymnasiums and classrooms when physical distancing is not possible.

Teachers and staff will wear face coverings while in community spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Health Screening

Everyone that enters Harding Academy will have their temperature checked upon arriving at school.

Health screening questions will be answered before entry to the building if a low grade fever (98.6-100.3) is displayed.

If temperature is 100.4 or higher they must return home.

Cleaning & Disinfection

Hand hygiene will be taught and encouraged frequently.

Students will be encouraged to bring a water bottle and utilize water fountains only to refill water bottles. Water fountains will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

Hand sanitation stations are located at every entrance to the building as well as throughout the school and hand sanitizer will be provided to students each time they enter the classroom.

Common areas and playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected each time a group leaves the area and on a regular basis.

Physical Distancing

It is fundamental to lowering the risk of spread to keep physical distance from other people. There is a conflict between optimal academic and social/emotional learning in schools and strict adherence to current physical distancing guidelines.

Evidence suggests that spacing as close as 3 feet may approach the benefits of 6 feet of space (AAP). We will work hard to keep distance between students but realize that at times this may not be possible.

Pre-K:

  • The relative impact of physical distancing among children is likely small based on current evidence.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.
  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.

K-3rd Grade:

  • Desks will be placed 3 to 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.

4th-6th Grade:

  • Desks will be placed 3 to 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.

7th-12th Grade:

  • Desks will be placed 3 to 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Assemblies and pep rallies will take place at the football field in the home side stadium bleachers.

Playgrounds:

Enforcing physical distancing in an outside playground is difficult and may not be the most effective method of risk mitigation. We will limit the size of groups participating in playground time. Outdoor transmission of virus is known to be much lower than indoor transmission.

Cafeteria:

  • The number of students eating in the cafeteria at the same time will be limited.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will take place between each group.
  • Students will be spaced apart.
  • Students will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • Separate lunches will be scheduled for junior and senior high.

Chapel (Elementary):

  • The entire elementary will not all meet together in the auditorium at one time. Different grade levels will meet at separate times to keep space between students.
  • We will not meet every day in the auditorium for chapel. On days that we do not meet together in the auditorium, chapel will take place in the classroom.

Chapel (Jr High / HS):

  • Will meet every day in the Harris Gym.
  • Separate chapels to adhere to social distancing.