COVID UPDATES


A Safe Campus

Welcome Students

We are excited for the 2021-2022 school year and are committed to keeping our students safe spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Harding Academy is a family! We are happy to reunite with each other and restore our personal connections that we all love and need.

We will closely monitor the recommendations as they are released by the Governor, Center for Disease Control (CDC), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

Quick Facts


ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Aug. 13, 2021 – First day of school for K-Prep-12th
Aug. 16, 2021 – Pre-K Begins
May 20, 2022 – Last day of school
*We plan to observe scheduled holidays. This plan is flexible and subject to change as situations arise.

SCHEDULE

School will be in person only 5 days a week. In case of quarantine or isolation, provisions will be made for the student to continue learning.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

All extra-curricular activities will continue based on Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) guidelines.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE

After School Care is available from 3:30-5:30pm for Prek 3-6th grade.

TECHNOLOGY

We will continue using technology to advance the learning of our students in the classroom. If the need arises for quarantine, support will be given for at home learning.

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 K-12 must bring a face covering to school. They will be used while in indoor 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

Harding Academy wants to help keep COVID from spreading.

If temperature is 100.4 or higher please stay home. The student must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, vomiting, and shortness of breath please stay home. Must be symptom free for 24 hours to return to school.

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.

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.

Pre-K:

  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.
  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.

K-3rd Grade:

  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.

4th-6th Grade:

  • Groups will be kept together to minimize crossover among children and adults when possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized when possible.

7th-12th Grade:

  • Students will be socially distanced when possible and wear mask when not possible.

Playgrounds:

Outdoor transmission of virus is known to be much lower than indoor transmission.

Cafeteria:

  • 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.

Chapel (Elementary):

  • Will meet every day in the auditorium.

Chapel (Jr High / HS):

  • Will meet every day in the Harris Gym.