We will continue to monitor guidance from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the CDC, the Madison County Public Health Department, and ACSI as well as other authorities to ensure that we prioritize the health and safety of all Shekinah teachers and students.
Current parents and 7-12th grade students should have received an e-mail with details about Shekinah's re-opening plan prior to August 19th, 2020. If a parent or student hasn't received this plan, they should first check their e-mail system junk folder, spam folder, or clutter folder for an e-mail from Mr. Kauffman.
As of October 7th Shekinah Christian School continues to operate full-time 5-days per week.
Temperature checks are required for all students upon entering daily. Masks are required for all staff, students and visitors at all times when in the building except when actively eating or drinking. Classrooms have been adjusted to maximize distance between students. Physical distancing is encouraged in other ways throughout the building as well. Students are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently. Enhanced building and classroom cleaning procedures are also in place. There are multiple other adjustments to the school schedule and routine that are contained in the e-mail sent prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
If a staff, student or coach develops any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will be separated from others and sent home promptly.
Symptoms include: Fever (over 100°F), chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
The Madison County Public Health guidelines indicate:
When a staff member or student is released from isolation or quarantine he/she will receive a letter from MCPH. If the person lives outside Madison County, the Health Department where the person resides will provide a letter releasing the person from isolation or quarantine. MCPH will maintain and update the Madison Schools Sharepoint Line List (MSSLL) with release dates.
Any student or staff member (who is not currently isolated or quarantined) with even one symptom compatible with COVID-19 illness will only be permitted back to school if they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medications and meet one of the following criteria:
1) Provide written lab or physician results of a negative SARS-CoV-2 RNA PCR test collected in the previous 72 hours. *Negative antigen or antibody test results are not acceptable.
2) Provide verifiable written documentation from a physician of a more likely alternative diagnosis (i.e., influenza, strep throat, etc.). *The diagnosis must be provided by the physician, not just a “return to school” note.
3) At least 10 days have passed from the onset of the first symptom.
*If the person was hospitalized during the illness/symptoms, at least 20 days have passed from the onset of the first symptom. If a student (parent) or a staff member refuses to get a test or see a doctor, criteria 3 must be met.
COVID-19 Protocols for Shekinah Athletic Events are contained in the two documents found below:
Further updates to Shekinah's COVID-19 Safety Plan & Athletic Plan will be e-mailed to the e-mail addresses on-file in the school office and may be posted here for convenience.