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Bridges Academy follows all CDC, North Carolina State, and county policies to ensure all students, staff, and teachers are protected during this pandemic.

Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Germs

County and state health officials have assured us that we should maintain our regular, routine cleaning procedures in our schools and we encourage you to use the same best practices.  

The CDC and NC Department of Health and Human Services emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices and maintaining normal cleaning routines to fight germs and prevent the spread of illnesses like:

Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.

Use hand sanitizer when water is not available. 

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are ill.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Stay home if you or your child feels sick or have had a fever, lower respiratory problems, or coughing. Seek medical attention.

Practice social distancing positioning yourself no less than six feet apart from other people. 

School Cleaning

Bridges Academy has a cleaning plan in place to provide regular and routine cleaning with an approved product throughout the school day, including high contact areas like doorknobs and classrooms. We have staff on-site cleaning throughout the day.   Fridays will be designated as deep cleaning days.

 

We are providing additional cleaning to our classrooms, buses, and facilities daily. 

 

If we are notified that someone in our school system tests positive or presumptive positive for COVID-19 or if health officials recommend it Bridges Academy will perform an additional level of cleaning to ensure the safety of all teachers, staff, and students.

Students or Staff Exposure

Health officials assure us that a member of the Wilkes County Health and Nutrition Center will notify someone if they are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).If you believe you or an immediate family member may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please call our local health department in Wilkes County at (336) 651-7450.

State and federal laws prohibit the school system from sharing confidential information about students and employees. While we understand that parents may have concerns, they do not have the legal right to know information about a student or staff member’s country of origin, health status, places traveled, or family members.


Local Testing Sites:

If you are in need of a Covid-19 test, the Find My Testing Place will direct you to a facility that provides free or low-cost testing. The site lists testing sites by zip code.


https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-my-testing-place



What to do if my child has been exposed to Covid-19 or has tested positive?

All students who have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid -19 should self-quarantine for 10 days.

During the quarantine period, the student should monitor their health daily for symptoms.

If they are non-symptomatic after 10 days of exposure the student is required to obtain a negative Covid-19 test before returning to in-person classes. 

If the parents/student do not wish to have their child tested they must quarantine for 14 days from exposure. 

All students with a positive Covid-19 test should remain at home until they are non-symptomatic for 3 days. 


DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD ALL STUDENTS MUST LOG IN REMOTELY AND COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER FOR ATTENDANCE ADJUSTMENTS TO BE COMPLETED WHILE QUARANTINED. IF INTERNET IS NOT AVAILABLE, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO HAVE PACKETS PRINTED FOR THE STUDENT.