HEALTH GUIDELINES
Our goal at NW Christian Academy is to create an environment where students are healthy and safe. Please see our health guidelines below.
 
All students must be current on immunizations, or certified exempt by the State of Washington, and free from infectious diseases. Certificates of immunizations must be on file in the school office by the first day of school.
 

NW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HEALTH PLAN 2020-2021

We are excited to begin school at NW Christian Academy this fall! At Life Church NW and NW Christian Academy we completely believe in the healing power of God and health for our bodies. We believe that Jesus paid the price for our healing when He gave His life for us. And we believe in the power of prayer for the sick and will be praying over our students, staff and families on a regular basis. We also believe that God wants us to be responsible in the natural to stay healthy.

Here is our plan to provide a continued safe and healthy environment for all of our students, teachers and families.

  • Student work areas will be spaced apart and will be sanitized regularly.
  • Students will go outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
  • Students and teachers will practice healthy habits and protocol with washing hands, using hand sanitizer, using         tissues, etc.
  • Facilities and high touch areas will be sanitized regularly.
  • Students will be spaced apart for lunch and other group activities.
  • Parents must be responsible to assess your child’s health each day before bringing them to school.

Any child who exhibits the following symptoms or if you answer yes to any of the questions

should stay home from school:

  • A fever of 100.4ÅãF or higher
  • A cough (not related to allergies or athsma)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • A sore throat
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Excessive Congestion/running nose – not related to allergies
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms?
  • Has your student been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed
  • COVID-19?
  • Has your student had any medication to reduce a fever before coming to school?

What will the protocol be if a child exhibits the above symptoms during school?

  • Child’s temperature will be taken and parent/emergency contact will be called to come

pick up your child.

  • Child will rest in a separate area until parent or emergency contact picks them up.

We will not be requiring masks for students or teachers unless a child or teacher develops the

above symptoms while at school.

What to do if you or your child is exhibiting symptoms of or has been exposed

to Covid-19:

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms

may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone with

confirmed COVID-19, contact your health care provider for a test.

If you test positive for COVID-19, someone from public health will reach out to you, usually by

phone. The interviewer will help you understand what to do and what kind of support is

available. They will ask for the names and contact information of people you have been in close

contact with recently. They ask for this information so they can let them know they might have

been exposed. They won’t share your name with close contacts when they reach out to them.

How long do I need to isolate myself?

1. If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 and have symptoms, you can end home

isolation (and return to school) when:

  • ~ You have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing
  • medication AND
  • ~ Your symptoms have improved AND
  • ~ At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared

2. If you test positive for COVID-19, but have not had any symptoms, you can end home

isolation (and return to school) when:

~ At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test AND

~ You have had no subsequent illness

Positive COVID-19 Cases:

● If a student or employee has a known COVID-19 exposure (i.e. within 6 ft. for 15

sustained minutes), he/she will quarantine for 14 days.

Ideally testing should occur on day 5 – 7 following initial exposure.

Even if the result is negative, the student or employee must finish the 14-day quarantine.

● For a student or employee who tested positive for COVID-19 to be allowed to return to campus following the 14-day quarantine, they must be able to answer yes to all the

following questions:

○ Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms or significant

exposure?

○ Has it been at least 72 hours since the individual had a fever (without medication)?

○ Has it been at least 3 days since the individual’s symptoms have improved including

cough and/or shortness of breath?

● The school will follow recommended guidelines for notification of families concerning

possible exposure when a known or suspected case of COVID-19 is identified.

● Isolation is what you do if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have tested positive.

Isolation means you stay home and away from others (including household members) for

the recommended period of time to avoid spreading illness.

● Quarantine is what you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Quarantine means you stay home and away from others for the recommended period of

time in case you are infected and are contagious.Quarantine becomes isolation if you later test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms.

  • If your student will be staying home from school for any reason, please contact Pastor Kristin as soon as possible to let us know why.
  • As soon as your child is physically able to do school work we will make arrangements for work to be picked up, so your student can work from home. If a student or teacher at NW Christian Academy tests positive for Covid-19, we will notify the other families and all school would transition to distance learning for the required amount of time.
  • If you are unsure as to what action to take, please call Pastor Kristin. 425-876-6456. Our goal is to help everyone stay healthy and safe and to keep all of our children learning.
 

THE FOLLOWING CHART IS AN OVERVIEW OF WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME, WHAT ACTION TO TAKE AND WHEN THEY CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL.