Health and Safety Measures
Please review the topics below for important information regarding our health and safety measures. We are required to follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC and state and local health authorities. In addition to the required guidelines, we have invested in additional cleaning services, an enhanced filtration system, and outdoor learning spaces.
- Daily Health Screening
- Physical Distancing
- Face Mask Requirement
- Daily cleaning procedures
- Dress Code Modification
- Campus Visitor Policy
- Enhanced Air Filtration
- Campus Security
- School Events
Every employee and every student will be required to complete a health screening before coming to campus each day. In addition, students and employees will be subject to temperature checks upon arrival to school each morning. Students will enter campus through designated classroom doors in the lower school and grade level doors in the middle and upper schools. If a student or employee has a temperature above 100.0oF, he or she will be required to return home and will not be allowed to return until approved by our health service administrator.
We are required to follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC and state and local health authorities. Classrooms will be arranged so students are seated at least six feet apart. We will use partitions during the few occasions this is not possible. We have reduced class sizes and purchased new desks for all classrooms that needed them. Lower school, middle school, and upper school students will not intersect during the school day.
Lower school students will remain with their class “pod” and we will limit interactions with other classes and grade levels. Lower school students will have enrichment teachers come to their classrooms whenever possible. This will allow us to limit contacts for our lower school students across campus.
Middle school students will remain physically distanced on campus, have reduced class sizes, and remain in their grade-level “pods” as much as possible. Each middle school grade level will have designated hallways to help limit interactions with students in other grade levels.
Upper school students will be required to physically distance throughout the school day. Classroom seating will be spaced out and students will move through buildings in one-way corridors at scheduled times.
We will follow current guidance outlined by federal, state, and local health officials regarding the use of face coverings at school. These coverings are an important way to support mitigation efforts, slow the impact of the virus on our community, and protect each other. All students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth to school every day. Use of the coverings during the school day will be required when moving around campus, in common spaces, and in classrooms. Face coverings will be required when appropriate physical distancing is not possible outdoors.
We understand that prolonged use of face coverings could be difficult and even inappropriate for some students (especially our younger students) and we hope to provide some flexibility based on our ability to meet physical distancing standards and provide face covering breaks. We also understand some students may need to wear face shields based on direction from their healthcare provider and we will partner with families to ensure we support these needs.
FRA will provide two cloth face coverings for students. We will also have a supply of disposable face coverings in each classroom should a student’s become dirty. As part of the dress code, faculty, staff, and students’ face coverings should be any of the following:
- Solid colors
- Pattern (no words or graphics)
- Favorite sports team
- FRA logo
- Favorite cartoon character or super hero (for lower school students)
The primary purpose of face coverings is for the safety of students and faculty, thus face coverings should not be a distraction to the learning environment. Face coverings should not make a statement for or against a cause.
We are regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a Clorox Total 360 electrostatic spraying system and PURE Bioscience disinfectant. Classroom surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized nightly by our professional cleaning service. In addition, faculty and students will be asked to clean desks after every class with disinfecting spray approved for use in schools. The school has hired additional daytime staff and evening cleaning personnel to provide the necessary work force to clean and sanitize classrooms, restrooms, and common areas. We have installed additional hand-sanitation dispensers around campus and we will provide regularly scheduled hand sanitizing breaks throughout the day. Each weekend an additional disinfectant will be sprayed in all classrooms and common areas on campus.
If we have a confirmed case on campus, we will follow the guidance of the Metro Nashville Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, and the CDC on the handling of areas accessed by an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. We will deep clean and disinfect all areas, and a HEPA air filtration unit will be used in all classrooms as part of our cleaning protocol.
Our temporary dress code during the Hybrid Learning Model will include khaki shorts, athletic shorts, FRA t-shirts, and FRA dri-fit style polos for all students Pre-K-12. Solid navy athletic shorts or any shorts purchased in our FRA Spirit Store or online Sideline Store are acceptable. Shorts and skirts must follow our handbook guidelines regarding length (must extend past the tip of the index finger when arms are hanging in a relaxed posture). Of course, students are always allowed to wear their standard uniforms as purchased from Mills.
In addition, we will suspend the dress uniform requirement until we are in a more normal mode of school operations. Faculty dress code will also be relaxed to support outdoor learning.
We will not resume on-campus volunteer opportunities at the start of the year. To limit exposure for our students and teachers, we will begin school allowing only students, teachers, and essential personnel in campus buildings. Our goal is to maintain a healthy environment for our students and teachers and minimize risk. We understand some may be disappointed and we will continue to monitor circumstances to determine when it is wise to allow more visitors on campus.
We have contracted a professional firm to ensure all of our HVAC systems support a healthy school environment. Based on the guidance from this assessment, we will be requiring all classrooms to maintain open-air ventilation throughout the day whenever possible. In addition, we have upgraded air filters in all air conditioning units across campus and added plasma generators to eliminate pathogens and bacteria in units that service common areas, multiple classrooms or areas where outside ventilation is not accessible. When possible, we will hold classes outdoors and provide regular outdoor breaks for students.
With the current spread of the virus in the Greater-Nashville community and given the CDC and Metro Nashville Health Department guidelines limiting gathering sizes, it is unlikely that any large-group events will take place on campus for much of the first semester. We will review and assess all school events on a monthly basis, but families should anticipate that most large-group events will be postponed, canceled, or held virtually for the foreseeable future. We will continue to communicate details and changes for upcoming events. Your division head will communicate changes and details pertaining to opening of school orientations and programs.