We have made some adjustments since reopening our doors in August of 2020. Here is an update to what students and families can expect at Mount Zion:
- We will continue to meet 5-days/week (with the exception of preschool who will follow their normal 2 or 3 day schedule).
- All classes at every grade level are in-person with options for those who contract the virus or must quarantine because of a positive Covid exposure.
- Masks will be optional for students and teachers in most circumstances (some examples of where/when we would wear masks: office workers who are interacting with a student displaying symptoms will wear a mask and ask the student to mask up if there is a temperature at or above 100.4; etc).
- All faculty and staff members will do a COVID-19 screening every day as they enter the building.
- Every student will have his or her temperature checked at home before coming to school and fill out one of two options to report all is well. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or showing symptoms will not be permitted to attend school for the day. This may slow things down in your morning routine, but is too important to pass over. There will be no exceptions to this policy.
- We will continue with hand wiping/sanitizing as students enter the building with regular reminders for students to wash their hands well and often.
- Students and teachers will also be wiping down classrooms, door handles, and common use items (think electric pencil sharpeners, shared computers, etc) often and when changing/switching classes. We will have designated spaces in the building to support students who become sick during the school day and need to go home. These students will be asked to wear a mask and remain in that designated area until they have left the building so that we can protect other students and staff.
We have policies and procedures in place to respond to 2 different scenarios: Direct COVID-19 Exposures and Indirect COVID-19 Exposures. A Direct COVID-19 Exposure is one in which either a student, staff member, faculty, or volunteer was in our building and has had a positive COVID-19 test result. An Indirect COVID-19 Exposure is one in which a student, staff member, faculty, or volunteer has had contact with someone outside of school who has tested positive (a spouse, parent, etc).
DHHS will continue to dictate much of what happens with a Direct COVID-19 Exposure.
More than anything, we know we need to continue to remain flexible as a community. If we have learned anything from the past 12 months, it’s that things can change rapidly. We must be agile and adaptable while holding tightly to our MZ WAYS statement, “We have love for one another and our school.”
We continue to experience disruptions and disappointments as COVID interrupts our plans; this has been a tough year. We do know that God “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” Eph. 3:20, and we pray and seek wisdom constantly.