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ALCS COVID-19 Policy

At ALCS, we strive to do everything with Godly wisdom and with excellence. We are seeking God more and more — we need His wisdom as we prepare to best serve our students and you, our parents.

Proverbs 24:3 says, “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established.”  


ALCS Health and Safety

Health Etiquette: Proper etiquette in relation to health and safety is expected of everyone at ALCS and is vital to our wellness here at school.

Hand Care: We will continue to encourage good hand-washing practices and hand sanitizing at school. Students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entering the building and each classroom/school space (e.g.: gym, lunch room).

Respiratory Care: We will encourage appropriate respiratory care when sneezing or coughing, such as covering one’s mouth, coughing into one’s elbow, use of tissues, etc.

Illness and Attendance at School: We will continue to have students, faculty, and staff stay home when they are ill.  If a student is out of school due to illness, please email alcsattendance@alcs.us or call the school at (608) 221-1520 to report their absence.  We will adhere to CDC guidance for quarantine & masking guidelines if a student tests positive for COVID.  Information: CDC COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Information

Masks: are optional unless you test positive for COVID.  If you test positive for COVID you will need to quarantine for 5 days.  Upon returning to school students will need to wear a mask for an additional 5 days.  If a facemask cannot be worn, students will need to quarantine for 10 days from symptom onset.

Testing: We will continue to abide by CDC guidelines for returning to school after a positive COVID test.

Vaccination: Vaccination is a personal decision of the individual and their conscience and in consultation with their health care provider. Vaccination for students is the purview of the child’s parents. Guidance from the CDC and Public Health is that all students become vaccinated. We encourage parents to do their own research, consult their health care provider, and determine what is best related to vaccination. ALCS does not mandate vaccinations.

Ventilation: ALCS will continue to use open classroom windows to bring in fresh air throughout the year as the weather allows. Faculty are encouraged to use our outdoor classroom areas as appropriate.  All classrooms and offices have air purifiers. 
 

We continue to share a common goal – the health and safety of our Challenger family. As we work together, we can keep ALCS a safe learning environment for all.

Please know that we continue to pray for God’s protection, provision, and wisdom as we partner with you to serve your family. We ask that you join us in praying for these final weeks of school . . . may they be safe and healthy!

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

Home-Based Symptom Screening (CDC)

Caregivers:  If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others.

  • Temperature (external) of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from usual)
  • Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, check for a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school. Check symptoms for changes from usual or baseline health.

If your child DOES have any of the symptoms above:

  • Keep them home from school.
  • Get your child tested for COVID-19.
  • Email alcsattendance@alcs.us OR call ALCS at (608) 221-1520 to report that your child is sick. The school may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school and about other people who may have been exposed.

Important Numbers

Phone:           608-221-1520
Fax:                608-221-8572
Admission Office:       ext. 338
Business Office:          ext. 331
Elementary Director:  ext. 333
Principal's Office:        ext. 450

Hours

Monday – Friday, 7:45 am- 4:30 pm

SCRIP can be purchased at the Business Office.

Talking to Kids

The following websites provide useful tips and information for taking with children about COVID-19. You might find them valuable as you discuss this health issue with your student.

CDC
KidsHealth
NASP

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