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Covenant Reopen Plan

Covenant's Scriptural Foundation for Safety Protocol Guidelines

1.  Submission to authority (1 Peter 2:14-16)

2.  Value the needs of others above ourselves (Philippians 2: 3-4) 

3.  Protect those who are at risk (James 1:27)

This protocol serves as an active document and will be modified as the circumstances of the pandemic change in our school and community.

At The Covenant Preparatory School, we are excited about seeing our students on campus in August and anticipate a great 2020-2021 academic year. As we have been planning for the upcoming school year, we want to express our thanks for your support and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented time. Please know it is our top priority to make sure our students and staff are safe, while still providing a quality education to your children. Our staff and administration have been diligently planning and considering all credible sources when making decisions.

While all risks of COVID-19 cannot be eliminated, Covenant intends to take many steps to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff, and families. The prevention and mitigation practices in Covenant’s Reopen Plan encompass numerous areas such as academics, attendance, cleaning, and student/staff health procedures and are designed to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak on campus. For the Reopen Plan to work effectively, we will need the support and cooperation from our strong Covenant community. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is sick or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Covenant has a designated COVID-19 team of Administrators for keeping abreast of changes and issues. The parent contact for COVID-19 questions is Mary Ellen Holmes.

Practices to Prevent the Virus from Entering the School

  • Covenant teachers and staff will self-screen daily for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day.
  • Parents will self-screen their students daily for COVID-19 symptoms and will NOT send students to campus if they have or think they have COVID-19. Covenant will provide parents further information on the self-screening process as it gets closer to the start date. Staff will also watch daily for any symptoms of illness and will follow up with students when appropriate.
  • Any student, faculty or staff should stay home/off campus if they have (1) tested positive for COVID-19, (2) had close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or (3) are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions (i.e. being coughed on while not wearing a mask or shield) or being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes while not wearing a mask.
  • Covenant will not regularly perform a forehead temperature check of otherwise asymptomatic students in school as it is not recommended by the TEA.
  • To encourage students to remain at home if sick, Covenant will be liberal with its attendance policy. Should students have to quarantine or be out for extended periods of time, they will be moved to distance learning for those weeks in order to continue learning and to meet state attendance requirements.
  • Visitors on campus will be restricted to only those who are essential to school operations. Although we enjoy partnering with our parent community, parent visits to campus are restricted at this time.
  • Before visitors are allowed on campus, Covenant will screen them to determine if they have COVID-19 symptoms, if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus until the criteria for re-entry has been met.
  • Covenant will attempt to reduce in-person meetings or other opportunities for adults to congregate in close settings. Meetings should occur via electronic means. When meetings are necessary and cannot be done via electronic means, everyone must follow the mask protocol, remain at least 6 feet apart where feasible, and increase airflow from the outdoors if possible.
  • For parents who need to drop lunch or other items or pick up your child during the day, please call the Front Desk when you arrive. We will come to your car for the required item. Outside lunch delivery services, like DoorDash, may not be used to drop food at this time.
  • Covenant reserves the right to prevent any individual who fails the screening criteria from being admitted to the campus until criteria for re-entry is met.
  • Face-coverings, either a face mask, face shield, buff, or gaiter, are mandatory for faculty and staff.
  • The Governor’s July 2020 Executive Order requires face coverings for students over 10 years old (fifth grade and up). If your child has a medical condition, claustrophobia, or a disability that prevents him/her from wearing a face covering, please contact Nurse Prudhomme (
  • There are certain situations where it may be impractical for students to wear a face covering, such as participating in some athletic or co-curricular activities. In those instances, we will socially distance students (TEA).
  • Face coverings will be required in close settings, such as meetings or events.
  • Gloves will be worn by nurses, kitchen staff, and custodial staff.
  • Gloves and sneeze guards will be optional for students. Students are welcome to bring them to school.
  • Students will be asked to wash their hands before entering the building and during the school day. Covenant will have hand washing stations with soap and water at each entrance, hand sanitizer stations scattered around campus, and hand sanitizer in every classroom.
  • Teachers and staff will be trained specifically on safety and health protocols. 
  • On the first day of school, Covenant’s Nurse Sarah Prudhomme will provide instruction to students on appropriate hygiene practices and the importance of handwashing, consistent with the mitigation practices adopted by Covenant.
  • Covenant’s Counselor, Teresa Trousdale, will also be meeting with students to support their emotional and mental well-being as they transition back to the in person learning environment.

Practices to Mitigate the COVID-19 Spread Inside Covenant

  • Where feasible without disrupting the educational experience, Covenant will encourage students to practice social distancing.
  • Covenant has planned for entry, exit and transition procedures to reduce large group gatherings of students/adults in close proximity. These include modifications to Drop off and Pick up procedures.
  • Drop off and Pick up procedures:
    • Students enter the building socially distanced 6 feet apart. Parents are required to remain in their vehicles during drop off and pick up. Unfortunately parents of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students may not walk their children to class.
    • Students and staff should wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival at school.
    • Only Early Care students who arrive between 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. are allowed in the cafeteria with students spaced accordingly. A reservation is required and can be made with Mrs. McCormick. All other students should arrive as close to school start time as possible and go immediately to their classrooms.
    • For dismissal, students will be spaced in accordance with social distancing parameters.
  • Transition procedures for students will include the minimization of student contact, socially distancing students in hallways, placing Lower and Upper School on different bell schedules, and students accessing lockers at alternating times.
  • Students are encouraged to wear clean clothes daily and not re-wear items in order to minimize the spread of the virus.
  • Whenever possible, windows will be opened to improve air flow by allowing outside air to circulate in the building.
  • When feasible and appropriate (for example, in PE as weather permits), it is preferable for students to gather outside, rather than inside, because of likely reduced risk of virus spread outdoors. Faculty may also host class outside to provide students a break from being indoors and from wearing masks.
  • As classroom space allows, students’ desks will be socially distanced. In classrooms where students are within 6 feet of one another, teachers will plan for more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing and increase airflow from outdoors if possible.
  • Where applicable, classrooms will be fitted for desk hooks so students can have supplies and materials close at hand. US students use backpacks. Students should bring their own supplies and keep them located in their desks/backpacks. Students should not share supplies. Students will be assigned their own sets of books and desks.
  • Boxes of tissues and hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms. Desks, doorknobs, and other surfaces will be cleaned multiple times a day. To the extent possible, doors will be left open to circulate area and minimize cross-contamination.
  • Students will stay in cohorts when possible.
  • All soft goods and porous goods, like pillows, bean bag chairs, etc., will be removed from the classrooms as those items are difficult to clean.
  • Most community items, like candy dishes or water fountains, will be eliminated. Students should bring their own water bottles. Community items that must be shared will be sanitized between each use.
  • Certain Lower School specials, such as Art and Library, will rotate into the classroom, while other specials (Science, Computer, Music, PE) will remain in the specials classroom.
  • Upper School will utilize a daily block schedule to minimize spread of COVID-19.
  • Lunch: Only limited classes are able to use the cafeteria at a time. Therefore, students will take turns eating in the cafeteria, outside, and in their classrooms. This schedule will allow for safe interactions and a variety of locations. Tables will be sanitized between each lunch period. 
  • PE: Whenever possible, PE will meet outside to minimize the spread of COVID-19. One to two classes will be permitted in the gym with students spaced accordingly.
  • Recess: All students will use hand sanitizer/wash hands before entering and after exiting the playground. Playground equipment will also be cleaned at scheduled intervals.
  • Library: Library will be held in the classrooms.
  • Music: Music will initially focus on movement and dance versus singing as singing allows for droplets to be projected farther. There will be no King’s Choristers this year.
  • Computers: Shared computers will be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a class.
  • There will be no assemblies and other activities that bring large groupings of students and/or teachers and staff together.
  • Formal chapel, benediction, and dedication will be on hold, zoomed, or held in the classroom.
  • Field trips and special events, like Traditions, will be delayed.
  • There will be no enrichment activities in the Fall.

Cleaning and Transportation Procedures

  • Cleaning procedures include approved cleaning products for disinfecting for COVID-19 and additional cleaning for the campus. Covenant utilizes in-house janitorial staff as well as external contracted services that clean daily.
  • Classroom items, such as desks and chairs, and the lunch room will be cleaned between uses. Common areas, restrooms, stairway railings, etc. will be cleaned multiple times throughout the school day.
  • Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.
  • The isolation room will be sanitized after every occupancy.
  • Covenant will clean the areas used by any individual (student, teacher, or staff) who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school.
  • Covenant will require students and staff to use hand sanitizer before boarding the bus.
  • All non-sibling students will be socially distanced when possible. For bus routes where students need to sit in close proximity within the bus, students are required to wear masks where it is developmentally appropriate.
  • When possible, buses will have open windows to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
  • Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after each bus trip, focusing on high-touch surfaces.

Medical Practices and Procedures

  • Nurse Prudhomme will maintain a clean zone in the clinic that is regularly sanitized.
  • She will wear an N95 mask and gloves. Additional PPE will be used when warranted.
  • If a student in class or staff member is not feeling well, he/she will be sent to Nurse Prudhomme, who will take the individual’s temperature using an infrared thermometer and checked for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If the individual has a temperature and shows signs of COVID-19, Nurse Prudhomme will call the parents and ask them to pick up the student.
  • Covenant will place the individual in the isolation room, which is separate from the school clinic, until the parent or guardian arrives. The isolation room will be cleaned between each use.
  • Covenant will clean the areas used by the individual (student, teacher, or staff) who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school.
  • If the individual is determined to have COVID-19, additional procedures will be followed as described in the next section.
  • Individuals - including teachers, staff, students, or other campus visitors - who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until Covenant screens the individual to determine if all of the conditions for campus re-entry have been met:
    • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
      • At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
      • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath); and
      • At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
    • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
    • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) obtain an acute infection test that comes back negative at an approved COVID-19 testing location.
  • Individuals who have had close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 should stay at home through the 14-day incubation period, and should not be allowed on campus unless they test negative for COVID-19.
    • Close contact is defined as being directly exposed to infectious secretions (i.e., being coughed on) or being within 6-feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes.
    • Covenant will screen individuals after the incubation period has concluded and if the individual did not experience COVID-19 symptoms during that period, the individual can be allowed back on campus. If the individual experienced symptoms, he/she must stay at home until the conditions outlined about have been met.
  • Individuals not in close contact with the suspected COVID-19 person will have the option of returning to school the next day or remaining home. If an individual has a temperature and exhibits symptoms, he/she should quarantine at home.
  • Students who are self-quarantining and not experiencing serious symptoms can distance learn at home so they can continue with their studies.
  • If an individual who has been at school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, Covenant will notify its local health department in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
  • Covenant will notify the classroom and other persons who have been in close contact with a student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is self-quarantining.
  • Covenant will close off areas that are heavily used by the individual (student, teacher, staff) with the lab-confirmed case until the non-porous surface in those areas can be disinfected.
  • An individual may return to school after all 3 of the following quarantine criteria are met:
    • At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    • Individual has improvement of symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc); and
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • If an individual with COVID-19 symptoms refuses to see a medical professional, he/she must quarantine as discussed above.
  • If an individual with COVID-19 symptoms wants to return to school before completing the quarantine period, he/she must (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual or (b) obtain an acute infection test that comes back negative at an approved COVID-19 testing location.

Covenant will refine its Reopen Plan as we receive additional information from the Governor, TEA, CDC, and applicable governmental authorities. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding given the fluidity of our situation. Please know that regardless of our circumstances, Covenant remains committed to a Christian, classical college-preparatory education, wherein Covenant develops its students holistically – mind, body, and soul.