COVID-19 Plan and Updates

The key to our safe return to campus is ensuring that everyone in our community understands and commits to following the health and safety guidelines outlined in the plan. Keeping our campus healthy and able to “do school” is only possible if, as a community, we commit to support and uphold a healthy campus environment. With everyone’s understanding and cooperation, we have a much better chance of minimizing the risk and maintaining a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, families, and the larger community.

Our approach for the return to campus is comprehensive, with strategies for the individual student, the learning environment, and the campus.

List of 4 items.

  • Hilton Head Preparatory School Response Protocol for COVID -19

    Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19
    Students and staff must be excluded from school if they have if
    Any ONE of the following:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • New or worsening cough
    Any TWO of the following:
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting
    Students or staff excluded for these symptoms should not return to school until they have either tested negative for COVID -19 or a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause. (ex. Strep throat)
    Isolation criteria for COVID -19
    Students or staff that test positive for COVID -19 should isolate at home until:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms started - and -
    • 3 days (72 hours) have passed since last fever without taking medicine to reduce fever - and -
    • Overall improvement in symptoms
    Students or staff that have symptoms of COVID -19, who do NOT get tested should isolate at home until:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms started - and -
    • 3 days (72 hours) have passed since last fever without taking medicine to reduce fever - and -
    • Overall improvement in symptoms
    Those who test positive for COVID -19 but do NOT have symptoms will be required to stay out of school until 10 days after the specimen was collected.
    Anyone known to be a close contact (defined as being within six feet for more than fifteen minutes) to a COVID -19 case while contagious must be excluded from school for 14 days after last contact with the person with COVID -19.
    Cases in the classroom:
    Elementary - If a student tests positive for COVID -19, all students will be considered close contact and must complete a 14 days quarantine period. Teachers may continue to work in their rooms during the quarantine period.
     
    Middle/High – If a student tests positive for COVID -19, the Department of Health and Environmental Control will be contacted by school nurse for further guidance.
    Quarantine
    Student and staff that have been told that they were in close contact to a case of COVID -19 must complete a quarantine period.
    Close Contact: The standard quarantine period is 14 days after last close contact with person while they were contagious with COVID -19.
    Household contact: If the student or staff lives in the same household as the case and has daily close contact, they will have to quarantine for an additional 14 days after the day their household member has been cleared from their isolation period.
    Other household members in quarantine: If the student or staff lives in the same household as someone in quarantine, they will NOT necessarily need to quarantine themselves unless the household member in quarantine is then determined to be a positive COVID -19 case.
                                   
     
  • NAIS ~ Covid 19 Guidance for Schools

  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What if I don’t feel safe sending my child to school?

    We understand that uncertainty and anxiety may come with returning to school in person. While we will continue to do our best to ensure the health and safety of the students in our care, we recognize that we cannot know the specific health and wellness challenges each of our families face. 

    Therefore, we will support parents who choose to keep their children home, and we have invested heavily in technology in an effort to create an equitable experience for those learning remotely.
  • Will you let everyone know if someone in the Prep community has tested positive for COVID-19?

    To ensure the health and safety of the entire school community, all positive cases of COVID-19 should be reported to the school. Positive cases in students or parents should be reported to the students’ division head. Faculty and staff should report positive cases to their respective department head. An internal reporting structure has been put in place to ensure confidentiality. Individuals will be notified of possible exposure to illness and/or cases of COVID-19 should they or their student(s) be impacted. 
  • How are you going to ensure social distancing among your students?

    Our teachers are experts! We will do our best to both maintain social distance and create community. We cannot promise social distances at all times; it just isn’t practical. However, we can limit students’ exposure to others outside their respective class/grade level. To that end, all students will remain in their classrooms for lunch. In addition, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings.
  • My child doesn’t feel well… what should I do and who do I call?

    Should your child show signs of illness at home, please keep the child home and consult your family physician before sending the child back to school (see Hilton Head Preparatory School Response Protocol for COVID -19). Should your child show signs of illness at school, the child should report immediately to the school nurse, where our nurse will provide assistance and determine the appropriate course of action.
  • When will visitors and parents be allowed back on campus?

    On-campus visitors are limited to essential workers and those with appointments. We will evaluate this policy on a month-to-month basis and communicate with parents as appropriate. All drop-offs and visitors with appointments must register at the front desks located in the Upper or Lower School. No parents or visitors should enter any other building. Visitors will undergo a temperature and health check upon arrival.