COVID-19 Safety 

Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy will follow the requirements and recommendations outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Executive Order No. 215 issued by Governor Cooper on May 14, 2021. 

 

Any Student or Staff member displaying symptoms or has been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined below, will be asked to remain home and quarantine for a period of no less than 10 days. 

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Diarrhea or vomiting

Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy will have a designated, secluded, and secure quarantine space for any child who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. The child will remain in quarantine until a parent or guardian can pick them up from the school. 

 

All Staff and Students will be required to wear a face mask while indoors. As indicated in Executive Order No. 163  

  • Face Coverings should not be worn  by individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance); students under five (5) years of age;

  • Is actively eating or drinking;

  • Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth be visible;

  • Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an  audience;

  • Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle;

  • Is temporarily removing his or her face covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;

  • Would be at risk from wearing a face covering at work, as determined by local,state,or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;

  • Has found that his or her face covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle;or

  • Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face
    Covering safely on the child’s face.

Asheville P.E.A.K. Academy will ensure:

  • Students maintain at least 3 feet of distance between students in classrooms to the greatest extent possible (e.g., desks spaced 3 feet apart).

  • At least 6 feet of distance is being maintained between adult staff and students to the greatest extent possible (e.g., teacher delivers classroom instruction from at least 6 feet away).

  • At least 6 feet of spacing is being maintained between people when masks cannot be worn (e.g., when eating).

  • Students and teachers are kept in small cohort groups that stay together as much as possible during the day, and from day to day. Limit mixing between cohort groups as much as possible (e.g., during recess, lunch in the cafeteria, arrival and dismissal).

  • Opportunities for sustained exposure are minimized (15 minutes or more, cumulative over a 24 hour period, within 6 feet distance) between students, teachers, staff, and visitors in areas they may congregate, such as in waiting and reception areas, when in line, during transitions, or while waiting for transportation.

  • Opportunities for sustained exposure are minimized (15 minutes or more, cumulative over a 24 hour period, within 6 feet distance) between teachers and staff during staff meetings, planning periods, lunch, recess, in teacher lounges, and break rooms and other areas teachers and staff may congregate.

  • Frequent reminders are made for students, teachers, and staff to stay at least 6 feet apart from one another when feasible.

  • Furniture such as desks or seating in classrooms, break rooms, and reception areas, are arranged so that students, teachers, staff, and visitors are separated from one another by at least 6 feet when feasible. If it is not possible to arrange seating 6 feet apart, consider having all students, teachers, staff and visitors sit facing the same direction (i.e., all sitting on the same side of a table), or using barriers between people.

  • Directional reminders are posted on the walls and/or floor.

  • Entrance and exit doors for classrooms and restrooms are designated to reduce the chance that people meet face to face.

  • Rules are followed based upon the recommendations outlined in Requirements and Recommendations for Recess, Specials, and General Activities as Outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as guided by the Center for Disease Control.