Coronavirus (COVID-19) School-Related Information

Welcome back to Dominion. We are excited to have our students, teachers, and staff back to an in-person learning environment.

Updated December 20, 2021

This health crisis has been an evolving situation; over the past year, regular updates from our our state leadership and health officials has affected school schedule, opening/closing, and events. As we open for the 2021-2022 school year, we continue to stay abreast of developments and directives with regards to the health and safety of our school community.

Health and Wellness continue to be the utmost priority in education. We will continually monitor updates from the CDC. The CDC does recommend that “children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.”

If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please notify the school so we can take the proper steps necessary. 

We understand COVID-19 is not over.  There are still many issues we have to deal with on a daily basis due to the pandemic.  We all know someone who has been affected by this virus.  Although we don’t know what the future holds, we will continue to put our trust in the One who does know.

Procedures

  •  Hand Sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned periodically throughout the day and after school with EPA approved disinfectant.
  • Our water fountains will be replaced with Oasis water filler stations.

We will be having our morning devotions and weekly chapel. Students will have check-in in the lobby and then go into the gymnasium for homeroom devotions. We will have late start on Wednesdays. Chapel will start at 9:00.

We will have our mid-morning break where snack can be purchased from our concessions area. Middle school and high school will have lunch in the dining hall with no limited gathering restrictions.

Masks and Face Coverings

Face coverings are optional for students and staff in the building, in transportation vehicles, and extra-curricular activities.

Cleaning & SANITIZING

Hand sanitizers are available in all classroom and common areas. The building and classrooms are sanatized and cleaned daily by our maintenance/janitorial staff.

Isolation & Quarantine

Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 or comes in immediate close contact will be required to isolate in accordance with CDC & DPH guidelines. The school reserves the right to quarantine a student away from school due to suspected close contact.

Temporary virtual option will be offered at the sole discretion and approval of school administration.

COMMUNICATION

If a student is identified as a close contact, a member of the administrative team will contact the parent/guardian by phone and email.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will the students be in person at DCS?
Yes! We believe in-person learning is the best way to achieve academic excellence as we prepare our students in mind, body, and spirit to meet life’s challenges with a Christ-centered Biblical worldview.
What to do if my child test positive?
  1. Students, Faculty, and Staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 5 days since their symptoms first appeared.
  2. Before returning to school at least 24 hours should have passed without a fever (with no fever reducing medications) and symptoms have significantly improved.
  3. If you showed no symptoms and you received a positive test, you must isolate 5 days from the day of the test.  You must remain symptom free during this time.  If symptoms develop, you should follow the guideline from (1) above for a symptomatic person.
  4. Upon returning to school after a 5 day quarantine, students should wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

https://dph.georgia.gov/isolation-contact

What to do if I come into “close contact” with someone who tests positive?

There are two scenarios here:

  1. Vaccinated persons – do not need quarantine, but should wear a mask for 10 days after initial contact; if you get tested – wait until 5 days after the initial exposure; wash hands consistently; monitor to see if any symptoms arise.
  2. Non-vaccinated persons
    1. Symptomatic – quarantine for 5 days from time of initial contact and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. The CDC recommends NOT getting tested until Day 5 after initial contact before getting tested.  If you test positive, then you will need to refer to the guidelines for a positive test above.
    2. Asymptomatic (show no symptoms) – you do not have to quarantine, but should monitor your symptoms for 10 days. If you begin to show symptoms, refer back to (a) above.  

https://dph.georgia.gov/contact

Will there be a virtual option if my child is quarantined and/or tests positive for COVID-19?

There is no substitute for in-person learning, but we do recognize that we are still in a state of uncertainty due to COVID-19.  Students who are required to quarantine may be offered a temporary virtual option at the sole discretion and approval of school administration.  We will take this on a case by case basis and accommodate what is best for the student.  Virtual learning will not be offered for a routine childhood illness.

Are masks mandatory?

At this time, masks will be optional.

Will there be temperature checks?

We will NOT be doing temperature checks.  But, if your child is sick, has symptoms, or has a fever, he/she should stay home.

Will there be social distancing?

Social distancing will not be mandated, but encouraged when feasible.

Will parents and visitors be allowed on campus?

Yes!  These protocols are subject to change as we continue to monitor DPH and CDC guidelines.