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Healthy at Model (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 9/17/2021 1:10 PM

 

 


EKU President David McFaddin and Superintendent John Williamson are committed to promoting community health so that we can continue normal, day-to-day in-person activities in the local community, at the university, and at Model.

A. Use of Masks / Cloth Face Coverings

Masks / cloth face coverings are required for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. All individuals – all teachers, staff, students, and visitors age 2 and older – must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors including but not limited to inside of vehicles used for transportation such as school buses. 

The following are exempt from wearing face coverings:

  • Children who are under age 2;
  • Any person who is outside
  • Any person with disability, or a physical or mental impairment, that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering;
  • Any person who is deaf or hard of hearing and is actively communicating, or any person who is actively communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, and is able to maintain a safe distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household;
  • Any person engaged in work that a state or federal regulator has concluded would make wearing a face covering a risk to their health or safety;
  • Any person who is seated and actively consuming food or beverage;
  • Any person who is obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering in order to perform the service;
  • Any person who is required to temporarily remove their  face covering to confirm their identity or for security or screening purposes;
  • Any person who is giving a speech or broadcast to an audience and is able to maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household;
  • Any person who is engaged in a lawful activity where federal or state law prohibits wearing a face covering.

B. Reporting Full Vaccination Status

Parents of children who have been fully vaccinated are asked to submit a copy or photo of the child’s official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Beverly Dyehouse as soon as possible. This proactive approach will mitigate day-of inconveniences should a student be contact-traced.

Employees who have been fully vaccinated are asked to submit a copy or photo of the official COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to Donna McGuire as soon as possible.


C. Testing Positive for COVID-19 & Contact-Tracing: Students

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, parents must immediately notify Kim Puckett.

  • The student will isolate for all school and related activities (including extracurriculars). 
  • Student may return to school after 10 days from onset of symptoms or positive test (whichever is first) if symptom- free.
  • Student will receive an excused absence.
  • School assignments will be available via Google Classroom.

If a student is contact-traced for COVID, parents must immediately notify Kim Puckett.

  • If the student is fully vaccinated, they may remain at school. (Proof of full vaccination required.)
  • If not fully vaccinated, the student will quarantine. Student may return to school and activities after…
    • 7 days with a negative test result after Day 5 OR
    • 10 days from last contact with positive individual and symptom free, if no test
  • Student will receive an excused absence.
  • School assignments will be available via Google Classroom.

D. Testing Positive for COVID-19 & Contact-Tracing: Employees

If an employee tests positive for COVID, they must immediately notify Kim Puckett and their direct supervisor.

  • The employee will isolate and will take sick leave. Employee may return to work after 10 days from onset of symptoms or positive test (whichever is first) if symptom free.

If an employee is contact traced for COVID, they must immediately notify Kim Puckett and their direct supervisor.

  • If the employee is fully vaccinated, they may remain at work.
  • If not fully vaccinated, will quarantine and take sick leave. Employee may return to work
  • In 7 days with a negative test result after Day 5
  • In 10 days from last contact with positive individual and symptom free, if no test
  • At EKU, telecommuting is not permitted unless it is already approved.

Medical exemptions must be applied for with EKU Human Resources.


E. Additional Notes

  • Model administration encourages all eligible persons to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in finding a vaccination site near them can visit vaccines.gov. They also can text their zip code to 438829 to receive three local vaccine locations.
  • Model will participate in the Kentucky Department of Education’s vaccination incentive program for all full and part time employees at Model Laboratory School.
  • Model will comply with any state and federal executive orders or mandates that are currently active (or may occur in the future).
  • Model Athletics will follow guidelines and requirements established by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who go to EKU’s campus must abide by EKU’s requirements should they differ from Model’s requirements.
  • As we try to return to an educational experience that is as normal as possible, students will be attending classes in the other parts of the school building, including the art rooms, broadcasting studio, as well as the gymnasium.
  • Model’s guidelines are subject to change considering the volatile nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

It is an expectation that all employees and students at Model Laboratory Schools at Eastern Kentucky University adhere to these guidelines. The failure of any individual to comply with the requirements outlined above will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination (for employees) and disenrollment (for students).