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COVID-19 Procedures & Protocols

* COVID POLICY UPDATE – MASK OPTIONAL – Effective February 22nd, 2022

Upon consideration of the local and on-campus positivity rate data, awareness of mental health and child development trends, and conversation with our Board of Trustees and our COVID Task Force of physicians and experts, we have carefully implemented a mask optional policy on all campuses and continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance on quarantine and isolation policies.  This policy can change as the situation with COVID evolves.


Over the past two years, we have experienced great success while navigating the COVID pandemic.  The guidance that our COVID Task Force has provided kept each of us well-informed and our children as safe as possible. We are deeply grateful. To maintain the safety of our community, we will continue, therefore, to maintain specific protocols regarding masks and other safety measures.

Students must continue to bring a mask to school as there are times where they will be required to wear them, per the School’s discretion:

    1. On school buses
    2. In high-density places or in situations where students are less than 3 ft. distanced
    3. In special circumstances (including when someone has a known or suspected exposure)

We will continue to employ strong cleanliness and hygiene protocol including frequent handwashing and robust electrostatic cleaning.  Please remember to ensure that your children remain at home in the event they show any symptoms of illness; the protocol for return will remain the same.

Our on-campus learning experience includes:

  • A joyful experience with consistent and varied protocols & safety measures
  • Early Morning Care (7:15 am), After School Playground Care (until 4:00 pm) & Extended Day Care (last pick up at 5:30 pm)
  • In-person enrichment classes (art, music, languages)
  • Physical education & recess daily
  • Lunch service / Pizza Lunch Fridays

We will be following the CDC recommended layered approach to mitigation by maintaining 3-foot social-group distancing:

  • Large groups and gatherings spaced appropriately– masks may be required
  • Limited student cross-exposure
  • 3 feet distancing of desks facing in the same direction
  • Cougar designated directional paths in hallways and stairwells

While we are committed to providing in-person learning and enrichment, if COVID-19 conditions change, we are prepared to return to online instruction if necessary.

As of COVID Policy Update effective February 22nd, The Cushman School will no longer require all of its constituents that come onto Cushman’s Main or High School Campus to wear a face mask. The COVID-19 Task Force will revisit this decision regularly to ensure flexibility of change occurs when possible.

Students must continue to bring a mask to school as there are times where they will be required to wear them, per the School’s discretion:

  • On school buses
  • In high-density places or in situations where students are less than 3-feet distanced
  • In special circumstances (including when someone has a known or suspected exposure)

We will continue to employ strong cleanliness and hygiene protocol including frequent handwashing and robust electrostatic cleaning. Students, faculty and staff are required to remain at home in the event they show any symptoms for illness; the protocol for return will remain the same.

In line with the Centers for Disease Control’s Guidance and Florida Department of Health, The Cushman School will require a daily health screening at home prior to children entering the campus/buildings. In addition to answering the questions below and attesting to answering ‘no’ to each statement, we ask that you take your child’s temperature at home prior to driving to school.

  • Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: cough, congestion/runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, fever necessitating Tylenol or other fever reducing medicine, chills, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, headache, muscle aches?
  • Have you had an onset of a headache, especially with a fever?
  • Have you experienced a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Has any member of your family experienced the symptoms above?
  • Have you or any member of your family had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

Lauren Nicole Gjolaj:  Assistant Vice President Oncology Services; Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Amanda Alladin:  Board certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics; Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics- Division of Pediatric Critical Care Department of Pediatrics Holtz Children’s Hospital University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Keri Livingstone:  Diplomate, American Boards of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Associate Staff, Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Voluntary Assistant Profession of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Ivette Motola: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Assistant Director, Gordon Center for Simulation and Innovation in Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Masters Degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Thomas Quinn: Director: Center for Global Health; Associate Director of International Research, DIR, NIAID
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Epidemiology, International Health, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Johns Hopkins University

“Our Cushman community has really come together to respect protocols and work to keep one another as safe as possible amidst the pandemic. It’s always our top priority at Cushman to keep all members of our Cushman family healthy and safe.”

– Kacey Schock, Main Campus Nurse and COVID Coordinator