COVID-19 Procedures & Protocols
The Cushman School is excited to return to in-person learning and full school programming starting with the Middle and High School on August 23rd and the lower school the following week. We look forward to facilitating a culture of joint accountability towards each other’s health between our staff, students and families. All of our COVID-19 safety decisions are being made with the guidance, research and resources from our COVID-19 Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics and more. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff on campus this school year.
A return to full on campus learning will include:
- 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) on campus
- In person enrichment classes resume (art, music, languages)
- Physical education & recess daily- Masks optional outdoors
- Lunch service resumes/ Pizza Lunch Fridays
We will be following the CDC recommended layered approach to mitigation with a minimum of 3 foot social-group distancing:
- Large groups and gatherings spaced appropriately– masked
- imited student cross-exposure
- 3 feet distancing of desks facing in the same direction
- Cougar designated directional paths in hallways and stairwells
- Cougar floor decals- 6 ft
While we are committed to providing in-person learning and enrichment this year, if COVID-19 conditions changed, we are prepared to return to online instruction if necessary.
Masks or other face coverings will be required for all students, employees and visitors while indoors and at the following times:
- During arrival and departure (between their cars and their classrooms)
- At any time outside where 3ft- social distancing is not possible
Masks will not be required while outdoors (physical education, recess, lunch, outdoor classes, etc.) unless a.) a parent requests that his/her child(ren) wear a mask at all times, or b.) it is a gathering in which 3 ft distancing is not possible.
- Cloth masks (with either ear loops, ties, or head straps)
- Disposable surgical masks or surgical mask with cloth mask layered over top
N95s (without valve)
Due to COVID-19 and the DELTA variant, for the beginning of the school year, and until further notice, unless invited to a Cushman event or small group gathering, parents will not be permitted on campus unless they are invited to campus by an administrator for a specific reason. When the COVID-19 situation diminishes to the extent that it is safe for the students and staff, parents will be notified that they may park and join us for the morning ceremony on a rotating basis according to division and grade level; a schedule will be sent out. This will aid us in reducing the number of people on campus.
All who enter campus must wear masks for the entire time they are on campus.
In line with the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance and Florida Department of Health of which we are required to adhere to, 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?
To ensure the safety and health of our Cushman students, staff and family, we require that parents and guardians quarantine their child for 14 days following potential COVID-19 exposure and notify the School immediately. Potential exposure includes close contact with anyone who:
Has tested positive for COVID-19,
- Is presumed positive for COVID-19,
- Exhibits any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above, or
- Is advised by a medical professional to self-isolate or quarantine.
To ensure we protect others in The Cushman School community, anyone knowing that he/she was exposed to a person who is confirmed COVID-19 positive must report it to the School. The School will adhere to the recommended protocol.
In the event your child tests positive for COVID-19, your child must remain at home, and you must contact the School so we can do internal contact-tracing to minimize the spread of the virus. Temporary school or divisional closures will occur until proper disinfecting is completed.
Please refer to our parent/guardian communications for dropoff/pickup procedures and other information specific to your child’s learning experience. We look forward to welcoming our Cushman community back on campus for a safe and fulfilling school year!
Dr. Jerry Capote: Board certified Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Jackson Memorial Hospital North
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