School COVID Information
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, NDPA has a person on staff that can help you find answers to your questions. Please send all inquiries to Covid19@northdavisprep.org.
-COVID-19 Health Department Highlights (pdf)
-Parent COVID-19 High Risk Survey
-COVID-19 Executive Order from the Governor (pdf)
Will schools reopen in the fall?
We have been informed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the State Office of Education that we will be starting school as scheduled in the fall. The operation of school will definitely be different however, with enhanced guidelines regarding physical distancing and disease prevention measures.
Where can I find the most up-to-date information on the school’s response to Covid-19?
North Davis Preparatory Academy strives to communicate important information to our families as soon as information is available to share. Most communications have been sent out directly to your e-mails on file, but we have also posted all communications on our school’s web page northdavisprep.org. Our website also has a link that we will keep updated as the situation continues to evolve.
What modifications will take place to protect students?
The following guidelines are intended to provide protection for our employees, students, and community.
What we will do as school and staff:
• Be aware of illness/symptoms in the student body and contact a student’s family immediately if a student exhibits any symptoms.
• Monitor positive COVID-19 cases and its spread in Davis District, and follow — as we would with any community health concern — the recommendation of health department officials regarding school closures, modified school schedules or in-school adjustments.
• We have a full-time employee who will be working closely with the health department on contact tracing, communication, and other Covid related issues.
• Continually work to ensure the health and well-being of students and staff.
What you can do:
• Understand that these guidelines are determined by health, educational and civic professionals commissioned to care for your child, considering the physical environment, time spent in school, and the potential risk to the health of our students, staff and families.
• Keep your child home if they have a fever, cough, cold or flu symptoms, and have them return only when these symptoms have subsided.
• Talk to your child about changes they may notice at school, reinforcing that these measures are in place to preserve their health, and the health of those around them.
• As always, please reinforce the importance of respecting the authority of teachers and staff to maintain order in the classroom, the hallway, and other campus areas.
• Know that you as a guardian and parent have the right to keep your child home at any time as you assess risk as it relates to your family.
How will schools facilitate good hygiene for students?
We will increase instruction and monitoring of student handwashing. Proper hand-washing techniques include lathering hands with soap, scrubbing between fingers, washing the backside of each hand, scrubbing each wrist, washing underneath fingernails and rinsing with water. The process should take 20 seconds.
Teachers and staff will provide frequent opportunities for students to wash hands, including before and after recess, lunch and other activities. We will have mobile hand sanitizing stations located around the school, as well as ensuring that each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer for students and staff.
If soap and water are not readily available in some classrooms, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used.
Students will sanitize their hands every time they enter the classroom. Staff will encourage students to sanitize hands frequently throughout the day. Students will be instructed to cover all surfaces of their hands with sanitizer and rub them together until their hands feel dry.
Essentially, as students enter a new space or classroom, they will use hand sanitizer. Prior to exiting a classroom, all students will help wipe and clean the area they were working in. We are dedicating time at the beginning of each class and at the end to ensure proper sanitization is occurring.
Our janitorial staff is also changing their cleaning schedule to ensure that additional cleaning and sanitizing is occurring.
What happens if a student begins exhibiting symptoms?
A student will be sent to the office where symptomatic individuals can stay until they are able to go home. This area will be dedicated to use for students who feel ill once at school. In each building, we will have a section of our lobby dedicated for students who are waiting to be picked up by their parent/guardian.
Students or staff who are symptomatic should not come to school. If a student begins exhibiting symptoms after arriving at school, they will wait in the designated area with a facial mask and maintain physical distancing while arrangements are made for them to be picked up by a parent or emergency contact as soon as possible.
Parents and guardians need to make sure their emergency contact list is up to date.
Staff will be encouraged to safely and respectfully monitor any observable symptoms in students, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Staff will observe all applicable privacy laws and regulations in doing so. Additionally, we will continually remind students to self-check for symptoms.
If my child is not feeling well, how can they access their school-work?
The process for accessing homework has not changed. If a child stays home from school due to illness or other reasons, parents should coordinate with the teacher to get the required work and complete it.
Will classrooms be sanitized between classes?
Students will have assigned classroom seating and will sanitize their own space upon arrival with alcohol-based cleaner and a paper towel. Students will clean all shared hard surfaces such as desks, computers or other equipment when entering and exiting the classroom.
Will elementary students still have recess?
Recesses will occur. Elementary students will have two recess periods as usual of fifteen minutes each as well as lunch recess.
What is the plan for athletics?
North Davis Preparatory Academy will follow the Utah Schools Activity Association as well as the Utah Charter and Small school Athletic league’s guidelines. More information to come regarding any fall or spring sports.
Can my student wear a face shield?
Shields are permissible with the use of a cloth face covering. Refer to the Manual for Schools for further information on face shields.
-Free Help for Covid-19 Related Stress, The Utah Strong Recovery Project (pdf)
-Ayuda gratuita para el estrés relacionado con Covid-19, El Proyecto de Recuperacion Utah Strong (pdf)
-Davis County Health DepartmentDavis County Health Department-school guidance