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ACS Cleaning Protocols

Despite our full return to the classroom and extra-curricular activities, we won't cut corners when it comes to keeping our buildings and facilities clean. This year, we will continue employing Safety Compliance Assistants in each building to ensure our safety measures are being followed. SKB, our cleaning provider, will also continue the "Red Shirt Custodian" who will be in charge of regularly disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and serve as a visible reminder of sanitation efforts.

Hand sanitizing stations will also be stocked in all classrooms and common areas, and we will utilize the Clorox 360º machines as needed.

ACS Face Mask Policy

On August 6th, the Shelby County Health Department issued a mask mandate for all schools in Shelby County beginning Monday, August 9, 2021. According to the SCHD directive, anyone on school premises must wear a mask while indoors, regardless of the individual’s vaccination status. The mandate currently does not extend to outdoor activities. The SCHD said they are issuing this mandate due to rising pediatric COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the Delta variant in the county.

Considering the SCHD’s latest decision to issue this mask mandate for schools, we must now reevaluate our mask policy. Per ACS Policy 6.403, the SCHD mandate signifies a communicable disease outbreak; therefore, all students, employees and visitors on our campuses must wear a mask while indoors until further notice. Students must also wear masks on school busses. Masks will be available at all school sites for students and staff who may need one.

Read more about the updated mask mandate by clicking here.

CDC Face Mask Exemptions

Who is covered by the exemption for “a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Actexternal icon (ADA, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)”?

Most people, including those with disabilities, can tolerate and safely wear a mask and are required to wear one as per CDC’s Order. However, certain people with disabilities who, because of their disability, cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, are exempted from CDC’s mask-wearing requirement.

The exemption is not meant to cover people with disabilities for whom wearing a mask might only be difficult or whose disability does not prevent them from wearing a mask or wearing a mask safely.

The following narrow subset of persons with disabilities are exempt from CDC’s requirement to wear a mask:

  • A person with a disability who, for reasons related to the disability, would be physically unable to remove a mask without assistance if breathing becomes obstructed. Examples might include a person with impaired motor skills, quadriplegia, or limb restrictions

  • A person with an intellectual, developmental, cognitive, or psychiatric disability that affects the person’s ability to understand the need to remove a mask if breathing becomes obstructed

The following persons with disabilities might be exempt from CDC’s requirement to wear a mask based on factors specific to the person:

  • A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask because it would cause the person to be unable to breathe or have respiratory distress if a mask were worn over the mouth and nose. A person with a condition that causes intermittent respiratory distress, such as asthma, likely does not qualify for this exemption because people with asthma, or other similar conditions, can generally wear a mask safely.

  • A person with a disability requiring the use of an assistive device, such as for mobility or communication, that prevents the person from wearing a mask and wearing or using the assistive device at the same time. If use of the device is intermittent and the person can remove the mask independently to use the device, then a mask must be worn during periods when the person is not using the device.

  • A person with a severe sensory disability or a severe mental health disability who would pose an imminent threat of harm to themselves or others if required to wear a mask. Persons who experience discomfort or anxiety while wearing a mask without imminent threat of harm would not qualify for this exemption.

Self-Screening at Home

Self-Screening at Home

Parents are asked to screen their children for the prevalent COVID-19 symptoms every morning before arriving at school. If your child is experiencing any one of the following symptoms, please keep your child home from school until you have contacted a medical provider or the school nurse:

  • Fever of 100.3 for greater in the last 72 hours
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea

School Nurse Contact Information

If you have questions about quarantine and isolation, when your child should return to school from sickness or general COVID-19, health-related questions, please contact your school's nurse for assistance.