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COVID 19

Please understand that the information below will be updated daily as changes are made due to continuous updates through the state and local entities. More questions and answers will be added as they are received. If you have a question that is not on this Q&A, please email the campus front office and we will try and add it to the list with the info we know as soon as possible. This page is to help with questions asked regarding COVID19 and will keep this page as updated as possible.
  • What is the duration time frame for students choosing their Learning Platform for either online or in-person learning? Please read as changes have been made.
    • CAES- 9 weeks (yes, the original form parents turned in stated semester but a new “instructional platform” form will be sent out one week prior to the 9 weeks for any student that decides to come back to in-person learning from online learning)
    • CAMS-9 weeks
    • CAH-9 weeks (yes, the original form parents turned in stated semester but a new “instructional platform” form will be sent out one week prior to the end of the 9 weeks for any student that decides to come back to in-person learning from online learning)
    • TLA-9 weeks 
  • Can a student switch from on campus learning to online distance learning at any time?
    • Yes, a student can choose to switch to online learning at any time, but if the student wants to return back to school to on campus learning, the student will have to wait until the next grading period.
  • What will be used for distance learning for the online students?
    • Cumberland Academy:All Cumberland Academy campuses are following TEKS and Google Classroom.
    • The Leadership Academy: Kindergarten and lower elementary will use Seesaw. Upper Elementary and Middle School will use Google Classroom  
  • Can a student participate in a UIL sports or fine arts if distance learning?
    • If a student is learning at home he/she will not be able to participate in the UIL sports and fine arts
  • Will a technology fee need to be paid this 2020-2021 school year?
    • There will be NO charge for iPads or computers for this 2020-2021 year BUT if the device is damaged in any way, any repairs or replacement will be at full cost. 
  • Will the elementary, middle, and high campuses have electives online if they are choosing distance learning?
    • CAES: Yes, online electives will be art, dance, music, coding, PE, and theatre. Violin will not be offered online.
    • CAMS: Yes, online electives will be offered but can not participate in the competitions
    • CAH: Yes, online electives will be offered but can not participate in the competitions
  • What fees are due from parents if a student is online learning or on campus learning?
    • CAES: No fees will applied until student returns back to school if choosing online learning
      • In-person learning- all fees are due for that class the student is enrolled in when school starts
    • CAMS- If the class requires a fee, it will need to be paid whether the student is online or in person since all electives are offered online
    • CAH: If the class requires a fee, it will need to be paid whether the student is online or in person since all electives are offered online
  • How will breakfast and lunch be done?
    • CAES: Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classrooms
      • Water fountains are closed, bring a water bottle daily
    • CAMS: Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classrooms
      • Water fountain are closed, bring a water bottle daily
    • CAH: Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classrooms
      • Water fountain are closed, bring a water bottle daily
    • TLA - Students will eat in their classrooms
  • Will meals be provided for online distance learning students?
    • Yes, please visit the cafeteria page under campus information for details.
  • Hand Washing:
    • Hand washing/sanitizer stations will be available throughout the school campuses.
    • Bathroom use will be scheduled throughout the day. Emergencies/Medical allowances will be handled as they appear.
  • Safety Features:
    • CAES: Foggers, air filters, and shields for the classrooms have been implemented.
    • CAMS: Foggers and air filters will be implemented
    • CAH: Foggers and air filters will be implemented
    • TLA: Keep Windows and playground doors open to warranty air flow, ventilation and air renovation along with air filters
  • Dismissal:
    • CAES- Dismissed from classrooms but the locations will be the same (front and back dismissal)
    • CAMS- Dismissed from classrooms but the locations will be the same (front and back dismissal)
    • CAH: Dismissal from classrooms to rear parking lot for pick-up.
    • TLA: Students will stay in the classrooms until we call their names to go to their parents' cars. We will provide the families with car tags with the student names to reduce as much as possible close contact with our staff members. 
  • Supplies:
    • CAES: No sharing supplies, no community supplies. Each student will keep their own supplies in their own area.
    • CAMS: No sharing supplies, no community supplies. Each student will keep their own supplies in their own area.
    • CAH: No sharing supplies, no community supplies. Each student will keep their own supplies in their own area.
    • TLA: We will sanitize Montessori manipulatives after each student use. We will need sprays like Lysol or similar in each classroom to be used.
  • iPad pick up for online learning students
    • CAES- Wednesday August 12th
      • K-2: 8am-12pm
      • 3-5: 12pm-3pm
    • CAMS - Online learning only - 6th, 7th, & 8th students can pick their iPad up any time between 8am-3pm on August 14th.
    • CAH - Monday August 17th
      • All grades who are online learning only; on-campus learning students will receive their iPads during school hours
      • 9am to 12pm 
      • Must bring their signed iPad Agreement form in order to receive their iPad
  • How will Middle School and High School students receive their schedules?
    • CAMS - Schedules will be given to students on Meet The Teacher Night
    • CAH - Freshman will receive their schedules during Squire Camp. If they can not make it to the camp that day, they can access the parent portal starting Friday afternoon, August 14th. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will access the parent portal Friday afternoon, August 14th. If you need details on how to access parent portal, email hsfrontdesk@cumberlandacademy.com.
  • How will CAES and CAMS school supply kits be disbursed:
    • CAES-Meet the teacher night (if you can not attend, please email the front desk)
    • CAMS-Meet the teacher night (if you can not attend, please email the front desk)
  • When will student get their Cumberland Academy masks?
    • CAES - On the first day of school
    • CAMS - Online only students will receive their masks during iPad pickup. All other students will receive their masks at Meet The Teacher Night
    • CAH - Online only students will receive their masks during iPad pickup. Freshman will receive their masks at Squire Camp. All other students will receive their mask the first day of school.
  • Visitors/Volunteers:
    • Visitors and volunteers will only be allowed to enter into the front office of each campus and will also be screened at the time of entry.
  • Can a student under the age of 10 wear a mask even if it’s not mandated?
    • Yes, masks are optional for students under the age of 10.
  • Can a staff member or student wear a mask other than the custom masks made by CA?
    • Masks must be machine washable and at least two ply
    • No symbols or scripts (advertisements) other than the Cumberland logo or Leadership logo
    • Any color or print (chevron, floral, checkered, etc) (school colors preferred)
    • If a staff member or student over the age of 10 can not wear a mask due to medical reasons, face shields are permitted. (Must have a medical note in order to not have to wear a mask.)
  • Can CA sell the custom masks to staff, parents, and students if they want extras?
    • All students and staff will receive two custom masks at no cost even if they are under the age of 10 for optional use 
    • We plan on selling the custom masks for $8.00 a mask and will create an order form once we figure out details on a sell date.
  • Can a student with a medical doctor note stating they do not have to wear a mask for whatever medical reason be exempt?
    • Yes, but medically exempt students or staff MUST have a doctors note providing proof they can not wear a mask for those over the age of 10. If you have any questions regarding the documentation needed, please email the school nurse on each campus. Their contact info is on the staff directory of each campus on the website.
  • Protocol for the clinics on each campus to know when to send a student home, quarantine, or back to class.
    • Fever over 100.0 goes home and can not return unless they quarantined for 10 days or test negative for Covid19
    • If a child is sent home due to being sick, the student MUST be picked within the hour
    • Pre-existing conditions of asthma or chronic respiratory disorders, MUST have a doctors note documenting the disorder so the clinics know not to send the student home or quarantine the student every time he/she has a runny nose or cough due to the chronic disorder.
    • All students will be screened before entering the building and hand sanitizing stations will be used daily
  • Prior to entry:
    • If any question on the COVID19 questionnaire is answered yes, the parent must notify the school immediately to determine if they can enter at that time. The questionnaire will be sent to parents prior to school starting on the 19th for reference. It will also be posted on the website for reference.
  • Quarantine Room:
    • This room is designated for asymptomatic students only. It allows students who do not have the option to stay home if needing to be observed up to the 10 day period if the student has been exposed but is not showing symptoms. The student has the option to also stay home to be observed if he/she chooses. If the student can be tested and receives a negative result, the student may return to class once a copy of the results are given to the school nurse.
    • Please know that any positive cases will NOT be in this room with the asymptomatic students
  • What is the protocol for when a COVID19 test is inconclusive?
    • Positive and inconclusive testing results will be treated the same. If choosing to repeat the test, wait at least 48 hours unless new symptoms occur then you may go ahead with the testing sooner than 48 hours. If the student chooses not to retest, at home or at school quarantine is required for 10 days.
  • Temperature Screenings
    • CAES - Specific staff will screen each student/staff member as they enter the building at drop off each morning. Any visitors coming into the front office will also be screened.
    • CAMS - Specific staff will screen each student/staff member as they enter the building at drop off each morning. Any visitors coming into the front office will also be screened.
    • CAH - Specific staff will screen each student/staff member as they enter the building at drop off each morning. Any visitors coming into the front office will also be screened.
    • TLA - Temperatures will be taken before students get out of the cars. If the temperature is over 100.0 the student will stay in the car and they can’t enter the school. Staff will write down the names to track the  student 10 days in quarantine. Any visitors coming into any of the front offices will be screened as well.
  • If a staff member or student needs to be tested for COVID19, how does that work?
    • Staff and students have the choice to go to their physician and be tested. Depending on whether symptoms are present or not, will determine if that physician office will test and will also determine if strep/flu/etc testing is done first to rule out any other illnesses before testing for COVID. If the individual is asymptomatic, CareFirst Medical Associates will test that individual if the physicians office chooses not to or does not have the ability to do so. The CareFirst test is a PCR oral test and takes about 24-48 hours to get the results back. It is recommended that the PCR test be administered instead of the rapid test due to the inconsistency of the false negatives. Any other questions regarding testing, please contact your campus nurse.
  • If a staff member or a student tests positive for COVID19, what is the protocol for the rest of the campus?
    • Each positive test result will be assessed on a case by case basis. This is due to many factors. Is the class wearing masks? Was the individual exposing others directly/indirectly/etc? Once the campus is aware of a positive on campus/off campus result, the COVID protocols will go into effect. Parents of that class will be notified of the positive case and what the protocol for that class will be at that time.
  • Which COVID tests are acceptable when being tested?
    • We prefer the PCR test due to accuracy. If the test is a "rapid" test, please understand that if the result is negative, there is a 30-40% chance it could be a false negative.
  • What is the cost of a COVID PCR test?
    • CareFirst Medical accepts most insurances and for those with TRS insurance, the test is free. The cost for cash pay is $85. The test results take about 24-48 hours. You do not have to have symptoms to be tested at this facility. The test is administered orally.
    • There are a few free clinics in town, but may take up to 3-7 days to receive the test results.
  • How will students who choose distance learning during the time frame of vision and hearing screening for grades Pre-K, Kg, 1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th grades be conducted?
    • The school nurses will conduct a way to have those students come up to each campus for those needing to be screened with scheduled days and times to minimize exposure and will reach out to the parents 2-3 weeks prior to the time frame to be screened.