Policies

!!!ATTENTION!!! Lodestone Academy is currently in PHASE 1 of our COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan until further notice. This page was updated 03/26/2021

COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

Lodestone Academy has returned to PHASE 1 of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan as of 03/22/2021. Until further notice we will remain in Phase 1 of our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures should no more positive tests of COVID-19 arise. Going forward, we will move through the phases based on the outlined trigger/fade criteria listed below:

Trigger: a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis that was in the building for more than 30 minutes would trigger a phase move.

Fade: 14 days free from any trigger would result in a return to prior phase [except we only return to phase 1 when Pandemic recommendations are cleared by Orange County Department of Health].

Phase # Trigger Date Description Start Date Fade Date
Normal 1 03/22/2021 School resumes with functions where students participate in PE activities in the Activity Room and art activities in the Art Room. 03/22/2021  
Enhanced-Distance 2   No cross-classroom transition; all students stay in assigned classroom; students are accompanied to bathrooms; one assigned team member will prepare and deliver lunches to classrooms (if needed).    
Hybrid 3   Split learner groups – A/B; each group of students come in on either M/W or T/R and Friday are all distance learning.  Packets will be sent home with students for distance learning.    
Fully Online 4   All students stay home and access through work packets sent through email; minimize all potential contact    
Closed 5   School is fully closed until we can return to phase 4;    

*This is our current plan; however, we are always attending to and under control of local, county, state, and federal regulations, and may change our plan accordingly and/or under their direction.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Overview

Covid-19 Coronavirus Symptoms

The symptoms associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, as stated by the CDC, are listed below. You may exhibit all or one of these symptoms if you are a carrier of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. If you exhibit one or more of the following symptoms, contact your primary care provider and inquire as to the proper procedures and methods for seeking medical assistance. In case of an emergency please contact 911 and explain your symptoms to the representative so they can effectively guide you to the appropriate resources. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have the COVID-19 Coronavirus
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you or someone you know that you have been in contact with or who has been confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 Coronavirus please contact a licensed medical health professional immediately for guidance on proper procedures and methods for seeking medical care. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, please contact your primary care medical professional. Do not leave your dwelling unless asked to by a licensed medical professional to seek immediate medical assistance.

For more information on signs, symptoms, and seeking emergency medical treatment please go to the CDC Coronavirus Symptoms web page linked below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Lodestone Academy COVID-19 Coronavirus Policies & Procedures

Lodestone Academy is committed to keeping our students and staff safe from the COVID-19 Coronavirus virus and pandemic. We have increased our already rigorous cleaning and health standards to comply with Local, State, and Federal Laws. We will continue to do all we can to increase the cleanliness, health, welfare, and necessary medical standards of Orange County and the State of Florida to ensure that our school is as protected from COVID-19 as possible. Our recent improvements to increase the health, safety, and welfare of our students and staff are:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers in every room of our campus
  • Disposable masks available upon entry to campus and in all rooms occupied by individuals
  • Mandatory hand Sanitizer breaks issued by on campus medical professional
  • Enforced handwashing standards for students and staff
  • Masks mandatory for all staff
  • Masks mandatory for all students (Exceptions for students with medical conditions that do not allow for all day wearing of masks)
  • Gloves available in every room on campus
  • All classrooms comply with Social Distancing rules and regulations for educational institutions
  • Classroom sizes have been reduced to a smaller ratios of students
  • Staff are encouraged to stay on campus for lunch in order to prevent from contracting COVID-19 Coronavirus outside of campus perimeter and spreading it to students or other staff
  • Initiated remote education opportunities for students whose parents want to follow Stay-at-Home orders
  • Increased regular cleaning standards
  • Nightly campus vacuuming
  • Nightly campus spraying with disinfecting solution
  • Daily frequent mopping of facilities
  • Nightly thorough mopping of all campus facilities
  • Separate cleaning supplies for biological contaminants vs non-contaminants
  • Security cameras overseeing all rooms (not restroom facilities) in order to observe, maintain, and respond to any dangerous, hazardous, or unhygienic behavior.
  • All communal areas contain disposable materials (such as disposable cups, plates, utensils, and more) to encourage safe practices and limit cross contamination
  • Daily temperature checks done before entry into Lodestone Academy

At Lodestone we take every necessary precaution to limit the student and staff’s exposure to foreign or dangerous contagions, contaminants, and disease. While our standards are extremely high it is important to understand that Lodestone Academy cannot account for every possible instance of potential harm, exposure, or circumstance that can lead to COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is up to you the parents, students, and staff to work together to keep each other safe. This means not coming to school, work, or school functions if you are experiencing any of the symptoms stated in our COVID-19 Coronavirus Symptoms section. Please, operate with the respect, understanding, and empathy of your peers first and foremost. It is better to call out of work or not bring your child in for school than to potentially spread willingly or unwillingly any sickness whether it be COVID-19 Coronavirus or any other contagion or sickness. Together we can keep each other safe.

COVID-19 Testing & Lodestone Academy Readmittance Policies

Concerning Lodestone Academy’s policy on readmittance for a student or staff member to come back to work, our policy follows CDC guidelines for readmittance to work for our employees and its students and our students alike. These policies are as follows:

  • If an employee or student exhibits any of the symptoms set out in the CDC Guidelines they will be asked to immediately go home. *A students BSP will be taken into consideration when evaluating whether they will be sent home or not*
  • The student or employee can return if symptoms subside but only if they subside by the following day.
  • If symptoms do not subside by the next day after being sent home, student or employee alike, will be required to seek professional medical assistance in order to validate that they have a clean bill of health to return back to Lodestone Academy.
  • If a clean bill of health medical note is not given to Lodestone Admin staff upon return to the campus, the person or persons will be asked to leave and repeat the process mention above.
  • Should the doctor not give a clean bill of health and test the individual for COVID-19 Coronavirus, the employee or student will be required to have a negative COVID-19 Coronavirus test before returning to work or school and that test initially after symptoms or dismissal for the day, must be negative.
  • Should the student or employee be tested positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus immediately after dismissal for observed or disclosed symptoms of the virus, the employee or student will be required to take a leave of absence for no less than 14 days after the date of the positive COVID-19 Coronavirus test.
After the mandatory 14 days of quarantine, a student or employee can only be readmitted back to Lodestone after:
    1. A negative COVID-19 Coronavirus test result is sent to Lodestone Academy Admin dated 14 days after positive COVID-19 test.
    2. A clean bill of health is sent from a licensed medical professional to Lodestone Academy Admin.
    3. A green temperature check is done on the day of admittance

Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect

(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)

All Lodestone Academy employees, agents, or contractors have a legal obligation and affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. If you or someone you know suspects that a child is being abused; please do not hesitate to Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of physical abuse often vary. If you believe that a child is suffering physical abuse at home, school, or other please call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/. The inaction of a potential or confirmed case of physical child abuse or physical abuse of an adult can result in the further harm of a child or parent and potentially result in the avoidable fatality of a child, guardian, or other adults. If you see something say something and follow the proper guidelines for reporting physical abuse so as to not exacerbate or worsen the potentially life-threatening situation. Follow the guidance of your local municipalities, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Reach out to community programs and resources if you or someone you know is being physically abused.

Potential and common signs of physical abuse are:
  • Unexplained Bruises
  • Welts
  • Cuts/Lacerations
  • Broken Bones
  • Burns
  • Black Eyes
  • Rope Marks
  • Open Wounds
  • Punctures
  • Untreated Injuries in Various Stages of Healing
  • Broken Eyeglasses/Frames
  • Other Physical Signs of Being Punished or Restrained

A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing for the environment they are in as to hide injuries. Please practice patience and caution when dealing with victims of physical abuse. Your ability to act tactfully and in the best interest of the victims can result in a meaningful and helpful change or assistance that may be needed.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in the genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home

Signs of Neglect

The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.

Patterns of Abuse

Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.

Reference: Florida Department of Education, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

(Adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)

All employees and directors at Lodestone Academy have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel or school directors that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or test violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to the Lodestone Director of Operations immediately. Not reporting misconduct immediately can result in the termination of any and all parties found to have had knowledge of the misconduct and not reporting it. To not report the misconduct is to allow said misconduct which could potentially harm students, staff, or other persons on Lodestone Academy property thus making the knowing party willing out of compliance with Lodestone Academy Reporting Misconduct Policy.

Reports of misconduct committed by directors should be made to the principal/owner of the organization or any legal authority that equal to or above the principal/owner. Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Depending on the severity of the misconduct the local authorities or authoritative organization will be alerted so as to properly enforce the Lodestone Academy Reporting Misconduct Policy.

Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school directors which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the academy’s faculty office, and on the FAQ section of the Lodestone Academy website. For further instructions regarding Reporting Misconduct access the Employee Portal section of the Lodestone Academy website. For further information regarding Reporting Misconduct all employees of Lodestone Academy should reference the Employee Handbook.

Reference: Florida Department of Education, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice