North Florida School of Special Education’s COVID-19 Protocols

Covid Protocols updated August 1, 2021

As we get ready to kick off the year, the health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest
priority. A great deal of thought and research has gone into reviewing our ongoing COVID-19 protocol. With
the new guidance provided by the CDC, and now knowing the impact of the Delta Variant, NFSSE
administration and nurses have decided on implementing the following protocol for returning to school on our
campus effective August 1, 2021:

• Wearing masks indoors will be required for all staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.
• Teachers and Admin will strongly encourage students and postgrads to wear masks indoors,
regardless of vaccination status.
• Due to decreased risk of transmission of COVID-19 in an outdoor setting, masks are not required for
outdoor activities.
• Vaccinations are strongly encouraged but remain optional. Please consider having your student
vaccinated. Pfizer does allow vaccination of individuals 12 years and up. Please be vigilant regarding
guidelines which impact COVID vaccination age requirements. Search under www.floridahealth.gov to
locate vaccination sites near you.
• Our students learn best when personal differentiated instruction occurs. We will return to exclusively
on-campus learning and no longer offer at-home learning as an option. State scholarship funds may
not be utilized in the case of virtual instruction.
• We will continue to base our contact tracing protocols and procedures on local and state health
departments.
• We will continue to evaluate appropriate sizes for gatherings on campus.
• Wearing masks on NFSSE transportation for all individuals is required regardless of vaccination
status.
• Cafeteria service will be open for lunch. We will adhere to social distancing guidelines for seating.

We will be implementing good handwashing and hand sanitizing techniques as well as continued cleaning
protocols in the school.

We will be monitoring the CDC guidelines as well as positivity rates in Florida and protocols are subject to
change.

While we will no longer implement temperature screening at carline or upon entrance. If your student exhibits
any signs of illness, school protocol requires that they remain at home. This may include, but is not limited to,
runny nose, cough, and/or fever. NFSSE nurses will contact all students who are absent. The health and
safety of our community remains of utmost importance, and we will continue to monitor it closely as we have
done this entire year.

We will follow CDC and health department guidelines regarding Covid exposures and positive Covid tests.

• If an exposure occurs, unvaccinated students will be asked to quarantine and test as directed through
the recommendations of NFSSE nurses and the Health Dept.
• If an exposure occurs, vaccinated students who are asymptomatic, will be asked to mask for 14 days
in addition to receiving a negative COVID test result.

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through this challenging times. As always, feel free to
reach out with any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2021-2022 school
year.