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Reopening Plan 2020

Joining Together On Campus

Cannon School’s culture is one of our greatest strengths. This year, we will continue to encounter complexity and uncertainty as we form new habits together. This will require that we listen to and work with one another in a spirit of trust and flexibility. Trust in the belief that each member of this community is working with the best of intent. Flexible in that we will have to adapt together to circumstances that will change, both in ways we can anticipate and in others we may not. The active choice to rely upon colleagues, leaders, experts, and friends who contribute so much to Cannon will help see us through to the other side of this historic moment.

Cannon's Reopening Plan Overview

Cannon School began the school year on August 20 in the Hybrid Learning model. Since then, all JrK-12 students have returned to on-campus learning, with synchronous remote learning as an option for high-risk students and students who may wish to choose this path.

Campus Reopening Plan

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  • Start of School

    Cannon School began the school year on August 20 in the Hybrid Learning model. Since then, all JrK-12 students have returned to on-campus learning, with synchronous remote learning as an option for high-risk students and students who may wish to choose this path.
  • Enhanced Classroom Technology

    Cannon School has invested in new classroom technology for the 2020-2021 school year.

    When combined with video conferencing tools, this new technology enables teachers to provide ongoing synchronous learning—delivering the same lesson to students who are on campus and students who are joining remotely. In addition, this technology provides teachers with a way to capture real-time classroom activity (both video and audio) without being confined to any specific location in the classroom.

    Beyond improving the learning experience for students in both hybrid and fully remote scenarios, this new technology:

    • Delivers a solution that supports both synchronous and asynchronous remote learning.
    • Enables teachers to record classes for viewing at a later time.
    • Empowers teachers to move freely around the room, utilizing the school’s high-speed internet connection, enhanced in-classroom devices, and video conferencing services to provide an experience as close as possible to an in-classroom experience for remote learners.
    • Provides high-risk students and students who may be self-isolating at home with access to in-classroom instruction from their teacher along with opportunities to interact with other students.
    • Is compatible with students’ existing devices. There is no need for families to purchase new devices.

Health and Safety Protocols

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  • Cannon School Wellness Pledge

  • Face Masks

    • Masks are required for all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors if Cannon School is operating in an On-Campus , Hybrid, or Remote status.
    • Masks must be worn in public spaces and common areas where multiple people are present, including classrooms, meeting rooms, public restrooms, stairwells, hallways, lobby areas, common workspaces, and buses. Masks are required outdoors if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible.
    • During the school day, students may remove their masks if they are outside, and distanced by 6 ft. We will continue to abide by athletic protocols per the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) and the Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA).
    • While participants will have the option to briefly remove their masks during photo opportunities at special/end-of-year events, they will continue to be required to wear masks at these events, unless otherwise specified.
    • If a teacher or staff member is alone in their classroom or workspace, a mask is not required.
    • Types of approved masks include cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and face shields. 
      • Face shields are not a substitute for cloth masks.  
      • Buffs or neck gaiters are only approved for students in Grades JrK-4.
      • N95 masks or cloth masks with valves are not allowed (because the valve releases unfiltered air).
      • Each division’s existing dress code policies apply to masks.
    • Faculty and staff were provided with two cloth face masks and a face shield at the beginning of the school year. Five disposable surgical style masks will be provided monthly to faculty and staff. 
  • Daily Health Screenings

    Daily Health Screening Protocol for Students
    As part of Cannon’s mitigation strategy in an effort to minimize the prevalence of COVID-19 cases presenting on-campus, we are requiring all parents to complete a daily health screening for their children. The school has chosen an electronic platform called Magnus that will facilitate the collection of this information each day. The consistent completion of this health screen by our community will help promote the safety of everyone on campus.
    Please find below the guidelines and expectations for this process:
    • The screening tool must be completed for each child via the Magnus Mobile App as follows: Car riders and walkers must complete daily screenings by 7:30 a.m. Bus riders must complete daily screenings by 6:30 a.m. if they ride Buses #18 (Mooresville) or #20 (Salisbury). Bus riders on all other buses must complete daily screenings by 6:40 a.m.

    • If the parent receives a Stop Sign after completing the screening tool, they must contact our nursing staff at nurse@cannonschool.org to discuss next steps with our nursing team.

    • If a parent misses the cut-off time or experiences technical difficulty, they must print a copy of the daily health screening (located here), complete it, and send it to school with their child. This screening form must be turned into the bus driver if the student is riding the bus, or to the advisor if the student is a car rider.

    • For bus riders, if a student arrives at the bus stop without a completed screening tool, the bus driver will perform the screening for the student. If the student passes, they will be allowed to board the bus, however, any student that fails the screening will not be allowed to board the bus. For this reason, it is imperative that parents whose child(ren) are riding the bus must not leave the bus stop until the driver has confirmed that your child is cleared to ride the bus. Repeated failure to complete the screening tool will result in suspension of bus service and requiring the student(s) to remote learn for a minimum of two weeks.

    • For car riders, if a student arrives at school without a completed screening, the following protocol will be followed:
    1. The first time a student arrives without a completed screening, they will be screened by Cannon personnel (depending upon the student’s age, parents may be contacted to complete the screening questions), and at the same time, the school will issue an initial warning to the parents.
    2. The second time a student arrives without a completed screening, they will be screened by Cannon personnel (depending upon the student’s age, parents may be contacted to complete the screening questions), and at the same time, the school will issue a second warning to the parents.
    3. The third time a student arrives without a completed screening, they will be screened by Cannon personnel (depending upon the student’s age, parents may be contacted to complete the screening questions), and at the same time, the school will issue a third and final warning to the parents.
    4. The fourth time a student arrives without a completed screening, the parents will be contacted to pick up their child(ren). Students will be asked to remote learn for a period of not less than two weeks before they can return to campus.
    • Late arriving students should be escorted into the building by their parent, at which time a screening form will need to be completed by the parent before the child can proceed to class
    • Students, faculty, and staff with symptoms during the school day will immediately report to Cannon’s Nurses.

    • Cannon has renovated a centrally located space as a triage room to initially screen ill students. Upon screening, students will either move to an isolation area or be directed to an alternate health room for treatment. This alternate health room is also a destination for routine well-visits and treatments such as receiving medications or help with minor playground injuries.  
  • Social Distancing

    • Social distancing is a piece of Cannon School’s comprehensive risk mitigation strategy which includes daily health screenings, masking, handwashing, and sanitizing. 
    • All classroom, indoor, and outdoor campus spaces will be leveraged to accommodate social distancing of faculty, staff, students, and visitors whenever possible throughout the school day.
    • Social distancing will depend on Cannon’s chosen learning mode:
      • During Hybrid Learning, we will observe social distancing of at least 3 ft. for Grades JrK-5 and 6 ft. for Grades 6-12 where feasible. 
      • During On-Campus Learning, we will observe social distancing of at least 3 ft. where feasible.
      • During Remote Learning, we will observe physical distancing of at least 3 ft. for Grades JrK-K and 6 ft. for Grades 1-2 where feasible.
      • Prevalence of community-based transmission will be considered as we determine social distancing requirements and in our decision to change learning models. 

  • Healthy Hygiene

    • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to follow thorough hand washing protocols.
    • All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer stations available at entrances, exits, and high traffic areas.
  • Contact Tracing

    Cannon School’s contact tracing protocol guides our decision-making process and procedures in the event of a probable or positive case of COVID-19 on campus:

    • Cannon’s Contact Tracing Team consists of ten individuals across campus who are trained to interview students, faculty, and staff for possible exposure. The team is led by our school nursing team and includes a physician who is also a Cannon parent.
    • The purpose of contact tracing is to limit the spread of infection by identifying individuals who may have come into close contact with a COVID-19 probable or positive individual.
    • A close contact is defined as a person who:
    • was within 6 ft., for more than 15 minutes, of the probable or positive case, regardless of wearing a mask.
    • was in direct physical contact with the infected person (hugged or kissed).
    • was coughed on or sneezed on by the infected person.
    • shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person.
    • resides in the same household as the infected person.
    • The contact tracing scope will include the 48-hour window prior to symptom onset and includes 48 hours before a positive test.
    • Once identified as a close contact, those individuals are instructed to quarantine for a period of ten days with a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to their return.
    • Siblings and/or other family members of a probable case (defined as suspected, COVID-19 symptomatic person) will be instructed to quarantine from the time their family member was identified as a probable case until they receive a definitive diagnosis. If the probable case is negative, i.e., not a COVID-19 infection, Cannon’s nurses may clear family members who have been excluded from campus to return sooner than ten days.
    • Following CDC guidelines advising that fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students do not need to quarantine if exposed, but should self-monitor for symptoms.
    • If you have questions about the contact tracing process please contact Cannon’s Nurses
  • Notifying Members of the Cannon Community

    • Cannon School follows CDC and NCDHHS protocol regarding confidentiality and notification in the instance of a confirmed positive for COVID-19. Based on these protocols, the Contact Tracing Team will communicate directly with any close contacts as defined above.
    • Every school day, probable and positive case counts will be updated to the Campus Health Dashboard. (My Cannon login required.)
    • The school will notify particular teachers and staff when it believes they have a need to know about a specific case in order to carry out their responsibilities on behalf of students.
    • For example, while a teacher or advisor may not have been in close contact with a student identified as a probable case, if that student is in their class, knowing the reason for their absence is helpful in supporting that student.
    • This principle can extend to teammates of staff and faculty, for example, if a probable or positive case occurs on their team, in their grade, department, or division.
    • Depending on the scenario, we may utilize all of Cannon’s communication channels for notifying parents as needed--voicemail, text messaging, and email (as we do for weather events). For the sake of speed, email notifications will come through as plain text emails (rather than our usual formatted emails.)
  • High Risk Community Members

    • Families of high-risk students who are not yet ready to return to campus may opt their students into full remote learning. New classroom technology enables remote learners to take part in nearly all aspects of the academic school day including advisories, classroom activities, student life, and assemblies.
    • Social distancing protocols and personal protective equipment (PPE) is a key components to keeping all faculty and staff as safe as possible. Cannon makes PPE available to all faculty and staff. Our school store also has limited quantities available for purchase.
    • Cannon’s Director of Human Resources, Stacie Hopes, is  available to assist faculty and staff with all aspects of safe working.
    • Detailed, ongoing health and safety training for faculty, staff, students, and visitors is a commitment that reinforces the importance of acknowledging and respecting the needs of high-risk members of our Cannon community.

Beyond Academics

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  • Athletics

    Cannon Athletics communicates directly to student-athletes and families regarding any updates or changes to protocols, procedures, and spectator policies. If you have a question, please refer to our Athletics page or email Katie LaRue, Director of Athletics at klarue@cannonschool.org.

Not Finding the Answer to Your Question?

Need Help?

For questions about Cannon School’s reopening policies, protocols, or technology, please reach out to these members of our school community for help: 

Regina Nixon, Head of Lower School
Carla Moyer, Head of Middle School
Deb Otey, Head of Upper School

After School Program:
Laurie Burlington, After School Program Supervisor

Katie Larue, Director of Athletics

Bus Transportation:
Danny Wyke, Director of Transportation 

Cafeteria and FlikISDining Mobile App Setup:
Chris Evans, Director of Dining Services

Health Screenings or Health Concerns: 
Cannon’s Nurses

Magnus Mobile App Setup:  
IT Support Team

Technology and Online Services:  
IT Support Team
Technology How-To Quick Guide for Families

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779