Safety Measures

Student and Staff COVID-19 Safety Information

Updated August 17, 2021

Student and staff safety is a priority at InspireNOLA Charter Schools. We are following the guidance and procedures for COVID-19 safety measures as set forth by NOLA Public Schools in their COVID Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year, as well as CDC, city, state, and federal guidelines. We will continue monitoring the situation and adjust our safety requirements and procedures as necessary. Please see below for the latest information.

VACCINATIONS

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InspireNOLA family, follow the lead of our amazing educators and staff. Let’s get vaccinated today! We can all work to help our fellow neighbors and community by getting vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing the spread of the virus and continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against the Delta variant. Getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps we can take to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

InspireNOLA Charter Schools requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the U. S. Food & Drug Administration OR submit evidence of a negative PCR test weekly with an approved exemption or accommodation.  

Additionally, since extra-curricular activities are not required, only fully vaccinated high students age 12 or older or those under the age of 12 with a weekly negative PCR test will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities, including athletics, band, and choir.

InspireNOLA Charter Schools, following the direction of New Orleans city officials, will also mandate, commencing August 16, 2021, that any person in attendance at any InspireNOLA athletic or school-sponsored event must be either fully vaccinated or provide evidence of a negative PCR test administered within the previous 72 hours of the event. 

Vaccine requirements for events

We encourage all our eligible students and their family members to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are widely available. To schedule a vaccination, find a provider or to connect with medical professionals who can answer your question, call the Louisiana Department of Health Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774.

You can also visit NOLA Ready for a list of local COVID vaccine providers: 

COVID TESTING

Experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus? Schedule a test today.

As of August 23, CORE will offer testing for all NOLA Public Schools at the following sites/times. 

  • Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. - NOLA PS Central Office (West Bank), 2401 West Bend Parkway
  • Fridays 3-6 p.m. - LIVING SCHOOL (New Orleans East), 6003 Bullard Avenue 

You can also visit NOLA Ready for a list of local testing providers as well as the updated schedule for the City of New Orleans Mobile Testing.

To prove vaccination status, individuals can use the LA Wallet app; an original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC vaccination cards (both sides); or an official vaccine record issued by another state, foreign nation or the World Health Organization.

MASKS

All students, staff, and anyone entering a school building must wear a mask at all times. Masks must also be worn at all times on school busses.

VISITORS

For our students’ and staff’s safety, visitor entrance to our schools will be restricted. All visitors must make an appointment with the school prior to arriving. 

ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES

  • The temperature of all students and staff will be taken upon entering the school building.
  • Students will remain in static groups.
  • Appropriate social distancing will be practiced.
  • All students and staff will hand sanitize upon arrival and during transitions.
  • Breakfasts will be in the classroom.
  • Lunch will rotate outside and in class.
  • Students are encouraged to bring water bottles.
  • Stringent disinfecting and cleaning measures are in place in alignment with NOLA-PS guidelines.

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME

If your child OR anyone in your household exhibits any of the following symptoms, your child should NOT come to school:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulty
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If a family member and/or someone living in the same household has tested positive for COVID-19 or believes they may have contracted the virus, do NOT send your child to school until they have tested negative for the virus.

COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified several groups with certain underlying medical conditions as those at increased high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Families, along with their physician, can apply for distance learning via an eligibility form ONLY IF your child needs accommodations due to medical issues as a result of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC

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