As Canton Academy prepares to begin school on August 7, our first priority is, as it always has been, to ensure a safe environment for all of our students and staff. The following plan has been developed as a result of numerous informational webinars, conversations with health officials, administrative zoom meetings, and collaboration with a large number of schools within the MAIS (Midsouth Association of Independent Schools). The MAIS itself has not set guidance for its member schools as it wishes to respect the independent nature of each individual school due to the fact that each has its own special circumstances (size of staff, resources, location, etc.), which in turn influence a school’s own specific re-entry plan. We believe our re-entry plan is a safe and effective one, ensuring our students can continue to grow spiritually, academically, and socially.

Green Plan (K3 –12) Traditional School with Minor Modifications

  • Temperature check at all entry points (Drop off area at elementary and high school front doors only) prior to school. Temperature of student/staff member who appears or feels sick during the school day will also be checked/ Parents are required to check temperature of their child prior to leaving home. 100.4 is considered fever and student/staff member with fever is required to leave school, go to a doctor for diagnosis, and then be released in writing by doctor before return to school. Student/staff member must be 24 hours fever-free prior to returning to school if diagnosis is non-Covid.
  • Prior to school, high school students social distance in auditorium and in tutoring classrooms/Elementary will social distance in cafeteria.
  • Face coverings/masks are not required but are encouraged/Solid colors only – black, white, gray. No writing on masks with the exception of a CA logo or personal initial monogram. See uniform section of the handbook. Teachers are not required to monitor students wearing of masks.
  • Hands-free fountains for bottle refills are open; other water fountains closed /Students bring own clear bottles.
  • Hand sanitizer in hallways and all classrooms for regular cleansing by students/staff.
  • Teachers sanitize classrooms prior to school day.
  • Instruction – Traditional/Students properly distanced in classrooms.
  • Chapel – No large gatherings other than in gymnasium/ Small group emphasis in classrooms.
  • Cafeteria/Break – Normal serving/Times staggered/Students spaced with 2 open seats between/ Plastic wrapped eating utensils/ Cafeteria staff must wear masks and gloves/Microwaves permissible/ Clear plastic shields on serving line.
  • Athletics – Normal but players use own water bottles/Locker rooms sanitized.
  • Athletic Travel – Seat between each athlete on bus or van if possible.
  • Concessions – All staff (cooks, servers) wear gloves/masks/ Serve as normal/Clear plastic shields in serving area.
  • Aftercare – Normal with spacing and sanitizing.

Yellow Plan (K3–12) In-Person Learning with strong modifications

  • Temperature check and questionnaire at all entry points (drop off for elementary and front doors of high school). Parents required to check temperature of their child before leaving home/ Students/staff who appear or feel ill at school have temperature checked. 100.4 is considered fever. Student/Staff member with fever is isolated from others and sent home. Doctor diagnosis and release in writing before student or staff member is allowed to return. Student/staff must be 24 hours fever-free prior to return if non-Covid diagnosis.
  • Social distance in auditorium/Tutoring in classrooms as normal with social distancing.
  • Face coverings/masks are required for 7th-12th grades upon entering and in hallways/Optional for K3-6th grade when entering school/Masks may be removed while in the classroom.
  • Hands free fountains for bottle refills only (other fountains closed) Students/Staff must bring their own clear bottle for water intake and refills.
  • Hand sanitizer in all classrooms and hallways – Students cleanse throughout the day.
  • Teachers sanitize classrooms and remind students to wash hands upon returning from the restroom.
  • Playground equipment will be sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Instruction – Students spaced/Personalized learning/ Classes staggered as to avoid too many students in the hallways at one time.
  • Chapel – No large gatherings other than in gymnasium/ Small group emphasis in classrooms.
  • Cafeteria – All servings will be in closed containers. Eating utensils are disposable and in wrapped packets/ Food orders will be taken so that containers can be prepared prior to students arriving in order to avoid standing lines/ Staff must wear masks and gloves/Students spaced with 2 seats between them. No “community“ condiments.
  • Athletics – During indoor team meetings, Students/Staff must wear masks. Students spaced/ Areas sanitized by coaches prior to and after workouts.
  • Athletic travel – Carpool with parent assistance/Combine with van travel with one seat between occupants.
  • Aftercare – Students/Staff retake temperatures/ 100.4 temperature is fever and parents are called to pick up their child. Doctor diagnosis and written release is required prior to returning/Must be fever free for 24 hours prior to returning if non-Covid diagnosis. Masks required indoors by staff but not required on children.

Red Plan (K3-12) Distance/Virtual Learning

Red Plan would only be put in place following a municipal, state, or required national “shelter in place” directive.

  • Campus is closed. Essential personnel will have access to campus and buildings in order to provide students the instruction necessary to maximize their educational experience
  • Athletic practices/events and other school activities will be cancelled
  • Distance learning guides are issued to each grade level and oversight by the Canton Academy administration will ensure coursework is available to all students
  • Elementary grades will have enhanced distance learning programs, and both teachers and parents will have had adequate training opportunities to ensure these new enhancements can be implemented during a school closure
  • Canvas Programs will be streamlined throughout all grades that use Canvas so that parents who have multiple children can access the program through the same portal
  • Teachers to provide live instruction via ZOOM or Google Meetings for video/teaching and student interaction
  • Continuous monitoring of local, state, and national conditions will determine the ability to return to another campus plan


A. Students/Staff with 100.4 or higher temperature

  1. Isolate from other students and staff
  2. Parent is called if it is a student/ If staff they are sent home
  3. A written diagnosis from a doctor indicating cause of fever and releasing (in writing) student/staff member to return to school. Additionally, the person in question must be fever-free for 24 hours if non-Covid diagnosis. Most doctors are not testing for Covid-19 if they diagnose something like strep.
  4. Parents should check their child’s temperature before leaving home for school. If the student has a temperature of 100.4, the student will remain at home and must have a doctor’s diagnosis and written release before returning to school. They should also be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning if non-Covid.
  5. Parents of student must notify the school if their child has come into close contact (defined as 15 minutes or more in close proximity) with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19. The child must be tested and remain quarantined until a negative test result is provided to the school.

B.  Confirmed Covid-19 (Isolate)

  1. If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19 and had symptoms, they should be isolated at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving before returning to school.
  2. If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19 and had no symptoms, they should be isolated at least 10 days since the date of the positive test.

C.  Confirmed Covid-19 Contact (Quarantine)

  1. All students or staff that came into close contact (defined as 15 minutes or more in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19) with said student are notified immediately. For example: A third grade student tests positive then all classmates’ parents and the teacher are notified since they shared the same classroom. It would not be necessary to notify the entire school since a majority of the students and staff would not have come into close contact with the aforementioned student.
  2. After close contact, exposed students or staff will need to quarantine. Exposed person may return to school after day 10 without testing or after day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later).
  • Parents whose child came into close contact with a student or staff member that tested positive should closely monitor their child for 14 days, but their child and others in the same classroom are not required to stay home from school unless they have fever or show any symptoms.
  • Parents should notify the school immediately if their child has any fever or other symptoms or if they came into close contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A positive test result for any member in a home is treated as a positive test result for all family members inside the home due to the extremely close contact shared by said family unit. All siblings and immediate family members working at the school will be required to stay home in the event they have a family member living in the same home test positive for Covid-19.


  1. Wear mask when possible.
  2. Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds at a time.
  3. Cover mouth with hand or elbow when coughing.
  4. Avoid touching eyes and face.
  5. Limit gatherings of 20 or more.
  6. Space seating in all areas.
  7. In the event of a positive case, the affected space will be appropriately sanitized.
  8. Do not come to school and see doctor if you have two or more of the following symptoms:
  • Headache
  • Repetitive cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches/pain
  • Nausea and/or diarrhea

** Disclaimer: It should be noted that this is an extremely fluid situation. Any action plans, procedures, or protocols mentioned herein could change depending on current events at the time. All policies are based on current CDC guidelines.