MSH’s Response to COVID-19
The safety and health of our students, faculty, staff, and families will lead how and where we learn and operate. MSH continues to monitor information and data surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue to evaluate plans on a biweekly basis and pivot to alternative models and updates to our protocols when necessary. Our faculty is deeply committed to providing developmentally appropriate and academically rich learning environments that balance childrens’ social and emotional wellbeing with recommended risk mitigation strategies. In addition to communications sent directly to MSH families via ParentSquare, we present the following resources which will be updated as information arises.
Mitigation Measures at MSH
- Upon the start of the school year, families were asked to acknowledge and uphold the MSH Community Commitment.
- Proper hand washing and other hygiene practices are being communicated and taught in developmentally appropriate ways.
- MSH is closed to visitors at this time and only allowing students, faculty, and staff on-site at this time.
- All MSH faculty and staff, as well as anyone contracted to work in our facilities, will utilize masks and social distancing.
- Adults dropping off their children at our carline at our South Huntsville location or the threshold of our buildings at the Hampton Cove location are required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
- Children in first grade and up are required to wear masks while indoors except when eating or drinking.
- Enhanced disinfecting and sanitation procedures
- Daily wellness screenings and illness report monitoring
- Cohort classes
- Increased use of Outdoor Classrooms – MSH is committed to 50% or more of our school day spent outside
- Carline drop off/pick up and use of separate entrances for arrivals and departures
- MSH families who plan to travel or attend large gatherings will submit information to the administration to determine if a travel-related quarantine is warranted
MSH’s COVID-19 Dashboard
This dashboard is designed to provide transparency to the MSH community while protecting the identity of those who are either isolated or in quarantine. Per our policy, any adult or student who is identified as a close contact or a potential exposure in the classroom environment or other activities on campus is contacted immediately after our notification of a presumed or positive case via our contact tracing protocols. You may access the dashboard here, which is updated each Friday.
MSH is utilizing the following sources for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- U.S. State Department
- Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)
- Huntsville Hospital COVID-19 Statistics
- Brown University School of Public Health – globalepidemics.org
- Georgia Tech COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool
- New York Times: Maps & Cases and Testing Data