MRCA’s response to COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

What will MRCA’s schedule be for the start of school?

MRCA will begin the 2020-21 school year on a normal schedule. We will have in person, on campus instruction five days a week for the entire school day.

What will look different once school begins in August?

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority, as well as keeping them at or above grade level in their education. We will employ extra hand washing and sanitizing times, seating separation in classrooms, additional disinfecting measures around campus, and other adjustments throughout the year as needs dictate. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to wear masks to school, but MRCA will not require them to be worn on campus. Because information on COVID-19 and its impact on South Carolina changes weekly, some decisions will be made closer to the start of school.

Will MRCA follow the CDC guidelines for school openings in the fall?

While MRCA will be introducing extra measures of sanitization and hand cleanliness, we will not necessarily be implementing all of the CDC guidelines for schools that have on-campus learning in the fall. The CDC guidelines are recommendations, not mandates. We want to provide a normal school experience for our students and are confident that we can do so while keeping our students as healthy as possible.

If someone has symptoms (COVID-like or not), what will the school’s response be?

If a student presents symptoms at school that the MRCA nurse deems potentially contagious, parents will be contacted to pick up their student immediately. This guideline is applicable to all contagious illnesses, including COVID-19 related symptoms. Students must be symptom-free (without the aid of medicine) for 24 hours before they may return to school. Parents may not send their child to school if they exhibit any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.5 or higher without other symptoms
  • Fever of 100.0 or higher with other symptoms (cough and/or sore throat)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent cough
  • Unexplained and/or un-diagnosed, contagious rash, lice, or other contagious medical conditions

Parents may contact their child’s teacher to receive any missed schoolwork while he/she is recuperating at home. Please refer to the Family Handbook for specific guidelines for requesting missed work.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, what will be the school’s response?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and MRCA is made aware of the diagnosis, we will take appropriate and aggressive measures that will ensure a fully sanitized environment for our students. If multiple cases within a classroom become known, that particular class may transition to distance learning for a week or so in order for our students to recover, limit the further spread of the virus, and provide continued education for the entire class.

Will the attendance policy be amended to account for extended absences due to COVID-19?

Yes. Students will be allowed extended absences without penalty if the absences are due to COVID-19. A doctor’s note must be submitted to the school nurse when the student returns to school in order for the attendances to be counted as excused. Please see the Family Handbook to read the entire attendance policy.

What if the governor mandates that SC schools must close?

In the unlikely event that the governor closes schools next academic year, MRCA teachers will be fully prepared to immediately transition to a short period of virtual/distance learning.

Will MRCA employ virtual/distance learning in the upcoming school year?

Virtual/distance learning will be employed if there is a wide outbreak of a virus or if the governor mandates that schools close.

What will virtual/distance learning look like for my child should it become necessary?

MRCA teachers and administration are using this summer to fine-tune our virtual/distance learning techniques and delivery. Teachers will conduct virtual and recorded instruction, provide schoolwork for students to complete at home, and be available to assist both students and parents during virtual/distance learning. Each grade’s approach to virtual/distance learning will look similar, simplifying the process for all parents, including those with multiple children at MRCA.

Does MRCA follow/have to follow Greenville County Public Schools on their decisions regarding school schedules, etc.?

No. MRCA does not have to follow the Greenville County Public School District regarding school schedules, inclement weather closures, or other decisions. We will always consider their pronouncements when determining our course of action in qualifying events; however, as a private school, we are not bound by their decisions or actions.