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From the Clinic: Important Update on Coronavirus

Pinecrest Academy is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.
During a press conference the last week in February, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicated the following: “For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” This said, Pinecrest Academy is following the CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. 
 
STAYING HEALTHY AND PREVENTING ILLNESS

The following measures are urged to stay healthy and prevent the spread of any infectious disease:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick, especially if with fever
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue
  • Dispose of used tissues into the trash, followed by hand washing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touch objects and surfaces
SCHOOL MEASURES FOR PREVENTING ILLNESS
  • Cleaning classroom tables and chairs regularly with bleach wipes
  • Cleaning doorknobs, faucets, and other frequently touched surfaces with bleach wipes (routine environmental cleaning)
  • Spraying surfaces and areas with disinfectant spray as needed
  • Providing adequate supplies of soap, paper towels, tissues, trash cans, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Enforcing the Pinecrest Academy School Illness Policy
  • Monitor and plan for absenteeism
  • Review, update, and or implement Emergency Operation Plans
  • Campus Ministry will suspend the Sign of Peace, and the reception of Communion will be by the hands 
With Spring Break quickly approaching, Pinecrest Academy strongly encourages families, especially our international students to follow the CDC’s guidelines for travel.  Information pertaining to travel can be found through this link. 

Please notify the school if a student or a family member has recently been or will be in China or South Korea, as these countries are on the CDC’s Warning Level 3 traveler’s list. In the event the COVID-19 becomes an active concern in Georgia, Pinecrest Academy will follow the guidance of the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Forsyth County School Board. More information regarding COVID-19 can be found through the following link.  
 
PLEASE NOTE: We are preparing our teachers to continue instruction due to any potential school closings. Teachers are being trained in ways we can continue instruction by use of the Paladin Portal. More information will be communicated to parents later this week.
Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping our students and school community healthy and safe.
Pinecrest Academy is a private PreK3-12 Catholic school located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children. To learn more about our unique educational philosophy, visit our Welcome page.
SEMPER ALTIUS = ALWAYS HIGHER

The mission of Pinecrest Academy is reflected in the word Integer, which is Latin for “whole,” or “entire,” and reflects our goal of forming the whole child as an authentic “Person in Christ.” The school motto Semper Altius, means “Always Higher,” and challenges our students, parents, staff and faculty to strive for excellence in all areas of Integral Formation® - intellectual, spiritual, human and apostolic.