The COVID Response Team

The SMES COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) is tasked with contact tracing and decision making with the goal to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections within the St. Martin's community.  The CRT is comprised of medical professionals and key SMES staff members, and the team meets regularly to assess situations in real-time with the goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 at school.  The team has developed a set of Processes & Protocols and a Decision Matrix to help guide its work. 

SMES CRT Coronavirus Protocols

List of 8 items.

  • COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) at SMES

    The St. Martin’s COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) is tasked with daily monitoring of students, faculty or staff members who present with symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 and/or have knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19. The CRT is comprised of medical professionals, including a pediatric infectious disease physician and several key staff members. The team meets regularly to assess situations in real time with the goal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The role of the SMES contact tracing team is to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections within our community. While the team will review symptoms that your child is experiencing and may recommend COVID-19 testing, it is not the committee’s role to diagnose, treat or provide medical advice regarding your child. You should continue to consult with your healthcare provider who will evaluate and make recommendations specifically for the care of your child. The contact tracing team makes recommendations for the community as a whole.
  • COVID-19 Decision Tree (9/16/20)

  • COVID-19 Processes and Protocols (9/16/20)

  • Daily Health Screening

    St. Martin’s requires a daily Health Screening of all students and faculty/staff members prior to entering the building. The screening is conducted through the SchoolPass app. If a student or faculty/staff member answers “yes” to any of the screening questions he/she should stay home for the day and contact the school nurse at clinic@stmartinschool.org and the CRT at mmcdaniel@stmartinschool.org to determine next steps.
  • Daily Temperature Screenings

    All students, faculty, staff and visitors (limited) will complete a temperature check before entering the building to confirm they do not have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more. In addition, temperature taking may occur at various times during the school day and in the event that any student or adult begins exhibiting fever-like symptoms.
  • Daily Mask Wearing

    All students from Beginners through 8th grade will be required to wear face masks to school.  All SMES faculty and staff are required to wear face masks to school. Exceptions will be made with consideration for the student's age, medical reasons, and to accommodate eating and drinking, outdoor activities, PE, and independent work when physical distancing can be maintained. Masks will be worn all day, but a Plexiglas barrier (K-8th) and scheduled outdoor activity will allow for mask breaks as needed.
  • Hand Washing

    All students, faculty and staff will be required to sanitize their hands using soap and water (for at least 20 seconds) and/or use hand sanitizer upon entry to the school and throughout the school day.
  • Social Distancing

    Social distancing will include maintaining a safe physical distance of six feet between individuals, as feasible. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe distance between one another when possible including when entering, exiting and walking through the campus (including stairwells, hallways, etc.), while in classrooms and office spaces, while outdoors for recess, PE, eating lunch or other activities.  Social distancing policies may vary slightly between divisions based on age appropriateness. Classroom configurations will be safely distanced based on each classroom’s actual square footage (average classroom is 900 sq-ft).

    Classroom desks for children from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be outfitted with a Plexiglas privacy cubicle for an added layer of protection.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.