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Health & Safety

Science & Arts Academy has remained steadfast and resolute in its  commitment to the health and safety of all members of our SAA community.


Science & Arts Academy will continue to implement mitigation strategies recommended by public health experts to ensure as safe a learning environment as possible, while carrying out our mission each and every day.

SAA is committed to implementing a multi-layered approach in the school building to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. SAA continues to implement safety strategies throughout three major categories, forming the key building blocks incorporated into all facets of school life.


Following safe practices at school

  • ​Practicing good hygiene​
  • Safe lunchtime practices

Focusing on improved air quality and a hygienic environment

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • Touchless devices throughout the building
  • Maximizing efficacy of HVAC system
  • ​Upgraded MERV 13 HVAC filters

Sharing responsibility for community health and safety

  • Community Pledge 
  • COVID-19 Testing Program
  • Visitor policy 
  • Sick policy 
  • COVID-19 response protocols
  • School Nurse and Health Services Center 

Sick Policy

While students’ attendance at school is important, it is more critical than ever to monitor student, faculty and staff health daily. We ask all community members to stay home if exhibiting any illness symptoms or fever that are not clearly attributable to a known pre-existing condition. Read the Sick Policy »

Safety & Security

Science & Arts Academy is committed to the safety and security of our community.

​Visitor Procedures

SAA employs the use of a secure check-in and check-out system for all visitors seeking access to the building beyond the front office during school hours (8:30am - 3:30pm). All visitors aged 18 and older must provide a valid state-issued identification card with photo, such as a driver’s license, for our credential exchange process through Raptor Technologies. Guests will receive a visitor lanyard and badge to be worn the entirety of their visit.  Visiting families are encouraged to be familiar with our Visitor Procedures.

​Read SAA's Visitor Procedures » 

Bullying Prevention Policy 

While there are many different types of conflicts children can experience, educators are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms that distinguish normal peer conflicts from bullying. ​Bullying is contrary to State law and the policies of Science & Arts Academy. Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, SAA faculty and staff are obligated to investigate incidents believed to constitute bullying, and report such incidents to the administration. 

Read SAA's Bullying Policy » ​


Health Services

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The School Nurse is available to help with a variety of student, staff and faculty health issues during the school day in the Health Services Suite. For a copy of the current Health & Safety Guide for Families, please contact Diana Gordon. 

Get to Know SAA

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​​Our admissions and administrative staff are available from 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday.  If you are interested in learning more about SAA, we encourage you to connect with admissions.

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