The health and safety of our students and faculty/staff are top priorities. We work to maintain a learning environment that considers the intellectual, social-emotional, and physical well-being of our school family. 

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Immunization Requirements

In line with Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines, students attending ANCS must meet state vaccine requirements. These vaccines protect our community from preventable diseases. For details, refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Immunization Requirements or contact our administration. Together, we ensure a healthy learning environment.

Religious Exemption – Immunization Form

 

Please email Nurse Hicks at the EC or Nurse Leslye at the MC if your child is diagnosed with Strep Pharyngitis (strep throat), Influenza, Chicken Pox or COVID-19. We have students who are immunocompromised and it is critical that we are notified of any infectious illnesses in the classroom.

Medications at School

If your student has a severe allergy (food, insect, etc) that requires the use of an emergency epinephrine injector, please notify Nurse Hicks (EC) or Nurse Leslye (MC) and please send that rescue medication in with your student. All emergency medications are kept in the classroom for quick access and travel with the student throughout the building, as necessary. All ANCS staff have been trained on how to use an Epipen and how to recognize the signs/symptoms of anaphylaxis.

If your student has Asthma and carries an emergency rescue inhaler, please notify Nurse Hicks (EC) or Nurse Leslye (MC) and please send the rescue inhaler to school with your student.

Nut-Free Policy

Meals and snacks brought to school may not contain peanuts or tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.). This list can be a helpful resource when choosing snacks and treats that are peanut and tree nut-free. Always check the nutrition label for up-to-date allergy information and ingredients. Due to the risk of cross-contamination, homemade food is not allowed to be shared. Shared food must contain a preprinted label with an ingredient list. 

COVID-19 Protocols

APS has updated their COVID-19 protocols to align with the new guidance recently released by the CDC. These guidelines align with our existing protocols for Flu and RSV.

If positive for COVID-19, students may return to normal activities if they have been fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medication) for 24 hours and symptoms have improved overall. Students should exercise caution for 5 days after returning to normal activities. This includes practicing proper hygiene, wearing a well-fitting mask and maintaining physical distance, especially around immunocompromised individuals.

If an individual experiences fever and/or worsening symptoms after resuming normal activities, they should remain at home and avoid contact with others until symptoms improve.

Reminder, any student who is not feeling well should stay home. Keeping your child at home when they are ill will help keep our school family healthy. If your child is absent from school for any reason, please remember to fill out the ANCS attendance form

Counselors Corner

We prioritize holistic mental health support, emphasizing prevention, awareness, and community connection through comprehensive education initiatives.

At ANCS, our holistic approach to mental health encompasses a comprehensive strategy that prioritizes prevention, awareness, and support. Our school counselors and social workers are committed to fostering a nurturing environment where students feel safe, supported, and empowered to navigate life’s challenges. Our goal is to create a culture of empathy and understanding, where every individual feels valued and heard, and where mental wellness is prioritized as an essential aspect of overall well-being.

 

Central to our mental health framework is the promotion of community and relationships as essential components of well-being. Through initiatives such as Conscious Discipline, morning meetings, advisories, and mindful moments, we cultivate a culture of connectedness and emotional resilience. These practices provide valuable opportunities for students to forge meaningful connections with peers and trusted adults, laying the foundation for a supportive community where every individual feels valued and respected.

Empowering Students Through Self-Regulation and Structure

In addition to building community, we are proactive in teaching and modeling self-regulation skills, providing students with the tools and strategies they need to manage their emotions and behavior effectively. Our commitment to providing structure and routine further reinforces feelings of security and stability, particularly for students who may be experiencing heightened levels of stress or anxiety.

Fostering Inclusivity and Academic Success Through Proactive Support

Through our child-find process, we are proactive in identifying and addressing social and academic needs, ensuring that every student receives the support they need to thrive. We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion as core principles, promoting a culture of acceptance and respect for all individuals. Affinity groups and our commitment to IB Learner Profiles reflect our dedication to creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment where every student feels valued and supported.

Nurturing Student Well-being: Counseling and Social Work

In our counseling services, both EC and MC Counseling offer a range of supports, including small group and individual counseling sessions, as well as classroom lessons on important topics such as emotional regulation, boundaries, stress management, suicide prevention, communication, and bullying/teasing, providing students with valuable skills and knowledge to navigate challenging situations. Our school social workers play a vital role in connecting families to community resources, providing crisis intervention, and supporting initiatives such as homeless education. Additionally, our counselors and social workers collaborate closely with teachers, parents, and administrators to create a culture of awareness and support surrounding mental health issues.

Mental Wellness Resources and Support

While our counselors do not provide long-term therapy, they are equipped to recognize and respond to student mental health needs, offering guidance and support to students and families seeking resources. We also provide a wealth of resources to support our community, including access to financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other services through Find Help Georgia. Tools such as the Say Something Reporting Tool and resources from organizations like CHOA Strong4Life, the Child Mind Institute, and Understood.org further empower our community to address mental health concerns proactively and effectively. Through these collective efforts, we strive to create a school environment where every individual feels seen, heard, and supported on their journey toward mental wellness.