COVID Plans - Herron Preparatory Academy

This page provides the information our families need for our 2021-22 school year.

Check back here for updates.

Quick Access to Important Links:

Full guidelines from the Marion County Public Health Department
Download July COVID Guidelines Letter


August 2021 – Letter from Head of School

Tuesday, August 17, 2021: COVID POLICY UPDATE

Greetings, Herron Prep Families!

As mentioned in previous emails, we have continued to monitor our COVID protocols regarding the safety of our students. Upon further discussion with medical professionals and with supporting guidance from the CDC, we will be implementing the following changes to our protocols effective immediately.

COVID-19 Quarantine Length Update

In accordance with Marion County Public Health Department guidelines, starting Tuesday, August 17, and going forward, all individuals who are not fully vaccinated and who are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case will quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure. This is an adjustment from our initial timeline of 10 days.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks past the last required shot) will not need to quarantine but are asked to proactively obtain a COVID-19 test on days 3-5 past exposure.

COVID-19 Testing Update

If a student demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19, a negative COVID-19 test and resolved symptoms will be required before returning to school. Only full PCR test results will be accepted.  Rapid and antigen tests will not be accepted to allow a student to return. This is a change from previous practices.

Full guidelines from the Marion County Public Health Department can be viewed here:

Thank you for working with us as we do our best to create and maintain the safest learning environments possible for your students.

To report a student experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please email Any additional questions can be sent directly to Head of School, Dr. Holden-Flynn at 

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation.

Dr. Holden-Flynn
Head of School

July 2021 – Letter from Head of School

Outline of  COVID-19 Protocols

  • The ICS COVID-19 protocols were created based on updated guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department, the Indiana State Health Department, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These protocols are subject to change based on new guidance from the health departments/organizations listed above.
  • In-Person Learning – Herron Preparatory Academy will offer exclusively 100% in-person learning, five days a week, for all students for the 2021-2022 school year. A virtual option will not be offered at this time. The weekly schedule will be as follows

● Mondays-Fridays, 8:00 AM – 3:10 PM

  • All students, faculty, and staff at all Indianapolis Classical Schools (including Herron, Riverside, and Herron Preparatory Academy) will wear masks at all times while indoors on campus except while eating and drinking, regardless of vaccination status. We plan to re-evaluate mask-wearing policies at Labor Day.
  • When possible, classrooms will be arranged to accommodate at least three feet of social distancing.
  • Self-Screening and Symptomatic Individuals – Before arriving to school, all students, faculty, and staff must self-screen each morning for COVID-19 symptoms including:

● Fever or chills
● Cough
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Fatigue
● Muscle or body aches
● Headache
● New loss of taste or smell
● Sore throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
● Diarrhea

  • Any individual exhibiting any of these symptoms should isolate and consult with a medical professional and reach out to or by calling 317-231-0010 to report attendance and determine next steps. In order to return to school, individuals have three options:

– Provide proof of alternate diagnosis from a medical provider and symptom-free
– Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test and be symptom-free
– If not pursuing alternate diagnosis or COVID-19 testing, 10 days of isolation and symptoms resolved with fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Download complete letter here