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COVID-19 Update

Protocols and Guidelines
Updated: 8/19/2020

Strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19 in schools

Screen everyone entering the campus

  • Screen everyone entering the campus
    • All persons entering the building or campus will be asked about symptoms and exposure to COVID-19,
      including staff, students, parents/caregivers, contractors, visitors, and government officials.
    • Emergency personnel responding to a 9-1-1 call are exempted.
    • Adults with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 are not allowed on campus.
    • Students with symptoms will be sent home.
    • Students who are waiting to be picked up will be in a designated isolation room.

  • Limit non-essential visitors, including volunteers.
  • This includes parents and other family members from entering the school.
  • Avoid allowing family members into classrooms and other student areas.
  • School tours and open houses will not be allowed during normal school hours.

Keeping teachers and students in the same group lowers their exposure risk by decreasing the number of people they come into contact with each day.

  • For preschool students, keep students in stable classroom cohorts with the same teacher for the entire school day. (Following the CA Community Care Licensing Agency)
  • For elementary schools, keep students in stable classroom cohorts (no larger than standard class size for each respective grade level) with the same teacher for the entire school day.

  • Classroom cohorts will be kept separated during regular school hours.

Physical distancing

  • Staff within schools will stay 6 feet from other adults as much as possible.
    • Staff workspaces are not within 6 feet of each other.
    • Virtual meetings using video conferencing apps for parent-teacher meetings and staff meetings.
    • Staff should stay 6 feet away from students when feasible.
    • Students should ideally stay 6 feet apart.
      • When space is limited, 3-6 foot distancing in the classroom is permissible.
  • Students:
    • During group activities, playtime and recess, physical distancing may be relaxed for students in stable
      classroom cohorts.
    • When outside or in shared spaces, preventing interactions between cohorts should be prioritized over
      distancing of students within a cohort.
  • In the classroom
    • Arrange furniture to allow space for students to work independently as much as possible.
    • Provide an outdoor area for students
  • Outside the classroom
    • Limit one classroom cohort on a playground at a time
    • Limit one classroom cohort on walksways at one time

Face coverings keep people from spreading the infection to others, by trapping respiratory droplets before they can travel through the air.

  • Staff, students and visitors may not enter the building or campus unless they are wearing a face covering or have documentation of a medical contradiction to face coverings.
  • MSMB will have a supply of face coverings for individuals who have forgotten to bring one.
  • Students should not be excluded from class if they cannot consistently wear a face covering.
  • Continue to encourage and remind them to wear their face coverings.
  • Prioritize consistent use of face coverings when in hallways, bathrooms and other spaces where students
    may encounter staff and students from other classrooms.
  • For younger students, also encourage face coverings during times when physical distancing is relaxed.

Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizer use removes COVID-19 germs from people’s hands before they can infect themselves by touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Routines and schedules have been established for staff and students in all grades to wash or sanitize their hands at staggered intervals
    • before and after eating,
    • upon entering/re-entering a classroom,
    • and before and after touching shared equipment such as computer keyboards.
  • Every classroom/instructional space and common area (staff work rooms, eating areas) has hand sanitizer or a place to wash hands upon entering.
    • Signs are posted that encourage hand hygiene.
    • Staff and children are encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Restrooms are disinfected after use

  • The use of outdoor space is encourage
  • Windows and doors will be open as much as possible to increase circulation of outdoor air.
  • Outdoor playgrounds/natural play areas will be routinely cleaned between each class.
  • Students will wash or sanitize their hands before and after using these spaces.

  • Student’s belongings will be kept in separate, individually labeled boxes or cubbies.

If students and parents/caregivers from different households gather and interact with each other during arrival and dismissal, this creates an opportunity for COVID-19 to spread in the school community. All adults must continue to adhere to social distancing and face covering guidelines when on school campus.

  • Curbside drop off and will be from 7:30am-9:00am
  • School age children arrival is 8:30am
  • Preschool age children arrival is 9:00am
  • Face coverings are required for adults who are dropping off or picking up children in person.
  • Adults from different households must maintain 6ft distance
  • while on campus.
  • Students 3 years of age and older must wear a face covering during arrival and pick up, until they reach their classroom for arrival or car for pick up.
  • Temperature checks are done at arrival
  • Hand sanitizer is given to everyone entering and leaving the campus.

  • Eat meals in the cohort’s classroom or outdoors
  • Students and staff wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately before and after eating.
  • Lunch areas will be cleaned and disinfected between different classes.

  • Schedule for cleaning and disinfecting is located in each classroom and bathroom
    • Routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.

A designated isolation room for students with symptoms of COVID-19, has been established.

  • Students and staff with symptoms will be sent home.
  • Students who will be in the isolation room while waiting to be picked up, will need to wear a face covering.
  • When a parent or guardian arrives to pick up a student, a staff member will walk the student outside to meet their parent.
  • The parent of the student must wear a face covering when picking up their child.
  • Students and staff may not return to school until they have met the following criteria,
    • 72 hours symptom free (without the use of medication) or
    • Negative COVID-19 test result Or
    • Doctor’s note stating the student is healthy to return to school.

Q. What if my child is exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Answer: We need you to tell us ASAP and quarantine for 10 days.

Q. What if my child tested positive for COVID-19?

Answer:  Tell us ASAP, so we can follow the protocol and reduce the spread.

Q. Can my child attend school while we await test results?

Answer: No, your child cannot attend school while you are waiting for the results.

Q. What do I need to do so my child can return to school after they have recovered from Covid?

Answer: As long as they no longer have symptoms, they may return after 10 days of quarantine.

Q. Where should I test?

Answer: Contact your primary care provider. They will have the most accurate information.

Q. What if my child travels over the holidays OR any other time?

Answer: If your child traveled by air, bus, or train, your child will need to provide a negative test result taken 5 days after his/her return OR Adhere to Public Health’s 10-day quarantine.

*Your child will not be allowed to return before the quarantine period (10 days) or written verification of negative results (test was done 5 days after exposure or travel).

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