Published: December 16, 2020
Updated: December 16, 2020
2020-2021 GUIDELINES FOR SAFELY OPENING CAES SCHOOL CAMPUS
In preparing for the coming school year, CAES plans to implement these 13 guidelines so we can resume in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Implementation of this guidance will depend on local public health conditions of Ventura County and California at large. This is a fluid document and will change as the circumstances dictate.
This reopening plan is for our entire school, grades K-8. However, if we receive a waiver from Ventura County, please understand that the waiver only covers grades K-6. When Ventura County has been off the watchlist for 14 days, then 7-8 grade will be included in our campus reopening plan.
- CAES will continue to keep informed of state/county/conference regulations regarding disease control measures.
- When contracted community non-profit organizations utilize the campus and resources, they will follow the public health county guidelines for their organization to use our facility. They will not be present during school hours.
- In the event of a mandated temporary closure due to exposure or COVID-19 illness on campus, teachers will implement a distance learning plan appropriate for their grade level.
- This site-specific plan will be evaluated and updated throughout the school year as we see areas that can be improved.
- Students requiring direct support providers will be accommodated in our classrooms in accordance with our Handbook.
2.Practicing Healthy Hygiene
- Every classroom has a sink with soap and paper towels, hand sanitizer to use when appropriate, and tissues for coughing/sneezing/blowing nose. We will practice:
- Frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing when appropriate
- Using a tissue to wipe nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or elbow
- Wearing face masks when applicable and the proper care of such masks
- All students are required to bring a face mask to school.
- Kindergarten-2nd grade students are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask in the classroom if it can be worn properly.
- 3rd-8th grade students must wear a face mask in the classroom unless they are medically exempt.
- All staff are required to wear a face mask.
- CAES has inventory of face masks for at least one per child.
4.Ensuring Teacher and Staff Safety
- Teachers and staff will be tested every other month.
- Teachers and staff will minimize contact with each other.
- Teachers and staff will monitor their health condition daily.
5.Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected daily.
- Classrooms will be disinfected daily using the recommended equipment and products.
- Use of playground equipment will be limited by cohort and disinfected as needed.
- Sharing of objects and equipment will be limited to the extent practicable.
- Proper ventilation inside the classrooms will be utilized.
- One non-touch automatic water bottle station will be available for use.
6.Distancing Inside and Outside the Classroom
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
For drop off and pick up, follow the directional arrows for traffic and pull as far forward as possible. As people leave, please continue to move forward to minimize traffic issues.
- Contact outside of the student body and staff will be minimized.
- Parents and students will remain in the car until a staff member has performed a health check.
- Students arriving between 7:30-7:45 will be supervised in the courtyard and must wear a mask.
- Students arriving after 7:45 will go directly to the classroom.
- For pick up starting at 2:30 (K-2nd) and 3:00 (3rd-6th) and 3:15 (7th-8th), parents will remain in their cars and the students will be sent out.
- For after school care starting at 3:30 (M-TH) or 12:30 (F), authorized pick up individual will sign out the student with the care supervisor.
- Students will remain in their classroom cohort with the same teacher for most of the day, including lunch, recess, and PE.
- Classroom setup will be arranged for social distancing.
- Band and choir are on hold until further notice.
- After school sports are on hold until further notice.
- Assemblies will be in the classroom virtually or on the field with students six feet apart.
- Nonessential visitors and volunteers on campus will be limited.
- Communal activities will be limited, with staggered use, properly spacing occupants.
- Non-classroom space for instruction, including regular use of outdoor space (weather permitting) will be utilized. For example, part-day instruction outside.
- Hot lunch is on hold until further notice.
- Recess activities will be held in separated areas designated by cohort, when practicable.
- Field trips will be virtual or not take place until allowed by authorities.
- Each child’s belongings will be kept separated to the best of their ability.
- Classrooms will be adequately supplied with materials to minimize sharing.
- Students will avoid sharing electronic devices and other materials as much as practicable.
8.Training Staff and Educating Families
- Staff will be trained, and educational materials will be provided to families for the following safety measures:
- Enhanced sanitation practices: ULV Wet Fogger, Disinfectant/Sanitizer Wipes, Benefect Decon 30
- Physical distancing guidelines
- Use of face masks
- Hygiene practices
- Screening practices (see section 9)
- How COVID-19 is spread, preventing the spread if you are sick, specific symptom identification, when to seek medical attention
9.Checking for Signs and Symptoms
- Staff and students who are sick must stay home. Staff and/or students who have recently had close, prolonged contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case must follow the regulations for quarantine:
- 14-day quarantine: This remains the safest and preferred option. CDC still recommends a quarantine period of 14 days for COVID-19, based on estimates of the upper bounds of the COVID-19 incubation period.
- 10-day quarantine: Those who do not experience symptoms and do not live or work in high-risk settings such as skilled nursing facilities may discontinue quarantine after day 10 from the date of last exposure.
- Staff and students should self-check for the following symptoms, based on your base-line information about your own health, prior to arriving on campus and should stay home if exhibiting any of these symptoms: fever (99.5 or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school following any illness.
- Students and staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.
- Families will be notified of positive exposures at school.
- Should an illness occur on campus, we expect families to be respectful and supportive of individuals who become sick.
10.When a Staff Member or Child Becomes Sick
- Any students or staff exhibiting symptoms will immediately be required to wear a face mask and to wait in the sick room until they can be picked up, as soon as practicable.
- Areas used by any sick person will be closed off and will not be used until cleaned and disinfected, as soon as practicable.
- COVID-positive staff members and students should not return to school until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including 3 days with no fever, symptoms have improved, and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Students will have access to instruction when out of class due to a prolonged sickness.
11.Maintaining Healthy Operations
- Illness and symptoms will be monitored among our students and staff to help isolate them promptly.
- Communication will be maintained to allow staff and families to self-report symptoms and receive prompt notifications of exposures and closures.
- Staff will be tested monthly.
- We will monitor state and local orders and health department notices about transmission in the area or closures and adjust operations accordingly.
- When a student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, we will:
- In consultation with the local public health department, we will decide whether school or classroom closure is warranted, including the length of time necessary, based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer. (See CDPH Framework)
- Implement communication plans for school closure to include outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community.
- Maintain regular communications with the local public health department – School Liaisons: Jennifer Lew, Principal and Cheryl Dickerson, Secretary.
- In the event we are not able to begin school in person, the teacher will implement remote learning.
- Once we return to school in person, should we need to close for an extending period of time, the teachers will transition back to distance learning.
- Every student will be issued a school-owned chrome book for use in the classroom and at home.