SCHOOL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

2021-2022

 

This Plan is based on the Guidance for TK-12 Schools for In-Person, On-Site Instruction for School Year 2021—2022 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), August 11, 2021.

 Guiding Principles

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 Delivering our mission while protecting the health of our community

Even during a global pandemic, our mission remains the same: to provide a motivating and challenging high-quality educational program that inspires students to academic success.

We achieve this by offering a curriculum emphasizing higher-level mathematics as well as written and oral communication skills in several languages. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on approach takes place in a safe, orderly and nurturing multicultural environment, which promotes intellectual development and responsibility.

The Health of Our Community

Safeguarding the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our primary goal. Preventing an outbreak of COVID-19 requires action at the individual, grade level, all-campus, and local community levels. Our COVID-19 safety and health plans are based on the guidelines published by the US Centers for Disease Control, the State of California, San Francisco city officials, and health officials from SF Department of Public Health.

We continue to implement procedures and follow best practices to maintain a healthy school environment and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 disease. These practices include wearing masks, washing and disinfecting hands frequently, self-screening guidelines, and limitation of visitors. Training will be conducted for students, faculty, and staff, and signage will be displayed throughout campus to remind community members of the School’s expectations.

Nevertheless, we all must recognize that there is no zero risk. Enrolling a child in childcare, summer camp, Out of School Time programs and TK–12 schools could increase the risk of the child becoming infected with COVID-19. While the majority of children that become infected do well, there is still much more to learn about coronavirus in children. Children may generally have less severe COVID-19 symptoms than adults, they are not immune, can become ill with COVID-19, and they are capable of transmitting the virus among themselves and to family members or teachers.

Just as there is no single control strategy that is effective in and of itself, there is no single entity or individual solely responsible for keeping everyone safe. SFPA reopening will require continual collaboration between all constituents. That said, the final decision regarding safe reopening and operations are at the discretion of SFPA leadership.

We are not guaranteeing zero cases at SFPA, and we are not adopting a zero transmission strategy or plan. Even with the best control system and strategies in place, there may be cases in our community. To limit school-wide outbreaks, SFPA will take steps described in this Reopening Plan. We will:

• Wear masks, which keep people from spreading infection, trapping respiratory droplets before they can travel through the air. Everyone must wear face masks indoors, even if fully vaccinated. Masks could be removed only while eating.

• Encourage hand washing and good hygiene

• Self-report if we are experiencing any symptoms

• Even though testing is not required by the SFDPH (unless symptomatic), SFPA requires screening of its student and staff prior to the start of school, and twice a month during the school year.

• Stay home when we have flu-like symptoms

• Report positive COVID-19 diagnoses

• Assist SFDPH in contact tracing

• Quarantine individuals who have tested positive or who have been in close contact with others who have tested positive. See page 11 in the updated website quarantine protocols from the SFDPH.

• Restrict all adult visitors’ presence on campus to vaccinated people and verification of completed vaccination is necessary. Verification is established by sharing vaccination cards or a photo image of the card. Parents and guardians will be able to register their vaccination verification at the beginning of the school year. Note: Children between the ages of 2 and 12 who are not students at SFPA, at this time, are not allowed to be on campus without verification of a negative COVID test administered within a 72-hour window.

 

 Health Protocols and Procedures

SCHOOL CAMPUS

  1. ENTRANCE (from both sides): Special cleaning system to sanitize bottoms of shoes to limit the spread of contaminants. Contains carpet section to dry off shoes to prevent slipping; inserts absorb sanitizing liquid solution and pushes it into grooves of shoes;
  2. Touchless hand sanitization systems are being installed at both entrances and regular hand sanitizers throughout the school.
  3. CLASSROOMS: Each classroom is supplied with medical air filtration units with medical Grade H13 Filters (higher rated than True HEPA), removing 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Each unit contains an ionizer and cleans a room up to 1,600 sq ft in one hour, 840 sq ft in 30 minutes, 420 sq ft in 15 minutes. Uses four levels of filtration to catch and remove particles in the air. Pre-filter removes hair, fibers, and large particles like dander. This medical-grade filter easily catches pollen, dust mites, and other tiny airborne particles. Substantial carbon filter with carbon pellets remove toxic odors, smoke, and formaldehyde. The optional anion generator produces negative ions to charge particles and trap them inside the unit and give your air a fresh feel. Additional ventilation is provided by opening windows whenever weather permits
  4. RESTROOMS: new touchless faucets, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers have been installed. All restrooms are equipped with newly installed ventilators.
  5. HYGIENE: Hand washing will occur at regular intervals throughout the day, and hand sanitizers will be located throughout all learning spaces.
  6. CLEANING AND DISINFECTION: Physical learning spaces, including table tops and other high-touch surfaces, will be cleaned regularly throughout the course of the day.

PEOPLE

  1. Families are required to screen students for COVID symptoms before sending to school and to keep symptomatic children home. All students and SFPA staff members will be screened by answering questions in Jupiter LMS, confirming that none of the listed symptoms are being experienced by them as required by the SF Health Order. There will also be visual assessments by classroom teachers during classes.
  2. Masks will be required per the Health Order for children and adults while indoors. The requirements are as follows: a face covering without an exhalation valve that is purposefully designed to cover the mouth and nose with straps around the head or around the ears. Bandanas or neck gaiters are not acceptable alternatives to these requirements and must not be worn on campus.
  3. It is expected that families will provide masks for their child(ren) and that these will be used for one day only and then laundered or switched out with a new mask for the following day. We also ask that families send a back-up mask/face covering to school with their child(ren)
  4. Training for hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene will be given to all members of the community and practiced throughout the day.
  5. Only school employees and students can enter the school. No parents or visitors are allowed to be on campus unless it is for essential business, they are fully vaccinated, and they are approved by the administration and screened.
  6. Meals: Students will each their meal both inside and outside, weather permitted. Please see Lunch Policies below.
  7. Classrooms:
  • Students can share toys, computers, books, games, play areas, and area rugs.
  • Teacher/Staff can choose to stay at a reasonable distance from students.
  • Students and staff will not rearrange any classroom furniture without first seeking approval from school administration.
  • Windows and doors will be kept open at all times to help facilitate circulation of air. (When and where appropriate)

RESPONSE PROTOCOLS

We will follow the response protocols as communicated on August 11, 2021 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health regarding measures to be taken when a community member has symptoms, is diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed. Per the protocols, “contact” is defined by a person who is less than 6 feet from a case for greater than 15 minutes.

  • If a student or staff member has symptoms typical of COVID-19 they will be isolated and sent home. The school may ask that the student be tested for COVID-19.
  • If someone at school tests positive for COVID-19, has symptoms of COVID-19, or has close contact to someone with COVID-19, SFPA will follow the Quick Guide for Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 for Schools, Childcares, and Programs for Children and Youth.
  • SFPA will report COVID-19 cases to SFDPH at cases.schools(at)sfdph.org, per AB 86 (2021) and California Code Title 17, section 2500, schools.
  • SFDPH staff will work with SFPA on case management and provide input on next steps, including isolation, quarantine, and outbreak management.

Returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, or a positive test:

SFPA will follow the SFDPH criteria for children return to schools.

Rules on which students must quarantine after COVID-19 exposure at school:

Per the SF DPH’s Guidance, “people in the same class do not have to quarantine if the school does not know who was a close contact to a case. In school settings, it may be difficult to know who has had close contact. People should be considered close contacts when the school or program is reasonably sure that they spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of the infected person during the course of a day. People are not considered close contacts simply because they were in the same group or cohort. If the program cannot determine this or does not know, the person should not be considered a close contact.”

To help identify close contacts, SFPA will have assigned seating, documenting who sits next to each other during meals and snacks, and other ways of tracking who is within 6 feet of others each day.

Modified Quarantine for TK-12 Students after Close Contact to COVID-19 in School:

There is no longer a requirement for the student to stop attending school and be quarantined off campus if they are asymptomatic after exposure, but a biweekly screening test for COVID-19 is required over a 10-day period. 

If a student is required to quarantine/isolate and therefore miss school:

When the school receives confirmation from the SFDPH that a quarantine/isolation is required, a Learning Plan for the student’s absence will be formulated by the teachers and will include the following:

  • A learning packet and/or a summary of learning goals, for the period of time a student is in quarantine/isolation.
  • An established time for daily contact with a faculty/staff member to preview, review, or check in on the day’s learning goals.
  • Synchronous Zoom access for observation of lessons if determined necessary and in the best interest of the students in person and also the student who is not able to be in school.
  • Synchronous collaboration via Zoom for small group collaboration or individual collaboration with teacher.

Nevertheless, such Learning Plans — as outlined above — are intended for students who are home, but asymptomatic/not sick. If your child is not feeling well, please let them rest and recover. We will work on a make-up plan with you and your child when they are better.  In the unlikely event of a class-wide quarantine/isolation, or if a particular section is widely impacted by a quarantine/isolation with several students out of the classroom, then online (synchronous via Zoom) instruction may be necessary to accommodate the number of students who are out of school.

TESTING

Students will be required to test negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus prior to being on campus.  Although the application guidelines do not require students to be tested, San Francisco Pacific Academy will be requiring testing as an added precaution for our community prior to resuming in-person instruction. We are developing a strategy for testing as a crucial component for the reopening. We believe that testing is important to protect our community, especially those adults willing to risk their well-being to come to campus to teach and work.  

 UPDATED POLICIES 2021-2022

 COVID-19 Acknowledgement and Indemnification

All parents are required to sign the Acknowledgement of Risk form and the Community Pledge before the first day of in-person school. All students must have both on file, in addition to verification of a negative Covid test, in order to return to campus.

Physicals, Immunization Forms, and New Health Conditions

All students must have an up-to-date immunization form on file with the school before attending classes in-person. 

Emergency Contact Information

Students on campus who report feeling ill will need to be picked up from School within 60 minutes of their parents or guardians being called. Please be sure that your child’s emergency contact information is up-to-date and that your identified emergency contact can pick your child up within 60 minutes if you are unable to do so.

Morning Drop Off

  • Before a student arrives at school, a parent or guardian will complete a daily symptom check form through Jupiter LMS. If a student shows any symptoms or has a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, please keep that student home for the day and until symptoms have been gone for 24 hours. 
  • The person driving or walking a student to school is responsible for that student if the symptom check form is not complete or if the student has a fever upon arrival. Students who drive or walk themselves must be sure the symptom check has been completed before they arrive on campus.
  • Students must have their face masks on before they arrive on campus or get out of the car in the morning and must keep them on until departing campus or getting into the car at the end of the day.
  • For the safety of everyone involved, and to keep the car lines moving at drop-off and pick-up, only students should get out of the car. Please ensure that drivers and other family members stay in the car while your child exits.
  • Carpools and shared rides: Open windows and maximize outdoor air circulation. Everyone in the vehicle should wear a face covering.

Snacks and Lunches

  • Hot lunches will not be provided on campus. All students will bring their meals from home.
  • Students and staff will eat outside (whenever possible) and inside.
  • Proper hand hygiene will be maintained before and after eating.
  • Students and staff do not need to wear masks while eating but must remain at least three feet apart.
  • Students will not have access to refrigeration or microwaves.
  • No food may be delivered from parents, delivery services, or area restaurants after morning drop-off.
  • Each person will completely clean the area where she/he/they ate, including properly disposing of all trash and wiping down surfaces with disinfecting wipes or sanitizing spray.

Drinking Water

Every student should bring a filled reusable water bottle from home. School’s water fountains will be available for bottle refills.

Group Activities & Special Events

All parents and associated family/household members who wish to attend school events hosted on campus, must be fully vaccinated. SFPA will be collecting proof of that vaccination. To the greatest extent possible, we will reimagine how to create meaningful experiences for students through various group activities and special events including school traditions. Some of these activities may be changed to a virtual format for this school year and some may be postponed. Please watch for specific updates.

Outdoor Instruction

Whenever weather permits, teachers will take students outdoor (our roof area) to eat or teach in this well-ventilated area, per class schedule. PE classes will be performed both inside and on the roof area ( grades K-4) or at the Cabrillo Playground on 38th Ave ( grades 5-8).

Parent Meetings

Parent meetings, and parent/teacher conferences, will be held virtually for the time being.

How We Will Communicate with You

  • Each Friday until the end of the school year, SFPA will send a weekly e-newsletter with details for the past week and events ahead.
  • Our Head of School will share school updates and other major decisions as the school year unfolds.
  • Teachers will communicate with students and parents on a regular basis through Jupiter LMS and via e-mails.
  • Glimpses of school life will be posted on the school’s social media to help families feel connected while visitors are strictly limited.

 

 

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