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SCHOOL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
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.
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
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.
Returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, or a positive test:
SFPA will follow the .
Rules on which students must quarantine after COVID-19 exposure at school:
Per the , “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:
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.
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
Snacks and Lunches
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.
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, and parent/teacher conferences, will be held virtually for the time being.
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