School Plan to Re-open Fall 2020

The following is our tentative plan to reopen the school. It is still in draft form, but close to being complete. It is as fluid as our current situation. We hope it addresses all of your concerns at this time. Please contact Mrs. Baroldi at baroldi@stbarbara.com with any concerns or questions. 

St. Barbara School Plan to Return Post-COVID Closure 2020-2021


Hello Celtics!

I hope you are all staying safe and sane at home this summer! Please know all of us at St. Barbara continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers each day, and we anxiously await our return to school!

Many have asked what we are doing to keep our Celtics safe during the 2020-2021 school year in the event that we are permitted to return to campus for in-person instruction. Please see below!

Face Coverings

  • Cloth face coverings/face shields are strongly encouraged for all students in TK-2 and are mandatory for grades 3-8, unless there is a medical reason one cannot wear one, especially when social distancing cannot be feasible. All teachers in all grades will be required to wear a face covering. Face shields will be provided for students who are sitting at their desks working and not walking around the classroom
  • Students all grades will be required to wear face coverings when they are walking to and from classes or when they are in social settings that are outside of their designated cohort

·         Those who refuse to comply with the face covering requirement will need to resume Distance Learning from home

Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up:

·         Drop-off and pick-up will be through car line only

·         Afternoon dismissal-teachers will walk classes outside

·         In order to limit access to the campus and keep all safe, there will be no walking the students to class. Students must walk to class on their own

·         Students will walk to their classrooms starting at 7:30 AM

·         Students will have temperatures scanned before entering the classroom

o   Parents, you must notify the school if you or your child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days

·         Student will have hands sanitized/washed before entering and exiting the classroom

Cohorting/Grouping of Students

·       Students will remain in their designated classroom groups throughout the day, including recess and lunch times, as well as during PE instruction and other extracurricular opportunities.

·         Middle School students will utilize block scheduling to limit the number of transitions between classes

·         Middle School classes will be disinfected in between transitions

Classroom Supplies/Student Supplies:

·         Supplies will be NOT be shared amongst the students

o   Teachers will have a limited amount of extra supplies that can be shared with students who need them on an emergency basis that will not be required to be returned

o   Supplies must all fit in specific supply boxes and labeled with student names (See school supply lists for more information regarding supplies)

·         No backpacks with wheels will be permitted, to reduce the amount of dirt or germs brought into the classrooms

·         Backpack storage will be in the interior hallway. Students will be allowed to put their packs away in small groups

·         Backpacks can be sprayed with disinfectant once all are hung up

·         Middle School students will have 2 lockers-one for backpacks/lunches and one for books and supplies

  •    Uniforms should be cleaned daily-attention to personal hygiene will be addressed with all students (daily showers, baths, clean clothes, as well as proper hand washing and face covering when coughing or sneezing)

Classroom Furnishings

·         Desks will be set up following 6 ft. social distancing guidelines

·         Tables will have individual shields

·         Desks will be outfitted with Plexi-glass or individual desk shields when feasible to avoid the spread of germs

·         Desks will be wiped down before school, before and after recess, before and after lunch, and before/after dismissal for the day

·         TK and Kinder will nap on raised cots that will be sanitized daily. Nap mats will be used in addition, and those mats will be stored in plastic bags and sent home to be cleaned weekly or every few days. Mats must be purchased in the school office.

·     Drinking fountains will not be used. Students must have a reusable water bottle properly labeled with the student’s name for WATER ONLY.

Campus Access to Visitors:

·         All visitors must have temperature screening and wash hands/use hand sanitizer upon entering campus

·         Temperature and name of visitor will be recorded by our school secretary

·         All visitors must have a cloth face covering when on campus

  • No birthday lunch parties will be permitted this year

·         Lunch delivery is not allowed this year-students must come to school with their lunches or order from CATERTOTS. No other meal delivery or access to the kitchen will be allowed.

·         Emergency lunches will not be provided this year. Students must bring their own lunches.

Recess/Lunch Time/PE

·         Recess and Lunch will be split into 3 times to allow for proper social distancing

·         Lunch tables will be marked with social distant tape to ensure proper distance

·         Sanitizing stations/handwashing station in addition to the restrooms will be available to students after play time

·         Playground/lunch staff will wear face coverings/shields while supervising students

·         1 class at a time for PE-all activities will allow for social distancing

  • Grades TK and Kinder will not dress in PE clothes. Grades 1-8 will come to school and remain in PE clothes the entire day that they have class. No dressing out unless absolutely necessary. Multiple sets of PE clothes are encouraged, and they should be washed after each use. Drop off of extra clothes will not be permitted unless there is an emergency situation

·         Proper social distancing will be encouraged for all, to the best of our abilities

·         All equipment will be sanitized after student use

·         Limited access to the basketball courts will be given-grade levels will have specific courts and play equipment

·         No access to the “Big Toy” until further notice

·         Again, NO lunch drop off will be permitted. No fast food or other food deliveries after school hours have started. Students must bring their own lunches or order from CATERTOTS

·         At this time, no after school sports will be available to students

Sick Child Policy Update

·         Students must be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school if they are sick

·         Parents must inform school if the child was given Tylenol or any kind of fever reducer before coming to school and for what symptoms it was given for

·         Parents must notify the school if parents, students, or anyone in their household have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19

·         Students are not to return to school until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation from the CDC website if they are thought to have been exposed to COVID-19

·         An empty classroom will be used for quarantine of children with fever, vomiting, or if they exhibit COVD-19 symptoms and will be sanitized once the student is taken home. This room will be monitored by a staff member who will be outfitted in proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

·      Any student experiencing a rash or eye infection will be sent home and will not be readmitted without a note of clearance from a doctor

Facilities

·         Restrooms will be cleaned multiple times a day by our maintenance person

·         Floors will be cleaned daily

·         Desks and all shared surfaces will be wiped down multiple times a day

·         Rugs and other hard-to-sanitize surfaces will be removed to eliminate spread of germs

·         Plexi-glass or plastic window shields will be placed on the front counter for the safety of the secretary

·         Extra work station will be added to the front office counter to assist with enrollment and limit traffic to the business manager’s office

·         Swing door will be installed to limit the traffic to the business manager’s office

·         NO use of water fountains-students must bring their own reusable water bottles

·         Social distancing signage will be placed throughout the campus

·         Students will be directed to follow a designated traffic pattern for entry and exit of buildings, while maintaining proper social distancing

·         Parents will have to request access to the campus from the front gate, utilizing our Door-Bird program.

·         Teachers will be discouraged from gathering in close quarters such as faculty rooms, workrooms/supply rooms, and the front office

·         School equipment such as computers, iPads, phones, tables, or other commonly used surfaces will be sanitized after each use

Contact/Tracing/Communication to Community

·         School secretary will manage contact tracing

·         Secretary will create and submit lists of exposed students and staff to the local health department

·         Secretary, under the direction of administration, will notify those who become exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19

·         Secretary will be point-of-contact for the local health department regarding all things COVID-19

·         The school will communicate information as needed in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA guidelines to the community via email/text/call/information sent home with students as needed

Training on COVID-19 Related Information

·         All faculty and staff will be trained on proper use of face coverings, hygiene practices, symptom awareness, and all other information related to COVID-19 using the guidance and information provided by the California Department of Public Health (www.cdph.ca.gov)

·         All information will be made available to all parents, students, and shareholders prior to the re-opening of school

·         Students, faculty, staff, and parents  will be educated on all proper precautions and all policies and procedures prior to and upon returning to school

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 for Students, Faculty, and Staff

·         If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, the school will immediately notify local health officials. These officials will help administrators determine a course of action. The school will likely dismiss the exposed students and staff for 2-5 days. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and for custodial staff to clean and disinfect the affected facilities. The school will work with the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further the spread of COVID-19.

·         An infected employee should consult with their health care provider immediately and follow the directives provided to them by their health care provider. The infected employee should follow CDC recommended steps, and not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. Currently, the CDC’s criteria for discontinuing home isolation require that the employee experience all of the following: (1) 3 days with no fever, (2) respiratory systems have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), and (3) 10 days have passed since his/her symptoms first appeared.

·          The school will review symptoms with employees and parents of students. Employees who have symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and be sent home as soon as possible. Students who have symptoms should be kept home. Anyone who experiences these symptoms at school will be separated from well students and staff until the sick person can be sent home.

·         Employees and students with an underlying medical condition, and who are concerned, should consult their health care provider. 

Please see below for the measures we will be following from the County Department of Public Health:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf

Testing of Students and Staff

·         To ensure the safety of students and staff, surveillance testing will be implemented. The school will test staff periodically, as testing capacity permits and as practicable

·         When a student or staff exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the student or staff member will be sent home and testing will be recommended

·         School employees and students who need testing should either go to their health care provider or a state-operated or other community testing site

·         The Department of Managed Health Care has filed an emergency regulation to require health plans to pay for COVID-19 testing for all essential workers, including school staff

·         In addition, tests are available at community testing sites throughout the state. Please note that the Diocesan Reopening Guidelines are being updated to

School Closure/Return to Distance Learning

·         Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, percentage of teachers/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following a consultation with the Local Health Officer

·         Individual school closure may be appropriate where there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school OR when at least 5% of the total number of teachers/students/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and layout of the school

·         Teachers and students of the affected cohort will return immediately to Distance Learning, resuming in-person learning after 14 days (deep cleaning/disinfection, public health investigation, and consultation with the local public health department will all take place prior to reopening)

**Disclaimer**

Please continue to monitor our school website www.stbarbara.com for more COVID-19 updates. All changes will be posted as they are made.