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COVID SAFETY PLAN

 

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COVID SAFETY PLAN

Consistent with guidance for schools from the California Department of Public Health 

and the California Department of Education 



1. Cleaning and Disinfection: Describe how shared surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected and how the use of shared items will be minimized.

Cleaning Procedures -

St. George School will ensure adequate disinfecting supplies for proper cleaning procedures. All faculty and staff will be trained on how to follow protocol to safely use disinfectants and sanitizers. The school will assume the labor for attaining disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. The school will have a supply stock in case a classroom needs more supplies. The school will use the diocesan contact as well as family contacts to ensure enough supplies are always on hand.

 

Faculty/staff will disinfect counters, desks, door handles periodically throughout the school day (in the morning upon arrival, at recess before student return, at lunch recess before students return, at the end of the school day after dismissal, and after Daycare). When cleaning, the area will be aired out (before children arrive and while at recess). The school janitor will disinfect frequently touched surfaces within the school such as the tables, restrooms, and other outside equipment or objects every hour. If the janitor is out absent teacher aides and office staff will be utilized to help ensure the cleaning continues on schedule.

 

A cleaning service will come in every night to clean all classrooms and office areas. Touch-free soap dispensers, water bottle filling stations, touch-free air hand dryers, touch-free water faucets, and touch-free bathroom stalls will be installed and maintained. As much as possible increased circulation of outdoor air will be used by opening windows and doors. An annual maintenance contract will be established to ensure air conditioners will continue to be maintained as well as checking air filters and filtration systems to provide optimal air quality. Using funds from the CARES Act UV Sanitation Carts were purchased. They will be used in each room after the cleaning crew does daily cleaning to guarantee cleanliness for the next morning's class.

 

Drinking fountains will be eliminated and faculty/staff and students will be required to bring their own water bottles to minimize the use and touching of water fountains. If students or faculty/staff are exhibiting respiratory symptoms or fever the rest of the class will be removed and placed in the hall, the basement, or outdoors for the rest of the day to ensure the classroom can be thoroughly cleaned and aired out for arrival the next morning.

 

Students will be asked to have a COVID-19 preparedness kit in their backpacks each day. Parents will be reminded via regularly scheduled Classdojo messages to check their child’s kit to ensure it is stocked and refilled as needed. The preparedness kit is part of the student supply lists. The kit includes: face mask, personal hand sanitizer, travel size tissue, and disinfectant wipes, if available.


2. Cohorting: Describe how students will be kept in small, stable groups with fixed membership that stay together for all activities (e.g., instruction, lunch, recess, etc.) and minimize/avoid contact with other groups or individuals who are not part of the cohort.

Classroom Learning Environment -

Classroom flexibility and differentiation will be made. Each classroom will maximize space between both teacher and student seating and desks, as much as possible, given limitations of classroom dimensions and desks will be arranged in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact between students in grades TK-8. Separation of students through such as maximizing distance with plexiglass dividers may also be used in classes where social distancing is not available. All desks will be facing in one direction and staggered.

 

To ensure collaboration continues amongst students, teachers will adapt lessons to utilize G-Suite Google Education and other online resources to continue working together with other students but minimize movement indoor and continue distancing as much as possible. When possible, teachers will adapt lessons to turn in assignments online to minimize contact. All students will bring their own supplies. Student’s belongings will be separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, and in their personal desks. Students will be encouraged to take items home each day and be cleaned. Materials should be taken home at the end of the week to be cleaned and start a new week. Pending District funding from the CARES Act, each class will be assigned their own electronic devices to utilize throughout the day. In classes 6-8, an individual device will be assigned to each student to avoid sharing. In grades TK-5 where this is not possible, the teacher/aide will ensure that the device is properly cleaned before another student uses it.

 

Transitional Kindergarten thru 5th grade will use the Cohort Model by Classroom, students and the teacher/teacher aide shall remain with their own class, at all times. Pullout classes such as PE, Art, and Foreign Language will be the responsibility of the classroom teacher. The teacher aide will assist during this time.

 

Junior High, grades 6th thru 8th, will use the Cohort Model for student grouping, students shall remain in their own cohort with no student movement between classes. Pull-out classes such as PE, Art, Campus Ministry, and Foreign language will be available for these students taught by a dedicated pull-out teacher. As Junior High is departmentalized the homeroom teachers will rotate between classes. The students must stay with their student grouping in the classroom. As these groups of students are categorized as “older” the teacher will be the one to transition between grades. The teacher departing the classroom will clean and sanitize all common areas such as the teacher desk, podiums, whiteboards, and any other teacher-used surfaces. The effort must be made to visually display every effort to sanitize all items used. Upon entering the new classroom, before beginning any instruction, the teacher will sanitize their hands.

 

PE will take place on the playground or at the park, schedules will be made to make sure that students do not interact with other grades. Specialty spaces Computer Lab will be used by one class a day for the Junior High students. After the class, the computer lab will be properly cleaned and another class can use it the next day.


Recess & Lunch Breaks -

Recess will be staggered to ensure social distance. One classroom will be allowed in each area (park, lunch tables, and blacktop tables) at a time. One class will be allowed on the Big Toy per day (Monday- TK, Tuesday- K, Wednesday- 1st grade, Thursday- 2nd grade, Friday- Deep Cleaning). Cleaning will occur to the Big Toy at the end of every day.

 

Lunches will be staggered to follow social distancing protocols. Lunch recess will be staggered after eating. At the time of the writing of this document, there are two options. Option one, students will eat lunch outside on the lunch tables, weather permitting. There is a cost associated with this option as there will be a need to purchase more benches and coverings. Option two; students will eat in the classroom. TA’s will go and receive the individually packed lunches from the kitchen and then deliver to the students. Hot lunch will be distributed to each student independently. The lunch will be individually wrapped to promote health and safety for everyone.

 

All classes will have their own playground equipment that will be sanitized after each use. Equipment cannot be shared if it requires touch. Supervisors (aides) at recess will ensure physical distancing. Play will be limited to activities that do not involve physical contact with other students or equipment. Only one student can handle a ball at a time. Students can utilize play that does not require the use of hands when touching equipment or coming into close contact with another person. Students will wash their hands or sanitize before coming back into the classroom.


Hot Lunch -

The school's lunch program will continue and the food service workers will follow the same protocol as an arriving faculty/staff member. They will be required to wear a face mask and gloves. Our kitchen is required to meet restaurant standards, receiving a score of A after each evaluation. We will follow restaurant-level expectations for the sanitation of employees and students. Food will be independently placed in a packaged/sealed to-go box. The student will be the only person to touch the food once packaged. Anyone arriving at the office throughout the day for any reason will also follow the same protocol filled by arriving faculty/staff. Only one visitor/family will be allowed in the office at any time to ensure social distancing protocols.


3. Entrance, Egress, and Movement within the School: Describe how the movement of students, staff, and parents will be managed to avoid close contact and/or mixing of cohorts.

Student Arrival -

Students will be in class five days a week. School doors will open at 7:30 a.m. There will be 3 designated drop-offs. At each zone, there will be an Administrator taking temperatures.

 

The first drop off will be by the Lucas Building. The students getting dropped off on the Lucas side will be classroom grades 3rd - 8th. Students must stay in their vehicles. The administrator will wave to the student to approach the gate. The student must come with a mask. The temperature will be read, once cleared and logged on a Google Document; the student may go to the classroom. Teachers will be in the classroom waiting for the students to arrive. Parents may not leave the drop-off line until they are cleared. If a child’s temperature reads over 100.4 students must go back to the car, wait for 15 minutes, then they may be retested. If the student does not clear the second reading they must go home.

 

The second drop off will be on the basketball court. This will be for students in the grade level of TK through 2nd grade. There will be three rows to facilitate traffic build-up. (Similar to a car wash line-up.) The administrator will go to each car and measure the temperature and log reading rate. Similar protocol as mentioned above.

 

The third drop off will be at the front doors. For those families that walk students in. Families will have to wait in a marked area to honor social distancing. Families will be called one at a time, temperature readings will be recorded. Once cleared, the student will be allowed to enter the school building and go directly to the classroom. A different Administrator will have to walk the primary grade level children to class as parents are not allowed to walk-in with the children.


Dismissal -

Students will stay in their classrooms. Dismissal begins at 2:50. Parents will line-up in their vehicles as it is our normal routine outside of the campus. Once the gate opens, parents will go directly to the pick-up location. On the primary side, cars will line-up on the basketball court. On the Lucas Building side, cars will line-up in the drop-off area. Parents will stay in their vehicles. There is no foot traffic to avoid contact between individuals. Parents will pull-up to designated pick-up locations. The administrator will walkie-talkie to the classroom to call for the student to come down.

 
4. Face Coverings and other Essential Protective Gear: Describe how CDPH's face covering requirements will be satisfied and enforced.

Under the current California masking mandate, all staff and teachers will wear appropriate face coverings per California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines. All staff have been supplied with face coverings and shields and will be reissued a supply throughout the year. St. George will follow the appropriate guidelines necessary to open safely. Faculty and staff may purchase their own if they choose.

 

Masking is strongly recommended for students. At St. George students in TK-8th grade must use face coverings. The school has an extra supply of disposable masks in the event a child does not have one. CDPH recognizes there are some people who cannot wear a face covering for a number of different reasons. People are exempted from the requirement if they are under age 2, have a medical or mental health condition or disability that impedes them from properly wearing or handling a mask, or when it would inhibit communication with a person who is hearing impaired. This medical condition must be communicated to our school staff and administration by the way of a physician’s order.

 

According to CDPH guidelines, if a student refuses to wear a face covering, the student must be excluded from on-campus instruction, unless they are exempt until they are willing to wear a face covering. Students excluded on this basis should be offered other educational opportunities through distance learning. St. George will adhere to required guidelines and mandates referring to face coverings.


5. Health Screenings for Students and Staff: Describe how students and staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and how ill students or staff will be separated from others and sent home immediately. Describe how students or staff will be cleared to return to school after an illness.

Those with registered temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed on campus. Visual wellness checks of all students, teachers, and staff will continue throughout the day. A temperature check may be performed throughout the day for any student, faculty, or staff member. Those faculty and staff with registered temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms exhibited throughout the day will be sent home immediately. Sick teachers, staff, and students will not return to campus, until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including 3 days with no fever and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.  Communication of self-report symptoms will be documented and faculty, staff, and families will immediately be contacted of any positive cases of COVID-19. Those students with registered temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms exhibited throughout the day will be sent to the office to be isolated in the “Hospitality Room”  while parents are called. 

 

Parents/guardians must ensure a person on the student’s emergency list will be available to pick up the child as soon as possible. Record keeping of screening and temperature checks will be recorded by each gate monitor, teacher, and office staff using a Google form. Incidents of possible exposure to COVID-19 will be documented and local health officials, the Office of Catholic Schools, faculty, staff, and families will immediately be contacted of any positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality, as required under FERPA and state law related to the privacy of educational records. Teachers, staff, or students, including families, will not be penalized for absenteeism or missing class due to having symptoms of COVID-19 or self-quarantining due to exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

 

Students and staff, who are sick or have recently been in contact with someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will remain home. Parents should call the office to self-report any symptoms. Teachers and staff will contact the principal, assistant principal, and administrative secretary to report absenteeism. A substitute teacher or teacher's assistant will be called on when necessary to cover absent teachers. All teachers and staff shall follow the Diocesan HR policy for reporting illness and requesting sick leave.

 

Sick teachers, staff, and students will not return to campus, until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including three (3) days with no fever and ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared. Communication of self-report symptoms will be documented and faculty, staff, and families will immediately be contacted of any positive cases of COVID-19. Screening upon arrival will take place for all teachers, staff, and students. If possible it is encouraged that all faculty, staff, and students take their temperature before leaving their home. Faculty and staff temperatures will be scanned outside of the office door upon arrival by the office staff. If a faculty/staff member registers with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be asked to remain in their car for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes they may return for a second temperature check. Those with registered temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed on campus.

 

Visitors prior to arriving on campus must call into the office and schedule an appointment. The visitor must fill out a health questionnaire for contact tracing purposes prior to arrival. They must have their temperature read before entering the building. Everyone must wear a mask.



6. Healthy Hygiene Practices: Describe the availability of handwashing stations and hand sanitizer, and how their use will be promoted and incorporated into routines.

Healthy hygiene practices will be reinforced amongst all faculty, staff, and students. Students and teachers will be trained in best practices such as washing hands, covering a cough, and sneezes. Posted signs on ways in which to curb the spread of COVID-19, promoting proper hand washing, including everyday protective measures, such as social distancing and the safe and proper care and removal of face coverings. Students will be shown how to use tissues to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or in their elbow.

 

All faculty/staff and students will be reminded to wash their hands before and after eating with the use of posted signs and announcements by the faculty/staff especially after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after using the restroom. Students and staff will be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels (or single-use cloth towels), or a touchless air blower, to dry hands thoroughly. Teachers and staff will model and practice handwashing and teach students how to properly do so as well.

 

All faculty and staff will use face coverings at all times while on campus. Students will also be required to use face masks in the classroom. Outside while at recess or PE students when social distancing is more feasible students will be allowed to remove masks to get fresh air and to ensure students get ample oxygen while being physically active. When physical distancing is difficult outside, students will be required to wear masks. Clean cloth masks should be worn to school and used throughout the day when necessary. Students and faculty/staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when leaving and entering the classroom. All students will be required to have their own supplies to avoid cross-contamination between classrooms, students, and teachers.

 

While maintaining the physical health of the teachers, staff, and students of St. George School, the school administration will also monitor the mental health of students and staff. Referrals to outside resources such as Caritas Counseling will be utilized when needed. Teachers will continue to be trained to monitor the mental health of their students on a daily basis. Discussions and educational material including the diocesan curriculum will be utilized to ensure this remains a priority. Maintaining as many school activities with modifications will help in providing the school community outlets during these stressful times.


7. Identification and Tracing of Contacts: Describe what action staff will take when there is a confirmed case in the school. Confirm that the school(s) have designated staff persons to support contact tracing, such as creation and submission of lists of exposed students and staff to the local health department, and notification of exposed persons. Each school must designate a person for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health to contact about COVID-19.

Adriana Banuelos (Administrative Assistant) and Andrew Ramirez (School Principal) will be the designated staff members to support contact tracing and to work with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.


Students or staff with COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing) will be sent home.  COVID-19 testing will be recommended and their classroom and school will remain open.


Students or staff with close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case will be sent home and will have to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure day.  COVID-19 testing will be recommended but will not shorten the 14-day quarantine and their classroom and school will remain open.  The school community will be notified of a known contact.


Students or staff with confirmed COVID -19 case infection will result in the notification of the local public health department and the Office of Catholic Schools.  Isolate case and exclude from school for 14 days from symptom onset or test date.  Identify contacts, quarantine, and exclude exposed contacts, which could be the entire cohort, for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious.  Recommend testing of contacts, but this will not shorten the 14-day quarantine.  Disinfection and cleaning of classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time.  The School campus will remain open.  The school community will be notified of the known case.


Students or staff with negative test results after symptoms may return to school 3 days after symptoms resolve.  School and classroom will remain open.

 
8. Physical Distancing: Describe how space and routines will be arranged to allow for the physical distancing of students and staff.

Classroom flexibility and differentiation will be made. Each classroom will maximize space between both teacher and student seating and desks, as much as possible, given limitations of classroom dimensions and desks will be arranged in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact between students in grades TK-8.

 

Separation of students through such as maximizing distance with plexiglass dividers may also be used in classes where social distancing is not available. All desks will be facing in one direction and staggered. To ensure collaboration continues amongst students, teachers will adapt lessons to utilize G-Suite Google Education and other online resources to continue working together with other students but minimize movement indoor and continue distancing as much as possible. When possible, teachers will adapt lessons to turn in assignments online to minimize contact. All students will bring their own supplies. Student’s belongings will be separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, and in their personal desks. Students will be encouraged to take items home each day and be cleaned. Materials should be taken home at the end of the week to be cleaned and start a new week. Pending District funding from the CARES Act, each class will be assigned their own electronic devices to utilize throughout the day. In classes 6-8, an individual device will be assigned to each student to avoid sharing. In grades TK-5 where this is not possible, the teacher/aide will ensure that the device is properly cleaned before another student uses it.

 

Transitional Kindergarten thru 5th grade will use the Cohort Model by Classroom, students and the teacher/teacher aide shall remain with their own class, at all times. Pullout classes such as PE, Art, and Foreign Language will be the responsibility of the classroom teacher. The teacher aide will assist during this time.

 

Junior High, grades 6th thru 8th, will use the Cohort Model for student grouping, students shall remain in their own cohort with no student movement between classes. Pullout classes such as PE, Art, Campus Ministry, and

Foreign language will be available for these students taught by a dedicated pull-out teacher. As Junior High is

departmentalized the homeroom teachers will rotate between classes. The students must stay with their student

grouping in the classroom. As these group of students are categorized as “older” the teacher will be the one to

transition between grades. The teacher departing the classroom will clean and sanitize all common areas such as

the teacher desk, podiums, whiteboards, and any other teacher-used surfaces. The effort must be made to visually display every effort to sanitize all items used. Upon entering the new classroom, before beginning any instruction, the teacher will sanitize their hands. PE will take place on the playground or at the park, schedules will be made to make sure that students do not interact with other grades. Specialty spaces Computer Lab will be used by one class a day for the Junior High students. After the class, the computer lab will be properly cleaned and another class can use it the next day.

 

Recess will be staggered to ensure social distance. One classroom will be allowed in each area (park, lunch tables, and blacktop tables) at a time. One class will be allowed on the Big Toy per day (Monday- TK, Tuesday- K, Wednesday- 1st grade, Thursday- 2nd grade, Friday- Deep Cleaning). Cleaning will occur to the Big Toy at the end of every day.

 

Lunches will be staggered to follow social distancing protocols. Lunch recess will be staggered after eating. At the time of the writing of this document, there are two options. Option one, students will eat lunch outside on the lunch tables, weather permitting. There is a cost associated with this option as there will be a need to purchase more benches and coverings. Option two; students will eat in the classroom. TA’s will go and receive the individually packed lunches from the kitchen and then deliver to the students. Hot lunch will be distributed to each student independently. The lunch will be individually wrapped to promote health and safety for everyone.

 

All classes will have their own playground equipment that will be sanitized after each use. Equipment cannot be shared if it requires touch. Supervisors (aides) at recess will ensure physical distancing. Play will be limited to activities that do not involve physical contact with other students or equipment. Only one student can handle a ball at a time. Students can utilize play that does not require the use of hands when touching equipment or coming into close contact with another person. Students will wash their hands or sanitize before coming back into the classroom.


9. Staff Training and Family Education: Describe how staff will be trained and families will be educated on the application and enforcement of the plan.
 
The school reopening plan will be posted on the school website and shared via ClassDojo. In addition, communication from the school principal to parents will become available to answer any questions regarding the reopening plan and healthy hygiene practices.  Healthy hygiene practices will be reinforced amongst all faculty, staff, and students.  Students and teachers will be trained in best practices such as washing hands, covering coughs, and sneezes. Posted signs on ways in which to curb the spread of COVID-19, promoting proper hand washing, including everyday protective measures, such as social distancing and the safe and proper care and removal of face coverings.  Students will be shown how to use tissues to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or in their elbow. All faculty/staff and students will be reminded to wash their hands before and after eating with the use of posted signs and announcements by the faculty/staff especially after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after using the restroom. Students and staff will be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels (or single-use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly. Teachers and staff will model and practice handwashing and teach students how to properly do so as well. These healthy hygiene practices will be covered with teachers and staff in a training, done by the administration,  prior to campus reopening and will be covered with students, in a training by teachers, on the first day they return.

Some topics of training include: 

- Enhanced sanitation practices 

- Physical distancing guidelines and their importance

- Proper use, removal, and washing of face coverings 

- Screening practices 

- How COVID-19 is spread 

- COVID-19 specific symptom identification 

- Preventing the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, including the importance of not coming to work if staff members have symptoms, or if they or someone they live with has been diagnosed with COVID- 19. 

- For workers, COVID-19 specific symptom identification and when to seek medical attention. 

- The employer’s plan and procedures to follow when children or adults become sick at school. 

- The employer’s plan and procedures to protect workers from COVID- 19 illness. 

- The children will be continually trained by teachers and informational videos presented by our team.

10. Testing of Students and Staff: Describe how school officials will ensure that students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be rapidly tested and what instructions they will be given while waiting for the test results. Describe how staff will be tested periodically to detect asymptomatic infections.

Students and staff who have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19 will be given information on local testing centers.  Those with positive test results will be asked to produce negative test results in order to return to campus after the 14-day quarantine has taken place.  Testing of all staff members will take place where 50% of staff are tested every month to rotate testing of all staff over a 2 month period.


11. Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning: List the criteria the superintendent will use to determine when to physically close the school and prohibit in-person instruction.

St. George School will close based on the number of COVID-19 cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the Local Health Officer.  School closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at the school or at least 5 percent of the total number of teacher/student/staff (which would be 14 cases) are cases within a 14 day period. Upon campus closure, all grade levels will revert to our distance learning, Catholic Online School Learning.


12. Communication Plans: Describe how the superintendent will communicate with students, staff, and parents about cases and exposures at the school, consistent with privacy requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA.

As new critical information is passed down to the schools from the state, county, and/or diocese, and changes to the school reopening plan occur, St. George School will utilize communicating with families, through school/classroom apps, email, parent letters, newsletters and/or the phone systems, as quickly as possible to ensure open communication is continuous. Incidents of possible exposure to COVID-19 will be documented and local health officials, the Office of Catholic Schools and faculty, staff, and families will immediately be contacted of any positive cases of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality, as required under FERPA and state law related to the privacy of educational records.


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