Consistent with guidance for schools from the California Department of Public Health
and the California Department of Education
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 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.
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.
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.
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 required for teachers, students, and visitors. 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.
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.
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.
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 noses 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.
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.
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.
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.