Head of School Name: Lydia Rodrigues
Date of Reopening: January 11, 2020
Date of Submission: November 16, 2020
School Type: Private
Name/Title/Email and Phone of COVID-19 liaison for my school/district:
Health Order / Guidance
What time is the best time then to found a new school in the middle of a pandemic? Know Thyself School (KTS) has been in establishment for the last three years and we are humbly grateful to begin serving our community. We have thoroughly and continue to familiarize ourselves with the current health order from Alameda County Public Health and the ACOE/ACPHD health requirements and procedures to ensure health and safety for staff, students and families..
Name and address of each school to be reopened: Know Thyself School only has one site. 21410 Montgomery Avenue Hayward, CA 94541
Number of students returning at each school to be reopened: 15 students
Number of Staff returning (include teachers, paraprofessionals, cafeteria
workers, janitors, bus drivers, etc.) at each school to be reopened: 5 staff
Grade levels served by the school(s):K-12
Grade levels proposed to be reopened: K-12
CLEANING, DISINFECTION AND VENTILATION
Shared surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Computers, doors knobs, light switches, tables, counters, bookcases, supplies, chairs etc. The use of shared items will be minimized and sanitized daily. Individual materials will be supplied as much as possible. The classroom, office, bathroom, kitchen are cleaned after use and daily before and after School. Windows and doors will stay open in the School as weather permits.
Outdoor learning and eating areas will be the primary settings for all activities as weather permits. The school has canopies, a modifiable greenhouse, umbrellas and anticipates to build another semi temporary outdoor classroom to provide shelter from the elements but maintain ventilation.
Students are to be kept in small, stable, groups with fixed membership of no more than 15. Cohorts stay together for all activities (e.g., instruction, lunch, recess) and will minimize/avoid contact with other groups or individuals who are not part of the cohort.
Space and routines are arranged to allow for physical distancing of students and staff. Students and staff will maintain 6 feet distance as much as possible. Seating is also arranged to maintain proper distance.
ENTRANCE, EGRESS, AND MOVEMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOL
Movement of students, staff, and parents will be managed to avoid close contact and/or mixing of cohorts. Students will be assessed upon arrival for symptoms. Parents and guardians must drop children off outdoors and must wear a mask. If parents would like to come into the building they may only do so at after school with 24 hours written request.
FACE COVERINGS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL PROTECTIVE GEAR:
All staff and students must wear face coverings in accordance with CDPH and ACPHD’s face covering requirements. Students will be able to wear the face covering appropriate for their needs. KTS will supply appropriate personal protective equipment to staff and students when needed. Masks should fit snugly on the face while covering both the nose and mouth.
HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF:
Students and staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival daily. Students will be monitored throughout the day for the symptoms. Parents, guardians, students and employees to answer basic health screening questions related to COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school.
A list of COVID-19 symptoms:
a cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
A fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
A sore throat
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies;
Self-checker is available on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days (exposure means within 4-6 feet for 15-minutes or longer), has COVID-19 symptoms, or who is not feeling well will not be permitted on our campus.
Students and staff will also conduct self-checks for symptoms throughout the day. Those who develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home.
All parents, guardians, students and employees must immediately notify the school principal if a student or employee has come into contact (through living arrangements or otherwise) with any person that has: (a) received a positive test result for COVID-19; (b) has sought medical treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or (c) is quarantined or self- quarantined because of COVID-19, whether diagnosed or not.
Any student or staff member with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be required to isolate at home until 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared and at least 3 days have passed without a fever and their symptoms have improved.
HEALTHY HYGIENE PRACTICES
There are hand washing routines and schedules staff and students must follow. There are three handwashing stations on the premises. Two indoors and one outdoors. All sinks have touch-less soap dispensers and paper towels. A bottle of hand sanitizer is issued to each person along with one at each door.
Staff and students will wash their hands
Upon arrival and before dismissal
Before and after eating
After using the restroom
Going outside and returning from outdoors
All children must bring their own food, must be individualized and must not share. Food preparation will be handled by one assigned staff.
After close contact with others
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Safely Cleaning and Disinfecting at Work
IDENTIFICATION AND TRACING OF CONTACTS
If a student should become ill while at school and is showing COVID-19 symptoms, the student will be physically distanced and the parent or guardian will be contacted and notified of the situation. Parents will then have to immediately pick up the student. The parent or guardian will be directed not to enter the campus and pick up the student at the gate.
The employee who accompanies the potentially ill student, will wear PPE, including but not limited to mask and gloves. Our staff will advise the parent and/or guardian to contact the student’s physician and for the student to get tested, isolate in their home or another residence, and refrain from going out in public, except for medical care. The student will remain out of school pending test results. Parents will be directed to the following Alameda County Public Health Department website containing information about local testing sites: Alameda County COVID-19 Testing.
If a student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and had exposed others at the school, staff will take consultation with the local public health department, ensure cleaning and quarantine of exposed persons and whether any additional intervention is warranted, including the length of time necessary, based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer. The classroom or office where the patient was based will be closed off for use until the area is cleaned and disinfected.
KTS has a COVID-19 Liaison to support contact tracing, such as creation and submission of lists of exposed students and staff to ACPHD and notification of exposed persons
STAFF TRAINING AND FAMILY EDUCATION
Staff have been trained and will continue to be updated on the latest information and research about health and safety protocol. Families will be educated on the application and enforcement of the plan along with receiving weekly health updates and education.
TESTING OF STAFF
Staff will be tested based upon the ACPHD recommendations that teachers and staff are tested if symptoms or possible exposure..
TRIGGERS FOR SWITCHING TO DISTANCE LEARNING
The school will follow the metrics established by the California Department of Public Health to determine when to physically close the school and prohibit in-person instruction. If a 5% positive testing rate of total students and teachers occurs, then the entire school would have to close, with everyone subject to 14 days of quarantine.
KTS will communicate with students, staff, and parents about cases and exposures at the school, consistent with privacy requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA. Weekly newsletters, special announcements, surveys, and meetings are methods to ensure effective communications and ensure safety and trust.