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COVID-19 RETURN TO SCHOOL PROTOCOL
The health and safety of all Resurrection Academy shareholders is the top priority when making the decision to reopen our school campus. Our school is following the CDC guidelines while adhering to the California Department of Public Health and California State Department of Education protocols for school reopening. We recognize that this health crisis is fluid and guidelines will be updated as new information is received. You will be notified of any updates to these protocols when they occur. The following directives have been established and will continue to be monitored by the Office of Catholic Schools, and the oversight of each campus through its principal understanding the unique nature of each campus.
Although the prevention of COVID-19 spread cannot be guaranteed, all reasonable measures shall be taken for all the safety of all students, teachers and staff, including parents who may interface with the student body through the course of the school day. Teachers and staff will be trained in pandemic safety protocols for re-opening, in order ot ensure a safe and healthy educational environment. Further, teachers and staff will be tested when there is a concern of exposure and a rotating monthly basis as advised by the CDPH.
Social distancing with young children is a challenging effort. However, the recommendations set forth aim to keep children and providers safe and healthy, while ensuring children are in a nurturing and responsive environment. Resurrection Academy Preschool will maintain frequent communication with families about the policies and practices implemented in programs to keep everyone safe. This ongoing communication will aid in supporting young children with this new transition and social and physical distancing practices.
What You and Your Child Must Know:
Students and parents must wear masks when entering the campus/building. All students will be health screened before parent can leave them for the day. The health screen will consist of a thermal temperature reading, visual observation and a few questions. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to come to school. COVID-19 symptoms we will ask and look for are: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea.
Staff and children will be monitored throughout the day for signs of illness and anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher or COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated and sent home. Staff and children will not be able to return until they will have met CDC criteria and/or receive a negative test result.
If a student is sent home with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, the student must remain at home until fever free for three (3) days, without the use of medication and ten (10) days since symptom first appeared. If you want them to return sooner, the student must get a COVID-19 test and receive a negative test result. Students who become ill during the day with fever or symptoms will be isolated from the class and must be picked up immediately.
If a student or staff is exposed to someone outside of the preschool that has tested positive for COVID-19, that student or staff will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from day of exposure. If they take a COVID test four days after exposure and their test result is negative, they may return prior to the 14 days.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within a single classroom preschool program, the entire program will have to quarantine at home for 14 days from the day of the positive test. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 within a multiple cohort classroom preschool program, the individual cohort classroom will have to quarantine for 14 days from the day of the positive test. The name of the individual in either case will be kept confidential.
The classroom used by the sick person will not be used before cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. There are two rooms that will be used for this purpose to allow a 24 hour sanitation.
Students must wear a mask into school and bring an extra mask with them. Preschool students wearing masks can be challenging, so we ask that you practice at home to get your child comfortable with wearing their mask and how to properly put on and take off the mask. If your child has health or sensory issues that prevent them from wearing a mask, you will need to provide a doctor’s note which will be kept on file in the office. We will be encouraging students to wear their masks most of the school day.
Arrival and Pick Up
When arriving at school, preschool parents will ring the doorbell and be admitted to school campus and walk to the preschool classroom. Parent will walk their child to the Preschool classroom door. Parent will not enter the classroom. Preschool teacher will come out to administer the health screening of visual check and take child’s temperature on each student. If the child passes the screening, the child will say goodbye to their parent at the door. Only one (1) parent will be allowed to drop off the student and must wear a mask while practicing social distancing.
When picking up your child, parents will ring the doorbell and be admitted to school campus. During this time, parent will walk to the classroom door but will not enter. The teacher will bring the student and their belongings to the door.
Give yourself 15 minutes for drop off and pick up of your child in order to follow physical distancing and health check requirements. For example, if dropping for 8:00AM class, you make start at 7:45 AM.
Items to Have Your Child Bring to School
Students need to bring to school a clear plastic zip lock bag with a change of clothes. An extra mask should be placed in the bag, as well. This bag must be plastic for easy sanitizing and can be left in the student’s cubby in their classroom.
Crib size sheet and small blanket. These items should be brought to school in a plastic backpack that zips and is easily sanitized. The backpack should be on the smaller size just large enough for the sheet and small blanket and must be taken home each night and washed or replaced with a clean set.
All personal items such as extra clothes, masks should be labeled and kept separate in Ziploc bag to ensure that personal items are separate from others.
Students will bring their own snack and lunch. The lunch bag must have an ice pack.
No personal toys can be brought to school.
Cohorts are those that attend school 5 full days a week; and those who come half days (depending on the number of students who register). Each cohort will have their own teacher.
Visible marks will be on the floor to make sure students follow social distancing protocol. This will include the carpet area, and their work/lunch tables. For students staying for nap, they will be lying down alternately having their head or feet on the opposite sides of their cot. They will take home their cot covers and blankets/pillows daily for washing. The teachers will sanitize the cots after every use, before storing in the cabinet.
Each class will be limited to 10 children per day. The two classrooms will not mix at any time. Two teachers will be assigned for each classroom and each class will have outside activities in the playground separately.
Each classroom will arrange furniture, play spaces and activity areas to maintain 6 feet separation when possible. Cots will be assigned to individual children, be labeled with their name, and used only for that child. During nap time, cots will be placed 6 feet apart with children’s head opposite directions.
Teachers will plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children and all outdoor equipment, if used, will be disinfected after and before used by different groups of children.
Snacks and Lunch
All preschool children bring their lunch and snacks each day. Children will wash their hands before and after eating. While seating at the tables, children will be spaces to allow for social distancing. Children will not be allowed to touch each other’s food. After eating, tables will be cleaned and disinfected. Staff members will wear disposable gloves while helping children during their meal time.
For now, there will be no hot lunch provided. Each student will have to bring their own snacks and lunch daily. Later on, hot lunch may be provided in individually-packed boxes/bags.
During recess/lunch, students will be able to do exercises or games that will limit physical contact with other students. Students could individually shoot balls, kick balls, use a jump rope, hula hoop, and/or run around the field.
If snacks are provided from school to the children, only pre-packaged food will be given to the them. No sharing of food among children.
Healthy Hygiene Practices
Teachers will teach and reinforce washing hands and covering cough and sneezes among teachers, students.
Teach students to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or in their elbow.
Remind teachers, students to wash hands before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after restroom.
Students and staff should wash their hands. For 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels to dry hands thoroughly. Teachers and staff should model and practice handwashing.
Where soap and water are not readily available, staff and students are to use hand sanitizer with a 60% alcohol. Children under 9 should be supervised by an adult when using hand sanitizer.
Face covering must be worn by all teachers and staff and encourage in students to do so.
While teachers are performing disinfection procedures, gloves must be worn.
What You Need to Know About Our Cleaning and Safety Protocols
Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day, especially high touch areas like doorknobs, tables, and faucets. While performing disinfection procedures, gloves will be worn.
Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized each evening.
Correct handwashing will be modeled and taught to the students.
Students will wash hands frequently throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be used when necessary with teacher supervision.
Each student will have an assigned cot and cots will be sanitized frequently. During nap time, cots will be appropriately spaced for social distancing.
Students will have individual supply boxes with items such as pencils, crayons, preschool scissors, markers, etc. to avoid sharing supplies.
Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized every hour and/or between each cohort use.
Playground equipment will be sanitized before and after each use between each cohort use.
Soft plush toys and dress up clothes will be removed from the classroom.
Toys will be disinfected and sanitized as needed during the day and at the end of each day.
All cleaning products are approved for the use against COVID-19 and will be kept out of reach of the students in a locked cabinet.
NO DRINKING fountains available for use.
Reusable water bottles are not allowed on campus. You may send a single use water bottle with your child.
Resurrection Academy Preschool will continue to stay diligent in efforts to provide a safe, clean, and loving environment to all children enrolled in our preschool. Resurrection Academy Preschool will remain apprised of the ever changing COVID-19 recommendations, restrictions, and guidelines and will update the program as necessary to stay in compliance and provide the safest environment for our preschoolers.