Resurrection Academy School Reopening Plan

The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority when making the decision to physically reopen school campuses for use of students, staff and others. The Diocese of San Bernardino shall follow, at minimum, CDC guidelines and adhere to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California State Department of Education guidelines for the official transition of stages and reopening of Diocesan Catholic Schools and developed an input from San Bernardino Department of Public Health. All Catholic elementary and high schools shall conform to the Office of Catholic School pandemic protocols in accordance with the aforementioned guidelines, and those specifically directed by the Emergency Operations Collaborative (EOC) office of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Should any symptomatic case of COVID-19 be detected, CDC protocols for dismissal of classes shall be implemented and the physical closure of school facilities be instituted. Should either of these actions be necessary, parents/guardians will be notified, and both students and teachers will transition into Distance Learning.

 

Although the prevention of COVID-19 spread cannot be guaranteed, all reasonable measures shall be taken for the safety of all students, teachers and staff, including parents, teacher’s aide 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 reopening, in order to ensure a safe and healthy educational environment.

Resurrection Academy Mission Statement

Resurrection Academy, a ministry of St. John XXIII Catholic Community, is a diverse focus on 21st century skills where students communicate, collaborate, create, and think critically. Serving Fontana and neighboring locales for over fifty years, we are a community which provides for worship and is caring, respectful, compassionate, and life-giving; designed to create tomorrow’s leaders, today.

 

In continuing with our mission statement, the following precautions will be put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We maintain our continued responsibility to teach the whole child by implementing and adhering to these guidelines for reopening.  This is done in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our entire Resurrection Academy community.  It is our intention that these guidelines be used in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Communication

  • The school will continue using Office 365  RA emails, ClassDojo, Gradelink, and newsletters to communicate with families regarding announcements, procedures, and situations at the school. 

  • The school community will receive updates whenever there is a change to the situation and whenever necessary to ensure ongoing and updated information.

  • In the event that someone tests positive for COVID-19, the school community will be notified through the above-mentioned communication platforms: Office 365 RA emails, Gradelink, and Class Dojo.

Health and Safety

  • Resurrection Academy will be sending a copy of the CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 in the school newsletter.  If someone within the school community is displaying symptoms, they will be sent home immediately and told to reference the CDC website or the school newsletter for information regarding their return to campus.

  • Arrival procedures for school will include testing each staff and student’s temperature using the newly purchased thermometers.  School staff will greet students in the drop-off line, check temperatures, and determine general health of the students before entering the school.  (Temperatures higher than 100.4 will not be admitted.)  Temperatures and general health will be digitally recorded for each student and staff member. 

  • Students and/or staff that appear to be physically sick will not be admitted to school.

  • Arrival time for students will be extended from 7:30-8:00. AM. Parents will either park and walk their child/ren to the front gate or drive through the established drop-off line to be greeted by a school parent volunteer/staff.

  • Extended Care will continue to be offered before and after school in the library or the parish social hall.  Students need to be signed in and will follow the same procedure of temperature scan and observance for general health before being admitted. Extended care students will report to the parish social hall or lunch tables and seat with their designated cohort while observing social distancing between cohorts. In the event that a student gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms during the Afternoon Care, student will be isolated in the school front Vice- Principal’s office until a parent pick up the student. The room will remain close and will be disinfected and cleaned after 24 hours of use. 

  • Student health will be observed throughout the day by faculty and staff for general wellness. This is best done when students are entering/exiting the classroom.  Should the student become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school, parents/guardians will be contacted, and student will be isolated from the class. 

  • If a teacher is absent or becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school, a school faculty/staff member will step in until a trained substitute teacher can be contacted. 

  • Health and Safety protocols will be posted throughout the school: hand-washing techniques, appropriate use of sanitizer, encouraged use of face masks/shield, and general safety measures.

  • Students will use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the classroom.

  • Students and faculty/staff will be required to wear face masks or face shields.

  • Staff will review safety protocols regarding handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, and general safety measures.

  • Staff will make a health safety video to show the students to remind them of safe practices for good health.

  • Staff will discuss the importance of being observant to student mental health and will be encouraged to have daily check-in discussions within the classroom cohorts.

  • Students will remain with their classroom cohorts for all activities throughout the school day including recess, lunch, and dismissal.

  • Visitors on campus will be strongly discouraged.  Those making deliveries are required to be buzzed in thorough the front gate and proceed to the office for further instruction.

  • Daily prayer will occur in each classroom.

  • An isolation area for teachers, staff or students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, until such time as they can be transported home to a healthcare facility. COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Chills

Repeated shaking with chills

Muscle pain

Headache

Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell

Congestion and runny nose

Nausea and vomiting

Diarrhea

Cleaning Procedures

  • Updated cleaning and disinfection procedures have been outlined in the cleaning staff contract.

  • Bathroom soap dispensers and paper towels for adequate hand washing will be maintained daily by cleaning staff.

  • The school will purchase a dry mist disinfecting sprayer to be used daily on all shared spaces.

  • Classroom teachers will be responsible for daily disinfecting of student desks and chairs, door handles, and frequently touched surfaces using sanitizing wipes.

  • In addition to wipes purchased by the school, students will each be required to provide disinfecting wipes as part of their school supplies. 

  • In the event that someone becomes ill at school, that space will be disinfected using wipes and spray disinfectant.

  • If the custodial staff becomes ill, the school will use an alternative cleaning service until health is recovered.

  • All ventilation filters will be changed out by the school’s current air conditioning company prior to the opening of school.

  • Classroom teachers will be encouraged to keep doors and windows open, safety permitting, to allow for extra ventilation or run central Air Condition.

  • Close areas used by any sick person: do not re-use before cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. To reduce risk of exposure, wait 24 hours before such cleaning. If it is not possible to do so, wait as long as practicable. Keep disinfectant products away from students.

  • Advise sick teachers, staff and students not to return to campus, until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including three (3) days with no fever, without the use of medication, and then ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

  • Teachers will teach and reinforce washing hands and covering cough and sneezes among teachers, students.

  • Teach students to use tissues to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or in their elbow.

  • Remind teachers, staff and students to wash hands before and after eating; after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after the 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 at least 60% alcohol. Children under the age of 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 (particularly older students) when physical distancing is difficult.

Staff Environment

  • Procedures for updated maintenance of staff lounge will be outlined to staff to help promote sanitary conditions including using disinfecting wipes after each person’s use of the space.

  • Staff will be encouraged to practice safe distancing when sharing the lounge space.

Catholic Identity

  • The school will have three to four classes physically attend weekly Mass while the rest of the school live streams at same frequency of having Mass as before.

  • Mass protocol will be reviewed with the Pastor.  Currently the church is able to hold around 100 people in the congregation.  This will likely require us to adjust the number of students able to attend Mass.

  • If weekly Mass is not possible, students will participate in a livestreamed Mass.

Learning Environment

On Site Instruction

  • Arrival and pick- up times will be extended.   Arrival for all students will happen between 7:30AM-8:00 AM. Upon arrival, temperature of students will be scanned, and general health observed. *Students with a fever over 100.4 will not be admitted.

  • Parents must remain with students until health has been determined.  *NO student will be admitted if visibly sick.

  • At this point, no field trips or class group projects will be given.

  • Students will go directly to their classrooms. *NO parents will be allowed to walk students onto campus.  For the first two weeks of school, TK and K parents may escort their child to the front gate.

  • Classrooms will be set up for social distancing with extended distance between desks, desks facing all one direction, and limited shared supplies.

  • Classrooms will be provided games (coloring book) so the students can play them while practicing social distancing.

  • Masks/face shields will be required of all adults and students on campus.

  • Whenever entering and leaving the classroom, students will use hand sanitizer.

  • Students will remain with their class level cohort throughout the school day.  Mixing between class level cohorts will be restricted.

  • Classes requiring multiple teachers will have the teachers moving between classrooms and students will remain in their cohort room.

  • All students will participate in recess/break time.   Social Distancing will be observed at all times.

  • Students will be eating lunch either in their classrooms or at their assigned tables with their cohorts. 

  • At 2:30 PM students must start preparing for dismissal and students are signed by teacher in front of the classroom following social distancing. Parents will drive thru the school grounds and watch for their students to their cars.

  • At 3:00 PM students going to extended care will line up in their classroom and be escorted to the Extended Care room. Parents will be signed for Extended Care.

  • Teachers will begin escorting the remaining students by class at 3:05 PM to their outside pick-up area while practicing social distancing.  Parents will drive through to pick up their students or park and walk to the picnic tables to pick up students.  Students remaining after 3:05 PM will be taken to daycare and parents will be charged.

  • All Friday’s are minimum days, dismissal is from 12:30PM to 1:00PM.

Distance Learning

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it will be decided in conjunction with the Office of Catholic Schools whether a total school closure will be necessary.  This will depend on tracing the infected person’s points of contact.

  • In the case that distance learning becomes necessary, all classroom teachers will be using Zoom Classroom as the main platform for class instruction.

  • In the event that distance learning goes into effect, participation will be required by all students.

  • In addition to Zoom Meetings, Facebook, Instagram,  emails, ClassDojo and Gradelink will be used to deliver information to families regarding updates.

Conclusion

Resurrection Academy will continue to stay diligent in efforts to provide a safe, clean, and loving environment to all children enrolled in our Catholic school. Resurrection  Academy [1]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.

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