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Golden Hills Christian School Reopening Plan

The following reopening plan reflects our best effort at following our state and local health department guidelines in the reduction of the advancement of COVID-19. Generally speaking, our school will employ proper PPE where prudent, practice social distancing to the best of our ability and minimize movement to reduce exposure to our students and staff. This reduction of exposure will be more obviously experienced in the elimination of school-wide chapel and opening exercises. It should be noted that these precautions describe how school begins, but our hope is that restrictions will ease as we progress into the school year, allowing us to reinstitute some of these activities that make our school so special.

The current plan is based on a “Healthy Only” framework for reopening the GHCS campus. This framework requires parents and employees to ensure that only healthy individuals are permitted on campus. Temperature checks will be conducted upon arrival at school, but parents are expected to do an initial temperature check at home before coming to school. The school facilities will receive increased levels of cleaning and sanitizing, but there would be minimal disruption to typical classroom routines. Parents will be required to sign a waiver. A “Healthy Only” framework provides the greatest level of "normalcy" but depends on students and employees to remain at home if they display any flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with others who are symptomatic. Violators may lose their privilege to return to campus for the duration of the pandemic.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels and will be cleaned throughout the day by teachers.
  • Evening janitorial staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility following CDC approved guidelines.
  • Classroom doors, as well as non-fire hallway doors, will be kept open where possible to allow ventilation andairflow.
  • Water fountains will not be operational.
  • Students will bring their own water bottles labeled with their name. If a student does not bring a water bottle; a disposable water bottle will be provided and the student’s account will be charged $1.
  • Students may only touch or handle their own learning materials (e.g. textbooks, pencils, pens).
  • Students may not touch or use any item belonging to another student.
  • All personal items brought to the school by a student or an employee must be disinfected daily prior to being introduced to the campus.
  • Learning materials (e.g. textbooks, tablets) may be shared only once they are disinfected.
  • All personal items must be labeled with the student’s name (e.g. water bottles, notebooks, backpacks).
  • As an attempt to go paperless, we ask that tuition be paid online.

Cohorting:

  • All students will remain with their own classes (cohort) throughout the school day.
  • Cohorts will be kept to a smaller number of students, and will depend on room size and configuration to maintain physical distancing requirements (at least 4’-6’ between students and 6’ between adults and students.
  • Larger classes will be divided, as needed, into subgroups
  • Cohort sizes will be no more than 14 students and no more than 2 supervising adults.
  • Cohorts will not physically interact with each other to minimize exposure.
  • Classes (cohorts) will not share play areas or play equipment.

Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School:

  • Parents are not permitted to enter the building during drop-off or pick-up.
  • All guests, parents, and visitors are required to wear a face-covering when visiting the office. An appointment must be made by phone or email to speak to school faculty or administration.
  • Kindergarten parents, wearing face coverings, will be permitted to accompany their child to their classroom during the first week of school.
  • Outside food delivery to campus will not be allowed (e.g. Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc.)
  • Volunteer hours - to limit exposure, parents will not be able to visit the classroom or volunteer at this time.

Drop Off / Dismissal:

  • Student drop-off begins at 8:00 AM in designated areas and at staggered times.
  • Students will report directly to the classroom.
  • Students checking in after 8:20 AM are to be signed in at the downstairs office.
  • Dismissal times will also be staggered in designated areas and ends at 3:00 PM.

Check Out:

  • Parents will call to request their child to be checked out from school.
  • The child will be released when the parent is visible outside the downstairs office.

Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear:

  • Students in grades K-2 will not be required to wear masks, but are encouraged to do so if worn properly. A face shield is also an acceptable alternative.
  • Students in grades 3-6 will be required to wear a mask.
  • Students will not be required to wear a mask while eating snack/lunch or while playing during recess.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks. Face shields can be used, which enable younger students to see teachers’ faces for phonological instruction.
  • If a student needs a mask for any reason, one will be provided for them.
  • Plexiglass dividers will be installed in the administrative offices.

Health Screenings for Students and Staff:

  • Parents and employees must complete an agreement at the beginning of the school year in regards to COVID-19 requirements.
  • Parents and employees must agree that they will neither send a student nor enter the campus themselves if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed here:

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html

  • Student's temperatures will be checked upon arrival. However, parents are expected to check their child’s temperature before coming to school.
  • Students or staff with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be separated from the group in the isolation room (rm132) and sent home immediately
  • Each classroom will be equipped with an infrared thermometer.
  • Absences due to health screening restrictions will not be counted as school day absences.

Surveillance Testing of Staff:

  • All staff will be tested over 2 months (ex. 25% of staff every 2 weeks or 50% every month to rotate testing)
  • ARCpoint Labs will be used for testing

Healthy Hygiene Practices:

  • Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus.
  • Teachers will require students to wash/sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom, before and after recess and lunch, and before exiting the campus.
  • Healthy hygiene practiced will be encouraged and modeled throughout the school day.

Identification and Tracing of Contacts:

  • Mrs. George will be the designated staff person to support contact tracing, if there is a confirmed case of COVID19. She will be responsible for creating and submitting a list of possible exposed students and staff to the local health department and notifying exposed persons. She will also be the school’s designated contact for the local health department about COVID19.

Physical Distancing:

Classroom:

  • Students will be seated 6’ feet apart and will all face the same direction.

Facilities:

  • Reminders will be displayed throughout the school (classrooms, hallways, bathrooms,administrative offices) for students and staff:
    • Stay 6’ apart when possible
    • Proper and frequent handwashing
    • How to stop the spread of germs
  • Fire drills and lockdown drills will be modified to maintain proper physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • Recess schedules will be modified to only allow one class at a time on individual playgrounds or designated area of the black top.

Staff Training and Family Education:

  • During in-service, prior to the beginning of the school year, staff will receive training regarding the requirements and practices contained in this document, including education on the prevention and spread of COVID-19.
  • Training will continue as updates COVID-19 are available.
  • Prior to the beginning of the school year, school families will receive a copy of this document, as well as a copy of the CDC’s publication, “How to Protect Yourself and Others – COVID-19”.

The following table contains information regarding testing of students and staff, triggers for switching (toggling) to distance learning, and communication plans

Student or Staff with:

Action:

Communication:

1.

COVID-19 Symptoms (e.g., fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing)

-Separated from group and send home immediately

-Recommend testing

If positive, see #3

If negative, see #4

*School/classroom remains open

None needed

2.

Close contact (†) with a confirmed COVID-19 case

-Send home

-Quarantine for 14 days from last exposure

-Recommend testing (but testing will not shorten 14-day quarantine)

*School/classroom remains open

Possible school community notification of a possible contact

3.

Confirmed COVID-19 case infection

-Isolate case and exclude from school for 10 days from symptom onset or test date

-Identify contacts (†), quarantine & exclude exposed contacts (likely entire cohort (††) for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious

-Recommend testing of contacts, prioritize symptomatic contacts (but testing will not shorten 14-day quarantine).

-Disinfection and cleaning ofclassroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time

*School remains open

-Notify local public health department

-School community notification of a known case

4.

Tests negative after symptoms

-May return to school 24 hours after symptoms resolve and must provide a doctor’s note

*School/classroom remains open

Consider school community notification if prior awareness of testing

5.

At least 5% of the student of the students/staff test positive for COVID-19 in a 14-day period

-Close school campus

-Toggle to distance learning for no fewer than 14 days

-Disinfect and clean campus

*School campus will close

-Notify local public health department

-School community notification

(†) A close contact is defined as a person who is less than 6 feet from a case for more than 15 minutes. In some school situations, it may be difficult to determine whether individuals have met this criterion and an entire cohort, classroom, or other group may need to be considered exposed, particularly if people have spent time together indoors.

(††) A cohort (classroom) is a stable group with fixed membership that stays together for all courses and activities (e.g., lunch, recess, etc.) and avoids contact with other persons or cohorts.

A staff member/student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must be able to answer “YES” to all of the following questions AND provide a doctor’s note in order to return to school:

  1. Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
  2. Has it been at least 24 hours since the individual has a fever without using fever-reducing medicine?
  3. Has it been at least 24 hours since the individual’s symptoms have improved, including cough and/or shortness of breath?

Communication Plans:

The school’s office manager, Mrs. George, will be responsible for supporting contact tracing and will be the contact person for the local health department. The school principal, Mrs. Zamora will work in conjunction with Mrs. George and will communicate to staff, and parents about COVID19 cases and possible exposure following CDC, CHD, CCCHD, FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.