On-campus instruction has resumed on Monday, January 3, 2022. This last week has seen a dramatic increase in Covid cases, both locally and globally. The Covid Safety Team met to address this surge and to adapt our protocols to the current situation. Our goal continues to be to keep our students and community safe, while allowing for in-person instruction to continue.
All protocols have been designed with the goal to minimize interruption in teaching while protecting our students and staff, especially our unvaccinated students. Based on our knowledge, experience, and direction from public health authorities, we continue to implement the following multi-layered prevention strategies:
- Required masking indoors and outdoors
- Physical distancing during lunches
- Enhanced cleaning
- Handwashing and sanitizing
- Air ventilation
- Isolation of symptomatic individuals
- Routine testing
- Daily health attestation via VisitU system
We expect all of our students and faculty to follow these protocols. We will be extremely vigilant about enforcement, including the possibility of sending students home, in order to ensure the health and safety of all.
In the context of this new surge, we anticipate needing to revisit some of the protocols that had recently changed (such as mixing grades for enrichment classes or recesses). Masking
Masks are among the most important measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
All students from PK to 8th grade, even fully vaccinated ones, will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth, while indoors and outdoors, except during meals and mask breaks. Students who are unable to wear masks due to medical or behavioral challenges will be exempt.
We require that all students bring their own clean/washed masks to school each day, clearly labeled with their names. We ask that students also bring a backup mask in a sealed plastic bag should the first one become wet or soiled.
Face coverings must be made out of breathable cloth materials, consist of at least two layers, cover a student’s entire nose and mouth area, and be secured to the student’s head with elastic ties or straps. Masks should fit properly and we will enforce the correct usage of masks while at school.Travel policy reminder
If you have traveled by air (whether international or domestic), our policy is that students need to quarantine for three days after travel and then have a PCR or lab-administered antigen test. Please send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, if a student is positive, they isolate for 10 days (we follow Berkeley Public Health policies, and they have not yet adopted the shorter isolation period defined by the CDC). Teachers will provide learning materials for your child, but might not be able to do live sessions. Please allow one business day for our teachers to prepare all the materials that your student will need in case of quarantine.
If someone is a close contact:
1. Fully vaccinated students and staff who are close contacts to a positive case are not required to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 2 weeks following receipt of their second dose in a 2-dose series) and have had NO symptoms since the exposure.
2. All unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine for 10 days.
The Omicron variant symptoms are very similar to cold symptoms and we need to be extremely cautious with students who demonstrate any symptoms at all.
We rely on you to keep our school safe by keeping your children home if they have Covid-19 symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
Approximately 59 percent of our children in the 5-11 age group have been vaccinated. We strongly encourage any unvaccinated students who are eligible to be vaccinated as soon as possible. Please send a copy of the vaccination card to email@example.com so that we have an accurate count of vaccinated students. Unvaccinated students will need to follow a different quarantine protocol than vaccinated students (defined by the closed contact protocol above).
At this time, we plan to continue offering aftercare with adjusted protocols.For the Lower School (K-5),
our aftercare students will be separated by grade level.
Students will rotate between play areas on the yard and will be kept outdoors as much as possible. During inclement weather, students will be brought inside.For the Preschool
, when students are outside, they will be separated into two outdoor pods
(Class B/D and Class A/C/E). When students need to be brought inside during inclement weather or after dark, they will be separated into three pods
(Class A, Classes B/D, and Classes C/E) in order to ensure as little mixing as possible indoors.
Parents will still be allowed to come on campus to pick up students: masks must be worn at all times and we ask parents to spend no more than 10 minutes on campus. K-G5 parents may not enter the building and must remain outdoors.