SAFETY MEASURES AT SCHOOL
The state of California updated its guidance for schools on July 12th. We will continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students by focusing on the four pillars of our safety strategy as we did last year: masking, social distancing, testing, and stable grouping. In general, we plan to begin the school year with the strongest measures in place, with the hope of easing up on our protocols as the situation improves.
Masking: The CDC recommends universal masking for everyone over the age of two, regardless of vaccine status. Masks have proved to be very efficient to limit the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, masks will be required for all students, teachers, and staff both indoors and outdoors at school. This includes classrooms, hallways, playgrounds and all other spaces. Good fitting masks have adjustable ears, nose bridge, no valve. Please bring extra masks. You may want to consider higher filter masks like happy masks or enviro masks or masks with a filter built-in or replaceable filter insert.
Social Distancing: There are no longer social distancing requirements for schools, but we will be grouping students by class and by grade level whenever possible. Social distancing will be implemented at lunch times for all students.
Daily Screening for Symptoms: This year, families will be asked to screen their children for COVID symptoms each day using the VisitU system. We will send a dedicated communication regarding this new platform. As a reminder, a child with symptoms must stay home and should be tested for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
Quarantining in case of a positive case:
- Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic do not need to quarantine after close contact with a COVID-positive person.
- Unvaccinated students must quarantine after close contact with a COVID-positive individual, but if both the person positive for COVID-19 and the contact were masked during the exposure, the close contact may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:
Though the public health department rules are now different, we have decided not to apply the modified quarantine and will continue to ask our students to quarantine for 10 days.
- Are asymptomatic;
- Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
- Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day period; and
- Avoid all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, after-school programs and activities within the community setting.
; EB will continue to test our Kindergarten, Elementary students, and Middle Schoolers (regardless of their vaccination status) with the Abbott BinaxNOW Covid-19 Antigen Test when on campus. In the event of a positive test result, a follow-up PCR test will be necessary.
Revised Welcome Day (August 26th)
In response to the current number of cases in the area, the Safety Committee has decided to cancel our in-person Welcome Day except for new students whose parents will receive further information from Magali Noth, our new Primary School Head. Teachers from G1 to G8 will organize a virtual visit of their classrooms on August 26, 2021. You will receive a detailed communication closer to Welcome Day.
PCR Testing before the first day of school
Before coming to school on August 30th, all our students will need to be tested with a PCR test, (antigen testing results will not be accepted). Please note, we are not conducting PCR testing on campus this year before the first day of school and after the school breaks. You can send your student’s PCR test results to email@example.com no later than August 29, 2021