June 29, 2020
Hello Parents and Guardians,
We are hoping that you are having a good summer. We are writing this letter to inform you how we will be dealing with COVID-19 on our campus for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please know we plan to start on August 17, 2020. We will be following all Federal, State and County regulations and follow recommended guidelines for safety and academics from the Southeastern California Conference in consultation with Health and Medical experts from Loma Linda University.
HOW WILL MY STUDENT BE TAUGHT?
We have chosen to implement a “Blended Learning educational model.” This is an exciting model as we will be combining face to face instruction with more technology to ensure a better and safer learning environment for all students.
The purpose of utilizing the blended model is to have our students be “remote school ready.” Remote school ready means that students can immediately switch over to online learning should we be required to do so for safety reasons or precautions. We would be ready for any 14-day quarantine or governmental lockdowns for any extended periods of time. This is Plan A and the first choice plan for this fall.
However, if we are required by law or by recommendation of the Southeastern California Conference to modify our onsite instruction please know that we have alternate plans in place.
Plan B is a Hybrid Model, where students meet on campus twice a week and every other friday.
Plan C is to be implemented if we are required by law or by recommendation of the Southeastern California Conference to go on lockdown and implement off-site instruction like this past spring, we will be ready to switch to a fully remote learning model.
You can see the three models of learning on the next page. Please remember, our current intention is to start on August 17, 2020 with Plan A
|Plan A – In-Person Instruction||Plan B – Hybrid Model||Plan C- Complete Lockdown|
|*5 days a week in-person instruction Face to face instruction alongside with computer aided programs Full day structure with access to before and after school programs (extra-curricular activities) School-based school-based activities||Students meet on campus twice a week and every other Friday.Collaborative based models with grouping and scheduling options.Access to extracurricular activities when possible.||*5 days a week ONLINE learning via platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Google Classroom, etc.Personalized daily instruction and support Access to online extracurricular activities.|
*Instruction will vary according to grade level
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STUDENT, A TEACHER OR STAFF MEMBER OR VISITOR IS SICK?
In accordance with California Department of Public Health guidance, when a student, teacher, or staff member or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, we will implement the following steps:
- In consultation with the local public health officials, our Administration will consider whether an entire school closure is necessary and the length of time of closure will be based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by a local public health officer.
- In accordance with Federal, State and local guidance for isolation at home after close contact, the classroom or office where the COVID-19-positive individual was based will need to close temporarily for disinfection and cleaning.
- Any person(s) having made contact with the COVID-19-positive individual at our campus will also be asked to isolate at home.
- Areas of the school visited by the COVID-19-positive individual may need to be closed temporarily for cleaning and disinfection.
- We will address any academic needs at this time and assess what changes if any need to be made.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO HELP KEEP THE CAMPUS SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
The new normal with reopening Orangewood Academy, will be to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines issued by the Federal Government, State Government, local government and recommendations from the Southeastern California Conference.These laws and guidelines will apply to all parents, teachers, students and adults attending and working on the campus.
Parents will be expected to check the temperature of their child before bringing their child to the campus and to confirm student wellness before leaving home. Parents are expected to NOT bring their child to school should they have a fever.
Strict Cooperation with the following is required by the State of California:
- In-home temperature check. (To be done by parent at home)
- Temperature check when a student arrives at school. (To be conducted by school staff)
- Mandatory student pick up if a high temperature is detected in student or other symptoms or illness issues (Parent or designated adult will pick child up from school)
We will inform parents of sick students that students are NOT to return until they have met Federal, State and Local laws and guidelines about ceasing home isolation
WHAT WILL THE ADMINISTRATORS, STAFF AND TEACHERS DO TO KEEP THE CAMPUS SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
Before School for Students:
Our staff will interact with students arriving on campus in symptom screening, visual wellness checks and no-touch thermometer temperature checks. Screening will include verbal completion of a questionnaire with questions in regard to fever in the last 24 hours, cough or shortness of breath that is getting worse in last 7 days, having fever, sore throat, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, change is taste or smell, or having been in close contact with someone diagnosed with CV-19 In past 14 days. Students with temperatures over 100.4 degrees will not be admitted unto campus.
During School for Students:
Masks are strongly encouraged and may be required when arriving to school, while on school grounds and when leaving campus. Every attempt will be made to keep our student 3 to 6 feet apart while on campus. Where we are not able to keep our students 3 to 6 feet apart, masks will be worn and/or dividers will be utilized. Additionally, when feasible, our teachers will attempt to have instructional time outdoors as much as possible to give our students lots of opportunities for fresh air intake.
Students who develop symptoms of illness while at school will be separated from others right away to an isolated area through which others do not enter or pass. If more than one student is in the isolation area, we will ensure physical distancing.
Any students or staff exhibiting symptoms will be required to immediately wear a face covering and wait in an isolation area until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility. Students will remain in isolation with continued supervision and care until picked up by an authorized adult.
Health Protocols for Staff:
According to Center for Disease Control criteria, staff members are expected to wear masks at all times. Teachers may utilize face shields.We will follow established guidelines for triaging students in the health area of the campus, recognizing not all symptoms are COVID-19 related. All our staff will be required to self screen and have their temperature taken as well before coming on to campus to start their work duties.
Periodic wellness checks will be conducted on the children as well as the staff. Staff members who develop symptoms of illness will be sent home or to a medical care facility. The teachers will have emergency substitute plans in place. Staff members who are ill will be advised not to return until they have met Center for Disease Control criteria, along with any local laws and regulation to discontinue home isolation.
Health Protocols for both Students and Staff:
In addition to screen and temperature checks, students and staff will be expected to wash their hands upon arrival at school, and regularly wash or use the hand sanitizer on their hands throughout the day following the routines set up by each teacher and or the administration. In the lower grades teachers will wear Face Shields during group and individual instruction as much as possible.
WHAT ELSE WILL BE DONE TO KEEP THE CAMPUS SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
- We will have a daily, upgraded and organized cleaning and disinfecting protocol. This will include frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces following guidance from the Center for Disease Control criteria, along with any local laws and regulations .
- We will modify drinking fountains to filling stations and instead encourage the use of reusable water bottles.
- We will discourage sharing of instructional items that are difficult to clean or disinfect
- We will acquire adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials and objects and to the extent possible, limit the sharing of art supplies, books, learning aids, electronic devices, toys, and games, but where allowed, we will disinfect between use and have students wash hands before and after use.
- We will limit use of shared playground equipment and engage in physical activities that require less contact with surfaces.
- We will be limiting one class using playground equipment/large contraption to one at a time.
- We will also limit stuffed animals and other toys that are difficult to clean and sanitize.
- We will try to keep each child’s belongings separated and in designated and individual storage areas.
- We will disinfect surfaces between uses, such as: desks, tables, chairs, dividers, keyboards, etc.
- We will disinfect frequently touched surfaces that include but are not limited to door handles and light switches.
WHAT ABOUT FIELD TRIPS?
The Southeastern California Conference is allowing only virtual activities in lieu of field trips and intergroup activities through December 31, 2020. Tentative plans for activities and trips beginning in 2021 may begin, but no monetary deposits or payments are to be made unless full refunds are possible. Further directives on what will be allowed in 2021 will come from the Southeastern California Conference Office of Education in the fall of 2020.
A SHORT SUMMARY OF WHAT WILL BE DONE ON CAMPUS:
- A deep cleaning and regimented cleaning protocol will be implemented in classrooms and facilities;
- Students will be screened prior to the start of each school day, increased hand washing routines, the use of masks for your children where appropriate, follow 3-6 feet social distancing recommendations;
- Staff will receive health checks and practice proper hygiene protocols;
- Parents will sign a health protocol agreement to pick up your child immediately upon notification of illness and or fever.
Our goal is always to make progress in meeting the needs of our students and their families who support them.
Please feel free to share any thoughts or concerns.
May God bless you and keep you in all your plans.