2020-2021 Re-Opening Guidelines

Updated 9-20-2020

Liaisons: Lisa Andrade, Secretary, Emergency Preparedness Supervisor, landrade@lvaes.org, (805) 890-4362

Jonathan Fox, Principal, principal@lvaes.org, (805) 263-8138

 

Liaisons will be in communication with VCPH, utilizing VCPH SharePoint, and will be communicating as needed with COVIDSchools@ventura.org.

Strategic Recovery Planning Team includes both the above-listed liaisons and the teachers who will meet periodically to review and revise the current plan based on state and local guidance.

This document supersedes information in the LVAES handbook.

In the event that a teacher needs to quarantine without the need for a whole-class quarantine, a substitute teacher will be utilized to keep the classroom open for two days.  At that point, the classroom will transition to only distance-learning for the rest of the teacher's quarantine.

 

Highlights

  • In-person instruction in the physical classroom Monday-Thursday, as allowed by Ventura County and the State of California.

  • Integration of the classroom into the virtual sphere so students have the flexibility to attend classes at Linda Vista or study at home, depending on their needs.

  • Integrated physical/virtual classrooms to ensure quality education and seamless transitions despite the uncertainties that the 2020-2021 school year may bring.

  • Maximum cohort sizes of 14 to help keep our children and staff healthy and receiving support.

  • A Christ-centered and whole-child approach that supports our children’s faith and overall health during this time of crisis

 

School Outlook

As allowed by Ventura County and the State of California, Linda Vista Adventist Elementary School is committed to providing in-person instruction in the physical classroom throughout the 2020-2021 school year, and to do everything within our power to provide a high-quality, well-balanced education and sense of normalcy for our learning community.  The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening not just the physical health of our communities, but also the spiritual, mental, and social core of who we are as individuals.  It is our goal, as we fulfill our educational mission, to also keep our learning community safe and to provide the flexibility and support that each family needs during this time.

 

To meet the constantly changing environment caused by the coronavirus, Linda Vista will be offering a flexible and innovative integrated learning environment.  Our primary mode of education will be the physical classroom.  The educational experience will also be made available to students in virtual classrooms, meeting the needs of students with health concerns and allowing us to pivot in and out of distance learning seamlessly

Schedule

As long as Ventura County allows schools to remain open, Linda Vista will begin classes on campus at 8:15 and end at 3:15 on Monday through Thursday.  Friday will be a flexible day dedicated to remote instruction and alternative learning activities; in most cases, students will not attend class on campus on Friday.

 

Our daytime schedule will be adapted to enable excellent mental preparation while also providing for spiritual, physical, and social-emotional health.  Learning will be broken into chunks with more frequent breaks, and classes and activities will take place outside as feasible and appropriate.  Math and science will retain focused instructional time while an interdisciplinary approach to Language Arts, Bible, and Social Studies will enable a relevant, holistic, and quality education in a more time efficient method.

Extended Supervision

No extended supervision will be available before school.  Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:45, except on days of inclement weather when the drop off time will be 8:00.  Students arriving on campus must check in with the supervisor.  Once checked in, students may drop off their bags in front of their classroom and then proceed to the area directly behind the elementary building.

 

Regular extended supervision (daycare) will be available after school.  Daycare will be held outdoors until a maximum of five students remain.

  1. General Prevention Measures

    1. In-person learning will take place from Monday-Thursday, with Friday reserved for distance-learning throughout the year.

    2. Classrooms will be integrated into the virtual sphere so students have the flexibility to attend classes at Linda Vista or study at home, depending on their needs.

    3. Maximum cohort sizes of 14 to help keep our children and staff healthy and receiving support.

    4. A Christ-centered and whole-child approach that supports our children’s faith and overall health during this time of crisis.
       

  2. Practicing Healthy Hygiene

    1. Students will be taught healthy hygiene practices, such as how and when to wash hands, avoiding touching one’s face, covering coughs and sneezes, how to properly wear a face covering.

    2. Effective hand cleansing will be required before and after eating or using the restroom, and before entering the classroom.

    3. Every classroom will have a hand sanitizer dispenser and a sink for handwashing.

    4. Students will be required to bring a personal water bottle.  Drinking fountains will be removed from service, leaving non-touch bottle refilling stations in service.

    5. Each student will have an individual iPad to decrease spreading of germs.

    6. LVAES will not provide meals this year.
       

  3. Face Coverings and PPE

    1. Every person on campus will be required to wear a cloth face covering and maintain six feet at all times.  As long as six feet can be maintained, masks are not required when eating or during outside physical activity.  Teachers in the lower grades may wear a face shield temporarily as pedagogy requires.

    2. Extra masks will be provided for those who forget or lose their face mask.

    3. Rubber gloves will be required for students when using shared computers.

    4. Appropriate protective gear will be provided to staff for sanitizing procedures
       

  4. Ensuring Teacher and Staff Safety

    1. Temperature and wellness checks will be performed daily.  (See below.)

    2. Everyone on campus is asked to wear a face mask and to maintain a social distance of six feet.

    3. The check-in station and front office have a plexiglass partition to protect staff.

    4. Appropriate protective gear will be provided to staff for sanitizing procedures

    5. Most staff meetings will be held virtually.
       

  5. Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilations

    1. When possible, doors and windows will be open to increase ventilation.

    2. High contact items, such as door handles, will be sanitized when students are outside on breaks.

    3. Rooms will be cleaned and sanitized every evening using disinfectants on the EPA’s list N.

    4. Appropriate PPE will be utilized.

    5. Sufficient supplies of hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfectant, and masks are on hand and will be restocked regularly, with a sufficient supply on hand to prevent a supply shortage.
       

  6. Distancing Inside and Outside the Classroom

    1. Arrival and Departure

      1. Everyone arriving on campus will stop at the check in station to receive a temperature and wellness check.  Temperature will be taken with a no touch thermometer.  Any person without a mask will be given one.

      2. Students will utilize the markers to maintain six feet of distance while lining up in front of the plexiglass-shielded check-in station.

      3. Parents will be asked to stay until their child passes the check.  Anyone who has a temperature of 99.5 (no-touch thermometer) or does not pass the wellness check will be asked to return home.

      4. Children will follow the arrows to the area behind the buildings and will remain outside until it is time to line up for class.  Parents will follow the arrows back to the parking lot.

      5. After school supervision will remain outside until no more than five children remain.
         

    2. Classroom Space

      1. Classroom instruction and activities will take place outside when possible and appropriate.

      2. Six feet of distance will be maintained between individuals both inside and outside.

      3. Classroom sizes will be capped at 14 students to ensure the ability to maintain social distancing within the classroom.

      4. Desks will be spaced six feet apart.

      5. Markers will ensure that students maintain proper distancing during line ups.

      6. Staggered start and end times for breaks will help to ensure proper distancing.

      7. Entry and Exit doors will guide the flow of traffic.
         

    3. Non-Classroom Spaces

      1. Students will be required to maintain six feet of distance at all times.

      2. Breaks will be staggered, and students will eat at non-overlapping table spaces.

      3. Markings on the floor will help students remain socially distant and will guide the flow of traffic.

      4. Plexiglass barriers will help to maintain social distancing in the office and the check in station.
         

  7. Limiting Sharing

    1. Students will each have an individual iPad

    2. Toys and manipulatives will not be shared before being sanitized.

    3. Students will remain in cohorts of no more than 14 students and will not have contact with more than two teachers.  Teachers will come to the cohort's room rather than vice versa.

    4. Cohorts will stay in their own classrooms

    5. Balls at recess will be sanitized before reintroduced to play.

    6. Rubber gloves will be used by any person who is using a shared computer.
       

  8. Training Staff and Educating Families

    1. Staff will be expected to know and enforce the re-opening plans.

    2. Staff will be trained in the use of handling disinfectants.

    3. Parents will have access to our re-opening plan, and a virtual meeting will help to train in the new routines and expectations.

    4. Daily 15 minute staff meetings before the start of the school day each day and a more in depth staff meeting each Monday after school will be held where the most current Educational Resource Tools will be disseminated.

    5. Monday and Friday morning school-wide assemblies will be held to cover the most current Educational Resource Tools.

    6. Parents will receive a weekly newsletter and emails as needed, along with emergency text messages sent out as needed, to disseminate the most current Educational Resource Tools.

    7. In the staff meetings, whole-school assemblies, and parent communication, we will train staff, students, and parents on COVID-19 specific symptom identification, physical distancing guidelines and their importance, use of face coverings, screening practices, prevention measures and information on transmission of illness.

    8. In the staff meetings, staff will be trained on cleaning and disinfecting, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), first aid, surveillance of attendance (reporting, case management and re-entry), and contact tracing for district liaisons and HIPAA-FERPA.
       

  9. Checking for Signs and Symptoms

    1. Everyone arriving on campus will stop at the check-in station to receive a temperature and wellness check.

    2. Parents will not leave until the child passes the check.  Any staff or student who does not pass will be asked to return home.  (See chart below for how we will handle exposures and sickness.

    3. Staff members will be routinely tested for COVID-19.  Twenty-five percent of staff will be tested every other month.
       

  10. When a Staff Member or Child Becomes Sick

    1. If a child feels ill during the school day, the child will be isolated in the sick room until the parent come to pick him/her up.

    2. See below for the chart on how we will handle exposures and sickness.
       

  11. Maintaining Healthy Operations

    1. Our lunch program is cancelled for the year.

    2. Choir will not be meeting this year.

    3. Sports are on pause until further notice.
       

  12. Considerations for Partial or Total Closures

    1. Our integrated classrooms with distance-learning options throughout the school year will allow seamless transitions in and out of distance-learning

    2. A 1:1 iPad program provides our students with the tools they need to engage in the classroom or at home.

    3. If a staff member becomes ill, that staff member’s cohort will be required to stay home and participate in the distance learning program.

    4. Partial or total school closure decisions will be made in consultation with VCPH and any school closures along with the distance learning plan will be communicated to VCPH.

    5. See the chart below to understand the triggers for partial or total closures.

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