St. Raymond School
11557 Shannon Ave.
Dublin, CA 94568
Reopening Plan - updated Jan. 25, 2021
The health and safety of St. Raymond students, staff, and families are our highest priorities. We have developed our school’s return to in-person instruction plans based on guidance from local and state public health officials. This health and safety plan will be updated as the situation and county health orders evolve. St. Raymond School’s Reopening Plan has been updated to reflect the State of California’s COVID-19 Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year issues on January 14, 2021. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Consolidated_Schools_Guidance.pdf
As required, our school has posted a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) - referenced as the COVID-19 School Reopening Plan - on the homepage of our school’s website. Our COVID-19 School Reopening Plan includes the school’s Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist. The detailed plans describing how our school meets the requirements outlined in the CSP elements are found in this COVID-19 School Reopening Plan.
Reopening Date: November 2, 2020
Date of plan submission: October 29, 2020
Principal: Gregory Peterson (email@example.com) 925-574-7423
Jennifer Dutrow (firstname.lastname@example.org) 925-574-7420
Sandy Cramer (email@example.com) 925-574-7420
School Type: Private Elementary (serving grades K-8)
Grade levels proposed to be reopened:
Grades K-2 on November 2, 2020
Grades 3-5 on November 30, 2020
Grades 6-8 on January 25, 2021
Number of teachers returning:
On November 2, 2020: 6 (3 teachers, 3 assistants); faculty/staff- 4
On November 30, 2020: additional 6 (3 teachers and 3 assistants)
On January 4, 2021: additional 9 teachers
Number of students returning on campus:
In Grades K-2 on November 2, 2020: 27 (11 in K, 8 in 1st grade, 8 in 2nd grade)
In Grades 3-5 on November 30, 2020: 38 (number of students finalized 11/18)
In Grades 6-8 on January 25, 2021: 53 (number of students to be finalized 1/15)
CDC: Back to School Strategies and Tips
Cleaning & Disinfecting
St. Raymond School will adhere to the disinfection guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, playgrounds, etc. Prior to returning to in-person instruction, the school will receive a deep cleaning provided by Able Services. All buildings will be disinfected, including classrooms, using a commercial cleaning service. The electrostatic spraying method using the “N” level of sanitizing chemical per the CDC requirements will be completed as part of this process. This is the highest level of cleaning, combining the cleaning and disinfecting into one product.
Daily janitorial service will occur on school days after school hours to ensure that each day will start with newly sanitized classrooms and common areas. There will be daily cleaning and disinfecting of high touch hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/fax machines, bathroom surfaces (toilets, countertops, faucets), drinking fountains, and playground equipment) and shared objects (toys, games, art supplies, books) pursuant to CDC guidelines. The school janitorial staff will use a polarized mist broadcasting sprayer to disinfect high touch hard surfaces outside before, during (when children are not present in the classroom with a 10 minute drying time), and after the school day. More information about this polarized mist broadcasting sprayer can be found here - thegermbusterpro.com Teachers will also have access to disinfectant cleaning supplies in their classrooms to disinfect and clean surfaces as needed. These disinfectant cleaning supplies are currently on-site and will be replenished as needed.
Bathrooms will be used by only one cohort at a time. Each bathroom will be limited to two students at a time. Bathroom stalls will be limited to maintain social distancing regulations. Staff bathrooms will be limited to one staff member. Clear signage with sanitation products for staff to use after each use will be provided in each of the dedicated staff bathrooms.
The sharing of supplies between students will be limited. Bulk shared items will be removed from the classroom. Each child will have a set of their own materials to use throughout the day, to mitigate the risk of infection within each cohort group. For materials/items that are shared, children will sanitize their hands first, the teacher will sanitize the item(s) after they are done and sanitize the child(ren)’s hands again as well.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Video
Each classroom at St. Raymond School has two/three exterior windows sets that open to the outside of the building. During school operating hours, these classroom windows will be open to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the classroom. If there is a concern of poor air quality or high level of allergens which require the closing of classroom windows, teachers will use classroom HVAC systems to filter outside air to keep the circulation of the air throughout the classroom. Each classroom is equipped with a Carrier Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection air conditioner and fan. These units were last checked in July of 2020 and filters were replaced in each. Janitorial staff will check these filters each month and replace them as needed.
All students will remain with their own class, a stable cohort, throughout the school day. Each stable cohort represents a group of students and staff members that will stay together through the course of a day to eliminate or limit the mixing of students and staff in classes. The number of students per cohort is based on room size and configuration to maintain physical distancing requirements between students and between adults and students. Our cohort sizes by class are as follows:
- K: one group of ~11
- 1st Grade: one group of ~11
- 2nd Grade: one group of ~12
- 3rd Grade: one group of ~10
- 4th Grade: one group of ~12
- 5th Grade: one group of ~14
- 6th Grade: two groups of ~15
- 7th Grade: two groups of ~15
- 8th Grade: two groups of ~15
Students in grades K-2nd will return to school on November 2nd, 2020 in their designated cohort. Students in grades 3rd-5th will return to school on November 30th, 2020 in their designated cohort. If a grade-level cohort is less than 15 students, then the cohort will attend four days of in-person learning (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). If the cohort is more than 15 students, the grade-level will be two separate cohorts. Cohort A will attend in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday. Cohort B will attend in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday. Students will be on campus from 8 AM - 12 PM. Lunch will not be offered until full-day attendance is established. Distance learning will take place for all students on Wednesday, no students will be on campus. This cohort system will allow for full 24-hour disinfection on Wednesday between cohorts. Cohorts will not physically interact on campus with each other to minimize exposure. Recesses and lunches will be staggered and classes (cohorts) will not share play areas or play equipment. Morning and afternoon childcare (KidsKlub) will not be offered at this time.
The middle school Christmas related cohorts (elective performers and Jammin’ for Jesus musicians) meet independently twice a week following all CDPH, CDE, and ACPHD guidelines.
Physical distancing is an effective way to prevent potential infection. Employees, students, parents, and visitors will practice staying the recommended distance from others and eliminating contact with others whenever possible. Student desks will be placed four (4) to six (6) feet apart or more to promote physical distancing where practicable. Markings on classroom floors will identify traffic flow in the classrooms. Taped floor markings will identify walking directions throughout the campus in order to maintain physical distancing requirements. Nonessential, informal meetups and ad-hoc gatherings will be avoided. We will also stagger recesses and other transition times as needed to ensure no two cohorts are within close proximity to each other. This staggering of transition times will be implemented for lunch when full-day attendance is re-established.
- Distance teacher and other staff desks 6 feet away from student and other staff desks.
- Distance student chairs at least 6 feet away from one another, except where 6 feet of distance is not possible after a good-faith effort has been made.
- Under no circumstances should the distance between student chairs be less than 4 feet.
- If 6 feet of distance is not possible, optimize ventilation, use desk partitions, or arrange desks to minimize face-to-face contact.
Social Distancing Videos
- Sesame Street: Practicing Social Distancing with Abby and Rudy (2 min)
- Social Distancing - A Kid-Friendly Explanation Using BrainPop’s Make-a-Movie (3 min)
- Social Distancing Song - 5 Steps on Social Distancing (2 min)
- Social Distancing - Spanish (2 min)
Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School
For the safety of the children and staff, as well as our families, parent volunteers will be strictly limited and parent presence on campus will be extremely limited.
Anyone entering the school campus must comply with the applicable county COVID-19 requirements. Failure to comply is a violation of the mandate set by the state of California. Unless specifically exempted by the applicable county health guideline, anyone entering the school campus must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) covering his/her nose and mouth. The school will limit visitors to those visits essential for the school’s operations and limit the duration of time a visitor shall be on campus. The visitations will be made by appointment only through the school office.
No parent, guardian, student, employee, or visitors shall enter the school premises if that person has: (a) received a positive test result for COVID-19; (b) has sought medical treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; (c) is quarantined or self-quarantined because of COVID-19, whether diagnosed or not; or (d) has a temperature of 100 ℉ or greater. In all such cases, the person shall not enter the campus without obtaining written medical clearance and providing it to the school principal.
All families must follow the carpool drop-off /pick-up protocols set by the St. Raymond Traffic Committee. Parents will not be permitted to exit their vehicles or be permitted to enter the building during drop-off or pick-up. Students’ temperatures will be taken inside their vehicle by a school representative wearing PPE. Only if the child has a temperature below 100 ℉ will the child be able to exit the vehicle and walk to their homeroom classroom. If the child has a temperature above 100 ℉, the child will not be allowed on campus and will be asked to head home. Staff will monitor arrival and dismissal to curtail congregating and ensure students go straight from their carpool vehicle to the school building, and vice versa. All students will remain in their cohort during the drop-off and pick up period of the day. Students will be directed and monitored by staff to walk to the classroom following social distancing guidelines.
To exit for recess, teachers will lead their cohort and exit the outside facing door. When returning to the classroom, students will enter through the main hallway doors to not interact or pass another cohort as they make their way to recess. Each cohort will have a designated eating area following social distancing guidelines. Between each cohort, our school’s janitorial staff will use the polarized mist broadcasting sprayer to sanitize the tables.
6 feet of spacing markings will be placed throughout the campus to remind students and staff to always stay 6 feet apart in lines and at other times where they may congregate (e.g., during lunch, arrival and dismissal, restrooms, etc.).
Outside food delivery (e.g. Parent Food Delivery, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc.) will not be permitted. Students are responsible to provide their own snacks for daily consumption. Parents are not allowed to drop off materials and/or food during the school day.
Signage will be posted in high visibility areas (entrances, parking lot, playground, classrooms, hallways and bathrooms) to remind students and staff:
- When and where face coverings are required
- Appropriate use of face coverings
- Physical distancing expectations
- Traffic flow
- Proper techniques for handwashing
- Covering of coughs and sneezes and other prevention measures
- At entrances instructing students, staff, and visitors not to enter campus if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose - not related to seasonal allergies, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Face Coverings and other Essential Protective Gear
All guests, parents, and visitors will be required to wear a cloth face-covering whenever on-campus visiting the office. Faculty/staff will wear a cloth face covering while on campus, except while eating or drinking and when physical distancing is possible. A cloth covering around the neck can be worn under the face shield as needed. Students in PreSchool through 8th grades will be required to wear a mask on campus. Students are encouraged to bring a second mask in their backpack in case their mask is misplaced during the school day. Face coverings will be provided to students and staff who lose their face coverings or forget to bring them to school. Everyone will be required to wear cloth face coverings when 4 – 6 feet physical distancing is not feasible:
- while arriving and departing from school campus;
- in any area outside of the classroom (except when eating, drinking)
Masks should fit snugly on the face while covering both the nose and mouth. Please note the following:
- Surgical masks may be used, but fabric masks are encouraged.
- Bandannas and neck gaiters are not acceptable options as masks.
- N95 masks are not recommended for general use on campus.
- Masks with valves attached to them are not permitted, as the valves increase the number of respiratory droplets released into the air.
- CPDH recommends disposable 3-ply surgical masks, which are more effective than cloth face coverings.
- In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, a face shield with a drape can be used as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others.
- We Wear Masks - A Social Story about the Coronavirus (2min)
- Wear a Mask Song for Kids (3min)
- Mask Up Video - Spanish (30 seconds)
Health Screenings for Students and Staff
Our school will require parents, guardians, students and employees to answer basic health screening questions related to COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school. A list of COVID-19 symptoms (a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a fever of 100°F or higher or a sense of having a fever; a sore throat, chills, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies, unusual fatigue) and a self-checker is available on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. Further, once present at school, if an employee, student or visitor exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, the school may conduct health screening and isolate the person, consistent with county guidelines. (No medical testing, blood, or saliva draw will be performed.)
Students and staff will also conduct self-checks for symptoms throughout the day. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days (exposure means within 4-6 feet for 15-minutes or longer), has COVID-19 symptoms, or who is not feeling well will not be permitted on campus.
All parents, guardians, students, and employees must immediately notify the school principal if a student or employee has come into contact (through living arrangements or otherwise) with any person that has: (a) received a positive test result for COVID-19; (b) has sought medical treatment for COVID-19 symptoms; or (c) is quarantined or self-quarantined because of COVID-19, whether diagnosed or not. In any of these situations, the person will not be allowed on school property, until the minimum county isolation/quarantine requirements have been met.
Any student or staff member with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be required to isolate at home until 14 days have passed since symptoms appeared and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms have improved.
CDC: Back to School Strategies and Tips
- Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
- I Think or Know I had COVID-19, and I had Symptoms. When Can I Be With Others?
Healthy Hygiene Practices
Students will move with their cohort at scheduled times for bathroom visits. Teachers and staff will accompany students to and from their designated locations to ensure cohorts remain secure, and disinfect restroom high touch areas after use. If a bathroom emergency arises for students in grades K-2, the classroom assistant will accompany the child to and from the restroom. Students in 3-5th grades will be allowed to independently go to and from the restroom in a timely manner. These classroom restrooms are accessible from the school’s main enclosed hallway. Each bathroom is furnished with two sinks, two soap, and paper towel dispensers. Each classroom is furnished with a sink, and a soap and paper towel dispenser. Each classroom door is furnished with a hand sanitizing station which students will use before entering the classroom. Soap and hand sanitizer dispensers will be checked daily by the school’s administration, teachers, and janitorial staff. Soap and hand sanitizer is in stock and is ready to be replenished as needed. Classrooms are also equipped with additional hand sanitation bottles for teacher and student use.
Teachers will reinforce with students the importance of using tissues to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue and to immediately dispose of it into a classroom waste bin. Teachers, staff, and students will also be reminded daily to wash their hands before and after eating; after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after using the restroom. Students and staff will be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels (or single-use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly. Teachers and staff will model and practice proper handwashing with students as needed. Where soap and water are not readily available, staff and students are to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Children under the age of 9 will be supervised by an adult whenever using hand sanitizer.
Hand Washing Videos from the CDC
- Happy Handwashing Song (30 seconds)
- Wash Your Hands-Child Video (30 seconds)
- What you need to know about handwashing (2 minutes)
- En Español, En français
If a student should become ill while at school and is showing COVID-19 symptoms, the student’s parent or guardian will be contacted and notified of the situation. The student will become quarantined in the nurse’s sick bay with the attached bathroom in the school office until the parent or guardian arrives for pick-up. Parents will have to immediately pick up the student following the communication of sickness. Contact will be made by phone, with follow up text or email. The parent or guardian will be directed not to enter the campus and pick up the student curbside. The parent will call the school office from their vehicle when they arrive on campus. An employee will accompany the potentially ill student to the vehicle, while wearing PPE, including but not limited to a mask and gloves. Our staff will advise the parent and/or guardian to contact the student’s physician in order for the student to get tested, isolate in their home or another residence, and refrain from going out in public, except for medical care. The student will remain out of school pending test results. Parents will be directed to the following Alameda County Public Health Department website containing information about local testing sites: Alameda County COVID-19 Testing.
If a student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and had exposed others at the school, our school will implement the following steps:
- In consultation with the local public health department, our staff will ensure cleaning and quarantine of exposed persons and whether any additional intervention is warranted, including the length of time necessary, based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.
- The classroom or office where the patient was based will be closed off for use until the area is cleaned and disinfected.
- Following the CDC, we will wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, we will wait at least two hours or as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
- Additional areas of the school visited by the COVID-19 positive individual will also be cleaned and disinfected.
- Implement communication plans for exposure at school which includes outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community through the school’s communication outlets such as RenWeb, Constant Contact, and Google Classroom/Class Dojo apps.
- Implement online/distance learning for student cases if they are well enough to participate.
Identification and Tracing of Contacts
Our school will follow Cal-OSHA reporting and recording instructions for all employees as well as reporting any positive COVID-19 cases to the corresponding County Health Department. Our school will cooperate with state and local health departments’ contact tracing protocols. Our designated COVID-19 Contact Tracers are Gregory Peterson (Principal), Sandy Cramer (Administrative Assistant), and Jennifer Dutrow (Director of Kids Klub and Whole School Assistant). They will follow county recommendations for contact tracing. Information on contact tracing can be found here: COVID-19 Contact Tracing
The contact tracing process will immediately commence if and when a COVID-19 positive case occurs. Our contact tracers will assist public health departments in knowing who may have had contact at a school with a confirmed case by:
- Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
- Ensuring student schedules are up to date;
- Keeping a log of any visitors, including date, time, and where in the school they visited;
- Assisting local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual at school; and
- Maintaining confidentiality as required by federal and state laws and regulations.
Positive COVID-19 Case
In the event of a positive case, the school will:
- Schools must adhere to required reporting requirements and notify, as described below, the LHD of any newly reported case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member if the LHD has not yet contacted them about the case,
- If the case is present at school at the time the school is notified, the case must go home and be excluded from school for at least 10 days from symptom onset date or, if asymptomatic, 10 days from the date the specimen was collected for the positive test.
- Assist LHD in identifying close contacts of the case. Send a notice, developed in collaboration with the LHD, to parents and staff to inform them that a case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member has been reported and that the school will work with the LHD to notify exposed people.
- Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of the classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time. This does not need to be done until students and staff in the area have left for the day.
- Implement online/distance learning for student cases if they are well enough to participate.
If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or has come in close contact with someone who tested positive, s/he will inform the school’s designated COVID-19 Contact Tracers, who in turn will notify Alameda County Health Officials using this form: Notification to ACPHD
Our school will also notify others who have been in “close contact” with the affected individual. Close contact” is defined by the CDC as being within six feet for a period of at least 15 minutes, although this standard is not absolute.
If anyone in a staff member’s, or student’s, family, or someone they have been within 6 ft of for more than 15 minutes and is exhibiting distinctive symptoms of COVID-19 (fever above 100 ℉, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, cough), the staff member or student will be required to stay home for 72 hours for observation or until a negative COVID-19 test is produced. Co-workers who may have had contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, will be informed by our school and it will be recommended they get COVID-19 testing and self-isolate.
Instructions on isolation and quarantine procedures for Alameda County can be found at:
Home Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts to COVID-19
Home Isolation Instructions for People COVID19 and People Awaiting COVID-19 Test Results
In accordance with an individual’s right to medical privacy, our school will never disclose an infected person’s name. An affected employee will be asked to follow his/her medical provider’s instructions and the recommended quarantine/isolation instructions per the corresponding County Health Department prior to returning to the school campus. Similar protocols will be followed for students.
CDC: Back to School Strategies and Tips
Required COVID-19 Reporting
- The school will notify the local health officer of any known case of COVID-19 among any student or employee who was present on a campus within the 10 days preceding a positive test for COVID-19. Specifically, the school shall report the following information:
- The full name, address, telephone number, and date of birth of the individual who tested positive;
- The date the individual tested positive, the school(s) at which the individual was present on-site within the 10 days preceding the positive test, and the date the individual was last on-site at any relevant school(s); and
- The full name, address, and telephone number of the person making the report.
- This information shall be reported to the local health officer by telephone within twenty-four hours from the time an individual within the local educational agency or private school is first made aware of a new case.
Cluster or Outbreak at School
When either a school or LHD is aware that an outbreak may be underway, the LHD should investigate, in collaboration with the school, to determine whether these cases had a common exposure at school (e.g., a common class or staff member, bus ride, or other common exposures outside of school). CDPH defines a school outbreak as 3 or more confirmed or probable cases of staff or students occurring within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked in the school, are from different households and are not contacts of each other in any other investigation cases (e.g., transmission likely occurred in the school setting).
During the investigation, the school will:
- Notify parents/guardians and school staff of a cluster/outbreak investigation related to the school and encourage them to follow public health recommendations.
- Identify, as part of the CSP, one or more school staff member who can liaise with the LHD regarding the cluster/outbreak investigation by confirming which classes and stable groups included confirmed cases or symptomatic students and staff members, and if recent events or gatherings involved any cases or symptomatic persons.
- Identify absenteeism among those in affected classes or stable groups, and coordinate with the LHD to contact these absentees to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 if they were exposed to a case during the case's infectious period.
- Coordinate with the LHD to share a line list of cases and contacts with dates present at or absent from school.
- Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of classrooms or other areas where cases or symptomatic students or staff members spend significant time.
- Coordinate with the LHD on notifications to the school community, including specific notifications of stable groups or classrooms regarding their exclusion status and instructions.
- Coordinate with the LHD on whether and when the school should be closed and reopened.
- Notify the school community if the school is to be closed for 14 days due to widespread and/or ongoing transmission of SARS-CoV2 at the school or in the general community, and repeat recommendations for prevention and control measures.
- Implement online/distance teaching and learning during school closure.
- Arrange for cleaning and disinfection of the entire school before reopening in the case of closure.
Staff Training & Family Education
All faculty/staff will be required to participate in a virtual training session regarding the requirements and practices contained in this document, including education on the prevention and spread of COVID-19. During this training, clear expectations will be communicated to staff including: (a) monitoring and assessing students for COVID-19 symptoms; (b) monitoring students to maintain social distancing and wearing PPE, consistent with county health requirements; (c) cleaning and disinfecting of the school premises, including classrooms, bathrooms, and common areas. Dedicated time will be allocated at each week’s faculty/staff meeting each Wednesday to ensure everyone is aware of updates and changes to our COVID response procedures and safety protocols as needed. Ongoing training will also be provided as new COVID-19 updates are made available. Teachers will educate students on the importance of healthy hygiene practices, understanding, and monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and physical distancing.
A virtual information night for families will be offered prior to school opening informing them of the requirements and practices contained in this document, including education on the prevention and spread of COVID-19. All school families will be provided a copy of this document, as well as CDC’s publication, How to Protect Yourself and Others - COVID-19. Parents will continue to be notified through the schools newsletter as new COVID-19 updates are made available.
Testing of Staff
COVID-19 testing is a key strategy in reopening schools safely. A minimum of 25% of our staff will be tested every two weeks, ensuring that 100% of our staff will be tested once within a two-month period, throughout the school year. A master schedule will be created to monitor the testing status for everyone on staff. We have arranged with Quest Diagnostic to provide testing services to all faculty and staff in accordance with the County requirements.
Unilab Corporation dba Quest Diagnostics
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CLIA #: 05D0644209
License to process Covid tests: - No COVID-19 testing licensure is required in California
CDPH License Expiration Date: 03/26/2021
Days to turn-around testing results: 3 day turn-around
Any student or staff member with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be required to isolate at home until 14 days have passed since symptoms appeared and at least 24 hours have passed without a fever without the assistance of a fever reducer (such as Advil, Tylenol, etc.) and their symptoms have improved.
Employees/students with a positive test result and symptoms who are directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue home isolation when at least 24 hours have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as no fever without the aid of fever-reducing medication as well as improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), and at least 14 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared. Alameda County’s instructions on isolation and quarantine procedures can be found at:
- Home Quarantine Guidance for Close Contacts to COVID-19
- Home Isolation Instructions for People COVID19 and People Awaiting COVID-19 Test Results
Symptomatic testing: If a student or employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, the individual is sent home (or stays home). Testing for COVID-19 is encouraged. The student or employee can use the testing sites available on the County’s website or make an appointment to see their medical provider. While waiting for results, the student or employee will not be able to return to school.
Response testing: If a student or employee is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, the student or staff member is required to quarantine for 10 days. Testing for COVID-19 is encouraged. The student or employee can use the testing sites available on the County’s website or make an appointment to see their medical provider.
Asymptomatic testing: Employees participate in asymptomatic testing. St. Raymond School has established a schedule for testing so that employees are tested once every two months. The employees use the testing sites available on the County’s website.
Open communication is key to our success and is important for keeping our school healthy. The Friday weekly school newsletter will include a health/safety section that will house ongoing reminders for personal protection equipment, removing personal belongings, and the importance of washing hands and good hygiene.
Employees who had “close contact” with a person confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 will be notified. The CDC defines “close contact” as being within six feet for a period of at least 15 minutes from two days before the testing until meeting the criteria for discontinuation of home isolation. However, this standard of “close contact” is not absolute and can vary depending on the circumstances. The staff notification letter will be based on the template provided by Alameda County: Alameda County Template Letter to Staff
The parents or guardians of students who had “close contact” with a person confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 will be notified. The CDC defines “close contact” as being within six feet for a period of at least 15 minutes from two days before the testing until meeting the criteria for discontinuation of home isolation. However, this standard of “close contact” is not absolute and can vary depending on the circumstances. The staff notification letter will be based on the template provided by Alameda County: Alameda County Template Letter to Parents/Guardians
Our school will adhere to CDC, CHD, ACPHD, FERPA, and HIPAA guidelines when communicating with staff and families about confirmed positive cases and high-risk exposures at the school (consistent with privacy requirements). These communications will be made via email using RenWeb, Constant Contact, and/or the Google Classroom and Class Dojo apps.
Following a confirmed positive case in a cohort, the school’s administration will call a cohort meeting to further discuss and address immediate plans of action. If there is a positive school wide exposure, the school’s administration will call a school wide meeting to further discuss and address immediate plans of action.
Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning
Our school will follow the metrics established by the California Department of Public Health for closing again and returning to distance learning due to COVID-19. Individual school closure, in which all students and staff are not on campus, is recommended based on the number of cases and stable groups impacted, which suggest that active in-school transmission is occurring. Closure should be done in consultation with the LHO. Situations that may indicate the need for school closure:
- Within a 14-day period, an outbreak has occurred in 25% or more stable groups in the school.
- Within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.
- The LHO may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.
- 5% of students and teachers in a classroom test positive for the virus, the classroom would be closed, followed by 14 days of quarantine.
- 5% positive testing rate of total students and teachers, the entire school would have to close, with everyone subject to 14 days of quarantine.
Length of closure: 14 days, or according to a decision made in consultation with the LHO. The state, county, and/or the Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.
The State of California has updated its travel policy with the following provisions:
- Non-essential travel (for recreational purposes) should be limited to 120 miles from the person’s home.
- Californians who travel outside the state or the country must quarantine for 10 days upon their return to California.
- Visitors to California from other states and countries must also quarantine for 10 days upon their entry into California.
With this in mind, please limit recreational travel to no more than 120 miles from your home. If you must travel outside of California or outside of the United States, you will need to quarantine for 10 days upon your return to California.
Key Constituent Consultation
St. Raymond School welcomed a new principal on July 1, 2020. In the first weeks of July, Mr. Peterson sent two Google Form surveys (one to the faculty and staff of St. Raymond School and the other to the family community of St. Raymond School) to question and gather data about reopening confidence and concerns for the upcoming school year. 16 staff responses were recorded with 14 responses wanting to be back in school full time and/or in a hybrid model. The main concern from teachers was that of sanitation of the school and classroom and further information about teacher testing requirements. 155 responses were recorded from our parent community. 30% requested to be back full time and 40% requested to return in a hybrid model. Both groups felt comfortable returning to school if school safety guidelines and protocols were set and transparent. The main concern made by parents who requested distance learning only were the unknowns of the disease, student safety, and if a vaccine would present itself in a timely manner. COVID news and school re-opening information has been shared with our school families through our online family weekly Friday newsletter. Once the re-opening information is shared to the school community, Mr. Peterson will send a teacher and parent survey to receive up to date feedback about returning for in-person instruction.
St. Raymond Parish and School welcomed Fr. Erick Villa as its new Parochial Administrator in March just as the school and county went into lockdown. Fr. Erick and Mr. Peterson meet weekly to discuss current distance learning protocols and future plans for re-opening the school for in-person learning. School re-opening conversations have also been shared during our school’s monthly School Board and Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) meetings. The main concerns from the School Board and PTG are that of student safety and classroom sanitation.
Starting July 17th, Mr. Peterson met with the Superintendent of the Diocese of Oakland Catholic Schools and her support team to discuss current COVID-19 news, safety guidelines and protocols, and future planning for distance and possible in-person learning. Each meeting consisted of reading and discussing the current revisions to school re-opening and safety protocols set by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) School Guidance, California Department of Education (CDE) Guidebook for Reopening, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Framework for K-12 School, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Schools Guidance. Following these meetings, Mr. Peterson would meet with other Alameda County, Oakland Diocese school principals to further discuss, collaborate, and plan for possible re-opening procedures for the 2020-2021 school year. When offered, Mr. Peterson also joined the weekly/monthly virtual meetings organized and led by the Alameda County Office of Education and the Alameda County Public Health Department. These meetings offered up to date COVID-19 information and further defined safety and sanitation protocols.
On August 7th, 2020, Mr. Peterson met with Jamie Salaverria, Maintenance Supervisor for the parish and school, and Augustine Gill, Business Manager for St. Raymond Parish, to further discuss, address, and plan for increased cleaning of the church, parish offices, parish hall, and the school buildings. St. Raymond Parish and School will adhere to the cleaning and disinfection guidelines developed by the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, playgrounds, etc.
At the start of each school year, St. Raymond’s school nurse begins the review of students' updated vaccination and medical forms. Our school nurse records and reports any student files that are not valid and up to date. Our school nurse will further guide and support a safe opening as St. Raymond prepares to return for in-person instruction. St. Raymond School is also in conversation and collaboration with our school’s counselor, Miss Sara, to further support the social-emotional learning needs of students as they navigate their way through the pandemic and distance learning.
Beginning August 12, 2020, faculty and staff have met each Wednesday for a weekly staff meeting led by Mr. Peterson. The first Wednesday began with the annual review of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program training (IIPP) which included up to date training and information about cleaning, sanitation and protective procedures related to COVID-19. Each Wednesday following, Mr. Peterson shared updates and highlights from the CDPH, CDE, CDPH, CDC, and the Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools. Mr. Peterson allows time for faculty and staff to have discussions and ask questions. Faculty and staff are encouraged to ask questions and share concerns. These questions and concerns are shared with the schools superintendent and director of human resources at the Diocese of Oakland.