Health & Safety on Campus

Health & Safety
There is no way to insure zero risk of infection. We need to adhere to all mitigating factors to reduce the risk of spread. Each and every one of us is an important link in keeping our community safe. We are in this together!

Complete PCR screening before start of school - Bluestone, now Curative.

Complete daily Symptom and Exposure screening at home before school and report via MyMedBot

Temperature check in car line
  1. Everyone wears a mask
  2. Keep 6 foot distance from others
  3. Wash hands frequently
  • Employees and students are required to wear cloth face coverings unless medically exempted
  • Parents/guardians shall provide a minimum of two face coverings per day for their student
  • Always wear a mask around someone who is sick at home
  • Your mask may help protect others
  • Their mask may protect you
  • Furniture will be set up 6 ft apart
  • Additional classroom spaces have been added
  • In-person class sizes have been decreased into small, stable cohort groups
  • Markings to be in place to designate 6 feet distancing and prevent clustering of individuals
  • To the extent possible educators will balance group activities and emphasize individual activities to limit contact
  • Use of outdoor classrooms and outdoor spaces will be maximized
 
 
  • Enhanced and proper hygiene will be included in the regular classroom routine throughout the day
  • Hand sanitizing dispensers will be available throughout the campus
  • Students/employees must wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use hand rub with 60% ethyl alcohol content until the content dries - usually 20 sec
  • Daily Symptom and Exposure screening is important
  • Use screening daily, even on weekends
 
Why is screening important?
 
  • Mitigation for community spread
  • Supposedly “Asymptomatic” people actually often have mild symptoms
  • Screening is known to catch more cases than testing
  • It is an indicator of overall community health
  • The school will conduct testing every week (20 people per week)
  • Hanne will send out a note about testing with details.
  • We are covering 20 employees per week
  • This is covered through your insurance, you should not incur any charges.
  • Students will also be required to be tested prior to coming to school
ECE is now open for in person learning
 
Kinder will open on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
 
We have met with these groups individually and have worked with them to prepare to receive our students.
 
Our experience has shown that we need at least two-week preparation time for reopening and before we open the next class, we will ensure we meet with the teachers and walk them through protocols. Protocols change often, so it is best that we wait until the class is ready to return before going over details so we can prepare well.
 
EC experience
Students/employees are required to stay home and quarantine/isolate when…
 
  • Experiencing any of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Been a Close Contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Has been PCR tested for COVID-19 and is waiting for test results
  • Has tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you have questions about your health, please contact your physician.
 
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SUPERVISOR AND HR SHOULD YOU NEED TO BE OUT Each situation will be different, we will need to address each one individually. Please contact us so that we can discuss coverage, please have our contact information handy and if possible, please let us know the day before. The roster is available on the school website.
*You are considered to have (or likely to have) COVID-19, if you have a positive diagnostic PCR test for COVID-19 (swab or saliva) and/or were told by a doctor that you are likely to have COVID-19 and/or you have symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)
 
When Does My Home Isolation End?
 
If you had symptoms, you must stay home until:
  • At least 10 days* have passed since your symptoms first started and
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and
  • Your symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath)
 
If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:
  • You must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken, but
  • If you develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above
Students and staff will wash hands… We do need your help in reminding students as they may forget. We have signs posted, but if you need one please let us know.
 
  • After arrival to campus
  • After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Using the restroom
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after touching face
  • After playing outside
  • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance
  • Before putting on and after removing gloves
  • After touching frequently touched areas (e.g., door knobs, handrails)
  • All individuals should avoid touching face or face covering
  • Any used tissues or other potentially infected material must be disposed of in an opened-top wastebasket
  • Drinking fountains will not be in use
  • Students should bring personal water bottles and refill them at designated stations - except ECE and Kinder
  • The school will provide water bottles for ECE and Kinder
Please contact Hanne Kim at ext. 170 or hkim@stmatthewsschool.com
 
Supplies on Hand:
- Ethanol wipes to clean frequently touched surfaces (like the ones in FAR and by printers).
- Hand sanitizer
- Face shields
- Clear mask
- Disposable masks
 
  • Teachers we will need your help in disinfecting surfaces in your classrooms, as appropriate, with alcohol wipes
  • The use of shared items and resources will be minimized among students
  • Touchless light fixtures and plumbing will be installed as able
  • High-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, handrails, sink handles, restroom surfaces, toys, art supplies, instructional materials, and playground equipment will be disinfected frequently throughout the school day
  • A day porter has been added his name is Marlon Morales
  • Any areas known to be infected with COVID-19 will be closed off for up to 24 hours before a full cleaning
  • If you need a touchless paper towel dispenser, hand soap dispenser and touchless sink - please send an FMX request. Greg will do the best that he can to get these installed.
Parents/Guardians will…
 
  • Read the health and safety protocols
  • Complete a daily screening for their child for COVID-19 symptoms every morning before school
  • Keep their child home from school if sick or showing symptoms related to COVID-19
  • Provide a minimum of 2 masks daily for their student/s
  • Remain in their cars with masks on during drop off/pick up their students
  • Students will remain with the same cohort group
  • Mixing of individuals between cohort groups will be avoided
  • PS-4 will be in the same classroom throughout the day with the same homeroom teacher and specialist who rotates every three weeks.
  • Grades 5-8 will remain in the same classroom throughout the day with a designated set of theme-based, team teachers
 

Grade

PS-PK

K-4

5-8

Number of Cohorts

5

K (4 cohorts) 

3

Number of students per Cohort

Max 12 (+2 adults)

Max 12 (+2 adults)

Max 12

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