Reopen & Return to Campus
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
Currently there are four possible ways that part or the entire school might reopen to offer in-person learning and St. Matthew's is pursuing each of them simultaneously. Here's a breakdown:
TWO - California Department of Social Services “CDSS” Designation (All Grades K-12) – Through this waiver, the School is identifying the entire Kindergarten class as a “vulnerable” population requiring in-person special services. This program is primarily intended for ESL and students with an IEP (individualized Education Plan), however it also allows Schools to personally identify their own students who may require designation within this “vulnerable” category. We are also working to identify students outside of the Kindergarten grade who will also benefit from this designation and will incorporate them into an on-campus plan very soon. Since this waiver seems to require the least barriers with regard to the approval process, we anticipate that this route will allow us to open our School doors to Kindergarteners by October 20, and shortly thereafter for older students also identified as being within this vulnerable category.
THREE - LADPH TK-2 Waiver (Grades TK - 2 Only) – LA County has opened a TK – Grade 2 Waiver which we are also applying for. LA County will approve 30 schools per week prioritizing schools with low-income students. We will keep you posted on the progress of this avenue.