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Park Day School is committed to providing a safe environment where dynamic and engaging learning thrives. Health and safety, while supporting our students and their learning, is at the forefront of our efforts.
Park Day School began a gradual, phased reopening on November 2, and K-8 students are now back on campus. Park Day School will continue to follow health and safety protocols per the State’s Consolidated Schools Guidance and Alameda County’s COVID-19 School Guidance, and adhere to Alameda County Public Health Department mandates as they are announced.
Printable COVID Safety Plan
2021 State COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist
As permitted by Alameda County, we have returned to campus in stable groups. Decision making continues to be based on guidelines from local public health officials, State guidelines, Alameda County’s recent School Reopening Guidance, and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing in the classroom, facial coverings for staff and students, expanded cleaning and health protocols to minimize risk of infection, and screenings for illness. We have been working with epidemiologists at Capsid Consulting to refine and improve our plans.
We recognize that we can only manage the safety procedures for the daily operations on the Park Day campus. The success of our plan to have all students learning on campus depends upon our families and community upholding their social responsibility to remain vigilant, adhering to the health and safety orders of our county per the Community Agreement that will be posted on ParentSquare.
It is important for our school community to recognize that our plan to protect student and staff health is two fold:
We plan to provide regular and transparent updates to our community as local, State, and Federal recommendations evolve over the summer. We will be in touch with families in August with more finalized plans.
Prior to re-opening campus, we will require each family to complete the COVID Parent Acknowledge Risk form.
We are continually updating our health and safety policies and practices, with guidance from the California and Alameda County Departments of Health, the Alameda County Office of Education, and the CDC. We know that many of these changes are inconvenient and may take adjusting to, but all were made to keep our community safe.
To be successful, we’ll need our students and employees to share the responsibility of keeping our campus community healthy and safe, to be alert for symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19 and if feeling unwell in any way, to stay home.
Face Coverings and Other Protective Gear
Health Screening and Testing for Students and Staff
Healthy Hygiene Practices
Ventilation and Outdoor Spaces:
Increasing outdoor air circulation lowers the risk of infection by “diluting” any infectious respiratory virus with outdoor air. Being outside is even lower risk.
Staff Training and Family Education
All staff and students will be trained and families will be educated on the application and enforcement of our plan.
Physical distancing between individuals in classrooms and about campus will be the new norm. We have made many changes to our facilities to promote health and safety of our staff and students.
We have increased our janitorial services to ensure health and safety of staff and students, and working to ensure that cleaning and disinfecting is being done to meet EPA as well as CDC and local guidelines.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols: Janitorial staff will perform nightly cleaning and disinfecting of all occupied classrooms, restrooms, offices, and hallways, following the most recent CDC guidelines. Janitorial staff are cleaning and disinfecting restrooms and all high touch surfaces throughout the school day.
Ventilation and Outdoor Spaces: Increasing outdoor air circulation lowers the risk of infection by “diluting” any infectious respiratory virus with outdoor air. Being outside is even lower risk. Classes will move to remote learning if the AQI is over 100.
Outdoor Spaces: Groups will be outside at least 50% of the time. Snacks/meals and activities that produce more respiratory droplets such as active exercise will take place outside. We have designating separate outdoor spaces for each group which includes 22 outdoor classroom areas with seating spaced 5 feet apart.
Inside Spaces: None of the buildings on the Park Day campus have central air systems, and thus there are fewer concerns about recirculated air. Weather and air quality permitting, windows will be opened to increase ventilation with outdoor air when health and safety allow, for example, when it does not worsen individuals’ allergies or asthma. When possible, exterior room doors will be slightly opened to promote flow of outdoor air through the indoor space. Fans will be installed to promote circulation. Generally, opening windows will effectively increase the amount of outdoor air in a room.
Air Purifiers: Portable True HEPA and activated carbon filter air purifiers will be provided in all classrooms and offices prior to reopening.
Park Day School is hosting site for Curative offering community COVID testing sessions every Sunday for our school and the greater Oakland community.
Participants schedule appointments online– through Curative’s scheduler portal. Tests are offered at no cost to the community.
All students and staff will be asked to show documentation of a negative COVID test every week. In between testing and a return to campus, Park Day asks all community members to reduce their social exposure to essential business only, and tighten all social circles to avoid exposure. Test results are to be submitted to the Health Liaison, Cassandra McCraw via Google Form submission or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after every testing date regardless of where the test was done–either by Curative or any other health provider. Test results are kept confidential. This documentation is required for students and staff to return to campus. Family and household members of Park Day students and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for COVID testing. In between testing and a return to campus, Park Day asks all community members to reduce their social exposure to essential business only, and tighten all social circles to avoid exposure.
Curative provides a summary report within 48 hours of the testing session. The results will be submitted to Alameda County Health Department and to the participant directly.
In the event a member of our community is diagnosed with COVID-19, or if anyone in their household, or anyone who has had close contact with a student, is diagnosed with COVID-19, they will contact our Public Health Liaison, Cassandra McCraw, email@example.com, immediately. In the event a possible case of COVID-19 is detected within our School community, we will follow the Alameda County Office of Education and Health Department protocols.
*Close Contact being within 6 ft of the confirmed COVID-19 + individual and for more than 15 minutes
The Contract Tracing Team will support County Contact Tracing efforts by listing all staff/students that had close contact* with the confirmed COVID-19 positive individual during the time period between two days prior to when the individual’s symptoms appeared and the last time the individual was on the school campus. The school utilizes the contact tracing feature of Titan HST, which will aid us in quickly determining contact exposure in the case of any cases on campus, and communicate with contacts and require that they all quarantine following County quarantine instructions for 10 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious.
School Communications: The Communications team will communicate with staff and families promptly sharing any notifications or changes. In the case of confirmed cases, the school will follow the County guidance for communications and other safety protocols.
School Response Team
Once we are permitted to reopen, the school (or a particular class/cohort) will switch to Distance Learning per State guidance if 5% or more of staff and students test positive, and/or and if/when:
Students will be in stable groups that will remain separate from each other. At this time, stable groups will consist of no more than 36 students each.
Field Trips and Overnights: Unfortunately, all overnight and field trips are on hold until health guidelines change. We are developing ways for students to bond and get (re)acquainted at the start of the year.
Community Gatherings & Special Events: All school-sponsored in-person events will be canceled or held in an online format, if possible. Once restrictions loosen, in-person events will be determined on a case-by-case basis with strict adherence to Alameda County Department of Public Health guidelines.
On August 24th, all staff completed a training on the entire reopening plan and health and safety practices. Prior to reopening, leadership will review health and safety practices with the community, including staff, students, and families. The review will include daily health screening, facial covering requirements, healthy hygiene, physical distancing, and drop-off and pick-up procedures. In addition, the Park Day website hosts videos to help guide families and students as to best practices in sanitation and social distancing.
State Guidebook for Reopening Schools
In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California
Alameda County School Reopening Plans
California Dept of Public Health COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Schools
Park Day School will remain in distance learning mode until Alameda County is out of the purple zone on the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days and infections are trending downward, and/or Alameda County grants an elementary waiver which permits us to bring students to campus.
Park Day School applied for an elementary school waiver on September 17. This was in response to the September 2 announcement from the Alameda County Office of Education (in cooperation with Alameda County Public Health Department) opening the waiver process for schools located in counties on the state’s coronavirus watchlist who are seeking to resume in-person instruction.
As of September 17, more than 400 waivers have been granted to elementary schools in California. Should Park Day be granted a waiver, we are planning to have a phased/gradual reopening with two grades (4 – 6 cohorts) starting at a time. View ACgov school-guidance website for most up to date information.