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OPERATING PLAN TO ENSURE

COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELL-BEING

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS        1

WELCOME TO SANTA CRUZ MONTESSORI        3

PURPOSE        3

COMMUNITY AGREEMENT        3

FACTS ABOUT COVID-19        5

WHAT IS COVID-19?        5

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?        5

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?        5

HOW DO WE PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?        5

WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID-19?        6

HEALTH EDUCATION        6

STUDENTS        6

STAFF        6

SAFE SCHOOL OPERATIONS        7

VOCABULARY        7

VACCINATIONS        8

CLEANING & DISINFECTING        8

GENERAL  PRACTICES        8

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING MATERIALS        8

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING NAPPING EQUIPMENT & BEDDING        8

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PRODUCTS        8

HEALTH SCREENING        9

STUDENT HEALTH SCREENING BEFORE ARRIVAL        9

STAFF HEALTH SCREENING BEFORE ARRIVAL        9

STUDENT HEALTH SCREENING AT ARRIVAL        9

COVID-19 EXPOSURE: CHILDREN AND STAFF        10

STAFF HEALTH SCREENING AT ARRIVAL        10

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE PROCEDURES        10

ARRIVAL: PRIMARY        11

ARRIVAL: ELEMENTARY        11

ARRIVAL: WALKERS & BIKERS        11

ARRIVAL: YCC        11

ARRIVAL: WAVECREST        11

LATE ARRIVAL        12

DEPARTURE: MAIN CAMPUS        12

DEPARTURE: WALKERS & BIKERS        12

DEPARTURE: WINSTON CAMPUS        12

FACE COVERINGS        13

FACE COVERINGS FOR STAFF        13

FACE COVERINGS FOR STUDENTS        13

FACE COVERINGS FOR PARENTS AND GUESTS        13

HEALTHY HAND HYGIENE        14

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER        14

USE HAND SANITIZER WHEN YOU CAN’T USE SOAP AND WATER        14

FOOD SAFETY        14

ACCESS TO CAMPUS        15

PARENT OBSERVATIONS        15

SCHOOL TOURS        15

EXPOSURE & ILLNESS        16

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: STUDENTS        16

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: STAFF        17

POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 IN THE CLASSROOM: CHILDREN OR STAFF        17

POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19: RETURNING TO SCHOOL        18

TESTING CENTERS        18

CONTACT TRACING        18

COMMUNICATION        18

 OVERNIGHT CAMP COVID-19  GUIDELINES        19

Vaccination         19

Pre-Arrival Health Screening        19

ANNEX A: RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH STRESS        20

ANNEX B: CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS        21

ANNEX C: CHECKLIST FOR STUDENTS        22

ANNEX D: DECISION-MAKING FLOWCHART        23

ANNEX E: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES        24

ANNEX F: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES        25

ANNEX G: REFERENCE RESOURCES        26

WELCOME TO SANTA CRUZ MONTESSORI

After much deliberation, research and careful thought, Santa Cruz Montessori reopened YCC and Primary Classes on September 1, 2020. Elementary and Wavecrest Classes reopened on September 22, 2020. We recognize that reopening school involves some increased risk of contracting COVID-19 as the Montessori classroom inspires daily contact with teachers and classmates. To help protect the safety and health of our students, families, and staff, we have developed this plan of operations that includes safety protocols and practices that are in accordance with guidelines made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the public health officials of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health (SCDPH). We are confident that these safety protocols will not impede us from achieving our mission, which is to inspire life-long learning and a peaceful world by nurturing the natural development of the whole child.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to outline the policies and procedures that Santa Cruz Montessori has put in place in order to mitigate COVID-related risks at school while also promoting the physical, mental and social-emotional well-being of all students. This is a living document and will be updated as new recommendations from public health officials arise.

COMMUNITY AGREEMENT

We are fully committed to monitoring announcements about any new discoveries daily and to modifying our protocols and practices accordingly to ensure that they remain in compliance with the most current guidance our public health officials provide.  We are also aware that exposure at school puts our families at risk. The information in this document will provide clarity around the practices and procedures that Santa Cruz Montessori has established to minimize exposure to our community, but it does not guarantee that a child will not be exposed or will not contract the disease. More than ever, now is the time for our community of families and educators to mutually agree to keep each other as safe as possible by strictly adhering to health and safety protocols at school as well as in the home and outside of school.


FACTS ABOUT COVID-19

WHAT IS COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This virus is related to the viruses that cause Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold. CO stands for corona. VI stands for virus. D stands for disease. The COVID-19 virus was first discovered in China in 2019 and has gradually made its way across the world. It is now present in all 50 states and US territories. Since this new disease can be found worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a global pandemic.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following: a temperature of or above 100.4℉; a cough; congestion; runny nose; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; nausea; vomiting; and diarrhea. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia and can also be fatal. These symptoms are similar to other common illnesses such as the flu or common cold. A person who has the virus might also be asymptomatic. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID-19.

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

The virus is spread mainly from person to person. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks, their respiratory droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or they can be inhaled into the lungs. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours. It may be possible for an individual to get infected by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, but recent studies have shown that the virus is less likely to get transferred this way. Studies suggest that a low percentage of asymptomatic individuals may spread the virus.

HOW DO WE PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

To help stop the spread of a respiratory disease like COVID-19, the following measures are recommended:

  1. Stay at least 6 ft apart (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  2. When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
  3. Cough or sneeze into your flexed elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then throw the tissue away.
  4. Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  6. Stay home when you are sick.
  7. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

Note: There is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19.

WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID-19?

Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are the most vulnerable to contracting the disease. Based on current data, children are less likely to contract COVID-19 than adults. Although children and infants have been infected by the virus, adults make up the majority of cases with COVID-19.

HEALTH EDUCATION

At Santa Cruz Montessori, we inspire children to be citizens of the world. We believe that as the next generation of global thinkers, our students have the power to be agents of change and promote peace on the planet. We also believe that this pandemic brings a unique opportunity to build compassion and resilience in our community. Through education and safe school operations, our students will learn how to be public health advocates in their own community.

STUDENTS

Santa Cruz Montessori will integrate developmentally-appropriate disease prevention and control into daily activities and lessons. This will include instruction on frequent hand-washing, the proper method for effective hand-washing, avoiding touching one’s face, and covering one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. For the younger children, reminders of these lessons will take the form of grace and courtesy lessons. For the older children, these topics will be explored further in science and social science curricula. In addition, staff will encourage students to discuss their questions and concerns, support students who are exhibiting signs of stress due to the pandemic, and implement mindfulness strategies where appropriate.

STAFF

School staff must be familiar and receive ongoing training regarding California, CDC and Santa Cruz County recommendations and requirements for keeping students and each other safe during the pandemic. Administration will keep staff informed of any changes in the requirements and associated protocols. In addition, administration will ensure staff are aware of local resources for their own well- being and support those who are exhibiting signs of stress due to the pandemic.


SAFE SCHOOL OPERATIONS

In response to the urgency to keep our community safe and the guidelines provided by national and local public health officials, we developed protocols that will promote the health & well-being of our community as we reopen school. These protocols are described generally in this plan and will be adapted according to the developmental needs of each age group. As the year continues we will continue to work with any new CDC guidelines and recommendations from CDPH and the county’s Public Health Department.

VOCABULARY

The following table includes important terms used in this plan. The terms have been defined using the resources provided by the CDC.

Term

Definition

Clean

The method used to remove germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. This method involves using soap and water and it does not kill germs, but lowers the number of them to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Contact Tracing

A strategy used to determine the source of an infection and how it is spreading.

Disinfect

The method where chemicals are used to kill and reduce the number of harmful germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but it can further lower the risk of spreading infection if paired with cleaning.

Exposure

The state in which an individual has been in close contact with an individual with COVID-19.

Isolation

The process of separating people who are sick with COVID-19 and those who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms from people who are not infected. These individuals should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, these individuals should separate themselves from others in a designated “sick room” or area and, if possible, use a separate bathroom.

Quarantine

The procedure used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others so as to mitigate the risk of unintentionally spreading the disease. People should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow the directions of their local public health officials.

Close Contact

Any individual within 6 ft of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

VACCINATIONS

Evidence supports that people who are fully vaccinated are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection and even with different variants are at a lower risk of infection than those who are unvaccinated.  All staff are either vaccinated or have weekly COVID-19 tests done. Since most of our students are not eligible for vaccination at this time, we encourage community members who are able to get vaccinated to help protect our children. (Find a vaccination site.) Parent volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

CLEANING & DISINFECTING

Santa Cruz Montessori follows the cleaning and disinfecting guidelines mandated by the California Child Care Licensing program. In response to the pandemic, the school will also adhere to guidelines stipulated by the CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Reopening Guidance for Schools.  

GENERAL  PRACTICES

Santa Cruz Montessori is committed to the following routine cleaning and disinfecting efforts:

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING MATERIALS

Montessori children learn by manipulating materials. These materials are readily available to the children and used often. The following protocols have been put in place to ensure that materials are safe to be used:

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING NAPPING EQUIPMENT & BEDDING

Each child’s bedding is kept in a separate bag. Cots are labeled for each child. Cots are cleaned and disinfected daily. Bedding is sent home to be laundered at the end of each week.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PRODUCTS

Santa Cruz Montessori uses disinfectants found on the EPA-approved List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

HEALTH SCREENING

Daily staff and student health screenings are important for mitigating the risk of transmission of COVID-19 occurring at school. Santa Cruz Montessori requires health screenings to be performed at home and throughout the day.

STUDENT HEALTH SCREENING BEFORE ARRIVAL

Parents are encouraged to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Parents are required to conduct a pre-screening each day at home.

Please do not bring your child to school if you notice any of the symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or Chills
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body ache
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

STAFF HEALTH SCREENING BEFORE ARRIVAL

Staff members will conduct self-screenings before coming to school. Staff members who have one or more of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will not come to school, contact the Head of School, and follow the procedures outlined in COVID-19 Symptoms at School: Staff.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE: CHILDREN AND STAFF

If an unvaccinated staff member or student has been in close contact with someone outside the school who is diagnosed with COVID-19, that staff member or child will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days per the CDC guidelines. Close contact means being closer than 6 ft or 2 arms’ length to the infected person for more than 15 minutes (masked or unmasked) within a 24 hour period.

 


STAFF SCREENING OF STUDENT HEALTH DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Staff will be monitoring the health of the children during the day by conducting a visual inspection for signs of illness including flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, fatigue, or extreme discomfort. If a child exhibits any of these symptoms at any point during the day, the child will be isolated and parents will be required to pick up their child. See COVID Symptoms at School: Students.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

We adapted the arrival and departure procedures to include health screening as mandated by local public health officials. Arrival and departure times have been staggered to allow for these changes. In addition, the procedures are a little different for each campus.

The arrival and departure times for each community is as follows:

Class

Arrival Time

Departure Time

Young Children’s Community

7:30-9:00*

2:45-4:00*

Primary: Willow

7:30-8:45*

2:45-4:30*

Primary: Monarch

8:00-8:45*

2:45-4:00*

Primary: Ohlone & Redwood

8:45-9:00

2:45-3:00

Lower Elementary

8:00-8:30

3:00-3:10

Upper Elementary

8:00-8:30

3:00-3:10

Wavecrest Adolescent Community

8:00-8:15

3:15-3:25

*Extended care available for contracted families.

ARRIVAL: PRIMARY

The following outlines the arrival procedure for students in the Monarch, Ohlone, Redwood, and Willow classes.

  1. Family pulls into the parking lot, drives down the lane as directed and parks in the loading zone.
  2. Both parent and child put on a mask. Masks remain on throughout the check in process.
  3. Wearing a mask, a classroom teacher approaches the vehicle and asks the parent the health screening questions. Parents will sign in the child using the iPad or their phone. The child will get out of the vehicle and be escorted to the waiting area for their classroom and then continue to their classroom.

Note: If our younger students need additional assistance during drop off, staff will recommend that the parent park in one of the designated parking spaces. Parents can then use the walk up path to meet a classroom teacher and complete check in.

If a parent arrives before 8:30 or after 3:00 they may park and escort their child to or from class.

ARRIVAL: ELEMENTARY

The following outlines the arrival procedure for students in the Adobe, Cypress, Evergreen, Junior, and Sequoia classes.

  1. Family pulls into the parking lot, drives down the lane as directed and parks in the loading zone.
  2. Child puts on a mask.
  3. Child walks independently to class.

Note: If a student needs additional assistance during drop off, staff will recommend that the parent park in one of the designated parking spaces and walk their child to class.

ARRIVAL: WALKERS & BIKERS

If students are walking or biking to school, they must be escorted by a parent. Both wearing masks, they will line up in the walkway on the east side of the parking lot. When they approach the table at the end of the walkway, they will follow the same procedures outlined for their class above.

Note: For the safety of our community, only students and staff will be permitted on campus between 8:30-3:00.

ARRIVAL: YCC

The following outlines the arrival procedure for children in the Mulberry and Fireside classes.

  1. Parent pulls into the parking lot at Winston campus and park in a parking space.
  2. Parent puts on a mask. If the child is older than 2, they wear a mask as well. Masks remain on throughout the check in process.
  3. Parents and children walk up to the check in station for their class.
  4. Wearing a mask, a classroom teacher asks the parent the health screening questions.
  5. If the parent answers yes to any of these questions, their child will not be permitted to come to school. Office staff will follow up with a phone call home.

ARRIVAL: WAVECREST

The following outlines the arrival procedure for Wavecrest.

  1. Family pulls into the parking lot and stops in the loading zone.
  2. Child puts on a mask.
  3. Child walks independently to class.

LATE ARRIVAL

Please follow this procedure:

  1. Park in the parking lot
  2. Parent and child put on a mask
  3. Walk your child to class
  4. If child is in Primary or YCC, then sign child in

DEPARTURE: MAIN CAMPUS

  1. At their assigned departure time, classroom staff will bring students to the waiting area for the classroom.
  2. Parent pulls into the parking lot, drives down the lane as directed and parks in the loading zone.
  3. Parent puts on a mask and remains masked throughout the pick up process.
  4. A classroom teacher escorts the child to the vehicle. Parent may get out of the car and help the child with the seat belt, car seat, etc.
  5. If the child is in Primary, a classroom teacher will approach the car wearing a mask and ask the parent to sign out the child. Parents wait to pull out of the loading zone until instructed by staff.

Note: If a parent is in the loading zone, but their child is not ready to be picked up, staff may ask the parent to drive around the parking lot and get in line again.

DEPARTURE: WALKERS & BIKERS

Wearing a mask, the parent lines up in the walkway on the east side of the parking lot where classroom staff will meet them with their child. If in Primary, staff will ask parent to sign out their child. If in Elementary, they can leave campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

DEPARTURE: WINSTON CAMPUS

  1. At their assigned departure time, classroom staff will bring students to the class’s pick-up location.
  2. Parent drives into the parking lot at Winston campus and parks.
  3. Parent puts on a mask and remains masked throughout the pick up process.
  4. If in YCC, parent goes to the pickup area to sign the child out.
  5. If the student is in Wavecrest, child loads into the car.
  6. Families can leave the parking lot as soon as it is safe to do so.

FACE COVERINGS

Face coverings are meant to protect people from the respiratory droplets that are released into the air when someone talks, coughs or sneezes. Since some individuals are asymptomatic of COVID-19, it’s important that all parties wear face coverings to prevent transmission. Governor Newsom and the CDPH have released guidance requiring that all Californians above age 2 wear a face covering when outside of the home. In adhering to this guideline, Santa Cruz Montessori has created the following policies regarding face coverings. We will update these guidelines if new guidance is released.

FACE COVERINGS FOR STAFF

Staff will be required to wear face coverings  while indoors; during arrival and dismissal; and when assisting an ill child or staff member. Staff may choose to wear a face shield instead of a mask when visibility of mouth is required for instructional purposes, such as language and phonological exercises.

FACE COVERINGS FOR STUDENTS

The requirements for wearing face coverings are different depending on the age of the child.

FACE COVERINGS FOR PARENTS AND GUESTS

Parents and guests are required to wear face coverings while on campus, which includes the parking lot and in the car during drop off and pickup. Face coverings should fit securely and cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings must be on before exiting the vehicle or opening the window and should remain on until leaving the parking lot. If arriving on campus by foot, bicycle, or similar forms of transport, face coverings should be on before coming on the property.

HEALTHY HAND HYGIENE

WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER

The Montessori classroom invites children to wash their hands from a very young age. Hand washing helps prevent the spread of infection and illness. In order to keep students and staff safe, we will require all members of the community to wash their hands[1] at the following times:

USE HAND SANITIZER WHEN YOU CAN’T USE SOAP AND WATER

Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent germs. When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer can be used instead. Touchless hand-sanitizing stations have been set up in each classroom and office. Adults and children above the age of 9 can freely use hand sanitizer. Adults are asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering the office. Children under the age of 9 can use hand sanitizer under the supervision of an adult. Note: Hand sanitizer will not serve as a substitute for hand washing and will only be used when hand washing is not practicable.

FOOD SAFETY

Food is an important and celebrated part of a student’s day at Santa Cruz Montessori. From a very young age, children learn to serve themselves, sit and eat together. Some classroom practices around food serving and eating have changed in response to COVID-19, but with the changes come opportunities for learning a new set of grace and courtesy lessons and community building. The following protocols for food serving and eating have been adapted into the classrooms at each level:

ACCESS TO CAMPUS

Although interest in our school and volunteerism is very important to our community, access to campus by families and guests will be limited this year to reduce the number of people that come into contact with our staff and students.

PARENT OBSERVATIONS

SCHOOL TOURS

EXPOSURE & ILLNESS

This section provides details and procedures for COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure, and Diagnoses within the school community. This is also explained in Annex D: Decision-Making Flowchart for Families.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: STUDENTS

If a child exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they must be isolated from others and sent home as soon as possible. An isolation location has been designated on both campuses. The isolation location on the main campus is in a designated area of the community room. At the Winston Campus YCC students will be taken to the foyer. Wavecrest students will be taken to the covered outside bench area. Staff will have limited contact with the sick child while ensuring their safety until they leave campus.

Classroom staff will follow this isolation procedure for a sick child:

  1. Classroom staff will notify office staff that there is a sick child.
  2. Office staff will record symptoms and call parents, ask them to pick up their child and share the follow up protocol.
  3. Classroom staff will put on an N95 mask.
  4. Classroom staff will take the child to the isolation location and wait with the child until a parent arrives.
  5. Once a parent has left with their child, the isolation location is cleaned and disinfected by the classroom teacher.
  6. Materials and furniture touched by the child who was sent home will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by classroom staff.
  7. Office staff will follow up with the family to clear the child for return to school and notify the teacher.

Follow-up at home:

Families are encouraged to coordinate decision-making about the child’s care with their family healthcare provider. In the case of a child who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for the virus, the child is assumed to have COVID-19 and cannot return to school until the individual has met the criteria for return in Positive Case of COVID-19: Returning to School. Alternatively, a child can return to school if they have obtained a medical professional’s note clearing them for return or a negative COVID-19 test, and have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: STAFF

Staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at school will do the following:

  1. Leave the classroom.
  2. Contact office staff and confirm they are leaving campus.
  3. Office staff will record symptoms and share the follow up protocols.
  4. Office staff will follow up with the staff member to clear them for return to school.

Follow-up at home:

Staff is encouraged to complete the CDC’s Self-Checker and follow the recommendations for seeking appropriate medical care. In the case of a staff member who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for the virus, the staff member is assumed to have COVID-19 and cannot return to school until the individual has met the criteria for return in Positive Case of COVID-19: Returning to School. Alternatively, a staff member can return to school if they have obtained a medical professional’s note clearing them for return or a negative COVID-19 test, and have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 IN THE CLASSROOM: CHILDREN OR STAFF

If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member, the following actions will be taken by Santa Cruz Montessori:

  1. Notify and seek guidance from the SCCDPH (831-454-4114).
  2. Contact the California Child Care Licensing program and report the presence of COVID-19 in a YCC or Primary class.
  3. Notify staff and parents/caregivers that a member of the classroom pod has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by text message and email. If a positive case is reported during school hours, parents will be asked to pick up children from the pod immediately.
  4. Notify the school community that a child or staff member not belonging to their classroom has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by email.
  5. Work with the infected individual (or parents) to confirm they are under medical care and have a plan to isolate according to the DPH guidelines.
  6. Take immediate measures to disinfect the school property impacted by the individual.
  7. Follow the guidance (quarantine, classroom closure, etc.) given by the SCDPH and inform the pod of follow up plan.

To protect all members of the school community, confidentiality will be maintained during the entire reporting process.

POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19: RETURNING TO SCHOOL

As per the CDC and Santa Cruz DPH guidelines for when to return to school/work, students or staff with a positive case of COVID-19 or those who have exhibited symptoms and isolated themselves can return to Santa Cruz Montessori when the following criteria are met:

TESTING CENTERS

For a complete list of testing centers in Santa Cruz County, go to SAVE Lives Santa Cruz County Testing Locator.

CONTACT TRACING

Contact tracing is a strategy that has been used by Public Health Departments for decades to identify the source of an infection and how it is spreading. It involves an infected person confidentially reporting who they have been in contact with to a public health official. The public health official then contacts the people who the infected person has been in contact with, cautions them, and discusses next steps. California Connected is the state’s contact tracing program. Details about the program can be found in Annex E: Resources for Parents.

School staff has been encouraged to keep track of people that they have been in close contact with and participate in California Connected if they have been in close contact with someone in the community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if the staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19.

COMMUNICATION

Santa Cruz Montessori will communicate:

 Overnight Camp COVID-19  Guidelines

Pre-Camp Guidelines

Vaccinations

For everyone’s safety, all staff and participating children ages 12 or older are strongly urged to be fully vaccinated before participating. Once a vaccine becomes available for children ages 11 and younger, all participating students are strongly urged to be fully vaccinated.

At this time proof of vaccination is required for all staff and parent volunteers/chaperones for events.

Pre-Arrival Health Screening

For the safety of everyone all students and staff are required to have the following before the trip.

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR test status (regardless of vaccination status)
  1. Each student and adult participant is required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of the event regardless of vaccination status. The quickest test site can be found here: https://covid19test.santacruzcoe.org/prepare-for-testing 
  1. Close Contact Screening
  1. Each participant will be screened for any close contact with anyone with COVID-19 or COVID-19 related symptoms for the last 14 days. Any participant (child or adult) who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 related symptoms may not attend the trip.
  2. Confirm that each participant does not have any of the common symptoms for COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea). Any participant (child or adult) who is exhibiting any COVID-19 related symptoms may not attend the trip.

ANNEX A: RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH STRESS

The pandemic has created stress in our communities. Troubling news reports, not being able to see friends and family, sheltering in place, school closures and the general uncertainty of personal health and safety can be worrisome and scary for everyone. It is important that we all feel safe emotionally and physically during these trying times. The following resources were compiled to give parents information and guidance about how to identify and cope with stress in the home.

CDC: HELPING CHILDREN COPE

CDC: SUPPORT FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE: HELPING PARENTS THROUGH COVID-19 AND BEYOND

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE: HELPING KIDS FACE THE CHALLENGES OF REOPENING

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE: COVID-19 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH TIPSHEET


ANNEX B: CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS

This tool can be used by parents to support their children and also promote healthy behaviors in the home.[2]


ANNEX C: CHECKLIST FOR STUDENTS

Children and students should understand age-appropriate facts about COVID-19, signs and symptoms of the virus, how to prevent transmission, and the support system that is in place to keep them safe. This tool can be used to remind students of behaviors that will promote health and well-being in their community.[3]

ANNEX D: DECISION-MAKING FLOWCHART

This flowchart details the process that will occur when screening a child or staff member for COVID-19.

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member, we will follow the steps outlined in POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 IN THE CLASSROOM: CHILDREN OR STAFF


ANNEX E: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Text #1 will be used to communicate that someone in the school community has received a positive test for COVID-19.  Text #2 will be used to communicate to families of the affected class that someone in their class has tested positive and therefore they may have been exposed to COVID-19.  

TEXT/EMAIL #1: FOR ALL FAMILIES

We have been notified that one of our staff/students at Santa Cruz Montessori has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The affected person does not belong to your child’s stable group/class.

As per the protocols outlined in the SCM Operating Plan, the affected person will be staying home for at least 10 days and 24 hours after resolution of symptoms, or as the Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health advises. The SCCDPH has been contacted and the school will follow their recommendations on how to proceed. We will communicate their recommendations to the school once they become available.

Santa Cruz Montessori is taking measures to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the SCM Operating Plan on the school’s website for a complete description of the protocols that are being followed.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

TEXT/EMAIL #2: FOR CLASSROOM POD

We have been notified that a person in the ___________ class has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Staff and students in the ___________  class may have been exposed to this virus. At this time, we are asking you to come to campus to pick up your child in this classroom. Please come to the top parking lot where the office staff will be assisting with pick up.

As per the protocols outlined in the SCM Operating Plan, the staff/student will be staying home for 10 days and 24 hours after resolution of symptoms, or as advised by the SCDPH. The Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health has been contacted and the school is awaiting their recommendations for how to proceed. We will communicate their recommendations to the classroom community as soon as they become available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. If you experience symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, coughing or shortness of breath), please contact your health care provider and inform the office staff at 831-476-1646. Santa Cruz Montessori will keep all medical information confidential and will only disclose it on a need-to-know basis.

Santa Cruz Montessori is taking measures to ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the SCM Operating Plan on the school’s website for a complete description of the protocols that are being followed.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.


ANNEX F: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

CA.GOV: CALIFORNIA CONNECTED CONTACT TRACING PROGRAM

CDC: HOUSEHOLD CHECKLIST

CDC: PROPER USE, REMOVAL AND WASHING OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

CDC: WHEN AND HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS

CDC: VACCINE BENEFITS

HELPING YOUR CHILD DURING THE PANDEMIC

NCTSN: PARENT/CAREGIVER GUIDE TO HELPING FAMILIES COPE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 

NPR: JUST FOR KIDS-A COMIC ABOUT COVID

ZERO TO THREE: TIPS FOR FAMILIES


ANNEX G: REFERENCE RESOURCES  

THIS PLAN WAS DEVELOPED WITH THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE REFERENCES  BELOW


AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS: GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL RE-ENTRY

CALIFORNIA CHILDCARE HEALTH PROGRAM GUIDE FOR CHILDCARE AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS

CALIFORNIA COVID-19 CURRENT DATA RESOURCE

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH RE FACE COVERINGS

CAL/OSHA STATEWIDE INDUSTRY GUIDANCE

CDC GUIDANCE FOR CHILDCARE, SCHOOLS AND YOUTH PROGRAMS

CDC GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOL WITH EXPOSURE

CDC HOW COVID-19 SPREADS

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING SUPPORT

EVERY CHILD CALIFORNIA GUIDE FOR OPENING AND RE-OPENING

EVERY CHILD CALIFORNIA COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT GUIDE

LIST N: DISINFECTANTS FOR USE AGAINST SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19)

PIN 20-06 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

REOPENING SCHOOLS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 7/7/20

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Santa Cruz Montessori Operating Plan - Revised August, 2021

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[1] Refer to Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way for expert advice from the CDC.

[2] Tool adapted from Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools.

[3] Tool adapted from Key Messages and Actions for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools.