Covid-19 Health and Safety Plan
Last updated August 30, 2021
The following plans are consistent with guidance from the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health and have been published on the school’s website. Please note that the health and safety protocols may change at any moment.
Strategies to Prevent Spread of Covid-19:
Face Masks: Face masks can keep infection from spreading, by trapping respiratory droplets and aerosols before they can travel through the air. Face masks promote safety and in-person learning by reducing the need for physical distancing. They are an essential prevention strategy in indoor spaces that include anyone unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Potrero Kids requires all adults and students to wear face masks (regardless of vaccination status) covering both their nose and mouth at all times, except when eating, drinking, or napping. This includes family members and caregivers dropping-off or picking-up children..
Students and staff will be expected to bring two clean masks to campus each day. The school will stock face masks for students and staff that can be distributed to anyone who needs them.
Students with documented medical or behavioral contraindications to face coverings are exempt. In these cases, the school will work to identify alternatives that will maintain health and safety, without stigmatization. Staff with a documented medical contraindication to a face covering may be allowed to wear a face shield with a cloth drape on the bottom tucked into the shirt.
Ventilation: Increasing indoor air circulation lowers the risk of infection by “diluting” any infectious respiratory droplets with outdoor air. Being outside is even lower risk.
While inside the building, doors and windows will be open whenever feasible to maximize natural ventilation. All classrooms and learning spaces have HEPA air purifiers, which include a significant level of particle capture. If the air quality is bad, due to events such as wildfires, windows can be closed when HEPA filtration air purifiers are in operation.
Communication: Good communication keeps us all safe!
It’s essential to keep communication strong within our community to keep everyone safe. If you or someone in your home has a covid exposure or suspicious symptoms, by letting us know right away you enable our team to consult with SFDPH experts about the best way to keep everyone safe! Please be honest and open and trust that we will keep everyone’s best interests at heart and your private information completely confidential.
Potrero Kids Response Plans:
Daily screening of students
It is important to keep your child home when they are experiencing any of the COVID symptoms(below) and contact their healthcare provider for testing and care. If a student's symptoms can be explained then they may still come into the building. If you are unsure about any of your child’s symptoms, contact the Front Desk at email@example.com and/or Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
● Symptoms for STUDENTS include cough, fatigue, runny nose, congestion, fever, loss of taste or smell, vomit, diarrhea, severe headache, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.
● Symptoms for ADULTS: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, vomit, diarrhea, severe headache, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, runny nose, and congestion.
The health screener questions are below. If your child answers yes to any of the questions please stay home, notify your healthcare provider, and email us immediately.
Daily screening of staff
All staff will be required to check for symptoms of COVID 19 before they travel to and arrive at the school-site. Staff must contact their supervisor and the COVID Coordinator if they answer yes to any question. The supervisor and head of school will advise them to return home or not come to work and follow any applicable protocols.
Currently we are restricting indoor classroom spaces to staff and students only. Occasionally we will have visiting support staff (such as developmental consultants) in classrooms for brief periods of time only if they are fully vaccinated and wearing a mask at all times. If we have substitute teachers they will be required to be fully vaccinated and follow strict mask-wearing guidelines. We plan to have enrichment classes begin in October with fully-vaccinated visiting teachers spending 30 minutes with classes either outdoors or in our largest indoor spaces (PK3: motor room, PKDW: larger classroom) with windows open and good ventilation.
As of September 1, 2021- all newly hired employees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Any employees who are not yet vaccinated will be required to undergo twice-weekly COVID-19 testing on site upon arrival at work and document test results with the Head of School. All current employees will be required to complete their full vaccine course for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, unless exempted due to medical or religious reasons recognized by the California Department of Public Health.
PCR-based laboratory testing is required before a child or staff member’s return to school if they had a known exposure to covid-19 or a confirmed case.
Bi-weekly antigen testing or weekly PCR testing for covid-19 is required for any/all staff members not yet vaccinated until such time that the staff member is fully vaccinated.
Keeping Children Home When Sick:
Under normal circumstances it’s common for young children to have cold symptoms numerous times throughout the year, but during this period of heightened risk we are asking that children stay home with any of the following symptoms and have a PCR covid test (a lab-based covid test) with negative results before returning. Our team will do our best to support you if you need help in finding or scheduling a test.
COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Check:
Has your child had any symptoms listed below that are NEW or DIFFERENT from usual?
• Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills
• Sore throat
• Loss of taste or smell that started in the last 10 days (Children may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny”)
• Feeling out of breath or having a hard time breathing
• Nasal congestion or runny nose
• Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
• Muscle aches or body aches
Quarantines or School/Class Closures:
A classroom may be closed following current SFDPH guidelines if there is a known case of covid-19 in that room. SFDPH has a dedicated school safety team that is available daily to advise responses to any covid exposures or cases in our school.
If a child or staff member is exposed to covid-19 outside of school, they will be required to quarantine at home (number of days vary based on vaccination status and other factors, per SFDPH) and get tested before returning. In these cases we will also consult with SFDPH.
The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives assuming that you directly inform the Head of School: