Elementary Schools Reopening Handbook

Spring 2021

This document contains information and protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the Bonita Unified community that will be in place for April, May and June of 2021.

This information applies to each of the eight elementary school campuses. Each school may have additional guidelines specific to that school.

These guidelines apply to all staff and students while on campus, as well as to parents/guardians and visitors while on a campus.

Additional Information

Bonita Unified Main Website:

https://do.bonita.k12.ca.us/

Bonita Unified 2020-2021 Information Hub:                   https://sites.google.com/bonita.k12.ca.us/2020-2021-district-information/home

Bonita Unified COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP):

https://do.bonita.k12.ca.us/Updates-Covid-19/index.html 

Los Angeles County Department of Health Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_K12Schools.pdf 

California Safe Schools for All Hub:

https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/index.htm

        Most recent update: 03.15.21

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Before Coming to School: Daily Screening

Arriving at School

Technology for School

The School Day and the School Week

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Grades 1 through 5

Mitigation Protocols While at School

Stable Groups

Face Coverings

Physical Distancing

Hand Washing, Hygiene, and Shared Equipment or Materials

Ventilation and Air Exchange

Enforcement of Mitigation Protocols

Response to COVID Situations at School

What Happens if Your Child Shows Symptoms at School

What Happens if Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19

What Happens if Someone in Your Child’s Class Tests Positive for COVID-19

What Happens if Someone in Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19

School Activities Outside of the Classroom

Recess

Meals

Assemblies and Other Events

Leaving School

Parent/Guardian Visits to Campus

Visiting the Office

Visiting a Classroom

Transportation

Counseling Services

Students with an IEP

School Age Care

Health Office Operations

Parent Decision to Participate in On-Campus Learning

Before Coming to School: Daily Screening

Before leaving for school, parents/guardians should complete a screening survey on behalf of each child in their household scheduled to be on a campus that day. Ideally the screening should be completed before leaving home.

Daily screening surveys are taken through the Ugam online system. On each morning that a child is scheduled to be on campus, the parent/guardian will receive a reminder email with a link unique to the child. Reminders are sent through email and, if the parent/guardian opts-in, through text.

Please do not bring your child to school, daycare, or any other on-campus activity if the screener system instructs you to not come to campus. The Bonita Unified Contact Tracing team will contact you with additional instructions based on the survey responses.

If you are unable to access the online daily screening tool on a day on which your child might be on campus, please follow this protocol:

Has the student or anyone in the household been in close contact (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days? IF YES, KEEP THE STUDENT HOME

Does the student have any of the following symptoms? IF YES, KEEP THE STUDENT HOME

Arriving at School

Upon arrival at school, students should go directly to their classroom and not gather in any locations on or near campus. Students should not be dropped off earlier than the time established by the school.

Your school will provide specific instructions for this process.

Technology for School

Students should plan to bring their district-issued Chromebook to school each day then take the Chromebook home with them each day.

Chromebooks should be charged each night at home and brought to school fully charged. Most classrooms are not equipped to have all student Chromebooks plugged in simultaneously.

Individual teachers may adopt different expectations for when Chromebooks are needed in the classroom. If a teacher does not require that a Chromebook be brought to class each day, that teachers will provide students with information on the requirements for that classroom.

For support with technology or to exchange a Chromebook that is no longer functioning, click here: https://sites.google.com/bonita.k12.ca.us/2020-2021-district-information/home/assistance-with-technology 

The School Day and the School Week

Upon reopening under the hybrid model, students will follow a daily instructional schedule similar to the schedule that has operated since the beginning of the school year. Students will participate in morning instructional sessions, followed by additional afternoon instruction and/or differentiated assistance sessions.

Under the hybrid model, students will attend the morning instructional session on-campus in their teacher’s classroom twice weekly, according to the following schedules:

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Grades 1 through 5

Mitigation Protocols While at School

Stable Groups

Students will remain in stable groups through all activities during the time that they are on campus for instructional purposes. This will include time in the classroom, as well as during recess, physical education, music instruction, picking up meals, or other activities.

A stable group is a group of students and adult staff that does not change over time and does not interact with students or staff outside of the group. The purpose of a stable group is to reduce the likelihood of exposure to Coronavirus while at school, and to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 into the community if there is a positive case.

Note that each program on campus will maintain stable groups. Students who attend an instructional program and school age care on the same day may be placed in different stable groups for the two different programs.

Face Coverings

Students and staff must wear face coverings at all times while on campus, unless granted a specific exemption to this rule. Exemptions include:

* In situations where a face covering is not being worn, additional mitigation measures may be implemented, such as the use of transparent barriers, additional distance between people, and higher levels of PPE.

Physical Distancing

In addition to remaining in stable groups and wearing face coverings, each school will establish protocols to maintain physical distancing while on campus. This mitigation strategy will be used even among the members of a stable group.

In most cases, the minimum space between people should be no less than six (6) feet at all times. This includes the classroom environment, such as the arrangement of desks, but also includes outdoor environments, such as during recess or PE, environments where students may be waiting in line, such as picking up meals, general use areas, such as restrooms, and during arrival and departure times. If there is less than six feet of space in an environment then additional measures such as transparent barriers may be in place.

Students will be given specific directions for each of these environments in their specific school setting.

Hand Washing, Hygiene, and Shared Equipment or Materials

Students should wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently while on campus. In some cases, such as following recess, having all students wash their hands may be a protocol established by the school. Hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms and in general use areas.

Students should follow good hygiene practices and universal precautions for the mitigation of communicable diseases, such as sneezing or coughing into your elbow, as much as possible when on campus.

Students and staff should avoid the sharing of equipment and materials when possible. Students will receive specific instructions from the school on protocols and expectations for shared equipment while on campus, and mitigation measures following the use of shared equipment, such as hand washing following the use of playground equipment.

Ventilation and Air Exchange

Central air filtration for HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) systems use filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) of 13.  

Pelican thermostats have been installed in all of the classrooms.  These thermostats monitor carbon dioxide levels in the classroom and respond to provide for the circulation of fresh air from the outside throughout the day.

All portable classrooms have had HVAC systems replaced within the last four years with new, Title 24 compliant systems.

Enforcement of Mitigation Protocols

Mitigation protocols are district or school rules that are derived from Los Angeles County health orders. These protocols will therefore be enforced in the same manner as all district or school rules, including the possibility that a student will face disciplinary action for failing to adhere to the requirements. Under some circumstances, students may also be excluded from school for failing to follow the health protocols.

Response to COVID Situations at School

What Happens if Your Child Shows Symptoms at School

If a student shows symptoms while on campus, the following steps will be taken:

What Happens if Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that the parent/guardian keep the student home and report the positive test to the district. This can be done through the daily online screener, by contacting administration at the school, or by notifying the contact tracing team at contacttracing@bonita.k12.ca.us. The district contact tracing team will be notified of the situation and will follow up with the parent/guardian to give instructions and information on isolation and the criteria that must be met in order for the student to return to school.

Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines for isolation following a positive COVID-19 test can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidisolation/#Isolation 

What Happens if Someone in Your Child’s Class Tests Positive for COVID-19

If another student or a staff member in your child’s stable group tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the stable group may be required to quarantine per the county department of health guidelines. The district contact tracing team will follow up with the parent/guardian of each member of the stable group to give instructions and information on quarantine and the criteria that must be met in order for the student to return to school.

Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines for quarantine following exposure to a person testing positive for COVID-19 can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/ 

What Happens if Someone in Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19

If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that the parent/guardian keep the student home and report the positive test to the district. This can be done through the daily online screener, by contacting administration at the school, or by notifying the contact tracing team at contacttracing@bonita.k12.ca.us. The district contact tracing team will follow up with the parent/guardian to give instructions and information on quarantine and the criteria that must be met in order for the student to return to school.

Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines for quarantine following exposure to a person testing positive for COVID-19 can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/ 

School Activities Outside of the Classroom

Recess

Students will have a time for recess on the days on which a student is scheduled to be on campus. The following protocols will be in place for recess:

NOTE: Each elementary school will develop a schedule for recess activities that will be communicated to students and families.

Meals

Breakfast

Breakfast food for the following day will be provided along with lunch food if a student picks up a to-go lunch at the end of the day on which they are on campus

Lunch

To-go lunches will be available to students who wish to get lunch from the school on the days on which they are on campus. Lunches will be distributed near dismissal time and students should plan to take the lunch with them when they go home. Students should not remain on campus to eat their lunch.

Specific instructions on daily lunch distribution will be provided by each school.

Additional information on food distribution by the district can be found here: https://sites.google.com/bonita.k12.ca.us/2020-2021-district-information/home/meal-distribution 

General Meal Distribution for All Families

The district central kitchen will continue to distribute meals daily at multiple district sites for families with students who are not attending school for in-person instruction. This system can be used by families whose students remain fully virtual, and by families on days on which the student is not scheduled to attend school. More information on this program can be found at: https://sites.google.com/bonita.k12.ca.us/2020-2021-district-information/home/meal-distribution 

Assemblies and Other Events

There will be no assemblies or other events that gather students beyond their stable group during this time.

Leaving School

At dismissal, students should go directly to their transportation pick-up area and not gather in any locations on or near campus.

Your school will provide specific instructions for this process.

Parent/Guardian Visits to Campus

Visiting the Office

In order to avoid contact that may result in exposure to Coronavirus, please communicate with school staff via phone and email as much as possible. Visitors entering school facilities will be subject to the following procedures:

Screening Before Entry:

Before entering a school facility, please answer the following questions:

Are you under an isolation order because you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days? IF YES, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING

Have you been in close contact (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days? IF YES, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING

Have you had any of the following symptoms within the past 48 hours? IF YES TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING

You may be asked by school staff as you enter whether you answered “NO” to all posted screening questions and asked to not enter if any questions were answered “YES”

Expectations for Visitors While in a School or District Facility:

Visiting a Classroom

Classroom volunteers will not be utilized during this time.

Transportation

Transportation through district bussing will be available only to students whose IEP includes transportation.

Counseling Services

Counseling services through Bonita mental health support specialists or through a community mental health partner may be delivered through a combination of in-person and virtual means once elementary schools reopen under this hybrid model.

Students with an IEP

Services established in a student’s IEP, such as for specialized academic instruction, speech therapy, or counseling, will be delivered through a combination of in-person and/or virtual means once elementary schools reopen under this hybrid model.

If you have questions about the specific plan for your child, please contact the case carrier for your child’s IEP.

School Age Care

School Age Care will be available for students during hybrid operations, both on days on which a student attends school and on days on which a student does not attend school.

School Age Care is fee-based and has limited capacity. For more information on Bonita’s program, click here: https://do.bonita.k12.ca.us/District/Educational-Services/School-Age-Care-Daycare/index.html 

Health Office Operations

The health office will be open on all days on which students are on campus, and is available to assist students with routine support as needed. Arrangements for students who need medication during the hours they are on campus can also be arranged through the health office according to the current protocols of the district.

Parent Decision to Participate in On-Campus Learning

Parents should determine whether or not each student in grades TK-5 in their household will participate in the on-campus program when submitting the district survey.

If, at a later time, a parent wishes to change participation of a student from the fully-distance model to the on-campus model, up to one week may be needed by the school to prepare space and materials in the classroom for the student.