COVID-19 Info, Do's, & Don'ts
- Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- New onset of cough
- New onset of severe headache
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Please keep in mind that If a student has a chronic health issue (e.g., allergies or asthma), symptoms should only be flagged for possible COVID-19 if the symptoms are a change from their typical health status.
- If there are no chronic health issues and the student is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and the student is at home, they should stay home!
- Please contact the school immediately - call main office and request to speak with Business Operations Manager or School Leader regarding a COVID-19 related matter
- Please report your child’s symptoms to a medical provider or consult with a medical provider to schedule a COVID PCR test (an antigen/rapid test is not sufficient).
To return back to campus, you’ll have to do one of the following:
- Consult a medical provider and provide the school a note from a medical provider stating that your child’s symptoms are not COVID related and that they are cleared to return to school.
- Get a COVID test (you can schedule through your provider or here: Los Angeles/San Diego) Provide proof to your school (a picture) of the negative COVID PCR test results and report that it’s been 24 hours since your child’s last symptoms. Report the results of the medical evaluation/COVID-19 testing to your school’s BOM, they will direct you as to when your child can return to campus. Your child can return when symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
- If you choose not to go to a medical provider or get a test, your child must stay home for the 10 day quarantine period. Your school administrator will then review plans to continue learning from home. You are not required to have your child take a COVID-19 PCR test to return to school.
- PCR Testing resources may include:
- Individuals with no insurance and/or who need assistance finding a medical provider can call LA/SD Information line 2-1-1, available 24/7.
- If they are within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period (with or without a face covering);
- If they had unprotected contact with the body fluids or secretions of the person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without using appropriate protective equipment).
- If your student is at home and unvaccinated, stay home! (Vaccinated students that are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine). They'll need to stay home and should quarantine for at least 8 days.
- 6 days after the exposure to the infected individual, please have your child tested for COVID. You can find free testing locations (you'll need to take a PCR test; antigen/rapid are not sufficient) here in Los Angeles/San Diego
- Take a picture of the negative test results and send to your school administrator so they can come back on Day 8!
- If your child begins to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to continue the quarantine for 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved
If your student is identified as a 'close contact' to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 during the school day:
- You will be contacted via phone to pick your child up immediately and your child will be brought to your school's health room.
- Your student will remain in the health room with continued supervision and care until picked up by an authorized adult to go home.
Take a picture of the negative test results and send to your school administrator so they can come back after the quarantine period is up!
If your child begins to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to continue the quarantine for 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and your student is home, stay home and begin to quarantine.
- If you've learned of the positive test outside of your school, please contact your school immediately to report the positive test result, call the main office and request to speak with the Business Operations Manager or School Leader.
Your child will need to isolate. Please follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health home isolation instructions to help with recovery and keep the rest of the members of your household safe. Make sure they stay home and away from others.
Your school administrator will provide you with home isolation instructions to follow for a positive case of COVID-19 to help with recovery and keep the rest of the members of your household safe.
- Please feel free to speak with a Public Health official if you get a call or message from ‘LA Public Health’ or 1-833-641-0305.
If your child is symptomatic (has COVID symptoms), they must isolate at home for at least 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours since resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication. Other symptoms must also have improved.
If your child is asymptomatic (no symptoms), they still need to isolate at home for 10 days after the COVID test was taken.
Your school administrator will be in touch to support your needs, discuss 'temporary independent study' and a plan for a return to school.
If your child has been exposed to someone at home –– a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle –– that has tested positive for COVID-19:
- Whether your child has symptoms or not, your child will need to stay home and quarantine away from the infected person for at least 8 days.
- Monitor your child for any development of COVID-related symptoms.
- After 6 days of exposure to the infected person, have your child tested for COVID (your child will need to take a PCR test; antigen/rapid tests are not sufficient)
- Take a picture of the negative test results, share with your school administrator, so your child can come back on Day 8!
- If you can avoid close contact, your last day of quarantine is after 10 days from when the person with COVID-19 started isolation.
- If at any point you have close contact with the infected person again while they are still in isolation, your 10-day quarantine period will have to restart from the last day that you had close contact.
- If you cannot avoid close contact with the infected person, your last day of quarantine is 10 days from the date that the person with COVID-19 was told their isolation ends.
It helps us in early identification of cases and prevention of the spread of the virus within our schools, our classrooms, and beyond our school community –– so important given the increase in community cases.
Regular testing helps us identify asymptomatic and presymptomatic cases –– when a student might be infected with COVID-19, but not experiencing any symptoms.
Testing reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission by identifying and isolating potentially infected cases, and allows us to contact trace and quarantine those affected immediately.
If the sibling of your student has been identified as a close contact, they will need to quarantine based on public health guidance. However, the sibling of someone who has been identified a close contact is not required to quarantine. Of course, families can choose to isolate both children if they want, but it's not required.
Return to School Fall '21 FAQs
Yes, our After School program will be offered everyday there is regular school offered. Total number of open slots, the hours of each program, and other details are still being determined.
Health & safety guidelines may continue to change even after the school year begins, as COVID-19 case rates shift, as additional age groups gain access to COVID-19 vaccines, and as we continue to learn more about transmission. We will continue to monitor rates and stay informed of state/county updated requirements and determine how they apply to K-12 schools’ protocols. KIPP SoCal will always comply with all federal, state and local health & safety guidelines.
We are strongly recommending that all KIPP students participate in our weekly testing in an effort to keep our community as safe as possible. All of our staff members - even if vaccinated - will test weekly beginning in mid-August. As you know, we do not always align our policies exactly with LAUSD. We are implementing far more protective policies than what is required by the state or local government such as maximizing space between students and limiting the number of students that one is within close contact, and believe that the measures we are taking - including strongly encouraging testing from as many students as possible - will prove effective mitigation.
- Get Vaccinated
- Over 338 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States under the most intense safety monitoring in our history.
- All approved COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in clinical trials and met the Food & Drug Administration’s rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing.
- Getting vaccinated protects you: COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.
- Getting vaccinated protects others: Fully vaccinated individuals are much less likely to contract and transmit COVID-19, including the Delta variant of the virus.
- Everyone 12 and older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19!
- Visit myturn.ca.gov or call 1-833-422-4255
- Do not send your child to school if they are sick or have been exposed.
- A reminder of COVID-19 symptoms:
- Tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days OR experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- New onset of cough
- New onset of severe headache
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- A reminder of what it means to be exposed:
- Close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 OR
- Close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days
- Note: Close contact = Being within 6 feet of a suspected or confirmed infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period
- If your child was exposed to COVID-19 once school begins, you will need to notify the main office immediately.
- Make sure your child wears a properly fitting mask to school every day
- KIPP SoCal students are required to wear a disposable, 3 ply medical mask at all times (both indoors & outdoors). These disposable masks must be thrown away after each use.
- Masks should cover both mouth AND nose and fit snugly against your student’s face (no gaps on any side).
- All students will be given a box of disposable masks to keep at home in order to have a fresh mask each day. If a student arrives to school without a face covering, or with a face covering that does not fit properly, a disposable mask will be provided for use in school that day.
- Students will be sent home if they refuse to properly wear their face covering at any time during the school day.
- Have your child participate in regular COVID-19 screening testing.
- COVID-19 screening testing reduces the risk of transmission by helping us identify (and isolate) potentially infected students as early as possible, before they have the opportunity to pass the virus on to other students.
- This year, students will be tested at school (as opposed to taking home and returning test kits like they did during our Hybrid return to campus).
- We want to maximize our student participation in screening testing!
- Stay in contact
- Stay up to date with the latest announcements and information on ParentSquare.
- Make sure your contact information is accurate. Program the school’s phone number into your cell phone.
- Update your child’s emergency contacts in the event that we can’t reach you.
- Reach out to your school administrator if you have any questions or concerns
For FY22, KIPP SoCal now has access to two-sources of one-time funds that are intended to help offset the costs of responding to COVID19, invest in accelerated learning and provide emotional supports for our students.
We received an 'Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant' from the State and Elementary Secondary School Emergency Relief II (ESSER II) Funding from the federal stimulus to help us safely and most effectively offer full time in-person instruction this year, providing learning supports to students, and invest in social-emotional wellness programs.
Our calendars align with the district within which each school operates
We anticipate the school hours will be similar to the school hours in the 19-20 school year. We are working to finalize the school hours and will share these once they are final. School hours for the fall are not final yet as we need to consider our instructional guiding principles, feedback from our families and team members, State instructional minute requirements, and health and safety guidelines.
All public schools are required to return to full-time, in-person instruction; the hybrid and distance learning we offered last year will not be offered as this is no longer allowed by California law. KIPP SoCal has always offered an independent study program for eligible students and will continue to do so.
For the 2021-22 school year, parents/guardians may request for their student to participate in independent study if they feel their child has a medical risk that prevents them from being in-person. Please see below a high-level overview of KIPP SoCal’s independent study program. Note that parent/guardian must have an individual meeting with school leadership to determine eligibility and put an independent study plan in place. Keep in mind that independent study is extremely different from the distance learning program that was in place last spring. Here is some key information about Independent Study:
- KIPP SoCal will provide 1 hour of synchronous (live on Zoom) instruction per day
- Students will be expected to complete the majority of their learning and assignments independently at home.
- Students must turn in assignments to be considered present, if 3 consecutive days pass without submitting an assignment, then a parent/guardian meeting will need to take place.
As a reminder, KIPP SoCal is implementing above and beyond health and safety guidelines. However, in the rare case that your child has a medical risk, please reach out to your school to schedule a meeting regarding independent study.
- If your child has been asked to quarantine, is experiencing COVID symptoms, or has tested positive, pending your consent, your child will be placed within our ‘Temporary Independent Study’ program through your school.
- Your child will receive daily independent study assignments that must be completed in order for your student to be marked present for the day.
- Your student will be able to use their Chromebook to Zoom into live instruction while during this 'Temporary Independent Study' period.
Health & Safety Measures FAQs
- Prioritize the physical & emotional safety of our students, families, and team members
- Reflect our communities’ unique needs and what matters most to our families
- Align with public health officials’ requirements, recommendations, and best practices
- Be informed by the latest scientific research & evidence
- Balance risk mitigation with operational & instructional impact
- Remain flexible enough to change in response to new conditions
At KIPP SoCal, we have multiple layers of mitigation strategies in place for both students and team members. These strategies can be grouped into three categories - monitoring, prevention, and response, based on the role they play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 at our schools.
- ‘Monitoring’ -- helps us identify and isolate COVID19 cases early
- ‘Prevention’ -- reduces the risk of on-campus COVID 19 transmission
- ‘Response’ -- helps us to limit the potential impact of COVID19 cases on our campuses.
- We have invested heavily to modify and upgrade our ventilation, HVAC and filtration systems across all schools to MERV 13 standards to maximize air circulation and best combat the spread of virus droplets in the air.
- Hand-washing stations, touchless hand sanitizing stations & cleaning mats at the entrance area for all schools.
- Plexiglass partitions installed in front office area and between student hand-washing sinks.
- Lock boxes installed outside front offices at each school to reduce person-to-person interaction when families are dropping off paperwork Touchless hand soap dispensers and touchless towel dispensers installed in all bathrooms.
- Each classroom will be equipped with touchless hand sanitizing stations and a ‘Cleaning Supply’ kit with disinfecting wipes, spray disinfectant, disposable towels, tissues, additional face coverings.
We have intensified all sanitization protocols and our janitorial staff will be disinfecting restrooms and all high touch surfaces daily.Each school will have a team member who is trained to ensure daily health & sanitization compliance.
We will employ electrostatic disinfectant sprayers inside every classroom.
All individuals on KIPP SoCal campuses (indoors or outdoors) are required to wear a mask. Both team members and students are required to wear a disposable, 3-ply medical mask at all times. Masks must be worn properly and cover individuals’ mouth AND nose.
Physical distancing guidelines vary based on setting and whether or not other layered mitigation measures are in place. These policies apply to both students and team members:
- No physical distancing required - Outdoors (e.g. recess), masks must be worn at all times
- 3 feet of physical distance - Indoors (including when students are seated in classrooms), masks must be worn at all times
- 6 feet of physical distance - If masks are removed (e.g. eating/drinking, speech therapy, band or choir) either indoors or outdoors
- Instruments that directly touch students’ mouths and involve high respiratory output (i.e. woodwind & brass) can not be shared among students. Instruments that don’t meet those criteria (i.e. string) could be shared among students.
In an effort to provide the safest possible environment for our students and team members, KIPP SoCal will be requiring all team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption or reasonable accommodation is approved by that date.
This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health authorities
KIPP SoCal is not requiring that all eligible students are vaccinated, however, because vaccines are the single most effective strategy to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19, we are strongly encouraging all students, and families to get vaccinated.
Our Advocacy & Community Engagement continues to actively working on potential opportunities to partner with community organizations, medical offices, and pharmacies to host a vaccination clinic at our schools every weekend. Please check Parent Square for updates and vaccination sites at our schools.
KIPP SoCal will continue to have a modified visitor policy which includes limiting who is allowed on our campuses and not hosting in-person family or community events. Family members will be allowed to conduct “quick visits” such as to drop off medicine. Quick visits are encouraged to take place outdoors as often as possible and lobby capacity will be enforced. At this time, family members are not allowed to enter campus.
Despite a multi-layered approach, health & safety and response protocols across our schools, we are still in the midst of a pandemic and are experiencing positive COVID-19 cases in our school communities. Because we rely on experts to determine whether our positive cases are linked and/or of concern to the broader community, if the LA County Department of Public Health instructs us to either quarantine a classroom or temporarily close one of our schools, we will comply. As well, if we're not able to staff the classroom, or if all the students are truly close contacts or we're unable to determine close contacts, we will then need to quarantine an entire classroom or potentially a school.
The LA County Department of Public Health will conduct an investigation and make a determination if a school or class should close during an outbreak.
An outbreak is a specific event of multiple, linked COVID-19 cases that is determined in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Health. If an outbreak is identified, School Leaders and the School’s COVID-19 Task Force will follow specific protocols to inform the school community. Ongoing, families can keep track of positive cases at their student’s school through their school’s COVID-19 Testing Report, updated weekly at kippsocal.org/updates. School leaders will continue to communicate all necessary information to students or team members who may test positive, or are identified as a ‘close contact’ who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
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