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.
Safety is always of the utmost importance and continues to be a primary factor in the decision to return to campus. After more than a year of pandemic forced school closures, KIPP SoCal, in conjunction with our local District public schools, began a phased in Hybrid re-opening of our schools in April. Given the impact of our stringent safety measures in place, and the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, we intend to return to campus 5 days a week in August.
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.
Again, as safety has always been our top priority, we will continue to monitor state and county case rates and comply with all federal, state and local health & safety guidelines as it relates to the safety and security of our team, families and community.
In conjunction with State requirements to reopen and alignment with local school districts, family surveys will be sent in both June and July to gain family feedback regarding our Hybrid learning program and input regarding our Return to Campus for the Fall. We will integrate this feedback into both our Hybrid Learning program and Return to Campus plans.
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.
11 KIPP SoCal school sites will remain open over the summer for grab & go meal distribution. See list of Grab & Go Meal Distribution sites here. Our Community Grab & Go Sites will be open every Tuesday & Thursday from 11am-1pm, families may pick up breakfast and lunch for all children (18 & younger) in the household. All meals are free and are for pick up only (meals cannot be consumed on site). Parents/guardians may pick up meals on behalf of their child(ren), the child(ren) does not need to be present to receive meals.
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.
- 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
KIPP SoCal’s physical distancing guidelines call for 6 feet between unmasked individuals. Schools have been working over the course of the Summer to design new systems for meal service that support both H&S guidelines AND full time, in-person student enrollment. Each campus has unique challenges driven by constraints of physical space, schedules, and supervision that require creative solutions. In general, schools are maximizing physical distance between students by staggering meal periods and utilizing multiple locations for meal service (including classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, and outdoor space). Schools are also continuing “grab & go” meal service in certain situations, including on school days with early dismissal.
At this time KIPP SoCal is not requiring either students or team members to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. However, because vaccines are the single most effective strategy to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19, we are strongly encouraging all eligible team members, students, and families to get vaccinated.
Our Advocacy & Community Engagement team is actively working on potential opportunities to partner with community organizations, medical offices, and pharmacies to host a vaccination clinic at one or more of our school sites. KIPP Empower Academy will serve as a vaccination site on July 24th from 8am to 2pm. Please encourage community members to register here.
Last school year, CNAs supported KIPP SoCal schools with COVID-19 screening testing and health room supervision. For the first semester (August-December) of this coming school year, schools will have the option to either secure a CNA through an outside partner OR apply those funds/resources toward additional Ops Aide hours to support COVID-19 screening testing, health room supervision, and other roles/responsibilities. Over the course of the first semester we will evaluate our needs and available funds/resources to make a plan for the second semester.
In line with LA County Department of Public Health guidance, we have established protocols for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst team members and students.
In the event a student begins to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, each school will have a safe and private space for the student to rest in while waiting to be picked up by their parent/guardian.
However, we have revised our policies to allow team members to meet in-person with no cap on attendance. Masks must be worn at all times, both indoors & outdoors, with limited exceptions (i.e. eating/drinking). Schools should maximize the use of well-ventilated areas (outdoor locations preferred) and adhere to KIPP SoCal’s physical distancing guidelines. If masks are removed to eat, team members should create at least 6 feet of physical distance between individuals.
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