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Fall 2020 Re-entry & COVID-19 Information

Re-entry 2020-2021

KIPP SoCal Public Schools continues to monitor current public health information, reviewed guidance by local public health officials, and are attempting to navigate ongoing ambiguity to build and fine tune our plans for the new school year.

Our guiding principles for reopening are:

  • The safety and wellbeing of our students, team members and families 
  • Our return to a loving, joyful and academically excellent environment in which our students can thrive
  • Our continued support for our dedicated team & family.

Our intention is to create an environment that will prioritize the health and safety of our community. Based on current public health guidance, KIPP SoCal will not be able to safely accommodate all enrolled students in-person at one of our school buildings at the same time until we have a safe/effective vaccine and/or therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. And so, while we are considering the plans below, we are also weighing these options against the levels of COVID-19 cases in our counties, and the recommendations of local public health officials, to determine which option will lead. Some of the plans include but will not be limited to:

  • Distance Learning Plan: We begin the school year virtually with 100% distance learning for all students. We return to school in-person, likely with a “hybrid” model, at a later date. We are working to improve our distance learning model based on our experience this Spring and will evolve our program to accommodate increased live classrooms, parent training and additional paper packets to help balance screentime.
  • Hybrid Learning Plan: split schedule determines which days a student will attend school in-person. Students will engage in distance learning on days that they do not attend school in-person. We are planning for several different hybrid/split schedule models. We are closely monitoring Los Angeles Unified, San Diego Unified, and Compton Unified as we believe the schedules that local districts choose will significantly influence KIPP SoCal’s decision.
  • In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we will reduce students’ interactions with other classes and groups of students. Based on current guidance, we will create small, self-contained student/teacher cohorts.
  • We will also reduce students’ movement throughout the school building. Based on current guidance and recommendations, we believe students will spend the majority of their time in the same classroom with the same student/teacher cohort. We will of course have breaks for monitored restroom use, meals, snacks, and outdoor play.
  • We will screen students and team members for COVID-19 symptoms, including checking temperatures, upon arrival
  • To avoid sick children being sent to school, we will also communicate instructions for families to screen their children for symptoms at home.
  • We will create systems to teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices - including frequent hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, for both students and team members.
  • We are installing the MERV 13 filters recommended by the CDC to improve filtration for COVID-19 in our air conditioning systems
  • We will limit the capacity of our classrooms to create the space necessary for social distancing. On average, we believe our classrooms can accommodate a total of 12-15 students.
  • We will disinfect the school throughout the day and clean all surfaces using an electrostatic anti-microbial spray treatment at the end of each nightly cleaning

General COVID-19 Updates

You can find CDC daily updates on COVID-19 in California, Los Angeles County and San Diego County here

 

COVID-19 Operations Report

The COVID-19 Operations Report provides an overview for each school explaining the changes to program offerings that LEA has made in response to school closures to address the COVID-19 emergency and the major impacts of the closures on students and families. 

Health & Safety Information for School Visits

To help keep our Team & Family and visitors safe, we ask that you please review KIPP SoCal's Health & Safety Protocol before visiting one of our school sites.

  • If you answer 'yes' to any of the following questions, please refrain from visiting a school site:
    • Have you been out of the country in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who has tested positive for (or is being monitored for) COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had any of these symptoms (even if mild) in the last 14 days?
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cough
    • A combination of at least two of the following symptoms:
    • Fever greater than 100 degrees 
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Please wear a clean face covering at all times while at a school site to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • Stand at least 6 feet apart from other people at all times. Avoid close-distance conversations with other people.
  • No high-fiving, hugging, fist bumping, etc. Offer a smile and a friendly wave instead!
  • Before and after visiting, remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • We appreciate you following this protocol and any other social distancing guidelines that are communicated to you while visiting a KIPP SoCal school site.

May 1, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Social-Distancing Information

First and foremost, please know that both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are monitoring the situation closely. It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious disease like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. 

On April 30, Mayor Garcetti announced that all Los Angeles City residents can now receive free testing, regardless of whether they have symptoms. Health care workers will take precedence. There will be 34 testing sites citywide. Please visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs to schedule an appointment.

Key Practices for Prevention of Any Infectious Disease:

  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. View additional tips from the CDC here. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Clean and sanitize your work (if you are an essential) and home areas.
  • Do not go to work if you are sick. The number one way to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses is to stay home if you are sick, even if only experiencing mild symptoms. 
  • Avoid travel to areas where there are outbreaks of COVID-19. You can find up-to-date information on the Center for Disease Control Website and California Department of Public Health Website.

Know How It Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19)
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 ft)
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, these droplets land in the mouth or noses of people nearby or possibly inhaled through the lungs. 

If You Have Cold or Virus-Like Symptoms:

  • Watch for symptoms: stay home if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath) and/or temperature above 100.4F. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on previous CoV viruses).
  • Cover or shield mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Do not use bare hands, throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • If you develop warning signs for COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and seek medical care (if coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath) and share recent travel and contact history with healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call 211 for assistance finding medical care near you.

Practice Social Distancing:

  • Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow the spread of contagious diseases and is taken to restrict when and where people can gather and involves limiting large groups of people coming together.
  • In line with guidance from local Districts, the California Department of Public Health, and County Departments of Public Health, we will implement the following measures in our schools and after school programs, effective immediately:
    • All gatherings involving 25 people or more are postponed or cancelled.
    • All use of school facilities by outside organizations and all outside vendor partnerships is cancelled.
    • Any student, staff or visitor who is experiencing virus-like symptoms, or who has traveled to Europe or Asia in the past 14 days will not be allowed on school campuses (for meal service) or in administrative offices.

Question or Concern?

Student, Team & Family safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

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Additional Resources

There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19. Here are a few links that provide accurate information:

Addressing Children’s Questions Regarding Coronavirus