COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS (for on-campus learning)
PRESCHOOL PARENTS & STUDENTS
To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 to the best of our ability, the following are the procedures that are planned to be implemented during your child’s school day. Please understand these actions serve to mitigate, not eliminate, risks related to COVID-19. Also, the following procedures are subject to change at any time due to local or state regulations.
ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND ANYONE OVER 10 YEARS OLD ARE TO WEAR A MASK WHILE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY REGARDING MITIGATION VS. CLOSURE
The school philosophy is to first implement practical mitigation policies and protocols at varying degrees to allow for effective and positive in-person/on-campus learning as long and as sustainable as safely possible. As a last option, school closures and/or moves to off-campus learning will be driven by local or state regulations regarding COVID-19 “outbreaks” in school areas, the entire school or in the local community.
Every Parent/Guardian is expected to monitor themselves and their student(s) for signs of illness every morning. Adults or students are not to come to school if they are ill.
- Priority Illness Symptoms -Having just 1 (one) of these symptoms requires staying home:
- If within 24 hours one has experienced:
- Fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher)
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Started antibiotics for an illness
- Additional COVID-19 related Symptoms- Having a combination of at least 2 (two) of these symptoms requires staying home:
- If within 24 hours one has experienced a combination of:
- Muscle Pain
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or congestion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
MORNING DROP OFF
Preschool students may have one (1) masked parent/guardian enter with them to digitally check them in and be dropped off at the classroom door. The parent is then to directly exit the building.
- Staggered Drop-off Times and Locations
- Early Start (2-year olds): no earlier than 8:20am via North Main Entrance
- Preschool (3-year olds): no earlier than 8:15am via North Main Entrance
- Prekindergarten (4-year olds): no earlier than 8:25am via North Main Entrance
- Ready-Set-Go: no earlier than 8:15am via the East Doors
- Families with multiple age children please enter at your youngest child’s time to drop off
PICK-UP -in Auditorium
Preschool students will be checked out and picked up in the Auditorium by one (1) masked parent/guardian. Please follow signs to your area for pick up in the auditorium.
- Staggered Pick-up Times
- Early Start (2-year olds): 11:30am
- Preschool (3-year olds): 11:30am
- Prekindergarten (4-year olds): 11:35am
- Ready-Set-Go: 11:35am
- Families with multiple age children please enter at your youngest child’s time to pick up
IN THE CLASSROOM
When possible and appropriate, distancing will be practiced.
Children will wash their hands when entering the classroom or moving to specials.
Children will not be required to wear mask. If you would like to send your child with a mask you may. If your child comes to school with a mask and plays with the mask or it becomes a distraction the teacher will take it and put it in their backpacks.
Teachers will be wearing masks when with students.
Students will wash/sanitize hands before changing rooms and when returning to their class. Specials teachers will spray/wipe down areas in between classes. P.E will be outside as often as weather permits.
Will occur outside in class level cohorts based on playground size regulations.
Initially, visitors will be discouraged to the building during the school day, with exception to Preschool drop-off and pick up and conducting school business in the office.
Parents need to schedule an appointment if they need to speak to a teacher.
Every classroom and most common areas are serviced by a regularly maintained HVAC system that will be managed to regulate airflow and temperature control as recommended by the ASHRAE. The gym is service by an outdoor air ventilation system. Outdoor air ventilation will be used whenever possible in the building.
Teachers and staff will take advantage of doing class and other activities as is practical and effective whenever possible.
HIGH RISK STUDENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS
Students, and students who live with a family member, who have a documented medical diagnosis that puts them in the high-risk category for COVID-19 have the option to come to school or arrange for special absentee status. PPCS recommends families have their physician review PPCS mitigation steps to help families determine the best decision. Special absentee arrangements (long-term absent work, not full online learning as in the Spring) for high-risk students, or students with high-risk family members, are to be discussed with the school area principal and teacher. Absences by students who are not in a high-risk situation will be managed as a regular absence and are not subject to special arrangements.