CAMPUS OVERVIEW 2021-2022 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR
Covid-19 Prevention Program
The health and safety of the Oakridge Private School community is the driving force in creating procedures that protect and serve the wellbeing of those who enter the school. The guidance and policies in this document are set to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and allow Oakridge staff and students a safe environment as they return to school.
The guidelines and policies in this plan are based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). This is a working document and is subject to change as environmental conditions, adherence of government mandates, and ongoing evaluations of local/state guidelines change. As policies and procedures are updated, our school community will be notified of the applicable changes, when appropriate, through the Oakridge Private School student management systems (SMS - Teacherease - School Insight). An updated version of this document will be published on the school website at www.oakridgeschool.org
Oakridge Private School is a small family owned, 501c3 Christian, preschool through 8th grade school. The average class sizes are 16:1 with approximately 800sq ft of classroom learning space. The following procedures are set to maximize social distancing in the classrooms, common areas, and work areas.
Parent/Student Registration, Handbook, and Informed Consent Form:
All enrolled families must acknowledge and complete the electronic Parent Registration Process which includes Parent/Student Handbook and Informed Parent Consent Form by Friday, September 3, 2021. Any student/family who has not completed the required signature forms will not be allowed to enter the facility. The parent/student handbook provides all Oakridge policies and procedures for on-campus learning. The Informed Consent Form acknowledges the risk of COVID-19, in which the family will have reviewed this document for campus safety and procedures.
On-Campus Full Time: Throughout the school day, several modifications have been made to provide routines, cleaning procedures, and structures time management systems to promote a positive learning experience, all while maintaining strict adherence to the policies set forth by the governing health agencies.
At-Home Learning- Long-term absence (students who have become ill or need to quarantine) have the option to maintain on-campus course enrollment by completing the daily coursework provided by the grade level classroom teacher. Academic assignments will be completed through grade appropriate online platforms, selected by the teacher. Families should provide notification of their student’s absence to the front office and coordinate a missing work/makeup work plan with their classroom teacher. Video or live stream class instruction will not be provided.
Classroom Physical Distancing:
Day Care: The designated morning/afternoon day care program will be for students arriving to school earlier than 30 minutes before their scheduled class/ or staying oncampus for extended afternoon day care. Weather permitting, students will report outside as much as possible. When indoors, the day care room will be set for appropriate social distancing among students. All day care students must be registered for day care through our Business Office Manager.
Elementary Classrooms: Students desks will be spaced apart to the greatest extent possible. Extra furniture will be removed to provide for maximum ease of space and traffic flow. Students will report to computer and music classes that have been modified to fit the above guidelines for distancing and extra cleaning precautions will be enforced for use of the computers. Teacher desks and teacher spacing from the students will be adjusted for a 6-foot standard of social distancing.
Middle School Classrooms: Student’s desks will be spaced apart to the greatest extent possible. Extra furniture will be removed to provide for maximum ease of space and traffic flow. Students will report to computer classes that have been modified to fit the above guidelines for distancing and extra cleaning precautions will be enforced for use of the computers. Teacher desks and teacher spacing from the students will be approached for a 6-foot standard of social distancing.
Campus Entry/Exit Procedures:
Student Arrival: Parent/Guardians should conduct a health check of their student daily before arriving to school. Students must not exhibit any cold or flu like symptoms and temperature scans must be below 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit in order to come on to campus.
Student Entry: Students at all times during the school day will enter campus through the main gate. Parents should keep their student at home if the student has a fever of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and symptoms of or exposure to someone with COVID-19 virus. Families are encouraged to check a student’s temperature prior to arriving on campus and the entry procedure.
Recess/Lunch: Students will eat outside, weather permitting, in grade level groups. Individual grade levels will eat together at spaced and alternating spots, so students are not sitting directly across from others. Choice Lunch also will be providing their “touchless” hot lunch option.
Leaving and returning to campus: Any time a student leaves campus during the academic day, for any approved reason, they must return through the same entry procedure regardless of their earlier presence on campus on the same day. Students attempting to enter campus through the main gate will be directed to enter through the front office.
Student Exit: At the end of the school day, students will be dismissed to the lunch area to their designated grade level area, under the supervision of their teacher. Two-way radios will be used to individually call students out to their family vehicle. As parents arrive to pick up their child, the staff will call for the child waiting, so that they may report to their parents waiting at the vehicle. Students who will be staying after school for day care will report to the designated area for day care at 3:15 pm (3:45 pm - middle school).
Employee Entry: All faculty and staff will engage in the same procedures and health screenings by entering through the entrance gate.
Known positive cases of COVID-19 on campus: Notification and sanitation protocols will be implemented for any known positive cases on campus. If a student develops symptoms of illness while on campus, the student will be immediately isolated in a predesignated safe location. Parents will need to arrange for the immediate pick-up of their student. Notification of the school community, specifically those who may have come in prolonged contact, will happen in accordance with the local health agency guidelines and procedures. Student and employee health records will remain private. The CDPH Action Plan will be followed regarding communication measure, testing, and quarantine recommendations.
Identified exposure: All students and employees that have knowingly been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case shall immediately notify the school and engage a selfquarantine at home until a negative test has been provided after a 5-day period of last exposure. Students who are at home in quarantine will be sent their classwork via email. Positive Cases will follow the CDC recommendations of a self-quarantine at home for 10 days until a negative test has been provided, the individual is asymptomatic, and fever free for over 24 hours without medications.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Face Coverings: Oakridge has adopted the CDPH Guidance* of Universal Masking for children (TK-8thGrade) and adults.
*Any person on campus, regardless of vaccination status, is recommended and encouraged to wear a mask while physically distancing indoors. Masks are required in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained for prolonged periods of time. Students will be socially distanced (>6ft) in classrooms, with proper ventilation. If an activity involves students to interact at a close proximity (indoors), a mask will be required. Parents are asked to purchase reusable face coverings, which should not be used on consecutive days, unless washed daily. Face coverings will be made available to individuals, on campus, who forget theirs at home, lose theirs while on campus, or if it becomes damaged or soiled. Face shields are also a feasible option for students and staff. According to State policy those who are exempt from mask policies due to medical exemption are able to social distance.
Shielding: Acrylic shielding will be in place in high volume student reception areas and teacher desks as requested.
Cleaning Protocols: High touch surfaces will be sanitized throughout the school day in a comprehensive routine that utilizes approved sanitizing solutions. The campus will continue to be thoroughly cleaned through enhanced methods and equipment by our trained custodial staff. Individual classrooms will be cleaned throughout the day by the classroom teacher. A specialized contracted cleaning service will be sanitizing all restrooms on campus with extended cleaning protocols, each evening. Additional supplies will be made available in classrooms and throughout the campus. FDA guidelines are followed regarding the best products to use in a school with young children.
Sanitizing Stations: Multiple areas on campus have been equipped with additional hand sanitizing stations. Each classroom is equipped with a hand washing station and sanitizing station.
Hand washing and hand sanitizing will be required for students at the beginning of the day, after physical activity, before and after snack/lunch recess, and using the restroom.
Air Circulation: Classroom doors or windows will remain open to assist with fresh air ventilation and to avoid contact with door handles when possible. All classrooms are equipped with individual HVAC units, which helps to eliminate crossover airflow between classrooms. Individual fans will be running throughout the day to increase air circulation. All air filters will be changed quarterly.
School Related Travel and Activities: All school related travel will continue as planned. CDC recommendations for Bus travel include masks while riding on a bus.
Visitors on Campus: Visitors on campus must have an appointment or invitation to be on campus. Parents who are volunteering in a class, involved in fundraiser meeting, or meeting with an individual staff member must check into the front office before entering campus.
Community, Staff, and Faculty Training/Communication: As part of the Oakridge Private School faculty and staff in-service training before school begins, training on health procedures and classroom protocols will be conducted to insure the understanding and requirements for classroom instruction. All community, staff, and faculty communications will be through the Oakridge Private School student management systems (SMS - Teacherease - School Insight). An updated version of this document will be published on the school website at www.oakridgeschool.org
School Staff and Faculty Testing: All staff and faculty will be tested according to risk exposure and vaccination status. All personal staff information will be kept private according to local and government laws. Positive cases shall immediately notify the school and engage a self-quarantine at home until a negative test has been provided after a 5-day period of last exposure.
School Community: During this unprecedented time, we are reminded that supporting each other, showing compassion, understanding, and patience will be the emotional grace that will support our students, staff, parents, and school community. As parents/guardians, you know your child best. Please be diligent in the communication to the school as situations arise within your family. Further, we understand that many of our students suffer from environmental allergies that may be interpreted as symptoms. We are also aware and sensitive to this, but communication is key in keeping our students healthy and safe. More than ever, we do encourage our school community to remain home when feeling ill.