COVID-19 FAQ

This page is updated on a real-time basis. If you have a question that has not been addressed here, please feel free to submit one using this webform. 

GUIDANCE & GOVERNMENTAL MANDATES

Are we subject to Gov. Newsom’s orders?

As an independent school, we are not required to follow guidance from the CA Department of Education. However, we are required to follow county and state orders such as Governor Newsom’s plan which lays out the requirements for safe reopening of all schools both public and private.

Will the school apply for a waiver to bypass Placer County Guidelines?

Our Leadership TEAm has decided not to apply for a waiver to conduct in person classes if Placer County does not allow for all schools to conduct in person classes. 

Why has the school’s administration decided not to apply for a school waiver, if/when it becomes available?

We looked carefully at this potential option, as we understand this decision in particular is very important. After reviewing the pros and cons and spending hours in discussion and conversation with Placer County, our legal team, our leadership team and our teachers, we have decided not to apply for a possible waiver for five primary reasons: 

  • Placer County Health Officials recommended against it, when we spoke with them the week of August 3rd, 2020. Since this pandemic started in March, our primary and most relevant source of guidance and expertise has been Placer County guidelines and mandates.
  • TEA’s Legal Counsel recommended against it because it is out of the norm for our local area. Applying for and enacting a waiver would show that TEA is doing something outside of guidelines and local norms, which would set us up for more risk and liability. 
  • One of our values is to work and collaborate with local organizations and schools. In this situation, this means not going against the grain in our small town and potentially jeopardizing the safety of our intimate community.
  • The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority. Our students and families come from two states and three counties, which inherently places the school at a higher risk to deliver in person instruction. We are willing to take this risk once the State of CA and Placer County gives us the green light.
  • When we spoke with our teachers this week in our Faculty Meetings, it was clear that our teachers, many of whom already feel nervous and scared about coming back to in person instruction, would not support this direction, and, in short, they would not deliver in person instruction if the school were to go outside of local norms and county health guidelines. We are currently building trust with our faculty to deliver an in person program when Placer County permits it. This move would erode the trust that we are looking out for their safety and well-being, first and foremost, to deliver on our promise to you and your kids for the upcoming year.

Will the school create, facilitate and support learning pods during TEA@Home?

TEA will not be creating or facilitating learning pods during TEA@Home. Both California and Nevada are currently prohibiting gatherings of people from different households as a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. If we were to ignore the stay at home orders, we would be exposing the school to liability and we would not be acting in accordance with our values. Of course, every family’s circumstances are unique and some may choose to employ some form of childcare or tutors. TEA will work with families and differentiate as needed to support our students and ensure we’re delivering on our learner outcomes.

 


ENROLLMENT AGREEMENTS & TUITION PAYMENTS

Will you offer a refund or discounts due to COVID-19 constraints and changes?

Our school is committed to delivering on our learner outcomes regardless of the constraints we’re facing due to COVID-19. We will not issue tuition payment refunds if we alter our program in response to COVID-19 constraints. By accepting our enrollment agreement, you agreed that the duties and obligations of our school may be modified or suspended immediately, without notice, during all periods that our school is closed because of force majeure events including, but not limited to, fire, acts of God, war, governmental action, terrorism, epidemic, pandemic or any other event beyond the School’s control. When such an event occurs, our duties and obligations under our Enrollment Agreement may be modified, suspended or postponed until such time as we, in our sole discretion, may safely resume operations. 

How can airlines, hotels, etc offer refunds or discounts and the school cannot?

The business model and cash flow for schools operate on an annual basis. Our customer acquisition happens once per year versus daily for airlines, hotels, etc which happen daily. As a result, we cannot simply fill a seat/room/spot, most of which is done during a three month window. Further, we enter into year-long contractual agreements with our teachers and staff based on enrollment agreements executed and total net tuition revenue in the winter/spring. If enrollment agreements were to be altered or terminated, then we would be forced to terminate teachers and staff midyear. 

Is there any support available if I am experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID-19?

We are committed to working with our families to meet their needs to the best of our abilities. If you are experiencing a financial hardship please do not hesitate to reach out to our finance and accounting team at accounting@tea-mail.org to discuss individualized payment plans.  

 


SOCIAL DISTANCING NORMS

How are the teachers feeling about returning to school?

The overwhelming sentiment from our faculty is that they are eager to get back to campus to teach your kids when state and county health departments deem it is safe. They are grateful to the school and the community for being responsible by following state and county guidelines to keep our community healthy. 

The Elementary School teachers know being on campus is important to student development and are also committed to supporting kids in a digital format. The Middle School and High School teachers recognize the need to develop college and career skills while also leaning into the experiential learning. They feel that until normal school can resume, the hybrid model will facilitate the deepest level of learning for our students. 

What social distancing and other procedures can reduce the risk of disease transmission in schools and other community settings? 

  • Minimizing the number of people who come into contact with each other. 
  • Maximizing the physical distance between people. 
  • Reducing the time that people spend in close proximity to others. 
  • Measures to minimize dispersion of droplets and aerosols (e.g., using face coverings and covering coughs and sneezes). 

*Public health experts have generally recommended that these all be used collectively where possible

These strategies may be easier or harder to implement in different age groups or settings. For example, a school may be able to ensure that younger elementary school students have fewer contacts by having students stay in one classroom, but young students may be less able to wear face coverings consistently or maintain physical distancing during age-appropriate social and educational activities. 

In contrast, middle and high school students encounter more individuals in a typical school day, but are likely to have greater ability to maintain physical distance and to more consistently use face coverings. For these reasons, the requirements, recommendations, and considerations for minimizing disease transmission on our campus necessarily vary by age group.

Why practice social distancing? 

We believe in leading with empathy in our decision making. Wearing a mask potentially protects others as well as oneself. Wearing a mask visibly shows empathy for other people, even though we know it is not ideal and can even be a challenge.

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others. COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home. Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. In addition to practicing everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread in communities. (CDC)

What is the policy when social distance or mask wearing is breached on campus?

We will do our best to ensure these guidelines are being followed. If, for some reason, after working with the student and family we cannot, the student will move to digital learning.

What if students do not follow social distancing guidelines off campus?

While we cannot dictate what families and students do while they are not at school, the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students is paramount. While we want to deliver in person instruction, our faculty has made it very clear that they will only do so if they can be assured that their health and safety is being considered by and acted upon by all of their students. The schools reserves the right to move to an online format if it becomes known that students are potentially putting the health and safety of our staff and students at risk. 

We ask each and every community member to demonstrate empathy by thinking of and acting on the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. Though we all want life to return to normal as soon as possible, this is a time when we must lead with empathy and compassion, especially for those teachers and their family members who we know and love.

What is the school’s policy for face mask use?

In line with the State of California requirements for public spaces and gatherings, we must ensure that face masks (cloth, 2 ply minimum, no exhaust valves) or surgical masks are utilized or we must prohibit entry to premises. A face mask may not completely protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear face masks in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Why is it important to wear a face mask? 

Face masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a face mask will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants). Face masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when face masks are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. 

All staff and faculty will be provided with a face mask. Face shields are available to employees upon request. Faculty may wear both, but must wear at least one of these while on campus. Other masks are acceptable providing: 

  • Not bandanas, buffs or gaiters.
  • Follow the guidelines already in place for dress code and do not interfere with learning .
  • Provide nose and mouth coverings
  • All adults must wear a face mask at all times while on campus, except while eating or drinking or social distancing outdoors. Masks should cover the nose and mouth at all times. 
  • Staff excluded from this requirement are those that require respiratory protection according to OSHA standards. 
  • All students are required to wear face masks: 
    • While arriving and departing from the school campus.
    • In any area outside of the classroom (except when eating, drinking, or instructed to by a teacher during outside learning time).
    • Elementary, Middle and High school students must use face masks when in the classroom even if they are in a stable classroom cohort. 
    • Students may voluntarily wear a face shield in addition to a mask as long as it does not interfere with the learning environment. 
    • Students excluded from face mask requirements include:
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance. 
      • Students with special needs who are unable to tolerate a face covering.

How do you correctly wear your face mask?

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face mask.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.
  • Mask washing / disinfecting face masks should be done after each use. It is important to always remove face masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face mask. 
  • Washing machine: You can include your cloth face mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face mask. 
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

 


SICKNESS / ILLNESS / ATTENDANCE POLICIES

What is our student sick policy for Communicable Diseases (including COVID-19)?

  • Parents must keep students home when not feeling well and until it is determined that no contagious illness is present. 
  • Children may be excluded if the illness prevents the child from participating comfortably or if there is a risk of spread of harmful disease to others. 

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: 

  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

Note: The CDC has a self checker available. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

What do we expect of parents and families if a case is detected?

  • Parents are asked to contact the school office when communicable diseases are present in the child or in the immediate household. 
  • Designated school staff shall report certain communicable diseases to the local health authorities. 

What will happen if/when a student gets sick?

If a student is sick at school, then that student will be isolated then sent home. If the student has any COVID-19 symptoms, then that student should be tested. If the student tests positive, then they need to be symptom free for 72 hours before returning. If they test negative, then they may return after being free of fever for 24 hours. 

What is the difference between getting sick and testing positive for COVID-19?

When a person tests positive for COVID-19 they must be symptom free for 72 hours before returning. If there is a positive test in our community by an employee or a student, then we will transition to TEA@Home effective immediately. The community will be notified of a positive test, but we will not provide the identity of the person testing positive in order to maintain privacy of health information.

What happens if a parent / family member is sick? 

If a parent or other member of a student’s household is sick, then that student shall stay home until the family member is symptom free for 24 hours.

What will happen if a teacher gets sick?

If a teacher is sick, then that teacher will stay home. If the teacher has any COVID-19 symptoms, that teacher will  be tested. If the teacher tests positive, they need to be symptom free for 72 hours before returning. If they test negative, then they may return after being free of fever for 24 hours.

If teachers / staff members get sick, what is the plan to address subs and transitioning to TEA@Home?

The transition to TEA@Home will be based on any positive COVID-19 test in students or employees or when there are insufficient subs to operate on campus.

What will happen if a teacher tests positive for COVID-19?

If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 the teacher will stay at home until they are symptom free for 72 hours. We will transition to TEA@Home immediately.

How will the school communicate with families if/when a positive test for COVID-19 occurs?

Families will be notified via a ParentSquare message immediately if any member of our community has a positive COVID-19 test. The person who tests positive will not be identified in order to protect the privacy of their health information.

What is the school’s attendance policy for students and families?

Excused absences are valid when a written note is provided by a parent / guardian for up to two consecutive days and with a written doctor’s note after 3 consecutive days of missing school. 

We have adjusted our attendance policy to include family members, such that all members of a household would be excused if one member of their household is sick.

What is the school’s attendance policy for staff and faculty?

Employees are expected to stay home if they are sick.

 


CLEANING, MONITORING AND CHECK IN PROCEDURES

What cleaning will be done in the classrooms? 

At least daily, and more frequently if feasible, staff and faculty will clean and disinfect spaces they use. Emphasis is placed on frequently touched hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, sinks/faucets) and shared objects whenever used (toys, games, art supplies, STEAM equipment, books) pursuant to CDC guidance. All classrooms will be provided with cleaning/disinfecting supplies such as approved cleaning agents, gloves hand sanitizer, etc..

We will also increase our personnel to improve the frequency and quality of daily cleaning.

What cleaning will be done on campus? 

Our campus will be professionally cleaned and disinfected by our school custodian. We will be using disinfectant foggers regularly that have been cleared for school institution use. Deep cleaning protocols will be followed for this cleaning. 

Who will be responsible for cleaning the campus?

TEA is in the process of hiring a full time custodian to conduct daily cleaning of the campus. Also, teachers and staff will be equipped with ample non-toxic cleaning supplies to conduct frequent cleanings of high touch areas.

Will there be hand sanitizer available for students and staff?

Yes. We will equip each classroom space with hand sanitizer. 

Will there be hand washing stations around campus?

No. Each class has designated bathroom facilities for handwashing.

How are we monitoring the health and safety of our people?

Parents will complete a daily symptom report via ParentSquare for each TEA student. The form will autopopulate your answers from the previous day, requiring you to only make changes when necessary. 

We will be conducting daily temperature screens on site and entry on the home-to-school bus route. 

If a student does not feel well in school or is showing symptoms of communicable disease, then they should be brought or sent to the office. Parents will be called to pick their child up as soon as possible, and the student will remain isolated until they can be escorted off campus. 

Students, staff or faculty who are sick must remain home for 72 hours after symptoms subside (for example no fever for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications) or a clear COVID-19 test result. When students feel well enough to participate, they may do so through TEA@Home or in collaboration with their teachers if TEA has resumed in-person instruction.

When a COVID-19 incident occurs, the Co-Directors will make a decision in conjunction with the Risk Management and Mitigation Team following our Pandemic Prevention Plan to determine steps for contact tracing, communicating to the community and TEA will transition immediately to TEA@Home.

What role will teachers play in monitoring the safety and well-being of students?

If a student or staff experiences difficulty wearing his/her face covering, allow the individual to remove his/her face mask for a short period of time – outside the classroom (preferably outside the building) at the minimum of 6 feet away from anyone. 

Will the school provide face masks for students and staff who lose their face masks or forget to bring them to school?

All classrooms will be provided with a supply of disposable masks in case a mask breaks or other incident. Each student will be expected to provide their own face masks for daily use. We will include this equipment in the classroom supplies list.

 


PROGRAM ACCOMMODATIONS AND CLASSROOM MODIFICATIONS

How will you support families who are new to TEA this year?

We recognize that joining a new school community is challenging for families, even during normal years. Fortunately as we’ve experienced significant growth over the past 4 years, we’ve created a series of systems, policies and supports that remain largely intact, despite constraints caused by COVID-19. However we also recognize that everyone’s situation is different, so we will create a new-family-only meeting to learn about everyone’s specific needs and how our current systems may or may not meet them. 

Current system includes:

  • New Family Concierge: Members of our parent association (TAP) proactively reach out to new families before school begins to answer any questions around school logistics, policies and procedures. 
  • Compass Day: Families meet with other parents in their student(s) class to form personal connections and to establish peer groups.
  • Back to School Night: Families attend a program-specific Back to School Night to answer any questions in regards to academic, character and adventure programming. 
  • Crew Building First Week: The first week of school is largely dedicated to creating a crew culture amongst students in age-specific groupings through team-building activities. 

During our new-family live event, we will gather feedback to inform how we can iterate on our existing system in the face of COVID-19 constraints. 

What kind of choices do I have as a parent for my child to be in person or online instruction?

If a family chooses to keep their child home when we engage in in-person learning, the following will be provided for them:

  • PreK – Stephanie Brodi, PreK Director, will be reaching out to each family to see what will work for your child’s needs.
  • K-2 – Teachers will provide ELA and math lesson plans as well as a project overview  for social studies and science aligned to standards to help facilitate learning from home. Enrichments will be recorded and shared out digitally with the optional check-in with the teacher to facilitate learning. At times, teachers will record video of live lessons to be uploaded and shared virtually. Teachers will schedule weekly check-ins with students and parents virtually to support learning. Families will drop off student work on campus weekly and pick-up printed materials to facilitate the next week’s learning. Agendas for the week will be shared weekly. 
  • 3-5 – Teachers will share materials via an online learning platform (i.e. Google Classroom). Some differentiated small group virtual learning opportunities with teachers will be provided weekly. Teachers will record and upload videos of live lessons. 
  • 6-12 – In the hybrid schedule, students who are opting to not come to campus can participate in live sessions during the virtual sessions. For the days they do not participate, detailed agendas and task sheets will be shared via Google Classroom for students to follow along on and teachers will facilitate check-ins with students working digitally.

Can I move between different program options throughout the year? If so, how do I do so?

Yes, we acknowledge this is a dynamic environment and want to support as much as possible. Parents choosing to shift their student’s level of participation should communicate their intentions with teachers and school leaders.

In the Elementary School (PK-5th grade), students working virtually while we are in an in-person model will be up to 1 week delayed due to the need to upload videos and share resources. Please communicate with the crew leader to ensure we can support the transition in a timely manner that supports the student development. 

In the Middle School and High School (6th – 12th grade), students and families are free to make determinations based on their personal situations and health and safety concerns, regarding attending in person school or accessing curriculum digitally. All course materials will be available for all students on Google Classroom and teachers will be available on a frequent basis to provide check ins for students who are not attending in person classes.

What if my kid does not do well with online / distance learning in middle or high school?

In a digital format, developmentally appropriate supports will be put in place to ensure students have everything they need to be successful. These supports will include detailed agendas and assignment task sheets, as well as daily crew check ins, frequent teacher check ins, weekly mentor check ins and access to the Student Success team when needed. With the hybrid model, there will be opportunities for students to be on campus in a social distance setting to help offset any challenges faced while in a digital format.

What classroom setup and modifications are being made?

All classrooms are being reviewed and updated to make them as safe as possible to support student learning on campus for the number of students assigned in them. Modifications include:

  • Creating desk configurations to allow for a 6 feet distancing and/or sneeze guards set-up.
  • Ensuring that all doors and windows can be easily opened and can remain open. 
  • Enlarging several classrooms for safer capacity. 
  • Classes outside the classroom. We will conduct class outdoors as much as possible year round. When using outdoor space it is important to still follow physical distancing and mask use when it is not possible to keep 6 feet distancing. 
  • Classroom ventilation: whenever possible we are increasing circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows.

What will class time look like?

Our hybrid schedule is built to limit the number of transitions on campus and to allow for any transition to distance learning if it becomes necessary. Teachers will be using varying strategies such as:

  • Infusing breaks into longer blocks to minimize transitions while also staying active.Using flipped approaches for learning material and in class practice. 
  • Adding in differentiated ‘coaching’ and feedback for individuals or small groups. 
  • Ensuring there is enough transition time so students are not hurrying and forgetting protocols. 
  • Students will remain in set places while teachers rotate. 

These recommendations will be adjusted for each age group. Further professional development on creating culture and structure for this type of hybrid teaching and learning will occur during faculty professional development. 

How will materials be used? Will classroom materials be shared?

  • We will be keeping material and handout use to a minimum – whenever possible using digital resources. 
  • Disposable gloves will be available for teachers and there should be a supply in classrooms at all times which students may also use. 
  • Equipment – will be assigned to a specific student and disinfected between uses. Materials – will be assigned to individual students and in general kept to single use.

How will we support students and families while in TEA@Home? 

During classes teachers will mainly be using Google Hangouts / Zoom as our tool to keep distance learners involved during the school day. Other digital tools and platforms are allowed and Google Classroom will be used fully along with Gradebook. We will differentiate screen time based on what is developmentally appropriate. Students will be supported socially/emotionally through intentional crew check ins, weekly mentor check ins, frequent teacher check ins and opportunities to touch base with our student success team. 

What is the difference between TEA and a childcare operation?

TEA is an accredited school and is required to follow the state and county guidelines set out for schools. These guidelines may be different from a childcare operation.

Is TEA providing childcare for essential workers?

Unfortunately, no. We are not staffed or designated as a business that can accommodate childcare.

 

 


DAY TO DAY IN PERSON CLASSES DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING SCHOOL

How many students will my child interact with?

We will maintain as small of cohorts as possible while delivering on our learner outcomes. Students will stay in designated places while teachers rotate. The following are the cohort sizes students can expect to interact with while on campus:

  • PreK – during social distance school, cohorts will max at 10.
  • Kinder – 16 students
  • 1st & 2nd – each grade will have 14 students total that they will interact with
  • 3-5th – students will be in smaller groupings (~10-16) throughout the day. Due to different learning needs, we will have slightly different groupings for math and science than humanities. Students will be in a cohort of ~25 students.
  • 6-7th – students will have smaller 10 person groupings for in-person learning with two different grouping make-ups that max at 20 students
  • 8th – students will have a cohort of 18
  • 9-10th grade – students will largely stick to grade level (~14 students) with larger cohorts at ~20
  • 11-12th grade – students will largely stick to grade level with some 11-12 crossover

What bathrooms will my student use?

In order to minimize cross-over:

  • PreK has its own bathroom in the PreK classroom. 
  • 1-2nd have the bathroom on the west end of campus
  • Kinder and 3-5 have the larger bathroom portable on the east end of campus
  • 6-7th have 2 bathrooms in the former Early Childhood building
  • 8-12th have the bathrooms in Building One.

Teachers will facilitate distancing and mask wearing when students need to use the bathroom and bathrooms will be sanitized regularly. 

What will snack and lunch look like? 

  • As usual, students will bring their own snack, lunch and water bottle to school. We will not have Dine-in-Days. Sharing of foods is strictly prohibited, and older high school students will not be able to go off campus for lunch. 
  • For recess and lunch we will do our best to assure distancing and sanitation. Students will eat lunch socially distant and wear masks when moving & playing.
  • Use of microwaves will be prohibited. 

What will recess look like? 

  • We have designated specific locations and times to accommodate physical distancing. 
  • Recess and breaks will be segmented so different grade levels will be able to use spaces. 
  • Students will wear masks when they are not eating or drinking water so they can more safely play. It 

Can students refill water bottles?

Students are expected to bring enough water, in a personal water bottle, or bottles, to last them the entire school day. In an emergency, if a student requires a refill, the water tap will be sanitized before and after use. 

What will extracurriculars and after school activities look like during social distancing TEA?

Once we are able to be in person, we will conduct athletics and extracurricular activities that allow for  social distancing. Further, organizing athletics leagues have shifted seasons later into the school year, for example Middle School XC Running will happen in Spring 21’ instead of early Fall. We will share updates as this information becomes available and ready for distribution. Potential examples include: mountain biking, golf, disc golf, tennis, cross country, biathlon, etc. 

 

 


TECHNOLOGY, CLASSROOM SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL / FIRST AID

What is the phone use policy?

Students should not be using phones during class time unless the teacher specifically is using them as part of the instruction or class work. 

Are we sharing technology?

Laptops should not be shared. Students and teachers should regularly wipe surfaces – screens and keyboards – according to manufacturer instructions or with a high alcohol based wipes (at least 70%). 

Are we sharing classroom supplies? If not, then how will each student participate in the learning?

No. We are planning to provide families with a supply list for each individual student, which will include a camp / outdoor chair. If families cannot afford one, then the school will provide a loaner for the student for the year. 

We will also augment the school’s supply list to provide for more individualized supplies including science and lab supplies, pencils, paper, etc. for each student to have and maintain and use their own supplies.

What will happen if/when one student in a sibling group gets sick?

If a student in a family presents with cold or flu like symptoms, the student and siblings will be required to isolate at home until symptoms have subsided and/or COVID 19 can be ruled out.

What will fieldwork and off campus activities look like?

Fieldwork is still TBD at this time. When it is safe to resume fieldwork and off campus activities, we will prioritize nature based and outdoor experiences. We plan to phase in off campus activities with day trips first, longer day trips second for older students and hopefully overnight experiences at some point in the school year. 

Who will conduct first aid? How will this be done?

We will have a designated first aid and medical attendant on campus every day to conduct first aid and medical treatment as necessary. We have good communications with walkie talkies to coordinate and communicate medical attention when necessary and we have trained staff members for both onsite and off site activities.

 


TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS AND RESOURCES

What bus protocols are being implemented?

For student safety, we have adopted the following best practices for school transportation:

  • The bus shall be disinfected after every trip. There is time built into transportation schedules to allow drivers to disinfect.
  • All occupants of the bus will use face coverings at all times.
  • All riders will use hand sanitizer on entering the bus.
  • Temp checks will be conducted at all bus stops before boarding. Our transportation schedule was built with extra time to allow for this.
  • To the extent possible, students in the same class will be grouped in the same section of the bus.
  • Students from the same household will be grouped into the same seats.
  • Students will follow entry and offloading procedures to include loading all the way to the back of the bus and unloading from front to back to maximize social distancing.

How many kids can ride on the bus in social distancing?

One student per seat, with the exception that students who live in the same household may sit together.

What will bussing look like from home to school for Reno and Incline?

We will continue to offer home-to-school from Incline and Reno. The home-to-school schedules will be published in the Student & Parent Handbook. Bus 70 will typically be used for the Incline Village – Kings Beach route. Bus 50 will typically be used for the Reno route and will make a stop at the Truckee Rec Center in the afternoons when the Rec Center has afterschool programs.

Will we be doing the bus run to the Truckee Rec Center?

We will offer transportation to the Truckee Rec Center, if it is offering after school programs. We will offer this service only for families participating in those programs. 

From where has this information been sourced?

For transportation, we have worked over the summer directly with the California Highway Patrol and Department of Motor Vehicles to determine our uses and risk mitigation protocols. For our program, in addition to CDC, State and County Mandates and Guidelines, we have looked at a variety of schools, NAIS, CAL-ISBOA, and used materials when they are in line with our values, policies and procedures. Sage Ridge School, for example, has done a fantastic job communicating about the COVID pandemic, and we utilized some of the information from their site. We have also communicated with Placer County Health Officials as well as our Medical Advisor to vet and ensure our policies, procedures and protocols are in line with best practices.

State Guidance

CA Governor’s Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools

CA DPH School Reopening Recommendations

CA DOE School Reopening Recommendations

CA Mask Requirements

CDC Mask Guidelines