Waiver Accepted

Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School received a waiver from the state of California and Riverside County, allowing us to hold in person classes for our students! In person classes will start Monday September 21, 2020. We give thanks to God for the hard work our staff to prepare to get the approval of this waiver.

Purpose

Immanuel Lutheran School is committed to creating a strategic plan that can be successfully implemented in order to provide a high-quality educational program to our students while adhering to public health requirements that focus on the safety of our students and our teachers/staff. Because Immanuel is a small school with plenty of space for learning, we are uniquely able to provide on campus instruction for our students.

General Teacher and Staff Health

  • Teachers and staff will be required to wear a face covering or a face covering in addition to a face shield while on campus.
  • All teachers and staff will receive COVID-19 prevention training.
  • All teachers and staff will be trained on our school’s COVID-19 operational guidelines.
  • All will follow standard for self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to work:
    • Require staff that are ill to stay home
      • If they are showing any of the following symptoms (new and not related to an existing medical condition), they need to stay home:
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
        • Fever greater than 100.4°F, or feeling feverish
        • Chills
        • Repeated shaking with chills
        • Muscle pain
        • Sore throat
        • New loss of taste and/or smell
      • All are reminded that the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are to:
        • Wash their hands often
        • Avoid close contact and remain at least 6’ apart from other people
        • Wear a face covering
        • Cover cough and sneeze properly into your elbow or sleeve or cover with tissue that is immediately discarded and hands washed.
        • Monitor their health and be alert for symptoms

General Student Health

  • Student health will be an important aspect of our response toward reopening school. and it is of utmost importance that sick students be kept home from school. For the health and safety of our children we have strengthened our child sick policy, parent expectations, and no volunteers on campus.
    • These policies will be reviewed by each family and acknowledged through sign-off.
    • All registration forms and consent forms for the 2020/2021 school year have been put online so submission can be done online/virtually.
  • Guidance for self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to school will be sent home to each family.
    • If they are showing any of the following symptoms (new and not related to an existing medical condition), they need to stay home:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Fever greater than 100.4°F, or feeling feverish
      • Chills
      • Repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of taste and/or smell
    • A temperature monitoring station will be set-up at the entrance to the school for daily temperature checks. If they have a fever of 100.4 (as recommended by the CDC), they would be required to return home. The student will not be able to return to school until a written doctor’s excuse is obtained.
    • Educational information will be sent home to each family to remind them that the most effective ways to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 are to:
      • Wash their hands often
      • Avoid close contact and remain at least 6’ apart from other people
      • Wear a face covering
      • Cover cough and sneeze properly into your elbow or sleeve or cover with tissue that is immediately discarded and hands washed.
      • Monitor their health and be alert for symptoms

Social Distancing

  • Protocols for drop-off and pick-up to be established to minimize gatherings.
  • Immanuel Lutheran School has some limitations in the ability to implement full social distancing in classrooms. These limitations include classrooms of various square footage. As much as possible, students will be seated following the 6 ft requirement with markers on the floor to designate desk locations and desks will be arranged in such a way as to minimize face-to-face contact (per Classroom Space within the CDPH 7/17/20 Guidance). We have evaluated our larger rooms on campus to be used as classrooms. Classes with larger enrollment will be placed in a larger room on campus in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Much of the recommendation for physical distancing focuses on communal areas such as hallways and classrooms. Fortunately, due to the Southern California weather, our classrooms are designed with external entrances/exits which allow for designated egress and will minimize foot traffic in communal hallways.
  • Immanuel has an enrollment of 135 students. Each grade level remains in a self-contained classroom throughout the day with one to two instructors. Daily schedules will be reviewed to maintain cohorts by class. An example would be to adjust our Chapel, lunch, and recess schedules so that there will be no mixing of students from different grade levels/cohorts.

Healthy Hygience Practices

  • Each teacher will provide instruction on proper hygiene techniques to students regarding hand washing, avoiding face/mouth/eye touching, and how to properly cover sneezes/coughs. Teachers will model this behavior for students daily.
  • Students will be required to sanitize their hands each day when entering the school and classroom.
  • Students will be required to wash their hands before going to lunch, and will sanitize upon re-entering the classroom.
  • We have installed hand sanitizer and will provide hand sanitizer bottles in each classroom and throughout the building. We will have sanitizer wipes at student desks and in the classroom for sanitizing of surfaces.

Face Coverings

  • Students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 will be required to wear face masks throughout the day.
  • Students in grades Kindergarten, 1, and 2 will be encouraged to wear face masks throughout the day.
  • Teachers and staff will be required to wear a face mask OR face mask in addition to a face shield while on campus.
  • All will be reminded to not touch the face masks and to wash their hands frequently.
  • Information will be provided to all in the school community on the proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
  • A plan for extra face coverings will be created to ensure that if someone forgets their face covering or misplaces it an option can be provided for them.

Sanitation, Disinfection, and Ventilation - COVID-19 Prevention

  • During the summer of 2020, Immanuel replaced the air conditioning system for our school building. We have upgraded the filters within the system to improve the air quality within the classrooms.
  • We will be using enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout our campus including:
    • nightly disinfection of student desks and chairs
    • daily disinfection of playground and PE equipment
    • disinfection of every lunch table after each lunch period and before the next use
    • cleaning and disinfection of our restrooms throughout the day including sinks, dispensers, toilets/urinals, stall doors, stall door locks
    • a list of frequently touched items will be developed for regular disinfection as well.
  • Disinfection will be done with an EPA approved list “N” chemical. Staff will be trained on the proper use of chemicals and any PPE needed will be provided.
  • We will also be implementing extra disinfecting procedures after each student’s long-term use of specific classroom supplies and equipment that are shared by students. This will include computers, Chromebooks, art class materials, etc.
  • We will minimize the use of shared supplies as much as possible.

Plan For When A Staff/Teacher/Child Becomes Ill

  • We will identify a separate room or area for the student that has become ill to wait for pick-up.
  • We will notify local health officials immediately of any positive case of COVID19, and exposed staff and families as relevant while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws.
  • Will close off areas used by any individual suspected of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and will not be used before cleaning and disinfection.
  • Advise sick staff members and students not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including at least 24 hours afebrile with no fever reducing medications being used, symptoms have improved and at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared. Doctor’s note may be required.
  • Utilize the necessary processes and protocols when Immanuel has an outbreak, in accordance with the CDPH guidelines.
  • Protocols will be communicated with staff/teachers/families about potential exposure and conduct via BAND App, Constant Contact emails, and JupiterEd messages. Protocols will direct contact tracing per the guidelines (Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace).
  • When a student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others at the school, we will refer to the CDPH Framework for K-12 Schools, and implement the following steps:
    • In consultation with the local public health department, the principal will decide whether school closure versus cleaning and quarantine of exposed persons or other intervention is warranted, including the length of time necessary, based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.
    • Close off the classroom or office where the patient was based and not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfection. Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, we will wait as long as possible.
    • Additional areas of the school visited by the COVID-19 positive individual may also need to be closed temporarily for cleaning and disinfection.
    • Implement communication plans for exposure at school and potential school closures to include outreach to students, parents, teachers, staff and the community.

Possible School Closure

In the event of a school closure, the following guidelines and considerations will be used to determine the appropriate response. We are committed to as seamless as possible transition in an effort to minimize disruption to student learning.

  • According to CDPH, a school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of teacher, student, staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the local health officer.
  • A school closure will be required when there are multiple cases within multiple cohorts at Immanuel OR when at least 5% of the total number of teachers/students/staff are cases within a 14 day period.
  • Immanuel will also follow local health officers mandates for school closures.
  • In the event of a school closure, Immanuel will transition to a remote learning model that was developed at the conclusion of last school year.