School will open on August 17,2020 in accordance with Stage 1 - Distance Learning. As conditions change, Pilibos will move to Stages 2 and 3 to the extent that is permissible and safe. All plans reflect the expertise of physicians as well as various educational, health, and technology specialists. Authorities and experts informing our planning are:
- Center for Disease Control
- LA Department of Public Health
- CA Department of Public Health
- LA County Office of Education
- CA Department of Education
- American Association of Pediatrics
- National and International network of Independent Schools
- Board of Regents of the Western Prelacy of Armenian Schools of America
- A Team of Professionals and Stakeholders (Resilience Task Force)
Pilibos is fully committed to implementing any and all protocols to mitigate the risks involved with on-campus gathering and instruction. Based on the updated guidance put forth by the Office of Governor Newsom, CDPH COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School Based Programs, the LA County Health Officer Reopening Protocol for K-12 Schools, and LACDPH Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools, we have further updated our protocols and guidelines. Please read and familiarize yourself with all the protocols below to better understand what measures we will be implementing and what actions and behaviors are expected of our students and families when campus physically re-opens.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will require everyone on campus to maintain physical distancing by creating staggered schedules for instruction and ingress and egress from our campus, the implementation of small cohorts, the redesigning of our classrooms, the planned use of outdoor spaces, the directing of foot traffic, and more.
- Staggered Arrival/Departure Schedules
- Staggered schedules will be implemented to minimize close contact between students, faculty, and families.
- There will be multiple designated areas/routes for entry and exit, which will be supervised, and where symptom monitoring will be conducted.
- All parents must remain in their vehicles during drop off and pick up.
- We will reduce the number of possible contacts on campus, by not allowing campus visitors, including parents, during the school day. All meetings will occur virtually.
- We will post signage around campus directing foot traffic and reminding us about maintaining physical distancing.
- Students will be assigned and remain in small cohorts within specific classrooms for the entire school day. Cohorts will not mix, even during recess or lunch.
- We will train our faculty, staff, and students upon their return on proper physical distancing protocol.
- Teachers will follow physical distancing as much as practical while ensuring the academics and developmental needs of our Scholars.
- All classrooms will have modified layouts where desks will be placed 6 feet apart, when possible, to create a natural separation within the classroom.
- Desks will be placed to face the same direction (rather than facing each other) to reduce viral transmission.
- Where appropriate, plexiglass barriers will be added as additional safety measures.
- Windows will be opened to allow for natural ventilation.
- As a result of a staggered schedule, hallway congestion will be reduced drastically. Only one cohort will be in a hallway at a time.
- Moreover, there will be designated ingress and egress points (with appropriate signage) to dissuade hallway congestion.
- All hallway traffic flow will be mapped out and clear markings on the floor will delineate the one-way route.
- Restroom usage will be based on a staggered schedule.
- We will teach and reinforce frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Additional handwashing stations will be utilized throughout the campus.
- Each cohort will be assigned to specific areas or quadrants for their outdoor activities.
- The outdoor space will be reconfigured to ensure the safety of our Scholars while allowing appropriate cohort interactions.
- Locker usage (indoor, outdoor, and gym) will be suspended for the time being.
- Bus service will be suspended for the time being.
- All students over age 2 are required to wear cloth face coverings at all times while on school property except while eating, drinking or carrying out other activities that make that preclude use of face coverings. If someone is unable to wear a face covering due to health reasons, they will be asked to join their classes remotely.
- The face covering will need to cover the nose and mouth at all times while on campus. The only time face masks can be taken off are during eating, drinking, or engaging in physical activity (when Scholars are kept 6 feet apart).
- Respiratory etiquette of appropriately covering cough and sneeze will be taught and reinforced.
- Upon entering campus and returning to classrooms after breaks, Scholars and Faculty will be required to properly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- We will continue to teach and encourage proper handwashing, avoiding touching of the face, and appropriately covering coughs and sneezes.
- We will provide additional stations around campus for handwashing and hand sanitizing (both in and out of class).
- Students will not be allowed to share supplies, devices, or any other material objects. Scholars must bring all of their school supplies, i.e. pens, crayons, ruler, laptop, headphones, etc.
- If a student does not have access to a computer, we will assign a Chromebook that will be limited to that specific student’s use.
- Scholars are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer to keep on their desk and in their backpacks.
- Students will not be allowed to drink from water fountains; however, students will be allowed to replenish their personal water bottles at the bottle filling stations under the supervision of a teacher.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Stringent cleaning protocols will be administered and enforced in between each block period and at the start and end of each day.
- Ongoing cleaning and sanitizing will be done throughout the day for all frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, railings, etc.
- The School will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting every Friday (during distance learning day.)
- Any items that are difficult to clean, such as rugs or manipulatives, will be removed from classrooms.
- In addition to everyday cleaning, we have a special cleaning crew in the evenings. We will also contract with a specialized cleaning company to sanitize and disinfect the campus.
- We hope to continue to provide lunch options through Tot Pot. However, students will not go to the cafeteria. Lunch will be prepackaged and delivered to the classrooms.
- If students choose to bring lunch from home, they may do so.
- Lunch will be eaten in class or specified outdoor area as a single cohort as appropriate
Electives, Extracurricular Activities, Athletics, and School Events
- We will continue to provide opportunities for our students to engage in extracurricular activities such as clubs, academic competitions and athletics when possible. We will adhere to State and County orders on types of activities that are permissible in-person and will communicate those details when available.
- Club meetings, events, and assemblies will be conducted via Zoom if they cannot be done in person.
- Field Trips and other events will be suspended for the time being. We will organize virtual trips and experiences. However, field trips will resume when opportunities are available and permitted.
- Youth sports leagues are not yet open. Youth sports that involve shared equipment or physical contact such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball, with anyone outside of one's own household is not permitted under the Safer at Home orders. Therefore, our athletic programs for all levels including elementary, middle school and high school are temporarily suspended.
- We will utilize technology for assemblies, parent meetings, and other events so that we can continue to meet and gather virtually
- Student, faculty, or staff member should not come to School if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.
- We will strictly adhere to temperature monitoring of students, faculty, and staff every morning prior to entering campus; however, it is the responsibility of the parent or caregiver to check for symptoms each morning before arriving to School.
- We will strictly adhere to wellness checks for both students and faculty via a mandatory symptom check form that must be filled out before entering the campus everyday. The following symptoms must be reported:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- If a student exhibits symptoms during the school day, he/she will be given a surgical mask and accompanied to a preselected isolation space immediately until a parent or guardian can be contacted for pick-up. The student must then be isolated for 14 days.
- If a student or any household member tests positive for COVID-19, the School must be contacted and notified immediately.
- If the student is sick with similar symptoms as COVID-19, a doctor’s note will not be sufficient to return back to School. Either documentation of negative test results for COVID-19 should be provided to School administration or quarantining should be done for a minimum of 10 days since the onset of symptoms and 3 days since the last fever without the use of fever reducing medication.
- If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, we will ask the cohort the student belongs to, as well as any siblings or close contacts, to remain at home, quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to return to School. Household contacts will have to quarantine for at least 14 days since the last contact with the positive patient as well.
- If there are 3 or more cases epidemiologically linked in the School, LA County Public Health will consider that an outbreak and the School may be mandated to close down for 14 days. If that happens, we will communicate this information as quickly as possible with all families.
- We will work closely with LADPH and follow their given directive.
- Symptomatic students or staff who test negative for COVID-19 should remain home until at least 72 hours after resolution of fever (if any) and improvement in other symptoms.
- Asymptomatic close contacts to a COVID-19 case should remain at home for a total of 14 days from date of last exposure even if they test negative.
Continued Distance Learning
- Students who are not able to return to campus will be supported in their distance learning.