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Evans Return to Campus…We Are Ready

The Evans School is committed to providing an environment in which students and staff can safely return to campus. With modifications implemented after careful study of Public Health and CDC guidelines, Evans students will continue to not only learn, but thrive, as they interact with their classmates and teachers. Our continued concern will always be for our parents who have entrusted to us, their chosen education providers, the welfare and care of their young children. Modifications to the campus and physical plant have been made, as well as strong requirements for student and staff as we adhere to County Public Health guidance. We have been preparing for months to safely welcome students back to campus. Extensive physical and procedural protocols have been established to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

Whether issued an elementary school waiver, or once San Diego County is off California’s watchlist, we are ready to resume in person learning with the following precautions. For more detailed information, please open the complete report, linked below.

View The Evans School’s Complete COVID-19 Prevention and Reopening Plan Here

Reopening Plan Summary

We are able to socially distance, stay safe and still enjoy the benefits of hands-on learning in the science lab.

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Physical Distancing

Space is maximized between seating and desks. Teacher and other staff desks are placed at least 6 feet away from student desks. Three-sided plastic shields have been installed on all teacher and student desks and tables throughout the school. Desks are arranged to minimize face-to-face contact. Furniture, play spaces, and floor markings have been arranged to facilitate and remind students to maintain separation.

Nonessential visitors, parents, prospective parents, volunteers, and activities involving other groups will be limited.

Outdoor canopies have been installed for outdoor instruction. Students will remain in limited classrooms or in assigned outdoor spaces throughout the school day.

Outdoor and indoor special events, and assemblies that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. Youth sports and physical education are permitted outdoors and will maintain physical distancing.

Stable Cohorts

Students will remain in consistent, established, small cohorts. These cohorts will be unchanging and grade level specific, with cohorts containing 10-24 students, depending on student age. Cohorts will be maintained throughout the school day, including during recess, lunch, and sports. Recess, lunch, and sports times will be staggered and cohorts will remain in designated areas. Teacher and staff movement between cohorts will be limited to minimize contact between cohorts.

Evans has cancelled extracurricular classes, before school care, and after school homework club as these programs typically have small numbers of mixed ages and would require mixing established cohorts.

Face Covering

Face coverings are required for all students, staff, and anyone entering campus. Face coverings will be removed for meals, snacks, JK rest time, stationary outdoor instruction with six feet of physical distancing, or when the covering needs to be replaced. Teachers and staff will remind students of proper face covering usage, including not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently.

Persons who have concerns and may be exempt from wearing a face covering should contact the school nurses. CDPH Guidance will be used to determine exemptions. In order to comply with CDPH guidance, The Evans School is required to exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering and refuse to wear one. The Evans School will provide face coverings to any students who fail to bring a face covering to school. Lesson observation via Zoom classes will be offered for students who do not enter campus and have elected distance learning.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Custodial staff will be on campus throughout the school day. Staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles, light switches, front entrance doorbell, touchless sink faucets, bathroom surfaces, tables, student desks, chairs, etc.) with soap and water or with disinfectant as appropriate. Additionally, a thorough cleaning of the entire campus will occur each evening by professional cleaning and sanitizing company.

Sharing of objects and equipment will be limited. Students will be supplied with personal school and art supplies. If any items are shared they will be cleaned and disinfected between uses. Drinking fountains have been replaced with touchless water bottle refill stations.

Only EPA-approved disinfecting products for use against COVID-19 will be used. Product instructions will be closely followed and proper ventilation maximized.

Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School

With staggered pickup and drop off times, contact between students, staff, and families will be minimized at the beginning and end of the school day. Parents, guardians, and caregivers will remain in vehicles at pick up and drop off each day. Students will remain physically distanced and follow established one-way routes when entering or exiting campus.

The Evans School’s two open-air hallways will be used by only one cohort at a time. When a student cohort needs to enter or exit their classroom, staff will wait until the hallway is vacated before entering in order to avoid any cohort mixing.

Health Screenings for Students and Staff

School policy requires all sick staff and students to stay at home. Students and staff are also reminded and encouraged to stay home if they have had close contact (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or more) with a person with COVID-19.

Symptom screening of all students will be conducted on campus before the parent/guardian/caregiver departs school driveway. Staff members will verbally ask students and parent/guardian/caregiver if the student is experiencing and COVID-19 symptoms and will take the student’s temperature with a no-touch thermometer. A temperature and symptom check will also be required for staff each day. If the student answers ‘yes’ to a cough or any other symptom or has a temperature of 100.0 F or higher, they will be sent home with the waiting parent/guardian/caregiver. Parents/guardians/caregivers will also be asked if they or anyone in their home is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The same procedure will occur at the front entrance of the school if a student arrives after the school day has begun.

Visual wellness checks of all staff and students will be conducted throughout the school day by all staff who interact with a given cohort. If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the student will be removed from their cohort, wait in an isolation area and be sent home immediately. Anyone screened with symptoms, fever, or who becomes sick during the school day should get a COVID-19 test with their healthcare provider or at a community testing site, and will be requred to stay home from school.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

Students will wash hands frequently throughout the day, including but not limited to, upon arrival, before and after recess and lunchtime, after coughing or sneezing, anytime they use the restroom, and at scheduled class intervals. Staff will teach and model proper hand washing technique.

Permanent outdoor hand washing stations with touchless faucets and touchless soap dispensers have been installed throughout campus. Touchless faucets and soap dispensers have been added in all restrooms. Many classrooms, including those for our youngest grades, have sinks and handwashing stations within the room.

Identification and Tracing of Contacts

School nurses will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Parents and staff should contact school nurses or school administration should an issue arise. Incidents of possible exposure will be documented and tracked by our school nurses and administration. Local health officials, staff, and families will be notified via email immediately of any exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 at school.

Staff Training and Family Education

Families have been directed to The Evans School’s COVID-19 Prevention and Reopening Plan which includes school enhanced sanitation practices, physical distancing guidelines and importance, and screening practices. Families also have access to COVID-19 resource materials here on our school website, which include proper use of face coverings, how COVID-19 is spread, COVID-19 specific symptom identification, and preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Evans School is aware of and will meet linguistic needs of our community.

Staff will be trained on the plan and safety protocols prior to school reopening and at staff meetings throughout the school year. Staff will be provided with educational materials and tools for implementing the protocols in their classrooms and with their students.

Testing of Students and Staff

The Evans School will consult with local health departments if routine systemic testing is being allowed and considered. Testing options for independent schools are currently being explored. Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 will be encouraged to get a test through their health care provider or community testing site. Asymptomatic students and staff will be encouraged to receive regular COVID-19 tests once local testing capacity allows.

Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning

The Evans School will refer to CDPH Framework for K-12 Schools and work in consultation with the local public health department to decide whether school closure versus cleaning and quarantine of exposed persons or other intervention is warranted, including the length of time necessary. Decisions will be based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.

Communication Plans

Local health officials, staff, and families will be notified via email immediately of any possible school or class closures or if there has been exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 at school while maintaining confidentiality, as required under FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records.

The Evans School maintains communication systems that allow staff and families to self- report symptoms and receive prompt notifications of exposures and closures, while maintaining confidentiality, as required by FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records. Parents and staff email, and to self report any symptoms or exposure within the household.