GENERAL INTRODUCTION

The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority when making the decision to physically reopen school campuses for the use of students, staff, and others. The Diocese of San Bernardino shall follow, at minimum, CDC guidelines and adhere to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California State Department of Education guidelines for the official transition of stages and reopening of Diocesan Catholic Schools. All Catholic elementary and high schools shall conform to the Office of Catholic Schools’ pandemic protocols in accordance with the aforementioned guidelines, and those specifically directed by the Emergency Operations Collaborative (EOC) office of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Should any symptomatic case of COVID-19 be detected, CDC protocols for dismissal of classes shall be implemented, and the physical closure of school facilities will be instituted.  Should either of these actions be necessary, parents/guardians will be notified, and both students and teachers will transition into Distance Learning.  

These directives will be followed once the state and county have lifted or relaxed the stay-home order to allow schools to physically open. Although the prevention of COVID-19 spread cannot be guaranteed, all reasonable measures shall be taken for the safety of all students, teachers and staff, including parents, teacher aides may interface with the student body through the course of the school day. To ensure a safe and healthy educational environment, teachers and staff will be trained in pandemic safety protocols for reopening.  

Notre Dame High School is a Catholic school ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino committed to preparing students for college in the finest Catholic tradition, grounded in faith, active in scholarship, and engaged in community.  

We are working with the Office of Catholic Schools, the CDC, and the County of Riverside Health department to best determine appropriate measures as we reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. We are extremely pleased with the success of our students and the completion of the 2019-2020 school year through our Distant Learning platform and remain confident that our students are ready for the next chapter in their academic careers. 

As we prepare for the transition into our county’s Phase 2 and 3, we want to ensure that we have our own measures for continued academics, co-curricular activities, and health/safety.  

COMMUNICATION

Notre Dame will communicate with the community weekly on COVID-19 updates. Supplies will be donated/purchased and communicated to families if any changes occur. Physically seen hand sanitizer, signs and social distancing practices will be posted throughout the campus

COVID-19 Updates Reported

  • Immediately pertaining to a reported case

  • As necessary as information is given or updated from OCS, CDC or County.

  • A clear plan of reopening will be emailed and posted on our website/social media outlets with visuals and clear directions

  •  Administration to communicate immediately to the community, faculty and staff if someone tests positive. All persons who have been in contact with the positive COVID person will be notified to check for symptoms. Positive COVID-19 individuals will self quarantine at home for 2 weeks and will continue to receive instruction through Distance Learning if able. 

  • If any student shows symptoms of COVID-19 they will be escorted to a quarantine area until their guardians are available to be picked up. 

  • All individuals will need a doctor's note to return to school.

Health and Safety Part I

Gates will open promptly at 7:15AM to allow for staggered arrival and temperature checks for all students. (SEE DIAGRAM A)

  • Staff or Students with a temperature of 100.4 Degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home or not allowed onto campus

  • Each faculty/staff/student will administer self screening checks before each school day and record it on an internal document provided by the administration. The Administration will monitor results daily and follow-up with employees as needed. 

    • Symptoms of COVID-19

    • Fever equal to or higher than 100.4 F*

    • Are under evaluation for COVID-19 (for example, waiting for the results of a viral test to confirm infection)

    • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and not yet cleared to discontinue isolation
      * A lower temperature threshold (e.g., 100.0oF) may be used, especially in healthcare settings.

  • If anyone is feeling signs of COVID-19, administration will ask for the individual to stay at home and be see by a healthcare professional

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

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
  • Two main gates at each end of campus will be opened to allow social distance arrivals (SEE DIAGRAM B)
  • Two main hallways will labeled to show one way exit and entrance (SEE DIAGRAM C)
  • Classrooms that have 2 doors will be designated as entry and exit (SEE VIRTUAL TOUR VIA WEBSITE)
  • Buildings A and B will be released first after each period to allow for staggered departures immediately followed by Buildings C and D. (SEE DIAGRAM A)

Health and Safety Part II

Record keeping of screening and temperature checks 
  • Administration will keep record of any students off campus for COVID-19 related symptoms and communicate with their families on procedures for return/departure

  • Student Services will communicate with COVID-19 students to continue instruction 

Procedures for monitoring throughout the day
  • Administration will continue to monitor students/faculty/staff throughout the day

  • Faculty/Staff/Coaches will monitor students

  • Custodians will monitor campus facilities and classrooms

Procedures when someone becomes ill. 
  • Front office clerk will administer temperature checks for any student who shows symptoms of COVID-19 in the quarantine holding area.

  • If a staff/student exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms or registers a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher they will be immediately sent to an isolation holding area located in the main office with separate exit/entrance, until they are safe to be sent home
  • Staff Immediately Following:
  • Location(s) where a person was in contact with will be evacuated immediately and remain evacuated for 24 hours. The location(s) after 24 hours will be deep cleaned and disinfected. After 48 hours this location will be safe to use.
  • Professional Janitorial Company responsible for the cleaning and disinfecting 
  • Cleaned with electric static cleaner and the peroxide multi surface cleaner and disinfectant
  • Staff need to be tested and results need to be negative before returning to work
  • If staff test positive for COVID-19, they will receive up to 14 days (or as needed) of quarantine/recovery before returning to work.
  • Staff will not be expected to work during recovery
  • All persons in contact with this individual will be notified by the school to be tested and provide negative test results before returning to school
  • Student Immediately Following:
  • Location(s) where a person was in contact with will be evacuated immediately and remain evacuated for 24 hours. The location(s) after 24 hours will be deep cleaned and disinfected. After 48 hours this location will be safe to use.
  • Professional Janitorial Company responsible for the cleaning and disinfecting 
  • Cleaned with electric static cleaner and the peroxide multi surface cleaner and disinfectant
  • Students need to be tested and results need to be negative before returning to school
  • Students will not be expected to work during recovery and Student Services will work with each individual student to ensure academic success after recovery
  • All persons in contact with this individual will be notified by the school to be tested and provide negative test results before returning to school and provide negative test results before returning to school.

Health and Safety Part III

Procedures for substitute teachers if a teacher is absent. 
  • Substitute teachers will be trained and provided with all necessary protocols for safety. 

School’s health and safety protocols for all students and staff
  • Students/staff/faculty will be encouraged to wash their hands every 30 minutes. If hand washing isn’t able to be done, encouraged to use hand sanitizer.

  • Wash hands before eating any meals, during breaks or after contact with someone when social distancing is not feasible.  

  • After PE or physical activity 

  • Students/staff/faculty will be required to bring their own personal protective equipment daily.

  • Limited Extra supplies will be available in the front office if needed.

  • Staff that are involved in any medical treatment will be provided an N95 face covering.

  • Each classroom will have hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray for students/faculty use throughout the day

  • Spray bottles with CDC approved cleaner will be on campus and available for routine and extra cleaning.

Staff Training 
  • Staff/faculty/coaches training days will be assigned to create disease prevention behavior and will be revisited monthly.

  •  Additional training will be provided as needed. 

  • Posted signs throughout campus 

Student training  
  • Students will be trained on disease prevention behavior and new campus protocol through email/website/social media.

  • Protocols and Procedures will be revisited monthly and training provided as needed. 

Protocols in the classroom and other spaces on campus
  • Face coverings (masks/shields) worn by Faculty/Staff/Students at all times.

  • No Sharing of items or supplies

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces between uses 

  • Create physical distancing within the classroom 

  • No shared enclosed spaces

  • No  assemblies, or external organizations on campus

  • students must use sanitizer when leaving and entering the classroom.  

Limited visitors and volunteers
  • Drop-Offs will be left in the front office and retrieved from the front office only

  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD DELIVERIES ALLOWED

  • On site necessary appointments will be scheduled in advance, social distancing practices will be enforced and room cleaned after meeting

Campus Hours of Operation
  • Campus Main Office is open from 7:00AM-3:00PM

  • Campus Access for Students is open from 7:00AM-3:00PM

  • Campus will close promptly at 3:00PM

  • Students allowed after closed campus hours need to be accompanied by a staff/faculty/coach

Student Services Provided 
  • School counselors will be available daily by appointment only from 7:00AM-3:00PM

  •  A counselor from the Wiley Center will be made available to all students as needed.

  • Administrators, faculty and staff will be trained on observing students and their behavior.

  • Increased communication with families from the Student Services office

Cleaning Procedures

Regular evening cleaning will occur at the end of each business day from an outside company.
  • Regular cleaning each evening will be conducted by Outside Professional Janitorial Service and restocked of supplies

  • Regular cleaning throughout the day will be conducted after each class period by teacher or custodial staff with Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant or as needed.

    • Each classroom will be supplied with 1ea hand sanitizer station and 1ea spray bottle of Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant and stocked throughout the day by janitorial staff

    • Each staff will be trained on proper use of Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant EPA Reg. #1677-238 to clean after each class session or new group enter/exit

  • High traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day

  • Hand sanitizers provided and refilled throughout the campus daily

  • Staff/faculty will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces between uses 

    • Classroom desks

    • Ipads

    • Door handles

    • White boards/markers

    • PE Equipment

    • Benches

    • Chairs

    • Computers

    • Offices

  • Students/Parents will clean and disinfect iPads daily and throughout the day

  • Each classroom will have hand sanitizer and disinfecting spray for students/faculty use throughout the day

  • Evening cleaning company will ensure each classroom is stocked by the next business day. 

  • Additional supplies can be obtained by the school janitorial company upon request

  • Signs posted throughout the campus to explain cleanliness

Custodial Campus Responsibilities
  • Custodial staff will clean throughout the day

  • Custodian will stock throughout the day and provide faculty/staff with additional supplies

    • Custodian to clean a minimum every hour

  • Professional janitorial staff to clean every night

  • Any room/space where a COVID-19 person was in occupied will be isolated for 24 hours until a deep cleaning crew will be given access to clean. The classroom will stay unoccupied for 48 hours or longer until administration states it is safe to return

  • If immediate cleaning is necessary, one of the following will be contacted:

    • Custodial Staff

    • Outside Professional Janitorial Service

  • If all janitorial employees are not available, administration will clean the space or remove all occupants until services are completed

  • Custodians will monitor throughout the day

Staff Training 
  • Staff/faculty training days will be held to create disease prevention behavior and will be revisited monthly and training provided as needed. 

  • Signs will be posted throughout the campus (SEE DIAGRAM D)

  • Guidelines stated by County and CDC will be followed

  • Professional janitorial staff training our custodians

Precautions Taken 
  • School has done its annual air conditioning service on all units

  • Filters have been changed during service and are changed monthly

  • Ductwork is only 5 years old and has been inspected for air loss leakage according to “tight ducting” guidelines.

  • Filers and supplies are stocked on campus

  • Teachers maintain the temperature of their own classrooms and are monitored by administration. 

  • Administration regularly shares COVID Testing site https://curative.com/ to the community

  • Administration regularly shares COVID Vaccine site https://www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine to faculty/staff.

     

 

Staff Environment  

Faculty and Staff will be trained on best work practices and adjustments to any work environment will be modified to meet the needs of each individual.

  • Teachers lounge will only be allowed to occupy a maximum of 5 adults at a time. If gathering to eat, two chairs will be in between each occupant.

  • Each office/classroom will occupy a single employee and maintain a social distance of 6 feet at all times. 

Catholic Identity 

We believe in an education founded and grounded in spirituality. It is imperative to us that we are able to give our students the opportunity to serve his or her community through Christ.

  • All school mass will be livestream 

  • One grade level will be allowed to attend mass each time while others watch through livestream in their designated classrooms

Classroom Configuration (SEE DIAGRAM E)  
  • Classrooms will have an appropriate student to teacher ratio depending on square footage  and space

  • Students will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other

  • Students will limit movement while in the classroom

  • Students will be limited to bathroom and any movement on campus during class time

  • Students/faculty/staff will be logged of any movement they do throughout the day

  • No sharing of items or supplies

Learning Environment 

Notre Dame High School offers a college-preparatory curriculum designed to challenge students at all levels of learning.  Our teachers and support staff take the time to acknowledge and develop individual students' strengths, interests, and abilities. As an iPad school, students are able to learn beyond the conventional classroom and demonstrate content understanding in both traditional and innovative ways.

  • All Students (Domestic/I-20) have a choice of their learning model per semester:  (SEE DIAGRAM A)

    • Hybrid On Campus Instruction

      • All course curriculum instruction given through Schoology (Learning Management System)

    • Online Learning

      • All course curriculum instruction given through Schoology (Learning Management System)

  • The school will adhere to an ALL Catholic Online Synchronous Learning if the administration agrees the environment becomes unsafe for mass gatherings. 

    • Catholic Online Synchronous Learning (SEE DIAGRAM A)

      • All course curriculum instruction given through Schoology (Learning Management System)

    • If the administration agrees the environment becomes unsafe for mass gatherings, they will notify the school community via email, website, and social media to make all aware.

    • Students/faculty/staff will transition to a Catholic Online Synchronous Learning model and utilize their 1:1 iPads to continue this model via an LMS platform called Schoology.

  • Students will be able to choose a learning model at the start of each semester:

    • Students who choose Online Learning will remain in this model for the entire semester and can opt out of this model at the start of the following semester

      • Students can participate in extracurricular activities virtually ONLY

Outside the Classroom 
  • All mass gatherings will not be conducted during this time. 

  • All announcements/assemblies will be conducted via livestream

  • Coaches/Moderators will provide training/education through Schoology courses and the Band App. Limited access to gathering students for recreation will be monitored and approved by the Administration.

  • No Sharing of items or supplies

Outdoor Areas
  • Students will eat lunch/breaks in outside covered designated areas 

  • Students will have designated gathering areas

  • A snack bar will be provided for students with packaged items only

  • Snack bar kiosks will be provided at different locations in the quad to allow students to social distance properly

Physical Education/Extra Curricular
  • There will be no shared athletic equipment between students.

  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share clothing). Individual clothing should be washed and cleaned after every class.

  • All athletic equipment, including balls, will be cleaned after each individual use and prior to the next workout.

  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment will be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.

  • Physical contact is not allowed.

  • Workouts/drills/activities will be conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 students working out together weekly to limit overall exposures. 

  • There must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times. If this is not possible indoors, then the maximum number of individuals in the room must be decreased to obtain a minimum distance of 6 feet. 

Covid-Safety Plan Diagrams

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