New Village School Reopening Safely
The health and safety of our New Village community is our priority right now! This page will continue to be updated with the latest policies and procedures as we work to adhere to the latest county and state guidelines. These are guidelines for returning to school in-person, however if any student is not able to attend classes in person, due to exposure or contraction of COVID-19, quarantine mandates, public health concerns or is unable to adhere to these guidelines, distance learning will be offered to those students.
All activities are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable state and local Public Health orders.
When we return to on-campus, teachers will be working in a combination of outdoor and indoor learning. Distance Learning options will be available for classes that need to quarantine due to classroom exposure at school.
Health and Safety Protocols
The New Village School is continually in close contact with the Department of Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education for the latest health and safety guidance regarding COVID-19. As a school we will do our part to reduce the risk of infection and outbreak for our faculty, staff and community through the following measures:
All faculty and staff will be expected to follow Public Health Guidelines for physical distancing, face coverings, hygiene, and will be prepared to help students adapt to the new procedures. We will follow the Marin County Public Health Protocols on the onset of symptoms, potential exposure, and/or close contact with an individual tested positive for COVID-19 through their cohort exposure scenarios.
Cleaning and Disinfection
At the end of each day a professional cleaning crew will clean and disinfect classrooms, bathrooms and high touch areas nightly.
All classrooms will be equipped with fans and HEPA air filters that will run throughout the day. All classrooms will also open windows and doors (as air quality and weather allows) to increase ventilation in the class space.
Students will eat meals outdoors. Outdoor space will also be utilized for classes whenever it makes sense.
Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear
Public health officials have made it clear that good hygiene and face coverings will be the most critical pieces for mitigating COVID-19 spread and keeping schools open.
All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings while on campus, and will be asked to stay home if they do not comply. All students will be supported and taught how to wear them properly. If any student cannot wear a face covering, those families will need to reach out to the school before school starts, to come up with a plan on how to support that student.
All parents will be asked to wear masks while on campus (indoors or outdoors). Any visitors or volunteers that are interacting with the children during the school day are required to be vaccinated and wear masks.
Health Screenings for Students and Staff
Daily home health screenings for all students are required before coming to school each day. Any student that has any symptoms of illness should stay home from school, and email the NVS Public Health Liaisons (Lori and Kiki).
Faculty and staff must do a daily health screening each morning at home. Any staff member that has any symptoms of illness should stay home from school and email the NVS Public Health Liaisons (Lori and Kiki).
Staff and Students Exhibiting Symptoms
Protocols will be in place for staff or students who exhibit flu-like symptoms during the day. These will include isolating the student or staff members until they are able to leave campus, and working with the Health Department to determine reentry criteria and the possibility of individual, family, or cohort quarantines. Faculty, staff, and students who present fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, have come in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home to self-isolate and recuperate. Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day will wait in an observation room until an approved adult arrives to pick them up.
Signs or symptoms may include:
Loss of taste or smell
Vomiting or diarrhea
Healthy Hygiene Practices
Frequent hand washing will be required of students and adults. Hand sanitizer will also be available for students and staff. Hand washing routines and expectations for students will be reinforced by teachers.
Hand washing or sanitizing should happen before entering a class-space, before and after eating, before and after going to the bathroom. Faculty and Staff will follow these hand washing practices as well.
Identification and Tracing of Contacts
The following actions will be taken if there is a confirmed case in our community:
The school’s Public Health Liaisons, Lori Grey and Kiki Wykstra, should be notified immediately
The school will consult with the Health Department to make quarantine decisions
The Management Team will notify the school community
The Public Health Liaison will share attendance and location records with the health department for contact tracing purposes.
The Public Health Liaison will serve as the designated contact person for the school
Vaccination and Testing of Staff and Students
96% of the staff is fully vaccinated. The remaining unvaccinated staff member will be tested weekly.
We ask that all students who are returning to school also get tested prior to the start of school, or show proof of vaccination.
If students or staff show symptoms of COVID-19 they may be asked to provide clearance from their health care provider before returning to campus. While awaiting test results, students and staff will be asked to stay at home.
The Management Team will communicate with parents, staff, and students about any exposures at school through email, letters, and phone calls. All privacy requirements will be taken into consideration.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Student drop-off is between 8:15-8:30 am. Student pick-up is between 3:15-3:30. Parents should stay in their vehicles and pull-into their grade-specific drop-off/pick-up locations in the mornings and afternoons. Students will be escorted by teachers to and from the vehicles.
Each grade will have assigned drop off locations outside where a teacher will greet them.
Each grade will have their own entrances, exits and cubby spaces in the school.
All students will wear masks at all times while in the van. Windows will be open and outside air will be circulated as much as possible. Students will be asked to stay in the same van throughout the duration of the school session (break to break).
Any visitors or volunteers that are interacting with the children during the school day are required to be vaccinated and wear masks.
This is certainly a lot of information to process. I hope it provides reassurance and clarity. It may also raise new questions for you. Please feel free to reach out to Kiki (kiki@thenewvillageschool) and Lori (lori@thenewvillageschool) with any questions about safety procedures and guidelines.
We will keep this manual updated with the most current information.