COVID-19 Action Plan

As we plan for the opening of the 2020-21 school year, we remain committed to providing an environment for our students that sustains dynamic, engaged learning and that prioritizes the health, wellness, and safety of our community. Throughout our planning process, we have relied on guidelines from state and local public health officials, recommendations from the CDC, and medical experts. We have utilized these resources to implement strategies and modifications to support a safer and healthy on-campus environment when we are permitted to reopen for in-person learning.

It is important to emphasize that our plans and protocols for the reopening of school and the months that follow will remain flexible and are subject to change in order to comply with official updates and guidelines as they are issued and/or what is deemed in the best interest of student safety and learning.

As always, we will share with you, in a timely manner, any updated plans or decisions that affect the school and learning program as conditions evolve.

We understand that members of our community are likely to have many questions about the new school year, and we hope that you will find answers to those questions here. Information will be sent to our current families about upcoming opportunities to address questions specific to their students and families.

Learning Plan Scenarios and Schedules

List of 4 items.

  • 100% Remote

    In the event that Curtis School is in 100% remote learning mode, we will provide a distance learning program that is aligned with the on-campus learning experience. While in remote learning mode, CougarNet will serve as the hub for disseminating schedules and learning plans across all grade levels. Synchronous instruction will occur through the Zoom platform to allow students to interact with teachers and classmates in the core subject areas. Remote learning will mirror the same schedule as on-campus programming as much as possible. For classes where synchronous learning via Zoom presents challenges, such as art and other specials, assignments and activities may be provided to students through CougarNet. Students will use Google Classroom or Seesaw (depending on grade level/division) to submit their work.

     
  • Hybrid

    A hybrid learning model would prioritize bringing back to campus for full-time instruction DK through 2nd Grade because of their developmental need for in-person instruction. This model would prioritize our oldest grade level, 6th Grade, to be back on campus as well. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5, falling between the other two groups in terms of developmental need and the ability to manage their academics independently, would experience hybrid learning. In Grades 3, 4, and 5, half of each class will alternate weekly between on-campus and remote learning. Students who are off-campus will join their teacher and classmates who are on campus to engage in synchronous learning using the Zoom platform. In order to accomodate families with medical concerns, or those that may elect not to have their students to return to on-campus learning, Curtis will provide the option to attend classes remotely.

  • 100% On Campus

    On-campus learning will be structured to facilitate physical distancing and minimize mixing of groups. Students will remain in their assigned classrooms for core subjects, and specialists in technology, library, science, and wellness will come to them to deliver instruction. Art, music, performing arts, and P.E. classes will take place in designated outdoor spaces as much as possible. In order to accomodate families with medical concerns, or those that may elect not to have their students return to on-campus learning, Curtis will provide the option to attend classes remotely.

    • DK will use the Pavilion, which has ample space to allow for physical distancing for groups of 16-18 students per class. 
    • Grades K, 1, and 2 will learn in small groups of 10-12 (or fewer) students in individual classrooms. Lead and associate teachers will take turns delivering lessons in each of their small groups. 
    • With the addition of a fifth homeroom teacher in each of Grades 3, 4, and 5, each class will consist of 13 or 14 students. 
    • Grade 6 will be located in spacious modular classrooms on the upper field that allow for physical distancing for groups of 16-17 students per class. Four classrooms will accommodate four stationary academic groups, and teachers will enter those spaces to deliver instruction. Students’ homebase groups will be the same as their academic groups in order to minimize mixing, and teachers will lead homebase either outdoors or inside the modular spaces. 
     
  • Re-Opening Plan (When Allowed)

    As we have more information about if and when we will be able to reopen, we will update this section.

    The State of California’s Reopening Document


Health and Safety

List of 7 items.

  • Transportation/Campus Visits

    • The campus is currently closed to parents and other visitors.
    • When school reopens for on-campus learning, parents, caregivers, guardians, and other visitors will not be permitted in any building or classrooms.
    • Due to the risk of transmission of COVID-19, carpooling is strongly discouraged this year. Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered. Every student will have an assigned drop-off and pick-up time and location.
    • To allow for physical distancing, bus ridership will be extremely limited. All students who ride on the bus will have assigned seats in order to maintain the physical distancing requirement and must wear a face covering at all times. 
     
  • Health Screenings

    • Pre-Arrival Screening: Each day, prior to arrival at school, all families and employees will be asked to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire, which will include questions regarding symptoms associated with COVID-19, confirmed diagnosis or positive test, or confirmed or likely exposure to someone with COVID-19. Parents will also be required to take their student's temperature each morning to confirm it is below 100.4 degrees. Parents will submit this information via a HIPAA-compliant and secure portal, and the information will only be reviewed by our School Nurse and administrators as needed to assist in decision-making to ensure a safe campus environment. We are committed to protecting the privacy of any person who tests positive or is suspected of having COVID-19.
    • Temperature Check: As each student and employee arrives on campus, school personnel will take temperatures using no-touch thermometers. Any student or employee with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to remain on campus. Any student on campus who registers a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be isolated until a parent/guardian can pick them up.
  • Personal Health and Protection

    Personal protection protocols we will require to safeguard student and employee health include the following:

    • Students and employees are asked to:
    - Wash their hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
    - Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    - Maintain a physical distance from others of at least 6 feet.
    - Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands. If a tissue is unavailable, they should use the inside of their elbow to cover a cough or sneeze.

    • All students and employees will be required to wear face coverings while on campus.
    • Students and employees who present any symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be subject to the procedures and protocols noted in the section “Response to COVID-19” below.
  • Classroom and Student Protocols

    • Students will bring all their belongings with them into their classroom, including their coats and backpacks, and will keep their belongings with them at their own desk. No lockers or cubbies will be used.
    • Students must wash their hands before they enter the classroom, after recess, after P.E., after eating, after using the toilet, and any other time they enter the classroom during the day.
    • Students will be allowed to fill their water bottles from campus faucets, but they will not be allowed to drink from any of the campus drinking stations. 
    • There will be no shared school supplies.  
    • All students will be assigned their own iPad device. Parents and students will receive an “Authorized Use Policy” that details the use and care of these devices.
  • Campus Movement

    In order to facilitate physical distancing, the following practices will be observed: 
    • One-way foot-traffic flow will be practiced in designated areas.
    • Floor/pavement signs will be placed to indicate direction of movement.
    • Designated bathrooms will be closely monitored with 6-foot floor markings to ensure physical distancing.
    • Students will have designated outdoor play zones.
  • Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols

    Curtis School has instituted cleaning protocols based on guidance from health officials. We have increased the frequency of our cleaning schedule and added additional staff for cleaning. High-touch areas will be disinfected every two hours. Bathrooms will be cleaned every hour. Classrooms will be disinfected nightly. All cleaning products will be EPA-certified disinfectants that kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Facilities Modifications

    We have leveraged our full campus, including the upper playing fields, to reduce the density of people on the lower campus.

    We have made significant investments in our facilities such as installing touchless fixtures in buildings and throughout the campus. Specifically, touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed in strategic locations, including common areas and outside of buildings. Touchless soap dispensers, sink faucets and toilets have been installed in student bathrooms. 

    Plexiglass dividers have been installed in office spaces where multiple employees work, as deemed necessary.

    We have modified ventilation in buildings, and whenever possible doors and windows will be left open. Doors will be propped open to allow for touchless entry into buildings and classrooms.
     

Response to COVID-19

List of 5 items.

  • Federal, State, and County Guidance for Schools

    Curtis School’s protocols and procedures will follow the California Department of Health’s guidance for schools and reopening framework. The Department of Health’s guidelines (current as of July 17, 2020) can be found HERE.

    The document prescribes the measures that should be taken when a student, teacher, or staff member has symptoms, is a contact with someone infected, or is diagnosed with COVID-19 and are summarized below.

    Please note that Curtis School is subject to Los Angeles County Department of Health Guidelines and our protocols may be informed by CDC and other government and health agencies and are subject to change.

     
  • If a Student or Employee Exhibits COVID-19 Symptoms

    COVID-19 Symptoms

    • The school will isolate and send the individual home as soon as possible.
    • The school will request that the individual consult their health care provider about next steps. Testing per the recommendation of health care provider.
    • The school and the student/teacher’s classroom will remain open.
    • The school will require a health care provider note for the individual to return to school.
    • If your child exhibits symptoms that mimic those of COVID-19 due to a chronic condition, you are required to submit a health care provider's note to the School Nurse to prevent your child being sent home and unnecessarily missing school.
  • Response to Exposure of an Employee or Student*

    • *Exposure to someone off campus who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been diagnosed by their health care provider.
    • Close Contact is defined as being within six feet of a person for more than 15 minutes or having any unprotected contact with the body fluid or coughing/sneezing of an individual who is diagnosed or has tested positive for COVID-19. 
    • The school will isolate the student/employee in an asymptomatic area and send them home.
    • The student/employee is required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of the last exposure.
    • Testing per the recommendation of their healthcare provider (will not shorten 14 day quarantine).
    • The school will require the student/employee to obtain a healthcare provider's note in order to return to school.
    • The student/employee should isolate themselves if symptoms develop during quarantine.
    • The school and the affected student/teacher's classroom remain open.
  • Response to a Positive Case*

    • *A student or employee has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider.
    • The school will isolate the student/employee who is positive for COVID-19 and send them home.
    • The student/employee must self-isolate until all of the following conditions are met:
    - The student/employee has no fever for 48 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication); and
    - The student/employee has no respiratory symptoms; and
    - At least 10 days have passed since the student/employee's symptoms first appeared or since they tested positive (and they have no symptoms).
    - A healthcare provider's note is required for the student/employee to return to school.
    • The school will report to and consult with L.A. County Department of Health.
    • Contact tracing: The school will investigate and identify close contacts of the individual at school and will require exposed contacts (likely the cohort of students that stays together as a group for classes and activities) to quarantine, and will exclude them from school for 14 days from the last date the case was present at school.
    - Any student/employee who is determined to have been exposed to the positive case will be isolated in an asymptomatic area.
    - Testing per recommendation of healthcare provider (will not shorten 14 day quarantine).

    • The school will undertake special disinfection and cleaning of any classroom or other enclosed space that the individual may have used.
    • The school will remain open.
  • Communication of COVID-19 Cases

    In accordance with county and state laws and regulations, the school will notify local health officials, employees, and families of any confirmed cases and/or known exposures and advise those who have had close contact to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms. The school will do its utmost to maintain the confidentiality of individual(s) insofar as possible.


Family and Community Engagement

List of 3 items.

  • School Events and Traditions

    Requirements for physical distancing and restrictions on gathering impact the way we will observe Curtis traditions and think about community engagement. The school and the Parents Association are committed to collaborating to reimagine events and opportunities to keep our community strong and connected. The Master Calendar on CougarNet will be updated regularly as events―whether virtual or with physical distancing—are developed. Families are reminded to check the Master Calendar and read CougarNotes each week.

  • Orientations for Students and Parents/Guardians

    Virtual orientations for parents/guardians will begin to take place in August. More information on timing and format will be sent in a subsequent communication. Recordings of these orientations will be made available to parents/guardians who are unable to attend.

  • Admissions

    All Admissions events and activities will be virtual. Please check the Admissions tab on the Curtis website (www.curtisschool.org) for updates.

Curtis School

15871 Mulholland Drive  ·  Los Angeles CA 90049
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