COVID-19 FAQ

Our Priority

Please be assured that the safety and health of our children and staff is our priority.

Classroom/Campus Safety

Class Size

We are no longer bound by the State's cap of 10 students to a group.  Our class size is 16 students to 1 teacher and 1 TA, while providing plenty of room for social distancing.

Classroom Setting

  • Each child will have their assigned seat at the table 

  • Small group learning 

  • Use own supplies

Playground and Restroom Schedules

  • One class at a time  

  • We will sanitize the restrooms after each class

Lunch Time

School provides snacks and lunch.  Children will have their snacks in their own classroom.  Lunch will be served in the Parish Hall two classes at a time with plenty of space between classes.  Air purifiers will be used during lunch time.

Nap Time

Cots will be placed more than 3 feet apart alternating head placement.  Cots will be sanitized on Fridays or last day of the week.  A small blanket and a small blanket will be stored in a bag provided by the school and kept in the classroom. Beddings go home on Friday to be laundered in hot temperature.

Illness Policy

Effective 9/1/2021, our school will adopt this new Illness Policy that will replace the policy in the 2021-2022 Parent Handbook you reviewed and signed. Our updated illness policy is guided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), and the American Pediatric Association.

 

The CDPH notes that getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at schools. HOPE will adhere to CDPH guidelines to protect our school community.

 

  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection cannot return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria:

    • At least 72 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and

    • Other symptoms have improved; and

    • They have a negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Strep- tococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset .

  • We also recommend school parents who have symptoms stay home and keep their children home and get tested for COVID-19. 

  • If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, our students and other close contacts of the household member will need to stay home/quarantine for 14 days after the last day of contact or 10 days with a negative test received 5 days after exposure. 

  • If a symptomatic child’s test result is positive, the child should be isolated until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and symptoms have improved.

  • If an asymptomatic child’s test result is positive, he or she should be isolated for 14 days.

  • If one of our students tests positive, we will contact you for the next step.


Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)

 

  • Headache

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Diarrhea

We appreciate you following this important policy. Your choices will protect our school community.

Protective Supplies

  • Staff are provided with fabric masks, face shields, gloves, and sanitizers

  • We require all children and staff to wear masks indoors and outdoors, except during snacks, lunch, and nap time.
     

Enhanced Cleaning

Following rigorous cleaning procedures recommended by the CDC.

Staff Health

Measures include daily self-check and temperature monitoring

Pick Up and Drop Off Route

  • To make social distancing, please follow signage for pick up and drop off route

  • whenever possible please have the same person drop off and pick up

  • Parents are not allowed in the classrooms when children are present. Parents are allowed to go in the classrooms to put away/pick up their children's belongs when children are not present.

Can we bring toys from home?

No

Difference between COVID-19, allergies, influenza, and common cold

Information provided by American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAA).
Please click HERE for the information.

Travel Policy During COVID-19

Please click HERE for the travel policy
 

Reopen Guidelines

Please click HERE for the Parents Reopen Guidelines