Safety measures that have been taken by the school administration for reopening of the school:
Our MHMS Staff received both Covid-19 vaccinations by the end of March
We ensure that the temperatures of anyone that enters the building (all students and staff daily as well as any visitiors) are taken daily.
We require all in-person families to sign & follow our Covid-19 Procedures.
We require daily screenings via Teacherease.
We invested in touch-free hand sanitizers that must be used by anyone that enters the school premises.
CLEANING, DISINFECTION AND VENTILATION -How shared surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected?How use of shared items will be minimized/ What modifications will be made to increase the flow of fresh outdoor air within your school buildings?
Shared surfaces will be cleaned with CDC approved disinfectant products throughout the school day and after school.
Students will have their own set of Puma Trail items and story books, bagged separately and in their own desks – absolutely NO sharing. Students will also have their own set of grade-based textbooks, notebooks, school supplies in their own desks.
Each classroom has a classroom door & multiple windows which will be left open during the school day for ventilation.
How students will be kept in small, stable, groups with fixed membership that stay together for all activities (e.g., instruction, lunch, recess) and minimize/avoid contact with other groups or individuals who are not part of the cohort.
Each cohort will have its own classroom and will comprise of 16-23 students. Each student will have his/her own desk space and individual supplies.
Each grade level (Jr.K-5) will have its own staggered lunch, recess time/area to minimize contact with anyone not a part of their grade.
Middle School grades will be separated into cohorts by grade level. These cohorts will have the same lunch time, but each grade level will have its own area for lunch and recess.
Grades Jr.K-5 will stay in their classrooms for all lessons. PE/music will be held outdoors whenever possible.
Middle School students will not move from classroom to classroom for different subjects and will not use their lockers. Each Middle School grade will be assigned to a homeroom and 1-2 homeroom teachers. The homeroom teachers will ensure that the students are connecting to their Zoom sessions for the teachers that are teaching remotely (4 teachers will remain remote at this time). Main core teachers teaching in-person will come to the classroom. PE/music/art will be held outdoors whenever possible. Students will not change for PE.
After school cohorts will be based on the number of students staying for extended care.
*Please note that cohort restrictions and elective restrictions will be revised as the Covid-19 restrictions change over time.
How space and routines will be arranged to allow for physical distancing of students and staff.
Each student will be assigned his/her own desk and students will be seated 3 feet apart in the classroom.
All students and staff will wear masks and maintain social distancing in the classroom and at lunch/recess.
Morning recess and lunch recess will be staggered to ensure that the grades remain separated.
ENTRANCE, EGRESS, AND MOVEMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOL:
How movement of students, staff, and parents will be managed to avoid close contact and/or mixing of cohorts. *
Two or three different entrances will be used for entry into the campus. Each will be monitored for single entry. Parents will not be allowed to go past the main entrances for drop off or pick up. Parents will wait at the 6ft distance markings for drop off/pick up.
Anyone that enters the campus will be required to wear a mask, go through our temperature check and apply hand sanitizer (touch-free hand sanitizers are installed).
Students will line up single file with masks on and stay at least 3 ft from one another.
FACE COVERINGS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL PROTECTIVE GEAR:
How CDPH and ACPHD’s face covering requirements will be satisfied and enforced. Availability to supply appropriate personal protective equipment to staff and students when needed.
All students on campus are mandated to wear a mask. It is mandated for teaching staff and staff helpers to wear face masks. School supplies these as well as face shields, gloves, and hand sanitizers to all staff members when needed.
School keeps a supply of masks on campus for those who come to school without one.
HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF:
How students and staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and how ill students or staff will be separated from others and sent home immediately. *
Daily screening must be submitted via Teacherease by 8:00am.
Students' temperatures and staff members' temperatures are checked each morning.
Staff members supply daily screenings upon arrival.
Each teacher will be given a touch-free thermometer for use within their cohort during the day and take a student's temperature if needed.
If a student or staff member looks flushed, appears irritated and not themselves, seems to have difficulty breathing, has a cough or runny nose, glazed eyes, more inquiry will be done outside of the classroom by office admin to determine the reason. If needed, the person will immediately be sent home.
HEALTHY HYGIENE PRACTICES:
The availability of hand washing stations and hand sanitizer, and how their use will be promoted and incorporated into routines. *
Touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at the entrance of the school and must be used by anyone that enters the campus.
Hand washing will be mandated throughout the day, before and after morning recess and before lunch and after lunch recess.
Hand sanitizers will be applied to students after they eat their snacks/lunch and before they have recess.
All classrooms will have disinfectant sprays and hand sanitizers available for use.
Students will be reminded at regular intervals to use their hand sanitizers.
IDENTIFICATION AND TRACING OF CONTACTS:
Actions that staff will take when there is a confirmed case. Confirm that the school(s) have designated at least two staff to support contact tracing, such as creation and submission of lists of exposed students and staff to ACPHD and notification of exposed persons. Each school must also designate one person for the local health department to contact about COVID-19. *
If a student or staff test positive for COVID-19, school administration will inform ACPHD and follow the guidance given on their website for schools. Two school staff members designated to support contact tracing are Julie Nghiem and Lata Nigam. Also, Lata Nigam is the person designated for any contact with the local health department about COVID-19.
STAFF TRAINING AND FAMILY EDUCATION:
How staff will be trained and families will be educated on the application and enforcement of the plan. *
Parents will receive (via email) and sign a set of “School Policies & Procedures during COVID-19.” They will also be referred to the school website. Daily reminders about hand sanitizers and hand-washing and wearing masks will be posted around the school and emailed by the teachers.
Staff will receive copies of the “School Policies & Procedures during COVID-19” and get trained remotely via zoom, then also at school.
Regular staff meetings will be held to evaluate the procedures and improvise if needed.
TESTING OF STAFF:
How school officials will ensure that staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be rapidly tested and what instructions they will be given while waiting for test results.
Please note that MHMS Staff will have received both vaccinations by the end of March 2021.
Any required Testing is done through Kaiser or the teacher's own preferred health care provider.
In the event that a staff member tests positive, shows symptoms, or has been exposed to Covid-19, the school will follow ALL measures outlined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), under article “Covid-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in CA, 2020-21 School Year” dated March 2021.
TRIGGERS FOR SWITCHING TO DISTANCE LEARNING:
The criteria the school or district leadership will use to determine when to physically close the school and prohibit in-person instruction.
The decision to close the school will be based on the number of cases and the percentage of the staff/students that are positive for Covid-19. If there are multiple cases within the same cohort within a 14-day period, school will be closed and switch to remote-learning
In the event of one or more cases of Covid-19 at the school, the CDPH and ACDPH will be notified immediately and their guidelines and instructions will be followed.
How the school or district leadership will communicate with students, staff, and parents about cases and exposures at the school, consistent with privacy requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA.*
While the school administration (Lata Nigam, Ayse Kaya, Julie Nghiem) will work closely with the staff or student that may be affected by Covid-19 (possibly exposed, currently positive, shows symptoms, etc.), absolutely NO names and other details of these people will be disclosed to anyone else in any communication within the school community.
Remote Learning in the 2020-21 academic year:
Grades Jr. K-2 will be emailed the weekly work (broken up into days and subjects) as well as daily email communications with journal prompts. Teachers will use emails, virtual field trips, online age-appropriate videos, and weekly Zoom meetings so students can see each other and their teacher. Electives will also be offered via Zoom.
Grades 3-5 will be emailed the weekly schedule (broken up into days and subjects) as well as daily email communications with journal prompts. Teachers will use Google Classroom, chats, hangouts, virtual field trips, and age-appropriate videos. Zoom meetings will start effective August 27 to teach all main core subjects and electives such as French, PE, music, and art (math and English daily). Zoom recess time and Zoom office hours will enable students to interact with one another other and their teachers in an off-class setting.
Grades 6-8 will have their classwork and homework posted on Teacherease as well as on Google Classroom. Teachers will regularly use Google Classroom, chats, hangouts, and age-appropriate videos. Zoom meetings will start effective August 27 to teach math, English, French, Spanish, and history, science, art, drama, PE, and music. This will also enable students to see each other and their teachers, get instruction directly from the teachers, and feel less isolated.
Remote Learning - what if more help is needed?
Teachers offer weekly office hours and are always available via email and/or google classroom. It is very important that students make use of these extra sessions with their teachers and reach out if any extra help is needed. Parents are encouraged to schedule meetings with the teachers or the counselor for extra support.
Submitting completed school work?
Tuition payments? Due to the uncertainties of how the school year will start, MHMS Administration has reduced the tuition payments during remote learning. We realize that the changes in the orders mandated by the local and federal authorities have made planning very difficult for both the school and our families. Once both in-person and remote are offered, regular tuition payments will resume for all students.