Baymonte Christian School COVID-19 Safety Plan
Measures established to reduce the spread of COVID-19
In order to safely welcome students to our campus we have instituted numerous safety precautions in order to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Some of these are detailed below:
- Baymonte faculty and staff have all participated in Asymptomatic COVID testing prior to the start of the school year and have received negative results. We have placed staff on a schedule where each staff member is tested every two months throughout the year.
- Baymonte staff will certify that they have no COVID symptoms and will check their temperature upon arrival at school. Staff members will wear face masks throughout the day. Teachers may wear face shields when it is necessary for students to see their face as a part of instruction.
- Students will be surveyed for COVID symptoms daily upon arrival and their temperature will be checked. If they have any symptoms or have an elevated temperature (over 100.4) is detected, the student may not enter the campus.
- Classroom and bathroom doors and windows will remain open to promote air circulation; in addition, many classrooms have additional circulation fans installed and HEPA filters in place.
- We will regularly measure air quality on campus during wildfire season. If the Air Quality Index (AQI) is greater than 100, we will recommend that sensitive students remain home; if the AQI exceeds 150 we will close the campus.
- Classrooms and bathrooms are regularly disinfected throughout the day using hospital grade, EPA approved, disinfectants. Evening custodial staff will use the same products on all high-touch surfaces.
- Student desks have been spaced out or plexiglass has been positioned to prevent the spread of the virus between students.
- Students in every grade level are required to wear face masks throughout the day. Teachers may schedule socially distanced mask breaks. Students may remove masks during lunch and snack periods when remaining at a six-foot distance from others.
- Students will wash their hands frequently throughout the day. An outside, hands-free, handwashing station has been installed for elementary students. Sanitizer is available in all classrooms as well as campus entrances.
- School schedules have been modified so that individual grade levels do not mix with each other. Lunch time, recess, and physical education are all conducted with grade level cohorts. Chapel will be virtual so as to not bring different grade levels in contact with each other.
- Middle school students will have limited movement between classrooms as they change subjects. Students will change classrooms on a staggered basis to limit contact from different cohorts in the hallway.
- Elementary classrooms will be issued separate sets of balls for the playground.
- The school library and computer lab are closed. Returned books will be quarantined for three days before they are shelved.
- The elementary playground will be closed at the end of each day and sanitized between different grade level recess times during the school day.
If your child is ill…
Please do your part to keep our school safe and healthy this year. Please err on the side of caution and keep your child home, even if they have mild symptoms of illness. Our staff is committed to the same standards to protect your children.
We have repurposed our school media center to serve as a holding or quarantine area for students who become ill during the school day. We have employed a classroom aide who is a registered nurse. When she is on duty, she is the final authority regarding campus entrance, or when a student should be sent home.
Baymonte Christian School Student Health Policy (Revised 2/16/2021)
Students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater and/or diarrhea (detected at home or at school), must alert the Baymonte Christian School office and not enter campus until they are 72 hours symptom free or have been cleared by a physician (M.D., P.A., or N.P.).
Students exhibiting any of the following symptoms must be 24 hours symptom free before returning to school.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Even with a negative COVID-19 test, if the student is still symptomatic, the parent or guardian must alert the school office and wait for the student to be 24 hours symptom free before returning to school.
If a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, families will be notified and we will follow the current guidance from the California Department of Public Health to inform our response. Students in that grade level may be excluded from school for up to fourteen days. This will allow the teacher and students to obtain a COVID-19 test five days after their potential exposure. Any exposures will be reported to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and the school will follow up with contact tracing.
Students may not enter campus if they have had close contact with a COVID-19 patient recently (contact meaning, less than 6 feet away and longer than 15 minutes). Students who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient may return fourteen days after their last exposure.
Students with allergy symptoms (such as congestion or itchy watery eyes) associated with a known allergy may return to school with a physician’s note (M.D., P.A., or N.P.) submitted to the school office. If it is a chronic condition, the physician’s note will stand for only the allergy symptom(s) indicated by the physician. Symptoms that the student develops in addition to those cleared by the physician must be treated as a new symptom in accordance with our Health Policy. Please ask the physician to carefully detail which symptom(s) this covers. Parents/guardians must continue to carefully monitor their student’s allergy symptoms, and not send them to school if they suspect symptoms are non-allergy related.
Students with asthma who develop a chronic asthma cough may return to school with a physician’s note (M.D., P.A., or N.P.) submitted to the school office, provided they strictly adhere to all other Student Health Policy guidelines. Students with a chronic asthma cough may not return to school until they are 24 hours symptom free of all other symptoms (such as congestion, runny nose, sore throat, etc.). Students with a chronic asthma cough who have also had fever and/or diarrhea must not return to school until they are 72 hours symptom free of all other symptoms. Parents/guardians must continue to carefully monitor their student’s chronic asthma cough, and not send them to school if they notice any new symptoms.
Students who have recovered from illness but have a lingering cough may return to school with a physician’s note (M.D., P.A., or N.P.), provided they strictly adhere to all other Student Health Policy guidelines. Students with a lingering cough may not enter campus until they are 24 hours symptom free of all other symptoms (such as congestion, runny nose, sore throat, etc.). Students with a lingering cough who have also had fever and/or diarrhea must not return to school until they are 72 hours symptom free of all other symptoms. Parents/guardians must continue to carefully monitor their student’s lingering cough, and not send them to school if they notice any new symptoms.
Please submit all Student Health Policy related communications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 at school?
If a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a student or staff member, all students in the affected grade (cohort) may be quarantined for fourteen days. Students testing positive will be isolated for ten days. Any exposures will be reported to the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, and the school will follow up with contact tracing.