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Covid Policies

Ascension Lutheran School Safety Plan: August 18, 2021 
Updated requirements for Schools: K-12 Guidance 2021-22 School Year.   
Safety Updates At A Glance
  • Healthy hygiene practices and routines will be taught and encouraged
    • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing Dispensers are available throughout the campus near all classrooms, offices, and meeting/eating areas
  • Regular cleaning as needed throughout the day, and disinfection of shared spaces nightly 
    • Including but not limited to: bathrooms, classrooms, lunch tables, playground equipment, Makerspace and Life Lab, etc.
  • Water refill stations are available for personal water bottles 
    • Shared drinking fountains will remain closed
  • Cohorting/Distancing no longer required indoors or outdoors
    • Quarantine periods and physical distancing are no longer required when students are masked indoors
  • Outdoors: masks are optional for staff and students during the school day
  • Indoors: ALL staff and students are required to wear a mask
  • All staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination for Covid
    • Unvaccinated staff will provide proof of negative Covid results weekly
  • Quarantine guidelines following exposure/close contact to Covid 
    • Significantly different if masks are worn indoors full-time (1 day) compared to unmasked indoors (7 to 14 days depending on multiple conditions)
  • Contact Tracing and Testing Recommendations will continue in consultation with Ventura Covid Schools Support through VCPH.
  • Active and Passive Health Screening
    • Student temperatures will be taken daily before or during lunch
    • All students with fevers 99.5 or above will be sent home and required to wait 24 hours before returning to school (from the time fever subsides)
    • All staff, students and guests are asked to monitor their health status before coming to school and isolate if needed
Purpose and Process of Developing Our Safety Plan
We continue to face rising concerns about safety due to the spread of Covid and its variants as we return to
in-person learning next week. Our safety policies are being developed in collaboration with multiple stakeholders from One Ascension’s community out of love for our entire community.  We are acutely aware of and taking precautions to ensure minimal risk to those family members with compromised immune systems and other health risks. 
  • Requirements and recommendations are based on the most current information available and include multiple factors and layered prevention strategies.  Due to the shifting nature of the situation, conditions will be assessed on an ongoing basis by stakeholders who are continuously monitoring public health updates from the local, county, state and federal authorities.  

Cleaning and Disinfection 
Regular cleaning and disinfecting are in place now and will be enhanced with the following as students, teachers and staff members return to campus: 
  • Clean and disinfect spaces and surfaces as needed throughout the day, including shared surfaces in common areas and classrooms, bathrooms and handwashing stations, playgrounds, lunch tables, etc. 
    • Disinfecting supplies are available to all staff during the school day.
    • Tables used for eating snacks will be sanitized each time following use.
  • Professional cleaning will continue nightly in all areas used by staff and/or students.
  • Students will be able to refill their personal water bottles in the refill stations at school, but water fountains will not be used/shared. 
  • Regular changing and cleaning of heating and cooling filters will take place. 
  • Ventilation is encouraged for all classrooms/spaces, weather permitting.
Face Coverings: Guidance for face coverings (CDPH)
  • Outdoors: masks are optional for staff and students during the school day
  • Indoors: ALL staff and students are required to wear a mask
    • Use of a Face Shield with Drape is the only allowable exception applicable to Ascension students currently per CDPH Guidance above
Guests on Campus, Drop Off & Pick Up
  • Drop off and pick up procedures are organized to minimize crowding while guests are on the school campus before and after school.
  • All guests on campus will abide by all safety policies and procedures while on campus.  This may include requirements for vaccination and testing, depending on the service being provided and length of time required to be on the school campus.
Health Screening & Requirements for Staff/Long-Term Guests/Volunteers
  • Active and Passive Health Screening
    • All staff, students and guests are asked to monitor their health status before coming to school and isolate if any health concerns exist
    • Student temperatures will be taken daily before or during lunch
    • All students with fevers 99.5 or above will be sent home and required to wait 24 hours before returning to school (from the time fever subsides)
    • If students exhibit any symptoms of sickness or temperature of 99.5 or higher during the school day the teacher will take the student’s temperature again and inform the office immediately. Students will be sent to the nurse’s station (room next to the main office) and wait to be picked up.
    • We will also monitor other symptoms, including but not limited to: cough, sore throat, chills, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or digestive issues. 
    • It is recommended by the CDPH guidelines that if a staff member or student shows these symptoms they will be sent home and it is recommended that they be tested. The school and classroom will remain open. 
    • Proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID test (within 72 hours) are required for all staff and volunteers working with and in the vicinity of students. This includes Playground Supervisors (Extended Care Staff), Teachers, Instructional Aides, Office Staff/Administration, Church Pastoral Staff and Classroom Volunteers (i.e. Art Trek, Parents in Classrooms).  
      • Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination prior to any regularly scheduled work/service performed on campus.
    • Testing Required and/or Recommended: 
      • If staff are not vaccinated, they will be required to provide proof of negative Covid status on a weekly basis.  
      • In the event that a student comes in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or presents with symptoms of COVID-19 it is recommended that parents have their child tested. 
Contact Tracing, Vaccination and Testing Liaisons
Ascension’s Interim Principal, Staci Hammerschmitt, and Office Manager, Connie Angress, will be the contacts on-site for the local health department to contact about COVID-19. 
Office Phone: (805) 496-2419. 
Email for Staci Hammerschmitt: [email protected]
Connie Angress: [email protected]
Healthy Hygiene Practices - Community Education and Disease Prevention
  • Signs and visual reminders will be posted in all classrooms and restrooms to ensure that students follow safety routines. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are installed outside of each classroom near the door.
  • Additional hand washing and sanitizing units will be maintained with sanitizer or soap and water. Waste water will be transferred to sewage outlets regularly. 
  • We encourage all staff, students and families to model and teach routines for handwashing and disinfecting.  Topics for safety that will support our efforts to provide in-person learning will include: 
    • Entering and exiting classroom spaces.  
      • Sanitize and/or wash their hands upon leaving the classroom for recess, returning to class, changing locations (such as outdoor area for special subjects, PE, etc.). 
    • Teach and reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff. 
    • Teach students to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or their elbow. 
      Students and staff should wash their hands before and after eating; after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after using the restroom. 
    • Students and staff should wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly. 
    • Staff should model and practice handwashing. For example, for younger students, use bathroom time as an opportunity to reinforce healthy habits and monitor proper handwashing. 
    • Students and staff should use fragrance-free hand sanitizer when handwashing is not practicable.
    • Sanitizer must be rubbed into hands until completely dry. 
      Note: frequent handwashing is more effective than the use of hand sanitizers. 
      • Children under age 9 should use hand sanitizer under adult supervision. Call Poison Control if consumed: 1-800-222-1222.
      • Ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers are preferred and should be used when there is the potential of unsupervised use by children. Isopropyl hand sanitizers are more toxic and can be absorbed through the skin. 
Communication Plans 
The school will continue to provide regular communication with our school community via email about cases and exposures at the school consistent with privacy requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA.
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