School Re-Opening Plan

  1. Consultation
  • Parent and Community organizations

Name of Organization and Date Consulted: 

-TRCS Parents via online survey on 6/11/20, and 7/27/20 

-TRCS Staff on 7/27-7/31/20 via Zoom conversation

-School Board meetings: 5/8, 6/24, 7/17, 7/29/, 7/31/20

  1. Elementary School Reopening Plans

Our Elementary Reopening plan(s) addressing the following, consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the local health department, have been published on our website at: www.rockchristianschool.com        

  • Cleaning and Disinfection:

As a matter of utmost importance, The Rock Church has engaged high quality, reputable cleaning and sanitization experts to provide deep, thorough, comprehensive, detailed, state-of-the-art cleaning of the school immediately prior to the first day of school, and to thereafter regularly sanitize the school to mitigate the possibility of transmission infection on school surfaces.

A regular cleaning schedule will be used throughout the school year with emphasis on high touch surfaces. Maximum efforts will be made to reduce the need to touch objects/doors (no-touch waste containers, prop doors open), and teachers and staff will regularly reinforce “no sharing” of food, water bottles or cutlery policies. To the greatest extent possible, classroom materials and equipment will be made of materials that can be cleaned and disinfected.

Surfaces will be cleaned at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. Desks and chairs will not be shared (including lunchtime area). Spray bottles and paper towels will be in each classroom.   Suggested Flo-Quat in a bucket to clean items like balls and toys.  Disposable disinfectant wipes will be readily available so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down by individuals before each use (teachers, older students).

  • Disinfectant spray to treat Chromebooks as they are shared between classes.
  • Playground equipment will be sprayed with disinfectant spray daily.
  • Outside lunch area tables and chairs will be cleaned between uses.
  • Cohorting: 

Students in Elementary (K-6th) will remain with their class/cohort during instruction,lunch, recess and movement. Cohort sizes will vary by grade and will be limited to  under 20 students. 

Recess/Breaks:

  • Locations – separate by grade, not class.  Rotating schedule for single class use using different fields and playground areas.
  • Lining up – arm’s length
  • No shared equipment
  • Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School: 

The Rock Christian School will have staggered building entrance times for each class utilizing one way routes to minimize contact beyond their cohort. Kindergarten to use their classroom back door. Other classrooms will use the farthest door from neighboring classes for entrance/exit. 

Parents will be encouraged to drop off students and not loiter outside. Once a student has gone through the appropriate health screening/clearance, the student will continue making their way to their class without their parent/guardian. Dismissal times will be staggered by grade.

Staff should not congregate in bathrooms, hallways, or full break rooms. No visitors (including parents) will be allowed beyond our “Staff Only” sign.  

Lunch tables will be disinfected before new usage. The number of students will be limited per table. Students will eat outside. Kindergarten will eat in their classroom. Lunch recess activities will be limited to no contact.

  • Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear: 

Non-medical,medical face masks or shields are required for children and staff on campus.

Students in K-2nd 

  • Students must wear face coverings upon arrival and when visiting the office
  • Face coverings are optional for grades K-2nd in the classroom

Students in grades 3-12

  • Students must wear face coverings at all times
  • Upon entering and exiting school
  • Moving on campus (including hallways, bathrooms,office)
  • In classrooms

Students may remove face coverings:

  • When eating
  • In emergency situations
  • Health Screenings for Students and Staff: 

In order to prevent the spread of infection, students, teachers and other employees who have signs/ symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and decisions about testing and return to school should be guided by CDC, Healthcare providers, and with local Public Health protocols. In addition, regular testing will be required of all staff in accordance with Public Health recommendations, and return to school decisions for those who have had an exposure to COVID-19 or a positive test result should be in accordance with local Public Health recommendations, and CDC guidelines. 

The Rock Christian School hereby states and implements a strict exclusion policy for symptomatic students and employees. Teachers and administrators will be provided with information on signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children so that appropriate action can be taken if children develop symptoms during the day. 

All staff are to self-screen before coming to work. Parents and caregivers are ultimately responsible for the screening of their children, daily, at home, prior to entering campus. A checklist for daily pre-screening before arriving at school to clear for entry.

Pre-screening of Students and Staff  includes the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100 degrees or higher) or Chills
  • Sore throat 
  • New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) 
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain 
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • New loss of taste of smell 
  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19

If a student starts to feel unwell at school, and/or showing symptoms listed above, they will be placed in our isolated sick area, their parents will be called, and that student will need to be picked up immediately.  As per our Health Policies.

Virtual learning or other forms of structured learning may be implemented on an as-needed basis for children who are required to stay home because they are sick or in isolation due to Covid-19 infection or exposure.

  • Healthy Hygiene Practices: 

COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are almost exclusively spread by respiratory droplet transmission. As a result, and because virus shedding may occur prior to symptom onset or in the absence of symptoms, routine, frequent and proper hand hygiene (soap and water or hand sanitizer) is critical to limit transmission. In fact, proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of most respiratory viruses including Covid-19, particularly during the pre-symptomatic phase of illness.

Students will be taught how to clean their hands properly (with age appropriate material) and to try and avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. This will be done in a non-judgmental and positive manner. Students who have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection should stay home and students will be reminded to sneeze or cough into their elbow/sleeve or tissue (and properly dispose of the tissue and wash hands after).

Hand sanitizer (60-90% USP grade alcohol, not technical grade alcohol) will be available in each classroom. All students and staff will sanitize hands walking in and out of classrooms. Each class will have a bottle of sanitizer.  Hand sanitizing stations have also been installed in the hallways of the campus.  

  Liquid soap and hand sanitizer will be replenished and paper towels available for drying. No-touch waste receptacles will be available for disposal of materials. 

K-3rd grade classrooms are equipped with a sink and soap dispenser.  Teachers will incorporate routine hand-washing in their daily schedule such as coming in from outside, before lunch/snack, and also after toilet use, using a tissue, sneezing, coughing, etc.

Elementary classrooms without hand-washing sinks in the classroom will include into their routine of walking as a class to the nearest hand-washing station/restroom and washing hands at key times such as coming in from outside, before lunch/snack, between classes, etc.   

All hand-washing stations will have an age appropriate poster of the proper steps to handwashing.

  • Identification and Tracing of Contacts:

Communication is key. Our designated person for the local health department is our Church Administrator, Stephanie Moore, and our designated staff person to support contact tracing is Principal Lacee Domon. Upon positive test results in a class, a timeline will be established and the families of that class will be made aware while protecting the staff/student’s identity. If there is an outbreak, the entire school will be made aware. All staff confirmed cases will be communicated through the Administration office accordingly.

  • Physical Distancing: 

To the greatest extent possible, seating and desks will be arranged in the classrooms to allow students to be 4-6 ft apart.  

 Elementary students will be kept in classroom cohorts during instruction, lunch, recess, and dismissal. When weather permits, outdoor lessons will be utilized. 

Large gatherings/assemblies will not take place for the immediate future.  No field trips will be planned or outside speakers/visitors at this time.   Our monthly Chapel will take place virtually for the time being to avoid unnecessary interactions. 

Lunch breaks and times will be staggered to allow as much physical distancing as possible.  Lunch breaks will take place outside as weather permits.  Students will not be allowed to change seats during their lunch break.

During outdoor activities, such as recess, physical distancing will be continued to be enforced. Students will be required to perform hand hygiene prior to sports activities/outdoor play/playground use. Physical education classes will take place following guidelines of the CDC through incorporating contactless activities. Sports equipment (e.g. balls, hockey sticks etc.) will be cleaned at the conclusion of the activity. 

  • Staff Training and Family Education: 

The Rock Christian School will send out our plan to families and staff via email as well as posting our plan on our website so it is easily accessible for reference.  A copy of this waiver shall be posted in a prominent location visible to anyone who enters the school office.

As part of our professional development for staff, we will review our plan along with policies and protocols that will be put in place.

Clear, age-appropriate communication about COVID-19 and what to expect when children and youth return to school should occur in advance of school reopening. Regular updates will be provided to children and their parents/caregivers throughout the school year.

Parents, children, youth and the community at large should be educated that Covid 19 is likely to persist and circulate like other respiratory viruses. They should be made aware that in general, Covid 19 causes mild disease in the majority of children and young adults and that the best overall strategy for these cohorts and the population at large, taking into account the massive secondary adverse health and well-being implication of the lockdown, is to ease restrictions and return to school.  

  • Testing of Students and Staff:

 Testing options are available across San Bernardino County and The Rock Christian School will provide testing on site periodically. Recommended frequency of testing includes all staff being tested over a 2 month period, where 50% of staff are tested each month, to rotate which staff members are tested over time.  Employees who have tested positive will be subject to isolation and return to work guidelines specified below, and communication of all positive cases will go through the Administration office accordingly. 

Employees should conduct self-screening before going into work. Employees are required to stay home and notify their supervisor as timely as possible when they show signs/symptoms of Covid-19. Sick employees should follow Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick. Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to Discontinue Home Isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider. 

Employees with COVID-19 who have stayed home can stop home isolation and return to work when they have met the following criteria: (In accordance to CDC guidelines)

  • The employee has had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is, 3 full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • respiratory symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.

If an Employee has been exposed, the following will be taken into account:

  • When was the last time the employee was in contact with a positive case?
  • How long was the exposure?
  • Any symptoms displayed?
  • How long after exposure were symptoms of the infected person displayed?

Predicated on the answers above, The Employee may be asked to isolate for a period of time, get tested,  and/or continue to monitor symptoms and do self-checks daily until the 14 day period has passed, and when possible work remotely.

  • Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning: 

If the school reaches a school wide positive case rate of 25% or higher, in-person instruction will be prohibited and The Rock Christian School will switch to Distance Learning until the School Board has communicated approval to reopen and positive cases have dropped. 

  • Communication Plans:

The Rock Christian School shall report immediately to CCLD and CDPH any incidents related to COVID-19 positive test results known of any children, parent or staff, in compliance with privacy regulations.  Upon positive test results in a class, the families of that class will be made aware while protecting the staff/student’s identity. If there is an outbreak, the entire school will be made aware. All staff confirmed cases will be communicated through the Administration office accordingly.

Additional Resources: 

CDPH and Cal/OSHA Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf California Department of 

Education Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp CDPH 

COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID -19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf