In light of the continued risk of transmission of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our environment, we want to highlight some of our new COVID-19 procedures and best practices. We ask that both families who are new to our community and those who have been enrolled with us over the past several months please take time to read this document carefully so that you are fully informed.
Practices are based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local authorities. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to these practices as we receive new information relevant to our community.
Classrooms and Schedules
Our goal is to provide as much consistency as possible and ease the transition to school, while also limiting interaction and adhering to social distancing best practices. The day may look a little different. For this reason, your child’s work periods, and daily schedule may look different.
Children will remain in their designated classroom during the day and will not visit other classrooms. Younger children will avoid spending time in any common spaces in our building (elementary age children may still utilize these spaces as appropriate, but not in a way that combines with other classes).
Group sizes are regulated by state and local orders based on the COVID-19 numbers and variables of a state, city, or county. Generally, regardless of Executive Orders, we are going to keep group sizes small enough to meet social distancing requirements. Classroom capacities are based on the recommended 6 feet of social distancing per student or the state recommended distance.
Specifically, at our ATI SF campus at 2690 Jackson street, we are limiting our cohort size to 10 students per building floor. To minimize the risk of cross-contamination, all students (and guides) will remain on their designated floor for the duration of the school day.
School Closure Criteria
School closure will be based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the Local Health Officer. School closure will be considered if there are multiple cases in a cohort at school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff have positive cases within a 14-day period. The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. Virtual schooling is always an option to all students. If the school closes for an extended period of time students will begin virtual learning.
School staff are essential workers and will be tested periodically as testing capacity permits and as practicable. All staff will be tested over a 2 month period, where 25% of staff are tested every 2 weeks to rotate testing of all staff over time. The campus will increase frequency of staff testing if required by the county or state.
ATI provides Health & Safety Training once per week for all new staff. Once trained, guides and administration have access to a health and safety designed to answer questions and provide ongoing support to the campus.
Campus COVID Point of Contact
The campus Head of School is the COVID Point of Contact. The Head of School will issue all communication to families regarding changes in health and safety policies, campus exposures or cases, and campus closures. The Head of School in collaboration with the Central Compliance Team will report all confirmed COVID cases to the local health department.
ATI will be transparent to staff and families when it comes to new health and safety measures, education, possible COVID exposures and confirmed cases. Communication will be facilitated by the Head of School through our CRM system. Families will be sent updates through email and phone calls when necessary.
Daily Temperature and Wellness Checks
One of the most important things we can do to maintain a safe environment is to ensure that students and staff who show signs of illness or symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend school. For this reason, we have instituted a practice of daily temperature checks. Any student or staff with a temperature of 100.0F or higher is not permitted to attend.
A school administrator or the classroom guide will take each child’s temperature and conduct a daily wellness check upon arrival. You will be asked if your child or any other member of your household has experienced any of the below symptoms within the last 24 hours.
If your child shows any of the below symptoms or if any other member of your household shows COVID-19 related symptoms, your child will not be permitted to stay at school.
- Fever of 100.0F or higher
- Vomiting (children only)
- Diarrhea (children only)
- Shortness of breath
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion and runny nose
General Illness Policy
As is our standard illness policy, children exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms must stay home. The student can return to school when they have been symptom-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
- Fever of 100.0F degrees or more
- Unidentified rash
- Head lice
- Runny nose (with yellowish or green mucus)
- Red eye(s) with white or yellow discharge
- Sore throat
- Persistent cough
- Inability to participate in daily activities (usually due to fatigue)
If any of these symptoms are identified while your child is at school, you will be contacted and required to pick up your child within 30 minutes. To help prevent the spread of illness, and in accordance with state regulations, your child will be kept comfortable outside of the classroom (in the front office or another appropriate area) until he or she is picked up.
Please notify the school immediately if your child has a communicable disease. If your child has been absent from school due to a communicable disease, you will be asked to submit written permission from your child’s doctor before returning to school, as is our standard policy. State law requires us to inform the parents of your child’s classmates about the incidence of the disease.
COVID-19 Illness Policy
Please also notify the school immediately if your child shows symptoms of COVID-19 or if someone in your household shows symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case. We will evaluate your specific situation and the level of exposure and determine next steps based on current CDC and local health department guidelines. Typically, this will require the child to remain home for 14 days before returning to school.
Parents will be informed of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our community. Depending on the circumstances and level of exposure, there may be instances where a specific classroom or the entire school would need to close to allow for appropriate cleaning and sanitizing.
Given heightened precautions around COVID-19, regardless of fever and as an extra measure of care, we encourage children to stay home at the sign of any illness.
Travel and Social Distancing Policy
Just as we take the health and safety or our community very seriously while at school, we
also ask our staff and families to limit social contact outside of school: to practice social
distancing, to wear face coverings, to only travel if necessary, and to note attend events
with more than a handful of people present. While we are not requiring families to notify us
of any personal travel or activities, we are asking that for the safety of our communities
that all of us continue to follow CDC and local recommendations for health and safety
Preparing the Classroom
It is important for our classrooms to be as self-contained as possible. Keeping children’s items such as clothing, shoes, and lunchboxes within the classroom helps prevent cross-contamination among other groups on campus. By minimizing cross-contamination, we increase the possibility of closing just one classroom vs. the entire school if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The following guidelines will help minimize this risk:
- Reduce the number of chairs at each table in the classroom, to encourage social distancing.
- Provide extra space between children’s belongings so that they are not touching.
- For the most part, all materials in the classroom can be cleaned and disinfected, but if you identify anything that cannot be easily cleaned, consider removing it from the environment. Please note that children’s books are NOT considered high risk for transmission, and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection.
- Hand sanitizer should be available for use by staff and students. Students should be
supervised when using hand sanitizer.
- Open windows to allow fresh air to flow in when possible.
- Enter the classroom through an outside door if there is one.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds upon arrival.
- Use an EPA approved disinfectant to wipe down high traffic areas (doorknobs, sinks, light switches, toilet levers, etc.) before children arrive
All staff members and school administrators will consistently wear face coverings throughout the day, with some exceptions when they are outdoors and social distancing is possible.
Students will also consistently wear face coverings throughout the day, with some exceptions for lunch and outdoor time. While face coverings may present initial challenges, wearing a face covering, especially in times when physical distancing is difficult, is essential for reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19. Students and staff will work together to remind each other to not touch face coverings and to wash their hands frequently. Lessons will be given by staff to students about proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
Please reach out if you have more questions about our approach to face coverings.
Arrival & Drop-off Procedures
Drop-offs are going to look different than you’re used to. They’ll occur outside of the building and include a temperature check. Make sure you’re following the guidelines below during drop-off each day:
- Stagger arrivals as much as possible. For example, if you’ve been strict in the past
about encouraging specific arrival times before the work period, consider letting
parents know they can drop-off at any time.
- An administrator will set-up outside the front door to greet families.
- Have a table ready with clean thermometers and alcohol wipes
- Have marks on the ground to indicate 6 feet
- Have your charged iPad ready to clock families in as they arrive
- Each day ask each family whether they have observed the following symptoms either with their child or anyone else in the household to determine if it is safe for the child to stay at school:
- Shortness of breath
- Vomiting/Diarrhea (children only)
- Or at least 2 of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain o Headache
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion and runny nose If symptoms exist, the child may not
remain at school.
To ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community, we require all parents to wear a face-covering during drop-off. Parents will remain outside the building and say their goodbyes at the school’s front or outside doors, or in some cases outside classrooms doors. Parents are asked not to enter the school or classroom environment unless absolutely necessary. If a parent must enter the building, then the parent will take their temperature before entering.
A school administrator will be present to greet students upon their arrival to campus and will be sure to guide students to their classroom environment. Please allow more time for your morning drop-offs as we facilitate these new practices.
In addition to the steps we are taking to restrict visitors and limit the number of people in each classroom environment, we have implemented additional hygiene and cleaning practices. Guides and administrators will conduct regular wipe downs of high traffic areas like surfaces, tables, chairs, light switches, doorknobs, as well as disinfecting classroom materials throughout the day. The playground will be cleaned after each use. Professional cleanings are conducted by our janitorial service nightly.
When possible, classrooms are set up to encourage social distancing and windows will be opened to allow fresh air to flow. All children and staff must wash their hands with soap and water immediately upon entering the classroom and frequent handwashing will be encouraged throughout the day. Children and guides are also asked to remove outdoor shoes and change into a second pair of shoes or slippers to be worn in the classroom only.