COVID Policy

Small Size Big Mind COVID Policy

Small Size Big Mind is committed to keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Below is a summary of helpful covid guidelines and resources as a reference for families.

We set our school policy to be consistent with public health guidelines and will not be less restrictive however we may be more specific and more restrictive to protect the school.

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What are COVID symptoms?

We monitor children for the following COVID symptoms.

Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath

Difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

In preschools many children with covid do not exhibit symptoms or express very mild symptoms so please remember just because your child appears healthy doesn’t mean they do not have covid. Taking a covid test is the accurate way to know if your child has covid or not.


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How to protect against COVID?

Masking

· Per public health guidelines masking is optional for adults and children over 2 years old although masking is still highly recommended.

· If teachers choose to go without a mask, they must test every week.

· Parents, guardians, family members, babysitters, etc. must be fully vaccinated and masked to come on campus.

· Children younger than 2 years old should not wear masks per health regulations.

· If you want your child to wear a mask and they are over 2, please bring a few extra labeled masks in a Ziplock bag if your child wears disposable masks please send several in a Ziploc bag. Masks get dirty and wet during the day, so we need to replace them. We will support proper mask wearing with an understanding that this is a challenge for young children.

Sanitation

Hand sanitation, surface cleaning, air purification, ventilation, and professional cleaning performed nightly, are steps we take at the school to protect against covid.

Sick policy

Children who exhibit covid symptoms and or other illness symptoms will be sent home and must remain home for 24 hours symptom free at a minimum. For children to return to school after

being sent home sick they must have a negative covid test. Alternatively, you can return to school with a doctor’s note clearing your child to return by a specific date if the illness was not covid related.

Avoidance

The best way to avoid covid is to limit exposure to people outside of your household and school social bubbles. Higher risk places include crowds, events, busy places, social gatherings, and public transportation/air travel. If your family does engage in higher risk activities, mask, keep distant, and test before and after risk and then test again 5 days later to catch covid before it spread to me

Vaccination

All teachers are fully vaccinated.

All parents who come on campus must be masked and vaccinated.

Testing

Frequent testing is the best way to detect covid and avoid spreading it at the school or through our community. Besides testing when the school requires it, we suggest testing before and after participating in higher risk activities and testing again 5 days after a high-risk activity.


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Quarantine after travel

We will continue to require a 5-day quarantine post travel for all students regardless of vaccination status.

· Day -0- = is the day your child returns to the Bay Area.

· Day 1-5= Quarantine at home.

· Day 5 = Test at a testing center if that is your testing choice.

· Day 6 = Your child can return with a negative testing center test, or test at school by bringing a rapid antigen test and following the test at school guidelines below.

If your child’s testing center test is positive or your child’s, at the school antigen test was positive continue to isolate your child for a total of 10 days and they return to school on the 11th day.


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What options do I have for testing my child?

Test at a testing site: Please bring a copy of your test result to show the teacher at drop off. This can either be a rapid molecular, rapid antigen or a PCR. Please see the links below for local testing center suggestions. City Health https://covidtesting.cityhealth.com/locations/oakland-in-terminal Test the People https://www.testthepeople.org/ Carbon Health https://carbonhealth.com/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-centers/California/Alameda?lng=en Color Testing https://www.color.com/community-sites

2. Test at the school: Please bring an unopened test to be administered with your child’s teacher at the school. Your child’s name and time that the test was given will written on the test and then placed on the table. Please return when the test is completed. If the test is negative, please show your teacher and let the teacher know you are dropping off. If positive, please take your child home and notify us immediately of the positive result via 510 496 9660 phone, text, and email.

When you choose to do the test at school it MUST be administered at the school in front of a teacher. No photos of tests will be accepted. See campus specific guidelines below.

Our school is private and does not receive the free tests from the federal government that are available to public schools. For this reason, we do not have extra tests available at school. Insurance companies are required to provide tests and most insurance providers have convenient ways to order at home test for your family.


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Bridgeview Campus specific testing instructions:

When your child must test to return from sickness, travel, or after isolation do not enter the school.

Please go to the back of the school from 8:30 and 9:00 AM to test outside where a teacher will be waiting to support the administration of your child’s test.

Do not enter the school until your child’s test is negative.

If your child has a negative testing center test, please bring a hard copy of the negative results between 8:30 and 9:00 AM to the back of the school and present this hard copy test to the teacher who is outside testing.
Modified quarantine tests must be done at a testing center or using the onsite testing service.


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Pan Am Campus specific testing instructions:

When your child tests at the school to return from sickness, travel, after isolation or quarantine please arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 AM and test outside of the front entrance of the campus building with the teacher that is available to support testing. Do not enter the school until you have tested negative. If you signed up for the 7:30 drop off time you can test at this time.

If we have modified quarantine required test as explained below in the modified quarantine guidelines, your child will be tested by our onsite testing service, or you can choose to go to a testing center. Do not enter the school until you have a negative test result from a testing service if you choose not to use the onsite testing service.

If your child has a negative testing center test, please bring a hard copy of the negative results, and present this hard copy test to your child’s teacher while dropping off. Modified quarantine tests must be done at a testing center or using the onsite testing service.


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Santa Clara Campus specific testing instructions:

When your child tests at the school to return from sickness, travel, after isolation or quarantine please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 AM and test outside of the front entrance of the campus building with the teacher that is available to support testing. Do not enter the school until your child has tested negative. If you signed up for the 7:30 drop off time you can test at this time at the drop off gate on the side of the school that is used for, early drop off.

If we have a modified quarantine required test as explained below in the modified quarantine guidelines, your child will be tested using our onsite testing service or you can choose to go to a testing center. If you choose a testing center test do not enter the school until you have a negative test to show your teacher at drop off.

If your child has a negative testing center test, please bring a hard copy of the negative results, and present this hard copy test to the teacher at drop off. Modified quarantine tests must be done by the onsite testing service or a testing center.


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What should I do when my child tests positive regardless of vaccination status?

1.Notify the school by calling and texting 510 496 9660 and emailing your campus.

When you update us about your child’s positive test, please let us know:

· When was the test taken?

· Did your child have symptoms and if so, when?

· When was your child last at school?

· How was your child exposed if known?

2. Isolate for 5 days and return on day 6 if negative.

· Day 0 = Is the day your child tested positive

· Day 1-5 = Your child isolates at home.

· Day 5 = Test your child at a testing center if that is your testing choice.

· Day 6 = Your child can return with a hard copy of a negative testing center test, or bring a rapid test to be administered at school with the help of a teacher.

· If you child is positive on day 5 or 6 they must isolate for 10 days and return on day 11.


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What are exposure definitions:

Exposure for a single person is when they have spent at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period, indoors within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19.

Exposure for a group is when they have spent at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period in the same indoor area with a person with COVID-19.

Exposure window: Someone who gets sick with OR test positive for COVID-19 can start infecting others 2 days BEFORE feeling sick or testing positive; this is considered exposure time.


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What should I do when my child was exposed to a household member/close contact outside of school?

  1. Quarantine at home for 5 days and return to school on day 6 if negative.
  2. Day 0      = Is the day your child was exposed
  3. Day 1-5  = Your child quarantines at home.
  4. Day 5      = Test your child at a testing center if that is your testing choice.
  5. Day 6      = Your child can return with a hard copy of a negative testing center test, or bring a rapid test to be administered at school with the help of a teacher. 
  6. If your child is positive on day 5 or 6 they quarantine for 10 days & can return on day 11.

People who are positive regardless of vaccination status should wear a well-fitting mask if they must be around others in your home during isolation or quarantine.

Even if your child does not develop symptoms or test negative directly after contact with some who is positive, quarantine for 5 days and test again at least 5 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19. Many people take at least 5 days to test positive after exposure.


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What should I do when there is an exposure at school?

Our school follows the CDC modified quarantine that allows students to continue to attend school after an exposure if they follow the guidelines below for testing and masking.


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What are the guidelines for modified quarantine?

Modified quarantine allows the class that was exposed to continue attending school if everyone tests and wears masks.


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Exposure Notices

When we have a known exposure at the school will send an email to the entire school and share which class had the exposure (we will no longer call families).

The email exposure notice will include instructions on when to test and how long masks will be required.

Test and return to class if negative.

  • All exposed students and teachers may continue to attend school if they are healthy and test negative twice during the modified quarantine period. The exposure notice will include instructions on when to test.

Mask for 10 days from exposure

  • Teachers and children must wear masks for 10 days after the initial exposure.

All students and teachers of the class in modified quarantine must follow the testing and mask guidelines including those children that did not attend school during the exposure. If your child is not at school during the required testing dates, please notify us by email.

The convenience of modified quarantine is an alternative to school closures.  Avoiding closure is allowed by public health if we perform the testing and masking required by the modified quarantine guidelines.


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Public Health Guidance and Small Size Big Mind COVID policy

We set our school policy to be consistent with public health guidelines and will not be less restrictive however we may be more specific and more restrictive to protect the school. We will update our policy based on changes in public health and the number of cases impacting our school and community as needed.  If we have a significant change to our policies, we will notify the school by email of the change.

We appreciate the support and resilience of our wonderful Small Size Big Mind community.


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