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PDF Document Link: COVID-19 Safe Return to School Plan

Link to CDC/VHD Guidance: http://napierbw.github.io/COVID-19-LEAD-CTR/

Update 11/23/2020

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to share that our COVID mitigation protocols have been successful thus far. Thanks to your support and the diligence of our staff members we have remained on code green throughout October and November.

As a reminder, if your child is exhibiting any symptoms or if your child has been exposed to anyone within your household who has tested positive for COVID, then he or she would not be permitted to attend school until symptoms are gone and/or the quarantine period is completed. We are taking every proactive approach to reduce the spread of the virus within the school, so we need your help to keep our students and staff members healthy.

Our students have thrived being in the classroom for in-person services since September. As you know, virtual learning is not always the best option for many students with disabilities and their families, so we are committed to creating a healthy and safe place for your child to receive in-person instruction to the extent possible.

We DO NOT anticipate moving to virtual other than for a short-term quarantine situation. To be proactive, our plan for a quarantine is noted below:

Definition of quarantine:

Quarantine: When someone from a classroom (staff or student) tests positive OR meets the exposure criteria and contact tracing warrants moving to virtual for 2 weeks.

In the event of a necessary quarantine:

  • What could cause a quarantine?:
    • A single staff member or student could be moved to virtual while the classroom remains in person
      • If the individual has not been in the building 48 hours prior to a positive test or the on-set of symptoms then the remainder of the classroom can remain open.
    • The whole classroom could move to virtual learning for up to 14 days.
      • If a staff member or student tests positive and contact tracing via the Health Department requires the classroom to move to virtual, the affected classroom will move to virtual instruction for up to a 14-day period (approximately 10 school days).
  • What about other classrooms?:
    • Students in unaffected classrooms will attend school in-person but will operate under code yellow guidelines within the school building.
  • How can I prepare for a potential quarantine:
    • Help LEAD avoid a potential quarantine by keeping your child home if he/she is exhibiting symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive.
    • Ensure your child has access to CANVAS and zoom meeting links for classes. Your child’s teacher will send this information to you via e-mail in the event of a necessary quarantine.
    • Be sure to set aside an area of your home that can be dedicated to virtual learning.
    • Have a device available for him/her to access the live instruction (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.)
  • What to expect:
    • We will provide 5.5 hours of instruction each day and follow a typical day schedule.
    • Work will be mailed home in paper format, some instruction will be live via Zoom, and some will be video based/pre-recorded. The variety of instructional formats will vary from teacher to teacher, but you should plan to have your child available to receive virtual instruction during typical school hours (8:30 -2:30) for the quarantine period.
    • Grades will be collected during the virtual learning period, so participation is required.

*Please note*: We are NOT moving to virtual learning right now and NONE of our programs are currently require a quarantine. The purpose of this statement is to proactively be prepared for any future shift to virtual learning due to a necessary quarantine.

If you have questions about our COVID mitigation protocols please review the ‘COVID Safe Return to School Manual’ via the link above. If you still have questions or concerns after reviewing that, please call Chrissy Fukushima at 804-452-3730 x348.

Everyone has done an incredible job working together to ensure our student can access their instruction in a face-to-face format. We appreciate your support and partnership during this time. Keep up the great work everyone!

Sincerely,

Chrissy Fukushima

 

New School Year Update:

August 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As the LEAD Center prepares to open its doors for the 2020-2021 school year we wanted to share some important information with you related to the COVID-19 mitigation measures put in place to ensure the safety of your student. A COVID-19 Safe Return to School Team was formed to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 Safe Return to School Plan. The team will meet regularly throughout the school year to review new guidance and concerns.

Our COVID-19 Safe Return to School Handbook will provide information for you about mitigation efforts, daily operations, and expectations for the opening of school. There are a few important items in the handbook that I would like to highlight for you:

  • Students will have temperatures checked daily upon arrival.
  • Students are encouraged to wear masks as they are able. Masks should be provided by the parent/guardian and must comply with the dress code.
  • Students should not bring backpacks to school for the first 30 days.
  • Students will be required to practice social distancing in the building.
  • We always encourage parent involvement. At the current time, parent meetings will be held virtually. If a parent needs to meet in person, he/she must make an appointment and will be required to wear a mask when entering the building.

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority. We would ask that you assess the health of your child using the attached checklist daily before sending him/her to school. Additionally, your child’s transportation provider will be asked to check his/her temperature when boarding transportation. Once your child arrives at school if he/she has a temperature of >100 you will be called to pick your child up. Any other symptoms will be evaluated by a designated person to determine if your child is unable to remain at school. Please make sure you have provided the LEAD Center with updated contact information so that we may reach you in the event that your child is ill.

The LEAD Center staff is committed to responding to your questions and/or concerns. Please contact Chrissy Fukushima at clfukushima@leadctr.com or 804-452-3730, ext. 348 if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Chrissy Fukushima, Executive Director

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