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COVID-19 Updates

As we navigate through this pandemic for the third school year, safety continues to be our top priority, and EB will continue to follow the COVID-19 K-12 Guidance for Public Schools, which was issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on June 30, 2022.

The principle mitigation strategies are based around vaccination, optional masking, classroom ventilation, and enhanced sanitation and cleaning procedures.

MAIN STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE THE PANDEMIC ON CAMPUS - FALL 2022

Throughout the year, we will adapt our protocol to better reflect the current epidemiological situation. The new guidance to schools lists these COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies in order of priority:
 
  • Staying Up-to-Date on Vaccinations (2 doses + booster)
  • Optimizing Indoor Air Quality
  • Using Face Masks
  • Getting Tested for COVID-19
  • Maintaining Clean Hands
  • Managing Students Diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Managing Students Exposed to COVID-19
  • Managing COVID-19 Outbreaks
  • Cleaning Facilities

Health & Safety Measures

Below are the health and safety measures that are put in place when school resumes in the Fall 2022:

Vaccines & Boosters

Getting COVID vaccines and boosters remains the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community, as well as testing when symptomatic, exposed to someone who is COVID positive, or after traveling. 

The COVID Vaccine is available to anyone 6 months of age and older. The COVID vaccine is safe, effective, 100% free and the best way you can protect yourself, your child, and our community. You can also visit MYTURN.GOV to find a walk-in clinic or make an appointment for vaccines or testing.

Cleaning, Disinfection & Ventilation

For ventilation, the school has made great efforts to provide our community with proper ventilation and sanitization in the classrooms:

  • All classrooms have HVAC systems with MERV13 filters and all occupied classrooms are equipped with additional portable smoke air purifiers.
  • The whole lower school and the preschool is also equipped with a new UVC sanitizer system in the existing HVAC systems, these systems purify 99.9% of airborne virus/bacteria particles in the air to all of our classrooms, common areas, and offices.
  • For the middle school (where radiant heat is used), portable GermGuardian Air purifiers (size XL with HEPA Filters, UVC sanitizer system) have been installed which will be running 24h a day at a cycle rate of 4 times an hour in all student occupied classrooms.
  • Open Window Policy: indoor classrooms will open windows and doors, weather permitting, and ensure that it does not pose a safety and health risk to children (particularly in case of poor air quality).
  • Custodial staff will conduct regular cleanings of restrooms (every hour).
  • Students are required to wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available when arriving and leaving home, when arriving and leaving school, before and after meals, after outside play, before and after using the restroom, after having close contact with others, after using shared surfaces and tools, and after blowing nose, coughing, and sneezing.
  • Hand sanitizer is provided in all classrooms. Students using hand sanitizer should rub it into their hands until it is completely dry.
  • Students using soap and water must follow CDC guidance on proper hand-washing techniques, including washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and using paper towels to dry hands thoroughly.
  • Parents should teach students proper hand-washing techniques and staff will reinforce these techniques.
  • Students will also be reminded not to touch their faces, and to use a tissue to wipe their nose and to cough and sneeze inside the tissue. The School encourages parents to also remind students to follow these practices.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All faculty and staff received training on health and safety measures prior to coming back to school.
  • All faculty, staff may wear masks at any time. Faculty and staff have the option to be equipped with FDA-approved surgical masks.
  • All Pre K-8 students may wear a face covering while at school, except during designated meal times. Face coverings must be made out of breathable cloth materials, cover a student’s entire nose and mouth area, and be secured to the student’s head with elastic ties or straps.
  • Students with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from being able to wear a cloth face covering, will be provided with accommodations, which may include wearing a face shield with a cloth drape attached across the bottom and tucked into a shirt; this determination will be made on a case-by-case basis consistent with the School’s policy on reasonable accommodation of students.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings from home, but the School will have face coverings or face shields available to students who fail to do so or whose face coverings become damaged while at school. Ear adjusters are also available at the LS reception for masks that need a more secure fit.​​​​​​​

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Parents must keep their student at home if the student exhibits one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19 and notify the School of the reason for the student’s absence. A student who exhibits Covid-19 symptoms may stay at school but is required to wear a mask until the symptoms offset.
  • Students who report symptoms associated with COVID-19 may return to School after they meet the requirements set forth in the following section of this plan.
  • We ask employees to arrange for testing prior to returning to work onsite.
  • We ask students to self-test prior to returning on campus after a school break.
  • If they had close contact with someone who was ill with confirmed COVID-19, they can return to school wearing a mask until 10 days after the date of exposure or unmask if they test negative twice on day 5 and day 7.
  • If a member of their household is ill with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, a student may return to school with a mask until 10 days after the date of exposure or or unmask if they test negative twice on day 5 and day 7.
  • Persons presenting with a fever of 100º F (37.8º C) or above will be excluded from the School facility/campus. The School may exclude any individual who presents symptoms associated with COVID-19. Students who appear to be ill, have a fever, or report symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be sent home as soon as practicable per the School’s Protocol When a Student Exhibits Symptoms Associated With COVID-19 at School.
  • A student who tested positive can return on campus after day 5 IF the symptoms have offset and they test negative. The student should continue quarantining until day 10 if they test positive. After day 10, a student can come back on campus.
  • The School will maintain COVID-19 test results and doctor’s notes submitted pursuant to this Policy as students’ confidential medical records.
  • Additional measures may be implemented or allowed with the guidance of state and local authorities.
  • We will respect the right to privacy of all of our community members.
  • All community members should commit to following the governmental health guidelines in their day-to-day activities outside of the school.

Testing

  • The school provides tests to all employees that are expected to be on campus during school hours before the start of the school year and after each school break.
  • All employees are tested for COVID-19 by Antigen BinaxNow tests several times a month. 
  • Routine testing will only occur if there is an outbreak in a classroom and if several students have Covid-19 symptoms. 

All Are Welcome! (Anti-Discriminatory Policy)

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. This policy applies to all programs, services, and facilities, including applications, admissions, and employment.