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ECA will fully reopen on campus in August for the 2020-21 school year.

 

2020 CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR SCHOOL REOPEN

THIS PAGE INCLUDES:
 
ECA POSITION REGARDING COVID-19
ECA PRIMARY STEPS TO MITIGATE SPREAD OF COVID-19
COVID-19 SCHOOL OPERATION CONTINGENCY PLANS BY COLOR CODED PROTOCOLS
COVID-19 ATTENDANCE POLICY
COVID-19 RELATED POLICIES

ECA POSITION REGARDING COVID-19

Eden Christian Academy will comply with all local and state regulatory agency policies that have jurisdiction over ECA. 

ECA reserves the right to make decisions about moving between protocols independent of government entities that do not have jurisdiction over non-public schools in Pennsylvania, but for consistency ECA's color coded protocols have been designed to correspond with the state system of colored protocols.

ECA PRIMARY STEPS TO MITIGATE SPREAD OF COVID-19
These are standard measures taken.

  • Hand washing and sanitizing
  • Feasible physical distancing
  • Elimination of large gatherings that do not provide sufficient physical distancing
  • Health monitoring measures (temperature and symptoms)
  • Revised attendance policies for students and employees
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols

COVID-19 SCHOOL OPERATION CONTINGENCY PLANS BY COLOR CODED PROTOCOLS


How does ECA achieve Blue?

The state government has lifted all orders related to COVID-19 and/or the ECA board and administration determine that transmission and severity within the local and Eden communities are negligible.

Blue protocols will characterize normal routines and procedures and pre-COVID cleaning measures.
 
Blue cleaning and sanitation routines include:
  • Additional disinfectant wiping of high touch surfaces throughout the day (door handles and push bars, sink handles, toilet and urinal flush valve handles, shared surfaces such as countertops and tables)
  • Hand sanitizer stations at entries, exits, beside heavily used doors and common areas such as cafeteria
  • Teach and reinforce hand washing with soap and water (at least 20 seconds); increase monitoring
  • Use 60% alcohol or higher hand sanitizer when washing isn’t possible
  • Teach and monitor coughing and sneezing hygiene (covering properly); throw used tissues in the trash immediately, followed by hand washing or sanitizing
Blue Attendance Policy

Sick students/staff must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours to return to school unless COVID-related; then follow COVID-19 attendance policy.



How does ECA achieve Green?

State government action and/or the ECA board and administration determine that transmission and severity within the local and Eden communities are sufficiently low.

How does ECA fall back to Green?

State government action or the ECA board and administration determine that transmission and severity within the local and Eden communities has moved from low to moderate.

Primary mitigation steps taken in Green protocol (see full details below)
  • Additional cleaning measures outlined below.
  • Temperature and symptom check upon arrival to campus.
  • Classroom furniture arrangements designed to minimize shared airspace.
  • Face coverings required in hallways, bathrooms, or gatherings outside the classroom that create close quarters.
  • Limited mixing of student groups/classes as much as is feasible.
  • Large gatherings such as chapel redesigned but not eliminated.

Students will not be required to wear face coverings in the classroom but classroom procedures and design will create physical distancing.

Face coverings will not be required for elementary recess.

Preschool students will not be required to wear face coverings at any time and will be permitted to play with each other.

Green protocol details
 
Green will characterize modest modification to operations.
 
A COVID-19 coordinator will be appointed for each campus.
 
Green cleaning and sanitation measures will include all Blue protocol routines plus enhanced cleaning measures:
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, tables, door handles, push bars and plates, sink handles, toilet handles, urinal flush valve handles, and water bottle fillers (use instead of water fountains)
  • Cleaning of playground surfaces between use and rotation of small groups using equipment
  • Increase air circulation and ventilation as much as possible
  • Avoid shared classroom supplies as much as possible and clean shared supplies after use
  • Plexiglass installed in serving lines and at service counters
  • All food service is plated/individually wrapped; use of disposable dishes and utensils
  • Fully equip each classroom and communal space with cleaning supplies
  • Shared surfaces cleaned between classes/sessions
Green adjustments to programs and routines include Blue protocol intentional and regular hygiene and etiquette education plus:
  • Temperature and symptom check for all students, staff, parents, and visitors upon arrival to building
  • Utilization of sick room for isolation of symptomatic students and staff
  • Student face coverings required when physical distancing is not possible such as arrival and dismissal, bathroom use, and transit in the hallways
  • All adult guests on campus will wear a face covering as directed by school staff
  • Teachers will wear face coverings when physical distancing from students is not possible
  • Modeling and supervising of appropriate physical distancing and prominently posted educational posters to remind and reinforce physical distancing practices
  • Water fountains closed to drinking; only water bottle filling allowed at drinking fountains
  • Reduce class size as much as feasible
  • Implement feasible schedule adjustments to promote physical distancing
  • Modification of band, choir, and worship practices and performances to allow for physical distancing and ample ventilation
  • Smaller group chapels
  • Lunch room/cafeteria use for small, physically distanced groups only on a rotating schedule and combined with groups having lunch in classrooms
  • Modified school events to control number of people on campus, and educate, post, and publish safety guidelines before and during events
  • Special seating and arrival/dismissal modifications for vulnerable students and families
  • Seating arrangements and classroom procedures designed to keep students appropriately spaced and facing in the same direction
  • Modified seating and scheduling for large group gatherings
  • Implement physical distancing protocols for extracurriculars
Green Attendance Policy
 

Sick students and staff must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours and submit a doctor’s note or pass an interview with the campus COVID-19 coordinator in order to return to school unless COVID-related; then follow COVID-19 attendance policy.



How does ECA achieve Yellow?

State government action. If Allegheny County is already Yellow but Eden has an outbreak, Eden will move to Yellow after two weeks in self-imposed Red and decontamination of building. Affected families and staff may only return to campus according to the COVID-19 attendance policy.

How does ECA fall back to Yellow?

State government action or the ECA board and administration determine that there is significant risk for spread of COVID-19 among Eden students and staff.

Primary additional mitigation steps taken in Yellow protocol (see full details below)
  • Additional efforts to eliminate mixing of groups of students to the fullest extent possible.
  • Additional efforts to make groups smaller for lunch and for non-contact play at recess.
  • Classroom use of face coverings when students are not at their desks.

Students will not be required to wear face coverings at their desks but classroom procedures and design will create physical distancing.

Face coverings will not be required at elementary recess.

Preschool students will not be required to wear face coverings at any time and will be permitted to play with each other.

Yellow protocol details
 
Yellow results in significant modifications to operations.
 
A COVID-19 coordinator will be appointed for each campus.
 
Yellow cleaning and sanitation measures include Blue and Green protocols plus enhanced cleaning measures:
  • Commonly touched surfaces such as handles and knobs wiped down four times per school day 
Yellow adjustments to programs and routines include Blue and Green protocols plus:
  • Remote learning for vulnerable students and families
  • Small groups utilized to the fullest extent possible (mixing of groups avoided as much as possible)
  • Smaller and closed circuit chapel in classrooms
  • Lunch room/cafeteria use for small, physically distanced groups only on a rotating schedule and combined with groups having lunch in classrooms
  • Non-contact play at recess
  • Modification of schedule to eliminate mixing of student cohorts as much as possible
  • Potential modifications to extracurriculars that do not permit sufficient physical distancing
  • Classroom routines modified to eliminate activities that do not keep students physically distanced
  • Face coverings for students for arrival, dismissal, bathroom use, transit in the hallways, and when students are not at their desks
  • Teachers will wear face coverings when physical distancing from students is not possible
  • Faculty, parent, and student preparation for Red protocol and remote learning
Yellow Attendance Policy
 

Sick students and staff must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours and submit a doctor’s note or pass an interview with the campus COVID-19 coordinator in order to return to school unless COVID-related; then follow COVID-19 attendance policy.



How does ECA fall back to Red?
 

State government action or outbreak of COVID-19 on ECA's campuses.

Red results in extreme modifications to school operations.
  • Campuses closed to all but essential staff
  • Campuses decontaminated
  • Remote learning begins in preschool, elementary, and upper school. The remote learning handbook is implemented to guide remote learning.
  • For preschool students, credits will be posted to parent accounts for campus closures in excess of two weeks.

COVID-19 ATTENDANCE POLICY

Administration and staff will actively educate and enforce stay-at-home policies and return-to-school policies.
  • ECA will provide additional paid leave to employees who experience extended COVID-19 absences due to required self-isolation or contraction of COVID-19 until such time as extended absences are no longer necessary.
  • ECA will implement robust remote educational services to students who experience extended absences due to self-isolation/quarantine of students sick with or exposed to COVID-19.
If the student or employee thinks they have or does have COVID-19 symptoms, they can return to school only after:
  • 3 days with no fever AND
  • Symptoms improve AND
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared (or if tested, when they have no fever, symptoms improve, and they receive two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart).
If the student or employee has tested positive (with or without symptoms) they can return to school only after:
  • 10 days have passed since the test OR
  • If tested, they can return to school after two consecutive negative tests administered at least 24 hours apart.
If a student or employee believes or knows they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, they can return to school after:
  • 14 days at home (from the date of exposure)
  • If symptoms develop or if they test positive, see guidelines above.

During Green and Yellow, visitors to campus and parents must be held to the same attendance policy as students and employees.

COVID-19 RELATED POLICIES

Face Coverings
 

In Green and Yellow, wearing face coverings when physical distancing isn’t feasible is a key part of Eden’s mitigation efforts, and education regarding washing and disposal of coverings will be important. In these protocols, adults working closely with children, coworkers, or guests on campus will wear a face covering unless doing so is determined by the principal to be emotionally or educationally harmful to the student(s) being served. Any adult who has medical issues that prevent them from wearing a face covering as directed must provide a doctor’s note and may be reassigned to other duties if deemed necessary by the administration.

  • Disposable coverings should only be used once and then discarded properly.
  • Cloth coverings must be washed daily in a washing machine and dried on the highest dryer setting (or in direct sunlight) or soaked at least 5 minutes in a bleach designed to disinfect. (4 tsp per quart of room temperature water or 1/3 cup per gallon).

While students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to provide their own PPE, the school will also keep PPE in stock for anyone on campus.

Arrival Screenings in Green and Yellow
  • Temperature screenings will be utilized. Employees and students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home.
  • Staff, parents, students, and visitors will be asked about symptoms: fever, shortness of breath, or cough since yesterday.
  • Designated screening personnel will ask about signs of potential illness in the child, parent, visitor, or employee such as flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent exertion), fatigue, or extreme fussiness (in children).
Creating a Healthy Environment
 

If COVID-19 symptoms present themselves in a person while on campus, any space and surfaces used by that person should be off-limits until it can be disinfected. When feasible, staff should wait 24 hours before cleaning or as close to 24 hours as is possible (to let any vaporized particles settle).

Notifications When Cases Arise
 

The COVID-19 coordinator at each campus will notify the campus principal, Mr. Fisher, and Mr. Smullin whenever a COVID-19 case is confirmed. Mr. Fisher or Mr. Smullin will notify local officials, staff, and families immediately in accordance with state and local laws while maintaining confidentiality.

The COVID-19 coordinator at each campus will inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow Eden’s attendance policies for COVID-19 as outlined in this document. The coordinator should confirm with the campus principal in writing which individuals were in close contact and that the notifications have been completed.

Extracurricular Policies
 

Policies for athletics and performing arts will be developed over the summer, including how to safely host events on our campus.

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