Everyone who presents with symptoms of a cold or flu will be asked to stay home for 48 hours and contact a doctor to determine if it is COVID-19 related. If symptoms are not due to COVID-19, a note from a doctor is required stating an alternate diagnosis for the symptoms (such as the flu or common cold) to be allowed back to school before the 2 week quarantine period ends. If testing is suggested by the medical provider, we will also require a negative COVID-19 test result.
What are Peregrine School's policies on travel and gatherings?
Peregrine School asks that anyone who chooses to attend gatherings that are outside of Yolo County’s gathering guidance, self-quarantine for two weeks. This will help to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 in our school community.
Yolo County and the CDPH have put out gathering guidance, that states gatherings are restricted to:
3 households with a max of 16 people, including host and attendees
for 2 hours or less
must be held outside, and
All attendees must be masked unless exempt
These restrictions also apply to business social gatherings, such as holiday parties.
Everyone should keep the households that you interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.
Peregrine School also strongly encourages those who plan to travel to be aware of the risks and avoid areas that are in tiers above Yolo County. (i.e. if Yolo County is in the 2nd tier, “substantial”, avoid areas that are in the 1st tier, “widespread”). We encourage families to limit their travel to within the state if possible.
What are some changes that have been made to the programs?
Reduced schedules have allowed our staff and students to slowly transition back to our routines amidst the new regulations and guidelines set forth by the CDC, Yolo County, and state licensing; in cases of inconsistency, we are following the stricter guidelines.
Class sizes have been substantially reduced in all programs.
Student quarantine groups do not mix during recess, lunch, or after school.
Only staff and select vendors are allowed on campus to minimize foot traffic.
Staff are designated to specific classes to minimize foot traffic into rooms.
All students from all classrooms bring and leave shoes to use indoors.
For Fall, food is served by the school for the ECC Students.
Elementary students bring their own lunch and snack.
Nap/Rest Time is determined by class.
Students use individual trays for projects and toys, as much as possible.
Students use individual tote bags of basic school supplies provided by the school to prevent mixing.
What is being done to ensure sanitation throught the school?
Students and staff sanitize their hands upon arrival at school then wash their hands once in the classroom.
Staff wash hands upon arriving and leaving a different area of the school;
Students wash hands 1) when they arrive into the classroom 2) when they put their hands in their mouths or noses 3) before and after eating.
Staff uses hand sanitizer when going in and out of their classroom and yard.
High touch surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and at the end of the day.
Toilets and handles are sanitized after every use.
Sinks and soap dispensers are sanitized after every use.
Climbing structures are washed at the end of each day.
The number of indoor and outdoor toy options have been reduced, used only by one cohort per day, and sanitized at the end of each day.
Indoor and outdoor toys are sanitized at the end of each day.
Cleaning crews clean daily after school is closed.
FDA approved disinfectant products to be used: Oxivir, DS1, and diluted bleach solution; Seventh Generation Disinfectant; Clorox wipes will be used to clean high touch surfaces in staff rooms and be back-up for classroom use.
What is being done to encourage social distancing?
We require all staff and students' families to report if they are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been required to test for COVID-19. Stay home from school if you have symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 and let the school know by emailing email@example.com
Anyone who experiences symptoms of a cold or flu are asked to stay home for at least 48 hours and contact a doctor to determine if a COVID-19 test is recommended.
If a student starts to show symptoms while at school, the student will wait to be picked up in a cozy temporary quarantine area while parents are called to pick them up.
If COVID-19 is confirmed in an individual within the school:
Contact tracing protocol set by government agencies will be followed; families, just like teachers, will be required to report with whom they have been in contact.
Affected cohort(s) will be shut down, quarantined for 2 weeks, and move to distance learning.
A doctor’s note will be required before the student can return to school.
Peregrine School requires all staff members to wear face coverings at all times while indoors or within 6 feet of others while outdoors. PPE such as face masks, face shields, and gloves have been provided by the School. All staff who have extended close contact with students will use face shields in addition to face masks.
All Elementary students are required to wear face coverings, and we have masks for those who do not already have them. We will also have disposable masks available for single-day use.
ECC students 3 years of age and older are required to wear face coverings, and students 2 years or older in our Escuelita programs will also be asked to wear face coverings. Students younger than 2 years should not wear a face covering, per CDC recommendations.
Why is Peregrine able to be open during the pandemic?
Peregrine Elementary has been granted a waiver by Yolo County to continue in-person teaching during the current pandemic. This waiver allows us to operate, with modifications, even when public schools have been required to close. We were granted this waiver due to our low-class sizes, an abundance of outdoor classroom spaces, our screening and contact tracing protocols, our strict face mask policy, and more. We resumed instruction on Sept. 8th, 2020, and will continue to offer in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.
Our Early Childhood Centers are allowed to remain open in-person by Child Care Licensing due to the necessity of childcare for many essential workers in our community.
Because Peregrine Elementary has been granted a waiver, and our ECC is an essential community service, we are not subject to closure based on the new CDPH regional stay-at-home order.
Peregrine School would be required to close only if we had an outbreak of COVID-19 within our school (roughly 5% of the school population testing positive in a 14 day period), or if prompted to close by guidance from Yolo County.
To date, we have not had to close the entire school since early in 2020. We have had 1 positive case within the school since starting in-person instruction in the summer 2020 session.
When picking students up, all individuals should wear a face-covering and keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals of other households. If you need to stop to talk to the teacher, step away from the doors/gates to allow others to walk by with safe social distancing.
Parents are asked to pick students up in the first 10 minutes of every hour, or anytime between 5-5:30 PM. Parents will need to ring the doorbell and a staff member will come out, confirm who they are picking up, and radio it back to the classroom teachers. At South, students will be brought through the front entrance (El Nido South, Escuelita South, and Pandas) or the side gate (Primaria South). At West, students will be brought out through the front gate (El Nido and Primaria West) or the back gate (Escuelita West).
Parents are asked to pick students up in the first 15 minutes of every hour, or anytime between 5-5:30 Parents will need to ring the doorbell and a staff member will come out, confirm who they are picking up, and radio it back to the classroom teachers. Students will exit out of the Elementary side gate