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Last Updated: 8/06

 
What is Peregrine's illness policy?

Everyone who presents with cold or flu symptoms will be asked to stay home for 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. 

 

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 RSV), OR a negative COVID test, to be allowed back to school before the 10 day quarantine period ends. 

What is Peregrine's policy for returning to school after a positive COVID case, or exposure?

Positive Case:

 

All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to report this to the school, by phone or by email at pandemic@peregrineschool.org, and self-isolate until they meet the requirements to discontinue isolation set by the CDPH.

Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Exposure:

Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after exposure but should continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days and get tested 3-5 days after the last point of exposure. 

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

 

Unvaccinated students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 are required to follow CDPH guidance on quarantining before returning to school. 

 

All ECC students who are exposed to COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after the last point of exposure, with or without a negative COVID test, per guidance from Yolo County

Elementary students who are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to follow the quarantine guidance outlined in the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year.

This guidance allows for K-12 students to continue attending school after exposure to COVID-19 in the case that both parties were masked during the time of exposure. Additionally, the exposed individual must be asymptomatic, continue to wear a mask while at school, be COVID tested twice weekly for 10 days, and continue to monitor symptoms. If both parties were not masked at the time of exposure, the exposed individual must quarantine for a period of 10-days, or for a period of 7-days if a negative test is collected after the 5th day.

What are Peregrine School's policies on travel and gatherings?

Gatherings

We will not require individuals to quarantine from school following a gathering but if you are made aware of a COVID-19 exposure we expect you to inform the school and quarantine for 10-days following the event. 

Everyone should keep the households that they interact with stable over time. By spending time with the same people, the risk of transmission is reduced. Participating in multiple gatherings with different households or groups is strongly discouraged.

Travel

Per recommendations from Yolo County and the California Department of Public Health, all non-vaccinated residents are asked to self-quarantine following any non-essential travel outside of California. This does not include individuals that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

 

Non-vaccinated staff and students should adhere to the following guidance from CDPH:

  • Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.

  • Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated and don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

 

For more information about best traveling practices, please visit the CDC’s page here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.htm

What are some changes that have been made to the programs?

School Wide:

  • Student quarantine groups do not mix during recess, lunch, or after school.

  • Visitors inside of campus will be limited, and all visitors will undergo a symptom screening and wear a face-covering at all times while indoors.

  • Staff are designated to specific classes to minimize contact between cohorts; however, vaccinated staff members are allowed to move between cohorts as staffing needs require. 

  • Unvaccinated staff are required to test for COVID-19 weekly.

What is being done to ensure sanitation throught the school?

School Wide:

  • 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 happens if my child/someone in the community gets sick?

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 pandemic@peregrineschool.org

Everyone who presents with cold or flu symptoms will be asked to stay home for 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. 

 

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 RSV), OR a negative COVID test, to be allowed back to school before the 10 day quarantine period ends. 

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.

  • Cases will be reported on our COVID-19 dashboard and by email.

  • Affected cohort(s) will be shut down, quarantined for 10 days, and move to distance learning.

Who has to wear a mask at school?

Peregrine School requires all staff members, vendors, and visitors to wear face coverings at all times while indoors. 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 while indoors, 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 2 years of age and older are required to wear face coverings while indoors, except for students in our El Nido program. 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 was granted a waiver by Yolo County to continue in-person teaching during 2020-2021 school year. This waiver allowed 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 continued 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. 

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.

What does drop off look like?

Elementary: 

  • Drop-off begins 30 minutes before the start of the program. (8:30 am) 

  • Students enrolled in Before Care can be dropped off at 7:30 AM.

  • Elementary students are screened at the East gate (next to the tennis courts).

  • All students will be screened for symptoms of illness prior to entry into the school; adults must remain with the student until screening is over. After being signed in, a teacher will take students to their classroom.​

    • All adults and students 2 years and older must wear masks at drop-off and pick-up 

 

​​ECC: 

  • Drop-off begins 20 minutes before the start of the program. (8:40 am) 

  • Students enrolled in a full schedule can be dropped off at 7:30 AM.

  • ECC students are screened at the front of the school (south and west)

  • All students will be screened for symptoms of illness prior to entry into the school; adults must remain with the student until screening is over. After being signed in, a teacher will take students to their classroom.​

    • All adults and students 2 years and older must wear masks at drop-off and pick-up 

How does pick-up work?

ECC:

  • 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).

ELEM:

  • 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pandemic Coordinator:

Rachel Warner

pandemic@peregrineschool.org