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COVID-19 Policies,
Procedures and Safety Plan

Harbor Montessori School has adopted a Safety Plan for operating in the 2021-22 academic year and summer program which is consistent with safety and health information from Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Washington State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.  

Our knowledge regarding COVID 19 and its impacts are ever-evolving, and these policies and protocols may also change. We are asking all of our employees and families to commit to supporting HMS’s health, wellness and safety protocols.

We all must agree to stay home and keep children home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed, and to agree to pick their children up promptly if they are notified by the school that their child has any symptoms of illness, as well as quarantine and test when necessary.  

All staff and school volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption on file.

As you know, the CDC and local health departments come out with new guidance and recommendations frequently as we learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be updating this page regularly & notify staff and student's families when new policies are made.

HMS COVID Safety Team

For questions and concerns regarding COVID policies and procedures please contact

Lisa Derouin, Aimee Allen & Rachel Lezcano-the site COVID-19 coordinators.

The Site Coordinators will:

  • Ensure adherence with the site-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan, including physical distancing requirements.

  • Lead trainings as needed

  • Consult with counsel regarding modifications and updates

  • Be available during work and/or class activities to monitor compliance and answer questions and concerns as needed

  • Review School activities and documentation for timeliness and compliance

  • Ensure that PPE and hygiene materials are available

  • Record and report COVID-19 Prevention Plan implementation and safety

  • Perform COVID-19 tests to employees and students when needed and available

Daily Screenings Required 

 

If students or employees feel ill or has any of the following symptoms, they must stay home from school and contact either Lisa, Aimee or Rachel to discuss a return to school plan and possible in house testing:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea (defined as two or more loose stools in 24 hours) 

  • Congestion/Runny nose

  • Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or Body Aches

*Note: Some children have underlying conditions that mimic these symptoms. Please be sure to have a doctor’s note on file. However, if a child is exhibiting signs of illness not generally seen with their condition, the child will be sent home.

Each day HMS families & employees will need to fill out the attestation screening on the  Brightwheel sign in app upon arrival. Students will also  require a temperature check during the morning drop off. The screening will attests that:

  • No one in the household has had any of the above symptoms within 24 hours.

  • Student or employee attending HMS, has not been in close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days? 

  • Within the past 10 days, no one in the household has had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus, or are you awaiting results of a COVID-19 test due to symptoms?

  • Within the past 14 days, student or employee has not had a public health or medical professional tell you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

  • No one in the household has taken medication to reduce a fever this morning?

Face Coverings & Distancing

  • Employees, students age five and over, and any visitors must wear a face covering while indoors. 

  • Children under age two may not wear a face covering at school. Children ages three and four are strongly encouraged to wear face shields or cloth face coverings. Teachers will assist children with this.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be worn by:

    • Those with a disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering or prevents them from communicating while wearing a face covering.

    • Those with certain respiratory conditions or trouble breathing.

    • Those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face covering may pose a risk to that person.​

  • Face shields are an appropriate substitute for children who are unable to wear a cloth face mask. Persons who require an accommodation, such as a face shield, in place of a mask should contact Lisa or Aimee, as well as your child’s classroom teacher.​

  • Physical distancing of three feet between students and six feet between adults is to be observed as a general rule indoors depending on the age group. Children age five and under will stay in cohort pods and teacher will help them distance whenever practical. ​

  • Physical distancing and additional barriers do not eliminate the requirement to wear a cloth face covering.   

Hygiene and Cleaning

 

HMS staff and students will:

  • Wash hands upon arrival each day​

  • Wash hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds at a time

  • Practice cough/sneeze etiquette: Cover mouth and nose

       when coughing or sneezing, throw the tissue in the trash,

       and then wash hands.

  • Avoid touching their face

  • Use the hand washing sinks frequently

  • Bring personal water bottles as fountains will be closed 

Cleaning:​

  • Teachers and staff will frequently clean, sanitize, and disinfect the work throughout the day

  • Bleach will not be used when children are present

  • Teachers will be sure to clean doorknobs, shelves, high-touch surfaces, before students arrive, after students leave, and throughout the day

  • Our janitorial company will be in to clean each evening

Testing

Unvaccinated staff will be asked to perform weekly COVID-19 tests in house, when available. Employees or students ages 4+ with COVID-19 symptoms may be able to be tested in house at HMS. Testing will be done in a confidential manner with the COVID-19 safety site coordinator. We may also require parent volunteers and visitors to be tested depending on risk.

Travel

 

Domestic Travel- Families are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for travel.

International Travel-If traveling internationally students and employees are asked to quarantine and have a COVID-19 test 3-5 days upon return. Students and staff may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test result. If not testing, students and staff need to quarantine for seven days.  Please report international travel plans to Lisa Derouin. If during travel or self-quarantine you, or any household members, show any Covid-19 symptoms, please reach out to Lisa or Aimee and follow the return to school guidance's below. 

Resources

 

CDC

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

COVID Test Sites in Pierce County

COVID Test Sites in Kitsap County

  Return to School Guidance  

 

Managing Illness and Exposure

Self-isolation and quarantine mean that the person is to remain home during the stated period. Physically excluded means that the person will not be allowed on school grounds during the stated period.  The terms may be used interchangeably.

 

If a child shows COVID-19 like symptoms during the school day, the teacher will call parents to come pick up.  Students who demonstrate illness or symptoms will be isolated in a safe supervised area until they can be picked up. 

 

COVID Test Requirements

If you need a COVID test to return to school, a PCR test must be administered by a healthcare provider or here at school. Cannot be an over the counter at home test. 

Returning to School After Class A COVID-19 Symptoms With No Suspected Exposure

(Symptoms Include: fever, cough, loss of sense of taste and/or smell, shortness of breath) 

May return to school when they have received a negative COVID-19 result AND is fever-free for at least 24 hours AND symptoms have resolved

OR

It has been at least 24 hours since recovery AND a healthcare professional makes a diagnosis of an alternative condition (documentation is required)

OR

At least 24 hours have passed since last symptoms without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND at least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up

 

Returning to School After 2 or More Class B Symptoms of Any Duration OR 1 Class B Symptom Lasting More Than 24 Hours With No Suspected Exposure

(Symptoms Include: fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea (defined as 2 or more loose stool in 24 hours) 

May return to school when they have received a negative COVID-19 result AND is fever-free for at least 24 hours AND symptoms have resolved

OR

It has been at least 24 hours since recovery AND a healthcare professional makes a diagnosis of an alternative condition (documentation is required)

OR

At least 24 hours have passed since last symptoms without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND at least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up

 

Returning to School After Symptoms With Suspected Exposure

Anyone with symptoms who suspects exposure must stay out of school for 14 days and must avoid all  public places.

 

After the 14 days pass, they may return to school once they have been 24 hours symptom AND fever free (without use of fever reducing medication) AND symptoms have resolved. Testing is encouraged but not required. 

*Negative tests will not alter the 14 day exclusion. 

*Fully vaccinated people should also follow this guidance if the have both symptoms and had suspected exposure.

Returning to School After Confirmed COVID-19 Diagnosis

Students or staff with a confirmed diagnosis may return 14 days after the onset of symptoms if they have no fever (without the use of fever reducing medications), and improved respiratory symptoms. A note from a Health Care Provider will be required. 

Returning to School After Close Contact With No Symptoms

“Close contact” means someone has been within six feet of a person suspected or confirmed to have a COVID-19 diagnosis for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period from 2 days prior to the date symptoms appeared.

If a child or employee is considered a close contact they must stay home for 10 days and have a negative COVID-19 test taken 3-5 day after exposure AND have no symptoms before returning. If a family does not want to get a student tested, they must quarantine for the full 14 days. 

The school will deem all students & classroom staff who have attended class with a student or teacher confirmed to have COVID-19 to be close contacts.

The school will provide at home learning modules through this period. This may mean that an entire classroom is closed for up to 14 days. In these cases that particular classroom will switch to remote learning for the closure period. 

*Fully vaccinated person can return to school if they have a negative COVID-19 test taken 3-5 day after exposure AND have no symptoms. 

 

Parents and Household Members with Confirmed Diagnosis of Covid-19

If a parent or household member of an HMS student is confirmed to have COVID-19, the family must notify the school and the student must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days and have a negative COVID-19 test taken 3-5 day after exposure AND have no symptoms before returning.  Families are strongly encouraged to seek testing for their child to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread to the classroom. 

If a family does not want to get a student tested, they must quarantine for the full 14 days AND have no symptoms to return to school. 

 

Confidentiality

The identity of persons who have suspected or diagnosed COVID 19 is protected confidential health information and will not be disclosed.  An employee may choose to authorized disclosure if such authorization is voluntary and confirmed in writing.  No coercion to authorize disclosure will be allowed and is prohibited.  Retaliation relating to nondisclosure is prohibited.

Parents may authorize disclosure of a family diagnosis, as well. We ask that this is done through the appropriate channels by reaching out to Lisa or Aimee. 

All members of the community are expected to respect privacy and confidentiality and to not speculate on the identity of persons who are suspected of or diagnosed with COVID 19.

 

Outbreak

 It is up to the local health department to decide what constitutes an outbreak of Covid-19 at school.  HMS will contact DOH to report any and all cases of Covid-19 and will follow their guidance. The school will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected. 

 

 

Accommodations and High Risk

Each parent or guardian must determine for themselves if they are willing to take the risk of enrolling their child to physically attend school classes, including whether they need to take additional precautions to protect the health of their child and others in the household. Harbor Montessori School will work diligently to follow all procedures and protocol, however we cannot guarantee that we will not have exposure to COVID-19 on campus. It is not practical for children ages five and under to be physically distanced at all times. 

Families should particularly consider the risks to household members who are adults 65 years or older, or anyone who has an underlying medical condition. Parents and guardians may want to discuss these risks and their concerns with their pediatrician or other health care provider. Students who cannot attend school due to high-risk factors or isolation will receive appropriate educational services.

 

Visitors Entering the Building

We are limiting any visitors entering HMS, but understand on occasion a family member or visitor might need to enter HMS. We will require any visitors to fill out the COVID-19 Health Screening before entering, have their temperature taken, & to wash hands upon entry. If you've scheduled an  appointment, please fill out the online screening before arrival by clinking the button below.

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