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Health & Safety: How We Protect Each Other at OFS

Each person in our school – students, parents, teachers, and staff members - is responsible for the safety of our community. In order to keep each other safe, and to allow the school to remain open during the pandemic, we need everyone to follow public health guidance consistently, on and off-campus. These guidelines are clearly stated in our school's Community Contract and summarized below:

In order for the Oneness-Family School community to remain as safe as possible, we must each commit to:

  • When home and off-campus, continue to wear masks, wash and disinfect hands frequently, and mind physical distancing guidelines;
  • Respect the integrity of self-screening guidelines for symptoms of illness and refrain from coming to campus when experiencing symptoms; 
  • Comply with state self-quarantine rules regarding exposure to COVID-19 and recent travel overseas or to domestic hot zones. 
  • Socializing safely with other families and students outside student pods; which means socializing outdoors, wearing a mask, and maintaining physical distance. 

Oneness-Family School is committed to balancing the need to provide a safe school environment with students' developmental needs to socialize and inspire a love of learning. To that end, all interventions will be made in as natural a manner as possible with as much subtlety as we can so that the predominant climate of our school remains positive and stress-free.

Below you will find details of the changes we have made to our in-school health and safety procedures for the 2020-2021 school year.

COVID-19 Testing

All students returning for in-person learning will need to have a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus. Alternatively, families may choose to quarantine for 14 days and return to campus after that time. The school is working with a testing company that can administer testing on campus and will be offering testing after school breaks and prior to students and staff arriving on campus. Parents may choose an alternative site to have their child tested. Our next round of testing will be on January 4, 2021, for all students and staff returning to campus after Winter Break.

In the event of a positive test or suspected diagnosis of a student or employee, the School will report to the appropriate Montgomery County and Maryland State health officials according to current regulations and work with them to determine next steps. Student and employee health information relating to COVID-19 will be kept confidential. The School will follow and communicate any health directives for quarantining, testing, or campus closure.

Any person who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is required to follow county and CDC guidelines for isolating and quarantining before returning to campus.  

Sickness & Symptoms

  • All students attending in-person will have to have a completed health form and temperature check before arriving on campus each day.

  • Students exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or cough, are asked to remain at home until evaluated by a doctor, and/or they can show a negative test result.

  • Please note that all students must be fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning.

  • As a general rule, if a student is not feeling well, they will be asked to stay at home.

Cleaning & Disinfecting 

  • All classrooms, floors, materials, and furniture are cleaned and disinfected every evening by a professional cleaning company.

  • Throughout the day, school “touch points” such as doorknobs, light switches, and other frequently touched areas will be cleaned and disinfected.

  • Teachers and students will wash their hands upon arrival and regularly throughout the morning.

  • There will be a designated bathroom for each student pod, and only one person will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.

  • Students will keep objects brought into the building, such as backpacks and school supplies, in individual bins in their classrooms.

Masks

  • Students and teachers will be required to wear masks at all times unless they are eating a snack in a designated space and with teacher permission. 

  • Students should bring at least three masks each day to school.  

  • If your child has not had much practice wearing a mask for longer periods of time, we suggest they practice wearing one for a couple of hours prior to the first day back on campus. This will help relieve some anxiety and make them more comfortable wearing a mask for class in the morning.

Air Filtration

  • The school is using HEPA air filters, window units, and open windows (weather permitting) to keep air circulating in the building.

  • We ask that students dress in layers as we enter the colder winter months. This will enable us to keep our windows open more often and ensure optimal ventilation of classrooms. 

Physical Distancing & Visitors 

  • Students will be separated by 3-6 feet in all areas and throughout the school day. Our classrooms have been rearranged so that students may work independently while maintaining a safe distance from their classmates.

  • Parents and other visitors will need special permission to enter the school building. Only students, teachers, and administrators will be allowed on campus in order to keep the number of people down in the building.

 

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