COVID-19 and School Safety

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Brandeis Marin is committed to the well-being of our whole community, and we are prepared to support the learning journey of every student – in this moment and into the future.

Brandeis Marin
Covid Safety Plan 2022–2023

This school COVID safety plan is Cal/OSHA compliant and aligned with all local, state and CDC public health guidelines. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is likely to be with us indefinitely and as we enter the third school year impacted by COVID-19, we will continue to align school policies with Marin County Public Health and California Department of Public Health. We are committed to keeping students safely in school, while employing common sense protocols that mitigate the possible spread of this infectious illness.

As we begin a second school year during the pandemic, it is clear that COVID-19 and its variants will be with us for the foreseeable future. This COVID safety plan details the mitigation strategies and protocols in place at Brandeis Marin. We agree with public health and educational experts locally and nationally that being at school is good for kids. The peer social connection, positive learning environment, and social-emotional support available to children in school is important to healthy childhood development. Our school’s COVID safety plan is informed by and aligned with evidence-based strategies that lower the risk of exposure and allow for contact tracing if someone becomes symptomatic.

SCHOOL PRIORITIES

  1. School will be a safe and healthy place for students, faculty, and staff. 

  2. All students will have access to high quality, exceptional learning in a warm, nurturing community. 

  3. Our program will be flexible and prepared in the event the school must adapt to changes in the pandemic or other environmental circumstances.

COVID-19 HEALTH PROTOCOLS

This Addendum outlines the essential health and safety protocols of Brandeis Marin regarding COVID-19:

  • Vaccination: Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended for all students. We also encourage all students to remain up to date on all eligible boosters. All staff members are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Ventilation: All classrooms and offices have been optimized for good ventilation through the use of air purifiers and keeping windows and doors open

  • Masking: Wearing an N-95 or equivalent face mask is strongly recommended for all students, staff and visitors to campus. The school may require everyone to wear an N-95 or equivalent face mask at some large indoor school events, or when there is an outbreak in a class or uptick in cases

  • Testing: Testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of COVID-19. The school will use rapid tests as our primary form of COVID testing. We will no longer conduct weekly PCR tests. The school  has a supply of rapid antigen COVID-19 tests and will require students who exhibit symptoms to test. 

    • Please notify the school if your child (or you, staff) has COVID-19 and was on school grounds during their infectious period

    • A student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must:

      • Stay home and isolate for at least 5 days after onset of symptoms (or after the date of first positive test if no symptoms)

      • Isolation can end after Day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and with a negative test taken on Day 5 or later

      • Per CDPH masking guidance, infected persons should wear a well-fitting N-95 or equivalent mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings

  • Exposure to COVID-19: If your student is exposed to COVID-19, please be sure he or she gets a COVID test within 3-5 days after last exposure

    • We strongly recommend that students who have a known exposure to COVID wear a well-fitting N-95 or equivalent mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings

  • Symptoms and health monitoring: Students exhibiting symptoms of infectious illness should stay home until it is clear that symptoms are resolved or are due to a non-infectious cause (e.g. allergies). This includes waiting until 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

    • Wearing a face mask while exhibiting symptoms of mild infectious illness is a good way to lower the risk of spreading illness

  • Good Hygiene and Handwashing: Students will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer before and after meals, after outside play, before and after using the restroom, after having close contact with others, and after blowing nose, coughing, and sneezing. Hand sanitizer is available upon request.

Flexible learning

Flexible learning is designed to prevent adverse academic impacts related to quarantine requirements for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who need to quarantine due to travel advisories. We will not be offering “Zoom sick days.” If your child is sick, your child should rest. The flexible program will look the same this year as it did last year. Flexible learning is designed to support your child’s learning without Zooming into class. 

What does flexible learning look like this year for individual students? 

  • Flexible learning will be entirely asynchronous for periods of quarantine. The student will get a box with essential learning materials (e.g. book, materials, etc.) sent home.  The student's (lower school) teacher or (middle school) advisor will schedule a regular Zoom check-in with the student once per day for the duration of quarantine to support students and answer questions about school work and help students remain connected to school. 

 

Brandeis Marin Staff and Student COVID-19 Vaccination Statistics

  • Staff Vaccination Rate: 100 %  - 56 faculty/staff
  • Eligible Student Vaccination Rate: 97% - 76 eligible students

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