The school has placed wayfinding around campus to control how we move about and access spaces. All bathrooms are limited to two people max. Certain stalls, urinals and sinks will be blocked off to support physical distancing. There will be a limited need to visit the administration offices given students will remain in their cohorts. Any/all communication with admin can be done virtually.
The school has two dedicated nurses’ offices. One of the offices is a designated isolation room if a student or employee develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school.
Divisions have a staggered start time and specific entry points for students to create space for social distancing and allow for the health screening process. Staff will also be on hand to support and supervise.
Lunch will be delivered to the cohorts and students will eat outside in their cohorts. There will be no mixing with other students to honor the cohort model. Recess and scheduled playtime will take place within our stable cohorts at a distance from other cohorts.
Wearing face covering is part of LJCDS health and safety protocols, and it will be required for all community members to wear a face covering. If a member of the community forgets a face covering, one will be provided.
If a member of the community is not willing to participate in our safety measures, the individual will be asked to pursue distance learning.
Our guidelines and protocols indicate that we will be anywhere between 3–6 feet away from one another, with face coverings, in all indoor and outdoor spaces.
We suspect that as students move to and from their desks, there could be moments when students pass within feet of each other. It will take practice from students and guidance from the adults to maintain physical distancing.
Yes, wearing a face covering is part of LJCDS health and safety protocols, and it will be required for all community members to wear a face covering. If a member of the community forgets a face covering, one will be provided.
All members of the community must wear a face covering when indoors except when an individual is alone in a private office or eating or drinking in a space with proper physical distancing.
Specific protocols will be shared with families before the start of school. The faculty will also review the protocols with students.
All members of the community must wear a form-fitting face mask, and one can decide to wear an extra layer such as a face shield. If a member of our community has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a mask, a face shield may be worn. Some teachers will wear face shields and masks.
We are using the . The sensitivity of any biomedical test is the probability that a person tests positive given that they have the disease. The specificity of a test is the probability that a person tests negative given that they do not have the disease. For this test, the sensitivity is 96.7% and the specificity is 100%.
You may choose your own medical provider for this test, but it must be a recent test (within a week before an individual returns to campus). If you choose to test with another provider, please send documentation before returning to campus to Head of School Gary Krahn at firstname.lastname@example.org and nurse Jan at email@example.com.
When we conduct drive-thru testing for all students and faculty prior to on-campus learning, results are shared with parents and faculty within 48 hours. This allows health care providers to call and share the results with each person individually. During the academic year, when a test on campus is administered, results will be shared within 20 minutes.
The CDC offers this graphic showing a with strep throat, common cold, flu, asthma and seasonal allergy symptoms. This is for reference only and is not meant to replace a medical provider when making decisions about your health.
If a member of the community tests positive for COVID-19, all faculty, staff and students in the cohort and/or members who have had close contact with the individual will be notified immediately. Learning and teaching will occur remotely.
When there is a COVID-19 infection, the school will:
Notify the local public health department
Isolate case and exclude the individual from school for 10 days from symptom onset or test date
Identify close contacts (within 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes)
Quarantine exposed close contacts (14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious)
Recommend testing of close contacts, prioritize testing of symptomatic contacts.
Disinfection and cleaning of classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time
School remains open. Learning and teaching will resume remotely for quarantined individuals.
If the individual who tested positive is a student who has a sibling or siblings, the sibling(s) will likely have been in close contact with the student. If it is determined that someone has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case:
Quarantine for 14 days from last exposure
Recommend testing (and individual will remain in 14-day quarantine)
Isolation is for people who are already sick.
Quarantine is for people who are not sick but may have been exposed.
The community member will be sent to the designated isolation room. For students, parents will be contacted. Then the use of telehealth with certified local doctors will be in place to assess the COVID-19 symptoms. Per the recommendation of the doctor, the community member may be tested.
The former Lower School faculty lounge school (next door to nurse Jan Capon’s office) has been identified as the isolation room. This room has proper ventilation, exclusive restroom facilities and a zippered visqueen around the interior perimeter.
Testing will be required before faculty, staff and students arrive on campus for in-person teaching or learning. Testing will be available for faculty, staff and students using the .
The antigen virus test is not the uncomfortable nasopharyngeal swab that goes deep in the nasal cavity. It is a nasal swab that requires about one inch into the nose. Through our partnership with , LJCDS has been assigned to a local pediatric-provider, , who facilitates the testing for COVID-19.
An individual’s insurance will pay for the testing. If insurance does not pay for the testing, the school will absorb the cost.
At this time, testing will be available for faculty, staff and students only.
Testing will be required before students, faculty and staff arrive on campus for in-person teaching or learning. Families may choose to test on-campus at LJCDS or with their own medical providers.
If a student tests with their medical provider, it must be a recent test (within a week of an individual returning to campus). Documentation of the test can be sent to Head of School Gary Krahn at firstname.lastname@example.org and nurse Jan at email@example.com.
If a family does not wish to have their child tested, the student must opt for the e-learning program.
Faculty, staff and students must be tested the week prior to joining the on-campus community, be it at the beginning of the year or whenever they begin on-campus teaching or learning.
Throughout the year, faculty, staff and students who have been away from the campus for at least two consecutive weeks will be required to take a test before rejoining the community.
During the school day, individuals on campus who display COVID-19 symptoms will have the opportunity for immediate antigen testing on campus and use of telemedicine with our provider to assist in their medical care. We will evaluate the prevalence of COVID-19 in San Diego and may require testing on a more regular schedule to increase the safety of our community.
Before arriving at school, families, faculty and staff are required to submit a brief questionnaire daily to assess the symptoms of illness and exposure to COVID-19. Using software called , individuals will submit their survey. Upon arrival, individuals will show their completed questionnaire before getting dropped off or parking their car.
Physical evaluations are still required for the 2020–2021 academic year. For the upcoming school year only, Upper School students who are not participating in athletics and kindergartners will not need to submit a physical evaluation. Doctors’ offices are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all patients. Physicals are required for all new students as well as those who will be entering Tiny Torreys, Jr. Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grades 7–12 prior to the start of the upcoming school year. No physicals needed for Grades 2–6, and for this year only, no physicals needed for students in Grades 9–12 who are not participating in athletics and kindergarten. Visit the Health Forms page for more information.
Virtual Care for Families will be processing testing and/or telehealth visits through insurance, and families may receive an explanation of benefits and/or an invoice from the test and/or telehealth visit. Families will not be responsible for paying any out-of-pocket expenses. If insurance does not pay for the testing, the school will take care of the cost. If you receive an invoice, do not pay the invoice. Contact Head of School Gary Krahn at firstname.lastname@example.org about the invoice.
Given our indoor/outdoor learning model, we are prepared to run a rainy day/heat index schedule (similar to a snow day) whereby students and teachers will engage in the day's content from home. We will attempt to closely monitor the weather to provide advanced notice. The heat index of 100 degrees or higher for the coast will be used for closing campus and switching to online learning.
If a teacher has symptoms of illness (e.g., sore throat or runny nose), per our new health guidelines, the teacher may not work on-campus. However, if the teacher feels well enough to teach, the teacher will conduct teaching remotely.
If a faculty member is ill and unable to teach, the school will find coverage for the class and will communicate the new information to families.
All students K-12 will begin the school year in e-learning. If LJCDS is granted a K-6 waiver and/or when San Diego County is off the watch list, per the governor’s order, the school is prepared to offer on-campus learning. Should families choose to remain remote, students will have access to e-learning through the use of Zoom and Swivl. Students will be able to experience the courses via live and/or recorded lessons. We will deliver a robust program, but it will be modified given our indoor/outdoor models.
Yes, students can start in distant learning but will be asked to stay in this mode for a period of time for learning cycles to come to a close. Please note the following intervals when a student who is learning from home may physically return to campus: Lower School and Middle School: 3 weeks/6 weeks into the school year and/or trimester mark and Upper School: 3 weeks/6 weeks into the school year.
Distance learning will be available for all students who do not return to campus for any reason. It is important to note that restrictions on certain aspects of our program may be in place. For example, when a physical education teacher pushes into a cohort space for PE, your child may not be able to fully participate from home due to technology restrictions.
Leaders and teachers will design appropriate measures for all aspects of our program, including assessments, feedback, projects and other activities. Students on campus will be supervised in their assigned spaces at all times. We intend to coordinate indoor and outdoor space such that the outdoor spaces will also be conducive to both learning and secure supervised evaluation. We will guide students to make the best decisions that are reflective of our academic standards of excellence.
We know several of our families rely on our Extended Care options. As our first priority is the health and safety of our community, this service is modified. Morning drop-off for Extended Care will start at 7:30 a.m.
Lower School Extended Day will take place on the LS playground from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for a fee. Middle School Extended Day will take place in the quad from 3:15-5:30 p.m. Parents can pick up their children from the Early Childhood Center (ECC) parking lot. Please note: all other parking lots will be closed. The security guard in the ECC lot will notify the appropriate Extended Day group when the parent/guardian arrives and the child(ren) will be walked over to the ECC lot. Parents/guardians remain in the car. Contact Jessica Lacoff-Roberts with any questions.
To honor our cohort model, the after-school program will not be available, and the library will not be open for students after school hours. Extended Day is available and students will remain in their cohorts.
Electives will work much like other courses and remain virtual as long as cohorts are in place.
All Design & Innovation and VAPA classes have been scheduled according to student requests. Many are singletons that span across grade levels and cohorts. As such, they are likely to remain virtual courses that will be delivered through Zoom or SWIVL.
In the case of ECC through Grade 5, like in years past, teachers and the administration will meet with the prior year teachers to determine the best design of cohorts. Considerations include social, emotional, personal aspects of student groupings.
In Grades 6–12, given the complexity of offerings and/or the courses per which a student is enrolled, this becomes more complex. However, we will carefully review all the class lists before we share schedules in August.
Physical education educators will deliver and engage in the PE activities in outdoor, assigned cohort spaces.
With respect to the Early Childhood Center and the bubble cohort, one PE teacher will be assigned to all students and the physical activities will take place within the ECC footprint; students will not travel to the gym.
On July 20, 2020, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) a modified schedule of two seasons instead of the traditional three with most start dates in December 2020.
The expects to have its final plan by mid-August with specific start dates for each sport. The plan provides for two seasons of sport, fall and spring, which will serve to maximize the length of each season while not eliminating any athletic opportunities in a reduced athletic calendar for the year.
The athletic department has created a detailed return to play protocol and will update it with all current state, county and school health and safety guidelines when students return to practices or training.
The new physical education requirement for all Upper School students is a minimum of one season of athletic participation during their freshman year. Students signed up for LJCDS teams will receive their athletic credit in the event an athletic season cannot start or finish due to the pandemic. Freshmen wishing to use the Independent PE program to fulfill their credit can obtain an application from athletic business manager Kathy Dinwiddie at email@example.com.
The food service staff with SAGE will be tested before on-campus classes resume. SAGE has implemented additional inspections and precautionary measures of the facility and food preparations to ensure the health and safety of all community members. All SAGE employees are ServSafe® COVID-19 certified and will undergo daily temperature and wellness checks. Employees will also wear PPE and minimize person-to-person contact.
The daytime cleaning staff with Sandstrand janitorial services has been tested and the night crew will be tested prior to on-campus learning. Additional training that employees have completed includes, but is not limited to, cross-contamination training, PPE training and COVID response training.
LJCDS has hired additional cleaning staff to provide frequent daytime campus cleaning. Hourly cleaning and disinfection will occur during the day for bathrooms and common areas.
In the evening, every visited area will be cleaned, sanitized, disinfected and sealed. Our cleaning protocols will include adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing to validate cleaning methods. It also includes , COVID-19 environmental surface testing, to ensure spaces are free of detectable coronavirus.
The school will use UV sanitation and electrostatic disinfection (from Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives). LJCDS uses cleaning and disinfectant products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.” “List N” labeled products are effective against emerging viral pathogens.
We are making efforts to select products on List N with asthma-safe ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, or lactic acid. As best we can, LJCDS will try to avoid products that mix with peroxyacetic (peracetic) acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), or quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats), which can cause asthma.
No, students will be assigned to their cohorts and all socialization will take place within this setting. We have prioritized the health and safety of our community members, and this requires some sacrifices. We understand the need or desire to be in cohorts with friends, but given the complexity of academic offerings, it is not always possible to make this happen.
LJCDS is committed to providing a robust and meaningful educational experience, whether remotely or on campus. In order to provide both in-person and remote options for families during this pandemic, the school is making significant investments to ensure the educational experience remains rich and safe for all students. As the academic year unfolds and depending upon the length of the school closure, we will analyze the costs of operating the school vs. funding sources (tuition, fees, donations and other income). If available funds permit, the school will assess the possibility of tuition refunds.