The health and wellness of all of our community members relies on our individual and collective behaviors. As such, we ask every member of our community to enter into a shared compact, or agreement, around the tasks and behaviors that are most likely to reduce exposure to contaminating levels of the coronavirus. We know that mutual respect, trust, and a deep sense of our reciprocal obligations to one another will be essential to navigating this unprecedented public health challenge. We need all members of our community to accept new responsibilities and to act with self-awareness and sensitivity to others.
In preparation for the return to campus, the School is implementing a robust set of safety protocols and practices
. It is important to note that these preventative measures can only mitigate, not eliminate risk. We believe, however, that in combination with the behavioral expectations outlined below, this path represents our best collective effort to reduce harm. Consistent with the recommendations of the The American Association of Pediatrics
, our Community Health Compact requires four essential activities: daily screening, wearing of masks, physical distancing, and appropriate personal hygiene measures.
Daily Screening Prior to Coming to School
All faculty, staff, and students will be asked to complete pre-screening tasks prior to coming to school each day. This will involve temperature taking, in addition to completion of risk screening questions via the SchoolPass application, which will determine whether an individual should come to campus.
When daily screening is completed, a “badge” appears on the individual’s phone. It is required that this indicator be shown at the entry to either campus (Main or Seneca), or before boarding the BART shuttle. Those who have not completed the screening prior to arrival must report directly to the Main Office (now located in the Parking Lot), or to the Seneca Office, and go through the full screening process.
All faculty, staff, and students must use face masks at all times while on campus, both indoors and outdoors, unless they are eating, drinking, or in medical distress. Face shields may be worn in addition to a face mask. We encourage community members to use masks that are fitted to the face, leaving minimal gaps between the mask and face. Bandanas or scarves are not acceptable. While community members are asked to provide their own masks, the School will maintain a supply of disposable masks should they be needed.
To the extent that it is practical, community members are asked to avoid proximity to each other, particularly when stationary. In order to support this, classroom desks and other furniture are spaced to allow for six feet of distance between students, and offices and other indoor spaces are rated for total occupancy. We ask that students and faculty maintain their distance while walking between classrooms, following the indicated walking routes designed to direct the flow of traffic.
Diligent hygiene, when practiced by the entire community, helps prevent virus transmission. Regular hand-washing with soap and water is critical. Additionally, the frequent use of alcohol-based hand rub with formulations containing 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol is an effective way to prevent the spread of pathogens and infections. To support this, the School has installed hand sanitizing devices, touchless faucets in most of its restrooms, and additional portable hand washing stations.
For community health, it is imperative that students and faculty never share personal items such as utensils, water bottles, or electronic devices. Disinfectant will be available in classrooms and common spaces to clean personal items as needed. Desks and workstations will be cleaned by students and teachers at the end of every period.