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A Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

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A 3-Phased Approach to Navigating Re-entry

In order to make a more seamless transition as we learn new health and safety information, we will follow a 3-phased plan for reopening and begin our school year in Phase 1 (outlined below) with 100% remote learning. All decisions about campus reopening are based on the following recommendations and protocols, which you can access in our resources section in the side bar:

  • School Reopening Recommendations from the State of California and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

  • Recommendations from the CDC

  • The California Department of Education (CDE) Guidebook

  • Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools and Exposure Management Protocol Appendix issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH)

Phase 1 - 100 % Remote Learning
  • Comprehensive Distance Learning in an enhanced Remote Program designed by classroom teachers and specialists that incorporates parent feedback from the spring and summer

  • Students may engage synchronously (lesson is in real-time) and/or asynchronously (posted materials to work through at any time) remotely via Zoom

Phase 2 - Hybrid Program:  25-50% of students in person, pending LA County regulations
  • Students are scheduled in one of two groups (Group A or Group B) with 25-50% on campus and the rest engaging through Zoom. 

  • Synchronous instruction in classrooms outfitted with new technology

  • All students, faculty, and staff will submit a morning wellness survey before coming to school and have their temperature checked upon arrival.

  • Each student will have their own individual supplies and keep their materials with them at all times. 

  • Following each session, classrooms will be ventilated and disinfected with strict adherence to cleaning protocols outlined by the CDC and LACDPH. 

  • Any student who opts to continue remote learning full-time may do so. Students may also elect to return to remote learning any time after pivoting to a hybrid program.

Phase 3 - Hybrid Program: Up to 100 % of students in person
  • All students are invited to return to campus for the full day.

  • Any student who opts to continue remote learning full-time may do so.

To access a PCS Connect Guidebook with more health and safety guidelines, what to do if you are sick, and a detailed description of our remote learning program, click on the box below.

Health & Safety Guidelines 

Below, we've outlined the health and safety guidelines Park Century will be implementing this fall if and when we move to Phase 2 or 3. The PCS COVID-19 Task Force formulated these guidelines based on guidance from the state of California and recommendations from the CDC, the California Department of Education, and the Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This is not an exhaustive list of all health and safety preparations and measures taken by the school.

Guidance from Local Health Officials


  • Park Century School will remain in close contact with local and state health officials for guidance on when and how to reopen our campus.
  • We will not move to a hybrid program if we cannot meet all health and safety protocols outlined in the documents mentioned above.
  • As new information comes in, we will reassess our program to rigorously follow any new guidelines or procedures.




On-Campus Requirements (for Phases 2 & 3)


  • Face coverings/masks: All staff, faculty, and students working on campus will be required to wear face coverings. At least 2 masks need to be brought to school each day. Cloth masks must be washed daily.
  • Wellness checks: All staff, faculty, and students will be required to complete an online wellness check through the Titan HST app before coming to school. Anyone who does not meet the requirements of the test will stay home.
  • Temperature checks: All staff, faculty, and students will have their temperatures checked with infrared, non-touch thermometers before entering the building. Per CDPH Guidance for Schools, anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be sent home.
  • Visitors: We will greatly restrict non-essential vendor and parent access to our building in order to maintain a controlled environment. Non-PCS students and/or visitors will not be allowed in our building.
  • Shared materials: Students will keep all personal materials (backpacks, Chromebooks, supplies, etc.) labeled and with them during hybrid on-campus learning. Sharing of materials will be minimized and materials will be disinfected after each use.




Social Distancing Measures


  • Classrooms will be split into A and B cohorts with no more than 6 students per group.
  • During our hybrid program, no more than 50% of PCS students will be in the building at one time.
  • All desks and seat are at least 6 feet apart, and there will be postings in the classroom to inform students about traffic flow and minimize contact.
  • When on campus, we will be restricting hallway congregating and minimizing movement in the hallway and outdoors.
  • We have implemented staggered arrival and break times for on-campus classes to minimize number of students/staff in the hallways. We will also be using designated entrances and exits for minimal interaction between staff and students during arrival/dismissal.
  • Specialists will either work remotely or come to campus on a staggered schedule to reduce number of staff on campus.
  • We have posted signage and used tape for directional instructions in our classrooms, common areas, and hallways to denote flow of traffic, mark 6-foot distancing requirements, and remind staff and students of the maximum number of occupants in each space.
  • All community gatherings and assemblies will be offered virtually.




Hand-washing and Hygiene Practices


  • Additional hand-washing stations with a foot pump have been added to our campus. Purell sanitizer dispensers have also been added to classrooms and many locations throughout the building to use when hand-washing is not practicable.
  • Following carefully crafted schedules for frequent hand-washing by all students and employees will be required. Hand-washing schedules will follow social distancing guidelines and minimize interactions between students in our hallway.
  • Students and staff on campus are expected to follow CDC guidelines for hygiene and frequent hand-washing when off or on campus.




Cleaning, Disinfection, & Ventilation


  • Prior to opening the campus to staff, a deep cleaning was completed by a professional disinfectant company with 3 workers using ULV fogging with a registered disinfectant; they also completed a comprehensive physical wipe down of high touch areas.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs, light switches, sinks, tables, desks, chairs, etc. with hospital-grade cleaning products will be continued daily throughout the school year.
  • During hybrid learning, classrooms will be disinfected, sanitized, and ventilated by opening all windows after every session.
  • Filters and filtration systems are changed frequently to maintain optimal air quality.
  • Fogging devices will be used after school hours, and portable air scrubber filtration units will be used in multiple areas throughout the day. The air scrubbers have an advanced 3 stage filtration that includes a HEPA filter, effectively removing 99.97% of 0.3-micron sized particulates and contaminants such as bacteria, allergens, mold, and sub-micron sized dust.




Additional Safety Measures


  • We have made built-in breaks for outdoor snack time at tables marked with social distancing requirements.
  • We have posted signage at all entrances and throughout the building to control hallway traffic flow, to limit stairway and hallway traffic to one-way, and to remind staff and students of social distancing protocols. Hallway congregating is strictly prohibited.
  • We have incorporated UV lights used to kill microscopic organisms.
  • We have placed air scrubbers in multiple areas to filter contaminants from the air.
  • We have procured onsite fogging equipment used to clean small surface areas.
  • Additional cleaning staff have been added to enforce required safety measures.
  • Lunch service will not be provided to limit vendors on site and mitigate risks to our community.
  • PE and after school clubs may be offered virtually. For the time being, we have suspended our athletic program.
  • As we receive more data from the CDC, the local health department, and the State of California, we may initiate more intensive safety measures or remain remote.
  • Any student or staff member who cannot adhere to required safety measures while on our physical campus will need to work remotely.





FAQs

Will you be reopening your physical campus this fall?


We don't know at this time. We will begin our school year with 100% remote learning. We may choose to move to a hybrid model later this fall if we can meet all LA County Department of Public Health on-campus requirements and health protocols outlined by the CDC, the State of California, and the California Department of Education.




When did school start?


Thursday, September 3




If PCS moves to an on-campus program, can my child still work remotely?


Yes. If the school moves on to a hybrid or on-campus program, you can elect to have your child continue to work remotely. If you try an on-campus model and decide you would like to return to remote, you also have that option at any point in the program. The remote and hybrid schedules are designed to move seamlessly between them without disrupting a child's program.




What does the daily schedule look like?


Students begin school at 8:30, 8:40, or 9:00 depending on grade/classroom. All classes are dismissed at 3:30. You can access sample schedules here.




Who can we contact if we need technical support during remote learning?


If you or your child have technical difficulties, such as connectivity problems, Chromebook challenges, new application troubleshooting, device updates, etc., contact IT Director John Pham at jpham@parkcenturyschool.org. If your child needs additional digital literacy sessions to help guide their digital navigation, contact Director of Remote Learning & Innovative Instruction Sara Love at slove@parkcenturyschool.org.




Are you offering any after school clubs or athletics?


No. At this time, we are not offering our usual clubs or athletics.




Will the students be served lunch if and when the school opens for on-campus learning?


No. There will be no lunch program in order to mitigate risk for students and staff. Phases 2 and 3 incorporate half day schedules so students can eat lunch off site.




Who do we contact to report COVID-19 exposure or positive testing in our family?


When school is open for in-person learning, contact COO Jennifer Palmer at jpalmer@parkcenturyschool.org to report COVID-19 exposure or positive test results.




Can I visit the physical campus?


No. At this time, we are not allowing visitors to our physical campus. Our faculty and staff are mostly working remotely with the exception of a minimal amount of essential personnel. Parents of PCS students who are picking up materials on September 2 must adhere to a drive-through pickup schedule that the school sends out prior to the first day.




What are the school hours?


Monday, August 10-Friday, August 21 8:00 AM-2:00 PM - Administrators and essential personnel are available through email during this time. Monday, August 24-Wednesday, September 2 8:00 AM-3:30 PM - Faculty and Staff Orientation: Administrators, faculty, and staff will be available through email intermittently during this time. After Thursday, September 3 8:00 AM-4:30 PM




Are you still accepting admissions for the 2020-2021 school year?


Yes. To take a virtual tour and for more information on how to apply, click here.





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