Health and Safety
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS) has an intentional approach in how we welcome all families, faculty, and staff back to the 2021-22 school year during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are keeping our educational mission at the forefront as we consider the emotional and physical safety of our local and larger communities.
Our school leadership has familiarized themselves with the current health order and guidelines from both the City of Berkeley and the California Department of Health in order to move forward in the opening of our school for the 2021-22 academic school year.
To participate in the BRWS program it is critical that all families commit to this guideline until the health orders change.
Guidelines and Actions for COVID-19 Exposure:
City of Berkeley Protocols for the Onset of Symptoms, Close Contact with an Individual Testing Positive for COVID-19 in a School
All scenarios apply to students and school staff
- BRWS will be asking all staff members – and any parent volunteers that need to come into the facility – to do COVID-19 screen testing on a weekly basis.
- BRWS will make self-administered testing kits available on a weekly basis to the entire school community, making it easier for everyone to test as frequently as possible.
- Self testing kits can be picked up on Thursday afternoons. They are to be done and returned on Friday mornings. Results can be expected within 48 hours.
- On site testing will also be held during specic times of the year or as needed.
Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear
- All staff are required to wear face coverings, except when eating or drinking, when indoors.
- All children are required to wear face coverings, except when eating or drinking, when indoors.
- Teachers and administrators reinforce face covering use throughout the day, when indoors.
- The schools will maximize physical distance as much as possible while eating (especially indoors) and arrange for eating outdoors as much as feasible.
- Face coverings are optional when outdoors.
- Gloves will be worn as needed by staff when handling food or medical situations.
- The School has appropriate personal protective equipment available on hand to supply to staff and students when needed.
Self Screenings for Students and Staff
- Self symptom checks are required for all staff and students every morning when attending school.
- Any staff member or child with COVID-19 symptoms on the list must stay home.
- Any student or staff member who develops symptoms during the day is sent home. Students are physically separated from classmates in a special ‘Isolation Area’ to await pick-up and will exit through a designated door.
- Vaccinations are strongly encouraged by the City of Berkeley and the California Department of Health.
- For everyone’s safety the school has made all vaccine information available to all faculty and staff.
- As of October 15th, 2021 all staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (or have a valid medical or religious excemption).
Ventilation within the School
- When air quality is good, the schools will optimize ventilation in indoor spaces by opening all available windows and doors through out the school day.
- The school will run high-quality air filters with HEPA components in classrooms and offices.
Air Quality During COVID
- The school follows the Guidance for Schools from the City of Berkeley.
- Air Quality is monitored by the school administration on a daily basis.
- When Air Quality Index (AQI) values exceed 100, the school will limit smoke or outdoor air intrusion into indoor air while maintaining ventilation and filtration recommendations for COVID-19.
- The school will adjust any heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) outdoor intake.
- All doors and windows will be closed.
- All portable, high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters will be in full use.
Healthy Hygiene Practices
- Frequent hand washing is required, and thorough instructions are given by teachers.
- Extra hand washing stations are available in many areas through out the school.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the school.
Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation
- Janitorial services are contracted for thorough cleanings twice weekly.
- Administrative staff are disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily.
- Teachers or students are wiping down desks and chairs daily.
Identification and Tracing of Contacts
- BRWS has designated two staff members as the COVID Liaisons who support contact tracing, including creating and submitting lists of exposed students and staff to the local health department and notification of exposed persons. These staff members are Jessica Prentice and Anaolga Macnaughton.
- BRWS has designated one person for the local health department to contact about COVID-19. This person is Jessica Prentice, School Director.
- Refer to the Guidelines and Actions for COVID-19 Exposure chart below for specific actions that BRWS will take when there is (1) a symptomatic individual, (2) a confirmed case, or (3) an exposure.
- There is no minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies, such as face coverings, are implemented.
- BRWS uses ParentSquare to communicate school wide information.
- The BRWS community will follow the current Guidelines and Actions for COVID-19 Exposure for communicating any group quarantine needs.
Staff Training and Family Education
- BRWS offers ongoing staff training and family education, when needed, regarding new COVID-19 protocols.
- Teachers offer parent education via class emails and meetings, and the School Director often joins to answer questions as the COVID Liaison.
Berkeley Rose seeks a representative community of diversity, welcoming students of any race, religion, ethnic, and financial background. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions programs and policies. The school is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).