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. 

COVID Symptom - Parent Handout

Reopening Plan:

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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.
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Physical Distance

  • There is no minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies, such as face coverings, are implemented.
Ventilation

Ventilation within the School

  • When air quality is AQI 100 or better, the schools will optimize ventilation in indoor spaces by opening all available windows and doors through out the school day.
  • When air quality is poor or it is very cold, we are closing windows but running high-quality air filters with HEPA components in classrooms and offices.
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Healthy Hygiene Practices

  • Frequent hand washing is required, and thorough instructions are given by teachers.
  • Extra hand washing stations are available in many areas (see “S” for sink on themap below).
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the school.
Vaccinations

Vaccinations

  • 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.
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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.
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Screening Testing

  • BRWS COVID-19 screen testing protocols will be posted shortly.
  • We will implement asymptomatic testing for students, faculty and staff if and when we are requested to do so by the Department of Public Health.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Communication Plans

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Guidelines and Actions for COVID-19 Exposure

Alameda County Public Health Department 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

 

Scenario Action Communication
HAS SYMPTOMS
1 A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, answers yes to a health screening question or has a temp of 100 or above.

● Send student or staff member home (if at school). 

● Isolate student in isolation room, away from other students and staff, pending pick up at the facility.

Student or staff  member is required to isolate and stay home from school for 10 days, or may return before that with a negative COVID test result and/or a clearance from a medical evaluator.

● Advise student or staff member to contact their healthcare provider and consider COVID-19 testing. 

● Ask student or staff member to share the test results with the School Director as soon as possible: 

● If positive: follow Actions in Scenario 3 

● If negative: follow Actions in Scenario 4 

● Advise symptomatic staff or parent of symptomatic student to follow isolation instructions unless COVID-19 is ruled out by a health care provider. 

Refer symptomatic individuals to find community testing resources here

Cohort/School remains OPEN 

 

Communication: No action needed

CLOSE CONTACT TESTS POSITIVE
2 A household member or someone in close contact with a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

● Send student or staff member home. 

● Advise student or staff member to follow quarantine instructions for a minimum of 14 days. 

● Advise student or staff member to contact their healthcare provider and consider COVID-19 testing. 

● Ask staff or parent of student to follow quarantine instructions 

Refer individuals to find community testing resources here

Cohort/School remains OPEN 

 

Communication: No action needed

TESTS POSITIVE
3 A student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

● Contact Alameda County Public Health Department:

safelearning@acgov.org or 510-268-2101 

● Advise cohort members and/or close contacts of the COVID-19 positive student or staff member to follow quarantine instructions, contact their healthcare provider and consider testing. 

● Advise household contacts of COVID-19 positive student or staff member to follow quarantine instructions, contact their healthcare provider and consider testing. 

Find community testing resources here 

Clean and disinfect classroom and primary spaces where the COVID-19 positive student or staff member spent significant time ≥15 minutes.

  • Recommend all members of cohort and their families do COVID-19 testing 2-3 days before cohort resumes in-person instruction.

Cohort QUARANTINED for 14 days from last exposure. 

 

Close contacts quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. 

 

School remains open 

 

Communication: 

● Complete and send exposure letter to cohort

● Consider school wide notification of a known case

CURRENTLY ISOLATED & TESTS NEGATIVE BEFORE 10 DAYS
4 While a student or staff member has been isolated because of symptoms, they receive a negative test result for COVID-19 and want to return to school before 10 days have passed.

Follow isolation instructions 

● COVID-19 test is negative, the staff member or student can return after: 

● They are feeling better. (The symptoms do not have to be completely resolved.) 

● There have been at least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). 

● Must show a medical evaluator note to verify that the symptoms are not due to COVID-19 and the test for COVID-19 is negative. ***

Cohort/School Remains Open 

 

Communication: No action needed 

CURRENTLY ISOLATED & WANTS TO RETURN BEFORE 10 DAYS
5 Student or staff member has been isolated because of symptoms and wants to return to school before 10 days have passed without a COVID-19 test.

● No COVID-19 test, the staff member or student can return after: 

● They are feeling better. (The symptoms do not have to be completely resolved.) 

● There have been at least 24 hours with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). 

● Must show a medical evaluator note to verify that an alternative diagnosis has been made and the symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

Cohort/School Remains Open 

 

Communication: No action needed

CURRENTLY QUARANTINED & TESTS NEGATIVE
6 While a student or staff member is placed in quarantine following exposure to a case, they receive a negative test result for COVID-19.

Follow quarantine instructions If the staff member or student has never had symptoms, gets tested, and the COVID-19 test is negative: 

● They must still remain in quarantine for 14 days, because they may develop symptoms and/or become infectious to others at any time during the 14 days. Quarantine Infographic Note: For those who do not develop symptoms: 

For students: 

● Testing is advisable but not required. Parents should discuss the pros and cons of testing with the child’s healthcare provider. 

For teachers and staff: 

● ACPHD recommends testing 4-10 days after the last exposure to the COVID-19 case.

Cohort/School Remains Open 

 

Communication: No action needed

*** The requirement for the medical evaluators note is included in order to verify the reliability of the COVID -19 test because of the variable sensitivities of the currently available tests, and to ensure that the symptoms have an explanation other than COVID-19.

Berkeley Rose seeks a diverse community, welcoming students of any race, religion, ethnic, and financial background. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions programs and policies. The school is a nonprofit 501(c)(3).

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