To support the well-being of our community, Pacific Ridge has made many adaptations to procedures on campus. Some of these are addressed in this document, while others will be covered when students return to school and receive training for this year’s health and safety protocols. In all situations, the School’s approach will be informed by city, county, state, and federal guidelines.

Check-in Procedures on Campus

All faculty, staff and students will use the HealthCheck application via the web or mobile device.

  1. Each morning, prior to arrival on campus, students will complete the HealthCheck form via web or mobile app.
  2. The results of the survey will either be (1) Pass (green), (2) Warning (yellow) or (3) Alert (red). The results are based on answers to health screening questions and the admission requirements as defined by PRS’s Health & Safety committee. It is imperative for the health and safety of our community and to slow the spread of COVID-19 that all members answer these questions honestly. Recording your temperature (without  medication) is part of this process. Students on fever-reducing medication must not come to campus.
    • Only if the result of your health screen questionnaire is “pass”, should you then proceed to campus.
    • If the result of your health screen questionnaire is either “warning” or “alert”, you should stay home and participate remotely for the day or until your symptoms improve.
  3. If you have received a “pass”, proceed to your designated check-in location. Your Quick Response (QR) code needs to be scanned by a PRS employee prior to entering any building.  [See student drop-off/check-in locations]
  4. If for some reason you come to campus and have not filled out the HealthCheck questionnaire, you will respectfully be asked to leave and return once it is complete. We recognize this may be inconvenient, but it is critical that all students are accounted for within the application. Please make this questionnaire part of your morning routine prior to leaving your home to avoid this situation. 
  5. A PRS staff member will scan your QR code (“pass” only) and you will proceed to your destination.
  6. If you are arriving after drop-off times, you will be required to show your QR code to the security guard at the front entrance to be allowed access to campus.

 

Drop-off and Check-in Areas

  1. Behind the High School, between the HS & Arts buildings (near facilities) (red dot)
  2. Behind the High School, between the Arts & Innovation Center buildings (near fabrication studio) (red dot)
  3. In front of Middle School (near front entrance) (2 “checkers”) (red dot)
  4. Student Drivers Check-in – In front of Library building (blue dot)
  5. Student Drivers Check-in – Walkway between Innovation Center and MS west side entrance (blue dot)
  6. **Alternative option to the left of the gym entrance (orange circle). We would only use this location if we have to temperature screen students or if we find the traffic is backing up into the street too much.

Traffic Flow Protocol:

Middle and Upper School Drop-off

Due to how the staggered schedules are aligned, we will not have designated HS and MS drop-off locations. The 3 drop-off locations are indicated on the map above by a red dot. There will likely be a PRS employee directing traffic flow, but please select whichever line is shortest to keep traffic moving. Please only drop your student off at one of these three check points as their QR code will need to be scanned prior to entering the main part of campus or any buildings. In order to maximize the efficiency of this process and reduce car pile-up, please pull all the way forward and refrain from parking and letting your child out early. There will be a designated “drop zone”. If your vehicle is not within those lines, please wait patiently until you are able to pull all the way forward. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure this is a well-orchestrated process.

Student Drivers

After you park, please proceed to one of the two check-points designated for student drivers indicated by the blue dots above. A PRS staff member will be there to scan your QR code. Please make sure you have completed the HealthCheck form prior to coming to campus. If you show up without a green “pass”, you will be asked to leave campus and take care of that before returning. You must be cleared prior to entering the main part of campus or any buildings. If there is a line, please maintain 6 feet distance with other students at all times.

Bus transportation

Bus route and cost information is available in your Veracross parent portal under “Policies & Procedures.”

Cleaning and Disinfecting

The school will continue its already consistent practice of disinfecting all buildings and equipment prior to anyone returning to campus for orientation or the start of school. Once the year begins, frequent sanitization of soft and hard surfaces, electronics, and equipment will be required, as well as the use of nightly electro-static foggers to disinfect classrooms and other public spaces.

Cleaning will include:

  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces multiple times per day
  • Avoiding use of items that are not easily cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected
  • Verifying that all ventilation systems continue to operate properly
  • Ensuring safe and correct application of disinfectants
  • In addition, the School will maintain a reserve supply of soap, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, and paper products.

Social Distancing

Until a vaccine is widely administered, COVID-19 will continue to impact communities, requiring stringent physical distancing measures. Understanding that schools are not inherently designed for physical distancing, Pacific Ridge will operate with guidelines that support a safe learning environment.

According to the CDC, these include:

  • Students and staff will stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Students and staff will not gather in large groups (lunch, announcements, Community Life, and other on-campus moments will be reimagined to accommodate).
  • Furniture and seating spaces will be rearranged to ensure appropriate distance between students.
  • Visual aids will be provided in lobbies, hallways, and stairwells to create one-way traffic flows on campus.
  • Whenever possible, we will avoid communal supplies.

COVID-19 Testing

As of 8/17/20:

What the CDC is saying about COVID testing in schools

Universal SARS-CoV-2 testing of all students and staff in school setting has not been systematically studied. It is not known if testing in school settings provides any additional reduction in person-to-person transmission of the virus beyond what would be expected with implementation of other infection preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, cloth face covering, hand washing, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting). Therefore, the CDC does not recommend universal testing of all students and staff. Implementation of a universal approach to testing in schools may pose challenges, such as the lack of infrastructure to support routine testing and follow up in the school setting, unknown acceptability of this testing approach among students, parents, and staff, lack of dedicated resources, practical considerations related to testing minors, and potential disruption in the educational environment.

There are many testing sites throughout the county where families and students can get tested. Learn more about free testing sites here.

Hygiene

Reinforced through training and signs throughout campus, hygiene practices (coughing/sneezing etiquette, handwashing, wiping down tables, chairs, and equipment) will be promoted consistently throughout the day. Upon entering and exiting buildings on campus, students, faculty, and staff will be asked to utilize sanitizing stations provided by the School. In addition, when entering and exiting classrooms, students and faculty/staff members will be required to use hand sanitizer. After using the restroom students will be required to wash hands. Before and after lunch and other outside activities, all community members will be asked to wash hands upon entering any building.

While members of the facilities team will deep clean spaces after hours as well as wipe down door handles and hard surfaces during the day, students will partner with faculty/staff to prioritize regular cleaning practices for desks, equipment, writing utensils, and other classroom materials. Physical Education equipment will be disinfected between each use.

Masks

Face coverings are an important way that we, as a community, can slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect each other. As recommended by public health authorities, students will be required to wear a mask to school every day when entering school, walking throughout the campus and inside classrooms. Students and teachers may augment their protection with face shields at any time for eye protection or to assist those with impaired hearing.

Due to recent research about the efficacy of various face coverings, bandanas and gaiters will not be allowed as replacements for masks. The chart below shows data from a recent Duke University study about droplet transmission with a range of face coverings.

We understand that prolonged use of masks could be challenging for students, and we hope to provide some flexibility during each day, when it is possible to do so while still maintaining physical distance.

More information about masks:

Masks must be made out of breathable cloth materials, cover a student’s entire nose and mouth area, and be secured to the student’s head with elastic ties or straps.

Masks provided by the school are, of course, permitted for wear. Disposable surgical masks are also permitted.

In general, masks should be free of slogans, phrases, sentences, or sayings.  Designs and logos will generally be allowed unless they are advertising weapons, alcohol, drugs, or political parties or candidates.  The school reserves the right to say that a particular mask is not appropriate for school attire.

The CDC offers training on proper use, removal, and washing of masks. Parents should also discuss proper use of masks with their children, and have their children practice wearing face coverings prior to the opening of the Pacific Ridge campus.

Students should know and follow these considerations:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you are around individuals outside of your household
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands
  • Take off your mask carefully after you leave campus:
    • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
    • Fold outside corners together
    • Place mask in the washing machine
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Please note that cloth face coverings are not surgical face masks, respirators, or personal protective equipment. Also, vented N95 masks (and other vented masks) do not stop droplets from escaping and will not protect other people. Vented N95 masks were originally developed for construction workers to protect them from paint fumes and dust particles, and give them one-way valve to exhale more easily. Vented masks may not be worn on campus.

Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizer

A number of hand washing stations are positioned around campus and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus buildings.

Cell Phones and Laptops

While not required, we recommend that students and staff frequently clean their phones and laptops as they are “high touch” products and can easily carry virus particles for a prolonged period of time.

Water Fountains

Built-in water fountains will not be usable, but bottle filling stations on campus will have disposable paper towels or pads for clean use and operation.

Illness at School

Monitoring illness — screening and reporting — is essential to our ability to mitigate, contain, and respond to the possible spread of COVID-19 at Pacific Ridge. We will implement daily screenings to determine the health and exposure of students, faculty/staff, and anyone entering campus. As recommended, this will involve daily self-screenings at home, campus screenings, temperature checks and symptom checks.

If a student falls ill at school, the nurse will check their symptoms, isolate them if appropriate, and contact their family for pick-up.

It will be important for the School to know if anyone who comes to campus has tested positive for COVID-19, resides with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and/or has come in direct contact within a 14-day period with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Tracking diagnosed cases within our community allows us to better understand health conditions on our campus and mitigate the spread of infection.

If a student or faculty/staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, Pacific Ridge will adhere to CDC procedures (the procedures below are a result of CDC guidelines as of June 30, 2020):

  • Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining privacy and confidentiality.
  • Close off areas used by any sick person and do not use them until they have been disinfected.
  • Advise infected students and/or staff members not to return until they have met CDC/SDCOE criteria to discontinue home isolation.
  • Inform anyone exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home (for up to 14 days) and monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Decision Tree for Sending Students/Staff Home and Return to Campus (as of 9/15/20)

Volunteering and Visitors

In order to minimize risk and maintain a healthy environment for our students and teachers, we will begin the school year by strictly limiting access to campus buildings to students, teachers and essential personnel. As in the spring, employees of Lusardi Construction and other vendors working on the Innovation Center and Library will be restricted to the construction zone and not allowed in other parts of the campus.