Grace Christian School Has Reopened with In-Person Education!

Reopening plans and preparations for Grace Christian School for in-person learning 2020-21.

Revised Aug. 24, 2020

Our plans have been prepared following the guidance of “Covid-19 Prepared: Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year”, which was published on the Santa Clara County website, June 30th, revised August 7, 2020.

Grace Christian School will continue to monitor government updates regarding COVID-19 school requirements, current disease levels, and control measures in our community to give the latest information available and toupdate our protocols as needed.

Grace Christian School will be required to close if 5% of the total numbers of teachers/students have cases of COVID-19 within a 14-day period.

A. Physical Distancing

1. General

  • We have capped off enrollment to 14 students total at Grace Christian School in order to keep physical distancing easily manageable.
  • We are communicating via text, email, and website, with all staff and families regarding physical distancing requirements and recommendations.
  • We have trained our staff and will teach our students on protocols for physical distancing for both indoor and outdoor spaces. We are teaching staff to remind and teach students to remember their “bubble” as well as other people’s “bubble”, by using their out stretched arm to reinforce their physical space as well as to look for the X that marks their spot to stand or sit in various locations. (Lines, benches, etc.)
  • We have prominently posted signage reminding students and staff about physical distancing at the entrance to the classroom, in the classroom, as well as near the restrooms on our campus. Frequent verbal reminders will also be given throughout the each day.
  • We will not allow volunteers on the campus this year and visitors will be limited to after school hours when children are not present on campus. Signs will be posted to let people know that they may not enter.
  • We are limiting outside organizations use of school facilities outside of school hours, and will ensure that they follow all required health and safety measures by communicating and reviewing said requirements with them before allowing them on to our campus.
  • We will ensure staff maintain six feet or more of distance between one another while on the school campus by giving them each a specific area to monitor on our campus.
  • We have placed markings on the ground to facilitate physical distancing of six feet or more at all school entry and exit points, corridor lines, in classrooms, and elsewhere on campus where students or staff are expected to cluster or form lines and will be strictly adhered to.
  • We have reviewed our emergency plans and drills to facilitate physical distancing, to the extent feasible, during such events. During fire drills the children will line up on markers six feet apart to walk out to the designated safety location where they will stand on another set of markers for physical distancing.

2. Arrival and Departure

  • We will minimize close contact between students, staff, families, and the broader community at arrival and departure through the following methods:
    • With only one entrance and exit we will place a staff member at that spot to supervise appropriately in order to decrease crowding and keep the children moving at the entryand exit point.
    • Designate routes for entry and exit are well marked and flyers have been sent home forparents to study before arrival.
    • Drivers have been instructed to remain in their vehicles, to the extent possible, when dropping off or picking up students. They are also instructed to wear face coveringsduring drop off and pickup. When in-person drop-off or pick-up is needed, only a single parent or caregiver is allowed to enter the facility to pick up or drop off the child.
    • All adults entering campus for in-person pick-up or drop-off will wear a face covering.
    • At arrival times, parents will drive through a designated route to a drop of location at the entrance to campus. They will wait for their child to be greeted and checked for wellness by a trained staff member. Once they are cleared to get out of their car the students will be given hand sanitizer and will proceed to the classroom, to take their seat quietly while they wait for school to begin. During departure the children will line up on their markers, walk out with staff socially distancing, and wait on designated socially distanced markers at the designated pick up point until their parents drive up to pick up their child.

3. Classroom Settings

  • All 14 students and 2 staff members of Grace Christian School will remain as a stable classroom cohort throughout the year by keeping them together for the entire school day. This is the primary mechanism of risk reduction for this age group and will be strictly maintained.
  • There will be no other cohorts.
  • There are no students with disabilities or special educational needs enrolled at this time.
  • We are a K-5 school only.
  • Teacher and staff desks have been arranged at least six feet away from students to minimize the risk of adult-to-child disease transmission.
  • All students have been assigned stable seating arrangements, separated by 5.5 - 6 feet physical distance from other students, where they will stay throughout the school year to ensure that close contacts within the classroom are minimized and easily identifiable.
  • We have prioritized stability of stable classroom cohorts over physical distancing or face covering use in 2nd grade and below. Given the social and educational needs of this age group, physical distancing and face coverings may be difficult to enforce for this age group. Therefore, strict maintenance of a stable classroom cohort, which minimizes the total number of contacts, is the primary mechanism of risk reduction.
  • Our class sizes are as small as practicable. We have limited class size to 14 students.
  • We are planning to move as much instruction and as many activities as possible to outdoor spaces and other non-classroom spaces to allow for greater distancing between students and greater dispersion of viral particles. Reading groups, history lessons, music, and art will be enjoyed outdoors as long as weather permits.
  • We will train staff and students to maintain at least six feet of distance from each other as much as possible during educational instruction (e.g., during whole-class instruction, presentation, or lecture) by reminding them to straighten out their arms all around them and remember their bubble space.
  • We have purchased screens for the classroom windows in order to increase ventilation, by increasing outdoor air circulation by opening windows when feasible and have high efficiency air filters to increase ventilation rates when outdoor air is not feasible due to health or safety risk and/or inclement weather.
  • We have removed furniture and equipment that is not needed to facilitate distancing andreduce high-touch surfaces.
  • All student desks are facing in the same direction (and not facing each other) to minimize risk of disease transmission.
  • All students will bring their own supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials (pencils and erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, art supplies like crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints scissors, equipment, electronic devices, etc.) to the extent practicable, or limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of students at a time and clean and disinfect between uses.
  • In order to keep students’ belongings separate so that students do not come in contact with other students’ belongings we have placed hooks on the side of each desk where the student will hang their backpack, they will keep their lunchbox under their desk, and will have a file folder on the corner of their desk to put unfinished work in in order to avoid movement around the room and contact with one another’s items.
  • We have placed markings on classroom floors to facilitate physical distancing at high traffic locations like the entry way.
  • We have limited the number of teachers at Grace Christian School to two physically present with our student cohort, we have no specialty or subject-specific teachers providing instruction this year, remotely or otherwise.

4. Non-Classroom Settings

  • Staff Break Rooms: Grace Christian School does not have a staff break room.
  • Restrooms: We will stagger restroom use by groups of students to the extent practicable, and we will assign set groups of two students on the buddy system for safety to userestrooms.
  • Libraries: Grace Christian School has a library in the classroom. We will stagger the useof the library to two students at a time. All books being returned will be held for a periodof time before being returned to the shelf.
  • Cafeterias: We do not have a cafeteria. Students bring their own lunch.
  • Physical Education, Playgrounds, and Recess:
    • We will consider holding activities in separated areas designated by class and/or staggered throughout the day. Even though our size is small (14 students total) we will provide various activities around the playground to encourage the students to spread out into even smaller groups at recess and P.E.
    • We will be conducting activities outdoors whenever possible, with appropriate physical distancing within groups to the extent practicable.
    • We will limit use of shared playground equipment in favor of physical activities that require less contact with surfaces and allow for greater physical distancing by encouraging relay races, obstacle courses, etc.
    • All students will wear cloth face coverings during indoor physical conditioning and training or physical education classes. Activities that require heavy exertion will be conducted outside in a physically distanced manner without face coverings. Activities conducted inside will be those that do not require heavy exertion and can be done with a face covering. Students will be given a break from exercise if any difficulty in breathing is noted and will change their face covering if it becomes wet and sticks to the student's face and obstructs breathing.
    • We will have first aid kits that include hand sanitizer, face coverings, and gloves easily accessible for recess supervisors.
  • Lockers: Grace Christian School does not have lockers.
  • Hallways: Students are not allowed to play in the hallway. It is used only for walking to and from the restrooms. We have established designated one-way walking directions in the hallway area.
  • Staff Break Rooms:
    • We do not have a break room.
    • Staff enjoys their meals outdoors or in large, well ventilated spaces.
  • School Offices:
    • We do not have a separate office space.

5. Bus Transportation to and from School

• We do not have bus transportation to and from school. We do not use busses for anytransportation at Grace Christian School.

B. Hygiene Measures

1. Face Coverings

  • Teachers and staff
    • All adults must wear a face covering at all times while on campus, except while eating or drinking.
    • Staff excluded from this requirement are those that require respiratory protection according to Cal/OSHA standards.
    • Staff who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons shall not be assigned duties that require close contact with students.
  • Students
    • All students at Grace Christian School are required to wear face coverings:
      • while arriving and departing from school campus;
      • in any area outside of the classroom except when eating, drinking, or engaging in physical activity at which time the face covering shall be placed in a clean paper bag marked with the child’s name and date.
    • If elementary students are outside the classroom where they are only with members of their stable cohort, cloth face coverings are not required.
    • Students will be taught by staff to not touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently.
    • Students in 2nd grade and below will be encouraged, but are not required, to wear a face covering within their stable classroom cohort
    • Students in 3rd grade and above must use face coverings when in the classroom even if they are in a stable classroom cohort.
    • Students excluded from face covering requirements include: (1) anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance and (2) students with special needs who areunable to tolerate a face covering.
  • We have posted signage in high visibility areas (at the entrance to the classroom) toremind students and staff of (1) when and where face coverings are required and (2) appropriate use of face coverings.
  • We have communicated through email and website with all staff and families regarding expectations for use of face coverings at school and how to wash face coverings.
  • We will educate students, particularly younger elementary school students, on the rationale and proper use of face coverings. We will do this by verbally discussing and by leading by example.
  • We will not exclude students from the classroom if they occasionally fail to wear a face covering, or if a few students in the classroom are consistently unable to wear a face covering, when required. The small increase in risk of disease transmission does not justify classroom exclusion, but students without face coverings should maintain physicaldistance to the extent feasible.
  • If a student or staff experiences difficulty wearing his/her face covering, we will allow the individual to remove his/her face covering for a short period of time. For younger children in 2nd grade and below, we will consider scheduling times throughout the day when face coverings are not required, as long as students are outside and will onlyinteract with members of their stable classroom cohort.
  • The school will have face coverings to provide for students and staff who lose their face coverings or forget to bring them to school.
  • Face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings given concerns over their ability to minimize droplet spread to others. However, teachers and other staff may consider using face shields in combination with face coverings when in the classroom to further reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Teachers may consider using face coverings with clear windows during phonological instruction to enable students to see the teacher’s mouth and in settings where a face covering poses a barrier to communicating with a student who is hearing impaired or a student with a disability.
  • Except as specifically provided in this document, students and staff should use cloth face coverings whenever face coverings are required. Medical masks, such as N95 and surgical masks, are strongly discouraged for general use due to the global shortage of medical masks needed for healthcare professionals. However, schools may use existing inventories of disposable masks, including N95 and surgical masks, for students and staff if reusable cloth face coverings are not available.

2. Hand washing and Other Hygiene Measures

  • We will teach by demonstrating to our students and reinforce by reminding them frequently, proper hand washing technique, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, andmouth, and covering coughs and sneezes by showing them visually and leading byexample.
  • We will also encourage parents to help us by sending home flyers and articles reinforcing good hygiene measures at home.
  • We have posted signage in high visibility areas (at the classroom entrance) to remind students and staff of proper techniques for hand washing (additional sign next to sink)and covering of coughs and sneezes and other prevention measures.
  • We will ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues (students will have their own box at their desk), no-touch trashcans, face coverings and hand sanitizers (with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol) for staff and students who can safely use hand sanitizer. All of these supplies have been purchased forstudent and staff use.
  • All students will keep a box of supplies at their desk, as well as a folder with writing paper in order to eliminate sharing materials and moving around the room unnecessarily.• We will minimize staff’s and students’ contact with high-touch surfaces by propping open room doors, particularly at arrival and departure times.
  • We will model, practice, and monitor hand washing particularly for lower grade levels.
  • We will develop routines to ensure students wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to campus as part of their wellness check. They will receive hand sanitizer fromthe staff member performing the wellness check or if hands appear to be dirty will be sent to wash hands before entering the classroom; as always at Grace Christian School after using the restroom students are asked if they washed their hands until it has become apart of their hygiene regiment; after playing outside students are always sent to the restroom to wash their hands before returning to the classroom; before and after eating;and after coughing or sneezing they must wash their hands.
  • We will have students and staff wash hands at staggered intervals to minimize congregation around hand washing and hand sanitizer stations.
  • We have provided hand sanitizer in each classroom, at building entrances/exits, and at locations designated for students or staff to eat.
    • Students under the age of 9 should use hand sanitizer only under adult supervision.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle eliminating the need to use the shared water fountain. However, the water fountain will be disinfected on a regular basis throughout the day in case it is needed.
  • We will be installing additional temporary handwashing stations on campus and near the classrooms to minimize movement and congregation in bathrooms.

C. Cleaning and Maintenance

All staff using cleaning products will be given proper PPE to use. All cleaning supplies are kept out of reach of children.

  • At least daily, and more often if feasible, we will clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces such as, tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/faxmachines, bathroom surfaces, toilets, countertops, faucets, drinking fountains, playground equipment, and shared objects such as, toys, games, art supplies, books.
  • All frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected at least once per day. The playground equipment and water fountain will be disinfected each morning before students arrive to assure their sanitized from anyone who might have come on to campus overnight. Water fountain will be disinfected again mid-day, and again after school. Tables, chairs, desks, picnic tables, door handles, light switches, phone, printer/copy machine, will be disinfected in the afternoon once students have left campus.
  • Student desks will also be cleaned at lunch time before and after the student eats lunch on days that we eat inside.
  • All surfaces in the bathroom will be disinfected after students have left as well as midday.
  • Students will be told not to share items, but if sharing items occurs they will bedisinfected.
  • Our cleaning products are approved for use against COVID-19 and are on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list “N” and follow product instructions. Asthma-safer ingredients (hydrogen peroxide, citric acid or lactic acid) arebeing used, and whenever possible we will avoid products that mix these ingredients withperoxyacetic (paracetic) acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) or quaternary ammonium compounds, which can exacerbate asthma.
  • Our employees have been trained by the custodian on manufacturer’s directions, onCal/OSHA requirements for safe use and as required by the Healthy Schools Act, as applicable.
  • We will ensure proper ventilation during cleaning and disinfecting by opening the door and windows to introduce fresh outdoor air as much as possible, when cleaning is being done in order to air out the space before students arrive; a thorough cleaning will be done when students are not present. If we are using the air conditioning during cleaning, it willbe on the setting that brings in fresh air. We have checked the air filters and filtration systems to ensure optimal air quality.
  • Water systems have been periodically ran throughout our shelter in place directive in order to ensure they are safe to use, in order to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne diseases.
  • If an illness occurs, we will limit access to areas used by the sick person (e.g., a student’s desk or a staff member’s office) by blocking off the area, using caution tape to keep anyone from the contaminated area until it has been cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.
  • The reading area has been removed due to the difficulty to clean and sanitize softsurfaces like rugs.
  • We have established a cleaning and disinfecting schedule in order to avoid both under- and over-use of cleaning products. Please see Cleaning and Maintenance Requirements above.

D. Food ServicesGrace Christian School does not have Food Services. Students meals are provided by their ownparents.

E. Electives, Extracurricular Activities, Athletics, and School Events

1. Electives and Extracurricular Activities

Grace Christian School does not have electives, extracurricular activities, athletics, choir, band, cheerleading, etc.

2. Athletics

Grace Christian School does not have an athletics program.

3. School Events

Grace Christian School will not have field trips this year.

F. Additional Safety Measures for Teachers and Other Staff

This section summarizes many of the key requirements, recommendations, and considerations that protect both staff and students, as well as specific additional requirements andrecommendations to reduce transmission risks for teachers and other staff.Grace Christian School has only two teachers on staff; both have read through all therequirements, recommendations, and considerations in the county “Covid-19 Prepared:Reopening of Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year,”June 30, 2020 Revised August 7, 2020

  • Grace Christian School will limit visitors to campus, as described in further detail in Section A.1 of this document. Visitors will not be allowed on campus during schoolhours and will be let on after school hours by appointment only.
  • All teachers will be screened using a touchless thermometer before they start their shiftand students will be screening upon arrival according to Section A. 2. of this document.
  • We will maximize social distancing between staff and students according to Sections A.1, A.3, and A.4 of this document.
  • We will ensure staff maintain six feet or more of distance between one another while onthe school campus.
  • We will adopt procedures to ensure staff can maintain six feet or more of distance from any necessary visitors and volunteers.
  • All staff meetings, professional development training and education, and other activities involving staff will be conducted via video or phone conference. If in-person attendance is necessary, we will conduct such activities outdoors, if feasible, and with appropriate physical distancing.
  • We will provide adequate training and personal protective equipment to protect custodial staff who will be cleaning and disinfecting areas used by any sick person. To reduce risk of exposure, we will wait 24 hours before we clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, we wait as long as practicable.
  • We will require students and staff to get tested as soon as possible after they develop one or more COVID-19 symptoms or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Grace Christian School does not have a break room, office, or a bus.
  • We encourage our staff to eat meals outdoors or in large, well ventilated spaces.
  • A surgical mask and face shield is recommended when providing services to students which requires repeated close contact interactions (e.g., assistance with activities of dailyliving) or conducting health assessments (including vision and hearing screening)
    • Gloves should be worn as recommended for procedures which require universal precautions (e.g., toileting assistance, catheterization, and insulin administration)
  • PPE for potential aerosol generating procedures (e.g., suctioning of tracheostomy sites and nebulizer treatments) should follow CDC guidance.
  • We will hold regular all-staff meetings or send regular communications regarding implementation of the school’s COVID-19 prevention plan and strategies.
  • We have arranged classroom furniture and equipment to maximize physical distance between teachers and students when a teacher is providing whole group instruction to the class and close contact is not necessary to deliver instruction.
  • We have developed policies that encourage staff and students to stay home when they are sick.
  • We will minimize the number of teachers physically present with each cohort, by having specialty or subject-specific teachers provide remote instruction.
  • Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, unless doing so would pose a health or safety risk to individuals using the facility (e.g., allowing in pollen or smoke or exacerbating asthma symptoms). If opening windows poses a safety or health risk, we will maximize central air conditioning.

Section 2: Monitoring

A. Health Screenings

Health screenings refer to symptom screening, temperature screening, or a combination of both. Although temperature screening for COVID-19 has become a widespread practice in a variety of business and community settings, its limited effectiveness may be outweighed by potential harms. With respect to COVID-19, the CDC acknowledges that "fever and symptom screeninghave proven to be relatively ineffective in identifying all infected individuals.” This is because people with COVID-19 can infect others before they become ill (pre-symptomatic transmission),some people with COVID-19 never become ill but can still infect others (asymptomatic transmission), and fever may not be the first symptom to appear.

There are also several drawbacks and limitations to temperature screening including inaccurate results, potential risks to the personnel who are measuring temperatures, potential risks to screened populations, and significant logistical challenges and costs. Temperature screening may additionally lead to delays in the start of the school day and may also inadvertently increaserisk of disease transmission if students congregate in long lines while waiting to be screened. For these reasons, temperature screening is not a requirement for schools.
  • Grace Christian School will post signs at its entrance instructing anyone who has any COVID-19 symptoms to not enter campus.
  • All students and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day: anyone found to have any symptoms or a fever of 100.0 or higher will be sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has been conducted.
  • We will periodically throughout the school year communicate screening requirements to all our staff and families through text and emails.
  • We will encourage sick staff and students to stay home.
  • We will communicate to all staff their rights to free testing periodically throughout the school year as testing capacity permits and as practicable.
  • Signage is posted at all entrances instructing students, staff, and visitors not to enter campus if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include fever orchills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea.
  • All students and staff must be screened for symptoms each day. Staff and students’ parents or guardians can conduct symptom screening at-home, prior to arrival. Inaddition, symptom screening will occur on-site via self-reporting, visual inspection, or asymptom screening questionnaire.
  • Temperature screening of students and staff will be performed using contact-less thermometers.
  • Students or staff with any identified COVID-19 symptoms and/or a temperature of 100.0 or higher must be sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has beenconducted.
  • We have communicated our screening requirements to all staff and families, and will provide periodic reminders throughout the school year.

B. COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

  • Grace Christian School will send out reminders to parents and staff regarding testing and reporting of anyone developing symptoms or has come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Test sites will also be included in our communications. Any positive test results or if one of their household members or close contacts test positive for COVID-19 would require immediate reporting to Grace Christian School. We will document/track incidents of possible exposure and report all positive cases of COVID-19. All students and staff at Grace Christian School are required to get tested as soon as possible afterthey develop one or more COVID-19 symptoms or if one of their household members or nonhousehold close contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Positive test results:
    • Require that parents/guardians and staff notify school administration immediately if the student or staff tested positive for COVID-19 or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Upon receiving notification that staff or a student has tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with a COVID-19 case, take actions as required in Section 3 below.
  • Negative test results: Will be handled as follows at Grace Christian School.
    • Symptomatic students or staff who test negative for COVID-19 should remain home until at least 72 hours after resolution of fever (if any) and improvement in other symptoms.
    • Asymptomatic non-household close contacts to a COVID-19 case should remain at home for a total of 14 days from date of last exposure even if they test negative.
    • Asymptomatic household contacts should remain at home until 14 days after the COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation.
    • Documentation of negative test results must be provided to school administration. Page 31 Table 2 will be copied and posted for easy reference to steps to take in response to Negative Test Results.
  • In lieu of a negative test result, allow symptomatic students and staff to return to work/school with a medical note by a physician that provides alternative explanation for symptoms and reason for not ordering COVID-19 testing.
  • All staff will be encouraged to have routine monthly testing. Testing is now widely available at testing sites and through healthcare providers throughout the community.
  • We will provide parents and staff with information regarding nearby testing sites, which is available through

Section 3: Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts

  • When a student or staff at Grace Christian School exhibits symptoms or is suspected ofCOVID-19 they will be immediately isolated from the other students and staff by being removed from the classroom to a covered sitting area outside near the classroom to be supervised from a distance, and will be required to wear a mask.
  • Emergency contact will be immediately notified to pick up student or staff immediately.
  • The area in which they have been will be closed off to others for 24 hours then properly disinfected.
  • If the illness is serious we will call 9-1-1.
  • All cases suspected or confirmed will be documented. For confirmed cases the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department will be contacted immediately by Janet Starke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 408 377-2387) to report any positive COVID-19 case.
  • All families and staff of Grace Christian School will be notified of a positive case with complete confidentiality.
  • All students and staff within the same classroom cohort as the confirmed COVID-19 case should be instructed to get COVID-19 testing around 7 days after the last exposure to the case and remain quarantined at home for 14 days.
  • Information will be provided regarding close contacts to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department via secure fax or email.
  • No actions need to be taken for persons who have not had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, and instead have had close contact with persons who were in direct contact.
Page 30 Table 1 will be copied and posted for easy reference regarding steps to take in response to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases and close contacts

Suspected COVID-19 Case(s) Response:
  • Any students or staff exhibiting symptoms will be immediately required to wear a face covering and wait in an isolation area until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practicable. For serious illness, we will call 9-1-1 without delay.
Confirmed COVID-19 Case(s) Response:
  • School administrators will notify the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department immediately of any positive COVID-19 case by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and calling (408) 885-4214. We will notify all staff and families in the school communityof any positive COVID-19 case while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws.
  • We will close off areas used by any sick person and will not use it before cleaning and disinfection. To reduce risk of exposure, we will wait 24 hours before we clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, we will wait as long as practicable. We will ensure a safe and correct application of disinfectants using personal protective equipment and proper ventilation.
  • For elementary schools and other settings in which stable classroom cohorts have been maintained: All students and staff within the same classroom cohort as the confirmed COVID-19 case should be instructed to get COVID-19 testing around 7 days after the last exposure to the case and remain quarantined at home for 14 days.
  • For all settings: We will provide information regarding close contacts to the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department via secure fax or email.
  • No actions need to be taken for persons who have not had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, and instead have had close contact with persons who were in direct contact.

Returning to Grace Christian School after Testing

Positive test results
  • Symptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND at least 3 days with no fever AND improvement inother symptoms.
  • Asymptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return 10 days after their positive test result.
Negative test results
  • Symptomatic individuals, who are not close-contacts and who test negative for COVID-19 can return 72 hours after resolution of fever (if any) and improvement in symptoms.
    • Documentation of a negative test result should be provided to school administrators.
    • In lieu of a negative test result, allow students and staff to return to work with amedical note by a physician that provides alternative explanation for symptoms andreason for not ordering COVID-19 testing.
  • Individuals who are close contacts to confirmed COVID-19 cases, who test negative at least 7 days after exposure, and remain asymptomatic, can return 14 days after the date of last exposure to the case. If a close contact continues to be exposed to a case during their isolation (e.g. household member), quarantine ends 14 days after the case’s isolation period ends.

Section 4: Distance/Remote Learning for Particular Students

Grace Christian School will provide Distance Learning if a student is required to isolate, quarantine, is at risk and/or has a family member at risk, or is required by the government to shelter-in-place. Packets will be prepared for students to work at home. Education Code sections 43503 and 43504 address distance/remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Education Code section 43504 states that schools in California “shall offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible.” Education Code section 43503 states, “Distance learning may be offered under either of the following circumstances: (A) On a local educational agency or school wide level as a result of an order or guidance from a state public health officer or a local public health officer. (B) For pupils who are medically fragile or would be put at risk by in-person instruction, or who are self-quarantining because of exposure to COVID-19.”
  • Distance/remote learning will be made available for the following students:
    • Students who are medically fragile or would be put at risk by in-person instruction, or who are isolating or quarantining because of exposure to COVID-19
    • Students who live in a household with anybody who is medically fragile.


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