Westlake Adventist School

A Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School
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Covid Safety Plan 2021-22

We are committed to the health of our students, families, staff and area-wide community. Our size makes it possible for us to offer education in the most personalized manner allowed in our county. And our private school status gives us flexibility to quickly respond to changing requirements. We are committed to abiding by the guidelines from Lake County Public Health and the State of California.

We will Promote Healthy Hygiene Practices:

  • Students and staff will be taught good hand washing technique and instructed to do so regularly:
    • after touching their nose, eyes or facial areas;
    • after blowing their nose;
    • before and after snacks, lunch and using the bathroom. 
  • They will be taught good practices for controlling sneezes or coughs –– using tissues which are conveniently placed around the school campus, or to cover the cough or sneeze with their elbow.  
  • We will be careful in our use of hand sanitizers. 
    • using fragrance free hand sanitizers
    • avoiding those with methyl alcohol (wood alcohol)
    • using those that contain at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol
    • supervising students under the age of nine if they need to use hand sanitizers
  • We will ask parents to include the following school supplies for their child: 
    • ethyl-based hand sanitizer (for students 10 and up),
    • masks,
    • tissue paper, and
    • gloves.
  • We will provide soap and no-touch trash cans. 
  • Posters will be put up in the classroom, gym and bathrooms to remind staff and students of the practices outlined.  In addition, the school will have face masks, tissue paper, and gloves stored and available as the need arises.
  • Students and staff members are required to wear face masks indoors. If a student or staff member forgets his/her mask, we have face masks at school.


    We Will Intensify Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation:

    • Frequently-touched surfaces, like desks, tables, doors handles, light switches, sink handles, bathroom surfaces, tables, students desks and chairs, are being disinfected three times daily.
    • Our small number of students allows us to disinfect student areas when students aren’t present. Classroom doors will be open during cleaning.   

    We Are Limiting Sharing:

    • We are committed to eliminating shared resources so each child touches only those items that are designated as theirs:
      • a reusable water bottle supplied by parents, 
      • chrome books, a laptop, iPads, and computers supplied by the school, and
      • pencils, colored pencils, erasers, pens, books, and notebooks.
    • Students’ belongings are either on their desks if they are using them, or in labeled storage containers.  Each student is asked to take his/her belongings home after each day for cleaning.
    • Arts supplies, paint, lab equipment, are cleaned and disinfected after each use. 
    • Students are instructed to not share books, toys, food, learning aides, games etc.

    We Are Checking for Signs and Symptoms:

    • All of our staff have been fully vaccinated. If, in the future, we hire an employee who has not been vaccinated he/she will be tested weekly for Covid-19.
    • Parents are actively instructed to keep their child at home if he/she is sick or presents any sign of being sick.  
    • Staff will be screened every morning through a self-assessment.
    • For students and staff the screening will ask them to verify they do not have any of the following symptoms: 
      • fever (100.4 or above) or chills,
      • cough,
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
      • fatigue,
      • muscle or body aches,
      • headache,
      • new loss of taste or smell, 
      • sore throat,
      • congestion or runny nose,
      • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea during the prior 24 hours.
    • Students or staff with any of these symptoms will have to leave campus and either get tested for Covid-19 or stay home for two weeks.
    • We will also document and notify (while maintaining confidentiality) Lakeport Health Department if any student, staff or family member of our school, tests positive of Covid-19.  

    When a Staff Member, Child or Visitor Becomes Sick:

    • Any students exhibiting symptoms will be immediately isolated to another room.  This room, along with an room in which that person had been, will be disinfected and cleaned following Covid cleaning guidelines.  
      • Waiting at least 24 hours before the area is clean
      • Open all windows and doors for ventilation
      • Wear skin protection
      • If the surface is dirty, use soap first.
      • Use the cleaning products that are recommended for Covid-19 sanitation, and follow the directions on the cleaning supply label.
    • Staff and and student who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, will be required to be tested and asked not to come to school while waiting for the test result.
    • Staff members and students who are sick will be able to come back to school after three days with no fever and ten days since the first symptoms first appeared. 
    • The following information will be reported by the Principal to the County Health Department:
      • The full name, address telephone number and date of birth of the individual who tests positive.
      • The date the individual tested positive, who was present on site within 10 days preceding the positive test and the date the individual was last on site.
      • The full name, address and telephone number of the person making the report.
      • The Principal will report immediately by phone to parents, students and the County Health Department if any of our students or staff has tested Covid-19 positive.
    • All new students and those who for any reason have traveled out of state will be asked to either quarantine or have a COVID-19 test done and will need to bring the test result (or copy) to our school before they can come back to our campus.
    • All school employees and substitute teachers will be tested every other month.

    We Will Maintain Healthy Operations:

    • Those students and staff members who present Covid-19 symptoms or have a cough or fever will be sent home.   The teacher will send distance learning materials when the child’s health condition allows the student to work at home.   The teacher will monitor staff and student absenteeism, symptoms and pertinent information regarding present health condition and voluntary medical background information that might require special accommodations or resources.  
    • If the local public health department or educational authorities warrants school closure for an indefinite period, the school will accommodate the change by teaching the students once again with distance learning techniques.  These techniques, some mentioned in the preceding paragraph include:
      • Technology devices,
      • Google Classroom,
      • Zoom meetings,
      • Telephone tutorials,
      • Instructional packets prepared by the teacher. 
    • We will also let the students check out books and other instructional materials that may be of interest and benefit.  


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