OPEN DOOR SCHOOL (ODS)

Reopening and Safety Plan
2020-2021 School Year

New Safety Guidelines due to Covid-19

We will adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • All parents, staff and vendors are required to wear a mask when on the grounds or in the building.
  • Daily health screenings are required for families, staff and students. 
  • All meetings of the ODS staff that cannot be conducted virtually will require masks and social distancing.
  • No adults outside of staff are allowed in the building. (Exclusions can include but are not limited to UUCC staff, repair and maintenance vendors and parents in the event of an emergency.)
  • There will be no gatherings on the behalf of ODS that can’t happen virtually.
  • Cleaning procedures will be increased to include additional sanitizing to meet CDC standards for reducing a possible virus transmission.
  • We will include more handwashing opportunities for both staff and students throughout the day.
  • All families, staff and students will be required to report if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The Building will have MERV13 (HEPA) filters installed to further improve HVAC air filtration.
  • Additional safety signage will be posted to reinforce our safety practices and clearly identify social distancing.
  • All staff will be trained on new health and safety protocols.

In addition, we will trust our parents/families to weigh risks and make the best decisions that affect their children. We ask that our families to keep their children and family’s contact outside of school to a minimum in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure for the ODS community as a whole. Keeping in mind that any exposure you or your children experience also puts the children and staff of our school at risk, please take all necessary precautions to help protect our extended ODS family.

At this time, ODS plans to open all classes on our regular schedule, but how we operate will change to meet the new safety guidelines, starting with new check-in and pick-up procedures:

  • We will have established drop off times for each class to make the check-in process smoother given the additional procedures and reduce overlap.
  • Children will be checked-in and picked up outside at the main Open Door School entrance.
  • Temperatures will be taken of staff and students and must be below 99.5 degrees.  Health questionnaires must be completed daily by staff and families. 
  • Masks must be worn by parents and staff throughout the process.
  • After children enter the building, they must wash or sanitize their hands.
  • Teachers will ensure the child’s hands are washed or sanitized before being released to their parents.

The classroom settings will be different too. Every class will:

  • Promote healthy hygiene practices such as additional handwashing opportunities and employees wearing a face covering.
  • Encourage social distancing through increased spacing and distance markers and work in small groups and limit mixing between groups.
  • We will adjust activities and procedures to limit sharing of items such as toys, belongings, supplies, and equipment.
  • Majority of class time will be spent outdoors.

Our overall goal is to keep students and staff safe and to mitigate the possible transmission of the Coronavirus within our community.  We have reduced the number of classes we will offer and the hours that they will meet so that we can: Text Box:

  • adhere to the new check-in and check-out procedures;
  • engage in social distancing;
  • increase the resources that we have available for our
    adjusted classroom procedures;
  • effectively adjust class activities to limit sharing;
  • perform extra sanitizing in our classrooms throughout the day;
  • engage in extra handwashing opportunities;
  • spend as much class time as possible outside;
  • and allow for a substitute teacher pool of our current teachers.

Contingency

Our school will open on a regular schedule for all classes.  Given the uncertainty of these times, we must be ready to pivot in the event of a significant increase in percentage of total cases and hospitalizations, an executive order requiring that we close or if we experience an outbreak of COVID-19 within our community.

We will continue to monitor conditions in Mecklenburg County.  If conditions in Mecklenburg county change which include an increase in percentage in total cases and hospitalizations, we may pivot to a new plan of action.

If a student has an identified fever (temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher) or answers yes to any of the health screening questions, they will not be allowed participate in the school day. If a student at any point during the school day gets a fever or experiences the identified symptoms of COVID-19, they will be moved from class, taken to a designated waiting area where staff will be with them.  Their parent will be notified and asked to pick up their child immediately.  Students will be allowed to return when they have been without a fever or symptoms for 72 hours.

If a staff member has an identified fever (temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher) or answers yes to any of the health screening questions, they will not be allowed participate in the school day. If a staff member at any point during the school day gets a fever or experiences the identified symptoms of COVID-19, they will be asked to leave immediately.  Staff will be allowed to return when they have been without a fever or symptoms for 72 hours.

If anyone (student or staff) tests positive, we are required to report that information to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and may be required to close the school for up to 14 days.  Anyone who tests positive must test negative before returning.

(Sample Health Questionnaire)

Daily Health Screening for COVID-19 for Anyone Entering the Building


The person conducting screenings should maintain 6 feet distance while asking questions. Ask these questions to anyone entering the facility (including children, staff, family members, or other visitors).

People should not be at Open Door School if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of fever, chills, and shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell.

1. Have you or any of the children you are dropping off had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?

❑ Yes ➢ the individual should not be at the childcare facility. The individual can return 14 days after the last time he or she had close contact with someone with COVID-19, or as listed below.

❑ No ➢ the individual can be at the childcare facility if he or she is not experiencing symptoms.

2. Do you or do any of the children you are dropping off have any of these symptoms?

❑ Fever

❑ Chills

❑ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

❑ New cough

❑ New loss of taste or smell

If an individual has any of these symptoms, they should go home, stay away from other people, and the family member should call the child’s health care provider.

3. Since they were last at the childcare facility, have you or have any of the children you are dropping off been diagnosed with COVID-19?

❑ Yes

❑ No