St. Stephen's Episcopal School

COVID-19 Safety Procedures (on campus)

Updated: October 2020


Whole School Safety Procedures

 
Bring to School | Washing HandsCarpool | Arrival | Masks | Classrooms | Learning MaterialsMoving About Campus | Mixing of Student Cohorts | Cleaning
Bring to School
  • Students should bring water bottles from home filled with water to last throughout the school day. Refills cannot be permitted.

  • Students are asked to bring their own snack.

  • Students should either bring their lunch or order from Simply Fresh (instructions for ordering are forthcoming).
  • See Level-Specific Safety Procedures below. 
    • Primary students are required to bring two (2) cloth masks. 
    • Elementary and Middle Years students are required to bring one (1) cloth mask.
    • Orientation and Primary students are asked to maintain three (3) sets of clean clothes in the classroom. Students may not borrow clothes from other students.
Washing Hands
  • Students will be guided to thoroughly wash hands upon arrival and at least three (3) times each morning and at least three (3) times each afternoon.

  • Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer between washing. See Level-Specific Safety Procedures below. 

Carpool

Carpool procedures are set forth in the Student and Family Handbook (2020-21) and are modified below.

  • Depending on the building, students will be directed to specific doorways for entering and exiting.
  • Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of teacher safety, the same parent/caregiver is recommended to make drop-off and pick-up each day.
  • At drop-off, Teachers/Assistants will take each child’s temperature. Children with a temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or more will not be permitted to enter campus.
  • See Level-Specific Safety Procedures below. 
Arrival
  • All students and adults will clean their shoes by stepping in a sanitizing bin and, subsequently, a drying in bin before entering the buildings.

  • All students will be asked to wash hands immediately upon arriving in the classroom.

Masks
  • All adults will wear masks on campus.

  • Mask requirements for students are set forth below in the Level-Specific Safety Procedures. 

  • Backup / replacement masks will be available at school.

  • The CDC does not recommend the use of neck gaiters. Adults and students must wear masks, not neck gaiters, on campus.

Classrooms
  • Distancing will be encouraged in all classrooms.
  • Classroom seating, nap, and work areas will be arranged and “spaced as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart,” per HHS licensing requirements.
  • Teachers will utilize outdoor learning spaces as often as possible.
  • Soft toys and items not easily cleaned have been removed from the classrooms.
Learning Materials
  • Books and learning materials will not be shared among classes.

  • Students will be provided personal use items such as pencils, rulers, markers, etc. Students will not use such items from a collective supply.

Moving About Campus
  • Student movement around campus will be reduced.

  • All students will participate in PE in the gym or outdoors. In some Grades/Levels, this will occur in smaller groups. High-touch surfaces and materials will be sanitized between groups.

  • See Level-Specific Safety Procedures below. 

Mixing of Student Cohorts
  • Classes will not mix during the school day.

  • All classes will go separately to the playground.

  • Field Trips are deferred until further notice.

  • After Care cohorts will be maintained. See Level-Specific Safety Procedures below. 

Cleaning
  • In addition to regular cleaning of the campus, high-touch areas and restrooms will be cleaned and/or sanitized during the course of the day, per HHS requirements.

  • Tables, chairs, and learning materials will be cleaned and/or sanitized during the course of the day, per HHS requirements.

  • Cleaning supplies meet EPA standards, per CDC requirements.

  • All classrooms will utilize HVAC and ventilation. HVAC vents have been cleaned, and filters will be changed regularly.

Level-Specific Safety Procedures

 
Orientation
 
Primary
 
Elementary
 
Middle Years

Masks:

Orientation students will not wear masks.

Masks: 

Primary students are asked to bring two (2) cloth masks to school.

Teachers will ask students to wear masks at designated times during the day, such as circle time, to get acclimated to wearing a mask.

Masks: 

As directed by the CDC, Elementary students are required to bring two (2) cloth masks to wear daily, “as feasible.”

 

Masks: 

As directed by the CDC, Middle Years students are required to bring two (2) cloth masks to wear daily, “as feasible.”


Hand sanitizer:

Orientation students will be supervised while using sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer:

Primary students will be supervised while using sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer: 

Lower Elementary students will be supervised while using sanitizer.


Carpool: 

After the child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents of young children will unbuckle and remove their child(ren) from the vehicle at morning carpool and practice social distancing. 

Pick-up and drop-off of children will be completed outside of the school buildings, unless there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter.

Carpool: 

After the child’s normal temperature is confirmed, parents of young children will unbuckle and remove their child(ren) from the vehicle at morning carpool and practice social distancing. 

Pick-up and drop-off of children will be completed outside of the school buildings, unless there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter.


Class size: 

Orientation classes will be capped at 8 or 12 students, based on the size of the room;

Napping capacity is 7 or 10 students, based on the size of the room.

Class size:

Primary classes will be capped at 20 students.

Class size: 

Elementary classes will be capped at 20 students.

Class size: 

Middle Years classes will be capped at 8 or 10 students, based on the size of the room.


Movement around campus:

Until further notice, Orientation  students will remain in their homeroom for the duration of the school day. The exceptions are PE (in Pecore Hall and outside) and the playground.

 

Movement around campus:

Until further notice, Primary students will remain in their homeroom for the duration of the school day. The exceptions are PE (in Pecore Hall and outside) and the playground.

Movement around campus:

Elementary movement around campus will be limited. 

Movement around campus: 

Middle Years will move about campus as usual.


After Care: 

Orientation will combine for After Care.

After Care: 

Primary 1 and 3 will combine for After Care.


Primary 2 and 4 will combine for After Care.

After Care:

Lower Elementary will combine for After Care.

Upper Elementary and Middle Years will combine for After Care.

After Care: 

Upper Elementary and Middle Years will combine for After Care.


Clean clothes:

Orientation students are asked to maintain 3 sets of clean clothes in the classroom. Students may not borrow clothes from another student.

All students and faculty in the Orientation program will have multiple changes of clothing available in order to change any clothing with secretions on it. 

Clean clothes:

Primary students are asked to maintain 3 sets of clean clothes in the classroom. Students may not borrow clothes from another student.

All students and faculty in the Primary program will have multiple changes of clothing available in order to change any clothing with secretions on it.