COVID-19 Response Plan

Today’s unprecedented challenges don’t stand in the way of how we support each student’s pursuit of truth in her studies—and in life—as she becomes a courageously curious thinker and the best version of herself. Our health and safety plan allows us to respond to a changing situation while maintaining the hallmarks of a holistic Flintridge Sacred Heart education and protecting the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

Policies & Protocols

The foundational principle of this guidance is that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible.

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • Vaccination

    • COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for all eligible students, faculty and staff.
    • Please send the School Nurse a COVID-19 vaccination card. The School Nurse will maintain copies of all COVID-19 vaccination cards and vaccine status.
    • Students, faculty and staff involved with Flintridge Sacred Heart congregate (shared) living space(s) on campus, are required to have proof of full vaccination on file with the School Nurse. Congregate living is defined as sharing living space over a 24 hour (or longer) period of time.
  • Face Coverings

    • Consistent with LACDPH, Flintridge Sacred Heart strongly recommend all students, faculty and staff wear well-fitting and better filtering mask (e.g., double masks, high filtration cloth masks, medical masks) and respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, and KF94s) indoors.
      Flintridge Sacred Heart maintains a supply of masks for those who fail to bring a mask to school or need a replacement during school hours. Please see the Health Office for a mask.
  • Testing

    • Close contacts are required to test between 3-5 days after their last exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case. The Health Office will provide rapid test kits to any close contacts of any cases on campus. The school also has regular rapid antigen testing every Thursday morning.
    • Rapid test results can be submitted to this website
    • Access to testing for students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, who are symptomatic or have known or suspected exposure to an individual with COVID-19 is available
    • Access to testing at no cost to employees during paid time including:
      • Symptomatic unvaccinated faculty or staff
      • Vaccinated faculty or staff if they develop symptoms
      • Vaccinated faculty or staff to be tested 3-5 days after an exposure
      • Unvaccinated faculty and staff in an outbreak ( 3 or more employees cases)
      • All employees in a major outbreak ( 20 or more cases)
  • Symptom Screening

    • At home COVID-19 symptom screenings are required prior to coming to campus.
    • Individuals are not to come to campus if they are sick. Contact Ms. Martinez at the attendance office at attendance@fsha.org     to report your status
    • By coming to campus, students and employees attest they have reviewed the symptom screening worksheet and have no symptoms of illness.
    • Symptoms include:
      • fever of 100°F or more
      • muscle or body aches
      • cough
      • headaches
      • sore throat
      • new loss of taste or smell
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • congestion or runny nose
      • chills
      • nausea or vomiting
      • fatigue
      • diarrhea
  • Cleaning & Disenfecting

    • Facility crew members perform daily cleaning of all areas and frequently touched surfaces.
    • Facility crew members will clean AND disinfect spaces that have been occupied by a COVID-19 positive individual within the last 24 hours using a disinfectant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list.If less than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, clean and disinfect the space.
    • If more than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, cleaning is enough. You may choose to also disinfect depending on certain conditions or everyday practices required by your facility.
    • If more than 3 days have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, no additional cleaning (beyond regular cleaning practices) is needed.
  • Hand Hygiene

    • Students, faculty and staff are taught and reinforced to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Hand hygiene is promoted throughout the day.
    • Signage is posted throughout the school reminding students, faculty and staff on the use of handwashing.
    • Restrooms are stocked with adequate supplies of soap, tissues and no-touch trash cans.
    • Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol is in all classrooms, offices and high traffic areas.

  • Ventilation

    • Doors and windows remain open during the school day if feasible and as outdoor conditions permit.
    • Existing fire codes requiring closure of fire-rated doors will be respected.
    • Direct fans above the heads of individuals.
    • Air purifiers are used in rooms with poor natural ventilation.
    • Meals to be eaten outside, as feasible.
  • Visitors

    • Visitors will be required to register in a visitor log that includes visitor’s name, phone number and email address in case this information is needed in the future for contact tracing purposes. If a visitor must be accompanied by another person their information will also be captured in the visitor log.
    • Face masks are highly recommended while inside school.
    • Face masks will be made available to visitors who arrive without one.
    •  Signage is posted at the entrance to Flintridge Sacred Heart informing visitors that they should not enter the facility if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Transportation

    • Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school transportation.
    • Open or crack windows if doing so does not pose a safety risk to improve air circulation.
    • Physical distancing of students on school buses will be encouraged.
    • Buses are thoroughly cleaned daily and disinfected after transporting any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Bus drivers are equipped with disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves to support disinfection of surfaces as needed during the day.
  • Physical Education Classes

    • PE classes will be held outdoors as much as possible and will select activities that allow students to physically distance from one another.
    • All PE classes held indoors will require students to wear masks except when drinking water.
    • Locker rooms will be monitored with faculty supervision.
  • Performing Arts

    Music
    •  Any activity that requires students  to remove their face masks (e.g.,  playing wind instruments) will only be done as a group if the activity is held outdoors. However, individuals may practice such activities alone indoors in a studio or practice room with the door closed. 
    •  For activities that generate more forceful expired respiratory droplets such as singing, increased distance between individuals and engaging in these activities will occur outside.
    •  Individual singers may practice alone indoors without a mask or with a single instructor present while indoors in a studio or practice room if both of them are masked. Increased distance between the singer and instructor is recommended.
    • Limited exchange  (or sharing) of any instruments, parts, music sheets, or any other item is recommended.
    • Disposable absorbent pads  to catch the contents of spit valves or water keys are used and discarded after use.

    Theater classes  
    • Students and instructors must wear face masks at all times when indoors.
    •  Increased physical distance if the participants are enunciating 
    •  Limit, where possible, sharing of props, costumes, and wigs. If they must be shared, choose props, costumes and other materials that can be more easily disinfected. All props must be disinfected before first use on the set, and between uses by different actors
    • All shared clothing must be cleaned after each use.
    •  All wigs or other shared prosthetics must be disinfected after each use.
    • Dressing rooms, green rooms, and production areas are cleaned using a disinfectant from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for COVID-19.
    • If possible, outdoor rehearsals and performances will be held. 
    • Performances will follow Best Practices for Large Events recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

    Dance classes 

    •  Students and instructors must wear face masks at all times while indoors.
    •  Masks may be removed briefly to drink water; during water breaks; and to maintain an increased distance from others while masks are removed.
    •  Students are to limit their exertion to a level that is comfortable while wearing a face mask and to immediately take a break from exercise if they begin to experience any difficulty breathing.  Masks may be briefly removed while a dancer rests and catches their breath as long as they move an appropriate distance from all others in the space. Masks should be changed if they become wet, if they stick to a person’s face, or if they obstruct breathing.
    • For activities that generate a greater volume of respiratory droplets such as heavy exertion, the distance between dancers will be increased and performed outdoors as possible.
    • Outdoor space will be used for practice and performances as much as possible.
  • Boarding/Residential Life

    • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all eligible individuals within the residential life program including: students, residential life staff, faculty,and adults sharing the residence with these members.
    • Residential life students living in the same room are considered a “household cohort.” 
      • Household cohort members, once fully vaccinated, do not need to wear masks or physically distance themselves when they are together without non-household cohort members nearby, unless someone in the household is ill.
      • If different “household cohorts” are using a shared indoor room when together, wearing a mask will be required, and healthy hygiene behaviors for everyone until fully vaccinated.
    • Non-residential components (e.g. in-person instruction) are governed by the guidelines as noted in this document.
  • Close Contact

    Anyone who has been within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 cumulative minutes during the case’s infectious period (24 hours within two days of their developing symptoms) AND/OR an individual who had unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without wearing appropriate protective equipment is a close contact. 
    Exposures will be reviewed by the health department to assess which persons need to quarantine.
  • Quarantine & Isolation

    QUARANTINE
    Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others, and it helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick  People in quarantine should stay home as directed in box above and:
    • separate themselves from others;
    • watch for symptoms of COVID-19;
    • follow directions from their state or local health department;
    monitor themselves for symptoms until day 14; if they develop symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider (Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health Guidelines)
    ISOLATION
    Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. 
     
    Anyone in isolation should: 
    • stay home
    • stay in a specific room and stay away from other people in the home as much as possible; wear a mask if must be around others
    • use a separate restroom (if available). 
     
    Isolation ends when persons with COVID-19 symptoms have met the following criteria:
    • at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
    • at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without fever-reducing medication AND
    • symptoms have improved
    Isolation ends for a person who tested positive but never had symptoms: 
    • 10 days from the date their test was collected


Facilities Updates

We have updated our facilities to support safe and full in-person instruction while minimizing missed school days. Please see all that has been done, including signage, directional, classroom and office safety spacing requirements, ventilation, safety/cleaning supplies, daily evaluation before coming to campus (Magnus program and phone app) and so much more.



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