Bright Montessori School, Inc.
COVID-19 Policy: January 2022

Based on California State Licensing Department and CDC recommendations, we have put together a policy that will allow us to operate in the safest possible manner under the current COVID-19 situation. We intend to continually update and improve these guidelines to ensure best practices.

Drop-off/Pick-up and Screening Procedures

    • Daily temperature-taking will be carried out for all students, parents, and teachers when they arrive at the school. 

       

        • A teacher will take each child’s temperature with a no-touch thermometer at drop-off and provide hand sanitizer for the child. If anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, they will not be allowed in school.
      • This data will not be stored by the school.
    • Students and staff who are unwell, or who have members of their household who have exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever and cough, will be required to stay away from school.  

       

      • Parents must also notify the school if the child has taken any fever reducing medications in the past 24 hours.
    • Parents are required to drop-off and pick-up children in the outside hallway. Parents will not be allowed inside the classroom.
    • Parents are required to wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up.
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  • Drop-off and pick-ups should be as brief as possible, while maintaining 6-feet of distance from teachers and from other parents. If a parent has to talk to a teacher at length, please call the school at 323-928-2244 to do so.

Social Distancing Measures

    • To allow for as much social distancing as possible, children will be separated into three groups/pods with one teacher assigned to each. Throughout the day, one pod will be outside while the other two will be inside in each of the two classrooms. The children in the pods will not mix.
    • Tables and chairs will be moved further from each other.  
  • Identifiable markers will be placed in the classroom floor so that children can sit further from each other.

Masks 

    • Teachers are required to wear a mask at all times while at the school
      • Parents are required to wear a mask at all times while at the school 

 

  • Children are to bring a mask to school each day and will be encouraged to wear their mask 

     

     

      • Parents are required to provide two masks for their child (in a ziploc bag) in case the mask the child wears to school gets dirty  
    • Children will not wear masks during lunch and nap time 

Testing and Quarantine

    • A staff member or child with symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, lethargy, etc.) must quarantine at home until either symptom free or a negative COVID test. If a staff member or child’s family members (parents, sibling, partner, etc.) has symptoms, then the family must get tested and provide the school with the results before the child can return to school.
    • If a staff member or child or anyone in the household has come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID, the child is required to quarantine for 5 days immediately. The child will be required to take a COVID test on day 5 and can return to school with a negative test result. 
    • If a staff member or child tests positive for COVID, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days before returning to school. Staff member or child must have no symptoms upon return (see bullet below for timeframe) and should provide the school with a negative test (antigen recommended over PCR in this case due to validity).  
    • If a staff member or child tests negative, they should be symptom free without medicinal intervention for 24-48 hours before returning to school.
    • If children travel within the US or outside of the US using public transportation (ex: plane, bus, train), the school will require them to get tested 3-5 days after travel and return to school after 5 days of quarantine (with a negative test result). If the test result is positive, then follow guidance above. This is to ensure the safety of the children and community. 
    • Bright will inform parents immediately if anyone in the school has come into contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID.
    • If a child is sent to school with symptoms that have not been cleared by a negative test they need to be picked up immediately by a parent/guardian.
    • Children who develop symptoms of illness after drop-off will be separated from others right away,  preferably outside in the courtyard if weather permits or in the office. The child will remain in isolation until they can go home. 
    • The following website provides information on where to  obtain a COVID-19 test: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ 
  • If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19
      • The school will contact the Department of Public Health Acute Communicable Disease Program for  guidance on next steps. They will discuss if and for how long the school may need to close for appropriate  cleaning and other steps. The program can be reached 213-240-7941 during daytime hours or 213-974-1234 (After Hours Emergency Operator). 

Closure 

  • If we experience an exposure or presumed exposure, we must close our school for a  minimum of 24 hours. If this happens, staff will do their best to notify you of any school closures as soon as  possible to allow for you to make alternate arrangements for your family. 
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among our students or staff, we will follow the Department of Public  Health Acute Communicable Disease Program for guidance on steps we need to take to minimize risk for  other children and staff. This may include closing one classroom or closing the school for 10-14 days. If this occurs, we will not be refunding tuition for those days. 

General Guidelines

    • Children will only be allowed to bring their lunch box and water bottle to school. No toys or backpacks are allowed. Extra clothes should be sent in a ziploc bag and will be stored in the bathroom cubby.
    • Parents are to provide an extra pair of shoes to wear in the classroom.
    • As per our regular practice, we will monitor children throughout the day for signs of illness. If a child exhibits flu-like symptoms during the day, the child will be physically distanced from the rest of the class, and parents will be asked to pick them up as soon as possible.
    • Toys and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected as needed daily.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in each room; teachers will supervise the use of hand sanitizer.
  • We will give the children instructions on maintaining a reasonable distance from each other, proper hand washing techniques, and the importance of frequent hand washing and wearing a mask.
  • To encourage community cooperation of these guidelines, we will be asking teachers and parents to sign a waiver acknowledging these guidelines before attending Bright.