WHAT IS KINDI DOING DURING COVID-19?
The health and safety of our staff, students, and their families is a top concern for Kindi Academy. We are doing our best to follow the general safety guidelines and add some of our own to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are also constantly monitoring the situation and any developments that will contribute to enhancing our measures and procedures.
The following are the ideas based on which we devised our procedures:
- minimize exchange between home and school as much as possible
- separate students into well-identified groups to be able to trace and contain the spread of the virus
- making sanitizing classrooms and material as part of the daily routine
- drastically increase sanitizing efforts school-wide
- Deep cleaning of school facilities five days per week.
- Nightly spraying the whole school with a virucide agent.
- Using UVC lights overnight to kill viruses and bacteria.
- Teachers and students are required to wear their masks in the school hallways and during transitioning periods.
- Any student or staff who are likely at higher risk if contracted COVID-19 are advised to keep their mask on at all times inside the school.
- Limit parents to the front foyer and office. Staff will call children through the paging system for early dismissal or otherwise.
- Outside packages delivered to school will be sprayed with a disinfectant to sanitize.
- Children in the 3-6 Montessori Program (grades Preschool to KG) need not bring backpacks to school.
- Any student or staff with COVID-like or flu-like symptoms will be asked to stay home and perform a test even if they have no fever.
- Students regular seating will be spread out such that desks and rugs (Montessori) are spaced at least 3 ft apart (mostly at 4.5 ft) and all students will be facing in one direction while they're doing individual work.
- Students will be required to wear a mask as long they are working in groups. If students are sitting on their regular marked spots, they have the option to take off the masks temporarily.
- Teachers are required to wear the mask as long as they are at less than 4.5 feet away from students. Otherwise, a teacher may optionally remove the mask temporarily.
- Students in the 3-6 Montessori classrooms (Pre-3 to KG) will be limited to their rooms. This means that the napping children will nap in a designated space in the room (and not in the nap room as before). The children will take their extracurricular subjects (such as foreign languages, art, etc.) in the classroom. They will also take lunch in their rooms. The different rooms will not be mixed for recess as before, so each room will take their recess at different times.
- Students in the 6-9 Montessori classroom will be put in groups according to grade levels and/or academic levels. While the groups will be in different parts of the same room, we will minimize the mixing of such groups.
- Students in Upper Elementary and Middle School will take their subjects at different rooms (science, math, Social Studies, ELA), but will be required to sanitize the desks and material before leaving the room.
- Students will be coached into sanitizing the material, desks, doorknobs, and other used equipment as part of the daily routine.
- Students will be reminded to wash and sanitize their hands routinely.
- Students will be instructed on how to sneeze properly.
- The idea of grouping and minimizing mixing up groups is to allow us to avoid wider cross infection in the case of a positive case and to allow for tracing back in that case.
- Classrooms will be furnished with hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes to be used often during the day.
- Teachers will not unload students from cars in the driveway as used to be the case to avoid cross infection. Parents will have to unload their children. Teachers will be waiting outside or by the door to take the temperature of the students while parents are waiting. If the temperature is at 100.4 degrees or higher, the student will not be allowed into the school.
- Students will have to put on the mask and take a squirt of hand-sanitizer by the door as soon as they enter the building.
- Parents of late students will have to wait until the temperature of the student is taken before they take off.
- If students are playing a contact sport such as soccer, dodge ball, basketball, or such then they will be required to have the mask on.
- If students are exercising or playing non-contact sports (such as running), then they are not required to have the mask on.
Snack and Lunch
- Hot Lunch will be offered as usual 3 times a week. Students will be served the food in disposable plates and cutlery. Servers will follow all sanitation measures required for safe serving.
- When bringing lunch or snacks from home, students will use disposable brown bags or zip-lock bags. Lunch bags can be a major source of germs and we would like to limit their use for now.
- Students will eat lunch in their classrooms.
- Weather permitting, we will try to take lunch outdoors as much as we can.
- We will spend the first few days and weeks educating children about “How Germs Spread” and “Why we’re Doing This?”
- We will be using media and hands-on activities to get the message across.
- Disinfecting, hand washing, coughing/sneezing and social distancing topics will be discussed frequently in each classroom as a reminder to all students.
- Display signs will be placed throughout the school to remind students of important safety tips.
Positive Case Finding
- If a case is found in any of the following groups:
- Room 101 (3-6 Montessori)
- Room 102 (3-6 Montessori)
- Room 103 (3-6 Montessori)
- Lower Elementary Grades 1-3 (any of the 3 groups)
- Upper Elementary (Grades 4 & 5)
- Middles School (Grades 6-8) and Grade 9,
then the whole group of students, their homeroom teacher, and any teachers that got in touch with them recently will be asked to take a COVID test immediately and not come back to school until they have a documented negative result (usually within 48-72 hours from the test). The person with the positive test will not be allowed back in school before 14-days and a negative test result.
- In the case the student with positive COVID has siblings in other grades, the siblings will have to quarantine for 14 days and get a negative test result (after the 14 days) before coming back to school. Students who are classmates with the siblings can attend school but are required to perform a test and have a result back in 48-72 hours.
- An email will be sent school-wide if a case is confirmed positive (through a test). No email will be sent out for just symptoms.
Families Doing their Part
We ask that all parents do their part to prevent any lost time or confusion by:
- Taking their child’s temperature at home. If they detect that their child is falling ill, the child should be held back at home. This will save time for all parties.
- Parents must disclose if they test positive or were in contact with a person who tested positive as soon as they find out. This will help us take immediate action which includes informing classmates and teachers and asking them to test.
- We ask that parents honor all school safety rules so we can best perform our job in protecting our Kindi family.
- We welcome all ideas that might make our school a safer place. Talk to us about your thoughts.
- We will move to online learning in the case one of the groups is asked to take off school or the building is shut down by a governmental agency.
- After three months (one quarter) of online learning and no signs of returning to the building, parents of younger ages of 3 and 4 year old children will be given the option to either continue learning online or withdraw their children from the school. Children in grades KG and older will not be given that option (unless there is a proven economic impact from the closure at the time. This is a case-by-case situation). We understand the challenge facing parents with 3 and 4 year old children doing online learning and as such we offer the option. Older students can handle the process much easier. Please understand that ceasing to educate children through the period of building shutdown does set students back academically and makes it extremely difficult to catch up the following year. These are critical years in a child’s growth and development and need to be effectively capitalized on their potential.
If you have any suggestions, please email us at office@kindiacademycom