Guidelines for the Start of the 2021-2022 School Year
As we look forward to the return of all students to in-person learning this school year, we want to share some important guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that Oakwood will be implementing.
We will continue to monitor and update our mitigation protocol as needed as guidelines from our State and County may change. We thank you for your careful review of these guidelines and your continued support of the protocol we have put in place to ensure the health and safety of our Oakwood students, faculty, staff, and broader community. Questions regarding this information may be directed to our Pandemic Team.
Oakwood will maintain the below guidelines and update as needed or required by our governing entities.
• Multifaceted Prevention Strategy: Oakwood will continue to uphold its multifaceted COVID-19 mitigation protocol established in August 2020, following state and county guidance.
• Face Coverings: As per the CDPH face covering guidance, all students, regardless of vaccination status are required to wear face coverings indoors. Our faculty and staff are also required to wear face coverings when sharing indoor spaces with students. Face coverings are optional outdoors for all individuals. Families must supply face coverings for their students and should plan to have at least two clean, spare face coverings in their backpack in case theirs becomes dirty, breaks, or is misplaced.
• COVID-19 Vaccination: Oakwood strongly encourages all eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
• Attendance Protocol: Please note: our absence reporting protocol has changed this year. If your student is ill with any symptoms, whether on the below list or not, we ask that you keep them home from school. Please visit our new Attendance webpage to report your student’s absence. If your student or a member of your household is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you will be contacted by a member of our Pandemic Team and given next steps and the proper protocol to be cleared to return to campus. It is imperative that all members of our Oakwood community stay home when ill and follow the proper steps before returning to campus. If students become ill during the day, our faculty and staff will notify parents/guardians immediately and the student will be sent home. Thank you for your help in keeping our campus healthy and safe.
- Fever of 100.0 or higher
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
• Daily Screening & Surveillance Testing: At this time, we don't plan to require daily symptom screening with the Fever Free app or the paper checklist or hosting regular on-campus COVID-19 testing for our faculty, staff, and upper school students. However, if you or a member of your household have been exposed to a positive case or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you please stay home and get tested immediately. Symptomatic individuals or those who have been exposed should contact the Pandemic Team immediately for next steps. Regular COVID testing is recommended by the CDC for unvaccinated individuals.
• Hand Hygiene: Oakwood will continue to promote and reinforce frequent handwashing while on campus. Outdoor handwashing stations will remain around campus in addition to sinks in bathrooms and classrooms available for use. Hand sanitizer will also be made available as needed.
• Physical Distancing: There are no longer any minimum physical distancing requirements in indoor spaces when other mitigation strategies, such as face coverings, are implemented.
• Ventilation: Oakwood will continue to optimize ventilation in indoor spaces with the use of MERV-13 air filtration and air purifiers, consistent with the CDPH Guidance on Ventilation of Indoor Environments and Ventilation and Filtration to Reduce Long-Range Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Considerations for Reopened Schools.
• Case Reporting, Contract Tracing, & Investigation: Oakwood will continue to comply with state and county COVID-19 reporting requirements should we be made aware of a positive case on our campus. The Pandemic Team will work in conjunction with the county on contact tracing and notifications to any potential close contacts.
• Cleaning: Oakwood will continue to disinfect classroom spaces and high-touch surfaces with approved disinfectants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list.
• Visitors: Oakwood will continue to limit visitors, volunteers, and on-campus activities where applicable. Any visitors to campus must check-in at the Front Office before proceeding on to campus.