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COVID Policies

School Operations Safety Plan

Please Note: This area is constantly being updated as medical recommendations change, as we adapt our outside model and as the Shorenorth Community changes during the pandemic.



References for Guidelines

We, as a school, will use guidelines set forth by:
Center for Disease Control
Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Initiative
Coronavirus.wa.gov
Shoreline Community College

We will also take into account policies from other entities such as neighboring school districts, our sister co-op preschools, King County Public Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Please understand the guidelines are adapting as we learn more about COVID-19. We will do our best to update this reference guide as needed.

Face Masks
Per our guidelines, face coverings are required for all persons age 2 and older. We understand and welcome the learning process and will work with young students and their comfort levels to encourage mask use.

Voluntary Self-Isolation
Any unvaccinated persons (adult or child) shall not return to school for 10 days post plane/train/bus travel (or 7 days with testing at 3-5 days post-travel).
Families who self-isolate will have full access to virtual and take-home components of school as well as community support as needed.
As before, families engaging in behavior outside the scope of the current Phase set forth by the Governor’s Office will need to self-isolate for the dates stated above.

Vigilant Monitoring of Family Health
Families will be vigilant in monitoring the health of their members. We understand each family is different and your ‘normal’ may look different than another’s. If a family member feels unwell, please do not participate in any in-person activities. Your squad is there to help. If anyone in your household experiences COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever over 100.1, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, we ask that you self-quarantine for the required 14 days. If you have not had a known COVID-19 exposure, you may resume in-person activities within the 14 days if both the child and working parent provide a negative COVID-19 test.

For extended illnesses or if a family member suffers from regular conditions (seasonal allergies, etc) please connect with your squad and teacher to plan for how best to participate.

Disclosure of Confirmed COVID-19 Illness or Exposure
Families will inform the class PC and/or teacher within 24 hours of a household member receiving a positive COVID-19 test and if the family is informed of a potential exposure by public health authority and/or medical providers. This will allow us to quickly trace our own contact chain. Beyond your squad, your family identity will be kept confidential, however we will disclose any positive COVID-19 tests to our entire school community. This disclosure will follow the same protocol as other infectious diseases (hand/foot/mouth, flu, etc.)

Procedures for disclosing COVID-19 symptoms or exposure
1) Inform Shorenorth within 24 hours if household member or close contact (nanny, elementary pod) has a known COVID-19 exposure. Family will move to virtual content for 14 days. Families with a positive test will follow all medical guidelines and will be in contact with Shorenorth leaders to determine a plan for safe return.
2) Families with ANY COVID-19 symptoms without known exposure may not participate in-person for 14 days unless all symptoms have resolved and can provide negative test results.
3) The Shorenorth community will be made aware of positive test results by email. This will include the last date the person was in class and any locations visited by that person. Confidentiality of the affected individual will be maintained.
4)Shorenorth will reach out to the squad to provide more information, as well as gather additional information regarding potential exposure. Together, a decision on how to move forward will be made based on the specific circumstances and may include the squad quarantining for 14 days.
5)Shorenorth will work with King County Public Health to determine appropriate next steps for the affected squads moving to virtual vs. the entire school moving virtually.

Screenings
Parents/guardians shall complete the screening assessment for all family members who will be in attendance for the day as part of the Jovial check-in process.  Daily screening is as follows:

1) Was your temperature take at Shorenorth 100.4 degrees or higher?
2) Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea?
3) Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
4)  Are you isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19?
5)  Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?
[check box here] By clicking the box you are answering ‘NO’ to the questions above.  If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above questions, please do not enter the school and see your teacher for further instructions. 

Squads

Each class will be broken down into ‘Squads.’ One squad can be virtual for each class. In-person squads will be formed taking into account various risk factors such as siblings, new babies, jobs, essential workers, high risk family members, etc. Squads will have no more than six students (additional siblings may come) which will keep the groups around 10 individuals at one time.
Squads will not be able to interact with other squads in the school.

It is the responsibility of each member to notify squad members of any CHANGES to their activities/exposure that could potentially increase risk. Examples include but are not limited to: Older children returning to in-person/indoor education, unvaccinated household member traveling by air, participation in organized group activities (swimming lessons, gymnastics, sports, etc.) household member returning to in-person work.

It is the member’s responsibility to notify their squad members to provide background information on the circumstances which alter risk/exposure. The member should request that any concerns from the squad regarding the increased exposure/risk be brought directly to the teacher for mediation.

Gray Areas / Requests for Exceptions

Members shall contact their Instructor and Board Chair (shorenorth.chair@gmail.com) with any requests for exception and/or interpretation of ‘gray areas.’ Such requests will be addressed by the Executive Board.

Class Schedules

In-Person Option
Explorers: Wednesday, 9 – 10:15 am
Toddlers: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 – 10:20 am
Movers: Monday, 9 – 10:30 am // Tuesday & Thursday, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Groovers: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 12:15 pm – 2:10 pm

Virtual Option
Baby n’ Me Only: Tuesday, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Toddlers & Groovers: Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Movers & Explorers: Thursdays at 2:00 pm
Groovers Only: Thursday, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Learning Centers

Enhancing Children’s Play
1. Get down to children’s level physically. 2. Slow down and observe children before talking to them. 3. Give children a five-minute warning before the end of each segment of play to remind and help them prepare for the change in activity. 4. Talk to children about their play. If at a loss for words, narrate what they are doing. “John is putting the train together.” 5. Extend children’s attention and play by adding information which may give them a new idea of how to use the materials. “Would you like to try a smaller brush?” “Let’s look for some more cars to use.” “Shall we put some water in the sand?” 6. Ask children questions that will get them to think about the materials in a new way. “What do you think that animal wants to eat?” “Where will it sleep?” “What do you think he is thinking about?”
Creative
1. Each week there will be a new activity – collage work, gluing, finger-painting, mixing, stamping, drawing, etc. – which coordinates with the curriculum. Many times the children will be content to simply manipulate the materials. Use of art materials for young children are primarily for exploration rather than production of an end product. THE PROCESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PRODUCT. 2. They may not do it the way you would. What matters is their experimentation and decision-making. We encourage exploration, rather than copying. Respect what the child has created. Positive interactions include: “How does that feel?” “What beautiful colors,” rather than “What is it?” or “You can do better.” 3. Being outside will provide new opportunities to explore art. Remember, it is best if everyone comes “dressed for mess!” 4. Save the child’s work if they want to keep it. Clean area using COVID cleaning policies. 5. Extra materials can be re-shelved. If your child didn’t make a project during class but wants to do it at home, parents are welcome to take home the materials. Please help us maintain an organized and clean workspace.
Playscape
1. Work in your assigned area outside. 2. Stay attentive to the children and remain fully focused on them. 3. Keep adult conversation to a minimum. 4. Try hard to observe and extend the children’s play without interrupting it. 5. Each class has Playscape projects to learn about nature while maintaining the space. These projects include (these will be updated soon)  Explorers: Collecting fir cones and depositing them in the compost bin located at the southern end of the Playscape.  Toddlers: Collecting rocks and returning to small ones to the Rock Garden located under the Music Wall and large ones to the tire steps behind the green slides.  Movers:  Groovers: Moving wood chips to the back of the play structure and into high traffic areas including base of the slide, climbing wall, ladders, monkey bars, under swings and under tire swing.

Snack & Lunch

No class will have a dedicated time for eating. Please be sure all students are fed before class. Special circumstances may be allowed within individual squads.

Sibling Policy

As an update to all Shoreline College Co-Ops, additional siblings may be allowed to regularly attend classes with an enrolled sibling. Shorenorth will waive all Shorenorth class fees for siblings. Any sibling already enrolled is welcome to attend. Unenrolled siblings will have a secondary parent enroll as an SCC student.

Parents must stay any day a sibling attends. Any sibling attending more than twice a month will be counted as ‘regularly attending.’ All siblings will need to be enrolled in Jovial via the Registrar for check in-out purposes. Registrars will provide any paperwork needs, Shoreline College fees and access to QR codes for signing in.

Financial Aid

A special Covid-19 Relief fund was created in Spring 2020 which allows coverage of financial obligations over and above our standard financial aid offerings. If, at any time, you are in need of monetary support in order to continue attending, please message the Treasurer (shorenorth.treasurer@gmail.com) for guidance.