Update #2 from Merdinian’s Safe Reopening Taskforce

BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE

Dear Merdinian Families, 

We hope this memo finds you and your families in good health. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your patience, as we critically assess and strategize all the components necessary to open Merdinian School for the 2020-21 academic year.

As you know, our Reopening Taskforce has been examining every guideline and contemplating every possible option presented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Los Angeles County, and the State of California public health agencies.

We have assembled the basic tenets of our safe reopening guidelines and reaffirm that our primary goal is to secure the safety of our students, staff, and families while providing a traditional school experience, as much as possible.

With that said, we invite you to participate in a virtual Town Hall On Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Further details will be shared soon. 

As of now, our plan is to reopen the school and invite our students back on campus for in-person instruction, starting on August 20th. As you know, the COVID-19 situation is extremely fluid and new guidelines can force us to alter our course. We will notify you if necessary and keep you updated on our plans to safely reopen Merdinian. 

Below you will find the preliminary guidelines that we will likely follow.

These guidelines are based on the current state of the pandemic, as well as current operating rules from the State of California. We will revise the guidelines to accommodate any changes to the aforementioned, as necessary.

Safe Reopening Tentative Guidelines During COVID-19

Class Size & Physical Distancing:

  • The school will be divided into zones, for the primary purpose of creating spaces where students will be assigned for learning purposes
  • In their assigned classroom, students will be allotted the recommended safe distance from each other.
  • Students will receive instruction in the same room.  
  • During all activities, efforts will be made to abide by social distancing recommendations.

Arrival Procedures:

  • There will be at least 2-3 designated drop-off areas to allow for the implementation of required health screenings and to avoid overcrowding.
  • Upon arrival, all students and staff are required to wear masks at all times. 
  • Students’ temperatures will be taken and recorded, upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter the campus.
  • Parents or caretakers will not be allowed to enter the campus. (Parents of Preschool students will be advised with separate instruction.)

Departure Procedures:

  • Upon parent arrival, children will be escorted to the designated pick up areas.
  • Parents will sign out their child from outside of the building using the aforementioned predetermined system

Daily Activities and Hours:

  • The school’s hours of operation will remain the same. In order to allow staff ample time to adhere to CDC safety and disinfection guidelines, there will be no after school care at this time.
  • Classroom environments and student activities will be reconfigured and reimagined in a creative and child-friendly manner, in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • Individually served lunches will be provided to students in their designated classroom

Hygiene and Sick Child Policy:

  • Any adult exhibiting signs of flu and/or COVID-19 symptoms will be required to leave the premises immediately and follow CDC guidelines for a safe return to school.
  • If a student exhibits signs of flu and/or COVID-19 symptoms, parents will be notified immediately and will be required to pick up the student. The student will be isolated in a designated room/area, with a staff member, until they are picked up. 
  • The student will be expected to follow CDC guidelines for a safe return to school.
  • Students and staff will be required to adhere to CDC hand washing policies.
  • All teachers and adults will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Students must wear face coverings

As noted above, these preliminary guidelines are subject to change, to meet evolving policies and regulatory recommendations. Upon approval from the Merdinian Board of Directors, a final version of the guidelines and a waiver will be provided to parents for signatory agreement.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We will remain in communication with you in the coming days and weeks. Together, we will overcome the unique challenges this year has presented. Your children, our students, are our number one priority. Now, more than ever, Merdinian School needs your support and partnership in meeting the above guidelines.

To fulfill all these requirements, the school will be required to augment its fiscal budget by making physical changes to the facility, hiring additional staff, and allocating additional funds for specific health and safety equipment and cleaning supplies. A COVID Health and Safety fee will be charged to each student.

We look forward to meeting with you at the upcoming Town Hall and to welcoming our precious children back to school in August.

Sincerely,
Merdinian Reopening Taskforce