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2021-2022 Return to Campus Safety Protocol

Bishop Alemany Returns to Campus for the 2021-2022 School Year
 
Bishop Alemany High School is pleased to begin the process of welcoming students back to campus. This webpage contains important information and protocols that will help to ensure a smooth and safe transition to our in-person learning. The health and well-being of every student and employee remains the school's top priority. It is incumbent on all members of the Bishop Alemany community to work together to follow all policies and procedures to maximize the safety of the entire Warrior family. Thank you for your cooperation and diligence in this process!

OVERVIEW
Protocols for returning to campus.
  • HEALTH SCREENING
  • FACE MASKS INDOORS (MUST COVER MOUTH AND NOSE)
  • HAND WASHING AND SELF-CARE
  • REMAIN HOME WHEN SICK
 
EXPECTATIONS
Students Coming to Campus Must:
  • never arrive on campus sick even if symptoms are mild.
  • have had their daily health screenings completed using the Visitu app.
  • wear face masks at all times while indoors.
  • be conscientious of physical distancing.
  • wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • follow foot traffic signage to minimize congestion on campus.
Students Must Stay Home If:
  • they feel sick, and should contact their primary care physician.
  • they do not pass their daily at-home screening using the Visitu app.
  • they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • they test positive for COVID-19.
Parents Must:
  • ensure their student's daily screening has been completed before coming to campus.
  • notify the Front Office if their student or a household member develops any COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • retrieve their student promptly from Classroom E9 (Isolation Room) if they become ill while on campus.
  • remain in the vehicle when dropping off or picking up students.
 
POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS

COVID-19 has a wide range of symptoms including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, chills, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. All families, faculty and staff will be required to complete a daily screening at home on our Visitu app. This assessment is designed to identify potential illness. If an individual answers “yes” to any question, they must stay home and contact their primary care physician. Screening includes whether anyone in home is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. If screening has not been completed, an employee or student may not enter campus. Students or employees with any identified COVID-19 symptoms and/or a temperature of at least 100.4°F or higher will be isolated and sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has been conducted. 

Face masks are a critical safety measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face mask while indoors. Face masks will be required for anyone entering the campus, including, but not limited to families, visitors, and vendors. Every classroom will have a supply of extra face masks. Additionally, the front office, the counseling office, and the guard gate will have extra face masks for anyone who comes to campus without them. Face shields may be worn during instructional time, as needed. Students, faculty, and staff are instructed to wash face masks daily.
 
Wear your face mask correctly:
  • Wash hands before putting on face mask.
  • Proper face masks must include multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric.
  • Cover nose and mouth and secure it under chin. It should fit snuggly against side of face.
  • Make sure one can breathe easily.
  • Masks may not be removed in the classroom setting for any reason. Any student needing to remove their mask for any reason must first exit the classroom.
  • Bandanas, scarves, gaiters, and face shields cannot be worn in place of proper masks. Face shields can be worn in addition to proper masks. 
The school’s cleaning crew will sanitize school spaces before and after school. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every day after hours and disinfectant wipes will be available in every classroom to allow for the sanitizing of desks and other surfaces between each class. In addition to classrooms, cleaning will include restrooms, break rooms, front office, counseling center, chapel and fieldhouse. Sanitizing wipes will be available for students to wipe down their desks at the beginning and end of each class. The school owns and utilizes a high-powered disinfectant mister / fogger that will be used throughout the school for a deeper cleaning and other times as necessitated by circumstances. Each classroom will be stocked with EPA-approved disinfectant wipes and the school will maintain an adequate supply of PPE, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, towels, tissues, etc.
During drop-off, all students and families will need to enter through the main entrance and continue driving to the gym area on the back side of campus to receive their temperature checks before exiting their cars.
 
DROP-OFF: All student drop-offs should take place through the front gate off of Rinaldi Street. Student drivers should use the back gate at San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Students must have a mask when entering campus. If they do not, masks will be available at the guard gate and front office. Students must also have their Visitu app surveys completed before entering their first class of the day as they will be checked by their teachers.
 
PICK-UP: Student pick-up will also take place through the front gate off of Rinaldi Street. Student drivers will be able to exit through the back gate of San Fernando Mission Boulevard. Students who remain on campus after school ends should stay in designated waiting areas.
Classroom E9 has been reconfigured for use as an infirmary / isolation room. The room is equipped with an HVAC filtration system. Any student who exhibits symptoms will be directed to E9 and will await pick up from parents. N95 masks are provided for any employees who assist students in the isolation room. There is a building exit immediately adjacent to E9 that students will utilize to avoid travel through the building upon their departure.
  • If students, faculty, or staff become sick during the school day, they must immediately go to the Front Office. Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will then be placed in the isolation room until they are picked up and must contact their primary care physician for guidance on how to proceed, and whether to have a COVID-19 test administered.

  • Students displaying one or more COVID-19 symptoms will be required to isolate at home and notify the Front Office of their primary care provider’s plan of treatment.

  • Students with a negative test result may return to school with a note from their primary care provider classifying their illness as being unrelated to COVID-19. Students must also be fever free for 24 hours without aid of fever-reducing medication.

  • Students with a positive COVID-19 test result may not return to campus until at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared, their symptoms have improved, and they have been fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication.
  • Students and their parents will be notified of potential exposure to classmates or teachers who have tested positive, or are presumed positive, for COVID-19. The primary emergency contacts listed in Aeries will be notified via email and voice message.

  • Students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with someone who is presumed COVID positive must take a COVID-19 test, whether or not they have symptoms, and inform the school of test results. Students are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after their last close contact with the person who has or is likely to have COVID-19. Students may end their quarantine after Day 10 if they did not develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
All students, faculty and staff must stay home if exhibiting any signs of illness. Any student, faculty or staff must stay home if they test positive with COVID-19 for minimum of 10 days. Any student, faculty or staff who lives with someone with COVID-19 must stay home and quarantine for 10 days. Any student, faculty or staff member who is in quarantine or isolation must remain at home. If symptoms arise during the school day, the individual will be sent to the Isolation room (Classroom E9) and sent home promptly. Students, faculty and staff may return to school following a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms if they are fever-free without fever reducing medications for 24 hours AND symptoms have improved AND 10 days since symptoms began.
 
If a student exhibits symptoms or has tested for COVID-19, please call or email the Front Office at (818) 365-3925 / attendance@alemany.org as soon as possible.
Any person who is not employed by the school or enrolled in the school will be considered a visitor. All visitors must have a mask and check in a the Front Office. Visitors should exit campus immediately following completion of their intended purpose.
In the event that there are necessary changes to school schedule or cancellation of school due to a COVID outbreak or related occurrence, the community will be notified by phone and email via the Blackboard alert system. The information will also be posted as a pop-up alert on the homepage of Bishop Alemany’s website.
ARCHDIOCESAN COVID UPDATE LETTER
"Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty, staff and students of Bishop Alemany have shown tremendous resilience and commitment. The mission of our school has never been more relevant as all members of our community continue to rise to the occasion. Go Warriors!"

Dr. Hambleton
Dr. William C. Hambleton, Ed.D.
President
 
"COVID-19, the ensuing pandemic, and the isolation that we’ve all endured for the past year have served to remind us of the truly important values that we at Alemany hold dear — faith, morality, service, and community. As we reopen school, we are committed to honoring God, each other, and ourselves through the practice of those core values while striving for the excellence that Bishop Alemany High School represents."
Alexis Signature
Alexis Arnold-Cox
Principal