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PHPS Covid-19 Updates

PHPS COVID-19 Updates

Fall 2021

Masks:

We will require you to send your child to school with a mask.  Please choose a mask that fits your child. We will not allow gaiter types of masks this year. We do have disposable child and adult masks available at school. While in the classroom, and students are at least 3 feet apart, we will allow students and vaccinated teachers to remove their masks as it is necessary for the student to benefit from classroom instruction.  In communal areas, such as hallways and chapel, students will wear their masks.  Students will not wear masks outside.

We will require all visitors to the school to wear a mask.  

Room Capacities and Social Distancing:

Given our class sizes and room dimensions, we can accommodate the minimum of 3 feet distance in between our students in the classrooms, as recommended by the CDC K-12 schools guidelines.

Socialization is a crucial for our students, so we will be allowing gathering in communal spaces this year, such as the gym before school, the lunch room, and the Sanctuary for chapel. We have expanded gathering spaces so they are large enough to allow for distancing greater than the recommended 3 feet in these areas.  Students will wear masks when in groups, except when eating and when outdoors.

We will also be allowing after-school activities which will involve some mixing of students in different grades.  Please keep this in mind as you sign up for these voluntary activities.

Cleaning/Sanitizing/Ventilation:

  • We will continue our daily cleaning protocols from last year and require students to sanitize and wash their hands throughout the day.
  • All classrooms have room filters that will remain in use this year. We also encourage teachers to open windows to allow additional ventilation when it is safe to do so.
  • In addition, we will use outside spaces when appropriate-for lunch or for instructional time.

Contact Tracing:

PHPS will notify the whole community when a student or teacher has received a lab-confirmed positive Covid test.  TEA no longer requires schools to contact-trace when an individual at school is diagnosed with Covid-19; however, we will still notify close contacts of the student. A close contact as defined by the CDC “excludes students who were 3-6 feet apart who consistently and correctly wore a well-fitting mask.”  We will use seating charts to determine close contacts in the classrooms and at lunch.

Our goal is to keep our students in school; therefore, we do not intend to send the whole class or grade level home, but instead ask you to monitor your child for symptoms in the instance of a positive case at school.   Of course, if we determine we have an “outbreak” we will address the situation appropriately, which may require classes or grades to quarantine.

Screening:

Please conduct daily screenings or your child at home. If you child shows signs of illness, please keep him/her home from school and contact Robyn Poole in the front office.

If your child has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid, please keep him/her home and contact Robyn Poole rpoole@phps.org. If necessary, we will communicate quarantine requirements to you at that time. We will strictly follow CDC guidelines for quarantining.

Remote Learning:

We will not be offering the option of remote learning for students this year. However, if your child must be home due to a need to quarantine or isolate for more than 4 days, we will provide remote learning opportunities for him/her.

Visiting School:

  • We welcome parents back in our building for scheduled activities and meetings.
  • We will not be asking visitors, including parents, to show vaccine status.
  • We are eager to have parents volunteer for school activities again this year and feel that wearing a mask and being vaccinated are the safest way to allow these important volunteer opportunities that involve close contacts with students to take place this year.  
  • We will still have the drop box by the front door, so you may drop a forgotten lunch or other item or pick up items left by the teacher for you.
  • If you are picking up your student early or dropping off your student late, please ring the bell at the front door, and Robyn at the front desk will help get your child in the right place or bring your child to you.

Do not send your child to if he/she is showing signs of any illness. Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • 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

Do not send your child to school if he/she has been in close contact with someone who has received a lab-confirmed positive Covid test. 

We follow CDC guidance for isolating and quarantining students and teachers who have been exposed to Covid-19, have symptoms of Covid-19, or have received a positive Covid-19 test.  The CDC guidance for K-12 schools can be found here: CDC Covid School Guidelines

If your child has been exposed to Covid or is having symptoms, please call or email Robyn Poole at rpoole@phps.org or 214-368-3886. Each case is unique, so Robyn will walk you through the process and let you know if your child needs to quarantine and when he/she can return to school.