FAsp 2021-22 Opening Plan

FASP 2021-22 Opening Plan

 

Dear FASP Community,

Our 2021-22 Opening Plan’s purpose is to define the procedures in place to provide a safe and pleasurable learning environment for our students, families and staff. FASP’s Opening Plan is based altogether on the CDC guidelines, regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health and advice from the French Cultural Services. However, the plan may be adjusted and revised as time and COVID-19 requirements evolve.

The relationship between our parents and school will be critical to a safe and successful process. We would like to concentrate our time and energy on the quality of our learning environment and programs, while trusting that our parents and families will oversee and manage their children’s health condition.

As of today, we are back to full, onsite learning for all grade levels. Students will stay with their class group and will only access dedicated spaces for the specialty subjects: Music, Art, STEM and PE. The Science Lab will be reserved for students in grades 5-8 only.

In order to help us respond better to individual situations and ensure that learning is not disrupted, we encourage our families to vaccinate their children 5 and up as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support,

Dominique Velociter
Interim Head of School

 

Index:

  1. Healthy Learning Environment (Building Rules, vaccination, hygiene, safety, lunch, travel, etc.)
  2. Healthy Structure (On-site events, after-school program, pick-up and drop-off procedures)
  3. Healthy Response (Exposure to or infection by the COVID-19 virus)
  4. Communication & Visits

 

1 - Healthy Learning Environment

Entering the Building:  

  • Only students, staff and authorized visitors are permitted to enter the building
  • For parents, masks are required when on the school’s campus/grounds
  • Students and staff will check their temperature daily. If admitted, the child will go directly to the classroom

Wellness Policy:

  • Parents, faculty and staff are to sign the FASP Safety Pledge ahead of the first day of school
  • Parents, faculty and staff will submit the Daily Health Screening questionnaire before each school day

Vaccination:

  • Vaccination is strongly recommended to staff and students aged 5 and up. A copy the vaccination proof and status should be sent to nurse@ecoleprinceton.org.
  • Non-vaccinated staff and students above 12 years of age are required to take a COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test weekly (no home test). The negative tests result from a verifiable organization must be presented on Monday of each school week. The test should be done within 72 hours prior. Test results should be submitted to nurse@ecoleprinceton.org.

Face Coverings:

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask while inside of the building to protect others. Accepted mask types include:
    • A three-layer surgical mask
    • A high-quality cloth mask
  • Individuals will keep it on for the duration of the school day except for snacks and lunch, and as instructed, during recess and specialty classes. Masks may also be required for all students playing outside in a cluster
    • Students must carry a supply of five clean masks at all times
    • When needed, the use of face shields will be permitted to faculty members for instruction purpose
    • As students proceed to their designated recess space, children are required to wear a mask. Once they arrive outdoors, they are able to remove the mask if a minimum of 3-feet of social distance is maintained.
  • Hygiene and Safety:
    • A minimum of 3-feet social distancing will be observed
    • Students, faculty and staff will be required to clean their hands thoroughly several times a day. Sanitizers for dry cleaning will be available all through the school
    • Classroom windows will be open as much as possible, weather permitting
    • Classes will have separate recess zones, and times will be staggered
    • Bathroom breaks will be administered in small groups
  • Lunch Safety:
    • Lunch will be available for purchase from Catering Solutions or students may bring their lunch from home
    • All students will eat their lunch in their classrooms
    • Students will be allowed to eat outdoors, weather permitting
  • Cleanliness:
    • The FASP housekeeper will be on-site to disinfect surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day
    • Desks and tables will also be cleaned by staff and students in the middle and at the end of each school day
  • Water:
    • Water fountains will not be used. Please send enough water for your child each day. The container should go home for daily cleaning
  • Traveling: 
    • According to the CDC, unvaccinated individuals who do travel should get tested 1-3 days before their trip, 3-5 days after travel, and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after domestic and international travel. For those traveling to New Jersey, domestic travel is defined as lasting 24 hours or longer to states or US territories other than those connected to New Jersey, such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware. Please refer to the CDC website for up-to-date guidelines: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey
  • School Personnel:
    • 95% of staff is vaccinated
    • Teachers’ and students’ desks will face the same direction
    • Teachers will rotate among classrooms

 

2- Healthy Structure

  • Our school hours will remain the same for all three divisions:
    • Maternelle: 8:30-3:00
    • Elementary: 8:30-3:00
    • Middle School: 8:00-3:00

 

  • After School Program Open:
    • We plan to keep open the After-School program: 3:00-6:00 pm in designated areas
    • The afterschool activities have resumed for registration

 

  • On-Site Events/Activities
    • We hope to be able to resume field trips, school socials and other gatherings, however, most will be kept on hold until further notice
    • During music class, wind instruments will be removed. Students will be masked when singing indoor. They will be allowed to remove their masks when singing outdoor
    • In P.E. class, students may be allowed to remove their masks during high-intensity activities as instructed by their teacher. Additional P.E. guidelines include:
      • All students may keep their mask on during gym activities if they so choose
      • During explanations of gym lessons, students will maintain a minimum of 3-feet social distancing, so they are able to remove their masks
      • For indoor P.E. classes, windows and doors will remain open to supply sufficient airflow
      • For outdoor P.E. classes, students will follow the same protocol as observed during recess times
      • Students will be allowed to take frequent breaks during P.E. classes (such as going outside for fresh air, or having a drink of water)
      • Shared P.E. equipment will be sanitized after each use, and students will be instructed to wash their hands
      • Students will be reminded to bring an additional mask to gym class, in case of perspiration
    • Outdoor and indoor physical activity that will support social-emotional well-being will continue to be implemented
    • Back-to-School information sessions are expected to take place online. More information will be available in the weeks ahead
    • Parent-teacher conferences are anticipated to be held online
  • Pick-up and Drop-off Procedure
    • Access to the building will be strictly limited to staff members and authorized visitors
    • We will be using  three different entry points during arrivals and departures while maintaining a secure perimeter.
    • All parents and guardians are to remain in their vehicles throughout the drop-off and pick-up process
    • Student belongings (backpacks, lunch, etc.) are to be placed in your vehicle’s trunk for a no-contact retrieval process (all grade levels). Staff members will assist younger students who need help with gathering their belongings
    • All students are to remain in their vehicle until a faculty member directs the student to their designated temperature check space in line
    • Students must wear a mask once they exit their vehicle
    • Siblings in different grade levels must remain in their vehicle until their designated drop-off time slot and reach their door location
    • The temperature check line is for students only, and it will maintain three feet of social distancing between students
    • Safety hazard cones will be placed accordingly
  • Maternelle Drop-Off (Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten)
    • Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Location: Side entrance of building #4 (Located near the main parking lot)
    • Door Number Location: 15 (Red door as shown to the right)
    • Drop off instructions for Maternelle Students: Please proceed to the front of building #4 in your vehicle near the main parking lot
    • Once your vehicle arrives to the front of the line, please unbuckle your child’s seatbelt and a faculty member will guide your child to a designated spot to wait for a temperature check. After a successful temperature check, a faculty member will guide your child inside for a supervised activity until class begins
  • Elementary School Drop-Off (Grades 1-5)
    • Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    • Location: Traffic Circle
    • Door Number Location: Door #19 (as shown to the right)
    • Drop off instructions for Elementary School Students (Grades 1-5):
    • Please proceed to the traffic circle in your vehicle. Once your vehicle arrives to the front of the line, please unbuckle your child’s seatbelt (if assistance is needed) and a faculty member will guide your child to a designated spot to wait for a temperature check
    • After a successful temperature check, your child will be directed to his/her classroom.
  • Middle School Drop-Off (Grades 6-8)
    • Time: 7:50 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
    • Location: Traffic Circle
    • Door Number Location: Door #19 (As shown to the right)
    • Drop off instructions for Middle School Students (Grades 6-8):
    • Please proceed to the traffic circle in your vehicle. Once your vehicle arrives to the front of the line, a faculty member will guide your child to a designated spot to wait for a temperature check. After a successful temperature check, middle school students will walk to the lower level of the school to attend their designated classroom
  • Missed your Drop-Off Time?
    • Please arrive at door #22 (as shown to the left) at the rear of the building and call the school at 609-430-3001. Then, state your child’s name and one of our administrative assistants will provide further instructions for your child to enter the building, receive a temperature check and attend their class session.
  • Pick-Up Overview
    • Pick-up hours for all students: from 3:00 to 3:15 pm. Please proceed to the designated pick-up areas as follows:
      • Maternelle Students: Door #15 (Same location as drop-off)
      • Elementary Students: Door #19 (Same location as drop-off)
      • Middle school students: Door #22 (by the mailboxes, at the front entrance)
    • Please remember to display the name banner with your child’s name on the passenger’s sun visor for our staff members to call them out
  • Missed your Pick-Up Time?
    • Please arrive at door #22 (as shown to the left) by the mailboxes, at the front entrance and call the school at 609-430-3001. Then, state your child’s name and one of our administrative assistants will provide further instructions
  • Important Notes
    • Please do not congregate on the school premises.
    • Children are not allowed to play on school grounds before school or after dismissal

 

3- Healthy Response:

Parents and children and staff are encouraged to wear masks and keep social distancing when not at school.

Procedure if a student or staff becomes ill or is exposed to COVID-19:

  • Children with any fever or symptoms of any kind (runny nose, coughing, fever, headache, stomachache, etc.)  may not attend school. For a complete, up-to-date list of symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • For the following situations, the NJ health department will be contacted, and all measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all school’s constituents.
    • If an unvaccinated student or staff member is in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they should be referred for Covid testing. They must quarantine for 14 days regardless of test results. Please call the school by phone to inform our administrative team.
    • If a fully vaccinated student or staff member is in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and is asymptomatic, they should get tested 5-7 days after exposure. No quarantine is required.
    • If a student becomes ill or displays symptoms at school, the student will be isolated in the nurse’s office, and the family will be contacted to come immediately and pick up the child.
    • If a faculty or staff member feels ill with symptoms relating to COVID-19 during the school day, he/she will be sent home.
    • If a student or staff is diagnosed with COVID-19:
      • If all students in a class are vaccinated and asymptomatic, testing 5-7 days after is recommended.
      • For non vaccinated students under 12, quarantine for the entire class and remote learning for 14 days.
      • For students 12 and up in mixed class (with vaccinated and non-vaccinated students), if relevant, the school may choose to implement a non-interactive streaming option for non-vaccinated students who need to quarantine because of exposure to the virus.

 

Guidelines for quarantine for parents and family members exposed to COVID-19:

Exposure to COVID is defined as having close (within 6 feet) contact with a COVID-positive person for a period of at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period during which they would be considered contagious. A person is considered contagious beginning 48 hours after exposure. The use of masks decreases but does not fully remove the risk of transmission and therefore is not taken into consideration when defining exposure.

  • If an unvaccinated parent is exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19: the parent must quarantine for 14 days, consistent with CDC guidance. A PCR COVID test 5-7 days into the quarantine is recommended to help assure that an exposed person is not an asymptomatic carrier. Children of exposed parents do not need to quarantine UNLESS the parent develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID. Children are permitted to attend school as long as they are safely picked up and drop off by someone who is not under quarantine.
  • If a vaccinated parent is exposed to a person with COVID-19: the parent is not required to quarantine but must monitor their symptoms and get tested if any symptoms develop. It is strongly recommended that vaccinated persons exposed to COVID-19 wear a mask whenever around others for a period of 14 days.

Important Notice: Please call the FASP Administrative Office and send an email  immediately  if your child or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please contact the administration at  admin@ecoleprinceton.org.

 

4- Communication and Visits:

  • E-Communications – A bi-weekly bulletin will be sent to all parents, faculty and staff. The information will include updates about division-specific programs, school-wide updates and more.
  • Individual Meeting Requests – Please contact your child’s division head for specific instructions regarding in-person or virtual meetings
  • Administrative Requests – Please call the school or email admin@ecoleprinceton.org
  • Health Notifications – In the event of a closing related to COVID-19, a communication will be sent to all parents, faculty and staff
  • While only students, staff and authorized visitors are permitted to enter the building during school hours, parents and friends will have the opportunity to come visit the school and enjoy the students’ work several afternoons per month, between 3:30 and 5:30 pm. Advance registration will be required.
  • In addition, parents will be invited to meet with our Interim Head of School outside, on the school grounds during the month of September. Be on the lookout for your invitation!

 

5- Adaptability

Our priority is to ensure a safe learning environment for the students -- especially the younger ones who are not yet eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine --, their families, and our faculty and staff. By staying healthy, we will maintain the learning continuity that we all aspire to. While we were hoping to resume more social interactions, the strong uptick in Covid-19 cases leads us to renew a strict protocol.

If the local health situation evolves or if children under 12 become eligible for vaccination, this protocol may be amended.