FASP 2021-22 Opening Plan
Dear FASP Community,
Our 2021-22 Operation Plan’s purpose is to describe the procedures in place to provide a safe and pleasurable learning environment for our community.
Our COVID-19 Plan is formulated on the CDC guidelines, regulations of the New Jersey Department of Health, and advice from the French Cultural Services. Thus, the plan may be adjusted and revised as COVID-19 requirements evolve.
The safety of our students is our primary concern, and the relationship between parents and the School is conditional on a safe and successful management process. At FASP, we establish the procedures and protocols that will best serve our entire community. We trust our parents and families to oversee and manage their children’s health conditions accordingly, to allow FASP educators to concentrate their time and energy on the quality of the learning process and programs.
We thank you for your collaboration and support.
Interim Head of School
- Learning Environment (Building Rules, vaccination, hygiene, safety, lunch, travel, etc.)
- Hours and Drop off/Pick up (On-site events, after-school program, pick-up, and drop-off procedures)
- Health Response (Exposure to or infection by the COVID-19 virus)
- Communication & Visitors
1 - Learning Environment
Entering the Building:
- Only students, staff, and authorized visitors are permitted to enter the building
- Students and staff will check their temperature daily.
- Parents, faculty, and staff sign the FASP Safety Pledge before the first day of school.
- Parents, faculty, and staff submit the Daily Health Screeningquestionnaire before each school day.
Hygiene and Safety:
- A minimum of 3-feet of social distancing is observed.
- Students, faculty, and staff are required to clean their hands thoroughly several times a day. Sanitizers for dry cleaning are available all through the school.
- Classroom windows are open to circulate air, weather permitting
- Classes have separate recess zones and times.
- Bathroom breaks are administered in small groups.
- Lunch is available for purchase from Catering Solutions or students may bring their lunch from home.
- All students eat their lunch in the designated area.
- Utensils and food should never be shared.
- Students are permitted to eat outdoors, weather permitting.
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
- The FASP housekeeper is on-site to disinfect surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day and during transitions.
- Desks and tables are cleaned by staff and students in the middle and at the end of each school day.
- Water fountains are turned off. Please send enough water for your child each day. The container should go home for daily cleaning.
Currently the CDC recommendations are:
- Domestic Travel: Students and Staff who are NOT up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, should get tested 1-3 days before your trip and 3-5 days after travel. The CDC also recommends staying home and self-quarantining for 5 days after domestic travel. https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/travel/TH%20Domestic%20travel%20guidance.pdf
- International Travel: After arrival to the United States, students and staff should get tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. If they are NOT vaccinated or NOT up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, they should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
Average Vaccination Rate:
- 95% of staff is vaccinated
- ---% of students are vaccinated
2- Hours and Drop off/Pick up
- Our school hours will remain the same for all three divisions:
- Maternelle: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Middle School: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- After School: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Pick-up and Drop-off Procedure
- We are using three different entry points during arrivals and departures while maintaining a secure perimeter.
- Parents and guardians remain in their vehicles throughout the drop-off and pick-up process.
- Staff members will assist younger students who need help with gathering their belongings.
- All students remain in their vehicle until a faculty member directs the student to the building and designated temperature check space.
- Siblings in different grade levels must remain in their vehicle until their designated drop-off time slot and enter their allocated door.
- The temperature check line is allowed for students only. Three feet of social distancing between students are required.
- Maternelle Drop-Off (Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten)
- Time: 8:15 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
- Location: Side entrance of building #4 (near the main parking lot)
- Door Number Location: # 15 (Red door)
- 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 at 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 the 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 (circle area)
- Drop off instructions for Elementary School Students (Grades 1-5):
- Please proceed to the traffic circle in your vehicle. Once your vehicle arrives at the front of the line, please unbuckle your child’s seatbelt (if assistance is needed) and a faculty member will guide your child to the designated temperature check area.
- After a successful temperature check, your child will go 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 at 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, near the mailboxes, and call the school at 609-430-3001. State your child’s name and the administrative assistants will provide instructions for your child to enter the building, receive a temperature check and access their classroom.
- Pick-Up Overview
- Hours for all students: 3:00 to 3:15 p.m. 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.
- Hours for all students: 3:00 to 3:15 p.m. Please proceed to the designated pick-up areas as follows:
- Missed your Pick-Up Time?
- Please arrive at door #22, near the mailboxes, and call the school at 609-430-3001. Then, state your child’s name and one of our administrative assistants will provide further instructions.
- On-Site Events/Activities
- Field trips, school socials, and other gatherings have resumed slowly.
- During all school activities, students maintain a minimum of 3-feet of social distancing.
- During indoor classes, windows are open to supply sufficient airflow.
- For outdoor P.E. classes, students will follow the same protocol as observed during recess times.
- Outdoor and indoor physical activities reinforcing social-emotional well-being continue to be implemented.
- Campus Facility Guidelines
- Students and Families cannot congregate on the school premises and must leave the campus promptly after the picking up procedure is completed.
- The usage of the campus ground, including the school playground and equipment, is restricted to school supervised activities only.
- During school gatherings, outside of staff supervision, students are under their parent/guardian's care and responsibility and must always behave appropriately
3- Covid Response:
FASP continues to closely monitor and respond to the information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see below the current COVID-19 policies and protocols in place. These are based on the most recent guidelines and recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC.
Vaccination and testing policy
FASP strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination of all age-eligible students (5 years old and up), faculty, and staff.
A copy of the vaccination card must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All vaccine-eligible students, faculty, or staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to submit a negative viral test result every week. All tests results must be submitted by email to email@example.com
For the purpose of weekly testing, the accepted test types are:
- Laboratory tests: RT- “PCR”, nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs)
- Rapid Point-of-Care tests: antigen tests and some NAATs performed at a point-of-care (Doctors office, Healthcare centers, Urgent care centers, pharmacies, etc.)
- Self-Tests (home tests) - Not accepted to return to school after being sick or symptomatic
- Tests are done under the NJ schools COVID-19 screening testing program done at FASP (register here)
Masks remain a primary safeguard to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Although FASP strongly recommends mask-wearing at school, we no longer impose a universal masking mandate. However, a mask will be required in the following circumstances, regardless of vaccination status.
During periods of elevated community transmission:
- When COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) score in Central West Region is high (orange) or very high (red) Most recent CALI score available here
- All close contacts must wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days following the last exposure.
After returning from isolation or quarantine:
- Students and staff who return to school during days 6-10 of isolation or quarantine must wear a well-fitting mask.
When illness occurs in school:
- Students or staff who become ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while in school should wear a mask until they leave the premises.
During Test to Stay:
- Students participating in Test to Stay should be required to mask (indoors and outdoors) for 10 full days.
Masks must be worn by all passengers on buses:
- Masks must be worn by all passengers on buses, including school buses.
RESPONSE TO Sick OR symptomatic students and staff
Symptom screening, masks, and hand hygiene are proven strategies to reduce risk. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should monitor their health daily. Students and staff who are sick should stay home.
- Sick students and staff with any Covid-compatible symptoms (see below) should stay home and contact the school
- Regardless of vaccination status, children and staff with Covid-compatible symptoms while at school will be separated away from others until they can be sent home. Individuals will be sent home and referred to a healthcare provider
- Before returning to school, sick/symptomatic children and staff will be required to submit a physician’s clearance note authorizing them to return to school and/or a negative result for the Covid-19 test performed at a point of care (self-tests are not accepted for this purpose).
COVID-compatible symptoms -
At least two of the following symptoms: fever(measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers)s, myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose or
At least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, and new taste disorder.
(for students with chronic illness, only new symptoms, or worse than baseline should be used to fulfill symptom-based exclusion criteria)
Note: Siblings (who are not up to date with vaccinations) of a student who meets COVID-19 Exclusion criteria should be excluded from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the sibling will need to quarantine.
General reminder: parents are asked to notify the school administration when their child is ill, even when the condition or symptoms are not Covid-related. There are indeed several other conditions requiring exclusion from school. The list of these conditions and symptoms, as well as the exclusion duration, is accessible here.
COVID-19 Positive test result
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the school immediately.
Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must ISOLATE for 5 days.
- Day 0 is the first day of a positive test or onset of symptoms.
- Day 6 is the first day the individual can return to school, only if he is fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and the symptoms are resolved.
- Until day 10: Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 must wear a well-fitting mask
All details on Isolation can be found on the CDC Quarantine and Isolation webpage
Exposure & Close contacts
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 or more minutes during a 24-hour period. Individuals would be considered exposed during the period between 2 days prior to symptom onset (or positive test date if asymptomatic) and 5 days after.
Please see below the guidelines to follow for identified close contacts after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Identified close contacts who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
- No Quarantine required
Identified close contacts who are NOT up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine
- must quarantine for at least 5 full days after last exposure or
- elect to participate in the Test to Stay (TTS) Option
All individuals with a known exposure, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a well-fitting mask at school for ten full days after last exposure and should test five-seven days after last exposure.
TEST TO STAY (TTS)
Starting in May 2022, FASP adopted a Test to Stay policy for unvaccinated individuals. Test to Stay (TTS) combines contact tracing and serial testing to allow asymptomatic close contacts who meet the criteria for quarantine to continue in-person learning.
Contact the school administration if you have any questions about Test To Stay or if you want your child to participate in TTS.
TEST TO STAY (TTS) Keeps Kids in School
Information for Parents and Guardians
Your child has been exposed to COVID-19 and may be eligible for TTS to continue in-person learning.
- TTS allows exposed students who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations to continue in-person learning instead of having to stay at home for the first 5 days after exposure.
- To participate in TTS, the student must not have any COVID-19 symptoms and test negative two times after exposure.
- At home rapid tests can be used for IIS and testing may be available through the school. Other options for testing may include pharmacies, healthcare providers, and local health departments.
- Find additional covid-19 resources by visiting Covid19nnj.gov.
Options for Getting Tests for TTS?
- Check with the school to see if they have free tests available
- Order your free at-home tests in advance at covidtests.gov.
- Check if your health insurance plan covers the cost of covid-19 tests purchased at pharmacies and retail stores*
Action Steps for Parents and Guardians:
- Have your child tested twice, once right away and again on day four. Report all test results to the school.
- Your child must wear a well-fitting mask in school and around others through day 10 both indoors and outdoors.
- When not in school, your child should stay at home for 5 days after exposure. Avoid activities where masking is not possible. Monitor your child for symptoms until 10 days after exposure.
- If your child tests positive or develops symptoms at any point, keep them at home and notify the school.
It is your responsibility to seek reimbursement from your health insurance company, reimbursement is not guaranteed.
New Jersey Schools COVID-19 Screening Testing Program
Since mid-October, FASP is participating in the New Jersey Schools COVID-19 Screening Testing Program, a program funded by the State of New Jersey and supported by the CDC. Thanks to this initiative, all FASP students have access to a weekly COVID-19 PCR test at no cost. Participation in this program is strictly voluntary, regardless of the student's vaccination status.
Mirimus Inc. - the New Jersey Department of Health’s testing partner – is using their SalivaClearÔ testing solution, a high-quality saliva-based RT-PCR testing where self-collected saliva samples are combined into batches or pools and then, screened for the coronavirus. This method allows early detection of COVID-19 in pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals and is an effective risk mitigation strategy that helps prevent the virus from spreading in schools. Please click here for more details on SalivaClear and pool testing.
Weekly, Saliva samples are self-collected at school in a non-invasive, safe, and simple way. These are then shipped to Mirimus Clinical Lab to be processed using PCR analysis, considered the most accurate and reliable type of COVID-19 testing. Please click here to find out more about how samples are collected. On average, pool testing results are expected to be available within approximately 48 hours following the sample collection. In case of a positive result, participants’ parents will be notified directly.
To enroll your child in this program, you need to complete and sign the mandatory Consent Form and the HIPAA waiver, which are accessible online at https://hipaa.jotform.com/212774814091053 (if the link does not lead you directly to the form, please copy/paste it in your browser).
Please note that this test is accepted as a weekly COVID-19 test which is required since May 1st for all students aged 5 and up who are not fully vaccinated.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Manuel Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Students who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, will not be able to participate in the program until 90 days have passed since the positive test result.