This new group focuses on learning practical and healthy ways to improve our mind, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle in general. We want to be active and healthy members of our family and community.
Welcome to the HEALTHY AT SCHOOL resource page. This page presents you with our most up to date plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Please understand that plans can change and we will stay current through this so you can always stay up to date on our Healthy at School action plans. Please bookmark this page and revisit it periodically for the most up-to-date information.
The purpose of this page is to share our action plans and also what we need for action items from our families. The health, well-being, and safety of our DUSD family of students, faculty, staff, and parents remain our highest priority.
We are currently on-campus and in-person, we have developed contingency plans to employ if the situation changes. Throughout the rest of this year, we are monitoring the health and safety of the DUSD community making adjustments as information continues to develop.
Below are some of the COVID-Specific Health and Safety Procedures that are in place to help us welcome your children back into the classroom safely.
COVID Illness and Contract Tracing: Symptom or Quarantine Instructions
Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Fully vaccinated individuals (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) do not need to quarantine after exposure to a COVID-19–positive individual or after travel as long as they remain asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure or their return from traveling to a state on the self-quarantine list. If they develop symptoms within 10 days of exposure or return from travel, they should begin new 10-day isolation starting the day the symptoms first developed and contract a doctor to get evaluated and/or tested.
The above exception only applies to fully vaccinated individuals. Students and non-fully vaccinated household members who are exposed or travel to states on the self-quarantine list must follow the quarantine guidelines.
Regardless of vaccination status, inform your school if you or a family member is exposed or travels to a state on the self-quarantine list so we can monitor the situation and consult public health if it becomes necessary. When you make this notification, please provide the date(s) and manufacturer of any COVID-19 vaccine doses the person in question has received.
Daily Health Checks
All people—students, faculty, staff, or visitors—coming onto the VCS campus will complete a health questionnaire upon arrival, either during carpool or when otherwise entering the building. Recent experience with COVID-19 symptoms and household quarantine status will be assessed.
All students along with all faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a mask when inside and when adequate distancing is not guaranteed outside. Preschool students will not wear masks for personal safety reasons.
Social Distancing/Cohorting Approach
Students will stay within their “classroom pod” during the day, meaning they will not mix with other students in the building and during outside play-times.
Hand Washing and Facility Cleaning
Students, faculty, and staff will wash their hands throughout the day, including upon arrival, before and after eating, after using the restroom, after being outdoors, and before leaving school. The school has also invested in an on-campus full-day cleaning technician to make sure our communal spaces are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. Teachers will follow cleaning protocols in the classroom throughout the day.
Visits will be limited to when there are a clear need and a clear plan for the visit. Special visits, such as coming in for birthdays, class parties, book reads, will be creatively restructured and reimagined to allow for Google Meet and Virtual Visits to reduce the Pollinator effect. Late arrivals and early dismissals will happen at the front door with an entrance to the building permitted only for the student. No parent walk-ups to the classrooms will be allowed; they will be chaperoned through the building by staff warmly and lovingly as we know this will be a new transition for some students.
Minimizing Use of Shared Materials
Regularly used supplies have been purchased for the individual student and are no longer communal. When communal materials are necessary, such as preschool play items, there are protocols in place to isolate the materials for cleaning after use.
Technology has evolved tremendously in a short period of time. The internet and online world has changed how we interact with each other, how we talk to each other, and how we receive and put out information. Risks also come with the sensation of online connectivity. According to the FBI’s Counterintelligence division, cyber-security and awareness is necessary as online hackers, bullies, and criminals attempt to exploit Social Media. Social hackers exploit connections through social networks by manipulating people through social interactions to get what they want. Their tactics are often disguised as harmless and legitimate actions.
It is important for both adults and kids to understand the risks involved when participating in social networking and media. Some popular social networking sites include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. Many users do not understand the impact a posting can have on their privacy and the privacy of others in their network.
A diamond is forever…and so are your social network postings. Once information is posted to a social networking site, it is no longer private. The more information you post, the more vulnerable you may become. Check out the Settings for your Social Media Apps.
For additional help, the following organizations and websites details how to protect you from social networking