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Even during a pandemic, our mission remains the same: to pursue academic excellence within a nurturing community. Although implementing the necessary COVID-19 safety measures will temporarily alter how we deliver a York education, we remain committed to developing inquisitive thinkers and engaged citizens. York aims to provide a learning environment where students explore new interests, focus on learning, and participate, where practical, in a valuable array of extracurricular activities.

The safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors is our highest priority. Our safety plan utilizes the most relevant scientific understanding of how to effectively and reasonably protect our community members while simplifying the procedures, as practicable, so students can learn in a joyful and reassuring environment on campus.

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    Is the School requiring COVID tests of students, faculty, and staff prior to the start of the school year?

    No. Experts have suggested that we focus our energy on other mitigation measures when the infection rate is below 10/100,000 daily new cases. All COVID-19 tests return some false positive results. When the prevalence of community infection is high, the Positive Predictive Value (PPV) of the test is relatively high, meaning the results are useful even with some false positives. When the prevalence of community spread is low, the number of false positives would grow beyond the number of true positives. This causes a low PPV which undermines the utility of the test.
    We do offer free optional COVID-19 tests Wednesday mornings from 9-11am in the parking lot near the science building. 

    Do I need to complete the passive screening test before I come to campus or undergo additional screening when I arrive on campus?

    No. We require those who are not feeling well to stay home (see #3), but we are no longer requiring any self-screening form or active on-site screening. 

    What symptoms should prevent students from coming to campus?

    The following is a list from the CDC of COVID-19 symptoms that would prevent students, faculty, or staff from being on campus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. Some of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions like asthma or allergies. If you have a fever, a new cough, new muscle aches, or unusual symptoms that don’t “feel normal,” then you should remain home.


    What should I do if I believe I was exposed to COVID or have COVID symptoms?

    Per CDC guidelines, an unvaccinated student who believes they have been exposed to someone living in the same household who has tested positive for COVID-19 shall inform York School promptly and self-quarantine for 10 calendar days to self-monitor for any potential symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    If you are experiencing COVID symptoms while on campus, immediately move outdoors and contact Mr. Brookhouser (kevin@york.org). Students will be taken to a safe room until they can be picked up. The School will then follow CDC guidelines for disinfecting the used room.

    What if a community member experiences COVID symptoms while on campus, comes into close contact with an infected person, or has a confirmed case of COVID?

    We will follow the guidance issued by CDPH and identified in points 6-10 in this document

    Who will conduct the contact tracing required by the above guidance, if a community member tests positive for COVID?

    All contact tracing will be conducted by York School administrators and/or the health authorities. We will use our attendance data to assist authorities on tracing. Contact tracing often involves individuals who have had “close contact” with a known case.

    What are the School’s layered mitigation strategies to reduce the transmission of COVID?

    Per the CDC’s recommendation, the School is using layered prevention strategies, including
    Universal and correct use of masks indoors.

    1. Handwashing
    2. Cleaning facilities
    3. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, if a case occurs at the School.

    What is the mask policy for students, faculty and staff?

    Recommended face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff over the nose and mouth when indoors. Anyone seen not wearing a face covering indoors will be immediately asked to wear one. If they do not have one, York will provide a disposable mask. The CDC provides guidelines and recommendations for face coverings here (e.g., wearing masks that properly fit, wearing double masks, etc.). (Note: Any exemptions for wearing masks are governed by the state of California. As per CDPH Guidance on Face Coverings, "persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask" as well as "persons who are hearing impaired" are exempt from mask requirements. A physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional are the only people able to determine if a student or faculty or staff member is exempt from the mask policy.)

    How often will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?

    Each classroom will have disinfectant spray bottles and paper towels, in case faculty would like to sanitize surfaces before and after class (although this is not required). In addition, each classroom will have hand sanitizer for student use before and after each class and as frequently as they can. Finally, we also will encourage students to wash hands as frequently as possible.

    What are the restroom policies and procedures?

    All restrooms on campus are sanitized each night. All restroom sinks have been upgraded to hands-free, and soap and paper towels are provided in all restrooms. Based on their size, some restrooms may be used by only one person at a time, while others may be used by two people at a time. Door signs on each bathroom indicate the policy for that restroom.

    What steps are being taken with campus ventilation systems to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID?

    When indoors, good air circulation and ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air. The School has taken several steps to accomplish improved ventilation. 

    First, during indoor, in-person learning, all windows and doors shall remain open. Second, every single classroom has improved air filtration systems. The School has installed CDC-recommended MERV 13 filters into the central air systems of Classrooms 1-11, the Chapel, and the Science Building. When the central air system is turned on in each of these areas, air forced through the systems will be filtered and blown into the rooms. 

    In the Day Hall lower classrooms, where the central air systems could not be retrofitted with MERV 13 filters, the following mitigation strategies have been employed:
    Fans with Merv 13 filters (one inflow and the other outflow) have been installed in the windows to increase air circulation.

    Portable air purifiers have been placed in the rooms, and carbon dioxide monitors, to check for air quality, have been installed.

    Merv 13 filters have been installed on restroom in-take fans.

    In the upper Day Hall Student Center and Music Room, Merv 13 filters have been installed. These rooms have high vaulted ceilings and adequate air circulation through windows and doors.

    For more information about ventilation and CDC guidelines, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html

    Will windows and doors be kept open?

    Yes. During indoor, in-person learning, all windows and doors shall remain open.
    What is the food policy on campus?

    All students should consume food and water outside. If weather makes that rule prohibitive, we will notify the entire community that morning. 

    Who is responsible for enforcing these safety measures?

    We all will need to work as a community to enforce the School’s COVID safety measures and procedures. As faculty and staff walk across campus, if they notice a violation of our policies, they will immediately remind our community members of these important safety measures.

    Will students have the option to learn from home as in spring 2021?

    All classes will be held on campus and teachers will not be hosting their classes through video conferencing. 

    Will teachers be teaching in person or online?

    All teachers will be teaching their classes from the classroom in person.

    What should students bring with them when they come to campus for in-person learning?

    We recommend that students bring the following items each day:
    1. Laptop and charger
    2. Masks (and a back-up mask)
    3. Refillable water bottle (hands-free water stations are available on campus)
    4. Layered clothing (with doors and windows open, classrooms may be cold)
    5. Lunch (microwaves will be available)
    6. Personal hand sanitizer (optional)
    7. Any school-related supplies that students wish to use for note-taking, etc.

      The school will return to regular locker use, and every student will receive a locker.
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