COVID-19 Policies & Practices

Let’s keep Sequoyah School safe!

Our return to campus will be a process that requires a concerted community-wide effort steeped in trust, honesty, and responsible intentions and actions.

Do not come to campus if you are feeling even mildly sick.

On-Campus Requirements

The Sequoyah School we all know and love is still at the heart of everything we do.

Sequoyah School faculty and staff have been working diligently to welcome our students back to campus in the safest manner possible. While our return to campus may feel different, the new policies, procedures, requirements, and expectations exist with the best interest of the entire Sequoyah School community in mind.

These protocols safeguard ourselves, protect one another, and ensure that we remain in compliance with city and county mandates so that we can return to and maintain a consistent on-campus environment for our students.

Please be aware that protocols may shift as COVID-19 research, data, outcomes, and local/state government mandates change.

On-Campus Requirements

Return-to-Campus Plan

Procedures & Expectations

AT HOME

ILLNESS

Do not come to campus if you are feeling even mildly sick.

Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:

ON CAMPUS

CLOSED CAMPUS

Sequoyah School is a closed campus until further notice. Parents and visitors can enter the campus by invitation ONLY. All visitors must follow all on-campus safety protocols.

CAMPUS ARRIVAL

SCREENING CHECKPOINTS
Students and employees will be screened in their cars during morning drop off/arrival . Parents and students must remain in the car with masks on as they pass through the screening area.

SCREENING RESULTS
If anyone scans at or above 100˚F or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they will be sent home.

TRAVEL

Travel continues to be a risk factor for the spread of COVID-19 and we discourage non-essential travel for our community members during this surge of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. Please help us protect our campus full of children, most of whom are under the age of 12 and unvaccinated. Should you need to travel, please follow the guidance of public health authorities.

URGENT PICK UP

Parents/guardians are expected to pick up their student immediately for any of the following reasons:
• They have difficulties following on-campus protocols
• They become ill
• They have close contact with an ill or symptomatic individual

COVID-19 VACCINE

All Sequoyah School employees and students 12+ must be vaccinated. To pursue medical or religious exemptions, please email us.

MASKS

Masking remains one of our most significant protections against viral spread. All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may only be removed during select activities, such as eating, which will take place outside (weather permitting) with distancing of at least six feet.

Because of the increased communicability of the Delta variant, we are enhancing our mask standards to include well-fitting KN95 masks as well as double masking of the three-layer surgical masks under well-fitted cloth masks.

HAND WASHING & PERSONAL HYGIENE

Everyone on campus is expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day. Handwashing and hand-sanitizing stations are in various locations throughout campus.

PHYSICAL DISTANCE

Physical distancing is an important factor in our multi-layered risk-mitigation strategy. At least six feet of distance will be required of students and monitored strictly when students have their masks off while eating outside. Distancing will be maintained to the extent possible inside classrooms, where masks are required and ventilation is continuous through filtration systems, open doors, and open windows.

STABLE GROUPS

Sequoyah School’s Health & Safety protocols limit interactions between classes to reduce overall exposure. Students must remain in their assigned stable group while indoors and eating.

Do not come to campus if you are feeling even mildly sick.

Sequoyah's COVID-19 Links & Documents

Public COVID-19 Resources & Guidelines

Resources

HEALTH & SAFETY RESOURCES

CALIFORNIANS FOR ALL!
Come together to help each other. JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

From Gov. Newsom – Learn how you can get involved.

PSA: Safe Shopping and Handling of Groceries and Take-out Food

Jeffrey VanWingen, MD, demonstrates safety tips for grocery shopping, and for bringing home and handling your groceries and take-out meals.

CDC: COVID-19 Travel Information

Travel Health Notices & FAQs for the U.S. and other countries

WHO Myth-Buster Page

Learn the truth about the virus myths and misperceptions.

The New York Times

FREE access to coronavirus articles and information with an account (just enter email and a password to open an account)

The Washington Post

Subscribe with your email address to receive the Coronavirus Updates Newsletter daily. Access to all coronavirus articles and information is FREE.

PARENT RESOURCES – Helpful Articles & Ideas

The New York Times:
I Love You, Kid, but Please Get Off Me

If your child is extra clingy right now, here’s why — and what you can do about it.

The New York Times:
How Quarantine Has Brought My Family Closer Together

With no weekend sports, volunteering or church obligations, our family connections are flourishing.

The New York Times:
You’re Stronger Than Your Quarantine Fatigue

A behavioral economist explains how to keep going, six (…seven? …eight?) weeks in.

Cultivating Fierce Optimism in the Age of Coronavirus

Our high school students share links to some good news stories they've chosen. Have a read... you'll feel better!

Harvard Business Review:
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Why it’s important to acknowledge the grief you may be feeling, how to manage it, and how we can find meaning in it.

The New York Times: 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Simple tips to help you relax and put things in perspective — in between washing your hands, of course.

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Article and video to help you reduce worry and stress for your kids

How to Remain Engaged with Your Community While in Isolation

Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement at San Francisco Friends School, shares tips for staying connected in a time of isolation

The Washington Post: How We Can Help Kids Increase Their Sense of Control

FREE access to coronavirus articles and information with an account (just enter email and a password to open an account)

The New York Times: Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus

Experts offer advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared.

PARENT RESOURCES – Activities & Events

"This is why it’s important to wash your hands."

In this video, 8-year-old Blue Ivy Carter uses a DIY science experiment to demonstrate how hand washing prevents the spread of diseases. Blue is the daughter of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z. (view on Bue's grandmother's Instagram post.)

Stretch Breaks

Sequoyah' high school Student Support Coordinator, Carolina Arango, reminds our students to take "active pauses" from your desks since you are sitting so much during distance learning. Stretching your muscles can aid attention, motivation, engagement, and even memory. So, click on these links and move your body!

Common Sense Media: FREE Fun Stuff to Do

An epic list of FREE online events and activities for all ages: Virtual Storytimes; Virtual Drawing Lessons; Music Classes & Performances; Educational Activities & Lesson Plans; Arts, Film, and Music Lessons & Resources; Audiobooks; Virtual Tours; Fun & Games

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home, Mo Willems, invites you into his studio to doodle, and shares a game he invented for you to play after the doodles.

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