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.

We can do this, together!

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.

Return-to-Campus Plan

Procedures & Expectations

AT HOME

ILLNESS

Do not come to campus if you are feeling even mildly sick. Check the Carbon Health COVID Ready app and the symptoms list below.
See COVID Ready FAQs.

SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
Stay home if you have any of these symptoms:

DAILY SCREENINGS
on the COVID READY app

Prior to arrival on campus, all students and employees must engage in daily online health screenings through the Carbon Health COVID Ready app. See COVID Ready FAQs.

Honest reporting is expected daily prior to arriving on campus including days when you are not on campus.

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

The Sequoyah School Cohort Model will be most successful if interactions outside of school are also restricted. We expect families and employees to engage in responsible social contact outside of school to help ensure the health and wellness of the Sequoyah community so we can be back together for on-campus learning as soon as is safely possible.

To avoid putting put our community at risk, follow the guidelines put forth by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Authorities have made clear that the majority of COVID transmissions occur within single households and when households who practice different levels of precaution mix.

ON CAMPUS

CLOSED CAMPUS

Sequoyah School will be a closed campus until further notice. Parents and visitors are not permitted to campus unless there is an essential reason, which will require an appointment and adherence to all on-campus 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.

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

DISTANCE LEARNING –
Still an option

Remote learning may continue to be the best option for your students who:
• May be considered in a high-risk health category
• Cannot safely distance from household members in the high-risk category
• May be unable to comply with the on-campus behavioral expectations

Concurrent programming will continue to provide both online and on-campus students with a robust Sequoyah School educational experience.

MASKS

Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times, except during designated eating schedules.

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

All students and adults on campus must maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from any other individual at all times.

STABLE GROUPS

Sequoyah School’s Health & Safety protocols limit interactions between classes to reduce overall exposure. Students must remain in their assigned stable group, within assigned spaces on campus during this phase.

TRAVEL

Per state and county mandates, a 10-day quarantine period is required for any non-essential travel outside of California regardless of the mode of transportation. Families and employees should plan accordingly and keep the school informed should travel of this nature be scheduled.

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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