Updated Session 4 Protocols
(Updated March 25, 2022)

This plan will be amended as we learn more. Parents will be advised of changes in the Weekly Updates.

Safety measures may change depending on current and updated public health guidelines. OSA can easily transition online and/or outdoors should the need arise, even temporarily.

SESSION 4 SAFETY MEASURES INCLUDE:

  • Indoor masking is optional as of 3/14, but recommended for those at risk, with family members at risk, or if recovering from any illness. Masking requirements will be amended if the Ventura County Department of Public Health recommends indoor masking due to the spread of the BA.2 Omicron sub variant.
  • All OSA staff working with students are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Any additional staff or subcontractors working with students this year will fall under the same requirement;
  • Current families with students eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.
  • INCOMING students: One Spark Academy will give registration priority to children who are fully immunized against COVID-19 prior to entry, or will be as soon as they are eligible (if 11). With a small population of students, our program is less at risk of an outbreak if most students are vaccinated against Covid. This decision was made due to concerns of staff and families with at-risk members or children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine;
  • Our ongoing safety measures include creating a low (or no) transmission learning environment as much as possible: high % of vaccinated persons (currently >%75, students and staff); good ventilation/filtration for all indoor spaces; and, being outdoors as much as possible;
  • OSA COVID-19 Safety Recommendations follow theK-12 Guidelines 2021-22 School Yearplan, updated March 12, 2022, as well as the Ventura County Department of Public Health guidelines, updated March 12, 2022, and amended with consideration of our particular needs, population, and environment.
  • OSA monitors the Ventura County Recovers dashboard, updated every Monday.

QUICK GUIDE IF YOUR CHILD OR FAMILY MEMBER/S TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID (whether symptomatic or not)

The evolving recommendations are confusing for everyone, and not all learning situations are the same. We do not rely on testing as the only measure of safety; some can be inaccurate (or assessed inaccurately at home) and are not easy to get at this time. With consideration of our particular needs, we believe we are on track with the following:
  • If students/staff are symptom-free for five days after a positive test, they should test again. With a negative test result, they can return as long as there is no continued exposure at home (an active case of Covid), and they continue masking at all required times while following safety recommendations on site. In the case of not being able to get a reliable test, then:
  • If students/staff are asymptomatic for up to ten days after a positive test, and/or continue to test positive with an at-home test, we will make recommendations for this situation on a case-by-case basis, as to when students/staff return, which may include: 
    • vaccination status of student, and/or Covid illness recovery within 90 days;
    • level of exposure at home;
    • number of fully vaccinated persons at home;
    • risk-factors of others that the person may come in contact with;
    • types of classes taken;
  • Students/staff who have any knowledge of continued exposure despite a negative test should take extra precautions around others, including leaving at least 6 feet of space outdoors if eating or socializing;
  • Students/staff, when unmasked outdoorsshould keep at least 3 feet of distance while eating and socializing at all times; 
  • When in the presence of others, students/staff must be mindful of actions that contribute to increased airborne transmission: singing, loud talking, shouting, etc. These actions require greater distance from others at all times, especially if unmasked. 

MASKS

  • Indoor masking is optional as of 3/14, but recommended for those at risk, with family members at risk, or if recovering from any illness. Masking requirements will be amended if the Ventura County Department of Public Health recommends indoor masking due to the spread of the BA.2 Omicron sub variant.
  • Should indoor masking requirements resume: All students, staff, and visiting adults would need to wear masks that are worn properly and fit snugly over both the nose and the mouth. KN95 or snug surgical masks will be recommended. Students wearing inadequate/ill-fitting masks and/or those not being worn properly will be provided a surgical mask.
  • A surgical mask will be provided to students who request one.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • In-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking, ventilation, high levels of vaccination) are implemented.  This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance. However, due to Omicron’s higher transmissibility, we will continue to take extra precautions.

SCREENING

  • All persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, congestion, fatigue, body aches) must be tested and follow standard isolation protocols CDC Isolation unless the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis. If a person with symptoms tests negative then they can return to school/work after 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
  • Asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons and persons who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine after close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. All others need to follow CDPH quarantine guidance for schools.
  • CDPH quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask, as required in K-12 indoor settings:

    a. When both parties were wearing a mask, unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified 7 or 10-day quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:

    i. Are asymptomatic;
    ii. Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
    iii. Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the quarantine; and
    iv. Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting.

  • Any student who arrives on site and/or who exhibits visible symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the Delta variant will receive a temperature check and staff may recommend that the student isolate until a parent can be reached for pick up. It is the responsibility of the parents to have their child tested for COVID-19 if symptoms warrant it, and communicate to OSA the results of that test.
  • We recommend parents assess students prior to arrival on site.

WHEN TO STAY HOME/ GET TESTED

  • Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC.
  • If OSA is made aware that a student/staff member has tested positive for the virus, and may have exposed students and/or staff, anyone with direct contact with that individual will be contacted via email (name of student will not be shared unless their parent agrees), and appropriate measures will be decided. If known, the degree of exposure will be shared with parents. Parents can then decide whether to watch for symptoms and/or get a Covid test. OSA may require a negative Covid test prior to returning to classes, for exposed students/staff, dependent on the level of exposure.
  • Students who share a home with a family member who has contracted COVID-19 should show proof of a negative COVID test and be symptom-free before attending classes.
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible community spread.
  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection should not return for in-person instruction until they have met CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
    – At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    – Other symptoms have improved;
    – They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
  • Quarantine recommendations for vaccinated close contacts:

    a. For those who are vaccinated, follow the  CDPH Fully Vaccinated People Guidance regarding quarantine.

    • If asymptomatic, can refrain from quarantine following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons are recommended to be tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days.
    • Should follow CDPH and local health department recommendations regarding isolation and/or exclusion from high risk settings if they test positive for SARS-CoV-2, and must follow any mandatory requirements from local health departments.
  • Quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students for exposures when both parties were wearing a mask, as required in K-12 indoor settings. These are adapted from the CDC K-12 guidance and CDC definition of a close contact:a. When both parties were wearing a mask in any school setting in which students are supervised by school staff (including indoor or outdoor school settings), unvaccinated students who are close contacts (more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period within 0-6 feet indoors) may undergo a modified quarantine as follows. They may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:
    – Are asymptomatic;
    – Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
    – Undergo at least twice weekly testing during the 10-day quarantine; and
    – Continue to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities within the community setting.

IF STUDENTS/TEACHERS MISS CLASS DUE TO ILLNESS

  • We currently have NO plans to offer concurrent online and in person instruction. It is too stressful on teachers, and dilutes the attention that students get both in class and virtually. Our students need as much attention as possible this year.
  • If a teacher needs to hold classes virtually (in the event that teacher is sick), then the whole class would move online for the necessary time period. If students are already on site for other classes, they can bring their computers and headsets (required), and access the class via Zoom from the campus.
  • If a student needs to miss class due to illness, then they would arrange to meet with their teacher either on Zoom or when they return. Students (or their parents) would be responsible for maintaining communication regarding missed classes, assignments and deadlines.
  • OSA instructors will do everything possible to help students who miss their classes due to illness stay updated on lessons, including posting assignments on Edmodo, providing short meetings via Zoom, or providing added study session time upon a student’s return.
  • It is the responsibility of all students, their families, and staff members to ensure that our community stays healthy by taking extra precautions to keep themselves healthy: getting vaccinated, reducing exposure to unvaccinated individuals (who are outside of the family), avoiding travel to high risk areas, avoiding large indoor group gatherings, and taking preventative measures to avoid getting sick (masking, physical distance, and good hygiene).

HYGIENE and CLEANLINESS

  • OSA will reinforce washing hands, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff. We will promote hand washing throughout the day, especially before and after eating, and after using the toilet. While COVID-19 and its variants are airborne, good hygiene will help to prevent other illnesses, thus keeping our community healthy.Food service recommendations:
    a. Maximize physical distance as much as possible while eating (especially indoors).  Arrange for eating outdoors as much as feasible. Indoor seating will include extra ventilation (open windows, fans, etc.)
    b. Clean frequently touched surfaces. Surfaces that come in contact with food should be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meals.
    c. Given very low risk of transmission from surfaces and shared objects, OSA will provide healthy meals on site. However, there will be adjustments throughout the year as to what kind of cleaning we ask students to do, and the types of utensils, napkins, and other food service items used, even if we are out of compliance with our own “waste reduction” mission.