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Return to Campus 2021–2022

LJCDS is committed to offering an exceptional educational experience that fulfills our mission of preparing individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. The LJCDS team is looking forward to welcoming students, parents, guardians and guests to the 2021–2022 academic year. 

The health, safety and well-being of the LJCDS community are our highest priority. For COVID-19, the science is clear: vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 and end the pandemic. It is also evident that ventilation within indoor spaces is the leading prevention of spreading the disease on campus. 
 
LJCDS will continue to follow or exceed the California Department of Public Health guidance and San Diego County Health orders for educational institutions and will update our policies accordingly for the safety of our community. Below are updated operating procedures as of August 10, 2021.

COVID-19 Safety Pillars

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  • Risk Mitigation


    • Cleaning, sanitation and disinfection
    • Face coverings
    • Physical distancing
    • CO2 monitoring
  • Viral Detection


    • Symptomatic testing
    • Asymptomatic testing
    • Symptom checking
    • County surveillance
  • Intervention


    • Case isolation
    • Contact tracing
    • Exposure notification
    • Molecular sequencing
      (UCSD Excite Lab)

Vaccination

LJCDS will not require vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. However, we encourage all community members to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible to allow us to resume as much normalcy for our community as possible. Please note that vaccination may be required when participating in certain activities or travel.
 
Vaccination Submission 
We encourage students, faculty and staff to submit their vaccination information.
Protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated

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  • Protocols for Vaccinated Individuals

    The protocols for fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who have submitted their vaccination documentation are as follows: 

    • Lower School and Middle School students: Mask is required indoors and outdoors.
    • Upper School students
      • Mask is required indoors. 
      • Mask is optional outside unless students are in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students, physical distancing cannot be maintained, or part of large gatherings. 
    • Faculty/staff 
      • Mask is required when sharing indoor spaces with students.
      • Mask is optional indoors if students are not present, all adults are vaccinated, physical distancing can be maintained, and appropriate ventilation is in place.   
      • Mask is optional outdoors unless in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students physical distancing cannot be maintained, or part of large gatherings. 
    • Quarantine is not required following a known COVID-19 exposure as long as individuals are asymptomatic.
    • COVID-19 testing is optional unless individuals become symptomatic. 

    Fully vaccinated individuals should report and get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Email covid19@ljcds.org.
  • Protocols for Unvaccinated Individuals

    The protocols for students, faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated or who have not submitted vaccination documentation are as follows: 

    • Lower School and Middle School students: Mask is required indoors and outdoors.
    • Upper School students: 
      • Mask is required indoors. 
      • Mask is optional outside but highly encouraged
      • Mask is required outside in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students, physical distancing is not maintained, or in large gatherings. 
    • Faculty/staff 
      • Mask is required indoors.
      • Mask is optional outdoors but highly encouraged.
      • Mask is required outside if in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students, physical distancing is not maintained, or in large gatherings.
    • Quarantine is required following a known COVID-19 exposure for 14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious.
    • COVID-19 testing is mandatory
      • Faculty and staff are required to be tested once a week on campus.  
      • Students are required to be tested every two weeks while on campus.
      • Upper School athletes are required to be tested once a week while in season. 
    Must report if experiencing symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 by emailing covid19@ljcds.org

Health Screening

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to self-monitor and conduct a wellness screening each morning before coming on campus. Please refrain from coming on campus or attending in-person campus events or activities when not feeling well.

What’s different in 2021–2022?

Families and employees no longer need to fill out the health questionnaire on SchoolPass and temperature checks will not be conducted in the morning. While health checks do not need to be formally recorded, we expect students, faculty, staff and visitors to conduct a health check every morning.

Symptomatic Individuals Regardless of Vaccination Status
It is imperative that all community members who develop any of the symptoms below (unrelated to a chronic condition), do not come on campus. If symptoms arise during the school day, individuals will be sent home. Symptomatic individuals may return to campus after symptoms have improved, typically 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine and a negative PCR test.

If employees or students experience any of the symptoms below, please notify covid19@ljcds.org of your symptom(s) and to schedule a PCR test.
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

Other Health Protocols

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  • COVID-19 Testing Before First Day of School

    All students, faculty and staff (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must be tested before the first day of school on Wednesday, August 18. LJCDS will host complimentary COVID-19 testing clinics on campus in the Genesee parking lot. 

    Students and employees may conduct a PCR test with their own provider within seven days before the start of school and email their results to covid19@ljcds.org.

    Click here for the testing schedule.
  • Positive Case Communication

    If there is a positive case on campus and the individual was on campus during their infectious period, LJCDS will notify the division that is impacted and all faculty/staff. Our COVID-19 team will reach out to individuals who are considered close contacts. 

    All visitors to campus who develop symptoms that occur within 48 hours of their visit or if they have a positive test within a week of their visit, must report this to the school as soon as possible.

    What’s different in 2021–2022?

    Families will not receive an email each time there is a positive case on campus unless it impacts their division.
  • Physical Distancing and Occupancy

    • Occupancy will be adjusted in various spaces to ensure appropriate ventilation (open windows, doors and fans) and CO2 monitoring to ensure levels do not exceed 600 ppm. 
    • Physical distancing remains an important safety protocol.
  • Cleaning, Sanitation and Disinfection

    Enhanced cleaning will be in effect, including daytime and evening cleaning, sanitation and disinfection. LJCDS uses UV sanitation and electrostatic disinfection (from Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives). Our cleaning protocols also include adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing to validate cleaning methods.
  • Flu Vaccination Recommendation

    LJCDS recommends that all faculty, staff and students get a flu shot. In light of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that members of the community get vaccinated to prevent influenza illness. Influenza (flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Because some of the symptoms of the flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Health care professionals strongly recommend getting the flu vaccine to preserve scarce health care resources.

On-Campus Visits

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  • Parents and Guardians

    • Parents/guardians are welcome in outdoor spaces during drop-off and pickup. Please limit the visit to no later than 8:30 a.m. during drop-off and between 2:45–3:30 p.m. during pickup.
      Please note: All faculty/staff have reserved parking spots until 8:30 a.m. Parents/guardians may park in the spots designated for guests in the Genesee parking lot and/or as directed by security.
    • Mask is optional outdoors unless in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students, physical distancing cannot be maintained, or part of large gatherings.
    • Mask is highly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals outdoors.
    • Mask is required indoors.
    • Please self-monitor symptoms and refrain from coming to campus if not feeling well.
    • Restrooms are available on the first floor of the Jacobs Library building. Mask is required indoors.
    • Parents/guardians may attend athletic home games. 
  • Parent and Guardian Volunteers

    Parents/guardians who volunteer on campus must show proof of vaccination and follow the protocols above for vaccinated individuals during the school day.
    • Mask is required when sharing indoor spaces with students.
    • Mask is optional indoors if students are not present, all adults are vaccinated, physical distancing can be maintained, and appropriate ventilation is in place.
    • Mask is optional outdoors unless in the presence of Tiny Torreys–Grade 8 students physical distancing cannot be maintained, or part of large gatherings.
  • Visitors and Contractors

    • Nonessential visitors will not have access to the campus. Only individuals invited by the school will be allowed on campus. 
    • Visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours.
    • Access to indoor venues must be pre-approved by a faculty or staff member.
    • All visitors to campus who develop symptoms that occur within 48 hours of their visit or if they have a positive test within a week of their visit, must report this to the school as soon as possible at covid19@ljcds.org.

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