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Health Protocols

Creating and maintaining a safe campus that supports the health and welfare of all members of our community is our priority. To do so, we require the support and cooperation of all. Each member of the LJCDS community plays a critical role in keeping our community safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to understand where the virus is present and where it isn’t within our community. Therefore, it is the mild symptoms that are of utmost importance to identify in children attending school.

Physical Distancing

Seating/desks will be spaced 4–6 feet apart and facing forward when feasible.
All community members should adhere to physical distancing at all times. Please respect personal space. Avoid any unnecessary contact, including hugging, kissing, shaking hands, holding hands, etc.

Face Covering

Face covering is required at all times, indoors and outdoors, while on campus. This requirement is in accordance with the latest San Diego County Public Health Order. If an individual does not have a face mask, one will be provided by the school. 

Face coverings may be removed when an individual is alone in a private office, or when eating or drinking in a break space with proper physical distancing. 

LJCDS will provide each faculty, staff and student with two reusable cloth masks (3-ply with a filter pocket).

Types of Face Coverings

According to the CDC, when face coverings are properly fitted over the nose and mouth, they prevent the wearer from dispersing potentially infectious aerosols and droplets into the environment where they can contaminate surfaces or be inhaled by others.

Masks can be made of various materials only if it is form-fitting. Acceptable masks include cloth masks, disposable non-surgical grade masks and KN95 respirators. Unacceptable facial coverings include bandanas or similar loose face coverings, and masks with an exhalation valve are not allowed as they do not protect others by preventing the dispersion of aerosols.

Temperature checks 

We ask all families to perform daily temperature checks of their child before coming to school each day. Students with a temperature of 100.0 °F or higher should stay home.

COVID-19 symptoms compared to strep throat, common cold, flu, asthma and seasonal allergies.

Health screening questionnaire

Before arriving at school, families, faculty and staff are required to submit a five-question health questionnaire daily on SchoolPass to assess the symptoms of illness and exposure to COVID-19. 

Upon arriving on campus—while remaining in their cars—families must show their completed questionnaire. The student’s temperature will also be taken. 

On-campus testing

Testing for E-Learner Re-Entry 
Testing will be required for e-learners’ return to campus, the school will schedule dates for testing. 

Asymptomatic Testing Program 
La Jolla Country Day School and UC San Diego EXCITE Lab have partnered to implement a reoccurring PCR testing program during the school year for students, faculty and staff on a three-week cycle. The PCR test detects the virus’s genetic material through a nasal swab. The test can be self-administered under the watchful eye of our trained team on individuals 13 years of age and older. The results will be processed within 24 hours. 

EXCITE is co-led by UC San Diego faculty members Rob Knight, Ph.D., founding director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation and professor of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, Gene Yeo, Ph.D., MBA, professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and co-director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Graduate Program, and Louise Laurent, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice-chair for translational research in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Athletes are tested once a week by PHM Laboratory, Inc. PMH utilizes Thermo Scientific Taq-Pac and Sequonce as their COVID-19 antigen testing platforms. They are both Real-Time PCR test methods with 99% sensitivity and 99% specificity rates, making the platform highly sensitive.

PMH will bill participant’s health insurance for COVID-19 testing. If insurance does not cover the cost, PMH will absorb the cost. Families and employees should not pay any bills.

Symptomatic Testing
The school will continue to test students, faculty and staff who are symptomatic with the rapid antigen test, which provides results within 15 minutes.

Other Safety Measures

List of 11 items.

  • Access to Campus

    To help reduce the number of people on campus, parent/guardian and guest visits will be limited. Staff members may continue to work remotely as their responsibilities allow. 
  • COVID-19 Safety Plan

    Click here for the COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • Illness/COVID-19 Symptom and Exposure Decision Trees

    Click here to view the symptom decision tree.

    Click here to view the exposure decision tree.

    If you have any health or COVID-19 protocol-related questions, please contact our HIPAA compliant team at covid19@ljcds.org
  • Frequency

    Every student, faculty member and staff must be tested the week prior to joining the on-campus community, be it at the beginning of the year or whenever they begin on-campus learning. Throughout the year, students, faculty and staff who have been away from the campus for at least two consecutive weeks will be required to take a test before rejoining the community. 

    During the school day, individuals on campus who display COVID-19 symptoms will have the opportunity for immediate antigen testing on campus and use of telemedicine with our provider to assist in their medical care. We will evaluate the prevalence of COVID-19 in San Diego and may require testing on a more regular schedule to increase the safety of our community. 
  • Testing Fee/Insurance

    An individual’s insurance should pay for the testing. Currently, most insurances are waiving patient costs for COVID-19 testing until further notice. If insurance does not pay for the testing, the school will absorb the cost. At this time, testing will be available for faculty, staff and students only. 

    Virtual Care for Families will be processing testing and/or telehealth visits through insurance, and families will most likely receive an explanation of benefits and/or an invoice from the test and/or telehealth visit. Families will not be responsible for paying any out-of-pocket expenses. If you receive an invoice, do not pay the invoice. Contact Head of School Gary Krahn at gkrahn@ljcds.org about the invoice.

    PMH Laboratory, Inc will bill participant’s health insurance for COVID-19 testing. If insurance does not cover the cost, PMH will absorb the cost. Families and employees should not pay any bills.
  • Positive Case Protocol

    If a member of the community tests positive for COVID-19, all students, teachers and staff members in the cohort and/or members who have had close contact with the individual will be notified immediately. Learning and teaching will occur remotely. 

    When there is a COVID-19 infection, the school will:
    • Notify the local public health department
    • Isolate case and exclude the individual from school for 10 days from symptom onset or test date
    • Identify close contacts (within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more)
    • Quarantine exposed close contacts (14 days after the last date the case was present at school while infectious)
    • Recommend testing of close contacts, prioritize testing of symptomatic contacts.
    • Disinfection and cleaning of classroom and primary spaces where case spent significant time
    • School remains open. Learning and teaching will resume remotely for quarantined individuals.

                If the individual who tested positive is a student who has a sibling or siblings, the sibling(s) will likely have been in close contact with the student. If it is determined that someone has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case:
                • Send home
                • Quarantine for 14 days from last exposure
                • Recommend testing (and individual will remain in 14-day quarantine)
                Isolation is for people who are already sick.

                Quarantine is for people who are not sick but may have been exposed.

                If you have any health or COVID-19 protocol-related questions, please contact our HIPAA compliant team at covid19@ljcds.org
              • Isolation

                There will be a designated isolation room available if a student or employee develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school. Parents, guardians and caregivers will be notified to pick up the child. Employees will go home immediately.
              • Contact Tracing/Contact Tracing App

                A trained LJCDS staff member will reach out to the individual who contracted COVID-19 to identify other individuals they may have been in close contact with. In the event of infection, contact tracing will occur, CDC protocols will be exercised and close contacts will be isolated.

                For faculty/staff and Upper School students, LJCDS will utilize a technology application called Trace, which uses Bluetooth to allow for more efficient and accurate contact tracing should an individual test positive for the virus. 

                The purpose of contact tracing is to promote public health efforts. The names of positive people will not be disclosed to the individuals with whom they may have had close contacts.

                If you have any health or COVID-19 protocol-related questions, please contact our HIPAA compliant team:  covid19@ljcds.org.
              • Cleaning Measures

                • Increased frequency of daytime campus cleaning 

                • UV sanitation and electrostatic disinfection (from Earthsafe Chemical Alternatives) 

                • More than 200 touchless hand sanitizing stations around campus

                • HVAC units set for maximum intake of outdoor air for proper fresh air circulation

                • Increased evening cleanings of every visited area, including cleaning, sanitation, disinfection and sealing. 

                • Cleaning protocols include Chai testing, COVID-19 environmental surface testing, to ensure spaces are free of detectable Coronavirus. 

                • Cleaning protocols include adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing to validate cleaning methods
                LJCDS uses cleaning and disinfectant products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.” “List N” labeled products are effective against emerging viral pathogens. 

                We are making efforts to select products on List N with asthma-safe ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, or lactic acid. As best we can, LJCDS will try to avoid products that mix with peroxyacetic (peracetic) acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), or quaternary ammonium compounds (Quats), which can cause asthma.
              • Ventilation/CO2 Monitors

                Having good ventilation in indoor spaces is a priority to combat the spread of COVID-19. In our indoor classrooms:
                • Fans and an air purifier have been strategically placed in each area
                • Windows and doors remain open
                • CO2 monitoring occurs to ensure CO2 levels remain below 600 ppm. We are working to install CO2 detectors in the classroom thermostats to allow us to network the detectors and monitor all rooms from a central location.
              • Flu Vaccination Recommendation

                LJCDS recommends that all faculty, staff and students who will be on campus 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.

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