Badr School Reopening Plan
Introduction: Our goal is to implement a plan that aligns to our mission and vision statements, and ensure that all students will receive equitable high quality education, while mitigating risk and committing to the health and well-being of the Badr School Community. We will therefore strictly abide by all CDC, State and local guidelines regarding health, wellness, and configuration of classrooms and all school areas.
The plan for our Reopening Model, is framed by the New Jersey Department of Education’s The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan.
Establishing Health and Safety Measures
General Health and Safety Rules
- Following all State, Local, and CDC Health Guidelines: We are committed to following CDC guidelines and will refer questions to the Local Department of Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Office of Human Services. Badr School will remain in direct communication with state and local health officials on a weekly basis.
- Behaviors that Reduce Spread: Hygiene and Infection Prevention signage is important in providing education and serve as visual reminders to all staff and students.
- Badr School will focus educating parents, students, and families regarding the importance and use of PPE and implementing effective health hygiene.
- Touchless Hand Sanitizing Stations will be placed in all common areas and within each classroom.
- Installation of touchless paper dispensers
- Students will not be allowed to share any items/ furniture. Each student will be have his/her own designated area to place his/her belongings.
- Visitors Policy: For the safety of all staff and students, visitors will not be allowed to enter building. However, if a visitor does have to enter the building, he/she will have his/her temperature checked, and will be asked to complete a pre-screening health questionnaire. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings prior to entry. However, an accommodation may be made where the visitor can demonstrate that wearing a face covering is detrimental to the visitor’s health. Visitors must abide by social distancing guidelines.
- Face Covering: All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings inside the school building. Students will wear face coverings unless doing so inhibits his/ her health.
- Social Distancing: Strict social distancing guidelines will be enforced in the classrooms and throughout the school building. Desks within the classroom will be placed six feet apart. Floor markers will be placed throughout the building to enforce social distancing requirements.
- Outdoor Schedule: Rotational schedule will be established for the use of outdoor areas.
School Entry, Dismissal, and Response to Symptoms
Temperature screening will be done prior to entry.
Students will enter at 7:30 am
- Face Coverings: School staff, students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings upon entry into school buildings unless doing so would inhibit the individual's health.
- Social Distancing: Strict social distancing guidelines will be enforced in the classrooms and throughout the school building
- Screening and Temperature Checks Prior to Entry: Prior to the start of the school year, families will be asked to complete a prescreening questionnaire. Temperature checks will be taken daily for all students and staff prior to entering building.
- Designated staff will be responsible for screenings
- School staff must visually check students and employees for symptoms upon arrival and/or confirm with families that students do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
- All checks/screenings will be conducted safely and respectfully, and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations
- Signs/symptoms of COVID-19 that are reported or observed must be documented and acted upon accordingly
- Policy will consider students and staff with disabilities and necessary accommodations for screening process.
- Students and staff that register a temperature of 100 and above must remain home. If a student or staff member presents symptoms upon entry to the building or during the day, he/she will be sent home or isolated for a maximum of 30 minutes until being picked up.
- Students who are absent due to being sick must bring written clearance from a physician stating that the student can return to school.
- Dismissal Procedure: Students will remain in their classrooms and be called via intercom to report to the lobby upon parent arrival. For the safety of all students, parents, guardians, or drivers be not be allowed to enter building.
Temperature Checks, Screenings, Response to Symptomatic Cases
- Procedures for Symptomatic Students and Staff: Students or staff members who have the following symptoms will be isolated, sent home, and required to test for COVID-19.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, the symptoms of Covid-19 are as follows:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- If any of these symptoms are present prior to attending school, parents must keep their child(ren) home and staff must stay home and self-isolate until a COVID-19 test is taken.
- If these symptoms are present while at school, students or staff shall be safely and respectfully isolated from others. An isolation space will be established.
- Students will remain in isolation with continued supervision and care until picked up by parent/guardian within 30 minutes.
- Students may not return until a COVID-19 test is taken and a negative result is submitted to the school. If a test result is positive, the staff member or parent of the student must notify school principal and quarantine for fourteen (14) days.
- If COVID-19 Positive, the student or staff may return to school 10 days after the start of symptoms AND 3 days/72 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications AND 3 days of resolution of symptoms AND note from healthcare providers allowing return to school. The note may be reviewed by a school nurse, wellness coordinator or administration PRIOR to return to school.
- If COVID-19 negative, the student or staff must be 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications, and if antibiotics prescribed, must have received the first 24 hours of doses, and a note from a healthcare provider with diagnosis allowing them to return to school. The note may be reviewed by a school nurse, wellness coordinator or administration PRIOR to return to school.
- If a staff member becomes aware that an individual who has spent time in the building tests positive for COVID-19, the staff members shall notify the principal and the school nurse. The school nurse shall immediately notify local health officials, staff, and families of a confirmed case while maintaining confidentiality.
- Isolation Space: The school nurse will escort any individual showing symptoms to the designated isolation area. Upon examination, the nurse may refer the individual to get tested for COVID-19. The school nurse shall require the certification of a physician that the individual tested negative and is contagion free.
- Individuals who test positive will be reported to the health department.
- Notification Procedures: Badr School will notify the department of health regarding asymptomatic individuals who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, symptomatic individuals and those individuals who have tested and are waiting for results or have tested and are found positive. Communication to families and staff will be provided, while maintaining privacy.
- Contact Tracing Policy: All procedures will adhere to applicable federal and state law and regulations regarding privacy and the confidentiality of records.
- Interviewing people with COVID-19 to identify everyone with whom they had close contact during the time they may have been infectious
- Notifying contacts of potential exposure
- Referring contacts for testing
- Monitoring contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
- To prevent the further spread of disease, COVID-19 contacts should quarantine home for 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19.
- The school nurse and school principal will be responsible for:
- providing notifications and carrying out the contact tracing policy
- Establish measures for a system of open communication that allows staff, students, and families to self-report symptoms and/or suspected exposure.
- A staff member shall immediately notify the principal and the school nurse when he/she observes symptoms consistent with COVID 19 or becomes aware that an individual is positive for COVID-19.
- If an individual tests positive for Covid-19, the school nurse shall immediately notify the principal, local health officials, staff, and families of a confirmed case while maintaining confidentiality.
- When the individual exhibits symptoms the school nurse will ensure that the student is taken to the designated isolation area. The nurse will examine the individual and may refer them for testing and treatment.
- A student who has symptoms of COVID 19 will be required to submit to a COVID-19 test. The school nurse shall require the certification of a physician that the student is contagion free before readmission. The nurse shall report all students testing positive for COVID-19 to the health department.
- Badr School shall assist the local health department in conducting contact tracing.
- Badr School shall allow staff, students, and families to self-report symptoms and any type of exposure. If a staff member or child demonstrates symptoms outside of the school environment and tests for COVID, the staff member and/or family shall report symptoms and testing status results to the school nurse. Positive results require quarantining for fourteen (14) days. Confidentially must be maintained.
Cleaning and Sanitizing According to Recommended Guidelines
- Cleaning Procedures:
- Sanitizing and Disinfecting Schedule is as follows:
- All restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized hourly. Limited number of individuals will be allowed to enter to allow for proper sanitation and maintaining social distancing
- Frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, faucets, door handles, etc. will be cleaned and sanitized routinely.
- Classroom furniture will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the start of the school day and before the end of the school day. Common areas such as computer labs, etc will be cleaned between uses.
- Playground areas will be cleaned prior to the start of the school day and in between uses.
- All cleaning and disinfecting products shall be EPA approved and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
- Providing EPA-registered disposable wipes to teachers and staff to sanitize commonly used surfaces prior to use.
- Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available within classrooms, hallways, and next to restrooms. Hand Sanitizer solutions will contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Ensuring that cleaning and disinfection supplies are used and stored correctly and safely.
- Cleaning and disinfecting a school building after a person has been identified as COVID-19 positive:
- The school may require implement short-term closure procedures if an infected person was present in building. If this happens, the building will be properly cleaned and sanitized.
- Contaminated areas will be sealed off.
- Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.
- Open outside doors and windows to facilitate air circulation
After reviewing safety rules and procedures given by New Jersey Health Department, Department of Education, and CDC guidelines, we will be providing a Hybrid Learning Model. In the event of mandated school closure, all instruction will shift to online learning.
Hybrid Model which will combine online learning with face to face instruction: Since our school has a small student population, onsite classes will be offered during the first part of the day, then students will transition to remote learning. This model maximizes in-person instruction while protecting the health and safety of our students and educators, and allows us to maintain social distancing measures. Core subjects will be taught onsite and reinforced through remote learning.
School Schedule Monday - Friday
1 8:00 - 8:37 am
2 8:39 am – 9:16 am
3 9:18 am - 9:55 am
4 9:57 am - 10:34 am
5 10:36 am - 11:13 am
6 11:15 am - 11:50 am
11:50 to 12pm Dismissal
- Our curriculum will be reexamined and aligned to the Hybrid Learning Model that will be followed by our school. Our students will receive in person instruction each day and our 5 day schedule will include all the academic subjects.
- Our curriculum will continue to align to the State Common Core Standards. Teachers will review the state standards and re-visit units of study and identify the most important topics that need to be taught in person for all academic subjects.
- Teachers will also identify those topics that can be introduced in person/ or can be taught in an online format. Each unit study will be further defined in learning objectives and skills for our students. Students will have a thorough understanding of learning objectives for in-person and online learning.
- Periodic feedback from students will also be encouraged to improve teaching methods.
- We will use multiple forms of assessments to evaluate student academic performance. Assessments may be in person or online depending on the topic and subject
- Students who do not have access to a computer will be given a device for use at home.
- Instructors will be available to communicate and coordinate with students.
- Outdoor Schedule: Rotational schedule will be established for the use of outdoor areas. All areas will be disinfected before and after use
- Abiding by all health and safety regulations issued by the CDC, State, and Local officials
- Classroom desks will be arranged to meet social distancing requirements.
- Nonessential furniture, such as rugs, will be removed.
- There will be no sharing of school supplies, etc.
- Furniture such as desks and chairs will be assigned to solely to each student.
- Each student will have a solely designated area for placing his/her items
Individual Educational Plans (IEP)
- Parents, District IEP Team, and teachers will conduct necessary meeting for students with an IEP. Meetings may take place utilizing video or telephone conference calls, or if allowable, in person meetings.
- Services may be provided in a variety of ways, including virtual lessons, and other available distance learning methods.
English Language Learners (ELL)
- English Language Learners will receive equal access to program and services such as compensatory education
- Placement recommendations will be made by the school and sent to the district for approval.
- Services may be provided in a variety of ways.
Student meals of breakfast and lunch will be made available to all students. Grab and Go meals will be available to provide flexibility for all families. Proper hygiene of before and after eating including cleaning and disinfecting will be implemented. Food Service staff will be trained appropriately.
We are committed to serving the parents and students of the Badr School Community. This plan was drafted in consideration of the health, safety, and wellbeing of both our staff and learners.
THIS PLAN IS A WORKING DOCUMENT AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY.