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CMP COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Update - New Guidance from Department of Public Health and Department of Education

Dear CMP Community,

We want to keep you updated and informed on CMP’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) which we have been monitoring all weekend. 

At around 12pm on Saturday we learned that Elk Grove Unified School District would be closing school next week.  In our message to the CMP Community on 2/27/20 we indicated that CMP would be following the lead of our authorizing districts and following guidance from public health agencies on our response to COVID-19. As a result, when Elk Grove Unified School district announced it was canceling school this week we also canceled school at our two Elk Grove sites for Monday and Tuesday.


All other sites (Capitol, American River, Carmichael, Orangevale, and Shingle Springs) remain open this week.

At around 6pm on Saturday evening CMP received updated COVID-19 (Coronavirus) protocol from the California Public Health Department (CPHD) and the California Department of Education (CDE).  At a 1pm news conference today the Sacramento Mayor, Sacramento City Council Members, Sacramento County Supervisors, Sacramento area state Assemblymembers and state Senators, the Sacramento County Director of Public Health, and the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools reiterated this new protocol and announced their intentions to create a taskforce to help inform school closure decisions moving forward.   They also announced there are no COVID-19 cases in any schools.

As a result, CMP is updating its 2/27/20 policy to be in alignment with the most current CPHD and CDE guidance.  

The most recent guidance says school closure should only be considered if one or more students, teachers, or staff members tests positive for COVID-19.  At this time CMP has no students, teachers, or staff members with a positive COVID-19 test.

The most recent CPHD and CDE guidance is as follows:

Measures to be taken if there are two or more community transmission cases of COVID-19, but no individuals within the school test positive.

  • Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self- screen (i.e., check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students.
  • Limit visitors to the school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice.
  • Consider alternates to congregate or group programming within the school including any large or communal activities such as assemblies. Alternate approaches which limit close contact may include conducting assemblies via webcasts or intercom announcements.
  • Consider implementing staggered recess times to limit the number of students who are together; and if possible, group recess by classrooms.
  • Consider relaxing requirements for a doctor’s note for the child to return to school after illness.

Measures to be taken if one student, teacher or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and exposed others at the school.

  • In consultation with the local public health department, the appropriate school official may consider if school closure is warranted and length of time based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.
  • Provide guidance to parents, teachers and staff reminding them of the importance of community social distancing measures while school is closed, including discouraging students or staff from gathering elsewhere. Community social distancing measures include canceling group activities or events, religious services, after-school classes and sporting events.
  • Determine the timing of return of students and staff, and any additional steps needed for the school to reopen, in consultation with the local public health department.

Measures to be taken if multiple schools within a school district have a student, teacher or staff member test positive for COVID-19.

  • If multiple schools within the school district have a student, teacher or staff member test positive for COVID-19, the school administrator should consult with local public health officials for guidance on additional school closures.
  • Provide guidance to parents, teachers and staff reminding them of the importance of community social distancing measures while school is closed, including discouraging students or staff from gathering elsewhere. Community social distancing measures include canceling group activities or events, religious services, after-school classes and sporting events.

We do not take canceling school lightly. Being open to serve our families and provide a high-quality Montessori education is always our preference.   Replicating a CMP school day at home can be difficult because of the size, number, and expense of the Montessori materials we use in our classrooms. 

Still, we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to student health and safety.

If CMP ever had to cancel school at any of our other sites you could expect a message similar to the one sent below to Elk Grove families. In that message we outline what type of school work students could expect to complete and how teachers would be in contact with students and families during the closure. It also includes the recommendations we sent last week from the CDC and public health agencies. 

You have our commitment to keep you informed and to keep our students’ health and safety as our top priority. 

Sincerely,

Brett Barley

Superintendent
California Montessori Project
 

Copy of Elk Grove Family Communication

Dear CMP-EG Families,

Earlier today the Elk Grove Unified School District notified its community that it would be closing school next week as the result of an EGUSD family being placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

In our message to the CMP Community on 2/27/20 we indicated that CMP would be following the lead of our authorizing districts and following guidance from public health agencies on our response to COVID-19.

As a result, the CMP-Elk Grove Campus (both the Elk Grove Blvd. site and the Bradshaw Road site) and Club M will also be closed starting Monday, March 9th thru Friday, March 13th. 

The decision to cancel school is not an easy one. We weigh the impact on families and the loss of student learning time.  

CMP will continue to work with and monitor communications from public health agencies, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Education, and the Elk Grove Unified School District to continue to make the best and most informed decision for the school.   

Kathleen Merz, the Principal, has been in communication with teachers to identify ways to support our students during this closure. Please look for a ParentSquare post from your child’s classroom teacher regarding suggestions on work and lessons your child may do while home.  

These options will include but not be limited to:

  • Assignments already posted into Google Classroom (if used in your child’s classroom)
  • iReady Math Lessons (if the student is in grades 1-8)
  • iReady English Language Arts Lessons (if the student is in grades 1-8)
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Typing without Tears
  • TCI (if the student is in Middle School)
  • Practice CAASPP questions (if the student is in grades 3-8)

Additionally, teachers will be reaching out to families to conduct the already scheduled parent/teacher conferences via telephone at the scheduled times this week. During the closure we will also take the time to continue to deep clean both campuses.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we all work to ensure students are safe, healthy, and have access to a high-quality education.   

Pasted below my signature are recommendations we sent last week from the CDC and public health agencies.

Sincerely,

Brett Barley

 

 

Keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees (your child may return to school only after his or her temperature is normal for 24 hours without medication)
  • Vomiting (even once) or diarrhea
  • General feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches, chills
  • Frequent wet or croupy cough

Consider keeping your child at home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stomachache

To help prevent cold, flu, and coronavirus:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; an alcohol-based sanitizer is effective if soap and water are not readily available
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a tissue, sleeve, or facemask
  • Do not share food and drinks with other students
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get a flu shot (recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older)
  • If you have traveled out of the country recently, and are unsure of the resulting health risks, please consult a medical professional.

Best,

Brett

CPDH School Guidelines on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19





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