Keeping our community healthy will take all of us. Our family-school partnership is more essential than ever as the decisions each of us makes has the potential to impact one another. We expect all community members to share in this responsibility.
Catlin Gabel’s New Practices
Our new practices have been developed following Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Below are several of the measures that we will implement as we return to campus. We will continue to monitor guidance and adjust our protocols to align with all guidelines.
Decreased mixing, density, and daily logs
Movement on campus will be controlled and directed to reduce the mixing of students. Academic schedules and classroom density will be designed to keep students in smaller, more consistent groups during the day. Daily logs of student groupings will be recorded to allow for contract tracing if needed.
Students will maintain at least 6ft. of spacing to minimize transmission risk as much of the day as possible.
Classroom Practices and Well-Being
Teaching methods will be adjusted to minimize shared equipment or learning materials between students. Middle and Upper School students will not use lockers or cubbies. Pedagogy and classroom practices will provide greater attention to student mental health and well-being to help them build resilience and better cope with stress or anxiety. All divisions have adopted CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning Competencies in an effort to more closely align social and emotional learning and to help create a shared vocabulary for students, teachers, and families across the school.
Daily cleaning practices will comply with ODE requirements and CDC recommendations, including the types of cleaning products used and the frequency of cleaning.
Updated Protocols and Policies
Given recent local guidance regarding masks indoors, we currently plan for all employees and students to wear masks indoors, with the recognition that this may be challenging for some of our younger students to do so consistently.
Students and faculty will follow a regular schedule of hand washing, and hand washing stations and sanitizer will be available throughout campus to ensure easy access.
Pandemic Management Plan
In early August, we will share the Pandemic Management Plan, which will outline policies, protocols, and practices that will be in effect next year.
We have added a medical advisor to our planning team who is leading the creation of our Communicable Disease Management Plan that will be shared as part of our Pandemic Management Plan and is helping set policies and protocols for the fall. She will also provide training to employees.
Anyone with a fever must stay home for at least 72 hours instead of 24. Sick policies for students and employees will be enhanced and strictly enforced to minimize the number of sick people on campus.
Students who Become Ill While at School
Students who develop symptoms during the day will be separated from other students, and their parents/guardians will be contacted to arrange a pick-up within the hour.
The State of Oregon requires daily symptom screenings for schools. Parents/guardians will use a smartphone application managed by Magnus Health to submit their student’s temperature and respond to a series of COVID-19 related questions before 7:30 a.m. (or in advance of riding the morning bus). Employees will also submit daily screening information before arriving on campus. The first time students arrive at school without a submitted screening, they will have their temperature taken and parents/guardians will be called for additional information. The second time a student arrives without a submitted screening, parents/guardians will be notified to pick up their child from school for the day.
Visitors will be limited to only essential visitors whose engagement is mission-critical. This doesn’t apply to parents who are simply dropping-off or picking-up children, though protocols for doing so will be adjusted.