Open for Good.
In Blended Learning/Levels 2 & 3
What happens when I get to school each day?
Parents screen students at home before leaving for school by taking their temperature and monitoring for signs of illness, and a second temperature/symptom check is conducted as students either enter campus (via Gate 4 or 5) or before they board the school bus (by trained staff and/or parent volunteers on duty at bus stops beginning 10 minutes in advance of pickup) using a touchless thermometer*. Students will be asked if they or anyone in their household have experienced COVID-19 symptoms** within the last 24 hours. Those who answer affirmatively and/or exhibit a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more will be cared for by employees trained in safety protocols and student care to ensure their well being until parents and/or guardians pick them up. They can return to school at least 72 hours after a fever has passed without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms, and when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
*Students should forego hats and beanies prior to these checks as these may raise body temperature.
**COVID-19 symptoms are defined as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and/or sudden inability to taste or smell.
Where’s the Health Station and what’s new about it?
MVC’s Health Station has been relocated to Price Hall (accessible through the garden courtyard adjacent to the flagpole) and expanded to include 3 separate care rooms.The renovated space can simultaneously care for up to three students in need of separate evaluation due to COVID-19 symptoms at any given time. No visitors will be allowed.
How are campus facilities (including buses) being sanitized to ensure safety?
- At least daily, and more frequently if feasible, our professional janitorial services team will clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/fax machines, and bathroom surfaces) and shared objects pursuant to CDC guidance. When choosing cleaning products, staff will utilize those approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and follow proper product instructions.
- HVAC systems have been inspected and retrofitted with COVID-19-certified air filters.
- In addition to a general “open doors and windows” policy (including buses), touchless entry and nanoseptic surface coverings have been added to frequently used doors across campus.
- Transportation and janitorial team members have been trained and are equipped with the tools needed for ongoing cleaning before, during, and after each school day. This includes state-of-the-art electrostatic sprayers for disinfecting treatments.
- Employees will wipe frequently touched surfaces using neutral cleaning agents between uses and arrival of new student groups. Students may bring their own neutral cleaning agents to wipe their own area and surfaces before and after use.
How will campus visitors be screened?
Campus visitors will be admitted on an as-needed basis only. They will enter via Gate 2 only and be greeted by security. Temperatures will be taken on site via touchless thermometer and visitors will be asked to confirm that neither they nor anyone in their household are showing COVID-19 symptoms. Those with a fever (100.4 degree Fahrenheit or higher) or other symptoms will not be granted access to campus.
How will social distancing (6’ or greater) be maintained at all times and in all places on campus?
- Ensuring that students, parents, and school staff maintain a 6’ distance from each other minimizes the risk of spread. Classrooms, offices, restrooms, and other school spaces will be designed to ensure healthy social distancing will be possible.
- Areas where students may congregate have been marked to indicate 6’ distancing with stickers and other clear signage. Seating that does not allow 6’ distance has been removed and/or marked in such a way to indicate that it is not available for use.
- Recreational items (e.g. balls, frisbees) will be monitored and permitted at the discretion of MVC employees.
- Students are encouraged to Bring Your Own Chair (BYO Chair); MVC will store chairs and make them safely available throughout the school day to maximize student use of our vast campus green spaces.
- In the few interior hallways on campus, one-way directional signage is in place.
- PE students will line up outside locker rooms on marks before and after class for proper social distancing. Lockers will be put in groups of 4-5 and assigned so one student at a time is in each area while changing before and after class.
- Restroom sinks, urinals, and stalls that need to be closed to maintain social distancing have been clearly marked. Occupancy is limited to the number posted and will be monitored by employees during the school day. Distancing markers will be placed to prevent congestion and teachers will allow students to access restrooms as needed/one at a time throughout the day.
What will the rules be regarding face coverings on campus?
- Face coverings will be worn by all people on campus at all times. Exceptions are as follows:
- Those exempt due to medical conditions are not required to wear face coverings, though they may be asked to wear a face shield as an alternative.
- Face coverings should be removed for meals, snacks, or outdoor activities (including but not limited to physical education), or when it needs to be replaced. When a cloth face covering is temporarily removed, it should be placed in a clean paper bag until it needs to be put on again.
- Training will be provided in proper use, removal, and washing of face coverings.
- Face coverings will be provided on an as-needed basis in cases of misplacement.
- MVC must exclude students from campus if they are not exempt from wearing a face covering under CDPH guidelines and they refuse to wear one.
How will the Cafe work?
To ensure delicious, healthy food remains available to MVC students throughout the school day, MVC’s corporate partner Epicurean Group will utilize MySchoolBucks to accept pre-paid advance orders allowing students to simply grab-and-go. Menu options, including lunch and snacks, will be posted periodically and orders accepted no less than one week in advance. The “grab” process will be simple and speedy to prevent lines and congestion.
How will frequent handwashing be required and encouraged?
MVC personnel and high visibility signage will reinforce proper handwashing technique (for 20 seconds or more), avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes. Adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, face coverings, and hand sanitizers (fragrance-free with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol) for staff and students who can safely use hand sanitizer will be available at all times in classrooms, office spaces, and other campus locations.
Proper handwashing or, where not possible, hand sanitization is required when entering campus, regularly throughout the day, and when exiting. Stations are located throughout campus along with prominent signage.
What if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?
MVC will communicate to parents and students if a confirmed case is identified and promptly outline the actions being taken to ensure a safe return to school. All campus areas accessed by the diagnosed person will be closed off immediately and remain closed until our professional janitorial services team conducts a thorough disinfection.
MVC will work with Santa Cruz County officials to identify anyone who was in close contact with the diagnosed person and provide contact information as requested. Those who spent more than 15 minutes with a diagnosed person, or spent time at closer than a 6’ distance, or were around them without a face covering, will be asked to undergo testing for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days after last exposure.
Normal operations may resume after 14 days and the conclusion of necessary cleaning and disinfection, as well as consultation with or health investigation by the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department.