Safety

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Valley Christian Schools – Safety First

Our Fall 2020 Plan Keeps Students and Staff Safe

California Governor Gavin Newsom made a statement on July 17 regarding how schools in California should approach the start of school this fall. The Governor stated school campuses may welcome students when they meet protocols and are off the state’s County Monitoring List for fourteen days. As you know, Alameda County is currently on this Monitoring List.

We continue to carefully read COVID related information from the California Department of Public Health.

Remote Learning for all grades, TK – 12 began on August 18 (preschool began on campus August 11). Our teachers arrived on campus in early August, obtained additional training on safety protocols for staff and for our beloved students, prepared the environment for a pivot to in-person learning or remote learning, and organized lessons and instruction for another extraordinary school year.

When middle and high school students are able to be back on campus, we will be ready. We believe the best form of education is in-person and safe. Our kids thrive in a loving, caring learning environment at school with peers, and present with teachers. Teachers are prepared to challenge our students with engaging lessons and activities for the 2020-21 school year. The VCS Re-Open Taskforce has designed a complex plan to serve our students and families. Referencing counsel from county, state, and accrediting officials, we commit to following mandates and guidelines, and provide continuity of learning. To read a detailed explanation of our COVID-19 Response Plan, click HERE. The following is a condensed version of our COVID-19 Response Plan.

Preschool: VCPS holds current California State Licensure. The team has been up-to-date and meeting safety protocols through the summer and launched school safely on August 11. Staff members and students have learned new ways of being together, and it works. Students are healthy.

  • Designated drop off and escort
  • Limited entry to only enrolled children
  • Building entry hand washing; sanitizer etiquette followed
  • Regular facility sanitizing
  • Small cohorts remain together throughout the day
  • Staggered playground times
  • Minimized staff changes; PPE for all staff

Elementary: The VCES facility has wide hallways and large well-ventilated learning spaces, several outdoor spaces, and is equipped to meet social distancing and sanitizing requirements. The team is trained to meet safety protocols. Staff members are prepared with curriculum and methods suitable for young learners.

  • Daily health check ins – “healthy only campus”
  • Masks upon entry; follow mask protocols as designated by officials
  • Staggered drop off/pick up times
  • Regular hand washing; sanitizer etiquette followed
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing of facilities
  • Small class sizes; social distancing within each grade
  • Staggered recesses/lunch times
  • Minimized staff changes; PPE for all staff
  • No visitor policies

Middle School : VCMS is located in a designated section of campus. Grades 6 – 8 will be placed in small cohorts, socially distanced for humanities skills classes. Break outs will happen for STEM classes in leveled groups within cohorts, maximizing teacher movement over student movement. The team is trained to meet safety protocols. Staff members are prepared with curriculum and methods suitable for middle schoolers.

  • Daily health check ins – “healthy only campus”
  • Masks upon entry; follow mask protocols as designated by officials
  • Separate drop off/pick up times and location
  • Regular hand washing; sanitizer etiquette followed
  • Assemblies and chapels experienced virtually
  • No PE dress out; additional cleaning and sanitizing of facilities
  • No locker assignments; items kept in home room
  • Small class sizes; social distancing within each grade
  • Staggered break/lunch times
  • Minimized staff changes; PPE for all staff
  • Limited entry to guests/visitors

High School : VCHS classrooms are located in a designated section of campus. Grades 9-12 will be on a block schedule to reduce the number of small groups and transitions they experience daily. The team is trained to meet safety protocols. Students will experience a combination of class time with teachers, and video conferencing into classrooms in order to maintain stable cohorts. Staff members are prepared with curriculum and methods geared toward high schoolers.

  • Daily health check ins – “healthy only campus”
  • Masks upon entry; follow mask protocols as designated by officials
  • Masks removed for eating or outdoor vigorous exercise
  • Regular hand washing; sanitizer etiquette followed
  • Designated restroom facilities
  • No locker assignments for first quarter
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing of facilities
  • Small class sizes; social distancing in each room
  • Staggered break/lunch times
  • No lunch deliveries
  • Minimized staff changes; PPE for all staff
  • Limited entry to guests/visitors

General Safety Practices

The Valley Christian Safety Committee and all school staff are continuing to develop comprehensive disaster and safety plans.  In the event of an emergency, our teachers and staff have been trained on the appropriate procedures to ensure the emotional and physical well being of our students.  It is our intent to protect each and every student and person on campus.

As part of our safety program, students and staff practice various safety drills on a monthly (Lower Schools and Middle School) and quarterly (High School) basis.  Drills include lockdown, fire, earthquake, and shelter in place.

The Safety Committee has placed various safety supplies in areas around the school.  Valley Christian Schools is prepared for all emergency situations.

Classroom Supplies

Emergency food and/or water supplies are provided in each classroom Pre School through High School. These supplies will be used in the unlikely event the students and teachers are not allowed to leave the classroom.

Classroom Backpacks

Each room has a red backpack equipped with basic first aid, a flashlight, and emergency binders with classroom rosters and proper emergency information and protocols.

School Trauma Kits

These kits contain basic first aid plus supplies for bleeding, immobilizations and various tools to help out in different high trauma situations.

School Emergency Supply Shed

This is an on-campus emergency supply container specifically earmarked for supplies in the event of an emergency lasting more than 12 hours.  Emergency food rations, water, blankets, and other necessary supplies are contained here.