COVID-19 EXPOSURE PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS, AND RESPONSE PLAN

 

LCBMS (Hereinafter nonprofit organization) takes the health and safety of our employees and children very seriously. With the spread of the coronavirus or “COVIS-19”, a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the La Casita Bilingue must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak. In order to be safe and maintain operations, we have developed this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to be implemented, to the extent feasible and appropriate, throughout the School. La Casita School has also identified a team of employees to monitor the related guidance that U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) continue to make available.

This Plan is based on information available from the CDC AND osha at the time of its development, and is subject to change based on further information provided by the CDC,OSHA< and other public officials. La Casita School may also amend this Plan based on operational needs.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR

 

The director must be familiar with this Plan and be ready to answer questions from employees. Director must set a good example by following this Plan at all times. This Plan involves practicing good personal hygiene and school safety practices to prevent the spread of the virus.  Director must encourage this same behavior from all employees.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYEES

 

La Casita School is asking every one of our employees to help with our prevention efforts while at work. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at our school, everyone must play their part.  As set forth below, La Casita has instituted various housekeeping, social distancing, and other best practices at our school. All employees must follow these. In addition, if you have a specific question about this Plan or COVID-19, please ask your supervisor

  • Employees are expected to report to their supervisors if they are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, as described below. DO NOT COME TO WORK.

  • Wear a mask at all times within the school including in the ply yards.  If you did not bring a mask or need a mask, please ask the office for mask.

  • Wear gloves when interacting with others (holding a child, changing a soiled child, parents, delivery person, etc.). Use a PE glove on top of a vinyl glove if frequent interaction is needed (with parents, children).

  • Avoid exposure to the virus by limiting contact with others and maintaining a social distance of 6” away from as practical.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60%alcohol.

  • Use sanitize intermittently throughout the day.

  • Do not touch eyes, nose, ears, mouth, or face before thoroughly washing your hands.

  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom., before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or cloth or garment while tilting your head downward; or do so into your elbow.

  • Discard a tissue used for wiping face, nose, mouth, or eyes in trash cans provided throughout the school.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, toys and equipment regularly with bleach solution or sanitizer.

  • Monitor yourself for any symptoms such as a fever, cough, or respiratory difficulty.

  • Don’t shake hands when greeting others.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

In addition, employees must familiarize themselves with the symptoms of COVID-19, WHICH INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Sore Throat  

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • This list if not all possible symptoms.  Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

 

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, DO NOT GO TO WORK AND CALL YOUR DIRECTOR AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RIGHT AWAY. Likewise, if you come into close contact with someone showing these symptoms, call your director and healthcare provider right away.

 

WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION

 

Look for emergency warning signs * COVID-19. If someone is showing any of thee signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face

 

“This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

 

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you ae seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

 

SAFE WORK PRACTICES

 

La Casita School has instituted the following protective measures at La Casita.

  • All adults and children entering the facility will have the forehead temperature checked using a contactless thermometer

  • Any child or employee having a fever 100F or more will not be allowed to enter the school.

  • Any employee/parent/child showing symptoms of COVID-19 WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE SCHOOOL AND RETURN HOME.

  • Parents will not be allowed to enter the school until further notice.

  • All events/gatherings involving parents are cancelled/postpone until further notice.

  • Alcohol and non-alcohol-based sanitizers, hand soap, tissue will be available throughout the school.

  • Disposable face masks will be available to employees if needed at the front desk.

  • Employees will be encouraged to stagger breaks and lunches, if practicable, to reduce the size of any group at any one time to at most two people.  For now, all teachers will take one-hour lunch between one twelve and one. We are not having naps. PM group arrives at one.

  • La Casita will reduce the staff to minimum needed to operate.

  • Employees are encouraged to minimize ridesharing. While in vehicles, employees must ensure adequate ventilation.

  • In lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler, employees should use individual water bottles.

 

SCHOOL CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day with disinfectants.

  • Disinfectants will be one of the following: Alcohol based (minimum60%alcohol) or approved non-alcohol-based sanitizers, bleach solution.

  • Breakroom/lunch/snack areas need to be disinfected after use.

  • Adult toilets: Use disposable toilet seat covers and sanitize sink/Faucet after each use.

 

EMPLOYEE EXHIBITS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

 

If an employee exhibits COVID-19 symptom, the employee must remain at home until he or she is symptom free for the last 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants). The School will similarly require an employee who reports to work with symptoms to return home until he or she is symptom free for 72 hours (3 full days) to the extent practical, employees are required to obtain a doctor’s note clearing them to return to work.

EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

An employee who tests positive for COVID-19will be directed to self-quarantine away from work.  EMPLOYEES that test positive and are symptom free may return to work with a doctor’s clearance for returning to work.

 

 

EMPLOYEE HAS CLOSE CONTACT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FORCOVID-19

 

Employees who have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Co- worker or otherwise) will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual. Close contact is defined as six (6) feet or a prolonged period of time.

 

If the School learn that an employee has tested positive, the school will conduct an investigation to determine co-workers who may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive employee in the prior 14 days and direct those individuals who have had close contact with the confirmed=positive employee to self-quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with the employee.  If applicable, the School will also notify any parents who may have had close contact with the  confirmed-positive employee learns that he or she has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive individuals outside of the work place, he/she must alert a manager or supervisor of the close contact and self-quarantine or 14 days from the last date of close contact with that individual.

 

RECORDKEEPING & REPORTING

Immediately report any confirmed COVID-19 case to:

  • The county health officer

  • The Child Care Licensing

  • Document the case in the employee file

 

FACILITY DISINFECTING/DEEP CLEANING IN CASE OF CONFIRMED CASE

 

If a child or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19at the school, the location will be temporarily shut down and all parents informed immediately.

While the school is shut down, a deep cleaning and disinfecting will be performed throughout the school before reopening.

La Casita Bilingüe Montessori School

592 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA 94564

510-724-1724        lcbms85@gmail.com

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