COVID

Caring for Our Community

To support the wellbeing of our students, staff, and families, Pacific Ridge has developed policies to address the presence of COVID-19 in our larger community. These include masking, self-screening, on-campus COVID testing, hygiene, social-emotional care, cleaning and disinfecting, optimized ventilation, and more. In all situations, the school will follow city, county, state, and federal guidelines.

COVID Protocols (as of 9/6/21)

List of 11 items.

  • Self-Screening

    All staff and students should screen daily for symptoms before arriving on campus. Symptoms include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue or aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
     
    If an individual exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during the school day or during after-school activities, they will be screened with an on-campus antigen COVID test. If a student tests positive, we will notify parents immediately and begin isolation procedures. 
  • Masking

    Masks are required indoors for everyone.  Masks are optional outdoors for everyone. Click HERE for more information about SDCOE masking guidelines.
  • Physical Distancing

    Physical distancing is no longer required for schools when other mitigation strategies, such as masking, are in place. 
  • Reporting Vaccination Status

    All on-campus community members must report their COVID vaccination status if they have not already done so.  Please access the Magnus Health Portal through Veracross and provide the name and grade of your child(ren), the brand of vaccine administered, and attach a copy of their vaccination card(s). This includes boosters.
     
    Anyone who has not reported their vaccination status will be considered not fully vaccinated and scheduled for weekly on-campus COVID testing until fully vaccinated status is reported.
  • On-Campus COVID Testing

    Fully vaccinated community members will be tested based upon the development of symptoms and potentially after close contact with a positive individual.
     
    Unvaccinated community members will take a weekly COVID test in our health office.  If identified as a close contact, they will be tested again 3-5 days after the exposure.

    Athletes and students involved in certain extracurriculars (e.g., theater performances) will be tested on a regular basis to be determined by the Covid safety Team.
  • Definition of Close Contact

    Close Contact = 15 minutes or more (within a 24-hour period) within six feet of a COVID-positive individual regardless of mask status. Anyone who shares a classroom with a positive individual is considered a close contact.
  • Close Contact Protocols

    Fully vaccinated close contacts do NOT need to quarantine and may return to school immediately. Test after 3-5 days.
     
    Unvaccinated, asymptomatic close contacts may return to school immediately. Test after 3-5 days.
     
  • Academic Continuity for Those Who Are Ill

    When a student tests positive for COVID, that student must immediately begin off-campus isolation.  The most recent (January 14, 2022) SDCOE COVID-19 Decision Tree shows that a positive test will result in a student staying home for at least 5 days after testing or symptom onset.  Students may return on or after Day 6 from onset of symptoms if symptoms are resolving, and free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours.

    We encourage students to contact their teachers to discuss how best to keep up with their classwork while they are at home.
  • Contact Tracing

    Notifications about positive cases will be sent to staff and close contacts; cases will be recorded for the school community on the COVID Testing Dashboard.
  • Visitors/Volunteers

    Visitors who self-screen for symptoms and follow our masking policy are currently welcome on campus. This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed.
  • Additional Safety Measures

    For indoor spaces, MERV-13 filters are still in place and ventilation will continue to be optimized. Hand hygiene (frequently washing hands, avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes) will be encouraged among students and staff. Daily cleaning will continue to remove any potential virus that may linger on surfaces, with specific focus remaining on high-touch surfaces such as door and sink handles and drinking fountains. Water bottle filling stations will continue to be utilized on campus.

Guiding Principles

 
  • Health and safety must always be at the forefront of our decision-making.
  • Our planning must reflect the mission of Pacific Ridge School.
  • In-person education is the preference of our school community.
  • Health and hygiene policies must be research-based and reflect the most recent city, county, and state guidelines.
  • We must be able to pivot throughout the school year, as the reality of Covid-19 is likely to change.
  • Our decisions and practices must reflect equity across our community as best as possible
We ask all families to support Pacific Ridge's health, wellness, and safety protocols. We are all in this together, and with mutual cooperation and support, we can ensure that our students have a safe, productive, and positive school year.