Distance Learning

To reduce the number of students in each class we have done the following:

  • hired additional faculty
  • repositioned certain specialists into classroom teacher roles (in 5th grade)
    • The bulk of direct instruction will be provided by our general studies teachers. Any specialists serving as class teachers will be primarily in a support role, coordinating closely with their general studies partners and facilitating small-group instruction. (This applies to 5th grade only.)
  • Grades K – 2
    • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Study Hall is 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Grades 3 – 5
    • 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Study Hall is 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Grade 6
    • 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    • Study Hall is 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

will start with distance learning on Monday, August 31st. You will have a separate visitation schedule with longer class experiences on Thursday – Friday, August 27-28. 

  • “Normalized” daily schedule – consistency and predictability (whether at-home or in-person)
    • Half-hour recess break every morning
    • 45-minute lunch break each mid-day
    • Hebrew / Judaic Studies consistently scheduled for every day
    • Science every week
    • Visual Arts every week
    • Music every week
    • Physical Education twice per week
  • Increased amount of daily instructional minutes – age-appropriate
  • Daily teacher office hours / study hall
  • More consistent and formalized assessment and feedback
  • Differentiation
  • Uniforms – To help put your student in a serious and purposeful frame of mind, we are requiring that students wear their school uniform, or Wise spirit wear on Mondays, whenever they are “in class” on Zoom.
  • Attendance – will be taken in every class
  • Zoom Protocols
    • Teachers must be able to see a student’s entire face on the screen with proper lighting.  
    • Unless given permission by the teacher, students should not be turning their camera off or leaving the screen. 
    • Attention must be given to the teacher and classmates during the entire Zoom session/class. 
    • It is inappropriate for a student to be texting with friends during class time. 
    • If a student is using two screens, they can do so only for academic purposes as directed by the teacher.  
    • They should never be attempting to multi-task or simultaneously play games during school hours.
    • It is not appropriate for a student to attend class from their bed or while lying on the floor.
  • Keep same rituals – not everything has to be different
  • Quiet working space in a low traffic area
    • Think about where your child will be most comfortable and do their best work. Think about where distractions will be limited and where you can take advantage of natural light. This could be at their desk in their bedroom, at the kitchen table, or in another indoor spot with low traffic flow. Just be sure the location can support whatever device your child will be using.
  • Make sure you have  all needed equipment – supplies, technology 
    • (WiFi, printer, power cords, etc.)
  • Have a conversation with your child  about your and your teachers’ expectations for learning. Help shift their mindset to understand that their home is now also their classroom! Go over with them our school’s digital citizenship expectations, as enumerated in our “Wise and Responsible Technology Use Values”, which will be given to your child by Ms. Hoffman. Review with them proper Zoom protocols, including respect for teacher and peers.
  • Materials: Consider creating some kind of tote, bin or basket with the various school supplies your child might need such as paper, pencils, erasers, pens, markers, highlighters, tape, paper clips, charging cord for device, and water.  Having to look for any of these types of items during instruction will delay learning or disconnect your child from the learning that is happening remotely.

Be sure to have your young scholar eat a nutritious breakfast before the school work begins. Make sure your scholar takes advantage of every available break by eating healthy snacks and lunch, and by moving their bodies, getting outside, stretching, and just simply playing.

Use the daily break time to create family time. For example, during the morning recess break, perhaps go for a short walk together.  At mid-day, sometimes consider making lunch together by including your child in the meal preparation.

We know that distance learning is not the ideal for you or for your child. You will have to experiment with how much support and supervision your child will need to be attentive and productive.  Think about setting aside more time during the first few days until your child understands the daily schedule and seems to be able to navigate the platforms and attend to learning somewhat independently.  This will vary, of course, depending on the age of the student, and certainly our youngest students do need the most supervision.

  • IXL: Math + Language Arts
  • Typing Agent: grades 2 – 6
  • Pear Deck

Protecting Staff and Students

  • Face Coverings
    • Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing. They are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected and not exhibiting symptoms. They also offer some protection for the wearer.
    • Effective face coverings cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly on the side of the face.
    • Effective cloth face coverings
      • made of three layers of breathable fabric or two layers with a pocket for a filter
      • are washable
      • can be machine dried without damaging the material or shape.
    • In compliance with California Department of Public Health, faculty, staff and students more than 2 years old, as well as approved visitors, must wear face coverings
      • when entering and leaving school campus
      • while on school campus (except when eating or drinking)
      • when in contact or likely to come into contact with others.
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance should NOT use face coverings.
    • Masks with one-way valves should not be used.
    • A medical grade mask is provided for  any employee who cares for sick children and for a  child with COVID-19 symptoms until the student leaves school.
    • Employees can take off their face covering when alone in a private office.
    • It’s a good idea to have one face covering to wear before lunch and a clean one for after lunch, plus a third one if one gets very soiled or wet. This applies to children and adults.
    • Correct use of a face covering:
      • Completely cover the nose and mouth, tuck under the chin.
      • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of the face and avoid gaps.
      • Monitor ease of breathing.
      • Take off face covering carefully prior to snacks, meals, and when back at home.
        • Untie the strings behind the head or stretch the ear loops.
        • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
        • Be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth when removing.  Wash hands immediately after removing.
        • Face coverings need to be washed and dried or replaced daily.

    Face Shields

    • A face shield provides additional eye protection but is not a substitute for a cloth face covering.
    • For those who are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons, per CalOSHA, face shields should include a cloth drape attached across the bottom and tucked into the shirt.
    • Teachers will be provided with a face shield.

    Gloves

    Gloves are provided in each classroom and the offices for use with first aid, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas.

    Additional PPE

    The Nurse’s Office will have additional gowns, N95 masks, and additional PPE.

    All infection control measures (PPE, distancing, and handwashing protocols) are enforced when staff is on campus working during distance learning.

  • To allow for physical distancing within each classroom and during recess and lunch, we have taken advantage of our many buildings and learning spaces on campus to create small “cohorts” of students, also sometimes called pods.
  • Each of these small groups is its own “class”, with its own experienced teacher.
  • When on campus, each cohort/class will spend the day with themselves and their teacher, and will not mix with other cohorts. Specialist teachers will either push into the classroom (maintaining proper distancing and masking) or live stream in to their various cohorts.
  • Cohorts range in size between 9 – 12 students each.

3 W’s

  • WASH HANDS!
  • WEAR FACE COVERING!
  • WATCH PHYSICAL DISTANCING!

Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizer

  • It is vital that all members of our school community practice the following:
    • wash hands frequently
    • avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth
    • cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Wash the front and back of fingers and hands, between fingers, and around fingernails. Use paper towels or a single-use cloth towel to dry hands thoroughly.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a fragrance-free hand sanitizer with at least a 60% ethyl-alcohol based content. Sanitizer must be rubbed into hands until completely dry.
    • Ethyl alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizers are preferred and should be used when there is the potential of unsupervised use by students. Isopropyl (70%) hand sanitizers are more toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.
    • Students under age 9 should use hand sanitizer under adult supervision. Call Poison Control if consumed: 1-800-222-1222.
  • Frequent handwashing is more effective than the use of hand sanitizers. When to wash/sanitize hands:
    • before leaving home
    • after arriving at school
    • after having close contact with others
    • after using the restroom
    • after using or touching shared surfaces or equipment/tools
    • before and after eating
    • after blowing nose, coughing or sneezing
    • when coming in from outdoors
    • before and after preparing foods
    • when leaving school.
  • Faculty and staff will reinforce healthy hygiene practices with students.
    • Model and practice handwashing. For example, for lower grade levels, use bathroom time as an opportunity to reinforce healthy habits and monitor proper handwashing.
    • Routines will be developed for regular hand-washing at staggered intervals.
    • Use of tissue to wipe the nose.
    • Cough/sneeze inside a tissue or elbow.
    • Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately or cleaned with hand sanitizer.
  • Portable handwashing or hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the campus to minimize congregating in restrooms:
    • central office
    • stairway entrances
    • elevator entrance
    • classrooms – both inside and out
    • near lunch areas
  • No-touch equipment is available (e.g. water faucets, trash receptacles, water bottle filling stations).
  • Parents and family members are not permitted to be out of their cars while on campus, unless specifically specified by the Head of School for a special event.
    • Adults are not to get out of their cars when dropping off students in the morning, nor when picking up in the afternoon.
      • Family members/visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings when dropping off or picking up students, and certainly at all times when out of their vehicle on campus.
      • Students will be greeted and guided by staff upon exiting their vehicles in the morning. Staff will assure proper distancing and avert gatherings.
      • Students will be escorted to their cars by staff in the afternoon.
    • If a parent needs to visit the school office, we ask that they first call the office to request a visiting time.
      • After approval for a visit, parents must park, then walk directly to the office, following all posted instructions for masking and distancing.
      • Parents are never permitted to roam about campus without expressed permission from someone on the leadership team.
      • Signage has been posted in and around the school office to help visitors follow our distancing protocols.
      • Work stations of administrative personnel have been rearranged to ensure 6 feet between individuals.
    • Staff, family members, and visitors should always maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves when on campus.
  • In-person class size has been greatly reduced from normal levels to allow for small cohorts and physical distancing.
  • Additional spaces have been prepared to allow for small classes.
  • Classroom furniture has been arranged to maintain 6 feet of distance between seated students.
  • Teaching methods have been modified to minimize close contact between students when in classrooms.
  • During recess breaks, students will remain with their cohort/class in assigned areas on our playgrounds.
  • On the occasion when two classes have PE simultaneously, they will do so outdoors and will maintain distancing guidelines.
  • Snack, recess, and lunch times will be staggered, to reduce the number of students in any given area at any given time.
    • Whenever weather conditions permit, snack and lunch will be eaten outdoors.
    • Cohorts/classes will stay together and not mix while eating.
    • Staff will be deployed during meals and recess to maintain physical distancing and to keep cohorts from mingling.
  • Extra materials are being purchased to minimize sharing between students.
    • We are working to minimize or eliminate the need for students to share tech devices.
    • Should equipment need to be shared, it will be sanitized before and after each use by a different student and or staff member.
  • Upon returning to campus, students will be taught proper physical distancing protocols, and will practice these protocols and routines under the supervision of faculty and staff.
  • Faculty are encouraged to find as many opportunities as they can to conduct learning experiences outside.
    • We will identify and prepare outdoor learning spaces as best we can about our beautiful campus.
  • Physical education
    • The focus in this subject area will be on playing field games and outdoor activities that provide wider spacing opportunities, and that minimize close contact and sharing of equipment.
    • Students will practice individual sports and fitness skills while keeping physical distancing. For sports such as basketball or soccer, a pair of students could pass to each other and share a ball, but the ball and any equipment will be cleaned after use.
    • Equipment will be regularly sanitized, with minimized sharing.
  • Where advisable, markings are placed on the ground and on floors to model 6-foot spacing, such as in main office or outside restrooms.
  • School staff will be deployed in hallways and near restrooms at appropriate times to assure physical distancing as students transition between the classroom and outdoor activities.
  • The school elevator is not to be used by students without adult supervision.
    • At this time, only one adult, or one adult with one student, is allowed on the elevator.
  • Continued online distance learning will be offered for students/families who:
    • may be at elevated risk
    • who request this option
    • who cannot attend school on-campus due to isolation or quarantine.
  • Spectator events are not permitted at this time.
  • After-school athletics is not happening, until further notice.
  • After-school enrichments have been redesigned to incorporate physical distancing, and/or are being conducted virtually.

Education and Training

All faculty, staff, families and students have been and will continue to be provided training and informational material,through a variety of medium, such as “Town Hall ” Zoom meetings, pre-recorded videos, visual presentations, signage posted around campus, the school website and newsletter, on the following topics:

  • Health office protocols
  • COVID-19 signs and symptoms, as well as the school illness policy
    • Isolation and quarantine protocols
  • Hand washing hygiene
  • Face coverings
  • Physical distancing guidelines
  • Daily symptom screening practices
  • Importance of getting flu shots early in the fall
  • Staff only (during teacher in-service and professional development sessions):
    • CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Cleaning and disinfecting procedures

(coming soon)

COVID-19 Containment, Response & Control Plan

  • An adult with a suspected case of COVID-19 who has not yet been tested would have at least 2 of the following symptoms: fever > 100.4, chills, shakes, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, OR any one of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell.
  • A child with a suspected case may have any one of the following symptoms:  fever > 100.4, sore throat, new uncontrolled cough causing difficulty breathing, diarrhea/vomiting/abdominal pain, new onset of severe headache, especially with fever.
  • Students will be directed to the Isolation Room (in the Nurse’s Office) if presenting with COVID-19 symptoms and then required to wear a medical grade face mask (provided).
    • Nurses, while supervising students with COVID-like symptoms, will wear proper PPE (N95 face mask, gloves, gown and goggles or face shield) and maintain 6 foot distance as feasible.
    • The parents will be notified to pick up the student.  If they can not pick up their child within 45 minutes, their emergency contacts will be called.
    • Students will be walked to their parent/guardian’s car and advised to follow up with their primary care physician.  Physical distancing and patient privacy will be observed.
    • If the student is exhibiting Emergency Warning Signs for COVID-19, 9-1-1will be called.
    • The school nurse will conduct follow-up with students sent home with possible COVID-19 symptoms until the student returns to school.
    • Provisions will be made for distance learning and support during extended absences.
    • The Wise COVID-19 compliance officer will be informed.
  • If a teacher or staff is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, they will be directed to go home and seek medical care.
    • They should immediately inform their supervisor.
    • If the employee is exhibiting emergency signs for COVID-19, 9-1-1 will be called.
    • An administrator will conduct follow-up with staff sent home with possible COVID-19 symptoms until the staff returns to school.
  • For any person, student or adult, sent home with COVID symptoms, fact-sheets and other informational materials, from CDC and LACDPH internet sites, will be available and provided as needed covering regulations governing self-isolation and quarantine.
  • If a student, faculty or staff tests positivethey must self-isolate.
    • They will be notified by the Task Force/Administration that someone from the Department of Public Health will be contacting them for additional information.
      • Any student or staff who had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, cannot return to campus for 14 days, even if they have not tested positive for COVID themself.
      • If a class has had close contact with the positive case any time from 2 days before the positive test, the class will need to quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure.

(Coming soon)

  • All parents on behalf of their students, as well as faculty and staff, are required to complete a daily symptom self-screening with the Magnus COVID-19 app before arriving at school every day.  They will get a “Go-Proceed to school” or “Stop-Stay at home” message.  (Parents and staff will be sent further information and a tutorial on how to use this app.)
    • They will be screened on the app about temperature, and symptoms including: fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unexplained cough, unexplained sore throat, unexplained headache, unexplained muscle aches, unexplained severe fatigue, recent loss of taste or smell, unexplained nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
    • The screening app will ask if they have been tested for COVID-19  in the last 10 days.
    • The screening app will ask if a member of their household is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Students, faculty or staff members who have not completed the daily self-symptom-check will be directed to immediately complete it before exiting their vehicle.
  • Students, faculty and staff will be instructed to stay home and self-isolate if they have answered “yes” to any symptoms associated with COVID-19.  They should contact their doctor about testing and treatment.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who have recently had close contact with a person with diagnosed COVID-19 must stay home and begin the 14-day quarantine protocol.
  • If someone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19, the student/s or staff must stay home and quarantine for 14 days.
  • Daily reports regarding screenings will be reviewed by the compliance task force.
  • All positive cases will be reported to the Head of School – the designated COVID-19 officer.
  • Areas used by anyone presenting with COVID-19 like symptoms will be closed off.  It is advised to leave the areas occupied by the ill person empty and closed off for 24 hours before sanitizing.
  • When contacting maintenance about cleaning, they will be informed that a person with COVID-like symptoms was in the area and to don appropriate PPE.
  • All areas used by symptomatic individuals, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment, or any other items touched by the affected individual, will be properly cleaned and disinfected.
  • A student’s name or any other identifiable information will not be shared with any school employees unless they have a legitimate need to know.
  • A student’s name or any other identifiable information will not be shared with any students, parents, or members of the school community, unless they have a legitimate need to know.

School Exposure Management Plan

  • An isolation room in the Nurse’s Office is used to separate any student, faculty or staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • A special ventilation system and plexiglass screens between the cots have been installed in the isolation room.
  • Any student, faculty or staff exhibiting symptoms are required to immediately wear a medical face covering and wait in the isolation room.  The nurse will don gloves, eye protection, and a gown when working with this person.
  • Students will be observed and monitored in the isolation room until picked up by a caregiver.
  • Physical distancing will be maintained when more than one person needs to be in isolation.
  • A parent/guardian must contact the school office the day before to alert us that their child will be returning.                                               
  • The student will need to be checked in at the nurse’s office immediately upon arrival to the school, before gaining access to their class.
  • When a child returns to school, he/she needs to be physically and mentally fit enough to participate in all aspects of a regular school day .
  • Exception to the rule: if there is a restriction from some activity (recess or PE), there must be a doctor’s note explaining why the child can not participate and the length of time the restriction will be in place.
  • Students with physician’s documentation of a negative COVID-19 test may return to school when they are symptom- and fever-free (without any fever-reducing medication) for 72 hours.
  • Students may return to school  in 48 hours, if they have written confirmation by a physician of an alternative diagnosis.
  • A student who has started antibiotics needs to be on that medication for 24 hours before being considered non-contagious and hence able to return to school.  Please make sure to provide a clearance letter/note from the pediatrician.
  • The purpose of isolation is to keep infectious persons away from others.
  • Students, faculty and staff may return to school following a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms (without testing) or with a positive COVID-19 test, if they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, and are:
    • fever-free without fever-reducing medication, for 24 hours; AND 
    • symptoms have improved; AND
    • it has been 10 days since their fever or symptoms began.
  • If students, faculty or staff test positive for COVID-19 but never have had any symptoms, they must:
    • stay home  and isolate for 10 days after the test was taken,  BUT
    • if symptoms develop, they must follow isolation guidelines stated above.
  • If a student exhibits a recurrence of any symptoms associated with COVID-19, the student should return home and consult with their physician.
  • The child may not return to school until they have their COVID-19 test results or documentation from the doctor, which then must be brought to school.
  • The purpose of quarantine is to keep a person who has had contact with a COVID-19 patient away from others during the 14-day incubation period.
  • If any family member in a household receives a positive COVID-19 test result, all members of the family in the household must self-quarantine for 14 days, and the child(ren)or staff may not come to school during this time.
  • If a child or faculty have had close contact with someone who is symptomatic for COVID-19, and has tested positive for COVID-19, or has not been tested, or does not have a doctor’s confirmation of an alternate diagnosis, then the child or faculty member must be quarantined for 14 days.  If s/he is tested after day 5 and the test is positive then s/he  must self-isolate; if the test is negative, the 14-day quarantine continues.
  • If a child or staff member has had close contact with a person who is symptomatic for COVID-19 and the child/staff have been quarantined, but the symptomatic person tests negative or their doctor confirms an alternative diagnosis, then there is no need to continue quarantining.