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Redlands Adventist Academy has received approval from the County of San Bernardino to return to in-person learning for grades K-6.  We are accepting applications. Contact us to learn more at 909-793-1000

 

2020-2021 Guidelines and Information

The following plan to reopen school has been developed based on guidelines and requirements provided by the Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Office of Education. The Office of Education guidelines are based on the best and most current health information known as of the latest revision date of this document. These guidelines follow the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, California state education and public health departments, and local county recommendations.

As new guidance and practices become available, updates will be communicated to parents. Any future decision in regard to discontinuing on-site instruction at Redlands Adventist Academy will be made based on the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health directives and guidance from the Southeastern California Conference Office of Education.

General Information

Monday - Thursday: 7:45am - 4:00pm

Fridays: 7:45am - 1:00pm

 

Kindergarten

Monday through Thursday
8:00am – 8:30am    Drop-Off on STATE STREET
8:30am – 2:50pm    School Hours
2:55pm – 3:25pm    Pick-Up on STATE STREET

Fridays:
8:00am – 8:30am    Drop-Off on STATE STREET
8:30am–12:30pm    School Hours
12:30pm - 1:00pm  Pick-Up on STATE STREET

Grades 1-6

Monday through Thursday
8:00am – 8:30am    Drop-Off on main campus (see procedures below)
8:30am – 2:50pm    School Hours
2:55pm – 3:25pm    Pick-Up on main campus (see procedures below)

Fridays:
8:00am – 8:30am    Drop-Off on main campus (see procedures below)
8:30am–12:30pm    School Hours
12:30pm - 1:00pm  Pick-Up on main campus (see procedures below)

In order to maintain high standards of safety and hygiene, everyone in the school community must take responsibility for themselves and for each other. As such, expectations for social distancing and hygiene will be communicated and reinforced throughout the school.

Drop-off (Grades 1-6)
  • Enter through the MIDDLE driveway, turn right, and then follow the road along to curve inside the gates. 
  • Enter the drop-off lane closest to the gym, pulling as far forward as possible.
  • Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times! No parking is allowed at any time in the drop-off lanes. 
  • Children exit vehicles and parents exit the drop-off lanes.  Staff will assist in keeping children safe and vehicles moving so as not to create a backup. 
  • Children go directly to the temperature check station located near the gates for the drop-off lanes. 
  • If no fever, children go to their classrooms to be supervised by their teachers.  
  • If fever (100.4 or greater), children go to the office, are rechecked and assessed, and if the child needs to go home, a parent is contacted and expected to immediately pick up the child.
  • If arriving late for school (after drop-off time), the child and a parent must enter the main office to sign-in before the child proceeds to their classroom. 
Pick-up (Grades 1-6)
  • Enter through the MIDDLE driveway, turn right, and proceed to the gates leading onto campus.  
  • Children will gather by cohorts (grades) with their teachers on the passenger side of your car in this order: 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 4th, 5th 6th.
  • Drive slowly and cautiously onto campus and around the gym, picking up your child(ren) as you arrive at their cohort. Teachers will assist children in getting into vehicles  Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
  • Remain in the line to the right to pick up your children.  Once all of your children are in your vehicle, you may slowly and cautiously move onto the left (passing) lane to exit.  
  • Exit by driving around the gym (on the field side), then the bleachers, and through the driveway to the north of the faculty/student party lot. 
  • Students not picked up by the end of the Pick-Up time will go to the office, and a charge of $10.00 for every 5 minutes (or part thereof) until your child is piked up will be made to your account.  The office closes at 4:00 on Monday through Thursday and at 1:00 on Fridays. 
 
  • To the greatest extent possible, seating and desks will be rearranged in the classrooms to allow students to be 3-6 feet apart and facing the same direction.
  • Face coverings are required for all grade levels
  • When working together in labs, students will be required to wear face coverings and face shields.
  • Some larger group activities such as choir and band will be held in other locations on campus if the class size requires a larger space. It has yet to be determined how fine arts classes such as choir and band will conduct class.
  • Physical education activities will follow the guidelines set up for the athletic programs. Currently, only non-contact activities are allowed.

Faculty and Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times on campus

All students (grades K-12) are required to wear a face-covering at all times

Students may remove face coverings during their lunch period

Campus Access

Parents must screen their child(ren) before leaving for school to ensure temperature is below 100.4. They are to check for other COVID-19 symptoms outlined by public health officials. If they fail this screening or if they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, they should remain at home and follow the guidelines for how to return to school.

All visitors and students will be screened upon entering campus. As they walk in, students' temperatures will be taken by school personnel at the entrance gates.

  • Morning drop-off, greeters will screen each student
  • Front Office personnel will screen late students and visitors to the office

Please Note: If any student is symptomatic when entering campus or during the school day, they will be separated from others immediately and isolated until they are picked up by an authorized adult.

  • All visitors to the office will have their temperatures checked and be asked to assess whether they're experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19.  If so, they will be asked to exit the office immediately.
  • Face coverings are required to enter the office.
  • For health and safety reasons and, except in an emergency, parents will not be permitted to visit children on campus.  If dropping something off for your child, it will be received in the office and picked up by the teacher or student during a break in teaching time.
  • Tuition payments may be made online to minimize the need to enter the office.  Call the Business Office if you have any questions.

Attendance

Absences due to COVID-19 symptoms or illness will be recorded. Parents must report the absence and reason to the appropriate school office each morning in order to have an absence excused due to illness. Teachers and administrators will work with parents and students to ensure learning continues during a student's extended absence.

 
Your child should come to school if they can fulfill the following requirements: 
 
  • Can energetically participate in classroom activities and recess without use of fever/symptom-reducing medicine (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough syrup, etc.)
  • Has a temperature below 100.4
  • Has no new symptoms of COVID-19 such as respiratory symptoms, muscle ache, loss of taste and smell, with or without fever
  • Has no symptoms of vomiting/diarrhea
Your child should stay at home and will be sent home if they have any of the following:
 
  • They appear or complain of feeling unwell, or they have a suspected communicable disease
  • A temperature of 100.4 or higher, or other COVID-19 symptoms
  • Students with fever will be isolated and be required to wear a face-covering until they can be picked up by parent/guardian
  • Your child should stay at home if they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 as defined by the CDC Individual who has had close contact (less than six feet) for more than 15 minutes
Return to school after illness/fever related to COVID-19 or exposure to COVID-19 
 
 

Non-Classroom Spaces & Activities

  • Students will have recess in cohorts by grade level.
  • Every effort will be made to keep students socially distanced on the playground.
  • Some play equipment may not be available for use.
  • The number of students at each lunch table will be limited.
  • Tables will be disinfected before each use.
  • Students will eat outside (alternate plans will be announced for inclement weather).
  • Hot lunch will NOT be available until further notice
  • Lunchtime activities will be limited to no-contact activities.
KidsCare will not be offered until further notice.

Elementary chapels will be pre-recorded and shown in class for the students to watch together.

Junior High and High School chapels will be recorded live and streamed on our RAA Campus Ministries YouTube Channel.

Assemblies will not be happening on campus until further notice.

All trips, field trips, and intergroup activities will be virtual through December 31, 2020. Second-semester plans for field trips and activities will be evaluated as the time comes.

Health & Safety

Personal hygiene procedures will be taught and reinforced.

  • In elementary grade, classroom routines will include teaching and reinforcing personal hygiene on a regular basis.
  • All classrooms are equipped with a hand washing station and/or a hand sanitizing station.
  • In junior high and high school, students will be reminded both verbally and by signage to use hand sanitizer upon entering each classroom and to wash hands frequently.

All food, including condiments, must be commercially prepared and individually packaged. Buffet or family-style meals will not be allowed. Bake sales are canceled until further notice.

The drinking fountains will be closed. However, there will be water bottle refill stations available. Students should bring a full water bottle, clearly marked with their name. Students are not to share water bottles.

  • The child will report feeling ill to their teacher.
  •  The teacher will take the child’s temperature and assess the possibility of symptoms of COVID-19 or any communicable illness.
  • If symptoms exist, the teacher will contact Administration in the office, and the child will proceed to the office (taking their backpack/belongings with them) and will enter through the backside of the main office building.
  •  An Administration team member will wait at the door for the child to arrive.
  • The child will be escorted to the Health Center (formerly the conference room).
  • A parent will be contacted, notified of the child’s illness, and be expected to pick up the child within 30 minutes.

Please immediately communicate with RAA by calling (909) 793-1000 when a child, family member, or someone with whom the child has had contact is suspected of having COVID-19 or has tested positive. In the interest of public health and safety, it is imperative that RAA know when COVID-19 is discovered among our families in order to communicate with our local public health department. We trust that you, like us, want nothing more than to be able to keep our school open while, at the same time, looking out for the health and welfare of ALL of our students, families, and staff members.

When a child or teacher has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but has no symptoms, the child or teacher is to remain home for 14 days from the date of last exposure.

If symptoms develop or a child or teacher has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the child or teacher is to remain at home until ALL the following have taken place.

(1) 10 days since the first symptoms has passed; AND

(2) 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine; AND

(3) the child/teacher has been symptom-free for 3 days

Faculty and staff will be wearing face coverings on campus.

Students in grades K-12

  • Will be required to wear face coverings at all times

Students may remove face coverings:

  • During the lunch period
  • If the child or teacher receives a confirmed diagnosis of an illness other than COVID-19 (i.e. influenza, stomach virus, ear infection, cold, etc.), or has been tested for COVID-19 and received a negative test result, the child or teacher must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If the child or teacher is tested for COVID-19 and receives a positive test result, or has not been tested, the child or teacher must remain at home until ALL of the following have taken place:
    • (1) 10 days since the first symptoms has passed; AND
    • (2) 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine; AND
    • (3) the child or teacher has been symptom-free for 3 days.If a child or homeroom teacher tests positive for COVID-19, then every member of that cohort (the entire grade), along with siblings and children of the teacher, would be quarantined at home for 14 days.
If COVID-19 becomes more widespread, then RAA would seek the counsel of our local public health department to determine whether the campus should be closed and students return to distance learning from home. 

Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily by a professional cleaning company. All touch points will be disinfected with a CDC-approved product.

Frequently touched surfaces throughout the campus will be disinfected regularly during the day.

These surfaces include desks, tables, chairs, dividers, keyboards, phones, headsets, doorknobs, faucet handles and light switches.

RAA's HVAC system is maintained regularly and equipped with appropriate filters to maintain clean air in the buildings.

As much as possible and where it is safe to do so, teachers will introduce outdoor air by having outside doors and windows open. All lunch activities and recess will be outside as much as possible.

Athletics

Sports will be allowed to restart based on guidelines by the CIF, local health agencies, and the SECC Office of Education. These are three phases for starting sports:

  • Phase 1 - Non-contact practice, conditioning, no games, no spectators
  • Phase 2 - Interactive practice, no games, no spectators
  • Phase 3 - Games allowed with limited spectators to accommodate for social distancing

The health and safety requirements for each phase will be communicated to student-athletes and parents as each phase opens. We are currently in phase 1 of restarting the athletics program.

Distance Learning

Redlands Adventist Academy teachers and administration will set up and communicate procedures at the beginning of the year to ensure that any mandated transition to distance learning happens smoothly and effectively.

These transition plans include the consistent use of one main online platform to communicate and house tools for learning, as well as a daily schedule for direct online instruction. In order to support a seamless transition, the same online platform will be used to communicate throughout the regular school year.

To ensure uninterrupted instruction, in the event that RAA needs to transition to distance learning, the new daily schedule for grades TK-12, will include a full day of synchronous and asynchronous instruction with students being connected and interacting with their teacher(s). This will be a combination of screen time, breaks, and off-screen activities.

Changing your Child's Mode of Instruction

  • If you’ve chosen to have your child continue with distance learning but, at some point, would like for your child to return to in-person instruction, please call (909) 793-1000. There’s a form that needs to be submitted by the Wednesday before the Monday you intend for your child to return to in-person instruction. Thank you for giving us this advance notice as it will allow us ample time to prepare for your child’s return to school.
  • If you’ve chosen in-person instruction and would like to return to distance learning, you may do so immediately, but please immediately notify both the teacher and the office (909-793-1000). The change form must be submitted as soon as possible after your decision to return to distance learning.
  • When a child is symptomatic of a communicable illness and must stay at home, but is well enough to participate in learning, they may do so via distance learning.

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