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.
- EVERY RAA staff member will be tested for COVID-19 every two months.
- Hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations are provided in every classroom.
- Regular cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, lunch tables, restrooms, and other common areas takes place daily.
- All staff wear face coverings at all times, wash and/or sanitize hands regularly, and monitor physical distancing.
- Students' desks are placed at least four (4) feet apart and do not have plexiglass dividers.
- Sharing classroom materials is generally not be permitted, but when absolutely necessary, materials are disinfected by the teacher.
- Lunchtime and recesses have been scheduled so that cohorts (each elementary grade) remain separate for the sake of contact tracing of COVID-19, as well as quarantining the fewest students and staff members as needed should a case of COVID-19 arise. Our Junior High (grades 7-8) will be their own cohort and our High School (grades 9-12) will be their own cohort, with their own separate lunch areas.
- Children who don’t feel well receive immediate response from their teacher (temperature check, symptom assessment). When a child is ill and needs to go home, they will be isolated from others in our Health Center (formerly the conference room) to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.
- Learning continues for both those choosing to remain at home for distance learning and those who choose to return to the classroom for in-person instruction. Those of you who choose distance learning must commit to having your child attend school every day, just as they would if they were attending school on campus.
- P.E. and music classes are modified until it's safe to return to class activities as they were before COVID-19.
Monday - Thursday: 7:45am - 4:00pm
Fridays: 7:45am - 1:00pm
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
8:00am – 8:30am Drop-Off on STATE STREET
8:30am–12:30pm School Hours
12:30pm - 1:00pm Pick-Up on STATE STREET
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)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enter the Drop-Off lanes to pick up their students past the bleachers and to the right (along the baseball field).
- Orange cones and signage will be added along the Drop-Off and Pick-Up routes to assist in directing traffic. This will include indicators to stay in the far left lane as you pass in front of the gym once on campus.
- At all times drivers on campus are expected to remain alert, and to drive slowly and with extreme caution.
- Students' desks are placed at least four (4) feet apart, facing the same direction, and do not have plexiglass dividers
- Face coverings are required for all grade levels
- No more than two (2) students are allowed to use the elementary restrooms and no more than three (3) students are allowed to use the junior high and high school restrooms at a time to allow for physical distancing.
- Handwashing instructions and stations are in each classroom.
- Immediately pick up a child who may be ill.
- Drop off and pick up your child during the appropriate times and uphold the safety practices as outlined on this page.
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
BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Take your child’s temperature, and check for potential symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses.
- Keep a child with a fever (100.4 or greater) and/or other symptoms at home and communicate immediately with RAA (909-793-1000). Likewise, when COVID-19 is suspected and/or confirmed, please immediately contact the office.
- Provide lunch for your child every day, as hot lunch is not available until further notice (see below).
- Provide your child with a full water bottle (labeled with their name). Water fountains are no longer available, however, there are water bottle filling stations.
- Have your child's backpack and belongings close to them in your vehicle, so they can quickly and efficiently exit your vehicle at drop-off time.
- Provide your child’s own face covering which covers BOTH the nose and mouth and is comfortable around the child’s ears. Face coverings with breathing valves are not acceptable.
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.
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.
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.
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 the 2020-2021 school year.
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. There are water bottle refill stations available on the elementary side, high school side, and there is one currently being installed on the junior high side.
- 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.
RAA's primary form of broadcast communication is via email addresses(es) indicated in FACTS, so please check your Junk/Spam and inbox email frequently. If you are not receiving emails from RAA
- Save the person from whom an email was received as a contact so emails will go directly to your inbox from that point forward.
- Please contact the RAA office (909-793-1000) to verify the email address(es) indicated for you in FACTS.
- Exposure is defined as spending 15 minutes or more within six (6) feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID.
- If a child or teacher comes in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the child or teacher will quarantine at home for 10 days from the last exposure to the individual with COVID.
- It is of utmost importance that the RAA office (909-793-1000) is notified when a student or staff member has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- If the child or teacher receives and provides documentation for 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 may return to school after 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms have started improving.
- If the child or teacher with even one potential symptom of COVID 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:
- 10 days of quarantine since the first symptoms; AND
- 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine: AND
- The child's or teacher's symptoms have been improving for 3 days without symptom-reducing medication, including coughing and shortness of breath.
- If a child or homeroom teacher tests positive for COVID-19, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will be notified, and all those who have been exposed will be quarantined at home for 10 days after the last date the infected individual was present at school while infectious.
- An OUTBREAK of COVID-19 is defined as 3 or more confirmed or probable cases of staff or students occurring within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked in the school, are from different households and are not contacts of each other in any other investigation cases (e.g., transmission likely occurred in the school setting). Should this occur, the following would be considered prior to making a determination to close school:
- Within a 14-day period, an outbreak has occurred in 25% or more stable groups in the school.
- Within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.
- The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health may also determine a school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data
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.
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.
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.
For more information on how RAA is in compliance with the San Bernardino County regulations to remain open to our K-6 families, click the above-linked text.
Complete this form to change your child's mode of instruction (distance learning to in-person learning and vice versa)
Is your child experiencing symptoms or been exposed to someone with COVID? Read through our decision tree so you know what to do.