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21-22 Safety Plan

As we look forward to the return to school in August, the YCDS Safety Committee has prepared a comprehensive and detailed safety plan for our community. Last year, our partnership, cooperation, and detailed planning proved very successful in maximizing in-person learning. Our community's efforts provided all students the opportunity to learn on campus -- 94% of all days for Lower School and 88% of all days for Middle and Upper School. We are proud of our shared work together, and it is our intention to meet or exceed this exemplary record in the year ahead.
 
We have carefully considered data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the YCDS Safety Committee members, and in consultation with medical professional, Dr. Christopher Russo, Pediatric Director from WellSpan Health. We are now able to share our general plan for reopening with you.  
 
Conditions may change over the weeks ahead and throughout the year given the unpredictability of COVID-19.  Our fluid plan provides flexibility and the ability to make adjustments minimizing disruption to learning.  This plan emphasizes the importance of maintaining the health and well-being of all community members and balancing the importance of returning to our established daily routines and operations.  
 
The YCDS Safety Committee will continue to monitor public health developments, review campus policies and procedures, and make necessary adjustments if/as needed.   Division Heads will continue to share weekly updates and communication with reminders, and include updates should they need to occur.

2021-22 Plan for Reopening Summary:

Student Cohorts:  YCDS will maintain students within four cohorts: Upper School, Middle School, and two in Lower School.  
 
Face Masks:  Students ages 11 and under must wear face masks when present in the building. (This includes, but is not limited to, when entering/exiting the building, when walking in the hallways, and while using the restroom.) 
  • Masks are not required when outdoors while maintaining 3 feet of physical distancing. 
  • Masks are optional for students 12 and older, although with two prerequisites. First,  the vaccination rate for the cohort must be at or above the local vaccination rate for York County. Second, the county case rate for COVID-19 cases needs to remain within the low or moderate risk levels. Should one or both of those conditions not be met, mask requirements will be reinstated for those student cohorts. Division Heads will communicate regularly with status to families.
  • All faculty and staff, fully vaccinated or not, will wear a mask in support of our young students who are not currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the building and in classrooms.  Should Middle or Upper School cohorts attain mask optional prerequisites, teachers may teach classes within their classrooms without masks.  
  • Face masks are required on buses and shuttles.
Facility Modifications:  Students will follow their daily schedules and attend classes in assigned rooms.  The daily schedule is created to limit hallway congestion and crossover among cohorts. All students will participate in specials (Music, Art, Digital Media, Robotics, Physical Education, etc.) in the rooms assigned to these subjects. All learning spaces will be cleaned regularly, maintain proper ventilation, and all students will adhere to 3-feet distancing.  Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations will be available in all areas. Signage will be hung throughout the building with reminders for all.
 
The YCDS Campus will continue to offer outdoor learning opportunities with a plentiful number of picnic tables across campus, two expansive and tented outdoor learning spaces, and will require students to bring their camping chairs for outdoor learning opportunities. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations will be available at all entrances/exits.
 
All cohorts will eat lunch in the Dining Hall during their scheduled lunch periods.  Lunch will be served to students.  There will be no self-service available.  Dining Hall tables will be properly spaced and include transparent table-top shields/partitions.  Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations will be available in all areas.

Lockers and cubbies will be assigned and access will be scheduled to limit congestion and/or crossover among cohorts.
 
Bathrooms are modified to accommodate a limited number of students and alternate sinks for handwashing are clearly marked and available for use.
 
Drinking filling stations are available for students to fill personal water bottles (labeled with the student's name).  Drinking fountains are closed.
 
Community spaces at YCDS include the student lounge, senior lounge, study rooms, dining and living rooms, and couch areas. Communal spaces will be available to all cohorts but not mixed cohorts.  Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer stations will be available in all areas.
 
Daily Health Screening:  All students, employees, and visitors will be asked to complete a Daily Self Health Monitoring checklist prior to the arrival to campus.  This form should be completed at home and is not required to be submitted.  
 
Visitors:  Visitors will be scheduled and granted approval for building access on a case-by-case basis, with approval from Division Head or administrator.  All visitors must wear a facemask regardless of vaccination status.  Preschool families (eg. Panda, Penguin, Pre-K) will be permitted in the building during morning drop-off and will be required to wear face masks.
 
Quarantine:  According to the CDC, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated -- will need to quarantine for 10 days without testing or after day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 of quarantine or later). 
 
If your student has received the COVID-19 vaccine, please share a copy of the vaccine card with our school nurse so the student can be removed from the quarantine list of close contacts.
 
Community Training Plan:  All faculty, staff, and students will participate in safety protocol training upon return to campus. 
 
Early Care & After Care:  Families must pre-register their student in advance for both early and/or after care.  Division Heads will share registration forms with families.  Students will not be permitted to be on campus unsupervised.  
 
Additional details regarding the Plan for Reopening will be communicated with families over the course of the summer, in weekly school year messaging, and periodically should the need for revision arise.