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21-22 Safety Plan

The YCDS Safety Committee has prepared comprehensive and detailed updates to the safety plan for our community. Thus far this year our partnership, cooperation, and detailed planning proved very successful in maximizing in-person learning for all students.  YCDS will continue to use layered mitigation strategies to better prevent the spread of COVID.  
 
We have carefully considered data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the YCDS Safety Committee members, and in consultation with our medical advisor, Dr. Christopher Russo, Pediatric Director from WellSpan Health. 
 
Conditions may change over the weeks ahead and throughout the spring given the unpredictability of COVID.  Our comprehensive 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 maintaining 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. We will use layering mitigation practices to best support student safety.  Division Heads will continue to share weekly updates and communication with reminders, and include updates should they need to occur.

2021-22 Updated Safety Plan:
 
Student Cohorts: YCDS will maintain students within two cohorts: One Upper/ Middle School, and one Lower School.  
 
Face Masks:  Facemasks may be worn at any time.  When York County’s risk level is categorized as LOW according to the new CDC Guidance, masks are encouraged, but not required.   
 
Masks are required only under specific circumstances. Masks will be required when:
  • A community member who tests positive for COVID isolates for 5 days at home, and returns (no longer symptomatic). The community member must wear a mask indoors for the following 5 days. 
  • A student identified as a close contact to a COVID-positive community member must wear a facemask for 10 days from the exposure. 
    • Unvaccinated students not opting into the test-to-stay program must quarantine for 5 days at home, and are required to wear a mask for 5 days upon return.
    • Unvaccinated students opting into the test-to-stay program must test between days 2-4 and 5-7 are required to wear a mask for 10 days from last exposure.
    • Students who tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days are required to wear a mask for 10 days from last exposure. 
    • Vaccinated students are required to wear a face mask for 10 days from last exposure. Testing is available.
  • If a community member experiences COVID-like symptoms and is waiting to go home, s/he is required to wear a mask.
 
Test-to-Stay Program
Unvaccinated: Close contacts test between days 2-4 and days 5-7. 
Vaccinated: Peace of mind testing is available.
 
Testing: YCDS offers rapid antigen testing for all students.  Students who are close contacts of a positive COVID individual may choose to test​-​to​-​stay.  Parents may contact our school nurse to arrange for testing of a symptomatic student prior to arrival.  A symptomatic student may not come to school without a scheduled testing appointment. 
 
Contact Tracing: YCDS will conduct contact tracing when a positive COVID case is reported in the school building.  The school nurse (or designated administrator) will notify parents of close contacts with isolation and quarantine guidance, discuss testing requirements in the test-to-stay program, and provide pertinent information and instructions related to the specific case. 
 
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 learning spaces will be cleaned regularly, maintain proper ventilation, and all students and staff 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 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 are strongly encouraged to wear a facemask.  Preschool families (eg. Panda, Penguin, Pre-K) will be permitted in the building during morning drop-off.
 
Quarantine: Students identified as a close contact must quarantine or test as follows:
  • Unvaccinated students not opting into the test-to-stay program must quarantine for 5 days at home, and are required to wear a mask for 5 days upon return.
  • Unvaccinated students opting into the test-to-stay program must test between days 2-4 and 5-7 are required to wear a mask for 10 days from last exposure.
  • Students who tested positive for COVID in the past 90 days are required to wear a mask for 10 days from last exposure. 
  • Vaccinated students are required to wear a face mask for 10 days from last exposure. Testing is available.
 
Isolation: Students testing positive with COVID must share the test result with the school nurse and follow isolation guidelines.  The school nurse will work with each family to identify accurate isolation and return dates. 
 
COVID Vaccine and Test Results: Parents are asked to share COVID vaccine updates and positive COVID test results with the school nurse. 
 
Before School and After School Care:  Lower School families must pre-register their student in advance for both before- and/or after-school care.  Registration forms are shared in the weekly email from the Division Head. Students will not be permitted to be on campus unsupervised.  
 
Additional details regarding the updated Safety Plan will be communicated with families in weekly school year messaging, and periodically should the need for revision arise.