Safari Learning COVID-19 Policies

Cleaning and Disinfecting
• Hands and shoes will be cleaned upon entry of school building. Hand sanitizer and handwashing will happen before and after snacks and meals, when coming in from the playground and entering class.
• Frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, light switches, etc.) will be wiped down and disinfected multiple times per day by support and kitchen staff, as well as teachers and aides when available. Employees must initial the cleaning checklist when complete each time to ensure regular cleaning.
• Toys that have been used, will be cleaned before putting away. Any items that have been in ones’ mouths, nose, etc. will be disinfected immediately.
• For Primary Students: Children will have their own bucket of supplies to eliminate sharing, this includes, pencils, pens, markers, scissors, sharpeners, paper, etc. All supplies will be stored in the child’s individual desk.
• Floors will be swept and vacuumed daily, with a deep cleaning and disinfecting weekly.
• Child and adult bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each “pods” bathroom time.
• Drinking fountains will be used secondary to cups and poured water. When used, drinking fountains will be monitored and disinfected in between uses. Primary Students will have access to refilling their individual water bottles as needed.
• Bus transportation is not applicable, as we do not have any type of bus or transportation system.
• Cleaning supplies ordered will be researched and checked for approval for COVID-19 use. All bulk supplies are kept in a locked storage room. Supplies (i.e. disinfectant, wipes, sanitizer, etc.) that are centrally located in each classroom, each bathroom, each common area, in the lobby, kitchen, and outside. All hazardous products are kept up high out of the reach of children.
• Face shields, reusable masks with filters, disposable mask, and gloves are readily available to staff members and students.
• All water will be served from our built in water filtration system.
• The (2019) HVAC System n our new facility ensures the proper air filtration and ventilation. Doors to the outside playground will be opened weather permitting to allow fresh air inside the building.

• Children will be based in a cohort (group of 15 or less) based on the factors of age, academic level and social, emotional development. They will stay in their “cohort” for the duration of class time and as much as possible throughout the entire day. This will allow the same students to be in the same group and in the same classroom where their supplies are.
• Classes will be in a “block” type schedule to allow for groups to not be using the same area or supplies. Snacks and lunches will be staggered at different times or different areas (for example, groups will eat at the same time, but one will eat outside, and one will eat inside. Or, if all want to eat outside, on group will have snack at 10:00am, and the other group will have snack at 10:30am after all surfaces have been sanitized in between groups.)
• Groups will be rotated though outside time as to share the playground space but to not have all students out at one time.
• Groups will stay in their “area” or classroom and not share the common spaces. If students need to put things away in their cubby, one group or cohort will go at a time.
• Band or Choir is not a part of our program.

Entrance, Egress, and Movement within the School
• One family will be allowed in the lobby at a time for pick up and drop off. Masks must be worn. Parents/Authorized pick-ups are welcome and encouraged to wait outside the lobby doors for their child to be picked-up or dropped off to them outside. Only essential visitors will be allowed within the facility, this includes necessary repair people, any county or state inspectors (Licensing, fire marshal, police, etc.), approved therapists for students receiving services, etc.
• Students will go straight to their designated section of the facility, as to limit any interactions with other groups.
• Teacher lunch breaks will be staggered per group. Only 4 people in the staff lounge at a time, and those who have private classrooms can eat in their room. Outside eating and breaks are encouraged.
• At risk staff are asked to work limited times or not at all if there is any concern of a major danger to their health. Whole staff meetings and check-ins can, and will be conducted virtually via Zoom, as well as those who are at risk.
• Primary Students: students will have assigned cubbies and desk storage for their own supplies. Students will hand in their homework folders to a designated area one student at time.

Face Coverings/PPE
• Teachers, aides, food service, and administration are required to wear masks, face shields and/or both while inside the facility. Our face coving aligns with CDPH Face Covering Guidelines, stating:
◦ Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; 1 • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;2 • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when: • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own house or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.

• Students will wear mask during class time when in small group activities and spaces. Masks will not be required during eating, napping, or outside. Teachers will wear masks and or face shields when in close quarters with students, including inside. Outside mask-wearing is not mandatory, according to the public health department. A medical waiver will have to be provided by the families’ physician if student is NOT to use a mask or face shield if it is deemed mandatory.

Health Screenings for Students and Staff
• County Febrile Respiratory Illness Screening Form will be used as our morning health checks, as well as temperature checks will be done for both teachers and students before entry in facility in the morning.
• Anyone, staff or student, with a temperature of 100.4 and over will not be allowed in the facility or has any other symptoms of illness.
• If a staff member becomes ill at work, they will be sent home immediately and administration will step in until appropriate substitute can take over.
• If a student becomes seems to be ill at school with any symptoms, such as complaining to the teacher, pale appearance, lethargy, over emotional or inconsolable, staff members have been instructed to call acting director or administration for removal of student from classroom. The director will do a health and symptom check with the student, including a temperature check to determine if the student needs to be sent home. If there are any symptoms deemed necessary for isolation, other staff would be notified that the office would be used to isolation and the director would be isolated with the student as well, wearing all PPE (gloves, mask, and shield) until family member can arrive to pick them up. Student will have direct exit through director’s office door, as to not go back through the facility. During this time, if bathroom facilities is necessarily while student is ill, they we will designate one of our two adult restroom facilities for use until person can go home. Once student has left the facility, all surfaces of isolation office and/or bathroom will be deep cleaned and disinfected, as well as all common surfaces in the facility (light switches, door handles, fountains, sinks, trash, chairs, and any toys or books used to entertain during this time.
• In any area where a student or staff member must be isolated will be deep-cleaned and disinfected immediately.

• Any staff with any symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home until symptoms subside. There will be no punishment or penalties for staff that miss work due to having onset of symptoms. PTO time can be used to help with the cost of missing work. Staff have been instructed that if positive for COVID-19 they must full fill their quarantine, including being fever free for 3 days and at least 10 days from the start of symptoms.
• Staff absences will be tracked using school attendance forms and calendar, and Procare ap.
• Substitutes and part time employee will be used as back up for ill employees when needed.
• Parents and employees have been instructed to report any concerns, symptoms or positive results to our designated administration team including, Katie Edwards-Pack (Director), Dr. Charlene Wrighton (Owner, Director), Ali Cardoza (Assistant Director) or Jodi Gates (Assistant Director). This can be done via phone (209) 588-0920 or email.

Healthy Hygiene Practices
• Hand-sanitizing stations will be places at entrance of facility, in each classroom and outside. There are 3 bathrooms with sinks for hand washing in our common areas.
• Health and safety hygiene curriculum will be taught and reviewed regularly as part of the daily routine.
• Inventory is done weekly to ensure we always have an adequate supply of sanitizer, disinfectant, hand soap, bleach, gloves, paper towels, toilet paper, and more.
• We purchased in bulk and will stock up when extra supplies are available.
• A food grade disinfectant will be used with toys etc. that are frequently put in mouths (infant toys, etc.).
• Primary Students: Reusable water bottles will be given to students to keep at their desks, to eliminate the use and sharing of drinking fountains. Water bottles will be regularly washed and sanitized in our commercial dishwasher.

Identification and Tracing of Contacts:
• If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19 the local health department will be called and information reported (Sonora Public Health Department, 209-533-7401).
• If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all students and staff that were in direct proximity will be notified directly. It will be directed by Public Health who give direction on testing and quarantines.
• If multiple teachers or students test positive, then the school will close for a 14 days quarantine period. Distance learning will be established.
• Katie Edwards-Pack and Dr. Charlene Wrighton, owners, acting directors and administration will be responsible for contacting Sonora Public Health Department, as well as providing the needed contact tracing lists.

Physical Distancing
• Primary Students: Desks will be spaced up to 3 feet apart in classrooms or as reasonable to the configuration and size of the room. When doing a table activity inside, there will be no more than 4 students to a table at a time. Students will be encouraged as much as possible to give themselves space from other students. When applicable “sneeze barriers” will be used at desks.
Staff Training and Family Education
• Daily and weekly updates and reminders will be sent to both teachers and families.
• Staff will have monthly “check ins,” as well as quarterly individual and team meetings to receive policies, brainstorm new ideas and problem solve.
• Academic accountability will be established and enforced.
• All updates and notifications will be posted on our front doors, on our software program Procare as well as emailed out.
• Staff members will receive a written pint out of all current COVID-19 polices.

Testing of Students and Staff
• If deemed necessary and appropriate, staff will tested periodically, as well as if displaying any symptoms or exposed to someone who has tested positive. Staff members are welcome and encouraged to get tested at any point.
Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning
• If more than one teachers in an age group, or more than one student in a classroom test positive, and it is recommended by Public Health, then the school will close for a 14-day quarantine period and distance learning will be established. If Public Health feels the primary can stay open, all health and safety procedures will continue.
• Independent study packets and teacher instruction videos can be used to support those students who are at high risks.
• Parents are notified via written document that there will be no punishment or penalty for a student needing to stay home due to symptoms or quarantine. Independent work study packets and teachers available virtually will help bridge the gap of missed work.

Communication Plans
• If administration needs to contact parents or staff that have been DIRECTLY exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, they will do so via Procare, phone, email, or text.
• Those who were not directly exposed will be notified via Procare messenger that there was a positive case or possible exposure in the facility. All names, and specific positions will be withheld to ensure the privacy of our students and staff.
• Weekly updates and reminders will be sent to both teachers and families.
• Staff will have monthly “check ins,” as well as quarterly individual and team meetings to receive policies, brainstorm new ideas and problem solve.
• All updates and notifications will be posted on our front doors, on our software program Procare as well as emailed out.
• Directors’ Katie Edwards-Pack and Dr. Char Wrighton conduct bi-weekly (if not daily) checks on community websites for updates on numbers and community such as,,,
• Katie Edwards-Pack is on the contact list for CCLD state licensing updates, regulations and policies, as well as regular communication with our local analyst, Justin Denton.
• Katie Edwards-Pack is the person deemed responsible for checking in for updates, receiving updates and notification and putting those into action.
• Katie Edwards-Pack reviews all absence calls and attendance each day to look at trends in absenteeism for any concerns.
• Katie Edwards-Pack will be the liaison for any questions or concerns in regards to COVID-19, policies and procedures.