Health and Safety
Goshen Friends School COVID-19 Protocols
2021-22 School Year
Goshen Friends School relies on a multi-layered approach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. Teachers and staff work in partnership with families to minimize potential impacts of the virus while maximizing instruction for all students.
Masking for Staff and Students
- Required indoors except when eating
- Optional outdoors, unless physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Be sure that children are properly wearing masks (snugly fitting, covering nose and mouth)
- Indoors and outdoors - encourage students to move around, spread out and discourage clustering
- limit numbers of children playing in each center and seated at tables
Managing use of common space
- No more than 2 classes using a common space (for example, Grange, playground) during school day. Maintain separation between the groups.
- Outdoors when weather permits
- Maintain 3-6 feet of distance between children and staff while eating outdoors
- Maintain 6 feet or more of distance between children and staff while eating indoors and utilize multiple space if necessary
The decision to hold community events will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Depending on local Covid-19 transmission rates, events may be held exclusively outdoors, scaled down in size or canceled if they cannot be held safely.
- Classrooms and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day
- Tables should be wiped down by teachers before and after snacks and lunches and between activities
- Toys that are mouthed or handled by a child after coughing or sneezing should be removed from the rotation and cleaned and disinfected
- Teachers should clean toilets and surrounding areas after changing a child who has wet or soiled his clothing
- Teachers should check toilets after children use them to make sure the toilet seat remains clean and dry.
Ventilation - Natural, Air Purifiers
- Staff and children should be outside as much as possible
- Staff should open classroom windows when weather permits
- Staff should leave air purifiers on at all times
- Children should wash hands with soap and water as soon as they arrive at school
- Children and staff should wash hands with soap and water regularly throughout the day - before and after snack and lunch; after using the bathroom, blowing nose, coughing or sneezing
- Teachers should wash before preparing and after cleaning up snacks; before and after applying first aid; after helping a child in the bathroom
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available in classrooms and with teachers when outdoors
Monitoring for Illness (See Daily Home Screening for Students and Staff)
- No ill child or staff member should be in school.
- Review screening checklist every day before coming to school. If you or anyone in your household has any of any of symptoms listed on the Daily Home Screening sheet, or if you have had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result:
- Do not send your child to school.
- Call the office immediately at 610-696-8869. Leave a message if you do not get a live person.
- Expect a return call from the school office to go over procedure for testing and returning to school
Quarantine/Isolation/Return to School following Illness
Goshen Friends School follows the Chester County Health Department’s 2021-22 school year guidelines for responding to COVID-19. This includes procedures for testing, quarantining for close contacts, and isolating for illness and returning to school.
- Close Contact - A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). This definition applies to the general public as well as an Early Care and Education program such as Goshen Friends School.
- Quarantine - A period of time and procedure for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are considered a close contact. A person identified as a close contact is required to stay home and monitor for symptoms. A 14-day quarantine period is always recommended as it offers the most protection from spreading COVID-19 to others.
- Isolation - Used to separate people sick with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific room or area and using a separate bathroom.
In the event of Illness:
- Students and staff who are sick with any one of the symptoms in the checklist must:
- Get tested for Covid-19
- Stay home and avoid contact with others while you await your result
- If you are positive, notify school and isolate for 10 days AND go 24 hours fever-free AND show improvement of symptoms in order to return to work or school
- Inform close contacts
- If you are negative, you may return to work or school provided you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and your symptoms are improving
- Get tested for Covid-19
- If you choose not to get tested and a 14-day quarantine is not possible, isolate for 10 days AND go 24 hours fever-free AND show improvement of symptoms in order to return to work or school.
- Students who are considered a close contact due to exposure to COVID-19 will be asked to quarantine for a period of 7-10 days
- Quarantine begins after the date of last exposure (Day 0)
- At no time can quarantine be discontinued before the end of Day 7 even if a negative COVID-19 result is received prior to the end of Day 7
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if an individual remains asymptomatic through the end of Day 10
- Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a PCR test is negative AND is collected on Day 5 or thereafter, and the person remains asymptomatic until the test result is received.
- In the event of illness at school, Goshen Friends maintains an adequate supply of personal protective equipment and uses a designated “sick room” to isolate symptomatic students and staff.