Health and Safety Protocols
Our Commitment to Safety
Per our district pillars, Wiseburn prioritizes safety for all stakeholders on our campuses. Our all-encompassing health and safety protocols draw upon the best practices, recommendations, and required directives of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community at large. Below, you'll find our plans for safe and healthy practices for in-person services and learning.
In order to bring everyone back to campus safely amid the continuous threat of COVID-19 and its emerging variants, we will continue to employ the health and safety protocols advised by public health experts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our students, staff, and community safe.
While the variants may change, the typical recommended strategies to fight COVID-19 remain effective and widely available.
At Wiseburn, we will employ them all in combination:
- COVID-19 Testing
- Limiting Indoor Crowding Where Possible
- Masks continue to reduce transmission of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, per the CDC.
- Per state and local directives, indoor masking is required for everyone at K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. Students, staff and visitors must wear masks inside our schools.
- Some limited exceptions apply: Students granted a reasonable accommodation in the form of mask exemption due to a disability or other condition are not excluded from in-person education. However, it is strongly recommended by the LADPH that these students be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
- Students who do not comply with the masking requirement will be offered an opportunity to join our Independent Study Program. They will not be allowed on campus.
- Outdoor masking is recommended, but we will use this time to also allow students to take mask breaks, especially while eating/drinking.
- Per LADPH, physical education classes held indoors requires all present to wear masks except when drinking water.
- COVID-19 spreads through the air. To combat COVID-19, the CDC, recommends using filtered ventilation systems.
- In March 2021, we installed state-of-the-art air purifier systems that are connected to our current HVAC systems in all 150 classrooms, office spaces, and multi-use rooms.
- These air purifiers are similar to those used to disinfect air in airplanes, and they will be active and providing continuous disinfection in our classrooms.
- Our HVAC systems are routinely maintained. Air filters on air conditioning units will be replaced every three months.
- Per the CDC:
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
- Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.
- More than 99.99% of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death
- If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.
- People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.
- At Wiseburn, we recognize that:
- Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within the workplace and to the District community
- A portion of the District’s students, those who are 11 years of age and under, are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, and thus face an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19
- It is critical that we protect the health and safety of our students and staff
- Because of all of the above, we are requiring all staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions (those who fall under these exceptions must undergo regular COVID-19 testing) as per an Executive Order issued by Governor Newsom (effective 8/12/21)
On-campus COVID-19 Testing
Used in conjunction with other mitigation strategies, regular COVID-19 testing provides an additional tool to support a safe and successful in-person instruction, allowing for early identification of cases and preventing transmission.
- Wiseburn will be offering COVID-19 testing for students, staff, and community members twice a week beginning the week of August 23.
- COVID-19 test results will be available to the patient as well as the Wiseburn COVID-19 Compliance Officer within 24 - 36 hours.
- Wiseburn will also have a cache of rapid COVID-19 tests for immediate use should the need arise.
How to Receive COVID-19 Testing
Our COVID-19 testing is operated by Fulgent.
In the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, Fulgent sent out an email allowing anyone to pre-register for testing. The email had the subject line “Modify your information with Fulgent Genetics.”
All staff and parents/caretakers should use the link received from Fulgent in that email to register for testing. However, if you did not receive the email, you may walk-up and register on-site with Fulgent.
To take a COVID-19 test, individuals drop by the COVID-19 testing site, located in the parking lot at Dana Middle School (5504 W. 135th St.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 - 6:30 p.m. Follow the instructions of staff on site.
Limiting Indoor Crowding Where Possible
- Per LADPH, physical distancing strategies are still recommended as long as they do not interfere with full-time attendance for all students. They recommend 100% masking where distancing is not feasible.
- Wiseburn will employ social distancing where possible and will rely on 100% indoor masking.
- There will be no large gatherings of any kind on our school sites.
- Class transitions and hallway use will be monitored and adjusted, as needed by site administrators.
- Wiseburn will also maintain an increased distance as much as possible during times when students or staff are not masked (e.g., due to eating or drinking, napping).
- What will the 2021-22 academic year look like at Wiseburn?
- Will the school hours return to pre-COVID-19 times?
- Will Back to School Nights be done virtually or in person?
- Are masks going to be required only for indoor scenarios or also for outside such as recess and PE, between classes passing periods?
- What is Wiseburn's policy/procedure for students who refuse to wear a mask?
- Are students 12 years of age and older required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Will students be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis?
- Will students be required to quarantine after traveling out of state?
- My student tested positive for COVID-19. Who should I notify?
- What do after-school activities look like at Wiseburn?
- How does lunch on campus work?
- Will students have recess while at school?
- What previously "usual" activities will be allowed/not allowed at recess and lunchtime?
- Will classroom activities, especially for more hands-on classes, return to pre-COVID-19 status, or will they be limited/removed as in Spring 2021?
- What is the name of the offered curriculum for distance learners?
- How will quarantining students access digital/remote instruction from their teachers?
- Will hand-washing be incorporated into the daily/hourly routine?
- What is the policy/procedure if we have children at 2 schools and one school/classroom shuts down and the other does not? Are families expected to hold both children from school? Do they do their schoolwork online?
- What are the cleaning and sanitizing procedures at Wiseburn?
- Can students walk to school or ride a bike?
- Will students be sharing supplies and materials in the classroom?
- Will I be notified if there is a COVID-19 case on campus?