First week of school - How are we all doing?
We are a week into our school year and have already had some newsworthy events. We want to thank Anne Dolid, and school nurses Amy Jo Goldfarb and Claudia Garcia, for joining us at our first Havens Parents Club (HPC) meeting of the year last night and going into detail on the how and why of Covid-19 safety protocols at Havens. For those parents that joined us, we hope you appreciated the facilitated Q&A and thank you for asking great additional questions. If you weren’t able to join us, we hope you can make it next time; HPC meetings are a great way to get site-specific information and Anne Dolid attends to help provide information and answer questions.
As a brief summary, we learned that at present time there are three different ways students might quarantine if exposed to a positive case: A full 10 days if no test is taken, a shorter version where students can PCR test on or after five days after exposure and come back on day eight, and then a “modified quarantine” if there were no eating breaks and masks stayed on, mostly outside, etc., where the cohort will be allowed to remain at school and rapid antigen tests will be done twice a week by the school. We also learned that, together with Anne Dolid, our health team is keeping up to date on current guidelines and, with advice from the Alameda County Public Health Director and using contact tracing, will continue to make the safest case-by-case decisions on which students will need to quarantine and how.
As parents, some of the most helpful things we can do are to:
Realize there is a risk of exposure involved in going back to school, and with the health of our children as the priority, quarantines may happen.
Take the daily health screener seriously and answer thoughtfully and honestly.
Make sure our kids have secure and tight-fitting masks.
Talk to our kids about the importance of wearing masks.
Be diligently cautious in our lives outside of the Havens gates.
Model mask-wearing at pick-up and drop-off, specifically.
In more news, room parents will be reaching out soon to introduce themselves and creating a (completely optional) class contact list for those wanting to participate to help facilitate masked playdates, birthdays, etc., and grade level outdoor parent parties are in the works! Also, a reminder that picture days are tomorrow and Friday.
Finally, for all things HPC please take a look at our comprehensive website for parent resources, different ways to volunteer, and more information about our programs like ASE, DEI/Anti-Racism, and Dad’s Club to name a few: www.HavensParentsClub.com.
April and Val