Education for Now and Eternity


"The Holy Scriptures are the perfect standard of truth, and as such should be given the highest place in education.  To obtain an education worthy of the name, we must receive a knowledge of God, the Creator, and of Christ, the Redeemer, as they are revealed in the sacred word. Every human being, created inthe image of God, is endowed with power akin tho that of the Creator - individuality, power to think and to do.  The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities, who are leaders in enterprise, and who influence character.  It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thought.  Instead of confining their study to that which men had said or written, let students be directed to the sources of truth, to the vast fields opened for research in nature and revelation.  Let them contemplate the great facts of duty and destiny, and the mind will expand and strengthen."

Ellen G. White, Education, p.1

 "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."
 Isaiah 54:13

PLANS FOR REOPENING SCHOOL AUGUST 2020:
CSP (Covid Safety Plan)
  1. Cleaning and disinfection: Doors, chairs, desks, tabletops, bathrooms will be systematically cleaned as they are used. The sharing of books, pencils, rulers, misc. and all etc. will be prohibited. Each student will have their own personal space and items to use. 
  2. Cohorting: At NACS Cohorting is on a small scale since we only have 16 students in the school. Each grade level is small in number making it easy to cohort groups of 2 to 4 students. Recess will be done outdoors in the fresh air. Lunch tables and seating will be separated by 6 feet. 
  3. Entrance, Egress, and Movement: Six-foot markers indicated the space each student is to keep from each other. They will be directed to wait until the person ahead of them moves, then they can. Parents will wait in their cars to drop off and pick up their child(ren). Class size is very small, and we will keep the children six feet apart in all cases of movement.
  4. Face Coverings: CDPH approved purchased face shields, face masks, and desk shields are all provided to each child individually. 
  5. Health Screenings for Students and Staff: Each child and staff will have their temperature checked first thing in the morning, before lunch, and at the end of the day. Students and staff will be sent home immediately if any symptoms of Covid-19 are present. They will be instructed to see a doctor to determine if they are positive. If they are positive, they will have to stay home for 14 days and return only if the 14th day test proves negative. 
  6. Healthy Hygiene Practices: There are handwashing sinks in the classroom and bathrooms. There are touchless water faucets and touchless paper towel dispensers. We also have touchless hand sanitizer stations in the classroom, hallway, bathroom, and outdoors. 
  7. Identification and Tracing of Contacts: If there should arise a positive covid-19 case the school will immediately contact all parents and the local health department. Attendance will be taken every day and noted if someone leaves early. This is to ensure that we know who may or may not have been affected by a positive case. This list will be given to the local health department. The contact person for this is: Norma Howard 760-326-4406. 
  8. Physical Distancing: Each child’s desk will be placed 6 feet apart. Every desk will have desk shields. Students will be kept apart. Students and staff will be trained to keep apart. 
  9. Staff Training and Family Education: Staff have been trained in the requirements and methods on how to move to in-person school. Families will be trained (via zoom) on the protocols and requirements of proper space and lack of interaction with others when they drop off or pick up their child(ren). 
  10. Testing of Students and Staff: Students and staff will be tested periodically to see if they are positive or asymptomatic. If anyone is tested positive, they will be kept from school for 14 days and only able to return with the physician’s clearance. If someone has been exposed to a covid-19 case, they are required to stay home for 14 days and be tested before returning. 
  11. Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning: When a suspected case of COVID-19 the school will call the county health office and follows their direction. 
  12. Communication Plans: As needed there will be communication with all parents, by email or text messaging, in order to indicate any covid cases. All information will be private with the guidelines of FERPA and HIPAA in place. 

 

Cal/OSHA Prevention Plan
CPP

This CPP is designed to control exposures to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may occur in our workplace. 

Date: January 31, 2021

Authority and Responsibility

Norma Howard has overall authority and responsibility for implementing the provisions of this CPP in our workplace. In addition, all managers and supervisors are responsible for implementing and maintaining the CPP in their assigned work areas and for ensuring employees receive answers to questions about the program in a language they understand.

All employees are responsible for using safe work practices, following all directives, policies and procedures, and assisting in maintaining a safe work environment.

Identification and Evaluation of COVID-19 Hazards

We will implement the following in our workplace:

  • Conduct workplace-specific evaluations using the Appendix A: Identification of COVID-19 Hazards form. 
  • Evaluate employees’ potential workplace exposures to all persons at, or who may enter, our workplace.
  • Review applicable orders and general and industry-specific guidance from the State of California, Cal/OSHA, and the local health department related to COVID-19 hazards and prevention.
  • Evaluate existing COVID-19 prevention controls in our workplace and the need for different or additional controls. 
  • Conduct periodic inspections using the Appendix B: COVID-19 Inspections form as needed to identify unhealthy conditions, work practices, and work procedures related to COVID-19 and to ensure compliance with our COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Employee participation

Employees and their authorized employees’ representatives are encouraged to participate in the identification and evaluation of COVID-19 hazards by: speaking directly with administration about concerns and how they can be best addressed. School administration works directly with parent organization (SECC) and Office of Education Health and Safety Committee.

Employee screening

We screen our employees by having them self-screen according to CDPH guidelines at home an upon arrival at school. 

Correction of COVID-19 Hazards

Unsafe or unhealthy work conditions, practices or procedures will be documented on the Appendix B: COVID-19 Inspections form, and corrected in a timely manner based on the severity of the hazards, as follows:

Concerned employees may speak directly with administration, and hazards will be assessed and corrected accordingly. The Principal and district Health and Safety Committee are identified as being responsible for timely correction and follow up.

 

Control of COVID-19 Hazards

Physical Distancing

Where possible, we ensure at least six feet of physical distancing at all times in our workplace by:

  • Ensuring that adults are seated at least six feet from students.
  • Employees attend staff meetings virtually.
  • If in-person meetings are required, the largest physical space on campus is used and spaces are marked at least 9 feet of distance apart.
  • During inclement weather days, a schedule has been established that allows for reduced capacity while eating indoors. 
  • Classroom volunteers are not allowed at this time, reducing the number of contacts in the building.
  • Spaces have been marked at no less than six feet to allow for physical distancing while eating outdoors.

 

Individuals will be kept as far apart as possible when there are situations where six feet of physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Face Coverings

We provide clean, undamaged face coverings and ensure they are properly worn by employees over the nose and mouth when indoors, and when outdoors and less than six feet away from another person, including non-employees, and where required by orders from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) or local health department.  Both cloth and disposable face coverings are available to all employees. All people entering our building are required to wear masks, including volunteers, visitors, and church employees and guests. Signage is posted at entrances and throughout the building with face covering expectations for all individuals entering the building.

The following are exceptions to the use of face coverings in our workplace:

  • When an employee is alone in a room.
  • While eating and drinking at the workplace, provided employees are at least six feet apart and outside air supply to the area, if indoors, has been maximized to the extent possible.
  • Employees who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person. Alternatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Any employee not wearing a face covering, face shield with a drape or other effective alternative, or respiratory protection, for any reason, shall be at least six feet apart from all other persons unless the unmasked employee is tested at least twice weekly for COVID-19.

Engineering controls

We implement the following measures for situations where we cannot maintain at least six feet between individuals: Plexiglass partitions are installed in all areas where six feet cannot be maintained between individuals while indoors. Six feet distances have been marked both indoors and outdoors to encourage physical distancing.

We maximize, to the extent feasible, the quantity of outside air for our buildings with mechanical or natural ventilation systems by: 

 

  • The opportunity to work outside is always available, as is the opportunity to work in the largest rooms on campus.
  • Doors and windows are encouraged to be kept open to increase natural ventilation.
  •  HVAC system is maintained regularly and equipped with appropriate filters to maintain clean air in the building.

 

Cleaning and disinfecting

We implement the following cleaning and disinfection measures for frequently touched surfaces:

  • Frequently touched surfaces in the general school building are cleaned at least twice daily.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in individual classrooms are cleaned multiple times daily.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning products are available to all staff as needed.

Should we have a COVID-19 case in our workplace, we will implement the following procedures: the area where the impacted individual(s) were working will be cleaned and disinfected after waiting as long as possible to clean. This limits risk to those doing the cleaning. Proper PPE must be worn by those cleaning and disinfecting.

Shared tools, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)

PPE must not be shared, e.g., gloves, goggles and face shields.

Items that employees come in regular physical contact with, such as phones, headsets, desks, keyboards, writing materials, instruments and tools must also not be shared, to the extent feasible. Where there must be sharing, the items will be disinfected between uses by employees, who have disinfecting materials available to them.

Hand sanitizing

In order to implement effective hand sanitizing procedures, we:

 

  • Added hand sanitizer stations at all areas of entry. 
  • Providing employees with an effective hand sanitizer, and prohibit hand sanitizers that contain methanol (i.e. methyl alcohol).
  • Encouraging employees to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Encouraging employees to have clean hands at all transitions.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) used to control employees’ exposure to COVID-19

We evaluate the need for PPE (such as gloves, goggles, and face shields) as required by CCR Title 8, section 3380, and provide such PPE as needed.

When it comes to respiratory protection, we evaluate the need in accordance with CCR Title 8 section 5144 when the physical distancing requirements are not feasible or maintained. 

Investigating and Responding to COVID-19 Cases

This will be accomplished by using the Appendix C: Investigating COVID-19 Cases form. 

Employees who had potential COVID-19 exposure in our workplace will be:

  • Informed of a potential exposure and given information regarding testing availability.
  • Offered COVID-19 testing at no cost during their working hours.
  • The information on benefits described in Training and Instruction, and Exclusion of COVID-19 Cases, below, will be provided to them.

System for Communicating

Our goal is to ensure that we have effective two-way communication with our employees, in a form they can readily understand, and that it includes the following information:

  • Who employees should report COVID-19 symptoms and possible hazards to, and how. Concerned employees should address concerns with administration.
  • That employees can report symptoms and hazards without fear of reprisal.
  • Our procedures or policies for accommodating employees with medical or other conditions that put them at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
  • Where testing is not required, how employees can access COVID-19 testing. Employees are given information regarding receiving no-cost Covid tests through the San Diego county testing sites.
  • Information about COVID-19 hazards employees (including other employers and individuals in contact with our workplace) may be exposed to, what is being done to control those hazards, and our COVID-19 policies and procedures.
  • Decision Tree charts from CDPH and SDPH will be used as a resource in cases of employee exposure or positive for COVID.

 

Training and Instruction

We will provide effective training and instruction that includes:

  • Our COVID-19 policies and procedures to protect employees from COVID-19 hazards.
  • Information regarding COVID-19-related benefits to which the employee may be entitled under applicable federal, state, or local laws. 
  • The fact that:
    • COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can be spread through the air.
    • COVID-19 may be transmitted when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • An infectious person may have no symptoms.
  • Methods of physical distancing of at least six feet and the importance of combining physical distancing with the wearing of face coverings.
  • The fact that particles containing the virus can travel more than six feet, especially indoors, so physical distancing must be combined with other controls, including face coverings and hand hygiene, to be effective.
  • The importance of frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer when employees do not have immediate access to a sink or hand washing facility, and that hand sanitizer does not work if the hands are soiled.
  • Proper use of face coverings and the fact that face coverings are not respiratory protective equipment - face coverings are intended to primarily protect other individuals from the wearer of the face covering.
  • COVID-19 symptoms, and the importance of obtaining a COVID-19 test and not coming to work if the employee has COVID-19 symptoms.

Appendix D: COVID-19 Training Roster will be used to document this training.

Exclusion of COVID-19 Cases

Where we have a COVID-19 case in our workplace, we will limit transmission by:

  • Ensuring that COVID-19 cases are excluded from the workplace until our return-to-work requirements are met.
  • Excluding employees with COVID-19 exposure from the workplace for 14 days after the last known COVID-19 exposure to a COVID-19 case.
  • Continuing and maintaining an employee’s earnings, seniority, and all other employee rights and benefits whenever we’ve demonstrated that the COVID-19 exposure is work related. This will be accomplished byemployer-provided employee sick leave benefits when not covered by workers’ compensation.
  • Providing employees at the time of exclusion with information on available benefits.

Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Access

It is our policy to:

  • Report information about COVID-19 cases at our workplace to the local health department whenever required by law, and provide any related information requested by the local health department.
  • Report immediately to Cal/OSHA any COVID-19-related serious illnesses or death, as defined under CCR Title 8 section 330(h), of an employee occurring in our place of employment or in connection with any employment.
  • Maintain records of the steps taken to implement our written COVID-19 Prevention Program in accordance with CCR Title 8 section 3203(b).
  • Make our written COVID-19 Prevention Program available at the workplace to employees, authorized employee representatives, and to representatives of Cal/OSHA immediately upon request.
  • Use the Appendix C: Investigating COVID-19 Cases form to keep a record of and track all COVID-19 cases. The information will be made available to employees, authorized employee representatives, or as otherwise required by law, with personal identifying information removed.
  • COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until all the following have occurred:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved.
    • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
  • COVID-19 cases who tested positive but never developed COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until a minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of specimen collection of their first positive COVID-19 test.
  • A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for an employee to return to work.
  • If an order to isolate or quarantine an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee will not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted. If no period was specified, then the period will be 10 days from the time the order to isolate was effective, or 14 days from the time the order to quarantine was effective.

Return-to-Work Criteria

  • COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until all the following have occurred:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved.
    • At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
  • COVID-19 cases who tested positive but never developed COVID-19 symptoms will not return to work until a minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of specimen collection of their first positive COVID-19 test.
  • A negative COVID-19 test will not be required for an employee to return to work.
  • If an order to isolate or quarantine an employee is issued by a local or state health official, the employee will not return to work until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted. If no period was specified, then the period will be 10 days from the time the order to isolate was effective, or 14 days from the time the order to quarantine was effective.

Norma Howard, Teaching Principal

January 31, 2021

 


Covid Schools Guidance Checklist

 COVID-19 SchoolGuidance ChecklistJanuary 14, 2021 

Date: January 31, 2021

2021 COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist 

Name of Local Educational Agency or Equivalent: Needles Adventist Christian School 

Number of schools: 1

Enrollment:10` 

Superintendent (or equivalent) Name: Norma Howard (Teaching Principal)

Address: 1405 Lillyhill Dr., Needles, California 92363 

Phone Number: 760-326-4406

Email: norma@nacs-edu.com

Date of proposed reopening:9-1-20 

County: San Bernardino

Current Tier: Purple

(please indicate Purple, Red, Orange or Yellow) 

Type of LEA: Private K-6

Grade Level (check all that apply) 

TK 

K     x

1st   x

2nd  x 

3rd  x

4th  x

5th  x

6th  x

7th 

8th 

9th 

10th

11th 

12th 

This form and any applicable attachments should be posted publicly on the website of the local educational agency (or equivalent) prior to reopening or if an LEA or equivalent has already opened for in-person instruction. For those in the Purple Tier, materials must additionally be submitted to your local health officer (LHO), local County Office of Education, and the State School Safety Team prior to reopening. 

The email address for submission to the State School Safety for All Team for LEAs in Purple Tier is: 

K12csp@cdph.ca.gov 

LEAs or equivalent in Counties with a case rate >=25/100,000 individuals can submit materials but cannot re-open a school until the county is below 25 cases per 100,000 (adjusted rate) for 5 consecutive days. 

For Local Educational Agencies (LEAs or equivalent) in ALL TIERS: 

I, Norma Howard , post to the website of the local educationalagency (or equivalent) the COVID Safety Plan, which consists of two elements:the COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP), pursuant to CalOSHA requirements,and this CDPH COVID-19 Guidance Checklist and accompanying documents, which satisfies requirements for the safe reopening of schools per CDPH Guidance on Schools. For those seeking to open while in the Purple Tier, these plans have also been submitted to the local health officer (LHO) and the State School Safety Team

I confirm that reopening plan(s) address the following, consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the local health department: 

X Stable group structures (where applicable): How students and staff willbe kept in stable groups with fixed membership that stay together for allactivities (e.g., instruction, lunch, recess) and minimize/avoid contact withother groups or individuals who are not part of the stable group.

Please provide specific information regarding: 

How many students and staff will be in each planned stable, group structure? (If planning more than one type of group, what is the minimum and maximum number of students and staff in the groups?) 

Elementary students are assigned to their homeroom as a stable group.

If you have departmentalized classes, how will you organize staff and students in stable groups? 

n/a

If you have electives, how will you prevent or minimize in-person contact for members of different stable groups?

n/a 

X Entrance, Egress, and Movement Within the School: How movement ofstudents, staff, and parents will be managed to avoid close contact and/ormixing of cohorts.

X Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear: How CDPH’s facecovering requirements will be satisfied and enforced for staff and students.

X Health Screenings for Students and Staff: How students and staff will bescreened for symptoms of COVID-19 and how ill students or staff will beseparated from others and sent home immediately.

X Healthy Hygiene Practices: The availability of handwashing stations andhand sanitizer, and how their safe and appropriate use will be promotedand incorporated into routines for staff and students.

X Identification and Tracing of Contacts: Actions that staff will take whenthere is a confirmed case. Confirm that the school(s) have designated staffpersons to support contact tracing, such as creation and submission of listsof exposed students and staff to the local health department andnotification of exposed persons. Each school must designate a person forthe local health department to contact about COVID-19.

X Physical Distancing: How space and routines will be arranged to allowfor physical distancing of students and staff.

Please provide the planned maximum and minimum distance between students in classrooms. 

Maximum: feet 

____6___________

Minimum: feet. If this is less than 6 feet, please explain why it is not possible to maintain a minimum of at least 6 feet. 

____4___________

Inadequate space in room/Desk dividers are used

X Staff Training and Family Education: How staff will be trained and familieswill be educated on the application and enforcement of the plan.

X Testing of Staff: How school officials will ensure that students and staffwho have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone withCOVID-19 will be rapidly tested and what instructions they will be givenwhile waiting for test results. Below, please describe any planned periodicasymptomatic staff testing cadence.

Staff asymptomatic testing cadence. Please note if testing cadence will differ by tier: 

Staff scheduled to test every 2 months/more often if exposed

X Testing of Students: How school officials will ensure that students whohave symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone withCOVID-19 will be rapidly tested and what instructions they will be givenwhile waiting for test results. Below, please describe any planned periodicasymptomatic student testing cadence.

Planned student testing cadence. Please note if testing cadence will differ by tier: 

No asymptomatic testing

X Identification and Reporting of Cases: At all times, reporting of confirmedpositive and suspected cases in students, staff and employees will beconsistent with Reporting Requirements.

X Communication Plans: How the superintendent will communicate withstudents, staff, and parents about cases and exposures at the school,consistent with privacy requirements such as FERPA and HIPAA.

X Consultation: (For schools not previously open) Please confirmconsultation with the following groups

☐Labor Organization

Name of Organization(s) and Date(s) Consulted: 

Name: ________________________________ 

Date: ________________________________ 

X Parent and Community Organizations

Name of Organization(s) and Date(s) Consulted: 

Name: School Board 

Date: 8-10-20 

If no labor organization represents staff at the school, please describe the process for consultation with school staff: 

School staff completed a survey regarding reopening plans and unanimously approved. School Board was also surveyed and unanimously approved the reopening plan.

For Local Educational Agencies (LEAs or equivalent) in PURPLE: 

Local Health Officer Approval: The Local Health Officer, for (state County) _______________________________________. County has certified and approved the CSP on this date: __________________. If more than 7 business days have passed since the submission without input from the LHO, the CSP shall be deemed approved.

Additional Resources: 

Guidance on Schools 

Safe Schools for All Hub