COVID-19-Information

Summer 2020 Information

As VPS continues to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, we encourage families to review the information below which will be updated weekly.

Important Information for All Families

VPS Safety Guidelines

We encourage families to review the school’s detailed Campus Re-Opening Plan & Safety Guidelines. We included some highlights of the plan are included below.

Valley Prep will promote healthy hygiene practices by:

  • Promoting hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enforcing the use of face coverings (if recommended by local or county officials)
  • Maintaining adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol), tissues, and no-touch trash cans

Valley Prep will intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation by:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces throughout the campus daily
  • Ensuring ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods

Valley Prep will ensure social distancing by:

  • Not allowing (day) field trips and inter-school sporting events until further notice
  • Not allowing gatherings or events where appropriate social distancing is not possible
  • Increasing distance between seats (and bedding in PS/PK) in classrooms
  • Doing group-work outdoors (at picnic tables, for example) and reducing close-contact activities as much as possible
  • Increasing distance between seats at picnic tables (for lunch, snack, and group-work) and disinfecting immediately after use
  • Working to ensure students do not congregate in large, static groups while at-play

Valley Prep will limit sharing by:

  • Keeping each child’s belongings separated from others in individually labeled containers, cubbies, lockers, or designated areas
  • Ensuring adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (example, art & science-lab supplies). When sharing is unavoidable, ensuring that supplies are cleaned and disinfected regularly
  • Avoiding the sharing of foods and utensils at all times
  • Avoiding the sharing of electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids. When sharing is unavoidable, ensuring that resources are cleaned and disinfected regularly

Valley Prep will check for signs and symptoms of illness by:

  • Requiring all staff tested for COVID-19 (if mandated by local or county officials)
  • Requiring all students tested for COVID-19 (if mandated by local or county officials)
  • Implementing screenings (such as taking students’ temperature daily) safely and respectfully (if recommended by local and county officials)
  • Encouraging staff to stay home if they are sick and encouraging parents to keep sick children home
  • Following a strict policy of sending home students and staff members who exhibit the following signs of illness (vomiting; constant coughing or sneezing; fever of 100.4 and above)

Valley Prep will plan for when a staff, child, or visitor becomes sick by:

  • Providing an isolation room to separate anyone who exhibits the signs of illness listed above
  • Notifying health officials of possible case(s) of COVID-19 (if mandated by county health officials)
  • Immediately cleaning and disinfecting an area used by a sick person
  • Ensuring sick students and staff members do not return until they have met Criteria to discontinue home isolation
  • Informing those exposed to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms (i.e., ensure proper contact tracing)

Valley Prep may close its campus if:

  • Required by state and local health officials. We would immediately implement distance learning. Regular tuition payments would remain due, and we will offer no refunds
  • A person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the school and (based on feedback from health professionals) poses a risk to the community. In such an instance, the school would consider closing for 1 to 2 days for cleaning and disinfection