Return to in-person instruction plan during the COVID-19 pandemic - 2020-21 School Year



We have established this plan in cooperation with Ste Jane de Chantal School to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on students attending in-person programs and staff of My French Classes as well as the larger community of Ste Jane de Chantal School. Our priority is the safety and health of all the children and all the staff of our organization and Ste Jane de Chantal School. We will adhere to all guidelines set forth by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County Health Department and CDC to provide a safe environment that minimizes the risk of COVID-19.

This document will be updated as required. My French Classes administration will share the updated document on our Parents intranet and distribute the updated version to parents via the school weekly email system.


Community Agreement

All families whose children attend in-person programs during the school year 2020-21 must sign a copy of the My French Classes COVID-19 Agreement and agree to partner with My French Classes and Ste Jane de Chantal School to keep all students and staff safe and healthy. Parents must agree to keep children home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms, or have potentially been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 infection.

Preparation for Illnesses

People with COVID-19 have had a wide-range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

• Fever and/or chills.
• Cough.
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
• Fatigue.
• Muscle or body aches.
• Headache.
• New loss of taste or smell.
• Sore throat.
• Congestion or runny nose.
• Nausea or vomiting.
• Diarrhea.

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Health Questionnaire

Families will complete a weekly health questionnaire. Results will be recorded and sent to school administrators.

• Temperature check using a non-contact thermometer

• Complete a health questionnaire including a series of questions:
○ Did you take your temperature today? What was your temperature?
○ Have you been near someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
○ Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat?
○ Have you had a fever (temperature greater than 100.4 F) in the last 48 hours
○ Have you recently lost your sense of taste or smell?
○ Do you have any health/wellness questions/concerns?
○ Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?

Social Distancing

Social distancing is an effective way to prevent potential infection. All My French Classes teachers, staff, and students must practice the CDC’s recommended distance from one another and eliminate contact with others.

In order to comply with CDC Social Distance Guidelines My French Classes will:

• Assure that a limited number of students will be clustered in one room.
• Encourage six feet of distancing between individuals.
• Create a pattern for traffic flow in the building and practice with students how to move, when permitted, in the building.
• Group the same children and staff together.
• Assign each student an area in the classroom where he/she will complete work.
• Turn desks to face the same direction (rather than facing each other) to reduce transmission of the virus.
• Ask and remind students not to share any supplies, toys, etc.
• Not permit students to eat snacks indoors.
• Not allow non-essential visitors indoors.
• Not allow mixing between groups during the classes.
• Not permit large group gatherings and activities that require children to sit or stand in close proximity.
• Cancel activities such as field trips, special performances and assemblies, sport events and practices, and school-wide in-person parent meetings.
• Monitor bathroom usage to ensure that bathrooms are cleaned according to CDC guidelines.
• Reduce congestion in the administrator office and other typically crowded indoor areas.
• Review regularly with staff and students best practices for social distancing.

Face Coverings

Wearing coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is therefore required for all My French Classes teachers, staff, students, and essential visitors.

Use of an additional face shield is also recommended to further protect our community.

Even when cloth face coverings are worn, all My French Classes teachers, staff and students must continue practicing proper physical distancing.

Required Supplies

Parents are asked to send the following items, in addition to traditional school supplies, to My French Classes each Saturday with their child:

• Two (2) face masks.
• A filled water bottle
• One (1) bottle of hand sanitizer

Protocols for Identified Illness

• Sick staff members or students are not to return to My French Classes programs until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
• If a student or staff member has been in close proximity to a person who is positive for COVID-19, the student or staff member should not come to My French Classes until evaluated by a healthcare provider or have completed their quarantine period without becoming symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID-19.
• If any student or staff member has been in close contact with a person who is awaiting a COVID-19 test result, the student or staff member should not enter the building of Ste Jane de Chantal School until the close contact tests negative. If the close contact tests positive, then the student or staff member should seek guidance from their healthcare provider and not return to My French Classes until cleared by that provider. A written note from the healthcare provider must accompany the student or staff member upon his/her return to My French Classes.
• Staff and children with temperatures at or above 100.4 and/or exhibit one or more symptoms of COVID-19, will be immediately isolated to a designated area in the building of Ste Jane de Chantal School until they can be transported from the school safely by a relative/emergency contact.

In the event that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, My French Classes will:

• Notify the Montgomery County Health Department and Ste Jane de Chantal School.
• In consultation with the Montgomery County Health Department, notify staff and families regarding the positive test result and the procedures that will be followed.

Essential Visitors

No non-essential visitors will be allowed to enter Ste Jane de Chantal School.

Communication Plan for Campus Closure

Immediately following notification of a decision to close the school campus at Ste Jane de Chantal School, My French Classes administrators will notify staff and parents of such closure by email. During any period for which the campus must remain closed, all students will attend classes virtually using appropriate digital platforms.

Frequent Cleaning and Disinfection

• Implement a routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.

• Cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces at least twice a day, and as often as possible especially any shared objects or equipment will be cleaned, disinfected and when appropriate sanitized between uses.

• High touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently including:
○ Door knobs and handles
○ Stair railings
○ Bathroom Faucets and fixtures
○ Classroom desks and chairs
○ Light switches
○ Shared equipment
○ Shared toys
○ Classroom sinks/handles

• When possible, students will have individual materials and will not share. This includes: notebooks, pens and pencils, crayons, markers, and paints

• Place signage in every classroom/bathroom reminding staff of cleaning protocols.

• Each group will be assigned to a particular bathroom and have a bathroom schedule in order to clean and disinfect bathrooms after each group has finished.


Modified School Schedule

Due to the increased need for cleaning, social distancing, and teacher training and planning, we will adopt modified school hours and a rotating in-person instructional schedule and programs as need be.

Snack Protocols

Snack will only be permitted for preschool and Kindergarten level students. Snacks will be eaten exclusively outside.

Recess Protocols

Students will participate in socially distant recreational activities each day. Student groups will not mix with other groups while playing in their designated play spaces according to a rotating schedule.

Arrival of Students

Students and staff will arrive through assigned entry points at Ste Jane de Chantal School and will be temperature-checked upon arrival. Parents will not be permitted to bring students into the building of Ste Jane de Chantal School upon arrival or any other time during the classes.

• Arrival times will be managed to prevent crowding and follow guidelines regarding mandated six-feet social distancing.
• Anyone dropping children at a school entry point must wear a face mask.
• Staff and students entering the building must have a face mask.

Dismissal of Students

Students and staff will exit through assigned exit doors at Ste Jane de Chantal School .

• Pick up times will be managed to prevent crowding and follow guidelines regarding mandated six-feet social distancing.
• Anyone picking up children at the exit door must wear a face mask.

Communal Areas

Spaces like cafeteria may be used for instructional purposes only, which will allow for appropriate social distancing.

Students will be assigned to use a particular bathroom. Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected several times during the day. Guidelines for hand washing will be placed over each sink in every bathroom.

General Communication

My French Classes administrators will continue to communicate with families on all matters related to My French Classes programs:

• Teachers will continue to share activities done in class and homework via weekly emails and the Parents Portal.
• Administrators will continue to connect with parents regularly via weekly emails.
• Alerts and reminders will be sent through our parents portal and emails .

Distance Learning

For certain classes and programs, teachers will utilize Web-Cameras in order to provide distance-learning students with simultaneous lessons.

In the event of an unexpected school closure, all instruction will be transferred to distance learning.

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