SLA Protocols for COVID-19

SLA’s current protocols for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our requirements for students and families, are detailed below. Please note that this page is constantly being updated with new guidance from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will also update our families directly whenever impactful changes are made to our protocols.

SLA’s full reopening plan, released prior to the opening of school, is available here: In-Person COVID-19 Reopening Plan Fall 2020

SLA’s current Community Agreements with enrolled families are available here: SLA Community Agreements for Covid-19

Please contact operations@slaschool.org with any questions about COVID-19 protocol.

Hygiene and Disinfection

Hygeine and Disinfection

SLA will provide an environment which has been risk assessed in response to COVID-19 infection, and will continue monitoring for medical updates, protocol changes and changes to government mandates that impact our school operations and community.

Children and staff are required to wash and disinfect hands upon arrival to or departure from the building, as well as before and after meals.

The school facility is cleaned and disinfected on a nightly basis. Additionally, teachers disinfect classroom surfaces during the day.

Social Distancing and Mask Use

Social Distancing and Mask Use

SLA will ensure that all individuals on-site adhere to the social distancing and mask rules as set out by the government while recognizing that especially our youngest students may need frequent reminders, breaks, and support with these new protocols.

All individuals, including children and staff, must wear masks while in the building. Teachers may schedule mask breaks for children while socially distanced. Children may eat lunch without masks while socially distanced.

SLA requests families to send children to school with clean, snug masks appropriate for child use, such as masks with nose bridges or adjustable straps. Masks should not have vents or valves. SLA has a substantial supply of face coverings on-site when needed by teachers or students.

Please refer to the Resources section for guidance on appropriate masks.

Health Checks

Health Checks

Health screenings must be completed every day by parents at home before children arrive on site via the Bloomz app. Screened criteria include all COVID-19 symptoms, recent international or out-of-state travel, and recent exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents must report any COVID-19 symptoms to the Student Affairs Office immediately per our below protocols for symptom reporting.

Teachers and employees who are out sick must complete a health screening before returning to work, and must receive a PCR COVID-19 test under the same conditions as students.

Curriculum

Curriculum

SLA will support our children’s transition to onsite school in a thoughtful, connected way that helps us all adjust to new protocols and feel safe and nurtured.

SLA will provide a curriculum that meets your child’s emotional, mental health and academic needs, whether on-site or through remote learning. SLA’s curriculum is prepared to be administered remotely through online learning tools such as Google Classroom, Zoom, and VoiceThread.

Cohorting

COHORTING

SLA classes do not mix students during the school day, and if a class project requires any comingling, families will be notified in advance regarding the extent and purpose of the comingling as well as any social distancing arrangements made to accommodate the project.

Classroom teachers remain assigned to their specific classroom.

Children play in separate locations when at recess, separated from other cohorts.

We encourage families to only have play-dates with other children in their class in order to maintain cohorting.

Drop-off and Pickup

Drop-off and Pickup

Drop-off and pickup times are staggered to allow for social distancing between classes.

Families are required to depart from the drop-off area upon confirming their child has completed a health screening and is signed-out.

Each class has a designated drop-off and pickup zone outside of the school building. Families may not enter the building.

At this time, SLA only offers aftercare by individual class, pending demand in each class, for 2:30 PM through 5:30 PM.

Travel

Travel

Families who travel to states other than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont,  or internationally will be required to quarantine for 14-days before a child can return to in-person learning.

Families must report all restricted travel plans to the Student Affairs Office immediately.

SLA staff and teachers are subject to the same restrictions, and SLA has requested that all staff and teachers avoid unnecessary travel at least through Winter Recess.

Even if a student does not participate in household travel, the child must still stay home from school for as long as the household member is under quarantine order per state regulations. However, in this case, the household member may “test-out” of quarantine by taking a COVID-19 PCR test upon the fourth day of their return to New York. If the result returns negative, the student(s) may return to school.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality

All SLA employees will treat testing results or other health information as private and confidential, only used to take proper precautions to prevent spread in accordance with government regulations and best practices for contact tracing.

SLA does encourage families to disclose health status to other families with whom they may have contact if they are a risk for spreading COVID-19.

Testing

Testing

Whenever testing is required by SLA due to flagged symptoms, restricted travel, or confirmed exposure, SLA required families, students, and employees to complete a standard molecular RT-PCR test in addition to rapid testing (whether molecular or antigen). This is because the CDC currently rates the RT-PCR test as the “gold standard” for virus detection (see our resources below for more information). This test is also known as the Molecular Nucleic Acid Amplification test, or genetic/RNA test.

Ventilation

VENTILATION

The SLA Main Campus is equipped with two HVAC units per floor, which each have Merv-13 filters and have an air exchange rate of 80,000 CFM, and each floor is between 10,000 and 15,000 SFT. This means that airflow is exchanged in the floor approximately once every 15 minutes. Every classroom is ventilated with our HVAC system. Teachers leave doors and windows open when possible to facilitate airflow.

The SLA Early Childhood Annex has three classroom floors, each of which have several windows. We have also equipped our floors with reverse airflow fans to facilitate air exchange.

Communication

Communication

SLA will contact parents/carers if your child displays symptoms of COVID-19 for pickup.

SLA will continue to communicate with families between home and school through email, parent communication tools, text, and the school website with important updates and information.

If a child is absent for COVID-19 related reasons, such as flagged symptoms, confirmed exposure, or a quarantine order, SLA will communicate as much information to families as possible in a timely manner while preserving the family’s privacy and confidentiality.

Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing

In the event of a positive on-site or off-site COVID-19 test case for an SLA student or employee, SLA will notify the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and cooperate with the NYC Test & Trace Corps to identify, contact, and as necessary, exclude persons with symptoms of COVID-19, persons who test positive for COVID-19, and persons who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Although families and visitors are generally not permitted entry to school grounds during school hours, all essential contractors (such as substitutes, maintenance personnel, etc.) must complete a visitor log for contact tracing purposes.

Protocols for COVID-19 Symptoms in Children

Severity of SymptomsProtocol
Mild Individual Symptoms – runny nose or congestion, fatigue, sore throat, muscle or body achesIf the child has only one of these symptoms, the child may return to school. If the child has more than one symptom, the child must stay home from school and see a doctor immediately in accordance with SLA’s instructions and best practice recommended by the CDC
Significant Symptoms – fever of 100 F or higher, difficulty or trouble breathing, new or worsening cough, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrheaChild must stay home from school and receive a COVID-19 PCR Test immediately. Results must be reported to the Student Affairs office.
Positive household case other than childChildren are required to quarantine from home if a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19. SLA assumes that household members cannot quarantine from their children due to providing care for children, and the quarantine period is 14 days beginning either 10 days from when the household member first showed symptoms, or from the date of their positive test result if asymptomatic.
Confirmed household close contact other than childChildren are required to quarantine at home whenever another member of their household is under quarantine order due to being a close contact. The quarantine period for the child shall be the same as the quarantine period for the household member.

*If a family is unable to take their child to a doctor or for a COVID-19 PCR test in accordance with SLA’s instructions, the child will be required to isolate at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. During this time, my child may enroll in remote learning. 

Any symptoms in the context of COVID-19 exposure or increased risk:

If a child has any of the above symptoms, and also has either been exposed to someone who is a positive test case for COVID-19 or has recently completed international travel, the child must stay home and receive a negative PCR test result or isolate for 10 days. 

Standard protocol for resolution of child fever:

Regardless of whether or not a fever is COVID-19-related, a child may not be sent to school until 24 hours following the resolution of any fever

Protocols for on-site positive COVID-19 test results

If a student tests positive:

SLA will notify all families, as well as the DOHMH, and close the child’s classroom. The classroom families, as well as the classroom teachers, will be required to quarantine for 14 days. During this time, all impacted families will be instructed to receive a COVID-19 test and report the result to SLA’s Student Affairs Office. SLA will initiate contact tracing and will begin remote learning for the quarantined classroom. For 24 hours, the classroom will not be used for any purpose, and will be cleaned and disinfected. The student who tests positive must isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and return a negative PCR test result before returning on-site.

If an employee tests positive:

SLA will notify all families, as well as the DOHMH, and if the employee is assigned to any classroom, that classroom will be closed. The classroom families, as well as the classroom teachers, will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days. During this time, all impacted families will be instructed to receive a COVID-19 test and report the result to SLA’s Student Affairs Office. SLA will initiate contact tracing and will begin remote learning for the quarantined classroom. For 24 hours, the classroom will not be used for any purpose, and will be cleaned and disinfected.  Administrative members generally work remotely and are socially distanced from the rest of the on-site school community. The employee who tests positive must isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and return a negative PCR test result before returning on-site.

If two or more students or employees in separate classrooms test positive within two weeks:

SLA will close all on-site operations, and all families will be required to follow the above protocols. The school will move to fully-remote learning for a minimum of 14 days. All individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and return a negative PCR test result before returning on-site.

Communications and Resources

Free Rapid Testing:

  • Fort Greene | 295 Flatbush Avenue Extension
  • Crown Heights | 1218 Prospect Place

Free PCR Testing:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Fort Greene | 100 North Portland Avenue
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Red Hook Recreation Center | 155 Bay Street
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Brooklyn Army Terminal | 140 58th Street

Private Providers:

  • BMHA Urgent Care Downtown Brooklyn | 514 Fulton Street
  • CityMD Urgent Care Brooklyn heights | 135 Montague Street
  • CityMD Urgent Care Boerum Hill | 457 Atlantic Avenue
  • CityMD Urgent Care Cobble Hill | 228 Court Street
  • Leaf Medical DUMBO | 18 Adams Street
  • Leaf Medical Carroll Gardens | 325 Smith Street
  • PM Pediatrics Boerum Hill | 240 Atlantic Avenue
  • ProHealth Urgent Care Carroll Gardens | 330 Court Street
  • Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Park Slope | 365 Flatbush Avenue