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COVID-19

Updated August 2, 2021:
Trinity administration will continue to monitor guidelines and conditions throughout the school year. We look forward to our Prayer / Dedication Night on Tuesday, August 17th at 6:30 PM at Grace Baptist Church as well as greeting all students and seeing their smiling faces at Meet Your Teacher day Wednesday, August 18th and the first day of school Thursday, August 19th. 

Trinity will rise to the challenge of the 2021-22 school year in a way that fully embraces our mission and vision to educate children to be men and women of virtue, wisdom, purpose and courage. At the same time, the health and safety of our beloved community is paramount. 
 

Trinity is prepared with effective health and safety protocols, high-quality teaching and learning models, improved technology, sanitation and air purification, and a rich student life experience. Being flexible is something we have all become accustomed to over the past several months as we have navigated ever-changing guidelines from the LA County Dept of Health and the state of California.

View our Return to Campus Plan in a convenient online format

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Under each heading, select a title and click on it to read more below. The first one (Sanitation of our Facilities) is visible by default.

As is well-known in an educational environment, we must inform and educate our students, faculty, staff, and families alike to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With this in mind, Trinity will be adopting the following preventative practices and measures based on the best available public health data at this time. As new data and practices emerge, the guidance will be updated.

Behavioral Guidelines

  • Employees are expected to screen themselves daily, before leaving home; anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation.  For information on how to self screen please go to :

  • Parents/guardians/caretakers are expected to screen students daily, before leaving home; anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should remain at home in isolation. For information on how parents are expected to self screen please go to:

  • Parents/guardians/caretakers are to fill out the “report an absence” online form when their student is absent.   The health office will then follow up with next steps.  https://www.trinityclassicalacademy.com/report-an-absence

  • Students who screen positive at home will be asked to follow up with their Primary Care Physician for recommendations on COVID-19 testing. 

  • A clear, movable barrier or face shield may be used for faculty and staff in close contact with students.

  • Teaching and reinforcing that members of the Trinity community clean their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after contact with frequently touched surfaces and especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer may be used that will be placed in each classroom and throughout the campus.

  • Teaching and reinforcing among students and staff the covering of coughs and sneezes, and avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth.  

  • Implementing the current suggested distance within the classroom where/when feasible. 

  • When possible, using creative outdoor space for classroom activities.

  • Rearranging classrooms to increase the distance between students’ activity stations, tables, and chairs. 

  • Larger gatherings (such as chapel) will be held either outside or inside our Celebration Center with chairs and seating spaced to help ensure the audience sits at the suggested distance apart.

  • Staggering lunch and recess schedules will be made to minimize the number of students gathering at the same time in each area.

    For younger students:

  • When possible, classrooms will have stable groups (cohorts)

  • Nap or rest areas in classrooms will have maximum space between students as well as alternating feet to head positions.  

  • Developing activities that model and reinforce good hygiene and social (physical) distancing practices.

  • Using classroom materials to help students visualize the suggested distance between people.

  • Limiting the sharing of materials/supplies; considering individual student supply; bags versus communal bins.

 

Face Coverings

Trinity is required to inform and remind you and your children, through signs, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s requirement that it is required that masks be worn indoors by anyone 2 and older. In an effort to meet this requirement and to create a safe space to reduce transmission in school as well as limit interruptions for learning due to exposures, everyone should expect to see information reminding him or her of mask usage distributed and posted at Trinity. The school will have masks available for those who have forgotten them.  You may find additional information about the County’s COVID-19 requirements and CDC recommendations as they apply to schools at:

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferReturnWorkCommunity.pdf

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_K12Schools.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html

Trinity Administration continues to do its due diligence to seek legal counsel and consult with administrations of like-minded schools in LA County regarding the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.  We will continue to monitor the situation.   Our priority is to serve your students, educating them in a way that is most beneficial and conducive to their learning in pursuit of our mission.

  • Trinity is required to ask all faculty, staff, and students to follow the LA County Department of Public Health requirements.

  • Face coverings need to be Trinity appropriate, no non-Trinity logos or words. 

  • Staff and students who are alone in closed offices, walled cubicles, or other private, enclosed spaces are not required to wear cloth face coverings.  

  • For guidance and care of cloth face coverings please visit:

  • Employees engaged in activities of personal assistance to individual students will be equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.) as appropriate. 

Enforcement Policy

1) Signs are hung throughout the school to notify everyone of the LACDPH policy.

2) Students, parents and staff who do not bring a mask to school will be provided with a mask - available at the security desk or the front desk.

3) Weekly emails are being sent to the school community as a reminder of the LACDH indoor mask requirement. 

4) The Head of School will make follow-up phone calls to parents whose students are observed not wearing a mask. 

5) The school will never use any physical force to put a mask on a student.  

6) The school will aim not to exclude any student from in-person learning for a failure to mask.  

7) No action taken in relation to any student and the mask policy will be recorded as discipline and thus will not become a permanent part of any student's cumulative file.

Visual Reminders

  • Signs will be posted around our school campus and shall be observed by members and guests upon their return to campus.

  • Providing physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to encourage staff and students to remain at the recommended physical distance in lines and at other times.

  • Hallways and stairs will be clearly marked for appropriate foot traffic.
     

Limiting School Access 

While we love our Trinity families and having them on campus, at this time Trinity’s campus will minimize outside access to individuals in order to help limit potential exposure. For the duration of the current concern regarding COVID-19, visitors to our school will be limited. 

  • Designated volunteers, scheduled visitors, and essential service providers will be allowed in the building only after successfully clearing the Health and Temperature Screenings. 

  • All vendors and deliveries will not be allowed past the school’s front lobby.

  • No one should plan to attend any on-campus event who is known to have had any contact with anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the last 5 days.  

  • Visitors to the school, other than parents of enrolled students, are limited to those who are essential for the school’s operation. Visitors are by appointment only and are pre-registered in a visitor log that includes a visitor’s name, phone number, and email address. Visitors are instructed to come alone. If a visitor must be accompanied their information will be documented in the visitor log.  

In compliance with California's Occupational Safety and Health Act (CalOSHA), we are posting our detailed Covid-19 prevention program here:
Trinity's COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)

In compliance with the LA Dept of Public Health, we are posting the following documents:
Appendix T1

and

COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist

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