Reentry Plan

Reentry Plan
Posted on 03/23/2021
school campus, student using computer

Planning for School Reopening: April 6-May 26

The district's plan is subject to change depending on the spread of the coronavirus and revised public health orders.

Century High School Hours (Monday-Friday):
7:40am to 1:30pm

All Los Lunas Schools students are welcome to return to their schools if they choose beginning Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Families have the option to continue with remote learning through the remainder of the school year.

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Requirements for Reentry:

According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the following are the minimum requirements for all reentry:

  • To begin, all districts and schools across the state are permitted to operate strictly according to the hybrid model and COVID-Safe Practices if the county meets NMPED and Department of Health established public health criteria.
  • Schools must participate in a surveillance testing program.
  • Schools must always adhere to the social distancing requirements.
  • Schools must restrict large group gatherings.
  • All PreK and elementary schools must cohort or pod students into distinct small groups that stay together throughout an entire school day during in-person learning.
  • Face coverings are required for all students and staff except while eating and drinking, with limited exceptions for students or staff who have been instructed otherwise by a healthcare provider.
  • All staff must be screened on a daily basis, including a temperature check and review of COVID-19 symptoms. While not required, this is also recommended for students. Los Lunas Schools will be screening students daily.
  • All sites must work with state and local health officials to create a plan for contact tracing.
  • Bus transportation requirements:
    -All staff and students must wear face masks
    -A maximum of two students may sit together on a bus seat
    -Schools in hybrid category must take all reasonable steps to limit bus seats to one student to the best of their ability.
  • Meals must be provided to students during in-person instruction and remote learning.
  • School safety plan checklist must be submitted to the NMPED prior to reentry.

Definitions:

Asymptomatic Confirmed Case:
A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 by laboratory testing but did not experience any symptoms of illness within 10 days of the test.

Close Contact:
Someone who-
• Has an exposure of three minutes or longer within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case with or without a face covering, or
• Was in the same class or cohort as a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school.
• Was on the same bus as a confirmed COVID-19 case

Confirmed Case:
A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 by laboratory testing.* *Confirmatory laboratory tests include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and antigen testing from a respiratory specimen.

Cohorting:
The practice of keeping groups of students, and staff together over the course of the school day with the goal of limiting exposures to only those within the same cohort. This practice may help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by:
• Limiting exposure to an individual with COVID-19 to one particular cohort and not posing a broad risk to the rest of the school.
• Reducing contact with shared surfaces. • Facilitating more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case.
• Allowing for targeted quarantine, testing, and/or isolation of a single cohort, instead of school-wide measures in the event of a positive case or cluster.
Contact Tracing Process: Contact tracing is the process of reaching out to individuals who have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus in order to ensure they take the necessary precautions and receive any needed testing.

COVID-like Symptoms:
Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Infectious Period:
Time during which an infected person is contagious and most likely to spread disease to others. If students, staff, contractors or volunteers were at school during their infectious period, all of their close contacts must be identified and quarantined. 

For a confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 case, the infectious period starts two days prior to the illness onset date and continues 10 days after illness onset AND until patient is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.

• For a confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 case with severe illness or severe immunosuppression, the infectious period starts two days prior to illness onset date and extends to 20 days after illness onset date AND until patient is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND symptoms have improved.
• For a confirmed asymptomatic COVID-19 case, the infectious period starts two days prior to the specimen collection date and continues for 10 days after.
• If a confirmed asymptomatic COVID-19 case has severe immunosuppression, the infectious period starts two days prior to the specimen collection date and continues 20 days after.

Isolation:
The act of keeping someone who is sick or who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others by staying home from school, work, and other activities while infectious.

• Isolation should last at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and experiencing improvement of symptoms.
• For people who never had symptoms, the isolation period is 10 days after the date their first positive test was collected.
• If someone has a severe illness or severe immunosuppression, the isolation period should be extended to 20 days.
• A negative test is not required to determine when to end the isolation period. Nor does a negative test end the isolation period. When in doubt, the New Mexico Department of Health should be consulted.

Quarantine:
Keeping individuals who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Close contacts with a confirmed case of COVID-19, should stay home from school, work, and other activities for 14 days following their last exposure. Exposed contacts should be tested for the novel coronavirus (SARS- CoV-2) no sooner than three days, ideally between seven and 10 days, following the last exposure to a confirmed case. If the close contact has a positive result, isolation should be implemented as described above.

Severe Illness:
Indicated by hospitalization in an intensive care unit with or without mechanical ventilation.

Severe Immunosuppression:
Severe suppression of immune response of an individual includes being on chemotherapy for cancer, untreated HIV infection with CD4 T lymphocyte count <200, combined primary immunodeficiency disorder, and receipt of prednisone >20 mg/day for more than 14 days.

• Other factors such as advanced age, diabetes mellitus, or end-stage renal disease, may pose a much lower degree of immunocompromise and not clearly affect decisions about duration of isolation.

Reporting:

The Deputy Superintendent and the district Charge Nurse must be notified immediately by a school/department site if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected. Los Lunas Schools must notify the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) as soon as a confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected.

Prevention:

  • Maintain physical distance (6 feet) at all times.
  • All staff and students must wear a face mask at all times (except when eating or drinking.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Clean and sanitize daily.

Transmission:

The virus spreads from person-to-person primarily. Los Lunas Schools will maintain a daily sanitization schedule with a focus on frequently cleaning high-touch surfaces and areas where students and staff are present. If a staff member or student is feeling ill, please stay at home until the symptoms disappear. Los Lunas Schools will screen all staff and students on a daily basis.

Incubation:

Individuals generally become ill between 2 and 14 days after exposure.

medical mask

Face Coverings & PPE For Schools:

Reasons for Wearing Face Masks
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all Americans wear face masks to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. In New Mexico, the Public Health order requires everyone to wear a mask while at school, during school-sponsored activities, and on school transportation. Universal mask-wearing along with social distancing and hygiene practices are crucial for stopping the spread of this virus. All staff and students on school campuses and district campuses must wear a face mask at all times. There are limited exceptions for staff and students who have been instructed otherwise by a healthcare provider.

Face Mask Criteria
Face masks must cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of the face. The types of allowable face masks include:

-Face masks made of two or more layers of cloth.
-Face masks with a clear plastic window.
-Surgical, procedural, N95 or KN95 face masks.
-Face masks must be appropriate to wear at school and must follow dress code requirements.
-Face shields must be worn with face masks.
-Neck gaiters or neck fleece must have two layers.
-Bandanas and scarves are not considered face masks.

Personal Protective Equipment

The New Mexico Public Education Department requires all district to have a district Point of Contact for PPE. The district Charge Nurse is Los Lunas Schools’ Point of Contact. The following PPE is required by the NMPED:

-Two multi-layer cloth masks per staff member
-Two multi-layer cloth masks per student
-Additional disposable masks for students and staff
-20 medical masks (surgical, procedural, KN95 or N95) and a face shield for each staff member with a close contact assignment
-At the request of the employee, a reusable or disposable full-length gown for any employee whose duties subject them to conditions in which social distancing and PPE standards cannot be guaranteed
-Bottled hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) or soap and water hand-washing stations available for use by employees and students
-Employees who work with staff or students with COVID-like Symptoms (school nurses, staff in isolation rooms, etc.) shall have N95/KN95 masks and face shields

nurse

Communications For Schools:

COVID-19 Point Person:
The COVID-19 Point Person on our campus is Tracy Dunlop, Health Assistant. This person is responsible for communicating any confirmed cases and/or any individuals on school campuses who are presenting COVID-19 symptoms to the Deputy Superintendent and district Charge Nurse. The point person is also responsible for maintaining a current inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on the school campus. The point person will work with the district Charge Nurse to maintain the NMPED required PPE on the school campus.

Communication With Families:
The NMPED requires the following communication with families:

“Every effort should be made to maintain confidentiality of the infected individual. Within four hours of the school being notified of a positive case, the close contacts should be notified by the school of the requirement to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure. Students and staff identified as close contacts are highly encouraged to be tested.Within four hours of the initial notification of the positive case, schools must also notify families and staff that a positive case has been identified at the school site.”

Confidentiality Considerations:
An individual’s right to privacy will be considered at all times. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus or of an individual presenting COVID-19 symptoms, the individual’s privacy will be maintained. The district will report the fact that an individual in the school has been determined to have COVID-19. If a staff and/or student has been in contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 or with an individual presenting COVID-19 symptoms, the students, parents/guardians, and/or staff member will be notified. Los Lunas Schools must follow the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In relation to the sharing of information with NMPED Rapid Response members or New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), FERPA permits communication of Personally Identifiable Information under the health or safety emergency exception.

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing:

The New Mexico Public Education Department requires all schools providing in-person learning, including small-group special education services and athletics. The following information is from the NMPED COVID-19 Response Toolkit for New Mexico’s Public Schools:

The purpose of surveillance testing is to detect COVID-19 outbreaks as early as possible by screening asymptomatic staff. NMPED has implemented a weekly surveillance testing requirement for faculty and staff who work at schools. All on-site staff are to participate in the following surveillance testing requirements:

1. Districts and charter schools that offer in person learning and are located within a green or yellow county must ensure that 12.5% of their faculty and staff who work on site get tested every week.
2. Districts and charter schools that offer in person learning and are located within a red county must ensure that 25% of their faculty and staff who work on site get tested every week.
3. Districts and charter schools that do not offer in person learning must ensure that 10% of their faculty and staff who work onsite get tested every week regardless of the color of their county.

COVID-19 Point Persons will be designated at each public school to identify staff to be tested, coordinate staff’s attendance at testing events, and track the number of staff who are tested on a weekly basis. Staff members selected for testing should provide evidence to the school that their results were received during the assigned week.

The Los Lunas Schools District COVID-19 Point Person is the Deputy Superintendent. Surveillance testing is provided at no cost to individuals. Districts are required to report the number of staff tested for COVID-19 weekly. Los Lunas Schools employees report their test results to the Deputy Superintendent once received.

Reporting of a Positive COVID-19 Case is Required
ACTION STEP
RESPONSIBLE TIMELINE
Ensure the positive individual or individual exhibiting symptoms has been isolated and sent home. Inform the positive individual or individual exhibiting symptoms and his/her parents/guardians (if a student), that the positive individual or individuating exhibiting symptoms will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the specimen collection leading to the positive test result AND until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication AND until symptoms are improving. School Administrator or District COVID-19 Point Person
 Within 4 ours of notification
Report the positive case to the Deputy Superintendent. Deputy Superintendent will report the case via the NMPED Rapid Response Submission website within 4 hours of the positive case.
Deputy Superintendent
 Within 4 ours of notification
If a staff member, also report the positive case within 4 hours to NMENV at 505-476-8700.
Deputy Superintendent  Within 4 ours of notification
Shut down impacted facilities/classrooms for 24 hours and perform enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of facilities in accordance with CDC guidance.
School Administrator
 Within 6 ours of notification
 Provide COVID-19 Positive Case Letter to all staff and families who’s students and staff may have been exposed. If the positive individual was not at school from two days prior to symptom onset (or if asymptomatic, two days before the specimen leading to the positive test result was collected) through the isolation period, there is not a school exposure and there is no need to notify the school community. School Administrator
 Within 6 ours of notification

School Quarantine/Isolation

Staff or Student Tests POSITIVE:

Symptomatic:
Self-Isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours with improved symptoms before returning to school/district facilities.

Asymptomatic:
Self-Isolate for 19 days from specimen collection leading to positive COVID-19 test before returning to school/district facilities.

Staff or Student Has Close Contact* with a Positive Case:

Quarantine for 14 days from last contact with the positive individual.

GET TESTED (Strongly encouraged).

Household member of staff or student tests Positive:

Staff and/or student(s) who live with a confirmed positive case MUST QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS from the last date on which the infected case is likely to have been infectious (19 days after symptom onset, AND fever-free for 24 hours AND improving symptoms, or 10 days from the specimen collection leading to the positive test result for asymptomatic positive individuals).

air quality

Air Filtration in Schools

District/School Requirements:

High-quality air filtration is one aspect of a multi-pronged strategy for ensuring healthy school environments to address issues and concerns surrounding air quality. The NMPED will work with each district and school to ensure installation of high-quality air filters.

In addition, each district shall have an established and written protocol on inspecting, repairing and providing maintenance on ventilation systems within all school facilities. Ventilation system upgrades and improvements will increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants within each classroom and school facility.

Los Lunas Schools identified the highest quality compatible filters and will use MERV 8 filters. Additionally, we will take the following actions in accordance with the guidelines from the CDC:

-Run the central air fan continuously.
-Open dampers to increase air flow.
-Deploy HEPA air purifiers with high air circulation in every classroom.

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Transporting Students

District Guidelines:
-Assign bus attendants or other additional staff to support with safety and screening of students to the greatest extent possible.
-Provide hand sanitizer for students, bus drivers, and bus attendants.
-Provide face masks for bus drivers and attendants
-Require bus drivers, bus attendants, and students to wear face masks.
-Screen students, bus drivers, bus attendants, and students for symptoms or illness. Conducting temperature checks on students before they get on the bus is recommended, but not required.
-Clean, disinfect, and sanitize all frequently touched surfaces and the inside of the bus on a daily basis.
-Establish protocols for bus stops and loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households and ensure that students and staff remain at least six feet apart while waiting for transportation.
-Field trips and non-essential travel except travel conducted under the New Mexico Activities Association are not permissible at this time.

Social Emotional Learning

Los Lunas Schools prioritizes the safety and social emotional wellbeing of ALL our students, staff, and families.

Social emotional wellness, behavioral health, and culturally responsive trauma-informed care need to be front and center and embedded across all of our work. When both students and staff are physically and psychologically safe, they are able to engage in formal, rigorous teaching and learning. We understand that our staff and students have not been on school campuses for an extended amount of time. Our focus is on ensuring the students and staff feel safe in their learning environment. School personnel will be supporting students and families with the reentry onto campuses. Los Lunas Schools has a Mental Health Team available to support our staff and students as we return to our campuses. Each school site has at least one member of the Mental Health Team available to support staff and students on a daily basis.

Relationships
-Create and maintain healthy, caring relationships among and between students and staff by creating a sense of belonging and connection
-Instruct teachers, educators, and other school staff to support students and families during hybrid and remote learning.
-Offer opportunities for students to share and process their emotions
-Support students and staff in adapting to a new normal and in understanding change in traditional school

Real-time Support
-Recognize and attend to trauma and grief.
-Build infrastructure that allows for screening, care, and connectivity with wraparound services or partners.
-Establish robust, site-based behavioral health support systems and frameworks for check-ins that focus on building healthy coping skills.
-Create systems to monitor students, staff, and families in order to support those who are struggling.

Before School Procedures

Students and staff who drive will enter campus through the SE entrance at Century High School. Students being dropped off and bus riders will enter through the NE patio. Students and staff will be screened at the SE entrance to the school by school personnel. Students who drive to school that do not meet the criteria for staying on campus will be escorted to the care room where they will remain until a parent is notified and gives a staff member permission for the student to drive home. Bus riders who do not meet criteria will be held in the care room until parent can pick them up. Students that are transported to school by a parent will be screened at the vehicle. Students meeting screening criteria will enter the building through the SE doors. Students who do not meet the screening criteria will leave campus with the person dropping them off.

Breakfast & Lunch Procedures:

Once students have been screened, they will pick up a “sack” breakfast (grab and go) and proceed, following school procedures for safety, to their assigned outdoor area where they will eat.

Lunch will be served from 12:23 to 12:53.

Students will go to the NE patio and pick up a grab and go lunch.

They will then either eat lunch outdoors on campus. They will be required to stay for advisory after lunch.

Classroom Transitions

Due to the low number of students that will be in attendance (see cohort schedule), students will be assigned to a classroom. They will remain in that classroom during the day. Bathroom breaks will be allowed one student at a time. Classes will have separately scheduled outside breaks.

After School Procedures

All students and staff will exit through the southeast doors. Students exiting will have the opportunity to get a “grab and go” lunch from the patio. Students that drive to school will go to the parking lot and leave campus. Students being picked up will practice social distancing protocols and wear masks while waiting to be picked up.

Century High School Schedule

Monday - Friday Schedule
 Class  Time
 Breakfast  7:30-7:40
 1st Period
 7:40-8:20
 2nd Period
 8:22-8:58
 3rd Period
 9:00-9:35
 4th Period
 9:37-10:18
 5th Period
 10:20-11:00
 6th Period
 11:02-11:42
 7th Period
 11:44-12:23
 Lunch  12:23-12:53
 Advisory  12:55-1:30
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