Principal’s message Sept 30, 2021

Hello Kensington community,

For the last few weeks I have wanted to paint a picture of some of the delightful happenings at school, and not feel – as we have been for so many months now – always weighed down by the presence of COVID in our lives.

I feel it is appropriate and needed once again to dedicate this letter to all things COVID related to ensure we are all on the same page.  There have been so many changes, and I know it can feel very overwhelming for all of us… Here is my attempt to synthesize:

  • Before coming to school each day, families need to administer a health screening for their student: Check their temperature, see if they have symptoms, and determine if they are healthy to come to school. If they do have symptoms, keep them home and notify the front office promptly.
  • The following are COVID symptoms:

(Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include)

Fever 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

 

  • If your child is kept home due to COVID symptoms (even “just a sniffly nose”), in order for your student to return to school we need to see a negative COVID test or a doctor’s note that states the symptoms are not COVID-related. Symptoms also need to be at least improving, if not non-existent for return to school. Thank you for your understanding with this policy. 
  • If there has been a known exposure to COVID in an unmasked setting (such as the home) on the part of a Kensington student, the student must quarantine at home for 10 days, at least. 
  • LSA is our current COVID testing company – They are here on site each Monday, and they administer rapid (Antigen) tests.  In order to have your student tested, please make sure you have completed the most recent testing registration form – linked on our Kensington Hilltop School website.  
  • With the current LSA team, and our parent volunteer team, our capacity allows us to test each student once every two to three weeks. With the change in testing companies, and the various registration/systems changes, this has been a continual work in progress. I am deeply grateful for the parent volunteers helping us keep this process running smoothly.  If for some reason your student is not tested, the likelihood is that it was not their classroom’s turn to test, or we had to prioritize the testing for a class with an active case – which does take a great deal of time to navigate.
  • Some families report not receiving their test results promptly – if this is the case for you, please check your own Global Virus Pass page as the results are posted there, even when an email is not sent to you. Additionally or alternatively, you can reach out directly to our front office, or LSA – their contact information is below.
  • I just received word that there is a standing meeting with the LSA people that you are welcome to attend with any questions or concerns:

“Please invite parents, students, and faculty to the following training sessions regarding COVID testing with LSA”

Zoom Room Information:

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Meeting ID: 284 922 0915

Passcode: 5aCgUz

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Meeting ID: 284 922 0915

Passcode: 284030

Schedule:

  • Thursday 9/30/2021 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10/2/2021 9:00am
  • Tuesday 10/5/2021 5:30pm
  • Thursday 10/7/2021 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10/9/2021 9:00am
  • Tuesday 10/12/2021 5:30pm
  • Thursday 10/14/2021 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10/16/2021 9:00am

Agenda:

  • Review the COVID testing registration and one-time scheduling process (start to finish)
  • QA

Thank you, 

Robert McConnell

Managing Member, LSA 

310.438.9718

 

  • If a student has a positive Antigen COVID result, they are immediately given a second Antigen test, as well as a PCR test to confirm the positive Antigen result.  If the second Antigen test is positive, this student is isolated and sent home. Close Contact students are also identified, isolated away from the active case, and sent home immediately.  The active COVID case and the close contacts are all sent home for a 10 day quarantine, per CCC Health guidelines. 
  • As I have mentioned many times before, we are finding that with each active case on campus, there are circumstances that make each case unique. And each case requires close communication and coordination to ensure we are following all protocols to ensure the utmost safety and well-being of our community.  
  • On Monday of this week you received word that we had 2 positive Antigen results on site (see the 2 school-wide letters and “robocalls” sent out immediately upon our notice here on site.)  We took appropriate actions per CCC Health and WCC protocols.  Subsequently, we learned that one of these positive Antigen tests was a false positive per the later PCR test result. (PCR is considered the definitive test result.)  With this new, and definitive, test result, I notified the classroom and school community immediately, and this classroom was able to go back to business as usual.  Again, this is per CCC Health and WCCUSD guidelines.
  • For our classes that have a confirmed COVID case, we are implementing additional protocols for those students still left on site:
    • For 10 days after the potential exposure we are maintaining the class separate from the rest of the school for recesses and lunch.  Further, KEF classes are cancelled.
    • With respect to Neighborhood and KASEP, these entities are provided with information regarding active cases as appropriate, and they work directly with impacted families to determine the best next steps.  
    • There is not additional testing provided for impacted classrooms (classes where there was a potential exposure), solely the Monday testing per our regular schedule.
  • If you choose to travel with your family, there is a detailed COVID protocol for travel that is located on the WCCUSD website.  If you fly in an airplane or travel out of the country, there is a mandated quarantine period. Thank you for making responsible choices with your family so we can all stay safe at school!
  • MAKE SURE THE MASK YOUR STUDENT IS WEARING FITS REALLY REALLY REALLY  WELL! Please do everything you can to ensure the mask stays over their nose and mouth securely, especially during vigorous play.

I hope the information provided here is helpful.

Remember I am on zoom every Thursday evening at 6:15 to connect with the community. See the flyer below. (I will hold these community meetings until the end of October.)

Lastly, Mario – our amazing Head Custodian – would like to encourage you all to check the Lost and Found for items that may have been separated from your child.  The Lost and Found is located in front of school on a rolling clothes rack.

In Community,

Megan