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COVID-19 response:
Supporting community health and safety

Introduction

PBS teachers have worked hard to prioritize the curriculum, program, and new daily schedule for 2021-2022. We are confident in our ability to implement our program with excellence and as safely as possible. To do that, PBS needs the help, support, and engagement of every community member. Your collective efforts supporting campus health and safety are critical to ensure effective teaching and learning.

Our steadfast goal is as safe a campus environment as possible so that students can learn and teachers can teach. The PBS program is designed to be in-person, and we believe that students learn best that way. We can and will adapt with actions as COVID continues to evolve. Our health and safety strategy will continue to use a layered approach to COVID precautions by combining multiple mitigation measures. The Reopening School Task Force, Board, and school leadership will be engaged in 2021-2022  to support this work. 

Guiding principles supporting campus safety
  • Prioritize our ongoing cautious and conservative approach to health and safety by reducing risks while keeping the academic program intact, recognizing we cannot eliminate all risks

  • Meet or exceed requirements by the CDC, Department of Public Health, and San Mateo County, as well as the updated county framework for schools

  • Build in flexibility to move back to a more-restrictive learning environment if required by changing COVID guidance

Summary of COVID safety protocols

The pages linked here outline important details about the actions and protocols that support as safe a campus environment as possible:

  • Mandated vaccinations for faculty, staff, and outside instructors, substitutes, and vendors that work with students 

  • Weekly COVID surveillance testing for on-campus students and adults, including vaccinated faculty and staff, with continued access through One Medical on-campus and at local clinics

  • Required face coverings indoors and outdoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status

  • Daily symptoms screening (One Medical app) and COVID-modified drop-off and pick-up procedures

  • Hand hygiene, assigned student bathroom use, and rigorous campus cleaning routines

  • Effective classroom ventilation, including expert review based on revised guidance; continued use of outdoor tents

  • Physical distancing during instruction, maximized based on available space; lunch outdoors with strict physical distancing

  • Limited movement among student cohorts so we can return to our full specialist and after-school programs

  • Rigorous contact tracing, quarantine, and response testing to prevent campus spread in the event of a positive COVID case