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2021-22 School Year Health FAQ

General Policies and Financials

School and Classroom Closures:
At this point, it is not the Larimer County Health Department’s intention to quarantine a whole class if there is one positive case. They will still conduct a case investigation and may choose at that point to ask students to be quarantined. Mask wearing significantly reduces the chance of individual and whole class quarantine.

Is tuition affected if my child has to quarantine?
Tuition will not be affected based on any isolation or quarantine orders.
What is the policy/procedure if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19? Will the school have to close?
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Rivendell will notify the Larimer County Health Department immediately. The individual will be asked to isolate themself following instructions from the health department. The county health department will advise Rivendell on next steps to take to keep all students and staff safe. At this point, it is not the Larimer County Health Department’s intention to quarantine a whole class if there is one positive case. They will still conduct a case investigation and may choose at that point to ask students to be quarantined. We have been told that if a student is wearing a mask, then their chance of quarantining will be significantly reduced.
What if my child is ill? What if it’s just the sniffles or a cold, not a fever?
Students should not be in school with any symptoms, even mild ones. Students who develop symptoms at school must go home immediately. Children do not have to have a fever to be positive for COVID-19. Children particularly can be positive for COVID-19 even with very mild symptoms that resemble the common cold such as a stuffy nose or a mild cough and spread the virus to others. With the Delta Variant in our community, Larimer County is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases among Preschool and K-5 children who only have congestion, a slight cough or a runny nose.
So my child has had the sniffles for a few days - What happens next?
Students experiencing any mild, moderate or severe symptom, must stay home from school. On the day your child is home, Kara will reach out to you to check in and to share information with you on when your child may return to the classroom. Children who experience even mild, cold-like symptoms for over 48 hours are required by the Larimer County Health Department to have a COVID-19 PCR test to return to school or to stay out of school for 10 days.
How long will my child have to stay home if they are ill?
Students with major symptoms lasting over 24 hours or minor symptoms lasting over 48 hours cannot return to school until 1.) Rivendell has received documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, 2.) their symptoms have resolved without the use of symptom reducing medication, 3.) they were not identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive case. If a family chooses not to get a PCR test, the student must remain out of school until 10 days have passed since their initial onset of symptoms and they have been symptom/fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
What if a student needs to self-quarantine at home? Will Rivendell still provide instruction to my child?
If a student needs to stay home due to sickness, exposure to COVID-19 or out of state travel, they can request homework from their teacher just like a normal sick day during the school year. The classroom teacher will not be able to provide remote instruction in this example.
Can my student and their siblings come to school while we wait for test results?
No. If a student is waiting on test results for any reason, they must remain out of school until a negative test result is received. Even if testing is not illness-related (for instance, a grandparent is coming to visit), the student must remain out of school until a negative test result is confirmed. If a student has been ill, siblings must also remain out of school until a negative test result is received.
What if my child or my child’s teacher comes into contact with someone with COVID-19?
Students who are not vaccinated and have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain out for the entire isolation/quarantine period, regardless of test results. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to a positive test) until the time the patient is isolated. Individuals who are fully vaccinated may not need to isolate following a close contact. All Rivendell staff members are fully vaccinated.
Will Rivendell families be notified if a student, staff member or individual who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19?
If a student, staff member or individual who has been in the Rivendell building tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify families as appropriate while maintaining the medical privacy of the individual. If the Larimer County Health Department determines that other Rivendell community members need to quarantine, we will communicate this information with families immediately.
Will parents and volunteers be allowed in the building?
Parents, guardians, and volunteers will be welcome back in the building this year. All parents must wear masks at all times regardless of their vaccination status. All families are welcome to accompany their students inside for pick up and drop off but will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Due to the high-risk nature of this time and the limited social distancing opportunities in the school’s common spaces, if you choose to accompany your student into the building we ask that you limit the time spent dropping off. If you would like to visit with other Rivendell families we ask that you please do so in the parking lot.
Do parents/adults have to wear a mask in the building if they are fully vaccinated?
Yes. All parents, guardians, volunteers and staff will be required to wear a mask in the building at all times regardless of vaccination status.
Will Rivendell still host community events?
We are excited to be hosting community events again this year. We will begin with our Open House on August 23rd from 2:00-3:30 and our Food Truck night on Tuesday, August 31st. We will continue to assess the risk level in Larimer County throughout the school year and look forward to holding more community events as long as it is safe to do so.

Instruction

Will there be recess? What will it be like?
Students will still have regular recess times throughout the day. All classrooms in a Level, e.g., both Preschool classrooms, all three Younger Kids classrooms, will have recess time outdoors together while being encouraged to observe social distancing when possible. During indoor recess, students will stay in their classrooms with their classroom cohort.
Will students interact with the students in other classrooms?
Inside the building, students will primarily interact with the other students in their classroom or "cohort". Exceptions may be activities like Group Sing, Book Partners and some lunch recess times.

Daily Procedures

How will drop off and pick up work?

Drop Off

  • Students and parents will be required to wear masks during drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Staff will not be doing daily health screenings before entering the building but ask that families establish the routine of doing their own daily health screenings at home. If your student has any symptoms, we ask that you please keep them home and monitor them to help reduce the spread of all illnesses.
  • All students are welcome to be dropped off at the front doors (except for preschoolers who need to be signed in and out).
  • All families are welcome to accompany their students inside for pick up and drop off but will be required to wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status. Due to the high-risk nature of this time and the limited social distancing opportunities in the school’s common spaces, if you choose to accompany your student into the building we ask that you limit the time spent dropping off. If you would like to visit with other Rivendell families we ask that you please do so in the parking lot.
  • Drop-off is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. each day.

Pick Up

  • Pick-up for Preschool 3:00 to 3:20 p.m. Preschoolers must be picked up inside the building therefore all authorized pick up people must wear a mask at this time.
  • Pick-up for Younger, Middle and Older Kids is at 3:20
  • Students and parents are required to wear face masks at all times during inside pick-up regardless of vaccination status.
  • All students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. After 3:30 p.m. students will be automatically checked in to our after care program. Aftercare is $6.00 per hour.
  • Students may be picked up in front of the building in the pick up lane (except for preschoolers who need to be signed in and out). Please stay in your car in the pick up lane and a staff member will assist your child with getting in your car.
  • All families are also welcome to come into the Rivendell Commons to wait for their students at the end of the day. Please do not wait outside the classroom doors. Due to the high-risk nature of this time and the limited social distancing opportunities in the school’s common spaces, if you choose to pick up your child inside, we ask that you limit the time spent in the building. If you would like to visit with other Rivendell families we ask that you please do so in the parking lot.

After Care

  • Students not picked up by 3:30 will be checked into after care. After care will be mixing classroom cohorts this year and could be considered a high-risk activity.
  • Students participating in after care activities outside on the playground will not be required to wear a mask.
  • Students participating in after care activities inside will be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • All parents and guardians picking up from after care will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
Will students and teachers have to wear masks all day?
Yes. Students and teachers will be required to wear masks inside the Rivendell building at all times. Though Rivendell students eat outside whenever possible, students may need to take masks off for a short period of time if snack or lunch time is held in their classroom. Students are allowed to remove masks during outdoor recess if they choose to do so. Preschool students will remove masks during their indoor lunchtime and are required to remove masks during nap time as masks pose a choking hazard.
Will there be before and aftercare or special after school activities like science club, yoga, and dance? What about Enrichment Classes?
Rivendell is happy to bring back before and after care (extended care) this school year. We also plan to begin offering after school programs and activities such as yoga, chess and LEGO robotics later in the school year. After school activities will mix classroom cohorts and could be considered a high-risk activity. Students will not be required to wear masks during outdoor activities on the playground. Students will be required to wear masks during all indoor activities.
Will students be required to social distance?
Students and staff will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing. Teachers will encourage social distancing when at all possible.
How are you managing high touch areas like water fountains and door handles?
Rivendell is following CDC and Local health department requirements on cleaning and disinfecting. Rivendell’s cleaning crew and staff are trained on these requirements. Water fountains may not be available this year. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles from home. Water bottles can be refilled in each classroom. Rivendell staff will continue to follow best practices and require regular hand-washing, cleaning, and sanitizing of the classroom, furniture, common spaces, toys, and high-touch surfaces.
How will staff monitor hand washing?
Teachers and staff members will be supervising during handwashing times. Teachers and staff will also be reminding students to wash their hands throughout the day.
Can my child bring hand sanitizer to school?
Students should not bring hand sanitizer to school. Rivendell has hand sanitizer available for student use as directed by a staff member. Students may only use hand sanitizer with staff supervision. Hand washing is more effective and always preferable to hand sanitizer. Children under age 3 are not permitted to use hand sanitizer in school settings.
Will you take staff and student temperatures every morning?
Staff will not be doing daily health screenings before students enter the building this year, but ask that families establish the routine of doing their own daily health screenings at home. If your student has any symptoms, we ask that you please keep them home and monitor them to help reduce the spread of all illnesses. You may contact Kara at kara@rivendell-school.org with any questions regarding symptoms and illness.
What steps are you taking to improve ventilation in the building?
Rivendell updated our air filtration systems last spring to recommended guidelines and we replaced our filters again at the beginning of August. We encourage teachers to keep windows open whenever possible to increase air circulation in the classrooms. We are also in the process of purchasing portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems to enhance the air cleaning in our rooms. If you are interested in helping Rivendell purchase these portable units so that we can have one in each classroom please click here.
Will you still offer hot lunch?
Hot lunch will be provided again this year for $6.00 per lunch ticket. Tickets are available in the morning at the front office.
What will lunch look like?
Students will be able to eat lunch outside at the tables or in their classroom.
Can students and families still use the school library?
Students and families are welcome to use Rivendell’s library this year. Parents and guardians must wear masks at all times while in the Rivendell building regardless of vaccination status. Due to the limited social distancing opportunities in the school’s common spaces such as the library, we kindly ask that you limit the time spent in the school building.
How will birthday parties be handled?
Students are welcome to bring birthday treats to share with their classroom. Birthday treats must be prepacked and must be distributed by a teacher. We are not permitted to serve homemade treats.

Other Questions

I have questions not listed here. Who should I contact?
General/Covid and illness: Kara Straumanis, Rivendell’s Program Coordinator: kara@rivendell-school.org.
Financial: Karen Wolff, Rivendell’s business manager: karenw@rivendell-school.org.