COVID-19 Updates » Cohort Learning Model Safety Plan

Cohort Learning Model Safety Plan

The health and safety of Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School is of the utmost
importance. This plan to reopen school is based on current guidance from public health officials
and state agencies and will likely be updated as the situation evolves. Bishop Conaty-Our Lady
of Loretto High School Cohort Learning model will consist of 12 students and two supervising
faculty with a possibility of extending another cohort as we progress in the school year. All
students must be at school from 7:45am - 4:00pm. Students must follow alternate free dress
guidelines in the parent-student handbook.
SECTION I: Supply Plan
Students will need to bring their own cleaning supplies to maintain both their personal hygiene
and workspace throughout the day. The library (learning space) will be clean upon entrance.
Prior to dismissal from the learning space, supervising faculty will direct students to wipe down
their tabletops and chairs. To accomplish this, students will need to bring the following items
every day:
● Hand sanitizer (at least 80% ethanol or 75% isopropyl)
● Face covering (without vents)
● A small package of disinfectant wipes (e.g. Clorox wipes, not baby wipes) that can be
SECTION II: Screening and Arrival Procedures
The safety of everyone in our community is the highest priority in opening our campus during
this pandemic. The plan is as follows:
● Students must enter through the pedestrian gate located on Ardmore St.
● Students will arrive to have their physical temperature check and answer screening
questions via Google forms.
● Students will be directed to go up the stairs next to room 130 and enter through the
double doors on the east side of the main building while maintaining physical distance
via markings on the floor. Students will be directed to their learning space (library).
All people who arrive on campus must have completed the health screening, be wearing a face
covering (without a vent) and observe the social distancing guidelines (6 ft distance). Those who
are not adhering to health guidelines will be denied entrance on campus. It is vital that students,
parents, and faculty adhere to all of the recommendations from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,
Los Angeles County Office of Education, State of California, and the CDC. Any student who
does not follow guidelines will be asked to leave campus immediately and go through the
appropriate meetings and disciplinary steps with the Principal and Dean of Academics in order
to be permitted to return to campus. Because of the seriousness of COVID-19, repeat student
violations will result in disciplinary action, including expulsion.
Arrival during Cohort Learning Model:
● Students will enter campus using the designated routes.. Students are allowed in their
learning space when supervising faculty is present at 7:45am.
● Students will bring all PPE supplies (mask, hand sanitizer, etc.) in their backpacks.
Lockers will not be used.
● Students will wear masks at all times from the time they leave their car until they return
to their car at the end of the school day. The only exception will be when students are
eating during break and lunch.
● Students will report directly to their learning space (library).
● All individuals must sanitize their hands before entering the library.
Departure during Cohort Learning Model:
● At the end of school day, all students will need to depart campus in a structured and safe
manner at 4:00pm.
SECTION III: Facility Sanitation Plan
Learning Space PLAN
The learning space (library) will have its own cleaning supplies to do a final cleaning at the end
of the day. Through cleaning and disinfecting of the entire learning space will be done daily after
student dismissal. Please review the following keeping the theme of “Take Care of Your Space
and Person” in mind.
Primary Cleaners - Students
● Clean desk when leaving - Last 2 minutes of class will be utilized to clean desks.
Secondary Cleaners - Maintenance Staff
● End of day cleaning - Clear all desktops and table surfaces • Evening Cleaners -
Facilities - Clean all surfaces
Bathrooms will be regularly cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day. In addition, all students
will be assigned their own stall. All students must sanitize their hands before entering and
exiting the bathroom.
SECTION IV: Campus Physical Distance and Mask Plan
Masks, hand washing and social distancing remain our best ways for all our community
members to avoid contracting the COVID-19 virus. In addition, several measures will be taken to
encourage and promote physical distance.
The latest information from health officials states that masks are one of the most effective ways
to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. To follow current guidelines, without exception, every
person on the Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School campus is required to wear a
mask at all times except when eating or hydrating. All eating and hydrating must be done at a
minimum of 6-feet distance from other humans. In addition to the students’ own masks, Bishop
Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School will provide two disposable masks to each student and
one “BCL” mask free of charge.
In the Cohort Learning Model, a maximum of 12 students are allowed on campus at a time. With
class sizes cut in half, this allows for students to be spread out in a learning space. There will be
no more than one student per table and desks will be alternated on a “use/don’t use” basis.
The students will be placed in the library. All students must enter through the double door
entrance across from the chapel. Once students enter the library they will need to go to their
designated seat/table.
Bathrooms have been made socially distant by limiting the number of available stalls, sinks and
number of occupants allowed inside at a given time. All members of the Bishop Coanty-Our
Lady of Loretto High School community will need to wear masks at all times in the bathrooms
and respect the requirements of health and safety. All students must sanitize their hands before
entering the bathroom.
Health guidelines tell us you are less likely to contract the virus if you are located in an outdoor
space. As such, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School will be using much more of the
campus in all activities, especially during break and lunch. The Leadership Team is also
currently investigating the large-scale use of outdoor spaces for curricular activities and will
continue to encourage the safe and appropriate use of these spaces as has been done in the
past. In addition, Bishop Conaty Our-Lady of Loretto High School will be using physical distance
taping in courtyard seated areas.
Weather permitting, students will spend lunch and break times outside. All students are required
to bring their own lunch. Microwaves will be available for use. However, students will be
required to use their sanitizing wipes to disinfect the microwave before/after every use. Students
will have designated eating areas. Students will remain with their supervising adult during all
lunch and breaks. Parents are not permitted to drop off any snacks/lunch whatsoever. Food
delivery is not permitted under any circumstances.
SECTION V: Sick Student Procedure
In the event that a student develops any COVID-19 symptoms or other illness during the school
day, that student will follow the following protocol:
● Students who are not feeling well will be directed by the supervising faculty or other
supervising adults to the designated sick room located in the gym.
● The Main Office staff will notify the parents for symptoms and pick up.
● Students will be escorted to the gym by a socially distanced adult who will wait with the
student until the parent arrives. Due to staffing and seriousness of the COVID-19 virus,
we ask that parents make every effort to pick up their child within 30 minutes of
● The section of the gym will be sanitized by maintenance staff after 24 hours of non-use.
● Parents will follow up with the Main Office to give an update of symptoms and wait for a
72-hour clearance of all COVID-19 symptoms before return.
SECTION VI: Positive Test Procedures
In the event of the positive test of a student or employee at Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto
High School, Archdiocesan and Los Angeles County notification procedures to the Los Angeles
County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control will be followed. If a
school closure is required, guidance for the cleaning and re-opening of the school provided to
us by those agencies will be used to resume activities as soon as possible.
If a student, parent, or other school community member tests positive for COVID-19, it is the
responsibility of the informed adult to communicate such occurrence to the school Principal, or
designee. The Principal will then notify the County Health Department and the class and/or
school community affected by sending out a formal notification while abiding by all privacy laws
(FERPA/The Buckley Amendment) to protect the privacy of those affected. The school Principal,
or designee, will work with the Health Department official to determine the next steps for the
class and/or school community affected. Any student who does not follow guidelines will be
asked to leave campus immediately and go through the appropriate meetings and disciplinary
steps with the Principal and Dean of Academics in order to be permitted to return to campus.
Because of the seriousness of COVID-19, repeat student violations will result in disciplinary
action, including expulsion.
Per CDPH, employees who have COVID-19 and are exhibiting symptoms, should follow the
following steps:
● Notify their Principal, or designee, and follow their medical doctors orders
● Principal, or designee, will contact the County DPH and follow their instructions
● The employee cannot return to work until all of the following are met:
○ Fever free for at least 3 days (72 hours) without use of fever-reducing
○ Improvement in respiratory symptoms (i.e.: cough and shortness of breath)
○ At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
Employees with COVID-19 and are not exhibiting symptoms (asymptomatic), CDPH
recommends individuals be instructed to care for themselves at home. Employees may
discontinue isolation and return to work under the following conditions:
● At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic
(federally approved Emergency Use Authorized molecular assay) test. If they develop
symptoms, then the strategies for discontinuing isolation for symptomatic persons (see
above) should be used.
Prior to their return to Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School, the employee will submit
a physician’s clearance note that they are able to return to school. Any employee who does not
follow guidelines will be asked to leave campus immediately and will go through the appropriate
meetings with Human Resources in order to be permitted to return to campus. Because of the
seriousness of COVID-19, repeat employee violations will be reported to the Archdiocese of Los
Angeles for a review of disciplinary action.
In the event of an outbreak, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School may have to shut
down the entire campus to the in-person Cohort Learning Model environment. As of the July 17,
2020 guidance, a school would close based on the number of cases, the percentage of
teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and in consultation with the local health
officer. School closure may be appropriate if:
● There are multiple case in multiple cohorts
● At least 5% of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period
● Depends on the size and physical layout of the school
● Local health officer determines school closure is warranted
SECTION VII: Prevention
Correct hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap is vital to help combat the spread of the
Virus. Everyone on campus is encouraged to wash their hands as many times throughout the
day as possible. Hands should always be washed before eating and drinking, and after any of
the following activities: using the restroom, sneezing, touching the face, blowing the nose,
cleaning, sweeping, mopping, smoking, eating, drinking, going on break and putting on and
taking off PPE. Hand washing should be done in accordance with CDC guidelines, including
scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds.
Hand sanitizer should be used when a hand washing station is not available. Hand sanitizer
must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective. Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed in all
classrooms, entrances and high-contact areas such as reception areas, meeting spaces, and
library. Use of hand sanitizer containing any concentration of methanol is prohibited due to its
toxic effects.
When appropriate, teachers should make every effort to keep doors and windows open to
provide cross ventilation in classrooms and offices. This is in direct conflict with normal safety
protocols on campus, but protection from the virus takes priority. Because classroom doors will
now generally be open, teachers should make sure students are aware of their surroundings in
regards to noise.
All people on campus should make every effort to not share any materials or tools with others. If
tools must be shared, they need to be properly cleaned with disinfectant. Wiping with soap and
water is not enough. Also, teachers should not use another teacher’s workstation, phone or
materials. Finally, because books can not be properly cleaned/disinfected, they should not be
SECTION IX: Resources
Please visit the following websites to stay current on all the policies, procedures and updates
from the following organizations:
● CDC:
● Los Angeles County Health and Human Services:
● California Department of Public Health:
● Archdiocese of Los Angeles: