KIPP Northern California COVID-19 Prevention Plan

 

Our students, families, and teachers are the heart and soul of KIPP, and our top priority is their health and safety. KIPP Northern California will continue to monitor state and county health rates and comply with all federal, state and local health & safety guidelines as it relates to the safety and security of our team, families and community.

KIPP Northern California follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and our local public health agencies.  Our layered prevention strategy uses a combination of individual and school-based levers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus and help keep our community healthy and safe. 

KIPP Northern California is applying layers of proven strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus using individual and school-based levers. 

Individual Strategies

Vaccinations

Per state mandate, all staff are required to be vaccinated or participate in weekly testing.

We are strongly encouraging all eligible students to get vaccinated.

Self-Screening

Staff, students and visitors self-screen for symptoms and recent exposure prior to coming to campus each day.

Universal Masking

Masks are required for everyone while on campus, with limited exceptions.

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing is integrated into school routines throughout the day.

School-Based Strategies

Surveillance Testing

All schools conduct regular COVID surveillance testing on campus for unvaccinated students and staff.

To date, we have administered over 5,300 COVID tests.

Modified Operations

Schools reduce potential exposure by prioritizing use of;

  • Outdoor spaces
  • Assigned seating
  • Limited or modified events
Increased Ventilation & Cleaning

Schools increase ventilation and air flow.

Schools will also follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

Rapid Covid Response

Regional Pandemic Coordinators work closely with schools to respond quickly to cases of COVID-19. Including following protocols for isolation, quarantine and cContact tracing.

Help Keep Your School Community Safe & Healthy

 

Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 (or Get Tested if You’re Not) 

Public health experts continue to affirm that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. KIPP Northern California strongly encourages vaccination for all staff and eligible students and family member.

Every adult is eligible to take the vaccine. However, at this time, only Pfizer is FDA approved for children ages 12+.

Learn more about vaccines and finding vaccination sites.


 

Stay Home or Go Home 

Keeping COVID-19 off campus begins at home. KIPP asks that all students, staff and visitors self-screen for COVID-related symptoms and exposure prior to coming to campus each day.

If you have questions about self-screening or when it is safe to come to school, please contact your school. 

 

Universal Masking 

Properly wearing a mask continues to be one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and, after vaccinations, is the primary method of reducing transmission risk among our students, staff and families on campus.  Masks are required at all times, with limited exceptions.

 

 
Wash or Sanitize Your Hands Frequently 


Although we know that COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets during close contact, washing or sanitizing your hands regularly keeps you and others healthy, and prevents the spread of germs.

 

  • Handwashing = washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Hand sanitizing = rubbing sanitizer into hands until it is completely dry

Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms and throughout campus. 

Responding to COVID

 

Regional Pandemic Coordinators at KIPP work closely with schools to respond quickly to positive cases of COVID-19. Including following protocols for isolation, quarantine and contact tracing. Anyone who is directly affected by the positive case (i.e. identified as a close contact) will receive more specific information about what is required of them.

Contact your school directly with any specific questions about COVID protocols.

 

Download the the full version of KIPP’s comprehensive COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

Visit our Community Resources page for additional information and support.