In the Everyone, Everyday model, we will welcome all Live Oak students back to Mariposa Street. Our return to in-person learning will require continued physical distancing, health screenings, accommodations for those most vulnerable to COVID19, and routine hygiene and sanitation practices. At this time, while our plans integrate all of the guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health regarding school reopening, we are prepared to adjust as advised by public health officials in the month ahead and throughout the school year.
Live Oak is being advised to minimize the crossovers between students and adults in the school building. In the Everyone, Everyday model, students will be assigned to smaller classes that are stable and that don’t interact with other groups. Additionally, student groups will be assigned to a homeroom classroom that will not be used by other student groups. Recess and PE classes will be conducted in shared outdoor spaces, but students will remain in their classroom groupings during these times as well.
Live Oak students will be assigned to grade level groups of 12-17 students in order to allow for physical distancing in our classrooms. Lower school students will be divided into three classes per grade of 13-16 students. Sixth and eighth grade sections will be 12-14 students. Our seventh graders will occupy our three largest classrooms on campus and they will have 17 students per section. Siblings in the same grade level will be assigned to the same grade level group.
Live Oak completed an architectural review to identify the capacity of our classrooms while students and teachers follow the current guidance to maintain six foot distancing. Everyone, Everyday will require us to reconfigure many spaces on campus as “homerooms” for students, including the Grand Hall, the ChangeMaker Lab, and the library. As advised by the SFDPH, classrooms will be set to keep students four to six feet apart from one another and six feet away from teachers and other staff.
We do anticipate that there will be situations where our faculty, in order to appropriately care for our students, will not be able to adhere to the six foot distance standard. For this reason, all of our staff will have additional personal protective equipment available to them including face shields and disposable gloves.
All meetings between adults in the Live Oak community will be conducted virtually, including Parent Guardian Association (PGA) meetings, Board and Board Committee Meetings, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Staff Meetings.
Live Oak’s Program Leadership Team will lead faculty in the implementation of a fulsome Everyone, Everyday program for the 20-21 school year.
Live Oak will adopt a Block Schedule approach as we plan the content and cadence of our students’ time at school. Class periods will be extended to blocks of 60-100 minutes, depending on the course content and grade level. Students will take one specialist class (art, music, PE) for a period of three weeks. These classes will meet 3-4 times a week, depending on course content and grade level.
Virtual school community events like assemblies and Groves will continue to be a part of the program as they were during our School from Home program. Field trips that comply with the guidance from local officials will be planned to enrich our students’ learning experiences. Our school counselors and learning specialists that comprise our Student Resource Group will continue to support our students and our school’s commitment to providing access and challenge to every Live Oak learner.
Arrival and dismissal times will be staggered to allow for physical distancing and required health screening review. A schedule is forthcoming. At this time, we anticipate arrival time to be between 8:00am and 9:00am and dismissal time to be between 3:00pm and 4:00pm, with an earlier dismissal time of 2:00pm to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays.
Based on the guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to keep students in stable cohorts, we are not able to plan for an Extended Care program as we begin the school year.
The changes in our daily and weekly schedule will limit the time our professional community will have available for collaborative meeting and planning time. We will continue to dismiss an hour early on Wednesdays in order to allocate an hour weekly to planning. Additionally, we will designate 6-8 days throughout the year as Professional Days. During these days, Live Oak will engage students in an asynchronous day of learning through our School from Home platform.
Live Oak will adhere to research-based guidance from infectious disease experts. Students and staff will be required to wear face masks during the school day, maintain social distancing, and practice frequent hand washing.
Live Oak will provide face masks and other necessary Personal Protective Equipment to students and staff. However, in order to support our students in adhering to the face mask requirement, we do recommend that families help students to select cloth face masks that are comfortable for students to wear for the duration of the school day. Face masks with breathing valves are not permitted as they do not provide the proper protection for the user and those around them.
All Live Oak faculty, administrators, and students will be required to complete a daily health screening as advised by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Live Oak will make an app available to parents/ guardians that guides them through a required health screening to be completed each morning before a student’s arrival on campus. Students with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 will be required to stay home and follow the steps as outlined in For Parents and Guardians: COVID-19 Health Checks for Children and Youth (note: this may be updated by SFDPH as the school year approaches.)
If a student becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they will be isolated in a designated sick room while they await pick-up from a parent/ guardian. Students will not be able to return to school until they have met the criteria as outlined in For Parents and Guardians: COVID-19 Health Checks for Children and Youth.
If a Live Oak student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Live Oak will contact the SFDPH as soon as possible. SFDPH will help the school determine if the classroom or campus needs to be closed. Live Oak will also work with SFDPH to identify individuals who have had close contact with the person with COVID-19. Exposed individuals or their families will be notified, advised on testing, and guided through criteria for return to campus, usually 10-14 days after the exposure.
In the event that an individual at Live Oak has a confirmed case of COVID-19, Live Oak will notify all school employees and parents/ guardians who may be affected while maintaining the confidentiality of that individual as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
When a student or a group of students are required to quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19, Live Oak will provide instruction through the School from Home program.
Live Oak has established plans with our caterer Darioush Epicurus to continue our commitment to providing a delicious and nutritious lunch for Everyone, Everyday. The program will comply with all local health orders and include an individually packed meal for each Live Oak student, including accommodations for students with allergens, food restrictions, and picky eaters. Meals will be delivered to classrooms for students to eat inside or outside while practicing social distancing. A first monthly menu will be shared in the middle of August.
Students will have a snack break daily to coincide with their outdoor recess period. Live Oak is currently determining whether snacks will be provided for students or whether snacks will be brought from home. In order to protect our students with food allergies, Live Oak does not allow any nuts to be brought onto campus.
Everyone, Everyday will require adjustments to our arrival and dismissal procedures, including staggering drop-off and pick-up times and activating alternative entrances and exits for different groups of students. Though details will not be finalized until later in the summer, we are committed to making the process as convenient for our Live Oak families as we can.
Since vehicles are small enclosed spaces that do not allow for physical distancing, they can be settings with a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. For this reason, Live Oak encourages all students who are able to bike or walk to school to do so.
Live Oak intends to work with families who use public transportation to establish a start time on the staggered schedule so that buses and trains can be selected when they are less crowded.
Live Oak families who arrange for carpools and shared rides to get to school are encouraged to follow the guidance offered by the SFDPH: carpool with the same stable group of people, wear face masks at all times, open windows to maximize air circulation.
Live Oak understands that a student’s medical condition or a medical condition in a student’s family may prohibit the student's return to in-person learning. If you believe this is the case for your Live Oak student, please complete this brief form. We will contact you to schedule a meeting in the next three weeks. These conversations will help us formalize our plan to accommodate the needs of all of our students in our program.
Increasing outdoor air circulation lowers the risk of infection by “diluting” any infectious respiratory droplets with outdoor air. Live Oak will attend to the air quality on campus by opening windows and doors and increasing the draw of outdoor air in our HVAC system. Additionally, Live Oak will upgrade the filters in our HVAC system to MERV 13 and increase the regularity with which they are replaced.
Cleaning and disinfecting practices will be implemented throughout the school day and every evening in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and the SFDPH. Specifically, we will focus routine cleaning on frequently touched surfaces like door handles and classroom surfaces. Bathrooms will be assigned for use by specific classrooms and will be cleaned multiple times throughout the school day. Cleaning after a suspected or known case of COVID-19 will follow additional protocols as advised by the public health officials.
As Live Oak implements practices and procedures to ensure our safe and healthy return to school for our teachers and our students, our efforts will only be effective if the families in the Live Oak community are aware of and responsive to public health guidance as they conduct their lives outside of school. For this reason, Live Oak asks all members of our community to take actions that demonstrate their responsibility to their own wellness and the wellness of others including, but not limited to:
- Please continue to practice social distancing, wear face masks, and stay in the habit of frequent hand washing when outside of school.
- Get tested if you experience symptoms of COVID19 or if you believe you have been exposed to the virus.
- Self-quarantine if you have been in contact with someone who has or is likely to have the virus.
- Avoid travel to high risk areas and self- quarantine if this travel can not be avoided.
- Avoid large group gatherings and crowds where physical distancing and face covering guidance is being disregarded.
- Observe routine medical practices, including annual check-ups and flu vaccines.
Over the last few months, we have all learned that no matter how well we plan for the future, some things are beyond our control. If at any time, state and local authorities change their recommendations for schools, Live Oak will comply with the new regulations to ensure the safety of our students and their teachers. In preparation for that possibility, the program administrators and faculty are participating in professional development to grow our expertise in remote learning practices. Additionally, we are planning strategically for upgrades to student devices and educational platforms to build upon the strength of the previous School from Home program.