Updates & Important Documents
|Ivy Academia COVID Incident Dashboard|
|First Day of In-Person Instruction||September 7, 2021|
|Positive Cases Reported From Testing - 4/12/21||0|
|Positive Cases Reported From Testing - 5/12/21||0|
|Number of Potential Exposures on Campus||0|
|Last Day of In-Person Instruction||June 17, 2021|
Frequently Asked Questions for the 2021-2022 School Year
Return to Campus
Q: What will the in-person learning schedule be at Ivy Academia schools?
A: Ivy Academia will begin the 2021-2022 school year with a return to full-day, on-campus learning schedules for students of all grade levels on September 7, 2021. The bell schedule is available on our website at www.iatk12.org.
Q: Does the District have plans to help students transition back to full-day, on campus learning?
A: Ivy Academia recognizes the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our students. Our teachers and school leaders will implement a number of resources to assess and support the individual needs of students as we transition back to full, in-person instruction. To more fully support our students’ mental health and physical well-being, students across all grade levels will have access to additional resources.
A: With the return to a traditional school day (full time in person and on campus learning), we are looking forward to fully implementing your child’s last consented to IEP or Section 504 plan via in person during the traditional instructional day. Your child’s special education case manager will be in communication with you at the beginning of the school year regarding the specifics about your child’s schedule of services. Case manager assignments are still taking place, so it is possible you might not know your child’s case manager. We look forward to communicating this information to you once staffing is finalized. For the 21-22 School Year, we plan for all IEP meetings to be conducted virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Health and Safety
Q: Is my student required to wear a face mask at school?
A: Yes, per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) mandate, in school settings, face masks are required for students and adults when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. When outdoors, face masks are optional for everyone. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will continue assessing the plan and decide no later than November 1 whether to update the mask requirements.
Q: What if my student forgets a face mask at home?
A: Our schools will provide disposable face masks to students who forget to bring one of their own.
Q: What if my student is unable to wear a face mask?
A: Per LACDPH guidelines (Exemptions to Mask Requirements), people who have medical conditions that don’t allow them to wear a mask are exempt, but they must wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge or another non restrictive alternative if their condition permits it. Such students would be required to participate in COVID-19 testing twice (2 times) weekly, regardless of vaccination status. All other students are required to wear masks inside at all times.
Q: Are California school districts required to follow the CDPH guidelines? A: Yes, all California schools (public, charter and private) are required to follow the CDPH guidelines (COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School in California, 2021-22 School Year). In addition, LACDPH guidelines apply to all schools located in Los Angeles County.
Q: Will the COVID-19 vaccination be required for students who are enrolled at Ivy Academia?
A: No. Vaccination requirements for school attendance are in accordance with the age/ grade and doses required by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Health and Safety Codes. At this time, Ivy Academia has not been alerted to any new requirement put forth by the state of California for students enrolled in TK-12 public schools to have a COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-2022 school year.
However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.” Cost-free vaccination sites are available countywide, with more information available from the LACDPH website (http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/) or by contacting our school main office 818.716.0771.
Q: Will health screening and temperature checks be performed by Ivy Academia staff for students/staff prior to entering the Ivy Academia school campus?
A: No. Parents/guardians must perform daily temperature checks and health screenings at home prior to sending their children to school. To attend school, students must have a temperature below 99.5 and no other COVID-19 symptoms that cannot be attributed to a non-COVID-19 diagnosis. Staff shall also perform daily health and screening checks at home prior to coming to campus.
Q: What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Keep your child home from school. Students and staff members with COVID symptoms should not return for in-person instruction until they have met all three criteria:
- They have a negative COVID test or a health care provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are due to something else or at least 10 days have passed since the onset of their symptoms.
- At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Other symptoms have improved.
- They are not required to quarantine under the protocol established by the LACDPH.
Q: What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? A: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves at home for at least 10 days since their symptoms began and 24 hours after their fever falls below 99.5 without use of fever reducing medications. If a student tests positive for COVID, but doesn’t have symptoms, they may discontinue isolation 10 days after their test. Individuals do not need a negative test to come out of isolation.
Q: What if a student or staff member comes into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 at school?
A: Asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons and persons who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days do not need to quarantine after close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19. All others need to follow LACDPH quarantine guidance for schools:
Q: What happens if a student begins to exhibit or experience COVID-19 symptoms while at school?
A: We will continue to maintain a “Health Evaluation Room,” where students exhibiting COVID-like symptoms can be safely monitored until their parents/guardians pick them up. .
Q: Will there be social distancing requirements?
A: No, specific social distancing requirements will not be required. Per CDPH guidance, “Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented.” Our Ivy Academia COVID-19 Safety Plan is posted on our website and further details the essential layers of COVID-19 mitigation measures such as mask-wearing, hand hygiene, regular cleaning, upgraded air filtration and more.
Q: Will there be handwashing/hand sanitizer stations?
A: Yes, hand sanitizer stations and handwashing stations will continue to be in place on our school campuses. Students will be encouraged to participate in healthy hand hygiene habits.
Q: Will there be routine cleaning of classrooms?
A: Yes, in accordance with the most current CDPH guidelines, as outlined in our COVID-19 Prevention Plan located on our website https://www.iatk12.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1698651&type=d&pREC_ID=1860115
Q: What ventilation best practices will be in place at school sites? A: All HVAC systems are outfitted with the recommended MERV-13 filters. These filters will be checked, sanitized and replaced as part of our monthly servicing of all units.
Q: Will learning take place outdoors?
A: Yes, Ivy Academia school sites will seek opportunities to hold classes/activities outside throughout the day, as much as possible, in order to provide students and staff a break from wearing face masks, if needed.
Learning Model Options
Q: Is there a virtual option for students who do not want to attend in-person instruction?
A: Yes, Ivy Academia is offering an enhanced Independent Study program with capacity as allowed by State legislation. Ivy Academia’s Independent Study options and policies will be located on our website upon board approval.
Q: How can I learn more about Independent Study?
A: Families interested in having their student participate in Independent Study may visit the main office to pick up a paper copy, or phone at (818) 716-0771for assistance, or submit their interest form electronically at the link below. Detailed Information will be posted on our website once board approved, entitled “Independent Study Information.” .
Q: Will visitors be allowed on Ivy Academia school campuses?
A: In the 2021-2022 school year, visitors will continue to be limited in schools. Visitors will only be allowed on campus to conduct essential school related business. Volunteers are permitted on campus if they are making a valued contribution to an essential educational program. Volunteers are required to follow all prevention protocols. These volunteers must be formally registered with the school. Assemblies with parents and other guests will be conducted outside whenever possible. If conducted indoors, all attendees must wear an appropriate face covering regardless of vaccination status.
Q: What protocols should I follow if I have an appointment on campus? A: All visitors should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and perform a temperature check at home. If symptomatic, please do not enter school facilities. All visitors must wear a face mask upon entering a school building. All visitors are to check in at the front office for a visitor badge.
Student COVID-19 Testing
Voluntary COVID-19 testing is available for all students beginning Wednesday, September 8. Please see the attached parent authorization form required for this voluntary testing. The form will be on our website September 1 or you are welcome to pick up a paper copy of the form at our main office beginning September 2. Students with parent/guardian authorization are able to access the free COVID-19 testing once this parent/guardian authorization form is completed. Students will need to bring this completed form to give to our COVID-19 testing vendor, PMH, in order to receive the test. Voluntary testing for students with parent/guardian permission begins Wednesday, September 8, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and every Wednesday thereafter, exclusive of school holidays and vacations.
Documents below comprise Ivy Academia COVID 19 Safety Plan -
What to do if a student becomes sick or reports a new COVID-19 diagnosis at school - CDC (cdc.gov/coronavirus)