COVID 19

Hope this helps!  As more news arrives, I will update you. 
Take care,  Ms. Amanda

STAY INFORMED

POLICY 
Remember...negative test required for ANY and ALL symptoms of Covid which – yes – are the same as so many other conditions. See Decision Tree.
COVID-19-Decision-Tree.pdf  (01/13/2022)
NEWESTCovidSymptomPolicy.pdf  

If you have been contacted directly by school, SDUSD, or county, please follow their guidelines. Make sure to notify office 619-497-3500 of any changes to your email or send email to ahammondwilliams@sandi.net.

 

Bee Safe

Birney Bees' 1, 2, 3

  1. No symptoms
  2. Symptom check-list
  3. Properly fitted mask

 

San Diego Unified Covid Testing Center

  • next to Birney in the San Diego Unified School District's SandiCoast Café building
  • Mon-Fri - 7 am to 7 pm
  • Sat & Sun - 8 am to 5 pm

 

MASK GUIDANCE FOR OMICROM VARIANT

  • We have a mask mandate both indoors and out.
  • it is very important that an appropriate mask is worn at all times, unless eating outside.
  • When eating outside, we maintain social distancing of 5-6 feet. Cloth masks alone are not as effective as other options and are discouraged, although still allowed.
  • Better options are surgical masks (which have a nose wire), or a surgical mask in combination with a cloth mask.
  • If wearing both masks, wear a surgical mask (paper disposable) under the cloth mask.
  • Do not combine two surgical masks as they are not designed to fit tightly.
  • Do not combine a N95 mask with any other mask. The most protective masks are N95 masks (or masks of that style; see below).
  • This style mask will be offered and available at all sites: KN95, KF94, N95 or masks of similar style.
  • Note, these may be difficult to wear for long periods of time as they may be uncomfortable.
  • It is better to wear a surgical mask properly than to frequently remove an uncomfortable N95-like mask or to wear the N95 mask improperly.
  • ADULT MASK RECOMMENDATION AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL CHILDREN’S MASK RECOMMENDATION AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL

 

TESTING

  • Sign-up for weekly testing at Birney - see information (below)
  • Other testing sites
    • no more walk up testing at our comprehensive high schools for staff and students who do not attend that school.
    • No staff or student should go to a different school expecting to take a covid test.
    • Staff or students from other schools who have symptoms or need a test to return should seek a test  
      • Covid Testing Center open right next to Birney in the San Diego Unified School District's SandiCoast Café building, open from 7 am to 7 pm during the week and from 8 am to 5 pm on the weekends.
      • own insurance
      • Testing Sites in SD County

 

MORNING PROTOCOL FOR FAMILIES AT BIRNEY

Be prepared...


1) AT HOME -  SCREEN FOR SYMPTOMS

Screen child every day before leaving home. You MUST KEEP CHILD HOME if exhibiting ANY of the following symptoms. If you have questions call the school.

  • Fever with or no chills > 100.0F 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Nasal congestion/Rhinorrhea (Runny Nose)
  • Sore Throat 
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • New Loss of Taste/Smell 
  • Headache
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • Poor Feeding or Poor Appetite

The contact tracing and quarantine protocols are in place and our protocol includes notification of non-close-contact parent notification. Our Health & Wellness department contacts families of close contacts (less than 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes) and follow required protocols. 

We are doing our best to mitigate any circumstance where students might be exposed both in the classroom and out. I know that every family is sincerely invested in making sure all our students remain safe and would like to keep the school and its classrooms safe and open. I know we all agree that in-person school is beneficial for our students and we have a collective agreement that this is what our children need.

2) AT HOME - COMPLETE & PRESENT SYMPTOM CHECK-LIST

Checklists ARE available at the gate

For this reason, in the interests of utmost accountability and safety, effective Tuesday, September 6, we require the following safety checks:

  • Symptom screening checklistSymptom Checklist print option 

    Every two weeks we will send home a packet of 10 symptom checklists. You will detach one checklist each morning, answer the questions, sign and include the phone number you can be reached at during the day IN CASE your child experiences symptoms that resemble symptoms of COVID-19. The students will take the checklist to class and in the event they feel ill, the student will be sent to the health office with the screening checklist so contact can be made and you can pick them up.  
    • Clearpass preferred?  You can continue to use Clearpass but you must show your Clearpass at the gate and email the results to your child’s teacher. Clearpass app but you must still complete a daily symptom checklist paper for your child to enter the school gate.
    • Please keep in mind that using Clearpass requires additional work on the part of the teacher and the school. We have to check reports and read emails instead of being able to get right down to instruction. ClearPass job aid

3) SAFETY PROTOCOLS AT BIRNEY ELEMENTARY

Please accompany your child to the gate

Have Symptom Check-list in child's hand at the Gate

 We will only allow entry if they do not have a fever and have their Symptom Checklist in hand

  • Temperature screening everyday at entrances to the school
  • Symptom Checklist
    • Staff at each gate ensures that each child has symptom check-list
    • Teacher collects Symptom Check-list daily. in the classroom 
  • Lunchtime seat tracking will reflect the seating charts teachers are using in the classroom so we can trace the exposure should one of the students test positive.

 

COVID 19 TESTING AT BIRNEY

COVID-19 School Testing Option (Acknowledgement) Form are sent home with studentsthe first weeks of school. If you do not have a form you can still sign-up: 

English | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Arabic | Somali | Swahili

Thank you for sending in your forms back in quickly indicating if you wished for your child to participate in the COVID-19 testing clinic. I will ask that you complete the informed consent and release of information form as well and return that to the teacher. Testing will occur every Thursday from 8-11.

PARENT PORTAL:  The Birney office has been short-staffed since before the start of school.The launch of the Parent Portal is a time-intensive job, which involves receiving an emailed request from you, verifying that the email matches the one in the system, and attaching directions and the access letter in return. If you haven't already and need to gain access to the Parent Portal send an email to ahammondwilliams@sandi.net with the subject PARENT PORTAL – provide: parent/guardian name and your child’s name, or names. You will receive the access code and password and a job aid to set up the portal.

  

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES

 

CHRONIC CONDITION
If your child suffers from seasonal allergies of other chroinic condition that would cause you to note any of those symptoms on a regular basis, complete the 
Chronic Condition Form including certification by your doctor.  

CDPH 21-22 K-12 School Guidance Questions and Answers

SDUSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD & COVID STATUS RESOURCE PAGE

SDUSD SAFETY PLAN

Testing Sites in SD County

 

UPDATES will be sent via email first. Webpage posting may take up some time to update. If you have been contacted directly by school, SDUSD, or county, please follow their guidelines. Make sure to notify office 619-497-3500 of any changes to your email or send email to ahammondwilliams@sandi.net.


 

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