FISW’s Response to COVID-19: Planning for School Year 2020-21

We continue to find ourselves facing a difficult situation with COVID-19.  At FISW, we are confronting this reality by preparing to welcome our students on campus with robust health and safety measures in place. FISW has decided on a Health and Safety Plan for the 2020-21 school year that is in line with public health policy and local, state, and federal guidance and requirements. The plan builds a framework of procedures for the 2020-21 school year to protect the health and safety of our students, our employees, and the greater FISW community. This framework also prepares us to adapt to meet the evolving situation and any new guidelines.

On July 17, we shared with our enrolled families a detailed and comprehensive Health and Safety COVID-19 Addendum to our Parent Handbook. In crafting our plan, the health and well-being of the entire FISW community, including students, faculty, staff, parents are placed above all other considerations. All decisions for our school consider our mission, core values, educational priorities, and the developmental stages of our students.

The Process and Principals of our planning

  • Our COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan is the result of a multitude of perspectives. It was created with valuable input from a Think Tank of volunteers from across our community – parents, teachers, and staff members.

  • The health and well-being of all participants, including students, faculty, staff, parents are placed above all other considerations.  

  • All decisions for our school consider our mission, core values, educational priorities, and the developmental stages of our students. 

  • As a community, we honor and respect each other.  As such, FISW expects that all members of the community will comply with governing public health policy as ordered by local, state, and federal agencies.

Key Elements of our Plan

Physical Distancing:

  • All our students (K-5th) and staff maintain physical distancing (6th feet distance). Class capacity determined by physical size of assigned classroom. 

  • Preschool classes are limited to 14 students.


Building Access:

  • Building access is only available to employees and students

  • Scattered drop off and pick up schedule through different assigned entrance doors


Cleaning and Sanitation:

  • A Robust cleaning and sanitizing protocol is in place 

  • A Protexus Electrostatic Spraying System is used to safely and effectively disinfect classrooms

  • A filtration, purification, and sanitizing system that destroys bacteria and viruses in the air and on surfaces is added to each classroom

  • Frequent handwashing and sanitizing

Health Screening

  • Temperature checks for faculty and staff before entering the school

  • All families need to certify that they meet essential health criteria (no symptoms, no contact with COVID-19 positive individuals)

  • Families should be community and public health minded: not mixing with groups outside of schools, limiting non-essential travel, informing the school while travelling outside of the area, following all regulations to protect our community


Infection Control

  • Ill students cannot attend school and must quarantine

  • Decisions to return to school will follow local and public health authorities


Personal Protective Equipment

  • All students K-5th and all adults must wear masks

  • All PS and Pre-K students are encouraged to wear masks


Remote Learning

  • Remote learning for students who select not to come back on campus or students who must quarantine

  • Remote learning during mandated school closures


Extracurricular Activities and Extended Day

  • No extracurricular activities

  • No field trips

  • No before school care

  • After school care offered by class to stable cohorts with 5pm and 6pm daily pick-up options


Ongoing Communication

We are so heartened to see the FISW community rally together with incredible kindness, resiliency, and generosity of spirit to support each other during these difficult times. As always, the welfare and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are of primary importance, and we are steadfastly committed to ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for learning and development. We look forward to welcoming our students to campus this fall. Should the situation change, we will continue to communicate regularly and openly.


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