COVID-19 INFORMATION & RESOURCES

FROM THE SCHOOL PRESIDENT, JULY 2020

On behalf of the Barstow administration, faculty and staff, I hope your family is enjoying a safe and healthy summer break. Though our campus remains closed to all but essential staff, we are working to welcome students back for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time, we plan to resume teaching and learning on campus on Aug. 20. 

On July 8, we released the Back to Barstow 2020 Return-to-Campus Plan. It explains procedures that will prioritize the health and safety of the Barstow community,  as we continue our long tradition of providing sound scholarship, innovative academics and the region's best independent school education. The plan was developed in consultation with our medical advisory committee and administrative leadership. We also reviewed plans from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Independent School Management (ISM). We recognize that the COVID-19 situation changes frequently, so we remain flexible and prepared to adapt procedures in response to current conditions and public health recommendations.
 
Our virtual Admission Office is open for families interested in The Barstow School for 2020-2021. Contact the office to schedule your virtual visit and experience Barstow as we know it: a vibrant community of learners where students are challenged to be makers, doers and confident leaders.
 
Warm regards,
Shane A. Foster
President

BACK TO BARSTOW 2020 FAQ

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Will students and employees be tested before being allowed to attend school?

    This is not a requirement for attending school. Temperature checks will be administered prior to anyone entering the building.
  • If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, how will we be notified?

    If a student or employee has a COVID-19 infection, school officials will support the Department of Health’s efforts for contact tracing and enforcing quarantining of those infected and their contacts. Provisions are already in place to support the continuity of learning from home during quarantine periods or for students choosing to remain at home.
  • Am I entitled to know who has returned a positive test for COVID-19?

    Due to legal reasons, the school is unable to provide this information.
  • What length of time will a student or faculty member be required to remain out of school following a positive COVID-19 result?

    The following guidelines will be used and these guidelines are consistent with the findings from the Medical Advisory Committee.
    • Symptomatic individual/child who tests positive: the individual will be removed from the campus for 10 days from the symptom onset AND will only be allowed to return three days after fever resolution (if present) AND improved respiratory symptoms.
    • Symptomatic individual/child not tested: the individual will be removed from campus for 10 days from the symptom onset AND will only be allowed to return three days after fever resolution (if present) AND improved respiratory symptoms. An individual may return to school if a doctor establishes an alternative diagnosis (e.g., urinary tract Infection) and presents a doctor’s note to confirm the presence of an alternate diagnosis that explains symptoms.
    • Symptomatic individual/child who tests negative: the individual will be removed from school until afebrile for 24 hours (if fever present) AND improved respiratory symptoms.
    • Exposed and asymptomatic individual/child: the individual will be removed from campus for 14 days from last exposure if she/he remains asymptomatic. If an individual becomes symptomatic, the individual will be removed from campus until they meet the criteria listed above of a symptomatic individual who tests positive or is not tested.
    There is no role for testing to get a “negative test” to clear a child to return to school. A COVID-19 positive individual does not need a repeat COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note in order to return to the campus. All children and staff in the same classroom or who have come in close contact (defined as greater than 10 minutes of interaction less than 6 feet away) with a symptomatic individual should quarantine at home for 14 days. Anyone who develops symptoms during that time should contact their health care provider.
  • What actions will the school take if there is a second wave and schools are closed?

    Should the School be required to close, we would implement the School’s online learning system for all students. This system will be in place from the beginning of the year for students who are unable to attend classes on campus.
    Recognizing that many parents of lower school students would have difficulty due to work obligations, the School would work with the health department to endeavor to keep lower school students on campus. This would involve using the entire school to maximize social distancing and mitigate the risk of infection. Online options would continue to be available for parents who choose to keep their children home.
  • Will the school have to be closed if a member of the community tests positive for COVID-19?

    No. All children and staff in the same classroom or who have come in close contact (defined as greater than 10 minutes of interaction less than six feet away) with a symptomatic individual should quarantine at home for 14 days. Anyone who develops symptoms during that time should contact their health care provider.
  • What is the feasibility of screening community members using pulse oximetry?

    A pulse oximeter measures blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. A low oxygen reading may be caused by COVID-19, but other diseases such as COPD, asthma and other lung infections can result in a low oxygen count. At this time, the school is not planning to use a pulse oximeter to test students or employees.
  • What should a parent do if their child has a fever?

    Take the child to their doctor to have them evaluated for a potential other cause of fever and to discuss testing.
  • Will my insurance company cover a voluntary test for COVID-19?

    Please check with your insurance provider.
  • Will off-campus field trips be offered in the fall?

    At this time, the school has suspended field trips for students.
  • Will athletics in middle and upper school be impacted?

    We are currently working with the state’s athletic organization to determine the viability of fall sports.
  • What are the School’s expectations for Barstow families away from campus?

    The School would urge all families to adopt best practices when out in public. This would include the use of face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing.
  • Are visitors allowed on campus?

    All visitors to campus, including parents, will be screened upon arrival. In order to mitigate risks, the school is limiting visitors to campus. (These provisions will not apply to parents simply picking up children.)
  • What can families do to assist to keep our campus safe?

    Families play a vital role in maintaining safety on campus. The number one safety measure is to keep a child home if they are sick. We want to work with families to support their child’s adherence to safety measures while they are on campus as well as at home. To support this effort, prior to the start of school, we will provide an updated student handbook with helpful information and orientation and training materials to help transition students to a COVID-safe campus. We understand that there are families with higher risk members in their households. As a community that prioritizes health and safety, we must all do our part to adhere to state health recommendations and regulations to control transmission and potential future outbreaks. Moreover, there may be times when we ask families to comply with broader safety measures and we greatly appreciate your cooperation in this regard.
  • Families can also answer the following questions prior to attending school.

    • Have you or any household contacts tested positive for COVID-19?
    • Have you or any household contacts tested positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting results?
    • Have you or your child been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
    • Do you or your child have any of the following symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, chills, headache or muscle aches?
    • Have you or your child traveled within or outside the U.S. by air?

SUMMER AT BARSTOW UPDATE

Summer at Barstow programs are happening online in 2020. Campers are enjoying returning favorites, new camps and added options for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten students. Enrollment is open for July and August camps, offered Monday-Thursday each week at a reduced rate. If your child enrolled in a July camp before the online shift, please contact the Summer at Barstow office or call 816-277-0445 to discuss the options available regarding summer tuition.

FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR

During uncertain times, anxiety can increase or arise in our children and in ourselves. When your children ask why these events are happening or what happens next, knowing how to answer can be difficult.

Our mindfulness app, Mind Yeti, helps to focus attention and connect to new environments. The login and password for Barstow families is available in the Character Corner section of our Resource Boards.

We've also developed resources for your use during the summer. Please use the resources below to frame your conversations and help alleviate anxiety. They each recommend a few basic, but important steps: take the time to talk, to listen and to reassure.

Sincerely,
Jessica Chanos
School Counselor

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