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This site was last updated on 10/7/2021

Current Status

Turning Point School welcomed our Preschool - Grade 8 students back to campus for in-person learning on Monday, August 30, 2021.

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community carefully and take proactive and prudent measures to promote the health and safety of every member of our community.

Please see the updates below for more information on our operating policies and procedures as well as links to recent updates to our community.

Please click here for the school's COVID-19 Guidance Checklist per public health directive from the State of California Safe Schools for All Team.

Updates to the Community | 2021-22 School Year

October 10, 2021
Health and Safety Update
General update to the community, including announcement on COVID-19 testing prior to campus return after Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break.

September 21, 2021
Health and Safety Update
General update to the community, including clarifications on COVID-19 policies and procedures.

September 19, 2021
Positive Case Notification
On 9/19/2021, Turning Point identified one unrelated positive case of COVID-19 on campus. All close contacts have been identified and provided with next steps per Public Health policy.

September 17, 2021
Positive Case Notification
On 9/16/2021, Turning Point identified two unrelated positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. All close contacts have been identified and provided with next steps per Public Health policy.

August 30, 2021
Contact Tracing and Quarantining Policies
*Please note that on 9/1/21 we updated the above policy to include that in the case of a positive case on campus, the entire community (parents/caregivers and faculty/staff) will be notified.

Policies and Procedures

We continue to embrace and follow a swiss cheese model of pandemic defense in keeping our community as healthy as possible. The many layers of protection we employ—surveillance testing, face covering, physical distancing, handwashing, ventilation, and frequent cleaning—work together to significantly reduce the overall risk of transmission.

A Note Regarding Public Health Guidelines

The County has provided three options for schools regarding quarantine procedures for unvaccinated students: a 10-day quarantine, a 7-day quarantine with a required negative test returned on Day 5, and an option for no quarantine.

  • Turning Point’s current policy reflects the option that falls in the middle of the three (7-day quarantine with testing after Day 5).

  • This requires fewer missed school days than the 10-day quarantine yet is still effective.

  • The week of 9/14/21, the county also announced the option for a modified quarantine which would allow exposed students to remain on campus under certain circumstances; however, we do not feel this modified quarantine is best suited for our community at this time.

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Face Coverings

INDOORS: Face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth will continue to be required indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status, including indoor PE classes.

OUTDOORS: As of this time, Turning Point requires all students and adults to wear face coverings outside. The exception will be during eating or drinking (in which case there is physical distance).

PROPER FACE COVERINGS

  • Should fit securely under the chin and fit snugly against the side of the face, enclosing the mouth and nose.

  • Should be comfortable and allow for normal breathing without undue difficulty.

  • Should be washed after each daily use (if reusable).

  • Should not be in the form of a bandana or gaiter.

  • Should not have vents, valves, or inappropriate markings.

  • Should be consistent with these guidelines from the Center for Disease Control.

MASK HYGIENE TIPS

  • Label two sandwich bags, one that says “Clean Masks” and the other that says “Dirty Masks” with a permanent marker or adhesive label. To reduce landfill waste, the sandwich bags can be Ziplock bags (which can be properly cleaned and reused) or reusable sandwich bags.

  • Keep three clean, reusable masks in the appropriately labeled bag.

  • Have your child put one clean mask on before arriving at school.

  • When lunch begins, have them place the morning mask that they’ve been wearing in the “Dirty Masks” bag.

  • Then, have them put on a clean mask for the rest of the afternoon.

  • Masks with lanyards can help students avoid placing their masks on shared surfaces or in pockets where they are more likely to fall onto the floor/ground or be cross-contaminated with dirty hands.

Surveillance Testing

As part of our efforts to mitigate COVID-19 virus transmission on campus, COVID-19 PCR tests will be administered to all students and employees on a weekly basis to start the school year (testing frequency may change depending upon local conditions). Testing is provided on campus and is at no out-of-pocket cost to families and employees. All individuals learning or working on campus must consent to participate in the weekly on-campus testing.

Insurance Note:

If you are a parent or employee who tests weekly with Turning Point through FLOW Health or PMH Labs, please note that due to the CARES Act, you may receive an Explanation of Benefits from your insurance company which may be mistaken for a bill. Neither FLOW Health nor PMH will bill you for any out-of-pocket expenses, even if the insurance company dies your claim.

Distancing

Public Health continues to recommend distancing as deemed appropriate by the school. The school will continue to follow public health mandates and distance to the extent appropriate for each space and situation.

Stable Groups

Stable groups are set as: ECD, K-1, 2-4, and 5-8. Students in Stable Groups follow similar schedules to each other during the day, including lunch times, outdoor play time, and after-school care or activities. In the event of a positive case, Turning Point will conduct contact tracing. It is unlikely the entire Stable Group would be required to quarantine.

Sick Policy & Daily Wellness Checks

All community members must stay home if sick, regardless of vaccination status.

All students and employees are required to complete a Wellness Screening. Students’ Wellness Screening must be completed via the SchoolPass app each morning prior to arriving on campus.

Contact Tracing

If a student or faculty/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Turning Point follows the protocol below from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) Exposure Management Plan:

  • Instruct the individual who tested positive (“case”) or their parents to follow COVID-19 Home Isolation Instructions.

  • Inform the individual/parents that LACDPH will contact them directly to collect additional information and issue a Health Officer Order for Isolation.

  • Work with the individual and school staff to identify school-related close contacts (see “Identifying Close Contacts” below).

  • Notify school-related close contacts of exposure and instruct them to quarantine at home (see quarantine policies below).

Identifying Close Contacts

In the event a member of the Turning Point community tests positive for COVID-19, the school will initiate a contact tracing process to identify all close contacts of the person who tested positive. Please note:

  • A close contact is identified as anyone who was within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or longer during a 24-hour period. For the purposes of contact tracing, a positive case is considered to be contagious 48 hours prior to symptom onset or, if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to the positive test.

  • At Turning Point, due to mixing of individual classes at recess and elsewhere, if one member of a grade level tests positive, every member of the grade level is a close contact.

  • Close contacts may also include individuals across grade levels who share space in activities such as Middle School Electives, After Care, and athletics.

Sibling Policy

  • Siblings of students who are in temporary quarantine may come to school as usual.

  • During this period, we ask that siblings stay separate in the household to the greatest extent possible, which we of course recognize is difficult. In the LACDPH Quarantine Instructions, under Restrictions During Quarantine, you will find specific guidance for how to isolate in a household.

  • If families self-elect to keep all siblings home, teachers in grade levels that are not in quarantine will assess/communicate essential needs but are not able to offer a full remote program because they are running in-person instruction.

Quarantine Policy for Unvaccinated Students

Any close contact who is not fully vaccinated must quarantine per the Health Officer Order.

  • While adults must quarantine for 10 days, a student may return after 7 days if the student can show a negative test result that was taken on day 5 or later.

  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days AND are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine or test for COVID-19.


Policy by Grade Level:


  • ECD-Grade 6: If your child’s grade level is required to quarantine, then your child will move to Remote Learning along with their fellow classmates for the duration of the 7-day quarantine period.

  • Grades 7-8: If there is a positive case in Grades 7 or 8, the entire grade level will briefly quarantine for a period of three days during which all students will move to Remote Learning.

    • Beginning Day 4, vaccinated students will return to campus for classroom learning (see details below).

    • Unvaccinated students will continue the 7-day quarantine per county protocols and will receive remote learning support asynchronously so that the scope and sequence of instruction remains the same as their grade level classmates who continue to study in person on campus during the quarantine period.

  • If your child is required to quarantine due to exposure to someone in a different grade level or outside of school (for instance, on an athletics team or in After Care), your child will receive remote learning support asynchronously as described above.

Quarantine Policy for Vaccinated Students (Grades 7-8)

  • If there is a positive case in grades 7 or 8, vaccinated students do not need to quarantine for the entire 7 days.

  • However, all students in the affected grade level will temporarily move to Remote Learning for three days, resuming in-person learning on Day 4.

  • Vaccinated students must return a negative COVID-19 test on Day 3 before returning to school on Day 4.

  • If a vaccinated student is exposed outside of their whole-class cohort, the school will approach these situations on a case-by-case basis.


Please be assured that we have systems in place to allow us to contact trace all possible exposures quickly and accurately.

After School Activities

Currently, the only in-person after-school activities available for students are After Care and Middle School Fall Sports (which fall under the Youth Sports guidelines).

After Care is grouped by:

  • All Early Childhood students

  • K-1 students

  • 2-4 students

  • All Middle School students

* After Care takes place in indoor/outdoor settings and face coverings are always worn except during snack or when students are drinking.

Middle School Athletics are indoor and outdoor, and groupings are determined by the students participating.

  • For the fall, teams are grouped as follows:

    • Grades 5-6 Flag Football

    • Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball

    • Grades 6-8 Cross Country

    • Grades 7-8 Flag Football

    • Grades 6-8 Girls’ Volleyball

*During athletics, for close contact sports, masks are worn to the greatest extent possible except during Flag Football games. Masks are recommended but not required during play in flag football games.


Please keep in mind that when students are mixing with others beyond their grade level cohort, any extra-curricular activity your child engages in, on campus or off campus, increases the chances that they may be exposed to COVID-19 and/or need to quarantine in the event of exposure.

Notification of Positive Cases

In the event of a positive case on campus:

  • In the event of a positive case, the school will notify all individuals (or parents in the case of students) who are deemed to be close contacts via phone call or other direct communication as quickly as possible.

  • The school will also send an email notification to the entire community (parents/caregivers and faculty/staff) notifying them that there was a positive case on campus.

  • To the extent possible, Turning Point will treat identifying information of individuals and families as confidential, unless disclosure is required to complete effective contact tracing.

  • Turning Point must submit a report to LACDPH within one business day with information on the confirmed case and anyone who was exposed to the case on campus.

Academic Support During Quarantine

  • In the event an individual student needs to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, Turning Point will assess what is needed to keep the child up-to-date and provide remote support in the form of asynchronous work through digital tools such as email, Veracross, and Google Classroom.

  • In the event an entire group is quarantined, Turning Point will use its Remote Learning Hubs to list group Zooms and/or provide asynchronous work as listed above for any classes that are not conducive to Zoom sessions.

Handwashing, Disinfection, and Ventilation

Practicing and reinforcing illness-prevention behaviors such as handwashing and cough/sneeze etiquette continue to be key strategies in slowing the spread of infectious diseases.

  • Students and faculty/staff are instructed to continue handwashing and sanitizing often.

  • Students and faculty use outdoor portable handwashing stations to wash hands with soap and water in outdoor areas and sanitize hands using the school's outdoor hand sanitizing stations.

  • Shared surfaces and objects in classrooms and on campus will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day, including full room disinfection using our electrostatic disinfectant mister.

  • The school overhauled its HVAC systems and filters last year.

Visitor Policy

Turning Point is only welcoming visitors to campus in very limited circumstances. All visitors to campus are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the last 48 hours. All such visits must be arranged and calendared in advance. Families that need to drop off necessary items can do so at arrival or dismissal or with the Security Officer on duty.

CDC Travel Guidelines

Families and faculty/staff are asked to please be aware of the CDC Guidelines regarding travel. There are different expectations for unvaccinated and vaccinated persons returning from travel.

  • Health departments continue to urge at least a seven-day quarantine for unvaccinated people after travel. Please plan accordingly.

  • Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine.

Please see this email sent on 8/2/21 for additional details.

Vaccination Policy

EMPLOYEES: All employees must either have proof of full vaccination on file with Turning Point’s Human Resources department or must submit a negative COVID-19 test twice weekly. Once the FDA grants permanent approval status for COVID-19 vaccines, the school will require vaccinations for all employees unless exempted.

STUDENTS: We strongly urge all eligible students to get vaccinated. The school will likely require the COVID-19 vaccine for all students ages 12 and older once it receives full FDA approval.

Contact Us

Our administrators are available to help you with any questions or concerns:

Director of Athletics and Safety
Jacob Snyder | jsnyder@turningpointschool.org

Primary Division Head
Sharon Cox |
scox@turningpointschool.org

Elementary Division Head
Will Segar |
wsegar@turningpointschool.org

Middle School Division Head
Gaby Akana |
gakana@turningpointschool.org

Director of Athletics and Safety
Jacob Snyder |
jsnyder@turningpointschool.org

Questions about Technology Access
Paul Cressey, IT Manager |
pcressey@turningpointschool.org

Questions about Student Records and Immunizations
Jairus Brown-Jackson, Registrar |
jjackson@turningpointschool.org

Communications and PR
Courtney Baker | cbaker@turningpointschool.org

TURNING POINT SCHOOL

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