FAQs About Returning to In-Person Classes
Are masks required?
All students, teachers and staff must wear masks inside the school building regardless of vaccination status, unless they cannot do so safely due to a medical condition. Masks should be worn outdoors when students are arriving at and leaving from school if it is difficult to maintain safe distancing.
Are teachers and staff vaccinated?
For privacy considerations, we cannot disclose the vaccination status of teachers and staff. Looking Glass Korean School is in compliance with Public Health Officer Order eff. 8/12/21 requiring anyone working in a school to provide verification of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID testing.
Will there be health screenings at Korean School?
Please self-screen and stay home if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Students, teachers and staff must answer screening questions and have a temperature check before entering the school building. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or a temperature of 100.4° F or higher will be sent home and referred to their doctor for care.
How will students be physically distanced in class?
Per CDC guidance, students will be spaced at least 3 feet apart in classrooms, more where space permits.
What if you have or were exposed to COVID-19?
Please notify LGKS at email@example.com if you learn that you have been exposed to, or tested positive for COVID-19. Any reported exposure or test result will be confidential. If you have a positive test result, you cannot come to in-person class. A Zoom listen-in session can be arranged if you like so you can listen to the next in-person class. Please note that a Zoom listen-in session allows you to listen and watch the in-person class, but the teacher is not teaching to the Zoom attendees.
If LGKS becomes aware that someone at the school tested positive for COVID or was exposed to COVID, we will notify those who were in the same class as the person affected. Notice of possible exposure will also be given to anyone who had class in the same room the hour following the class attended by the affected person. All who may have been exposed should contact their doctor for instructions and care.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the next class meeting following exposure will be held online via Zoom.
If you are staying home because you are concerned that you’ve been exposed to Covid (e.g., you were, or might have been, exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid, or you have symptoms and a positive, or negative, test result), you can also request a Zoom listen-in.
What happens if a student becomes ill during class?
If a minor student becomes ill during class, their parent/guardian will be called and a staff member will accompany them to the fenced outdoor area to await their parent’s/guardian’s arrival. An adult student who falls ill during class will be sent home. Parents/guardians of the other students in the class will be notified that a classmate became ill and was sent home. Adult students will be sent home.
If the ill student tests positive for COVID-19, the next class meeting following exposure will be held online via Zoom.
To return to Korean school,
- At least 24 hours must have passed since fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- Any other symptoms have improved; and
The student has a negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Strep- tococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms.
Can a student switch from in-person to online class?
While Looking Glass offers a few beginner classes online this semester, these are only for true beginners with no Korean language learning experience. None of our in-person classes have an analogous online class. Accordingly, there is no option to switch from in-person to online class.
If, due to COVID-19, circumstances warrant pausing in-person classes, we will return to Zoom classes for a time. We will make this decision based on Federal, State and Local health authorities’ mandates and guidance.
Can parents and siblings wait inside the school?
Only students, teachers and staff are permitted inside the building.
Are parents and siblings allowed to wait in the school’s outdoor area?
On Wednesdays, Up Academy’s afterschool programs will use the outdoor area. On Saturdays, parents and siblings may wait in the school’s outdoor area, but parents must supervise their own children. Please wear masks and safely distance from others. Any Korean class meeting in the outdoor area will have priority use.
What other safety measures will the school take?
- Frequent hand sanitizing/washing, including before and/or upon entry to the school building.
- High touch surfaces cleaned before and after each class.
- Air purifiers in each classroom will be kept on during school hours.
- Windows will be open unless smoke or weather make it unadviseable.
- Entry will only be by the front door facing 20th Ave. Exit will only be by the side door on Pioneer Court. Dismissal will be by class to reduce interaction between classes.
- Students should bring their own water bottle. There is a water refilling station, but water fountains are off limits.
- No food allowed inside the school.
What constitutes exposure to COVID-19 such that Looking Glass should be notified?
Please notify the school at firstname.lastname@example.org if a student was in close contact with someone who has, or tested positive for, COVID-19. Per CDC guidelines, close contact is being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). In a K-12 indoor classroom or structured outdoor setting where students are correctly and consistently wearing masks the entire time, close contact is being within 3 feet of a student who has, or tested positive for, COVID-19. A person is considered a close contact even if one or both people wore a
mask when they were together.
For more information on what to do if you or someone you know had contact with someone who has COVID-19, please refer to guidelines published by the San Mateo County Health Department, the State of California’s official COVID-19 website, the California Public Health Department, or the CDC.
Please address any questions about COVID-19 protocols to email@example.com.