Serendipity School’s In-Person Learning Guidance and Illness Prevention/Response Plans
Serendipity School’s greatest concern continues to be the health, safety, and overall well-being of our students, our faculty, and our community at large, especially as it pertains to COVID-19. This information outlines Serendipity School’s roadmap for ensuring continued safe, in-person instruction on its physical campus, as well as alternative paths to be implemented, as needed. Our planning process is guided by science, research, the dynamic state of the pandemic, collaboration with educational and medical professionals, and ongoing partnership with our dedicated team of faculty and staff. We will carefully monitor the situation and follow all guidelines and restrictions provided by the CDC, State of California, San Mateo County Health, and San Mateo County Office of Education. Our response will evolve along with the state of the pandemic and the needs of our school.
Educational and medical experts agree that the learning and overall growth and development of children is best served by in-person education, however, the present risks are undeniable. Learning goals cannot be placed above the health and safety of children, their families, faculty, and staff. Therefore, in-person learning will be the default learning model for the 2021-2022 school year, it will only be offered when it is both allowable by the state and county and advisable based on our ability, as a school, to safely operate our physical campus.
While school will continue to look different than in years past, our educational mission, commitment to our students’ learning and personal growth, and the wonderful heart of our school will not change. Please know that we are committed to educating all of our students at every stage.
A link to Serendipity School’s Pandemic Recovery Plan and other state and county required documents may be found here.
Spacious classrooms and low student numbers allow for physical distancing. Each classroom environment is provided with an independently ducted HVAC system, HEPA filtration, and UV light sterilization. Ample windows allow for a healthy flow of outside air, and classrooms are cleaned and disinfected routinely throughout the day. Classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible. Healthy habits and respect/responsibility toward others are taught in a holistic, age-appropriate way.