Serendipity School’s Campus Opening Guidance and Illness Prevention/Response Plans
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, teachers, and faculty. Therefore, while in-person learning is currently available at Serendipity School, it will only be offered as long as it is both allowable by the state and county and advisable based on our ability, as a school, to safely operate our physical campus. This publication outlines our school’s reopening plan, our procedures for allowing and maintaining a safe return to school, as well as alternative paths to be implemented, as needed.
Serendipity School, after completing the application and evaluation process, was granted a School Waiver for In-Person Learning by the San Mateo County Office of Education, San Mateo County Health, and the California Department of Public Health. Serendipity School began a staggered reopening on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 and is now open for in-person learning at all grade levels. Serendipity School has opened her physical campus to students, with extensive modifications. While school (whether in-person or virtual) may look very different, our educational mission, commitment to our students’ learning and personal growth, and the wonderful heart of our school has not changed. Please know that we are committed to the overall wellbeing of our students, our families, and our faculty at every stage. A link to Serendipity School’s Reopening and Pandemic Response Plan and other state and county required documents may be found here.
Spacious classrooms and low student numbers allow for essential 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. Each class cohort enjoys a designated outdoor learning and play space. Healthy habits and respect/responsibility toward others are taught in a holistic, age-appropriate way.
Serendipity School’s greatest concern at present is the health, safety, and overall well-being of our students, our faculty, and our community at large, especially as it pertains to COVID-19. Our planning process is guided by science, research, the dynamic state of the pandemic, collaboration with educational and medical professionals from across the Bay Area, and ongoing partnership with our dedicated team of teachers and staff. We will carefully monitor the situation and follow all guidelines and restrictions provided by the State of California, San Mateo County Health, and San Mateo County Office of Education, as well as from Health officials within our state. Our response will evolve along with the pandemic.