Health and Safety Plan

Updated July 2022

The following safety plan is based on the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health and what our experience tells us about the best ways to keep students and staff safe. We will update our protocols as information about new variants emerges or as new guidelines are released by the state and local health departments. What follows is based on the most up-to-date science available.

Synergy School requires proof of vaccination for all teachers and staff, as well as substitute teachers and parents who volunteer in the classroom. Students who are vaccinated are asked to provide a copy of their vaccine cards for their files. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.

All adults and students are required to wear face masks while indoors.

  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth at all times.
  • The school strongly encourages the use of N95s, KN95s, and KF94s. Surgical and cloth masks are discouraged as they are not as protective against the Omicron variants.
  • Students and staff who are unable to wear a mask because of documented medical contraindications must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom, as long as their condition permits it.
  • Face masks with valves (exhalation valves or vents) are prohibited in the school since they do not prevent transmission of COVID-19. Other face coverings prohibited include tea towel or dishcloth, cotton t-shirt, natural silk, scarf or bandana, and one-layer neck gaiters.
  • Face shields will not be used in place of face coverings, except by students and staff who have a medical exemption.
  • The school will keep a supply of face coverings for individuals who have forgotten to bring one. Anyone not exempt from wearing a mask will be excluded from campus if they refuse to wear one provided by the school.
  • The school does not require face masks outdoors, unless there is an outbreak or surge of cases.

Ventilation is one of the key ways to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The school will maximize the use of windows, exterior doors to yards, interior doors to the hallway, and the ventilation system to maximize intake of fresh air and minimize recirculated air. When windows and doors must remain closed because of poor air quality as in the case of wildfires, each classroom and office will use portable air purifiers with HEPA-filters.

Anyone who has symptoms of infectious illness must stay home. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. A child who develops symptoms at school will be tested before going home and be given test kits to take with them. Students returning from being sick will be tested by the school upon their return.

  • Students who have been sick may return to school when they are symptom-free for a full 24 hours without medication.
  • The sibling(s) of a student who is sick may attend school as long as they have no symptoms and are tested by the school each morning.
  • Students exposed to a confirmed COVID case in their home are asked to stay home for at least two to three days because of the extreme contagiousness of the most recent variants. The family should consult the school about a return date and testing by the school.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, that student must remain at home until they test negative.

This policy also applies to staff and their children who attend Synergy School.

Synergy School is a certified and licensed COVID-19 testing lab. We will continue to provide rapid antigen tests in the following ways:

  • Testing the entire school after extended breaks.
  • Testing of symptomatic individuals at school.
  • Testing students and staff returning to school after being sick.
  • Home test kits will be provided to families as needed.