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Health & Safety Plan - Spring 2022

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General Health & Safety plans & POLICIES

These policies apply to everyone entering The Baum School of Art.

Masks and Personal Protective Equipment

The Baum School of Art is following CDC guidance for masking based upon community level transmission information. Currently, Lehigh County is in LOW Transmission Level. Therefore, masks are optional. Please see below for more information:
Know the COVID-19 Community Level where you live.

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You may choose to wear a mask or respirator that offers greater protection in certain situations, such as when you are with people at higher risk for severe illness, or if you are at higher risk for severe illness. It is important to wear a mask or respirator when you ar sick or caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19. When caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19, a respirator will provide you the best level of protection. For considerations for specific groups of people, please visit CDC.gov


Socially Distanced Classroom Design

Limited maximum class sizes ensure that safe social/physical distancing can be achieved within each classroom space. Furniture and equipment within the classrooms have been placed to ensure appropriate social/physical distance between students. All classrooms have lockers and/or bins for personal belongings. Workstations will be arranged so that students do not face one another. Signage throughout the building will help guide students to remain socially distanced throughout their experience.


Social/Physical Distance For Youth Studnts

The school will follow the CDC recommendation that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing to reduce transmission risk.


Social/Physical Distance For Adult Studnts

The school will continue to adhere to the 6ft. social distance guidelines for people who do not live within the same household.


Cleaning and Sanitization

High-touch areas, public areas, and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day. Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each class, and during class as needed. We use cleaning products that meet EPA disinfectant criteria as recommended by the CDC. Adult students may be required to disinfect any shared work equipment or tools after use during class.


Healthy Hygiene Habits

Staff and students will be instructed on proper cough/sneeze hygiene and handwashing techniques. Our classrooms are equipped with sinks, soap and water, as well as sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol throughout the facility. All students and staff must wash their hands or sanitize upon entry and exit of classroom, for restroom breaks, and as needed throughout the class.


Visitors and Guests

Visitors and guests are welcome, however, all must adhere to universal masking and social distance protocols. Visitors and guests experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter the building.

SYMPTOMS

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. See CDC’s website for additions or updates to this list.


Illness policies and Procedures

Employees and students who are sick, or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19, should stay home and monitor health. Employees and campers should stay home if they have tested positive for, or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Anyone displaying symptoms of any communicable disease may not remain in class or in the building.
For children and teen students, the student will be isolated from the rest of the children in the designated supervised isolation space. Parents will be contacted to pick up the student and the child will be unable to attend class until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Students who become sick during the session are asked to self-report symptoms to school administrators, so that appropriate illness procedures may be implemented.


ILLNESS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.

If employees or students become sick with COVID-19 symptoms., test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case, they must not come to camp and need to notify the designated COVID-19 point of contacts below by phone (610.433.0032) and email:

Primary Contact - Laurie Siegfried, Director of Operations and Marketing

laurie@baumschool.org

Secondary Contact - Shannon Fugate, Executive Director

shannon@baumschool.org

CLASSROOM PLAN FOR INSTRUCTOR OR STUDENT EXHIBITING ILLNESS AND/OR POSSIBLE CASE OF COVID-19

A youth student will be isolated from the rest of the children in the designated isolation space and parent/guardian will be contacted to come pick up the child. An adult student will be required to leave the building. All the supplies, and the areas/classroom the student was in contact with, will be sanitized. If necessary, students will be relocated to another classroom until the space is safe to re-enter.

CLASSROOM PLAN FOR A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE

All the supplies, and the areas/classroom the student was in contact with will be sanitized. In the event that an instructor or student tests positive for COVID-19, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, camp administrators will notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Families of other students in the class will be notified of the confirmed case via email and phone call.

Students who are registered for an in-person camp and need to follow quarantine safety guidelines will be given access to virtual instruction or a credit for future camp, if possible.

QUARANTINE

Quarantine if you were exposed. Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Isolate if you are sick or test positive, even if you don’t have symptoms.

When to Stay Home

Calculating Quarantine
The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

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ISOLATION

Calculating Isolation
Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

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Youth student policies

Youth Student Drop-off

Youth students should be escorted into the building by a masked parent/guardian and check in at the front desk. A Baum School staff member will complete a brief household symptom questionnaire and a contactless temperature check with an infrared no-touch forehead thermometer. Students can then be escorted to their classroom by their parent/guardian, provided their household is symptom free, they do not have a fever, and they are wearing a well-fitting mask. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4° or over, or a temperature over 99.9° after two checks, will not be permitted to remain in the building, and will be required to follow CDC guidelines for when it is safe to return.


Youth Student Pick-up

Upon arrival for pickup, parents/guardians/authorized pick-up individuals wearing well-fitting masks should pick up their student from the classroom. Please keep social distancing in mind as you are waiting for the class to dismiss.


Social/physical Distance for youth Students

The school will follow the CDC recommendation that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing to reduce transmission risk.


Supplies for youth Students

The Baum School of Art will provide art materials for youth students in an individual lidded bin for use during the class. Shared materials will be limited. Any materials that are shared will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after use.


Adult Student policies

Adult Student Check-In

Adult students do not need to check in upon entering the building. All adult students must be symptom free and properly wearing a mask. Please refer to the Illness Policies and Procedures if you are unsure of whether or not to come to class.


Social/physical Distance for adult Students

The school will follow the CDC recommendation that adults should adhere to the 6ft. social distance guidelines for people who do not live within the same household.


Supplies for youth Students

Adult students are responsible for bringing their own supplies, and taking them home at the end of each class. Shared materials and equipment will be limited. Any materials and equipment that are shared should be cleaned and disinfected by the student after use.


Staff and Faculty Policies

STAFF and faculty WELLNESS CHECKS

All staff and faculty will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth and are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff and faculty members will complete a self-screening for symptoms prior the start of their shift. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter the building, and will be required to follow CDC guidelines for when it is safe to return. All staff and faculty are required to follow the Illness Policies and Procedures outlined above.


SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Below is a list of sources used to create this document:

CDC Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps

Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps: Readiness and Planning Tool

Governor Wolf’s Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools Frequently Asked Questions

Considerations for Community Based Organizations

CDC Guidance on when to isolate or quarantine

CDC Guidance on when it is safe to return to camp/work

CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus

CDC Cleaning and Disinfection

Guidance for Wearing Masks

How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering

Social Distancing

Level of Community Transmission Table

Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention

Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

Updated Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings

Information for Vaccinated Pennsylvanians

Local Health Authority–Allentown City Bureau of Health
245 N 6Th St, Allentown, PA 18102-4168
Phone: (610) 437-7760