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COVID-19 Information

Policy and Procedure

The safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost importance in the decision on returning and what policies and procedures will be in place to keep our school members healthy and safe. We are closely monitoring information and guidelines received from the CDC, the State of Maryland and from Prince George's County to make these decisions.

As such, policies and procedures could change. Information and updates will be relayed via Family Portal (parentsweb), Email and SMS Messages. Please make sure your personal information in the Family Portal is accurate.

The start of the school year at RBS is August 25th and we are moving forward with on-campus learning. At this time, there is not a remote learning option available.

Mask Usage

MASKS ARE REQUIRED INDOORS FOR ALL FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, AND VISITORS.

This includes but is not limited to hallways, offices, classrooms, bathrooms, and locker rooms.

Faculty, Staff, and Students may remove masks to eat; however, masks should be worn while walking around the cafeteria.

While outdoors, faculty, staff, and students may remove masks when distanced from others.

Masks should cover the nose and the mouth. They should be simple in design and appropriate to the school setting.

Social Distancing

Faculty, Staff, and Students should attempt to physically distance themselves from others as much as space permits.

Per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation, all desk have been spaced 3 feet apart to accommodate physical distance between students within classrooms.

Visitors

All visitors must wear a mask on campus!

Cleanliness

Faculty, Staff, and Students will maintain proper hygiene habits, with signs posted as reminders in bathrooms. Every individual should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Hallways and classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer.

Bathrooms, classrooms, and common areas will be cleaned daily.

Faculty, Staff, and Students will not share supplies.

Faculty, Staff, and Students will wipe down surfaces (desks and chairs) after each use.

HVAC systems have been upgraded with the recommended Merv13 Air Filters.

Personal Responsibility

Faculty, Staff, and Students should arrive each day with: a mask and a backup mask.

Faculty, Staff, and Students MUST stay home if they are sick with any of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4+, shortness of breath, muscle/body aches, severe headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea.

Frequent hand washing should occur.

Parents should be sure to have up to date contact information and emergency contact back-ups who can be quickly prepared to pick up students with symptoms or exposure to Covid-19 symptoms.

If a student is exposed or has tested positive for Covid-19, the school nurse should be notified immediately.

All students and staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated. It is requested that all vaccinated students and staff submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination records. All records should be submitted to health@rbschool.org

Proof of vaccination will help determine future policies.

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months.

Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

Received a booster vaccine shot from Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J:

* Booster required if the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna was over 6 months ago or if the primary series of Johnson & Johnson was over 2 months ago.

School Response to COVID-19

Riverdale Baptist School will implement the following six-step procedure when addressing a faculty, staff, or student who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at the school.

01. Isolate

Faculty, Staff, or Student will be asked to immediately isolate themselves in one of our COVID isolation rooms.

02. Leave Campus

For students, the school nurse will contact the individuals parents or guardians for immediate pickup. For faculty and staff, the school nurse and administration will manage follow-up actions for the individual to leave the premises.

03. Quarantine

Faculty, Staff, or Students who test positive for COVID-19 should remain at home for at least 5 days and be symptom free in order to return to Riverdale Baptist School.

04. Notification

Following exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, Riverdale Baptist School will notify all faculty, staff, and parents/guardians: (A) of the confirmed case of COVID-19 and/or (B) if identified as a close contact. Notifications will occur without revealing any confidential medical information such as the name of the Faculty, Staff, or Student. Please email all notifications to health@rbschool.org.

Fully Vaccinated

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Not Fully Vaccinated

Not Fully vaccinated individuals should not attend Riverdale Baptist School in any capacity until completing quarantine. The quarantine period is 5 days. During the quarantine period, the individual in quarantine must remain symptom free.

05. Close Contact

Faculty, Staff, or Students who were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual should adhere to the following guidelines:

Note: Close contact is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, regardless of whether face masks are being worn.

06. Disinfected

Areas used by an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be immediately closed off and will not be available for use until the area has been cleaned and disinfected.

Possible Covid Exposure Infographic
Covid Test Results Infographic

This page serves as a focal point for information related to COVID-19 and the policies and procedures in place at Riverdale Baptist School to protect your child(ren) and our faculty and staff. These policies and procedures are effective immediately and are subject to revision at any time in accordance with the CDC, Maryland Board of Education, and/or Prince George’s County Health Department. Any changes will be communicated to parents, faculty, and staff through the normal school communication channels. Please make sure your ParentsWeb contact information is current so you receive said updates.