Reopening Guidelines

School starts August 24, 2020


The following plan to reopen school has been developed based on guidelines and requirements provided by the Southeastern California Conference (SECC) Office of Education. The Office of Education guidelines are based on the best and most current health information known as of the latest revision date of this document. These guidelines follow the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, California state education and public health departments, and local county recommendations.


As new guidance and practices become available, updates will be communicated to parents. Any future decision in regard to discontinuing on-site instruction at Laguna Niguel Jr. Academy will be made based on the Orange County Department of Public Health directives and guidance from the Southeastern California Conference Office of Education.



  • For all COVID-related issues between the health department and school, please contact Christine Moningka.

  • Absences: Absences due to COVID-19 symptoms or illness will be recorded. Parents must report the absence and reason to the appropriate school office each morning in order to have an absence excused due to illness. Teachers and administrators will work with parents and students to ensure learning continues during a student’s extended absence.

  • Guidelines: Your child should come to school if they can fulfill the following requirements:

    • Can energetically participate in classroom activities and recess without use of fever/symptom-reducing medicine (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough syrup, etc.)

    • Has a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

    • Has no new symptoms of COVID-19, such as respiratory symptoms, muscle ache, loss of taste and smell, with or without fever

    • Has no symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea

  • Your child should stay at home and NOT come to school, and they will be sent home if:

    • They appear or complain of feeling unwell or they have a suspected communicable disease

    • A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or other COVID-19 symptoms

    • Students with a fever will be isolated and required to wear a face covering until they can be picked up by their parent/guardian

    • Your child should stay home if they have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 as defined by the CDC: individual who has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes


Return to school after illness or fever related to COVID-19, or exposure to COVID-19

Students may not return until they have met the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation. For criteria, please go to:




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Pre-screening at Home

Parents must screen their child(ren) before leaving for school to ensure temperature is below 100.4. They are to check for other COVID-19 symptoms outlined by public health officials. If they fail this screening or if they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, they should remain at home and follow the guidelines for how to return to school.


Pre-screening at School

All visitors and students will be screened upon entering campus. As they walk in, students’ temperature will be taken and they will sanitize their hands. Screening locations are as follows:

K-2: Outside classroom door next to the playground

3-5: Outside classroom door through the gate

6-8: Front/Main door to the building


Please Note: If a student is symptomatic when entering campus or during the school day, they will be separated from others immediately and isolated with a face covering until they are picked up by an authorized adult.


Guardians & Visitors

Access to campus beyond the front office for guardians and visitors will be limited. There will be a temperature check and screening in order to access the rest of the campus. Face coverings will be required.




Physical Distancing


Arrival and Departure

  • There will be markers showing where students should stand as a line forms at screening stations

  • There will be designated routes for entry and exit of the campus

  • During drop off and pick up times, visitors-including guardians, will be limited to maintain a minimum of six feet of distance between individuals.

In the Classroom

  • To the greatest extent possible, seating and desks will be rearranged in the classrooms to allow students to be 3-6 feet apart and facing the same direction.

  • Where six foot distance is not possible, the following measures will be taken:

  • If less than six feet (between 3-6 feet only), students must wear face coverings.

  • If less than three feet, face coverings and dividers will be provided.

  • Face coverings are optional for students in grades K-2.

  • Teachers will teach classes outside as much as possible following all social distancing guidelines.

Non-classroom Spaces and Activities

  • Every effort will be made to keep students socially distanced on the playground.

  • Recess will be staggered. Classrooms will stay within their pod throughout the day to minimize contact with other students. 

  • Students will eat outside

  • Pizza lunch will continue to be available as individually plated meals

  • Chapel will be held in the church following social distancing guidelines

  • All trips, field trips, and inter-group activities will be virtual through December 31, 2020. Second semester plans for field-trips and activities will be evaluated in the fall.



Health and Safety

Students in grades K-2

  • Students must wear face coverings upon arrival and when visiting the health office

  • Face coverings are optional for grades K-2 during the school day


Students in grades 3-8

  • Students must wear face coverings:

  • Upon entering and exiting school

  • Moving on campus and in all areas of the school (includes hallways, bathrooms, drop-off and pick-up points)

  • In classrooms per new state requirements


Students may remove face coverings:

  • During the lunch period

  • When outside outside and social distanced 




Hygiene Procedures

Personal hygiene procedures will be taught and reinforced.


  • In the elementary, classroom routines will include teaching and reinforcing personal hygiene on a regular basis

  • In junior high, students will be reminded both verbally and by signage to use sanitizer upon entering the classroom and to wash hands frequently

  • Classrooms have both sinks and hand sanitizer dispensers.


Drinking Fountains

The drinking fountains will be closed. However, we are installing bottle filling stations in each classroom. Students should bring a full water bottle, clearly marked with their name. Students are not to share water bottles.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. All touch points will be disinfected with a CDC approved product.

  • Frequently touched surfaces throughout the campus will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.

  • Classroom procedures will be developed to disinfect touch points throughout the day. These surfaces include desks, tables, chairs, dividers, keyboards, phones, headsets, door knobs, faucet handles and light switches.

  • Communal supplies in classrooms will not be used this year. Students are required to bring their own personal supplies. The use of shared items will be minimized as much as possible.



  • Our HVAC system is maintained regularly and equipped with appropriate filters to maintain clean air in the buildings.

  • As much as possible and where it is safe to do so, teachers will introduce outdoor air by having outside doors and windows open. All lunch activities and recess will be outside as much as possible.

  • We will be utilizing the outdoor areas of our campus to hold classes outside as much as possible.


If someone on campus is exposed, shows symptoms, or tests positive


Please keep your child home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms

 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

If a student exhibits any of the above symptoms while at school, the following protocols will be followed:
1) Students will go to a designated isolation area until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
2) School administrators will notify local county health officials (County Department of Public Health) immediately regarding suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality. The County Department of Public Health will
assist the school to determine a course of action should a student test positive for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis. This may include the dismissal of students and most staff for a short period of 1-3 days.
3) The County Department of Public Health should take responsibility for working directly with the individual and families for notification and contact tracing. If there is a delay or while waiting, the school may choose to assist by having a school official or parent fill out the *COVID Positive or Exposure Report Form.
4) In consultation with the local county health officials, students, staff, and families who have been potentially exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will be notified. These notifications will be completed by the administration, by phone or written correspondence which may include:
a. If known, date of potential exposure
b. Information on the incubation period and safety protocols that help to limit exposure
c. Phone numbers to schedule an appointment at a local testing site
d. Return to school protocols when applicable

Returning to school after a diagnosis of COVID-19
If the individual has symptoms, they should stay home until:
1. At least 3 days have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms)
2. either:
     a. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
     b. they have two negative results, spaced at least 24 hours apart, based on authorized COVID-19 diagnostic tests by a medical professional.

Otherwise, if the individual tested positive in a diagnostic COVID-19 test but does not get symptoms, they should stay home until:
1. At least 10 days have passed since the positive result in the diagnostic test (assuming no symptoms appeared during that time)
2. they have two negative results, spaced at least 24 hours apart, based on authorized COVID-19 diagnostic tests by a medical professional.

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