As Post Oak opens its campuses for the 2020–21 school year, mitigating the risk of the spread of the virus and maintaining a safe environment inside the school relies on all of us to do our part outside of school. Our partnership with you has never been more critical as we navigate a global pandemic.
We expect all of you to follow the health and safety guidelines as laid out by health professionals worldwide:
- Restrict your family’s exposure to large crowds.
- Practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public.
- Teach your children the importance of thorough hand washing.
- Teach your children how to properly wear a mask.
- Do not bring students to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or any transmissible illness.
- Do not bring students to campus if they have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19 or anyone who is exhibiting symptoms.
- Take the school’s self-screening protocol seriously.
- Be patient at arrivals when we are checking temperatures and allowing for entry at a safe distance between students.
- Follow CDC recommendations regarding travel and self-quarantine when returning from travel.
- Report any information to the school that will assist us in maintaining a safe environment.
- Be flexible—our plans may change as the situation with the virus changes.
- Look for updates to this plan on the website regularly, and read The Post e-newsletter every Friday.
I understand that the protocol listed below has been put into place for the safety of all the students and staff.
I understand that Post Oak’s top priority is to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for every child and adult in the program and that each family must do its part to help in this effort.
Post Oak will have the following protocol in place, which is aligned with the medical and educational advice of the CDC, City of Houston and Harris County health departments, TDFPS, TEA, and ISAS:
- Class Configuration:
- At the Bissonnet Campus, keeping students and faculty in self-contained units (cohorts) with limited contact with other people in the building
- At the Museum District Campus, Middle School will be considered one cohort and High School will be considered one cohort. All classrooms, learning spaces, and common areas contain tables and chairs with appropriate physical distance.
- Maintaining physical distancing as much as possible and as appropriate for the developmental age of the students
- Modified procedures for movement throughout the building
- Increased use of outdoor spaces for work and play
- All adults and students ages 3 and up will be required to wear masks while in the building. (Please contact the school nurse if your child has a diagnosis that requires an alternative to wearing a mask).
- Hygiene and Enhanced Cleaning:
- Students and staff will wash hands frequently throughout the day.
- Staff will sanitize sinks and restrooms frequently throughout the day.
- Enhanced cleaning of all spaces in the building and the playground will be conducted by the maintenance staff daily.
- Students and faculty will bring their own lunches, snacks, and water bottles each day.
- Arrival and dismissal procedures will be modified so that students from different classrooms do not have contact with one another.
- Student Wellness:
- Student temperatures will be taken at arrivals.
- Faculty and the school nurse will be monitoring for symptoms.
- Each campus will have a safe space where a symptomatic adult or student may wait and be monitored before they return home.
- School nurse, Cristal Roth, R.N., will maintain records for contact tracing.
- If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school will follow the guidelines of the CDC and local health department for reporting and isolation.
Parents of Post Oak students will adhere to the following protocol:
Parents will check their students for the following symptoms each morning before arriving at school. If symptoms are present, students must remain at home.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit
- If a known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or lives in the same household with family members showing symptoms, students must remain at home.
Return to school (per CDC guidelines):
- A student who has one or more of the above symptoms will not be allowed at school. Students may return to school when they are fever- and symptom-free for 48 hours without the use of medication.
- A student who is diagnosed with COVID-19, with or without a positive test and/or symptoms, will not be allowed at school. Students may return when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. A physician’s note of clearance must be provided to the school nurse.
- If a student has been in close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive, a 14-day quarantine period is required from last exposure.
I understand and agree to the above protocol for in-person attendance at The Post Oak School. I am aware of the current virus spread in Houston and Harris County and the mandate issued by the Harris County and City of Houston health departments. I am making an informed decision about sending my child(ren) to school and understand that The Post Oak School cannot guarantee a virus-free environment. I understand the policies and protocols outlined by the school and agree to abide by them for the safety of my child(ren), their peers, the employees, and families of The Post Oak School.
Parents, please visit Magnus to sign the agreement before your child begins in-person learning.