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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

To view a PDF-version of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
(also outlined below), click here.
VACCINATION
  • Requirements: The vaccine is required for all employees and eligible students (ages 12 and up) unless the individual has an approved exemption. Non-vaccinated employees and students must have an approved exemption in order to be on campus, test weekly and wear N95 masks.

  • Status: 98% of our employees are fully vaccinated; 96% of our student body (ages 12 and older) is fully vaccinated.

  • Newly Eligible Students: Students turning 12 during this school year will need to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated or an approved exemption within 30 days of their 12th birthday.

  • Potential Expanded Eligibility: The School is aware that Pfizer has applied for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its vaccine for children ages 5-11. The School will consult with our COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee to review data on safety and efficacy before making this a requirement for those students should the EUA be granted.

TESTING
  • Surveillance 
    • Frequency: As of Oct. 25, 2021, the frequency of surveillance testing now varies depending upon a student’s vaccination status and/or grade:
      • Fully Vaccinated Students in Grades 7-12: Testing every two weeks is required, and vaccinated students must show proof of negative PCR test results every other Monday up until winter break as follows: Mondays, Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. 
      • All Students in Grades K-6 and Students Who Received a Vaccine Exemption: Testing every week is required. Sixth graders, vaccine-exempt Middle and Upper School students and Elementary School students who are absent on their on-campus testing day must show proof of a negative PCR test result.
    • On-Campus, School-Day and After-School Testing: 
      • Norton Campus: Onsite, school-day testing is available for all Elementary School students. In order to participate in this program, parents must complete the form titled COVID-19 Student Testing Consent Form
        • The schedule is as follows:
          • Kindergarten and Grade 2: Tuesdays
          • Grades 3 and 4: Wednesdays
          • Grades 1 and 5: Thursdays
        • While Elementary School students do not need to present test results during morning screenings, you can access your child’s results for tests conducted on campus by creating an account through PathMD Labs. Please email Allan Ortiz at PathMD for assistance in setting up an account.
        • If your child is absent during their scheduled test day, you will need to test them remotely and send their PCR-based test results in to Interim Head of Elementary School Sasha Moore or K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey prior to their arrival the next week.
      • 21st Street Campus: Onsite, school-day and after-school testing for Middle and Upper School students is available outside the Regalado nurses office. Please remember the following:
        • Students must have an appointment to get tested on school days. The link to make an appointment is on the group pages on the website and is for Crossroads students and employees only!
        • Students will not be accompanied or reminded to get tested. 
        • Appointment availability closes at noon on the previous day. 
        • Results are delivered to your Labfinder account. 
        • Appointment Schedule for Middle and Upper Schoolers:
          • Grade 6: Tuesdays // 3-5:30 p.m.
          • Grade 7: Wednesdays (Nov. 3 and Nov. 17) // 3-5:30 p.m.
          • Grade 8: Thursdays (Nov. 4 and Nov. 18) // 3-5:30 p.m.
          • Grades 9-12: Monday-Friday (Nov. 1-5 and Nov. 15-19) // Anytime during students’ free periods.
  • Reactive 
    • Any time your child exhibits a new onset of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they are required to stay home.
    • They must be tested with a PCR-based test, and self-isolate until negative test results are received.
    • If your child develops symptoms at school, they will be assessed by the nurse and sent home. Email notifications will inform parents and deans that the child is to be tested prior to returning to campus.

  • Additional Testing Options:
    • Crossroads Drive-Thru Student Testing with PathMD (1736 22nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90404) // Saturdays // 8 a.m.-3 p.m. // Book an appointment.
    • PathMD Lab (8158 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048) // Monday-Friday // Multiple times available. // Book an appointment.
    • 911 COVID Testing (Multiple locations) // Daily // Multiple times available. // Book an appointment.
    • SoCal Diagnostic (1003 Wilshire Blvd., #206, Santa Monica, CA 90401) Daily // Multiple times available. // Book an appointment.
    • Find no-cost testing sites near you through this list created by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

DAILY SYMPTOM SCREENING
  • Students in Grades K-6 and Students Who Received a Vaccine Exemption: Magnus Health mobile screening or completion of the Crossroads COVID-19 Symptom Checklist is required upon arrival to Norton Campus or in front of the Stephen Morgan Middle School Building.
  • Fully Vaccinated Students in Grades 7-12: Daily symptom screening through Magnus Health or the symptom checklist are no longer required. Instead, signs will be placed at each entrance to remind everyone not to come on campus if any symptoms are present.

MITIGATIONS
  • Masking: 
    • Indoors: Each individual, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a well-fitting mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times indoors, except for when an employee is alone in their office with doors closed. 
    • Outdoors:
      • Fully Vaccinated Students in Grades 7-12 and Employees: Masks are no longer required outdoors, except for situations where students and/or adults are crowded closely together (e.g., outdoor assemblies).
      • Students in Grades K-6 and Students Who Received a Vaccine Exemption: Masks are required outdoors.
    • 3-ply masks are the recommended minimum.
    • Elementary School students are encouraged to have several clean masks in backpacks in case they get dirty during the day. 
    • The School will have disposable medical-surgical masks available. Students wearing poorly fitted masks will be given a properly fitted disposable mask to wear instead.
    • Gaiters, one-way valved masks, bandanas and face coverings are not allowed.

  • Handwashing: Regular handwashing will continue to be done throughout the school day. We hope that frequent handwashing will continue in your practices at home.

  • Air filtration: All Crossroads facilities air filtration systems have been upgraded. Some smaller locations also have an air filtration machine in the room.

  • Social distancing: Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) guidelines, students are recommended to be distanced by 3 feet in indoors spaces. We continue to try to keep students as distanced as possible, both indoors and outdoors.

SELF-ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

The terms self-isolation and quarantine both refer to the time during which individuals are required to stay at home and follow specific guidelines mandated by the LACDPH in order to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The primary difference between the two terms is that self-isolation applies to restrictions of positive or symptomatic individuals and quarantine applies to restrictions related to travel or close contact to positive individuals. The lengths of these periods are determined by the LACDPH and adopted by the School.
  • Self-Isolation: If an individual tests positive or is symptomatic and awaiting test results, they must self-isolate at home. This means that they cannot go out into public or attend community activities (e.g., play dates, sleepovers, birthday parties, etc.) until their isolation period ends.

  • Quarantine: If an individual has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case or is not vaccinated and has traveled out of state, they must quarantine at home. This means that they cannot go out into public or attend community activities (e.g., play dates, sleepovers, birthday parties, etc.) until their quarantine period ends.

  • Length: When instructed to either self-isolate or quarantine, the School will communicate in the instructions when those periods end.
    • Self-isolation periods are 10 days from the time your child either tested positive or developed symptoms; whichever occurs first.
    • Quarantine periods are 10 days from the last exposure and required of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in household exposures.

TRAVEL POLICY

To be in alignment with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LACDPH and California Department of Public Health guidelines:
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine after out-of-state travel.

  • Non-vaccinated individuals are required to quarantine for 7 days, and test on day 5 after returning. Without a test, quarantine for 10 days is required.

  • All individuals should self-monitor for symptoms in the 10 days after returning from their trip.

“WHAT IF…” SITUATIONS & OTHER FAQ
  • What if my child is sick?
    • Keep your child home and contact Nurse Bora Suh or K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey. Even if symptoms are mild, don’t assume they have “a little cold” and are fine to come to school.
    • If your child is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, get them tested.
    • Provide test results to Nurse Bora Suh or K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey.
  • What symptoms would warrant my child staying home?
    • Fever of 100.4 F or over
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • What if my child is exposed to a positive case?
    • Contact Nurse Bora Suh or K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey.
    • Individuals who are exposed to someone in a high-risk setting where mitigation measures are not in place (e.g., within their household) are required to quarantine regardless of vaccination status.
    • Vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone in a low-risk setting are not required to quarantine. Low-risk settings are where mitigation measures are in place, like schools and many other public settings.
    • Unvaccinated individuals are required to quarantine for 10 days from the date they were last exposed. 
    • Anyone quarantining should be tested on days 5-7 or if they become symptomatic. You may be asked by the School to test your child more than once during their quarantine.
  • What if someone in our household is sick?
    • Your child and their sibling(s) should stay home! The sick child should be tested and have results before returning to school.
  • What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
    • Notify your division head and K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey.
    • Isolate your child (if possible) away from everyone else in your household. 
    • Isolation periods are 10 days from the time your child either tested positive or developed symptoms; whichever occurs first.
  • What if someone in our household tests positive?
    • Your child must quarantine and notify their division head and K-12 Nurse Coordinator Paula Rickey
    • Quarantine periods are 10 days from the last exposure and required of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in household exposures.
  • What if my COVID-19-exposed or positive child has a sibling?
    • Your COVID-19-exposed child will need to quarantine away from your other children. This could mean staying in separate rooms or in different areas of the house. 
    • If your other children did not have exposure to the positive case, they do not need to quarantine. 
    • If your COVID-19-exposed child becomes symptomatic or sick, then your other children are required to stay home.
  • What if another student in my child’s class tests positive?
    • Contact tracing (identifying all individuals who were within 6 feet of the individual for at least 15 minutes) is conducted, and those families are notified.
    • All unvaccinated individuals exposed to a positive case (identified through contact tracing) will quarantine for 10 days.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who have a high-risk exposure (e.g., a household member tests positive) will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who have close contact to an infected case in a low-risk setting (e.g., a classroom) are not required to quarantine but will still be notified to self-monitor for symptoms and test during the post-exposure period. 
    • Teachers will immediately pivot to a remote learning environment for quarantining students. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Please check out the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Resources for Parents & Guardians page.