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Below, please find a description of protocols, procedures, and policies that will be in place for the 2020-21 School Year to help guide all of us through the reopening of school. We will continually be implementing new practices designed to keep everyone as safe as possible. These below protocols were approved by our Planning Recovery Team, a committee including staff, parents, and health care professionals.  Here is a copy of our original information that was posted before the start of the school year. Below is the most up-to-date information for current families at Monica Ros to reference. 

Changes will continue to occur as we receive additional guidance from federal, state and local authorities. 


Monica Ros School

Back to School Plan 

When Must Students Stay Home?

Please refer to the Student Symptom Decision Tree when suspecting exposure and/or symptoms. In considering family activities, please refer to the Coronavirus Riskiest Activities infographic. 

Students must stay home when they: 

(1) Have any symptom listed here (high-risk symptoms are: fever of >99.5 F, cough, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell; low-risk symptoms are: fatigue/muscle/body aches, congestion/runny nose, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea), 

(2) Have had prolonged contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes per CDC definition) with a person who has tested positive for COVID, or 

(3) They have an ill household member who suspects they may have COVID

(4) Have traveled in a way that includes higher-risk activities such as air travel (see below for details) 

Any time that a child has an exposure as defined above in (2), they will be asked to stay home for 10 days and to obtain a negative COVID test before returning to school. Their class/grade will be notified while awaiting test results. 

Any time that a student has COVID, the entire school will be notified. Depending on exposure risks as determined by consultation with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) the positive student (and some or all of their class/grade) will stay home, normally for 10-14 days.

When May Students Return To School?

Monica Ros will confirm every absent student’s reason for missing school every day. We ask for the understanding of our community with this invasion of privacy; this is the year we need to keep abreast of health details for the good of our community.

If a child has one low-risk symptom as listed above in (1) they should stay home until  24 hrs after symptom resolution. They may return to school at that time. If a child has two or more low-risk symptoms (concurrently, or back-to-back) or one or more high-risk symptoms they must be evaluated by a health care provider or get COVID tested before returning to school. 

If a student has exposure to COVID as described in (2) they are permitted to return to school once they have quarantined for 10 days from the known exposure and obtained a negative COVID test result.  Their return to school is at the discretion of school administration. The student’s pod may remain at school; they will be notified of a suspected exposure in their pod.

If a student has tested positive for COVID, Monica Ros School follows the ‘School Scenarios‘ put forth by Ventura County Public Health to determine when they may return to school. The typical recommendation is for the student to isolate at home for 10 days post positive test or symptom onset. To return to school after the 10 days they must have had at least 24 hours total fever resolution and all other symptoms must be improved.  

As newer/other testing approaches become viable, changes to our protocols may occur.

All faculty and staff will follow the same procedures.  

What About Travel? Playdates? After-school activities? 

Families will need to weigh their need for travel and various activities, whether for work or pleasure, against the needs of our school community.  Our community work is to minimize the risk.  Our daily behaviors have been clearly shown to minimize risk: wash hands, cover our faces, social distance, stay home when you’re sick.  Every family must consider Monica Ros School’s procedures/protocols and make sure they are comfortable adhering to them. We have posted, and regularly refer to, the Coronavirus Riskiest Activities infographic when asking families to consider their extracurricular activities. 

What is considered Discouraged Travel and/or Activities?
Monica Ros School highly discourages travel when done in a way that results in high-risk activities and/or experiences. Following Ventura County Public Health’s directives, we require students to stay home and self-quarantine after high-risk travel. Students may either obtain a test on days 3-5 following travel, and then finish a quarantine period (even with a negative test result) of 7 days, OR may simply quarantine for 10 days following high-risk travel. High-risk travel includes:

  1. travel involving airports/airplanes and any large shared spaces where it is difficult for individuals to distance. 
  2. travel to or from any area highly impacted by COVID-19 subject to CDC Travel Health Notices.
  3. visits involving members of another household who are unvaccinated.

The exception is when fully vaccinated (>2 weeks post final dose of vaccine) visitors (or travelers!) are involved. No quarantine is required for vaccinated individuals at this time per CDC/VCPH guidelines. 

What if the school or a class needs to “stay home”?

If the school is required to close by the local authorities, preschool families will receive a tuition credit of up to 6 weeks pro-rated for their student’s 3-, 4-, or 5-day program. If the closure is due to an exposure in a class, the family responsible for the exposure will receive no tuition credit. 

Kindergarten and gradeschool students who need to stay home will begin remote learning. No credit will be offered. We ask that parents provide an area for working where the student can sit up straight at a desk or table, have all their materials organized around them, use headphones, a background screen, and a webcam on a flexible arm so the teacher can see what the student is writing. Our teachers are prepared to transition to remote learning if required.   

Questions and Comments

We welcome questions and comments.  Please contact Kate Spiva, kspiva@monicaros.org, 805 646-8184.  We reserve the right to adjust any of our policies and protocols as allowed or required by local, state and federal agencies.

UPDATE: September 2020: Here is our final approved waiver: MRS Waiver September Update

Parent Handbook 2020-2021 for general questions and reference. 



We Are Ready!

From our School Director, Susan Hardenbergh:

The work of keeping each other safe by following local, state and federal guidelines is entirely “do”able.  Our plan creates a safe campus, protects a strong program designed to interest and motivate your children, and allows for students and teachers to meet in person so that friendships and mentorships can grow and be strengthened.  There’s no place like school! 

Here’s an article from the American Academy of Pediatrics to corroborate our stance: