Campus Health & Safety Guidelines

Communications

On Campus Learning Information

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School Exposure to COVID-19

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  • WHEN A COMMUNITY MEMBER HAS A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19

    In the event that The Pegasus School receives notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:

    1. A message will be sent to all families, employees and Board members about the confirmed infection.
    2. If a person on campus becomes ill with COVID symptoms, he/she will be isolated in the Health Office until he/she can be transported home or to a healthcare facility as soon as possible. He/she will be required to wear a face mask.
    3. Local health officials will be contacted if the person tests positive.
    4. Contact tracing will be done in conjunction with the County Health Department and a decision will be made about which students and possibly employees need to be quarantined and for how long.
    5. Confidentiality of the student and/or staff member will be maintained as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
    6. We will work with local health officials to determine the appropriate next steps, including the possibility of an extended dismissal if determined necessary to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.
    7. The School will resume its Distance Learning Program for the affected community members until it is safe for them to return to campus. Affected individuals will be notified when to return to campus.
    8. Updates will be sent to the Pegasus community as frequently as necessary.
    9. Information and updates will be posted on the Safety and Security page of the School’s website.
    10. Comments, questions and concerns may be sent directly to Karen Hurst, School Nurse.
  • CONSIDERATIONS FOR SCHOOL CLOSURE

    School closure may be recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, with consideration to the size and physical layout of the school, and following consultation with the local health officer. 

    The local health officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from a public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. Nurse Karen Hurst is the Pegasus School’s designated liaison and will help coordinate monitoring and communications to local health officials, as well as the school community. She will monitor and report positive cases to the county during a 14-day period.

Family Education

To educate families on the implementation of the Campus Health and Safety Guidelines a series of Q&A sessions will be available via Zoom, each providing families with an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. 

FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Will I be able to bring a water bottle to school?

    Yes, please bring a water bottle to school. All drinking fountains will be closed, but the hydration stations will be available.
  • It’s my birthday, can I bring in a snack to share with my class?

    Please do not bring any food or drink to school other than your own personal snack and lunch and water bottle. Think about sharing a homemade video, or bring in a book to donate to your classroom library, or teach your class a new game. 
  • What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

    If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact the School Nurse as soon as possible. The child must isolate at home or other space, away from other family members. He/she must isolate for the duration of the infectious period (the time period when a person has symptoms), and for at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms must be improving with no fever for the previous 48 hours before returning to school. A clearance note from the student’s physician allowing the student to return to school may be required.
  • What happens if someone in my family tests positive for COVID-19?

    If the infected person lives with you, then you and others in your household must quarantine immediately and continue to do so for 10 days after your last exposure to the person who tested positive. Please contact the School Nurse as soon as possible. Your family member who has tested positive will be infectious for the entire time they are symptomatic and are considered contagious for a ten day period if they are asymptomatic. Maintaining as much distance as possible and eliminating all contact is important. The 10-day period will likely cover the infectious period, so you can come out of quarantine if you have not developed any symptoms after 10 days.
  • What happens if a student or teacher in my child’s cohort tests positive?        

    If a cohort student/colleague tests positive, then your child will need to quarantine at home for a total of 10 days after his/her last contact with that person.

    In addition, your child’s cohort teacher may also be required to quarantine at home, depending on the amount of time they spent in the classroom and whether physical distancing was consistently used.

    If this situation arises, you will be notified by the school and will be directed how to monitor your child and when they may return to campus.
  • Will volunteers be allowed on campus?

    Yes, please refer to the Campus and Classroom Volunteers Guidelines document here. As a reminder, please do not come onto campus if you are not feeling well. 
  • What about travel?

    We will follow the California Department of Public Health’s recommendations regarding travel considerations. At this time, CDPH strongly recommends a 10-day self-quarantine period after traveling outside the state, and abides by the CDC ban on travel into the US by foreign nationals traveling from or through particular countries including China, Iran, most of the EU and Brazil.

    The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends avoiding travel further than 120 miles from your home as much as possible. They suggest not traveling: if you are sick; if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks; or if you are with someone who is sick.

    If you must travel, The Pegasus School encourages you to travel cautiously, and maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene. Maintain physical distancing as much as possible. Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms during your trip and upon your return. We are asking all students and staff members to quarantine for a 10-day period upon return from travel outside of California. If you become symptomatic, please consider getting tested prior to your return to school. Please remember that it is a school requirement to notify the school nurse of any positive COVID tests in your household. This allows us to do the appropriate contact tracing to limit exposure and mitigate the spread of the virus.


2020-21 School Leadership Messages

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  • February 11, 2021

    Dear Pegasus Community,

    Congratulations, we have crossed the halfway mark in our school year, and knowing that fewer than 25% of schools in California are fully open to every student every day, as well as managing an online offering, this is quite an accomplishment. With the second semester officially underway, I have new information and updates to share. Please take a moment to review this message, which includes the plan for our return from Intersession Break, new COVID-19 resources available on our school website, a note about the recent Intent to Return form from our Admissions Office, and recent data pertaining to our learning modality options.
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  • December 17, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,

    It is hard to believe that winter break is almost here and a new year is just around the corner. Pernille and I always look forward to this time, although it is bittersweet this year, as our celebration will look and feel very different. Recently, the state of California strengthened its COVID-19 travel and gathering guidelines. Although that presents a particular challenge at the holidays, I hope you will join us in exercising caution and compassion during this critical time. 
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  • December 16, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,
     
    As part of our commitment to maintaining transparency, we are sending this notice to all Pegasus parents and employees. The information below specifically pertains to first grade families.
     
    A Pegasus student was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. In accordance with The Pegasus School’s protocols and the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the individual will isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the positive test. After this period of 10 days, the individual will work with the school nurse and the public health department to determine when it is safe to return to school.
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  • December 4, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,

    Yesterday, the state of California issued a new Regional Stay At Home Order. Orange County will fall under this order when the ICU capacity of the Southern California region reaches the threshold of 15%. The order outlines closure mandates for some types of businesses and required modifications for others, as well as prohibits private gatherings of any size. However, schools that are responsibly maintaining daily operations are permitted to continue, which is exactly our intent.
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  • November 19, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Community,

    As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I have several updates to share, detailing the steps we are taking to keep our community healthy and safe during the upcoming holiday season and beyond. In addition, this note is to make you aware of upcoming calendar modifications, designed to accommodate ongoing and uninterrupted hybrid education at Pegasus, as well as to provide some relief for teachers and students in the months ahead. 
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  • November 17, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,
     
    We are aware the COVID-infection rate numbers have risen sharply, putting Orange County into the highest tier (Purple). Some have been asking about our on-campus status. As a reminder, our opportunity to remain on campus rests solely with our ability to manage the number of positive cases within the Pegasus community. Closure requirements are outlined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the COVID-19 and Reopening Framework document. From this document: Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period. Our ability to remain below the 5% threshold will require the ongoing commitment to our protocols and to one another.  
     
    As part of our commitment to maintaining transparency, we are sending this notice to all Pegasus parents and employees. 
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  • October 15, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,
     
    This is a follow up to our communication from last week regarding a Kindergarten student who tested positive for COVID-19. We have continued to work with the family and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), both in terms of confirming protocol and understanding the various types of tests. The family has shared that PCR tests were administered as a secondary measure, and they are comforted by a discrepancy from the initial results, as are we.
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  • September 1, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Parents,

    On Friday, Governor Newsom released a new, 4-tier system for tracking the transmission of Covid-19 throughout the state. He announced this new system is an immediate replacement for the monitoring list we have adhered to for the past several months. Although Orange County was removed from the previous monitoring list over one week ago, it is now placed in the most restrictive tier of the new system. 

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  • August 28, 2020

    WELCOME BACK!
    This Monday, August 31, a new school year will begin for our Pre-K through eighth grade students! Although in many ways it will be a year unlike any other, we are prepared and eager to welcome your family back and to deliver an outstanding Pegasus education for your child(ren). As you know, students in Pre-K through Grade 6 are able to begin on campus, and students in Grades 7 and 8 must begin in distance learning. The good news is that Orange County has remained off of the state monitoring list since August 23. As long as this continues, we will be allowed to welcome these students back to campus on Tuesday, September 8.

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  • August 20, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,

    Today we received wonderful news from Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA): The Pegasus School’s waiver application has been approved! From the acceptance letter:
    “After both local health officer and California Department of Public Health Review, your waiver request has been approved.”
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  • August 14, 2020

    August 14, 2020
     
    Dear Pegasus Families, 
     
    We have been so excited this past week to see the many families who have come on campus to retrieve materials and technology for the coming year, and to begin online Pegasus Prep. Over 90% of our community has chosen to prepare for the 2020-21 school year in this new fashion, and we know that this will put us in the best position for the school year to begin on August 31, in earnest. It has also been wonderful to see the excitement in your faces when you see our new campus look, including the extensive renovations in the Frieden Family Middle School Building, the amazing new Science and Technology Building, and incredible Horowitz Family Quad, and of course, the COVID-19 preparations and upgrades, like additional hand-washing stations! 

    In speaking with many of you, there has been a consistent theme of appreciation and solace in the many ways that we have prepared for a safe and celebrated return to campus. Along with that comfort, has also been a common sentiment expressed regarding the fact that our actions have an effect on one another, as well as on the ability of Pegasus to reopen the campus and then to remain open. Therefore, we would like to share a community agreement and ask you to read it together as a family, for discussion, consideration and commitment.
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  • August 7, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families,

    This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the application for the waiver to allow Kindergarten through Grade 6 classes to open in person within a monitored county. I am pleased to share that Pegasus submitted a completed waiver application on the day the process was opened.
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  • July 31, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families, 
     
    This week marks the end of July, and we are making comprehensive preparations for our students’ and teachers' return, like never before in the 36-year history of Pegasus. Our faculty and staff continue to prepare for a hybrid and blended learning return to school, as you will read below. Our campus has been refreshed and adapted for a safe return, and we are also putting the finishing touches on our brand new, 14-classroom Science and Technology Building. By now, we hope you have reviewed our Return to Campus Guidelines and agree that we are prepared for a safe on-campus experience for the Pegasus community. Of course, we are also part of a larger community, in the county and the state, which is why we are working with both public health authorities to gain approval to open our campus.
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  • July 17, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families, 
     
    Yesterday, as we put the final touches on the webpage of our extensive and thorough reopening guidelines, Governor Newsom announced that he would hold a press conference regarding schools on Friday, July 17. As you have likely heard, he has ordered California public and private schools to remain online until or unless the county a school resides in remains clear of the state monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Currently, Orange County is on this list. That said, we still have 24 days before Pegasus Prep and 45 days until school begins, and within that time we will continue to investigate this, as well as other, state and county requirements. 
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  • July 3, 2020

    Dear Pegasus Families, 

    As our country celebrates independence this weekend, we are also reminded of the great opportunity and responsibility we have as an independent school. The opportunities we have include a small school population, which translates into smaller class sizes. We have a wonderful new facility, as well as access to additional spaces since we have yet to remove existing and temporary classrooms. We have methods of expanding an already impressive technology resource, and we have the freedom of curriculum design and delivery methods to ensure a Pegasus experience. Fortunately, we also have an incredibly supportive and invested parent and family base. Finally, we have a super-talented and dedicated faculty and staff, who are already deep into the planning and preparation for campus reopening in August. 
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Reporting Requirement

All community members are required to notify the School Nurse if they, or a family member with whom they live, or a person with whom they have had close contact, tests positive for COVID-19. If a community member develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or is self-isolating due to suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, he/she is required to notify the School Nurse.

The Pegasus School

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