In-Person Program Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Protocol

(Revision date: June 20, 2021)

 

Dear Parents,

 

On June 15th, 2021, the state of California moved “beyond the blueprint.” Bionerds would like to provide an update as to what this means for our company and program moving forward. Our approach will continue to be one that follows state and county guidance as it applies to our facilities and programs.

 

FACILITY POLICY

  • Bionerds staff, students and their families are still required to wear masks indoors.  Masks are optional when outdoors.
  • Bionerds Tustin Classroom:
    • Our HVAC filter in our unit was changed to a MERV13-equivalent one.
    • Our classroom will be sanitized before, during, and after class using disinfectants. During non-class hours, the classroom and tools will be sanitized with handheld UV light as needed.
    • The air in the room will be constantly purified with air purifiers to capture 99% of common airborne PM 2.5 pollutants.
  • For other facilities, we will follow their COVID-19 guidelines and policy that may be different from one site to another.

 

BIONERDS STAFF DAILY PROTOCOL

  • Bionerds staff is trained to follow guidelines implemented by the facility and information about COVID-19.
  • Effective starting on June 15, 2021, Bionerds staff is no longer required to perform daily health screenings, such as filling out Daily Health Questionaire and temperature check before working.
  • 6-ft distancing is no longer required in the classroom.
  • We will continue with our sanitizing procedure as before.  The staff clean tables, desks, and lab equipment with disinfecting wipes before, during, and after class to minimize the spread of germs.
  • They will follow the same CDC guidelines as students to combat the spread of the virus:
    • Wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before, after, and during class.
    • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover mouth with tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with any illness.
    • Teachers will stay at home when they are sick. A substitute teacher will be placed when available.
  • Bionerds applies restrictions on offering our programs to the affected areas if any. Travel precautions for our teachers applied.

 

STUDENT DAILY PROTOCOL

  • A Bionerds waiver form will be sent to parents before class and required to be carefully filled out, signed & submitted BEFORE CLASS.
  • IF CHILD IS SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF ILLNESS, PLEASE DO NOT BRING THEM TO CLASS. Notify us by calling 949-288-1486 or emailing admin@bionerdsllc.com.  It is important for you to notify us immediately if the status of your child’s health changes throughout the session.  Please be ready with a backup plan in case students have to be picked up immediately or in the event the student showing any sick symptoms or has a fever of more than 100.4F or the class is canceled due to staff or participant test positive for COVID-19. The child will be isolated temporarily until the pick-up time.
  • Parents are NO LONGER required to fill out Student Daily Health Questionnaire before class. No temperature will be taken.
  • Parents or adult guardians are required to accompany the child to class each day and sign in.  Please wear masks during indoors if you are not fully vaccinated. Please arrive a little early and please be patient and follow the process.   Plan ahead.
  • Students MUST wear a face mask at all times provided by the parent in our INDOOR classes to join the class and the mask must completely cover the nose.  Failure to comply will result in a phone call to parents and possible immediate parent pick up and/or removal from class.  Please stress the importance of compliance with your student. Please communicate with us if your children have any medical/underlying conditions, so we can discuss further. Masks are optional OUTDOORS.
  • Please be ready with a backup plan in case students have to be picked up immediately or in the event the student showing any sick symptoms or has a fever of more than 100.4F or the class is canceled due to staff or participant test positive for COVID-19. The child will be isolated temporarily until the pick-up time.
  • Parents or adult guardians or siblings are NOT allowed to stay in the classroom during class time to avoid unnecessary large gatherings.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, mask, and hand sanitizers in a bag/backpack.  We do not recommend sharing food and drink at this point during break time.  Please label all of the personal belongings with the student’s name.
  • Parents or adult guardian must be on time for pick up and follow the facility site pickup procedure.   Be patient and allow time for the pickup procedure.  The parent or adult guardian will sign the student out as they are released individually.  Students with a completed Going Home Slip will be allowed to leave the classroom at the end of class.

 

CLASSTIME PROTOCOL

  • STRICT behavior guidelines for students in the class will be implemented to ensure safety in class. Failure to comply and follow directions will result in a phone call to parents and possible removal from class. Please read our Participant Code of Conduct here: https://www.bionerdsllc.com/index.php/participant-code-of-conduct/.
  • Bionerds Staff and students must wear parent-provided facial covering (as outlined above) indoors.  Physical distancing is no longer required.
  • Each student will be provided with individual materials & tools for the class that have been cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant before and after class and in between uses as needed.
  • During the break, students can eat their snacks and drink and play outside.  We do not recommend sharing food and drink at this point with other students that are not in the same household.
  • Limited sharing equipment or tools in class are lifted.
  • Hand sanitizer in the classroom will be available. Please have students wash or sanitize their hands before and after camps.  We will take students to wash their hands during the break and camp regularly.
  • No Bionerds laboratory coats will be worn in class at this point. Disposable arm sleeves protection may be worn as needed instead in class. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty/stained from dissections and during activity/craft time (such as sharpies, paints, markers, glue).

 

Students will be reminded in class to:

  • Wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before class.
  • Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover mouth with tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with any illness.
  • Let a teacher know if they begin to feel sick during class.

 

CLASSROOM SANITIZING PROTOCOL

  • Classrooms will be disinfected daily before, after use, and during classes. This includes high-touch areas such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, etc.
  • All tools (such as microscopes, craft tools, dissection tools, etc.) used within the class will be sanitized daily, between and during classes as needed.
  • Disinfectants used in our Bionerds Tustin facility are below (may change depending on supply availability).  For our other contract facilities,  please contact the facilities directly for more information.

 

For more information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you for working together with us to provide a safe and fun environment for your families and our staff.

 

Bionerds Team

www.BionerdsLLC.com

949-288-1486

Bionerds

PO BOX 81004

Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688

(949) 288-1486

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