MCS's Reopening Waiver

2020 Reopening Waiver

MCS middle school students

Reporting requirements

All MCS community members are required to notify the Health Office if they, or a member of their household, 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 (exposure of >15 minutes within 6’ distance) to COVID-19, he/she is required to notify the Health Office immediately at (714) 437-1700

Working Together

We appreciate that MCS families stay vigilant at home in order to protect the entire MCS community, including our staff and faculty.

  • Keep sick children home. If the answer to any of the question below is YES, please do not attend school. Printable checklist. Follow up with your Primary Care provider regarding COVID-19 symptoms:
    • Does the student have a temperature over 100.4 degrees?
    • Has the student been directly exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Is the student exhibiting any of the following COVID-19 symptoms (without an alternative diagnosis)?
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Chills
      • Muscle aches and pains
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runy nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • Have a reliable thermometer. Health screenings start at home, so please have a reliable digital thermometer on hand to assess your child's temperature.
  • Purchase extra cloth face coverings and keep them clean. Cloth face coverings may help to limit the spread of COVID-19. Wash face coverings each day. Keep additional clean face coverings in your child's backpacks.
  • Practice good hygiene.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and/or into your elbow
    • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - sing a worship song while you're doing it!
    • Avoid shaking hands, touching, or hugging non-family members
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) frequently
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts. Thoroughly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Adhere to social distancing.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.  Visit the CDC website for more information about travel.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. We encourage all MCS community members to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, sleep adequately, and pray often! If anyone at home needs help, please seek a licensed therapist or talk to someone you trust. Kimberly Aneed, RN, our school nurse, can provide additional resources. (714) 437-1700
  • Know the COVID-19 symptoms and respond accordingly if anyone in your home presents any of the following:
    • Loss of smell or taste
    • Unusual or frequent cough
    • Temperature >100.4º degrees
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Muscle/body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Nausea and/or Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Red, swollen eyes
    • Swollen hands and feet

If any of the following symptoms present, obtain emergency medical care immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New onset confusion
  • Inability to waken or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Staff Training and Family Education

  • MCS will produce and distribute video tutorials for the following:
    • Carpool drop-off and pick-up procedures
    • Proper face covering usage, removal and washing
    • How to properly wash and disinfect hands
    • How to properly cover coughs and sneezes
    • Proper social distancing
    • Questions asked during a COVID-19 health screening
    • Health tip PSAs delivered by our health office via social media, text, and weekly newsletters
  • Ongoing - Faculty and School Nurse to train Students:
    • How to properly wash and disinfect hands
    • How to properly cover coughs and sneezes
    • How to properly use and dispose of tissues to wipe noses
    • Importance of avoiding touching one’s face and front of face covering
    • Importance of not sharing food and/or utensils
    • Proper social distancing
    • Proper face covering usage, removal and washing
    • Signage throughout campus to encourage distancing and remind face covering requirements
  • Faculty & Staff
    • 3-week training prior to start of school
    • School nurse to train on COVID-19 symptoms
    • Posters identifying COVID-19 symptoms and when to seek medical attention
    • MCS’s plan and procedures to follow when students or staff become sick at school

Plan the Work

  • Understand all guidelines and requirements for a safe re-opening
  • Monitor OC health statistics and facts and collect data from both staff and parents to inform decisions
  • Consultation with legal counsel, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (MCS’s accreditation body), and school insurance agents
  • Collaboration with a consortium of Christian and independent private schools
  • Consultation with medical experts
  • Complete multiple trainings: health, safe practices, workplace and employee protections
  • Establishment of a “Fall Reopening Planning Committee” with 17+ individuals representing all MCS stakeholders
  • Order necessary safety-related supplies and equipment

Waiver application