FVS is an 1100-acre refuge amidst a region populated by more than 700,000 people. Last spring, with a smaller community of students, teachers and their families living on campus, we were able to maintain the integrity of our community quarantine, and we have fortunately remained COVID-free thus far.
We have an extraordinary opportunity ahead of us to learn, live and work together and to benefit from the social-emotional support of being in close proximity to others when so many others have and continue to experience crushing isolation. Do not take this for granted. It will require a collective commitment to others and a level of vigilance to which we are not accustomed in order to ensure that FVS remains a safe haven from this global pandemic.
Your actions and those of the people with whom you live and socialize will have a profound impact on the lives of the hundreds of individuals that comprise the FVS community. This includes infants and young children, people with compromised immune systems, elderly individuals, and countless others near and dear to you who are your friends, your teachers, and your family.
Our situation can change overnight as a result of just one person letting their guard down—even if only momentarily—and thus jeopardizing all that we have. And while this plan will help mitigate this risk, we must be explicit in our expectations and resolute in our commitment to disciplined mindfulness and behavior.
As a member of the Fountain Valley School Community you are expected to:
- Be aware of the ways in which COVID-19 is transmitted in order to minimize your risk of exposure and the risk of exposing others
- Actively engage with and respond to the School’s communications and become familiar with this plan and any updates in a timely manner
- Strictly adhere to the School’s Health and Well-Being Protocols and respond respectfully to reminders to do so
- Comply with any requirements or instructions to quarantine or isolate
- If you leave campus or live off-campus, avoid large gatherings of people, wear a mask if you are around others who are not a part of your immediate family, and wash or sanitize your hands after touching shared surfaces.
- Be aware of the potential for exposure through secondary sources, i.e. family members who work or attend school in the community, and work proactively with them to mitigate risk
- Monitor your health closely and report symptoms honestly and immediately to the FVS Health Center and follow their instructions
- Be flexible and adaptable, ask for help, and support others so that we all may thrive, together.
All students/parents, faculty, and staff will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver and Release. Additionally, parents will be required to sign a Declaration of Health on behalf of their child in advance of their arrival on campus.