COVID & Respiratory Disease Safety at Pacific School
If your child has symptoms or has been exposed, go to the Health Information page under "For PES Families" to get the latest information about what to do.
Pacific School follows the County Office of Education's COVID guidelines, which are stated here. (This is a living document that Santa Cruz County Office of Education keeps updating as rules and recommendations change.)
What modifications has Pacific School made to its ventilation systems?
Our HVAC system is only a few years old. In 2020, we installed MERV 13 filters on the HVAC system, and set the system to maximize incoming fresh air. In addition, we have stand-alone HEPA air filters for the classrooms.
What are the current policies regarding face coverings?
Face coverings are optional for staff and students, and we have both staff and students who do and do not use face coverings. The school provides face coverings for any staff, student, or volunteer who wishes to use one but forgot to bring one.
How do after school programs work?
All after school programs meet outdoors to the greatest extent possible.
What happens when students eat?
We have structured our class schedule so that students can eat outside or, when eating inside, students are spaced out, and eat in groups with their classmates, with no more than 30 students in one lunchroom at a time. Ventilation is maximized.
Are screenings of staff and students conducted?
Staff are expected to conduct a health self-screen each day before arriving at work. Families should also screen their students at home. Students who display COVID symptoms at school will be kept away from other students until they can be picked up.
Are staff fully vaccinated?
Yes, all regular Pacific School staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Substitutes may or may not be vaccinated.
Are parents allowed to volunteer?
Volunteers are allowed to work on campus and in classrooms. If working around students, they need to complete the volunteer agreements which can be found here.
If the volunteer work is entirely outside and not around students, such as doing grounds maintenance on the weekends or volunteering for Parents' Club, these requirements do not apply.
What other safety measures is Pacific School taking?
Staff ensure that all students (and staff) wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
Updated August 2023
"We have absolutely loved our time with the Pacific Elem family and we are going to miss so many of you! You provided a light and a sense of community during one of the most difficult years we have experienced. I will forever be grateful for this year. Everyone should be proud of what a unique, loving and special school has been created here."
Parent about their student's time in kindergarten class during COVID lockdowns, 2020-21