Safety Measures

In order to reopen while ensuring the safest environment for our students, we have expanded on the NJ official guidelines to include our own rigorous safety regulations that specifically target the needs of our young students and their families. 

On-Site Safety Measure Considerations

CategoryDescription
Testing• All staff and faculty must be tested before returning to Tessa.
• Students and families are highly encouraged to get tested.
Main Entrance• Limit the number of occupants in the school during drop off and pick up

• Stagger pick up and drop off times

• Parents don’t enter the building – they drop their children off outside of school and staff escort children inside

• Health screening:  mandate temperature checks of staff, students, and visitors’ temperature before they enter the school daily – Possible use of a thermal camera

• Daily screening of students for symptoms before they come to school

• Mandate gloves and masks for anybody coming in – Tessa provides them for those who do not have them

• Mandate use of hand sanitizer at the front even with gloves (touchless gel distributors already in place)

• Install plexiglass to protect person sitting at the front desk

• Install second set of doors at the front entrance for additional security

Communication and training• There are signs around the school to reinforce sanitizing and handwashing procedures.

• Staff training

Social distancing within the school•  Mark floor for smooth traffic flow and minimal contact

• Plan for bathroom access for the same reasons

• Allow only one or two staff members in the kitchen at a time

Social distancing within the classroom•  Limit of 10 students per classroom

•  Review class furniture layout

• Purchase individual tables for primary students

• Mark floor for traffic and distancing

PPE for Staff• Wear masks/ face protection at all times.  Wear gloves when manipulating food or changing diapers. Glasses, or other eye protection is optional.
• Wear indoor shoes or slippers

The school has inventory (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer) for students, teachers, and visitors who need one

PPE for students / student training• Wear masks, age permitting
• Wear indoor shoes or slippers

• Practice hourly handwashing and as needed

• Teach students how to wear masks, wash hands, etc.

Cleaning / Disinfection Procedures• Reinforce already strict handwashing procedures

• Eliminate objects and toys in the classroom that could carry COVID-19 (potentially no objects with soft surfaces).

• Put toys in a bin to later be sanitized after children play with them

• Dedicate cleaning staff or an assistant to cleaning all day long (doorknobs, light switches, furniture, toys, and other objects – Sanitize      ‘high touch’ objects every hour).

• Disinfect the school daily after school hours

• Use Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation light fixtures

• Document all cleaning actions

Air Circulation and HVAC• Our HVAC system is independent from the building’s system

• Install additional/ more efficient filters

• Open windows/doors where possible

Playground• Use our own playground exclusively

• Disinfect main toys several times a day

Events• Not plan events involving families or multiple classes

• Kindergarten 2019-2020 graduation may be scheduled in September 2020, depending on official guidelines at the time

Containment plan•  Isolate sick children and staff immediately and send home for five to seven days

• Coordinate with local health officials

• Possible class or school closure

Tessa International School

Office: (201) 755-5585 | Location: 702 Monroe St. Hoboken, NJ 07030