COVID-19 UPDATES

Mission Excellence at SDFAS during Covid-19

The SDFAS response to the “Year of Covid” and upcoming “Year of Delta”

A year and a half ago, our lives were turned upside down. Faced with extreme uncertainty, SDFAS families placed their trust and confidence in us. Undaunted, the school responded with creativity, clarity of vision, and the courage to act. SDFAS will be remembered as one of the very few schools in San Diego that was able to successfully offer its full-day, full-week program on CAMPUS for ALL interested families as of that first day of the 2020/21 school year. At the same time, the school’s expertly designed distance learning programs have been highly successful and well-received. Faced now with the challenge of the Delta variant and another spike in Covid numbers as we move into the 2021/22 school year, SDFAS is no less focused on program excellence within an intelligently risk-mitigated campus environment. And, whatever lies ahead from here, SDFAS remains unwavering in its commitment to deliver an exceptional bilingual education within a vibrant international community, preparing students to become confident, responsible, and engaged global citizens.

Considerations surrounding the Delta variant…

This summer, the CDC and CDPH released new Covid-19 guidelines for the upcoming school year. We also all acknowledge the increased transmissibility and severity of the delta variant and its notable impact on children ages 0-9 and 10-19. A confirmed Delta trend of real concern was clearly discernible by the time July had ended. The delta variant of Covid-19 is more severe, spreads more easily, and has even been shown to infect fully vaccinated people. Because the majority of our population remains unvaccinated due to age limitations for available vaccines, our Covid -19 Risk Mitigation Plan for 2021/22 has been updated based on extensive research, consultation, and broad input for decision making. We have decided to pause certain in-person on-campus and off-campus School and Community Association events until the Covid-19 situation in our community improves.


Updated Covid-19 Plan 2021/22 (FULL VERSION)

Click HERE.


School & Community Association Events

Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021

Indoors:

No indoor events are being organized at this time. We intend to revisit the policy as the situation evolves in San Diego County.

Outdoors:

There are two separate policies for outdoor parent events. Each policy is built around the concept of risk-mitigation as it relates to “cohorts”. Cohorts of parents parallel the cohorts of their student(s): PK0, PK1, PK2, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8.

  • No food and drink
    • Mixing across cohorts permitted
    • Children: Only if 12 or older and fully vaccinated and masked*
    • Masking mandatory at all times (regardless of vaccination status)
    • All must remain properly physically distanced
  • With food and drink: 
    • Mixing across cohorts is not permitted when eating or drinking at an event. Parents must stay within their student’s cohort at such times (if multiple students, within ONE of the cohorts at each particular event)
    • Children: Only if 12 or older who are fully vaccinated*
    • Masking required at all times (regardless of vaccination status) other than when eating and drinking
    • All must remain properly physically distanced

*If the event does not involve mixing across cohorts (a.k.a. “cohort only event”), all children may attend regardless of vaccination status so long as they (a) remain within their cohorts (b) distance properly and (c) remain masked (except when eating or drinking).


Zoom Webinar – “Covid Plan for 2021/22”

On Friday, August 20 SDFAS hosted the school’s Covid-19 Plan Zoom Webinar.  The following are now available:

The Zoom webinar was moderated by the Head of School and invited panelists -- see below for full list:

Panelists: SDFAS Senior Leadership Team
  • Fernanda Coelho, Chair of the SDFAS Board of Trustees
  • Mark Rosenblum, Head of School (Webinar moderator)
  • Sophie Ricouard, Maternelle (PK/K) Academic Director
  • Francis Carlier, Elementary Director
  • Tom Faure, Middle School Director
  • Paula Marra, Director of Enrichment Programs
  • Kevin Saidler, Director of Marketing & Communications
Panelists: Medical & Science Research
  • Marilyn Rakow, RN BNS, School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator, SDFAS
  • Francesca Torriani, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Director/ Professor of Medicine at UCSD Health specializing in Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology (alumni parent and former long-time SDFAS trustee)
  • Lisa Lowe-Hiller, MD MPH FACEP, Emergency Physician & Clinical Instructor at UCSD Health Systems, UCSD School of Medicine, and VA San Diego Healthcare (current SDFAS parent in Elementary and MS)
  • Kim Goodwin, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns & Private Practice (current SDFAS parent in MS)

Responding to Covid-19:  Philosophy & Guiding Principles

Philosophy

Take into consideration with utmost respect the perspectives and opinions of every member of our school community, and notably find middle ground between risk-aversion and risk-tolerant community members. Be adaptable and make adjustments as deemed necessary based on evolving nature of the Covid-19 situation in our County.

Guiding Principles

  • Reopen using effective risk-mitigation policies, procedures, and protocols while at the same time maintaining a steadfast commitment to our school’s mission and core values
  • The health, safety, and wellbeing of students, employees, and families come first and are our top priority
  • Prefer in-person and on-campus learning when permitted by local authorities and at the same time offer, when necessary, a high-quality distance learning option.
  • Act, educate, and communicate with clarity, respect, and transparency. 
  • Be flexible, creative, adaptive.

Symptomatic Students

The following plan has been adopted from the San Diego Office of Education COVID Decision Tree.

Regardless of vaccination status, students exhibiting symptoms of COVID are not able to come on campus until cleared to do so by the school nurse. If already at school, they will be isolated (with supervision) until parents are able to come and pick them up.

Clearance following symptoms requires the following:

  • A negative PCR COVID test result (regardless of vaccination status)
  • The student has been fever-free for 24hrs without medication that lowers a fever
  • The student’s symptoms must be improving
  • The student has been at home for 24hrs

Symptoms of COVID include:

Fever (temperature >100.0F), cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, new loss of taste/smell, new and unexplained headache, muscle or body aches, poor feeding or poor appetite.

If symptoms manifest at home:

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID at home (regardless of vaccination status), please keep your child at home and email the school nurse, your student’s teacher, and the relevant division director.

If symptoms are observed on campus:

If a student is observed to have a symptom of COVID on campus, they will be isolated immediately in the infirmary. Parents (and, if unreachable, one of the student’s emergency contacts) will be called and expected to make arrangements to come and pick up the student as soon as possible (within an hour to the extent possible). The student will remain isolated and under the supervision of the school nurse (or if unavailable, by a designated administrator or staff member).  Further instructions will be provided to the parents over the phone and in writing, including instructions on how to get their students tested at no cost to the parents. 

If an employee manifests symptoms on campus:

Employees who are isolated will be asked to return home by their own means if they are well enough to do so. If this is not the case, the school will make an alternative arrangement to assist the employee in returning home or to get medical attention. 

Serious injury or illness:

For serious injury or illness, the nurse, an administrator, or anybody else on the scene will know to call 9-1-1 without delay. Medical attention will be immediately sought if COVID-19 symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. The SDFAS school nurse will regularly consult the CDC’s webpage for updates and further details.

Vaccines and Vaccination Policy

SDFAS strongly encourages vaccination for all students age 12 and up!

Covid vaccines are currently available for all students age 12 and up. If you have questions regarding vaccine safety, please contact the school nurse to discuss the risks and benefits for your student. Vaccination is not mandated by SDFAS at this time for students 12 and over.

School-mandated vaccination policy for all staff members.

SDFAS has decided upon a school-mandated vaccination policy for ALL staff members. At the time of writing, barring the arrival of any new employees qualifying for a legally permitted exemption, we are pleased to report that 100% of our direct student contact instructional staff is vaccinated (including newly arriving staff). Any staff member qualifying for a legally permitted exemption is required by the State and the County to PCR test twice weekly and will wear an N95 mask at all times indoors and outside when on campus.

Please note: If your student has been vaccinated over the summer please send the school nurse a photograph of their completed Covid vaccine card.

COVID Testing

  • All students and staff will be PCR pool tested two days prior to everyone’s return to campus for the first day of school.
  • Once the school year has begun, there will be mandatory weekly “pooled” PCR testing (with 24/48 hour turn-around) for all students and staff. Swabs will be done on campus in classrooms by the school nurse or other trained staff member and at no additional cost to families.
  • We plan to test every student and every staff member weekly, usually on Mondays.
  • If your student is new, please complete the consent form ASAP by clicking here and using the access code OPU617 to enroll your child(ren) in the pooled testing program.

Masks

Parents should also discuss proper use of masks with their children, and have children practice wearing masks prior to returning to campus. The School will have disposable masks available to students who fail to bring one or whose mask becomes soiled or damaged while at school. 

Masks that no longer cover the nose and mouth, do not stay on the face, are soiled, or have holes or tears are not acceptable and must be discarded. Students will be provided a mask if they do not possess a replacement mask brought from home.

Masks for students (required indoors and outdoors)

All students. All students aged 2 years and older must wear a mask indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status, except while eating or drinking. Students are encouraged to bring their own mask from home, but the school will have disposable masks available to students who fail to do so or whose mask becomes damaged or soiled while at school. Masks with air filters are not permitted.

Preschool students in particular. In PK, staff will reinforce the rule in age-appropriate ways, assist students in-age appropriate ways, train students in age-appropriate ways, and collaborate closely with parents, all while keeping in mind CDSS guidelines as concerns the protection and safety of young children.

Masks for staff (required indoors and outdoors)

All staff regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors, except while eating or drinking. 

Employees are welcome to use their own masks from home, as long as they are workplace appropriate. The School has reusable cloth and disposable masks available for employees who fail to bring one or whose mask becomes damaged or soiled while at school. Employees with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from being able to wear a mask will be provided with accommodations made on a case-by-case basis consistent with the school’s policy on reasonable accommodation of employees available for consultation with the school’s Employee Handbook and Operations and/or COVID-19 addendum to that document.

Please note:  Unvaccinated staff members, if ever there are any, are required to wear an N95 mask indoors and outdoors, provided regularly by the school. N95s are also available for all staff members and are recommended for staff who are at higher risk of severe illness or who cannot safely distance from household contacts at higher risk.

Face coverings for students with medical conditions or disabilities

Students with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from being able to wear a mask will be provided with accommodations, which may include wearing a face shield with a cloth drape attached across the bottom and tucked into a shirt; this determination will be made on a case-by-case basis consistent with the School’s policy on reasonable accommodation of students. 

Safety monitoring of masking 

SDFAS employees are directed to monitor the use of masking for students who are 8 years of age or younger to ensure that they are able to breathe without choking or suffocating.

Social Distancing, Specialty Spaces, and Classroom Setup

  • Social distancing in school settings at 6 feet is no longer mandated (as per CDPH and County). The school’s current policy is to reinforce for students and adults on a daily basis a routine habit of physical distancing to the degree feasible and at distances as feasible within the particular context of any given space, and notably when eating or drinking at all times.
  • Double size classrooms in all K, 2, and 3 classes are maintained.
  • In Grade 1, a third-class section had been opened to keep class sizes small for this critical reading and writing year. Even if not all of the first-grade classrooms remain double size, there is ample space in each of these rooms given the reduced size of each class section.
  • The Science Lab remains double-sized.
  • The Innovation Lab will no longer be used as a Middle School classroom.
  • The Auditorium will no longer be used as the Faculty Lounge/surplus furniture storage zone.

Cohorts, Specialty Teachers and Classroom Spaces

  • The cohorts are slightly larger than last year: in PK and K, each grade is a cohort and students don’t mix across grades. Thus, all classes within the same grade level are within the same Covid cohort. Elsewhere in the School, cohorts are within groupings of classes and at times grouping together multiple grades, as follows: Grade 1 cohort, Grade 2 cohort, Grade 3-5 cohort and Grade 6-8 cohort. Parents are strongly encouraged to the degree feasible to respect the same cohort groupings off-campus when socially mixing (a.k.a. playdates, etc.).
  • In PK, English instruction time and Spanish instruction time will resume in person within each classroom (curriculum delivery is thankfully no longer via instruction needing to be Zoomed into classrooms).
  • Specialty teachers will once again teach in person within all classrooms PK0-8 (for example, coding and robotics instruction, cross-grade or cross-curricular co-teaching or curricular projects, art/music/ceramics programming, approved outside visiting or guest educators, history-geography or science teachers in upper elementary, etc.).
  • The Art Room, Library, Innovation Lab and Auditorium will again welcome students PK0-8 at scheduled times.

Ventilation

  • Windows and doors open as much and as often as feasible.
  • MERV 13 air filters or floor air-scrubbing devices (with air ionization technology and HEPA filters) are in every classroom.
  • Lunch outside school-wide and daily except in the event of rain.

Visitors

Visitors, volunteers, etc. must wear a mask at all times, indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. See below for the vaccination policy for volunteers who are regularly on campus.

Volunteers

All volunteers coming to the SDFAS campus MUST either have submitted in advance their vaccination card to prove fully vaccinated status; or, if arriving to volunteer for the first time, show the School Nurse their vaccination card, ID and provide contact details upon arrival in order for this information to be kept on file at SDFAS.

Additionally, all volunteers who will be working on campus more than 16 hours/week must undergo a fingerprint scan through AliveScan. Please contact the school nurse to obtain the form (and instructions) before making an appointment with AliveScan. Please find attached a comprehensive checklist of what you need to provide in order to volunteer at SDFAS. Enclosed here is the required “Declination of Influenza Vaccination” form for volunteers.

NOTE: A CONFIDENTIALITY OF MEDICAL INFORMATION ACT (“CMIA”), must be signed before a person shows a school employee their vaccination card or shares any other private/personal Covid-19 related health information. This form is available here. (All parents must complete this form by August 25 regardless).

Parents on Campus

  • No parents on campus until further notice, except for PK parents at drop off and pick up. Exception: meetings with administrators, with masking, and with virtual always offered as an option if preferred by parents.
  • An anticipated and hoped-for approval for a limited number of school-structured events and Community Association gatherings, with risk mitigation protocols in place and including with parents outside, masked and grouped together respecting the same cohort groupings as those of students (PK0, PK1, PK2, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, grades 3-5, and 6-8 are each a separate cohort.)


SDFAS Travel Policy 

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A. Vacation breaks. Return from “during-the-year” vacation breaks e.g. October Break, Thanksgiving, etc. The following is in effect until further notice, regardless of vaccination status and if travel is local or non-local:

  • SDFAS campus is open after each break.

  • The school requires that every vacationing family MUST conduct a rapid at-home over-the-counter antigen test for each member of the household in the afternoon or evening of the day before returning to campus AND 3-5d post-travel.

    • Regardless of whether or not a PCR; or other tests, was required before boarding an aircraft at the originating destination.

  • All positive cases from the at-home rapid antigen tests MUST be reported immediately to the School Nurse. Negative test results do not need to be reported.

  • Negative results do not need to be shared or tracked by SDFAS.

  • The school will conduct weekly PCR testing weekly (on the first day back after a weekend or holiday) with results anticipated the following morning or within 48 hours at the latest. 

B. Non-local travel* “during-the-year” by individuals within SDFAS households. For household members who travel during the school year and engage in any non-local travel, the school’s travel policy is as follows:

  • The school requires that every vacationing family MUST conduct a rapid at-home over-the-counter antigen test for each member of the household in the afternoon or evening of the day before returning to campus AND 3-5d post travel.

    • Regardless of whether or not a PCR; or other tests, was required before boarding an aircraft at the originating destination.

  • All positive cases from the at-home rapid antigen tests MUST be reported immediately to the School Nurse. Negative test results do not need to be reported.

  • The school will conduct weekly PCR testing weekly (on the first day back after a weekend or holiday) with results anticipated the following morning or within 48 hours at the latest.

*Non-local travel is defined as including any of the following:

  1. Travel beyond 120 miles from an individual’s place of residence.*

  2. Travel outside of the State of California or outside the country regardless of proximity to both borders*

*The above conditions define NON-LOCAL travel as (a) regardless of the means of transportation by land, air, or sea and (b) regardless of vaccination status.


Protocol for Positive Covid-19 Cases on Campus (updated 8/25/2021)

Positive Covid-19 Cases on Campus (Isolation)

Isolation (10d), campus return (with a PCR negative), and exemption from testing (90d)

Any student/staff diagnosed with COVID by a positive PCR test or by their doctor must remain in isolation for 10 full days. They may return to school after 10 full days of quarantine if they have been fever-free for the last 24hrs without fever-reducing medications, and their symptoms are improving. Students/staff who test positive for COVID are exempt from screening/testing for 90 days following their positive test, as they are presumed immune and may continue to test positive for those first 90 days.

Physician’s note to return to Physical Education or Sports League (once authorized)

All COVID-positive students must have a letter from their doctor officially clearing them to resume physical activity and Physical Education class. This is because there have been cases of cardiac events after students have been diagnosed with COVID due to vascular inflammation. 

Siblings who are immediate household members of any COVID positive individual

The COVID-positive student’s siblings (or parents especially if SDFAS staff) may also be required to quarantine for up to 24 days depending on the age of the positive case, age of the sibling, the layout of the home, and ability of the COVID-positive student to fully isolate from the rest of the family. 


Protocol for Close Contacts on Campus (updated 8/25/2021)

Close Contacts (Quarantine)

I am a vaccinated student or staff member:

  • No quarantine is needed if you are asymptomatic
  • Test day 3-5
  • Requirement to follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing at all times indoors and outdoors, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
  • If you develop COVID symptoms within 14 days of close contact, inform the School Nurse as you must be COVID tested immediately
  • Unvaccinated siblings (of any age): same as above. Vaccinated siblings exempt from quarantine and testing

I am an unvaccinated staff member (if any):

  • Quarantine for 10 days (returned on day 11)
  • Test on or after day 5
  • Requirement to follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing at all times indoors and outdoors, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
  • If COVID symptoms occur during quarantine or 14 days following exposure, inform the School Nurse as you must be COVID tested immediately
  • Staff children (of any age): same as above. Vaccinated siblings exempt from quarantine and testing

I am an unvaccinated PK student:

  • Quarantine for 14 days (return on day 15). Shortening quarantine through negative Covid testing is not possible (per CDPH and County)
  • Test on or after day 11 (per SDFAS)
  • Requirement to follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing at all times indoors and outdoors, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
  • If COVID symptoms occur during quarantine, inform the School Nurse as you must be COVID tested immediately
  • Unvaccinated siblings (of any age): Quarantine for 7 days with testing on or after day 6 and return on day 8. Please note unvaccinated siblings are not defined as close by CDPH or County. As an added layer of risk mitigation, SDFAS policy requires siblings (PK and K-8) to follow this guideline. Vaccinated siblings exempt from quarantine and testing

I am an unvaccinated K-8 student or member of staff (exposure with masking)

Quarantine is NOT required. You may continue to attend SDFAS on campus if you are asymptomatic and you adhere to the below requirements:

  • You wear a mask at all times indoors and outdoors
  • You and your siblings undergo twice-weekly COVID testing for 10-days
  • You will not be able to attend extracurricular activities at school (study hall, extended care, after school activities, clubs, etc.) for 10 days
  • Requirement to follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing at all times indoors and outdoors, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
  • If COVID symptoms occur during quarantine or 14 days following exposure, inform the School Nurse as you must be COVID tested immediately

I am an unvaccinated K-8 student (exposure with either or both parties unmasked)

  • Quarantine for 7 days before returning to SDFAS on day 8. 
  • Test on or after day 6
  • Requirement to follow all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing at all times indoors and outdoors, hand washing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure
  • If COVID symptoms occur during quarantine or 14 days following exposure, inform the School Nurse as you must be COVID tested immediately
  • Unvaccinated siblings (of any age): same as above. Vaccinated siblings exempt from quarantine and testing


Communications Protocol:  Positive Covid Cases & Close Contacts (updated 9/9/2021)

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The below communications will be sent as soon as is feasibly possible, and in the following chronological order, dependent on the responsiveness of parents, contact tracing, and available information.

  1. Notification. Communication from the School to the positive COVID case and their parents/guardians as per below:

    1. If you receive a positive COVID test result for your child, please call the school immediately at 858-456-2807.

    2. If a positive case is discovered through pooled surveillance testing on campus, the school nurse or headmaster will contact parents.

  2. Contact Tracing. Contact tracing will be conducted on an ongoing basis with the COVID positive student and their parents to determine the extent of any exposure (ASAP, close contacts will be contacted as they are discovered through contact tracing).

  3. Communication #1: Containment. Parents of the COVID positive student will be asked to keep the student at home or to be picked up immediately if on campus (ASAP).

  4. Communication #2: All SDFAS Community Notification to Cohort/Siblings in Other Classes/All Faculty and Staff. Communication via email will be sent out to the entire community. (Within an hour to the best of our abilities subject to circumstances surrounding the case). If contact tracing, protocol, or if specifically directed by the Epidemiology Branch of HHSA, parents will be instructed to pick up their students (and siblings if applicable) as soon as possible.

  5. Reporting: County of San Diego Department of Public Health Services (if PK, also to CDSS community care licensing) will be contacted by the School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator in her role as Country liaison.


Pandemic Coordination & Response

Pandemic Coordination & Response

School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator

The person responsible to implement and monitor this plan is: Marilyn Rakow, School Nurse and Pandemic Coordinator (nurse@sdfrenchschool.org) reachable by phone at 858-456-2807 ext 309. In her absence and in the following order:  Division Directors, Director of Enrichment Programs, Front Office Manager, Head of School, and DFO. 

COVID-19 Response Team

The School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator (designated SDFAS Liaison with local health authorities), Head of School, Director of Finance and Operations, Division Directors, Director of Enrichment Programs, School Counselor, Social-Emotional Learning Advisor, as needed and as members of the School’s COVID-19 Response Team, They are together responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns (and each authorized to act in the absence of the School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator). As per above, staff, students, and parents will be instructed to contact them in the absence of the School Nurse and Pandemic Coordinator to consult, verify protocols and their implementation, or respond to any Covid issue that arises. 

Responsibilities

  • Document and track potential exposures and positive cases
  • Conduct on-campus contact tracing
  • Notify local health officials and provide them with the requested information, including lists of names, contact information, school functions for staff as needed
  • Notify parents via school email communication as soon as is feasible and as detailed further below in this plan, if and when communication is warranted


Planning, Consultation, and Advisory Teams

Planning, Consultation & Advisory Teams

Purpose
  • Meet regularly in-person or by Zoom
  • Conduct and share research, plan, prepare, propose and make decisions
  • Designate responsibilities and establish timelines and priorities
  • Ensure two-way information sharing between Board, Administration, Faculty & Staff, Parents & Students
  • Provide regular updates to the community
Administrative Responsive Team
  • Mark Rosenblum, Head of School
  • Emmanuel Poulain, Director of Finance and Operations 
  • Marilyn Rakow RN BSN, School Nurse & Pandemic Coordinator
  • Kevin Saidler, Director of Communications
  • Sophie Ricouard, Academic Director of Pre-Elementary 
  • Babeth Esterly, Administrative Director of Pre-Elementary 
  • Francis Carlier, Director of Elementary 
  • Tom Faure, Director of Middle School, English Program Coordinator PK-8
  • Paula Marra, Director of Enrichment Programs
  • Stéphanie Humbert, Front Office Manager
Parent Advisory Team
  • Francesca Torriani MD, Former Trustee & Alumni Parent; Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Director at UCSD, Professor of Medicine at UCSD Health specializing in Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Hala Madanat, MA Ph.D., Elementary Parent; Vice President for Research & Innovation, Formerly, Director of the School of Public Health at SDSU
  • Kim Goodwin MD, Middle School Parent; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, West Coast OB/GYN (Private Practice)
  • Michael Griesinger MD, “Maternelle” and Elementary Parent; Emergency Physician at Kaiser Permanente
  • Lisa Lowe Hiller MD MPH FACEP, Elementary and Middle School Parent; Emergency Physician & Clinical Instructor, UCSD Health Systems, UCSD School of Medicine, and VA San Diego HealthCare 
  • Alexis Nahama DVM, Trustee & Elementary Parent; SVP at Corporate Development at Sorrento Therapeutics, President, Art Animal Health
  • Kurt Oreshack ESQ, Trustee & Elementary Parent; Partner at Breakwater Law Group, LLP with expertise in life sciences, healthcare, and biotechnology, including genomics and medical devices 
Trustees Consultation Team
  • Fernanda Coelho, Board Chair & SDFAS Preschool and Elementary Parent; President at Coelho Consulting, previously Chief Business Development Officer of Human Longevity, President of SGI-DNA, and Senior VP at Synthetic Genomics
  • Kyndra Leach, Vice-Chair of the Board & SDFAS Elementary Parent; Consultant at Dexcom
  • Emiline Cairncross, Vice-Chair of the Board & SDFAS Preschool Parent; Attorney
  • Teresa Sekiguchi, Treasurer of the Board, Alumni Parent; Managing Partner at Riptide Global Solutions Inc. 
  • Etienne Chaponnière, Secretary of the Board and SDFAS Elementary Parent; Vice President, Technical Standards at Qualcomm
  • Janice Murabayashi, Trustee; Academic Dean at The Bishop’s School
Government Agencies:  Guidelines & Regulations
  • CDC:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDPH: California Department of Public Health
  • Cal/OSHA: California Occupational Safety and Health Agency
  • CDE: California Department of Education
  • CDSS: California Department of Social Services
  • HHSA: San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency
  • SDCOE: San Diego County Office of Education
  • AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics
School Networks (American & French): Best Practices
  • San Diego Independent Schools Groups:  (1) Heads of School (2) School Nurses
  • CAIS: California Association of Independent Schools
  • NAIS: National Association of Independent Schools 
  • AFSA: Association of French Schools in North America
  • AEFE: Agency for the Teaching of French Abroad 
  • MLF America & MLF World: Mission Laïque Française
  • MEN: French National Ministry of Education


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