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Safety Measures


Protocols for Students on Campus

Daily Health Screening

    • Daily screening of staff and student temperatures
    • Staff taking temperatures for boarding bus and available at multiple entrances to sites
    • If students have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, isolate the child, ensure a mask is on and call the parent for pick up. 
    • Designate isolation room(s) for sick children waiting to be picked up
    • Designate the pick-up location(s) for parents picking up sick students, so they do not enter building--designate location for student check-out
    • Students may return to school once they are fever-free without medication for 72 hours
    • If staff member has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, send the employee home--ensure the staff member is wearing a mask while at the site

Entry/Exit Protocols

  • Designate entry/exit points for temperature checks 
  • Electronic check in and check out for parents checking students in or out during the school day or use a kiosk at the entrance of the site for checking out electronically--monitored so items are wiped down after each use
  • Require parents to drop off/pick up students without getting out of the car, unless express permission from a site administrator is provided for good cause 
  • If a parent has permission to get out of the car during drop-off/pick-up, have the student arrive at/leave school before or after assigned times for the majority of students. 
  • Place markers ensuring social distancing in bus lines, cafeteria, and other places where students are lined up

Classroom Protocols

  • Students will be socially distanced
  • K-8 students will receive personal learning kits with instructional manipulatives
  • Students will be required to have backpacks for their belongings
  • Clearly designate student work and seating areas
  • K - 6 Specialists will travel to classrooms
  • Limit transitions
  • Social Emotional Learning and support are a priority 

Use of Masks

  • All students and staff will be required to wear masks when interacting with others and when moving or in communal spaces
  • Students and staff must bring their own masks
  • Schools will provide a mask only when absolutely necessary

Hand washing 

  • Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitizer upon arrival at school
  • After being outside for student physical activity
  • Before and after lunch
  • Prior to leaving school for home
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing nose
  • Multiple times during the day

Transitions

  • Student movement and transitions will be minimized as much as possible
  • Where possible, mark hallways to direct students to stay on one side of the hallway for each direction of travel. Where possible, certain hallways may be designated one-way.
  • Where possible, students will be scheduled in cohort groups to minimize interactions
  • Designated restrooms will be opened during transitions and these  will need to be monitored

Restrooms & Drinking Fountains

  • Post cleaning routines
  • Limit the number entering bathrooms at any one time
    • Wear mask when flushing the toilet after use
    • Post hand-washing reminders in bathrooms 
  • Turn off traditional outdoor drinking fountains
    • Students and staff must bring their own water from home
    • Consider methods of no-touch refill stations if feasible (we are in the process of purchasing one fountain for every 250 students)

Student Social Distancing: Classrooms, playground, restrooms, and common areas.

  • Include discussion with students about “the why” of proper safety protocols, in light of COVID, and teach safety protocols
  • Ensure areas are marked with signage as much as possible
  • Provide adult monitoring to ensure students are following safety protocols
  • If playground equipment is used, allow no more than one class at a time on playground equipment. Assign classes a specific time slot, with time slots to be scheduled such that there is sufficient time between classroom use that playground equipment can be disinfected before the next group uses it 
  • Ensure areas are properly marked to designate appropriate distancing
  • Post reminders about wearing masks

Protocols for Adults on Campus

  • Each employee will need to take his/her temperature at home prior to arriving at work.
  • Once the employee arrives at work, there will be a designated staff member who will do a temperature check.
  • Employees will be required to wash their hands upon arrival at school, after being outside, before/after lunch, after sneezing, coughing, or blowing nose; and after physical contact with other staff or students.
  • Employees will be required to wear face masks during interaction with students or other staff. Teachers will be provided with face shields..
  • Plexiglass dividers will be installed in offices where social distancing is difficult.

Campus visitors

  • Entry to schools will be limited to nonessential visitors and volunteers.
  • Parent volunteers will not be allowed in the classroom during this time.
  • Parents will report to the front office if they need to be on campus for any reason.

Food Service Protocols

  • Ensure designated areas for meals provide adequate social distancing
  • Maximize all possible areas, including outdoor tables in addition to lunchrooms
  • Provide additional lunch periods if necessary to ensure smaller groups during mealtime
  • Provide adequate distancing in lunch lines and ensure that lunch options are handed to students--no salad bars or areas where students physically select milk or food item themselves
  • Students will not be permitted to share food or drink items

Transportation Protocols

  • Temperatures taken before students board the bus
    • A bus driver or aide, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), will take the student’s temperature and also visually check each student prior to the student boarding the bus
    • Any student with a temperature higher than 100 will not be allowed to board the bus (communication will be made to central to inform parent to pick up)
  • One student per seat, unless two siblings are riding together
  • Parents should inform staff if the student has any chronic condition, such as allergies, asthma, etc. that may affect the student with a runny nose or cough--if parents have provided this info, student can ride the bus
  • Consider staggered arrival and pick-up times to reduce the number of students per bus, which will result in additional routes needed

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

  • Prior to reopening, inspect water systems to ensure that they are safe for use after the prolonged shutdown. 
  • Arrange for daily cleaning and disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces in work areas, such as door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, desks, and learning tools. The playground, sports equipment, and any other shared items (if they are being used) must be cleaned between uses by groups of students.
  • Inform staff that they are expected to clean and disinfect workspaces when they arrive at work and just before leaving work.
  • Assign schedules to janitorial staff for increased cleaning of surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day. 

Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Ensure all classrooms and site locations have cleaning supplies
  • Communicate a schedule for types of cleaning to be done by custodial staff (e.g. number of times cleaning is done; misting the classrooms/other locations after staff has left building)
  • Ensure posters about hygiene are posted in multiple areas
  • Post schedule for bathroom cleaning
  • Hand washing with soap and water or hand sanitizer 
    • Upon arrival in school
    • Before and after lunch
    • Prior to leaving school for home
    • After sneezing, coughing or blowing nose

High Risk Employees & Students

  • Additional students who do not currently qualify under 15806: Chronic Illness/Homebound, may now qualify in light of COVID
    • A Chronic Illness form must be signed by a doctor, who has determined that the threat of COVID-19 increases the health risk for the student
    • Students who qualify under Chronic Illness are entitled to at least 5 hours per week of instruction (fully funded) 
  • Staff with underlying medical conditions, diagnosed, particularly if not well controlled.