20-21 LHMS Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals 

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional and mental.   
    2. Consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations 
    3. Guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools.   
    4. Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19.   
    5. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity 
    6. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior  
    7. Limit Interactions and isolate groups as much as possible.  The more proactive and self-contained plans are, the less impact a building will have when they have a positive case.  When there is a positive case does the plan and effective implementation of the plan result in remote learning for an impacted classroom, grade, POD, school vs multiple schools and/or entire District.
  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  •           Drinking Fountains:

    • Drinking Fountains will be turned off. Water bottle stations will be installed by the district. We will have a few water fountains turned on by the front office until the stations are installed.
      Student Restrooms: 
    • Only every other sink will be in operation to allow for physical distancing during handwashing. 
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected daily.

      Administrator & Custodian Walk-through:  
      • Ongoing principal meetings with custodians to establish & refine building specific cleaning & disinfecting expectations/procedures.
    • A printed copy of building specific cleaning & disinfecting procedures will be provided for each custodian. 
    • Administrators will complete building walk-throughs with the head custodian at least once a week.   
    • The intent of the walk-throughs is to identify any areas of concern & to create a plan to remedy the concern in a timely                    
    • Staff will be encouraged to notify administration of cleaning/disinfecting concerns, as well as provide suggestions. 

      Cleaning Processes:  
    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID. Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap & hand sanitizer. 
    • Each classroom will have a wall mount hand sanitizer station, in addition to the 42-wall mount hand sanitizer stations located in the hallways and at entrances and exits throughout the school.
    • Custodians will be disinfecting the following daily: frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings
    • Deep disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surface tops will occur twice a week by custodians.

      Classroom Layout:  
    • Labeled student desks (by team & seat number) will be arranged to maximize physical distancing.
    • Seating plans must be approved by administration and submitted by teachers. Plans include seating layout and seating charts (student names) for each class period (updated regularly by teachers).
    • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through is completed. Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose. 

      Library Use, Access & Furniture:  
    • Physical distancing and other safety guidelines must be in effect during use
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis and logs of student name/day/time will be kept for contact tracing purposes.  
    • Students will not be permitted to go to the library at the beginning of the day and will only be allowed to return items at the end of the day.  
    • The number of students allowed in the library during lunch will be limited.  
    • All cloth & difficult to clean furniture & shared items will be used on a limited basis, or will not be accessible, during the 2020-2021 school year.  
    • The use of the library will be allowed by a maximum of two classes at a time (one in each tabled area).  
    • The south door to the library will be opened (emergency exit).
    • Entry and use of the library will be by north and south (teachers on the north side of the building enter with their class through the north door and utilize the north side of the library). 

      Access to the Library
    • No unplanned visits or drop-ins by individual students; students must come as a class with teacher - exception is technology support for students or new student needing laptop/textbooks
    • No visits before school or during passing periods
    • Library is open at lunch - 30 students per lunch period – should be used to read, complete schoolwork, or check out books
    • Library is open to limited number of students at lunch and afterschool or scheduled class visits
    • No student use of die cut machine
    • Students and staff entering the library should sanitize hands before and after leaving the library
    • Book requests (holds)/checkouts can be done remotely in Destiny or direct email to librarian and books will be delivered to class
    • Using Destiny to look for books is preferred to browsing the shelves

      Library Services
    • Library services are flexible – I can make videos, visit classrooms or have teachers sign up to visit the library
    • Textbook checkouts – schedule with librarian
    • Technology checkout for new students
    • Class novels
    • Lessons, book talks, etc.
    • Testing area for a student who was absent and needs to complete a test

      Library Space
    • Use of laptops for homework, educational games, reading e-books will be permitted
    • Phones must still be stored in backpacks
    • Absolutely no food or drink in the library
    • No commonly shared items will be available – all games, puzzles, STEM materials, supplies, and the like will be stored
    • Soft furniture that is difficult to sanitize will be stored

      Book Checkouts and Returns
    • Book returns need to be quarantined between 72-96 hours. Book returns will not be scanned in until the quarantine period has passed. Books will be placed in quarantine boxes.
    • To accommodate possible soft closures, due dates will be flexible. Students can renew books remotely through their MY INFO section in Destiny Discover. (Still waiting to have this set up.) Students will be allowed to check out 3 library books at a time for a period of 3 weeks. Books can be returned early, and new ones checked out. Students are also encouraged to use SORA our eBook program that works on student computers as well as phones.
    • The library will not assess any new late fees. The only fines the library will assess are for damaged or lost books. Parents and students can pay fines by sending cash or check in an envelope. Please include the student name, ID number, and title of the book. There is also an option to replace the book (from Amazon or another vendor) but the ISBN of the books much match.

      Computer Lab Use & Cleaning:  
    • The computer labs will solely be used for students/staff that do not currently have their 1:1 device with them.
    • Computer lab users are responsible for properly sanitizing the workstation & area before & after use.  

    • Physical distancing signage/markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
    • Main office lobby 2 plexiglass barriers& floor markings
    • Bookkeeping office will utilize window with plexiglass barrier& floor markings
    • Library desk will have plexiglass barrier& floor markings
    • Nurses office (use of N95 double mask)& floor markings

Operations Strategies

  •           Bell Schedule: 

    • LHMS will modify the bell schedule to maximize social distancing during the 2020-2021 school year, the schedule will be posted on the school website. 

      School Arrival: 
    • Assigned staff will supervise the bus area and provide guidance for the release of students off the bus at the appropriate time.  
    • Students will remain on the bus until they are given the okay to be released by the assigned staff.  All bus riding students will enter the building through the east side of the building.
    • Students that are dropped off by private vehicle will only be allowed to exit the vehicle once the vehicle is within the specified drop off location and enter the building through the main (north) entrance.  
    • Walking & bike riding students will enter the building through either the north entrance or south entrances.
    • Once the students are in the building, they will be required to appropriately walk through the building (single file & using the right side of the hallway) and report directly to their Advisory classroom (unless they are getting breakfast).
    • Students are to arrive no sooner than 8:10 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:25 am on Wednesdays. In the instances when students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be required to go directly to the hallway outside of their advisory classroom (unless they are getting breakfast). 
    • Appropriate physical distancing & use of floor markings is expected at all times.  
    • Staff will verbally prompt/remind students to sanitize/wash hands & physical distance throughout the day.    

      School Departure: 
    • The students will be released at the end of the day according to the location of their classroom (east & west)
    • The students located in the East classrooms will be release immediately at the final bell and asked to appropriately walk through the building (single file and using the right side of the hallway) and exit through their designated doors to go to their bus pick up area or immediately leave campus if they walk to school.  
    • Two minutes after the east classroom students are excused, the west classroom students will be excused and will follow the same exiting procedure.  

      Release/Transition Times: 
    • Passing periods will remain 4 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway in single file.   
    • At the end of the day, students will exit using the nearest doors (see map).
    • Staff members will be in hallways during transitions to support and reinforce protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period class & wait outside on floor markings if the classroom door is closed.
    • Students will only use their designated grade-level restroom (see map).

    • Upon entering the building and sanitizing their hands, students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items in the morning, eat and then report to their designated areas. 
    • Expectations of physical distancing will be encouraged & reinforced.

    • Teachers will first release students that are purchasing lunch. Two minutes after the dismissal of the first group of students, those students who bring their lunch will be released. 
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, two different eating locations will be available (outside being one of them, weather permitting).  Grab & go purchased lunch stations will be set up at each eating location to alleviate lines and to promote physical distancing.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom (practicing physical distancing & hand washing/sanitizing protocol) under their direct supervision/discretion.  
    • Upon reentering the building, the students will appropriately distance, following floor markings and sanitize.
    • Students will continuously move through the building in the appropriate manner (walking near walls & physically spaced), reporting immediately to their next class without lingering or congregating in the hallways. 
    • Staff members will be present to encourage & reinforce student movement in the hallways, as well as provide prompts to utilize the sanitizing stations.   

      Performance-based Courses: 
    • Teachers will have the option to hold class outside when possible to increase physical distancing (a note must be left on the classroom door stating the class’s outdoor location). 
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.

      • The attendance routines adopted by the staff will support the physical distancing expectations
      • Locker rooms will not be used for the 2020-2021 school year
      • Students are expected to sanitize their hands before entering the gym and before leaving the gym
      • The use of equipment will be limited during the 2020-2021 school year. If Equipment is used it will be on an individual basis and not shared between students. If equipment is used for individual type activities, it will be sanitized before the next use
      • See West Ada PE Guidelines for additional PE specific information
    • School Lockers: 
    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 2020-2021 school year. Students will be allowed to carry backpacks (backpacks will be subject to search by administration based upon reasonable suspicion to ensure student safety).
    • Individual accommodations for the use of lockers will be reviewed by administration.

Student Strategies

  •            Return to School: 

    • The administration and staff will create videos that welcome students to school, orient them with school rules, policies, procedures, as well as resources that are available to them. 
    • The counseling department will create and communicate protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school.

      Ongoing Training: 
    • An ongoing series of videos explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be created that will serve as reminders for the students, if deemed necessary.

      Physical Distancing: 
    • Students are always expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines.It is expected that students stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes even while wearing a mask.  
    • Floor markers and signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school with physical distancing reminders.
    • All staff members will provide support in the reinforcement of the desired behaviors/procedures, as well as model appropriate procedures/protocol.

      Hand Cleaning: 
    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be required and promoted throughout the school day.
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed in every classroom, at entrances/exits and in the hallways throughout the building. 

    • Students will be reminded to cough into their upper arm & away from others.
    • If a student develops a cough during school hours they must report to the nurse.

      Mask Use: 
    • Students will be reminded to wear their mask appropriately by keeping the mask over their nose & mouth and not touch it with their hands.

Parent Strategies

  •            Reporting Student Absences

    • Parents/Guardians are still expected to report student absences by calling the schools absence phone number.
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent/guardian is requested to report this information to the attendance secretary. The attendance secretary will report the information to administration (administration will follow district protocol).  

      Before & After School Student Drop Off & Pickup 
    • Parents/guardians are requested to exclusively use the designated drop off & pickup location which is located on the north side of the school. 
    • Students will enter through the main (north) doors to check-in with the office.
    • Parents/guardians will be asked to wait outside in their vehicle when picking up their student.

      Building Access & Visitation: 
    • Masks will be required when entering the building.
    • Visitors will not be permitted during the school day.
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • If the need to enter the school exists, the parent/guardian will be restricted to the office area and must provide their driver's license for their student to be released. After checking-in with the office to check-out their student, parents/guardians will be asked to wait in their vehicle for their student.
    • Parents/guardians must call or email in advance to request an appointment when it is necessary to meet with school personnel. 
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent/guardian drop-ins will be permitted.
    • Virtual Teams meetings or phone conferences will be utilized to hold parent/guardian meetings during the 2020-2021 school year.  
    • All IEP, 504 & ELP meetings will occur virtually through Teams or conference call during the 2020-2021 school year, to reduce exposure. 

      How to help: 
    • Continuously monitor your student’s physical condition.
    • If your student is sick or showing symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), please keep them home.
    • If a student shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up, they will be isolated in a room near the health office until an approved parent/guardian that is wearing a mask is able to sign them out & pick them up.
    • Wear a mask & remind your student to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.

Staff Strategies

  •            Return to Work: 

    • This plan will be reviewed by all staff members. A question and answer session will be held prior to staff signing acknowledgement of plan. 
    • Ongoing updates & discussion of the plan will occur with staff as needed and posted on the school website.

      WASD EAP: 
    • Employees can access the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) in times of emotional need: https://www.westada.org/Page/70391

      Crisis Management: 
    • The district crisis management and plan will be enacted during a crisis. Documents and information can be found at: https://www.westada.org/Page/54033

      Physical Distancing: 
    • All staff members are expected to wear a mask & follow the physical distancing guidelines.
    • Expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes while wearing a mask. 
    • Floor markers/standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the staff & students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person.    
    • Teachers will implement and adhere to 2020-2021 physical distancing seating arrangements (with labeled/assigned desks), as well as, keep seating chart up-to-date and on-file with administration. 

      Hand Cleaning:
    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required and encouraged throughout the day. 
      • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed in every classroom, at entrances/exits and in the hallways throughout the building.


    • Staff will be reminded to cough into their upper arm & away from others.
    • Staff is encouraged to monitor their health and to stay home if needed.

      Mask Use: 
    • Teachers will support the students in the proper & consistent use of masks.
      • Teachers will model wearing their mask appropriately by keeping the mask over their nose & mouth and not touch it with their hands.



    • Teachers will spray desks, shared items, and frequently touched items throughout the day.
    • Teachers will lock doors, place the magnet strip in the door and prop their classroom door to allow for increased air flow in the classroom & school building.
    • Teachers may open windows but are responsible for ensuring that they are closed & locked at the end of each day before leaving.
    • Open wall classrooms will always keep the divider curtain closed.
    • Teachers will allow student to (reasonably) utilize their designated grade level restroom during class time to reduce the number of students in the restroom at the same time (not all students utilizing restrooms during passing periods).

      Common Area(s) Expectations: 
      Staff Meetings:
    • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations and held via Teams when appropriate. 

      Copy Room/ Staff Lounge:
    • Each staff member will be assigned a designated staff bathroom and breakroom area within the building to promote physical distancing and for the ease of contact tracing (see map). 
    • Assigned breakroom use will be kept to a minimum for food/coffee prep and microwave use.  Lunch will be eaten in your classroom or assigned teacher classroom.
    • No communal or shared utensils, dishes or condiments will be permitted or provided during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Breakrooms are not for consumption of food or for a social gathering location (minimize time & exposure in these assigned/designated locations). 
    • Teacher’s mail will be delivered to their classroom in order to decrease the need for non-office staff to be in the front office areas.
    • Staff is encouraged to plan ahead & send copies to the designated copy assistant to be made for them (to limit copy machine users). 
    • Proper physical distancing is required while making copies (the large copy machine is now located in room 724). 
    • Staff must sanitize both prior to making copies and after, as well as practice proper physical distancing while waiting for the copier. 

      Substitutes & Volunteers: 
    • Substitutes will be provided a copy of the Building Health & Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
    • Volunteers are not permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.

Other Consideration Strategies

  •            Orientation:

    • In person student orientations have been canceled (virtual orientations will occur).

      Counseling/Special Services:
    • Virtual meetings, phone class & phone conferences will be utilized.
    • In-person meetings are discouraged and must be prearranged & approved by administration (masks & physical distancing will be implemented). 

    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year (schools will provide other options during the school year).

      Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Each conference appointment will last approximately 3-5 minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than 3-5 minutes will be rescheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher.

    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been cancelled until further notice.

      COVID Testing & Reporting:
    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positive COVID cases, knowledge of individual who has received a COVID test and is awaiting results, or knowledge of an exposure, will be reported to the Health Services department with consideration of the following: 
    • Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained 
    • Staff member contacts school nurse.  School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases 

    • Staff member will notify ATC/AD in addition to school nurse
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.