2020-21 MHS Health and Safety Plan Revised: September 13, 2021

  • All plans are subject to change based on recommendations from CDH and the West Ada School District.  

    West Ada School District is temporarily requiring all staff, students, and visitors to wear masks when in a classroom and/or when social distancing is not possible, thus suspending all mask opt outs.

    Goals

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff- physical, emotional, and mental.

    2. Guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools.

    3. Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19.

    4. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity.

    5. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior.

    6. Encouraging social distancing as much as possible and masks are recommended.

Reopening Plan

  • Click here to see the full West Ada Fall Reopening Plan.

Facility Strategies

  • Drinking Fountains: 

    • Drinking fountains will be closed with the exception of the “bottle fill-up" feature. 

    Administrator and custodian walk-through:   

    • A specified member of the administrative team will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian no less than once a week.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern in a timely manner.

    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 and hand sanitizer.  
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom and throughout high traffic areas in hallways and entrances.   
    • WASD will disinfect daily, frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings.
    • 2 times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops.
    •  Cafeteria tables and benches will be disinfected after each use.
    • Air exchanges will occur at a minimum of 4 times/hour. Most schools air exchanges occur 5x/hour.

    Classroom layout:   

    • Student desks should be distanced at least three to six feet apart to the best of our ability.
    • All nonessential items will be removed. Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.
    •  Remind students NOT TO SHARE laptops or computer keyboards, drinks, food, snacks, gum, writing utensils, tissues, face masks, make-up, chap stick, eating utensils, musical instruments, or personal items.
    • Consider holding class outside when weather permits and the material to be taught allows for this.
    • Masks are required in the classroom unless there is a medical exemption. For those students or teachers who have the need for their lips to be seen, e.g., interpreters, special education teachers or teachers teaching young children how to sound out letters or words, the Clear Mask (https://www.theclearmask.com) or the Rafi Nova Mask (https://rafinova.com/pages/face-mask) are acceptable face masks when engaged in activities for which a cloth face mask or surgical mask is not practical. The advantage to the Clear Mask is that the plastic window does not fog with speaking.
    • If a student reports feeling ill or appears to be ill, remove the student from the classroom in a manner that protects the individual students' privacy and into the hallway, where the student must be physically distanced from all other persons. Contact the school nurse prior to sending the student to the nurse and advise the nurse of the student’s symptoms so that the nurse can make the necessary preparations to receive the child.
    • Teachers should be mindful of their proximity and duration of close contact with students within the classroom. Within a class period, teachers should avoid being within (six) 6 feet of a student for a duration of 15 minutes or more.
    • Teachers should consider every type of classroom activity and how to conduct those activities with the mitigating measures in place.

    Library use, access and furniture:   

    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during any use of the library.  
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.  
    • Only a certain number of students will be allowed in the library during lunch.   
    • All cloth furniture, and difficult furniture to clean will be used on a limited basis, or will not be accessible, during the 2021-2022 school year.   

     Construction 

    • All construction workers will wear a mask when entering the MHS main building and will check in at the main office prior to moving throughout the building.
    • All efforts will be made to ensure construction workers do not cross paths with MHS students.
    • CM Construction management will ensure construction staff will have safety meetings and training on COVID-19 prevention.
    • Hand washing stations are placed throughout the construction area. 
    • Construction will be fenced off and no students will be allowed in area under construction. Students should walk in the designated Student Walkways to move from east to west, west to east sides of campus. There are walkways in the front and the back of the campus.
    • All exits that lead to the construction area will be blocked off and clearly marked as construction areas. 

    Computer lab use and cleaning:   

    • Computer labs will solely be used for academic classes. 
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the classroom and will sanitize their workstation as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.     

    Signage:  

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas: 
      • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier) 
      • Counseling office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier) 
      • Bookkeeping office (include portable plexiglass barrier) 
      • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier) 
      • Select offices/classrooms of at-risk employees  
      • Directional expectations in the hallway will be clearly communicated.  Students will walk down the righthand side of the hallway. 

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule:   

    • High school bell schedules are similar to last year and can be found on the front page of the MHS Website.

    School Arrival:   

    • All students will enter the building using the main entrance.

    • Regardless of how the student arrives at school, once they are in the building, they will be encouraged to appropriately walk through the building (using the right side of the hallway).

    • We are asking that students arrive no sooner than 7:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Wednesdays no earlier than 7:35am. Upon arrival students will report immediately to their first period class, or to cafeteria to eat breakfast and then move directly to first period class. Grouping in hallways will not be allowed. In instances where students may arrive before 7:15 or 7:35 and staff is not available for supervision, students may have to wait outside until the building opens. Appropriate physical distancing is expected.

    • Staff will remind students to sanitize hands.

    • • Masks will be provided to students who need one.

    School Departure:   

    • The students will be released at the end of the day according to the location of their classroom using the nearest exit.

    Release/transition times:   

    • Passing periods will remain 5 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway in single file.
    • Students will exit using the nearest doors.
    • Administration/Security will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period.
    • Students will use restrooms closest to their classroom.

    Breakfast:   

    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning, eat, and then report to their 1st period class. Students will not be allowed to socialize and group in the cafeteria.
    • All physical distancing protocols will be encouraged.
    • The school nutrition staff and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.
    • Both the North and South Cafeteria may be used for breakfast.

    Lunch:   

    • During the lunch break, students will be expected to either be seated eating in the cafeteria, in a teacher's classroom, the library, or they will remain outside for the duration of lunch. Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision.
    • Weather permitting, Students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to be seated with a limited number of students per table (up to 4).
    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner using the nearest exit.
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building no sooner than five (5) minutes before the first lunch bell.
    • At the end of lunch, students will go immediately to their next class.
    • The school nutrition staff and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.
    • All students will be reminded to use the available hand sanitizer prior/after eating their lunch.

    Performance-based courses:   

    • The administration will work closely with the band, orchestra, choir, and Physical Education teachers to create as much physical distancing space as possible while the students are all in one location. Each of these teachers will create more detailed plans to keep their students safe.
    • Weather permitting, teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.
    • However, when PE is held indoors, it is important that students be distanced as much as possible and all students are required to wear masks/face coverings properly, covering mouth and nose, due to the risk of airborne transmission and due to the fact that when a person exerts his/herself and, as a result, breathes faster and heavier than normal, that person, if infected, will project more virus in their respiratory droplets and those droplets can travel further than six (6) feet.
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.

    PE lockers:   

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • Students will bring their workout clothes for that day in their backpacks and then return those clothes home each night to be cleaned.
    • PE lockers will be assigned on an as-needed basis, or students are given the option to carry their clothes in a backpack or bag
    • Use of locker room and showers may be made available upon request.

    Weight Room: 

    • Staff will be provided cleaning supplies to disinfect/wipe down equipment or materials when needed.
    • Each station will be on a disinfecting rotation. Disinfecting materials will be readily available at each lifting station for disinfecting between users.
    • 5-10 minute disinfecting period between Intro and Advance Fitness, switching during the period.
    • Students will be assigned lifting partners for the 9-week block.

    Gym: 

    • Each P.E. class lines up somewhere different in the gym to help avoid large gatherings. One class will take roll in the West gym while the other classes take roll in the Main and North Gyms.
    • All students and staff are required to wear masks/face coverings properly, covering mouth and nose, while they are in the classroom (Gym) until further notice.

    School lockers:    

    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 2021-22 school year and students will be allowed to carry backpacks.
    • Individual accommodation will be reviewed by the administration.   

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting student absences:   

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number.  
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent is requested to provide this information to the school nurse.  

    Student drop off & pick up:   

    • Parents are requested to exclusively use the designated drop off & pickup location which is located adjacent to the bus drop lane.

    Building access and visitation:   

    • Parents will be asked to wait outside when picking up their child.
    • When the need to enter the school exists, the parent will be restricted to the office area.
    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.
    • Masks are required of all guests when entering the building.
    • Visitors will not be permitted during the school day.  
    • A Teams meeting or phone conference is the most desirable manner to hold meetings with a staff member.  

    How to help:   

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.  
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.   
    • If a student shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up, they will be social distanced from others as much as possible near the health office until a guardian is able to pick them up.
    • Masks are REQUIRED in the Health Office at all times.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work:   

    • All staff will be required to review this plan with their 2nd period classes at the start of the school year.
    • At the beginning of the school year, all members will be provided this plan to review and will discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents, and staff.

    WASD EAP: 

    Crisis Management: 

    • The district crisis management and plan will be enacted during a crisis.

    Physical distancing:   

    • All staff members are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.  
    • It is preferable to conduct meetings virtually, when possible.
    • Meeting participants are encouraged to maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet.
    • Larger group meetings should also follow the similar guidelines listed above, including conducting meetings virtually when possible and considerations for maximum number of participants. When in-person meetings are required, all participants are encouraged to be physically distanced by at least six (6) feet and are encouraged to wear proper face masks correctly.
    • Staff members eating in the same room, should maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing or more. Unless actively eating or drinking, proper face masks are required.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the prevention of the spread of COVID.  
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom and high traffic areas throughout the campus.

    Cough:   

    • Staff will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all time.   
    • Staff is encouraged to monitor their physical symptoms and to stay home if needed.   

    Mask use:  

    • All students and staff are required to wear masks/face coverings properly, covering mouth and nose, while they are in the classroom until further notice.
    • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask.

    • Proper face coverings can include cloth masks with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, surgical masks, or gaiters with two fabric layers or that are folded over to make two layers. Masks with an exhalation valve or vent are not appropriate face coverings because they allow virus to escape through the mask. A face shield alone is not an acceptable face covering, except in very limited situations as approved by the building principal in collaboration with health services office and region director. This is because face shields provide little, if any protection for the face shield wearer or those around him/her from droplet or aerosol transmission. For those students or teachers who have the need for their lips to be seen, e.g., interpreters, special education teachers or teachers teaching young children how to sound out letters or words, the Clear Mask https://www.theclearmask.com or the Rafi Nova Mask https://rafinova.com/pages/face-mask are acceptable face masks when engaged in activities for which a cloth face covering, or surgical mask is not practical. The advantage to the Clear Mask is that the plastic window does not fog with speaking.
    • Wearing a face covering correctly means that the face covering completely covers the mouth and nose and the mask does not have significant gaps at the sides where it does not fit well against the face.

     

    Common places expectations:   

    Staff meetings:   

    • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations.  
    • Full staff meetings will be completed using Teams.

    Copy room/ Staff Lounge:  

    • Proper physical distancing is a must while in the copy room and staff lounge.
    • No more than three (3) people at a time in the copy room.  

    Substitute & volunteers:    

    • The substitutes will be provided with a copy of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
    • Volunteers will make specific arrangements with administration.

    Guest Speakers:

    • Guest Speakers will be allowed on the basis that the teacher has made prior arrangements with administration and speakers are able to adequately social distance and keep at least 6 feet from themselves and the students.

    Field Trips:

    • Field Trip permission must always be granted via administration and by following proper procedures. Most field trips will be discouraged during the 2021-22 school year.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Counseling/Special Services:   

    • Virtual meetings and phone calls will be utilized as much as possible.  
    • n-person meetings are available by request. 

    Assemblies:   

    • School assemblies may be offered during the 2021-22 school year with administrative approval.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:   

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.  
    • Each 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.       

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

    Quarantine Amendment for 21-22

    • A person that is exposed in the classroom setting, but wearing a mask and/or vaccinated, may maintain their school and work-related activities. Students would be required to complete a 10-day symptom check, and mandatory mask requirement for 10 days, or a negative test at the five-day mark.