2020-21 MHS Health and Safety Plan Revised: March 19, 2021

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

    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 & Isolate groups as much as possible.

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.   
    • 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.  

    Classroom layout:   

    • All attempts will be made to arrange student desks to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact. 
    • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through has happened.  Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.   

    Library use, access and furniture:   

    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.    
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.   
    • 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.   
    • 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 2020-2021 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 Walk-Ways 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 schedule will remain the same for the 2020-21 school year.  

    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 7:10am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In the instances when students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be required to go directly to the cafeteria or their first period class. Appropriate physical distancing is expected.

    • Staff will remind students to sanitize hands.

    School Departure:   

    • The students will be released at the end of the day according to the location of their classroom and leave using the closest 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.
    • 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:   

    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner using the nearest exit.
    • 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).
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision. During the lunch break, students will be expected to either be seated eating in the cafeteria, in a teachers classroom, or the will remain outside for the duration of lunch.
    • Students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building no sooner than 11:27am.
    • 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.
    • We will have three grab and go stations spread out across campus. This will allow us to spread the students out rather than having them stand in a line waiting for 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. Students will be expected to wear their masks at all times. Each of these teachers will create more detailed plans to keep their students safe.
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.

    PE lockers:   

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • Students will be expected to wear masks for the entirety of the period unless outside.
    • Cardiovascular cool down period will be provided prior to entering the locker room.
    • 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.

    Weight Room: 

    • 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 Gym.
    • Students will be expected to wear masks for the entirety of the period.

    School lockers:    

    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 2020-21 school year and will be allowed to carry backpacks.   
    • Individual accommodations will be reviewed by administration.     

Student Strategies

  • Return to school:   

    • The staff will create a video that welcome and celebrate the students back to school.   
    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school. 

    Ongoing training:    

    • A 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.   

    Hand cleaning:    

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

    Cough:   

    • Students will always be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others .   
    • They are encouraged to complete the COVID Interactive Tool and report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough recently developed.

    Mask use:  

    • Masks will be worn for the entirety of the school day while inside the building except for the natural break for taking a drink or eating.
    • 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 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.

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 attendance secretary.   

    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.   
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.  
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-ins will be permitted. 
    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.  
    • Masks will be required 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 a parent meeting.    

    How to help:   

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.  
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.   
    • Complete the COVID Interactive Tool if exposures or symptoms arise.
    • If a student shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up they will be isolated in a room near the health office until a guardian is able to pick them up. 
    • Masks need to be worn.   

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work:   

    • At the beginning staff meeting, all members will review this plan and discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents and staff. 

    WASD EAP: 

    Crisis Management: 

    Physical distancing:   

    • All staff members are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.   
    • The expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes. 

    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 feelings and to stay home if needed.   
    • Staff are expected to complete the COVID Interactive Tool if they are symptomatic.

    Mask use:  

    • 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 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 

    Substitute & volunteers:    

    • The substitutes will be provided a copy of the highlights of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
    • Volunteers will be discouraged during the 2020-2021 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the 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 Trips will not be allowed during the 2020-2021 school year.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Orientation:   

    • If Ada County ordinances allow, In-person orientations may take place. If not, Virtual Orientations will take their place

    Counseling/Special Services:   

    • Virtual meetings and phone calls will be utilized as much as possible.   
    • In-person meetings are discouraged. 

    Assemblies:   

    • 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 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.  

    Dances:   

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

    Reducing Opportunities for Large Gatherings of Students:

    • At lunch students are expected to eat outside or 4 per table in the cafeteria and wait for the 3rd period bell. During inclement weather students will be allowed to line up at their 3rd period doors while socially distancing.