20-21 LHMS Health and Safety Plan

  • * Please see the WASD Website for the latest masking information and other related information: Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

    2021-2022 LHMS Health and Safety Plan:

    This plan is subject to change.

    Goals:

      1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional, and mental.  
      2. Be consistent with local school board recommendations.
      3. Provide guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools.  
      4. Be adaptable and flexible with the 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.  The more proactive and self-contained plans are the least impact a building will experience when there is a positive case. When there is a positive case effective implementation of the plan will/may result in remote learning for an impacted classroom, grade, POD, or the school  

     

    Facility Strategies

     

    Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., inducing use of cohorts/podding):

    •  Every West Ada school and district facility will maintain and update a site-specific Health and Safety Plan. These plans will be posted on school websites and may vary based on individual facility , staffing, enrollment, and operational response to current COVID-19 data as reported by the West Ada COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
    • Limit visitors and non-essential persons in the school building. While inside the building, volunteers and guests will ear masks during school hours, or anytime school personnel or students are present.
    • Each school and district facility will adhere to the following daily facility and physical distancing guidance.

    Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

      • A specified member of the administrative team will complete a building walk-through biweekly.
      • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern in a timely manner.

    Cleaning schedule and processes: 

      • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing aides in preventing the spread of COVID. Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of cleaning agents.
      • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom. 
      • WASD will disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

    Classroom layout: 

      • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or a parent  opt out form is noted in PowerSchool.
      • Each teacher will maintain a classroom map illustrating appropriate seating arrangements.
      • When class sizes allow, teachers will attempt to arrange student desks for social distancing and minimize face-to-face contact, as much as possible.

     Elimination of non-essential items in the classroom:

      • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through is complete.  Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose (such as chairs, couches, or other furniture).
      • Personal refrigerators will be for teacher use only.

     Library use, access & furniture: 

      • When possible, physical distancing and guidelines will be in effect during use.
      • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.
      • A limited 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.

     Signage:

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

     Classroom cleaning routines: 

      • Computer labs will solely be used for academic classes.
      • Classroom cleaning routines will be established by the teacher, ensuring the students sanitize classroom devices at the end of each period.
      • 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.

     

    Operations Strategies

    Bell Schedule: 

      • The bell schedule is posted on the LHMS website.

     Beginning and end of day: 

      • Per Cascade Transportation, students riding the bus are required to wear masks.
      • All bus riding students will enter the building using the designated south entrance doors.
      • All dropped off students will enter through the (north) main doors of the school.
      • Walking and bike riding students will enter through south doors of the school.
      • 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).
      • Students should arrive no sooner than 8:05am on school days. In the event students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be expected to go directly to the cafeteria or out to the courtyard on the south side of the building.  Appropriate physical distancing is expected, where possible.     
      • Staff will encourage students to sanitize their hands.

    Release/transition times: 

      • Passing periods will be 4 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway.   
      • At the end of the day students will exit the building using the nearest doors.
      • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce safety protocols.
      • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period without congregating in the halls or at lockers.

     Breakfast: 

      • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning, eat, and then report to their Advisory class.
      • Physical distancing protocols are expected, as much as possible.
      • The school nutrition staff, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that provides enough time for students to consume their food.  

     Lunch: 

      • In an effort to physically distance, and where possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to be seated with a limited number of students per table.
      • Students will be permitted to sit outside (weather permitting) and also in the library, as well as along the walls through the designated hallways of the school while maintaining appropriate distancing, as much as possible.
      • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their direct supervision.
      • During warmer months and when weather conditions allow, students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
      • At the end of lunch, students will go immediately to their next class.
      • Staff members will be present to support proper student movement through the building.
      • The school nutrition staff, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that provides enough time for students to consume their food.
      • All students will be reminded to use the available hand sanitizer before and after lunch.   

     PE lockers: 

      • Students will make an effort to social distance in the locker room.
      • The teacher will release the students to dress down at the end of the period, if necessary.

     Device management:  

      • Distribution:
        • All schools will have a device distribution plan prior to the first day of school
      • Device Protection:
        • All schools will have a process to offer and track device protection.
      • Maintenance:
        • All schools will have a plan to maintain and support the devices which will include the student tech aides.
      • Tech aides:
        • The administration will work closely with the District Network Tech and the tech aides to create a process that allows for quick troubleshooting of minor issues. The tech aides will primarily work from the library and will be “on call” to provide support in the library. 

     

    Student Strategies

    Ongoing training:  

      • A series of videos/resources explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing, etc. will serve as reminders for the students.

     Physical distancing: 

      • Students are asked to follow the physical distancing to the best of their ability, as much as possible.
      • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of physical distancing.

     Hand cleaning:   

      • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed outside of every classroom and near entrances/exits.
      • Students are encouraged to sanitize hands when entering/exiting the classroom.

     Cough: 

      • Students will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all times.
      • Students should report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough recently developed.

     Mask use:

    Please see the WASD Website for the latest masking information and other related information: Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

     

     Parent Strategies

    Reporting student absences

      • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number 208-855-4388 or by emailing: haley.krista@westada.org.
      • In the case that a student has contracted COVID-19, the parent or guardian is requested to provide this information to the School Nurse, Diana Loveland promptly.

     Student drop off & pick up: 

     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 designated meeting area.
      • During the 2021-2022 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 and must wear a mask while inside the building.
      • Volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask while inside the building. 
      • A Teams meeting or phone conference is the most desirable manner to hold a parent meeting.  

    How to help from home:

      • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
      • If your child is sick, please keep them home.
      • Please keep your home as clean as possible and follow proper hygiene protocols.
      • A frequently sanitized (including after each student use) isolation area will be provided for student(s) at school who shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up.

     

    Staff Strategies

    Physical distancing: 

    Please see the WASD Website for the latest masking information and other related information: Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

      • All staff members are asked to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability, as much as possible.
      • When possible, staff members are to stand no closer than 6 feet from another.

     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 throughout the building.

    Cough: 

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

     

     Common places expectations

    Staff meetings: 

      • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations, as much as possible.

     Copy room/ Staff Lounge: 

      • Proper physical distancing is recommended while in the copy room and staff lounge.

     Substitute & volunteers:  

      • Substitutes will be provided a copy of the Building Health and Safety plan, and be reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
      • Volunteers and guest speakers will be limited during the 2021-2022 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration (volunteers & guest speakers must wear a mask while inside the building).

     Other Considerations

        • Orientation
        • Assemblies
        • Parent-Teacher Conferences
        • Dances

     

    Other Consideration Strategies

    Orientation: 

      • Will be decided by the individual school and will follow social distancing protocols, as much as possible.

     Assemblies: 

      • School assemblies during the 2021-2022 school year are tentative.

     Parent-Teacher Conferences: 

      • Parent-Teacher conferences will be the week of October 18th. Format for conferences is TBD.

     Dances: 

      • Dances for the 2021-2022 school year are tentative.

     Drinking Fountains

      • Drinking fountain use for the 2021-22 school year will be for water bottle filling only. Additionally, handsfree water bottle fill fountains are available to reduce cross contamination. Both will be disinfected throughout the school day.

     Vending Machines

      • Vending machines will be sanitized frequently, stocked, and operable during the 2021-2022 school year.

     

    This plan is subject to change.

     

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