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.

    With the return of all students, starting March 30, 2021, physical distancing will not always be possible, however physical distancing will occur when possible. Face masks will be worn at all times with the exception of when eating. Sanitizing protocols will continue to be followed.

    Updated March 19, 2021

  • 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 were installed by the district.
    • Student Restrooms: 
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected daily.
    • Only 5 students will be allowed in the bathroom at a time.
    • Log Cabin bathrooms will be open for students during lunch only.
    • Students will continue to utilize their designated grade level bathrooms. (see map)
    • Administrator & Custodian Walk-through:  
      • Ongoing principal collaboration 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 and custodians will complete building walk throughs, areas of concern will be addressed.
    • 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 has a wall mount hand sanitizer station, in addition to the wall mount hand sanitizer stations located in the hallways and at entrances and exits throughout the school. 
    • Custodians will continue to disinfect the following daily: frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings.
    • Disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surface tops will occur twice a week by custodians.
    • Classroom Layout:  
    • Labeled student desks (seat number) will be arranged to maximize physical distancing.
    • Seating plans include seating layout and seating charts (student names) for each class period (updated regularly by teachers).Seating arrangements can vary (table groups, rows, circles. etc.,) every student must have an assigned seat within the seating arrangements to allow for contact tracing.
    • All nonessential items have been removed. Examples of nonessential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose. 
    • Library Use, Access & Furniture:  
    • The number of students allowed in the library during lunch will be limited to the first 75 students.
    • 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
    • Library is open at lunch - 75 students per lunch period – for the use of reading, completing schoolwork, or check out books.
    • Students and staff entering the library should sanitize hands before and after leaving the library.
    • No commonly shared items will be available – all games, puzzles, STEM materials, supplies, and the like will be stored.
    • 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.  
    • Signage: 
    • 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:
    • The bell schedule is posted on LMHS website and it will remain the same all year.  
    • 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 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 or east) entrance.  
    • Walking & bike riding students will enter the building through either the north entrance or south entrance.
    • Students will enter the building and may eat breakfast in the cafeteria, sit in the hallways, go to the library, or play outside.
    • Physical distancing & use of floor markings is expected when possible.   
    • Staff will verbally prompt/remind students to sanitize/wash hands & physical distance when possible 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 passing period as well as before and after school to support and reinforce protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period class.
    • Breakfast:  
    • Upon entering the building and sanitizing their hands, students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items in the morning.
    • Lunch: 
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, two different eating locations will be available: cafeteria and outside. (weather permitting).  
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom (hand washing/sanitizing protocol) under their direct supervision/discretion.   
    • Students will continuously move through the building in the appropriate manner reporting immediately to their next class without lingering or congregating in the hallways.  
    • 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). 
    • PE: 
    • 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.
    • See West Ada PE Guidelines for additional PE specific information.
    • 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.
    • 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 by student or parent request will be reviewed by administration.

Student Strategies

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    • Hand Cleaning: 
    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be required and promoted throughout the school day.
    • Cough: 
    • Students will be reminded to cough or sneeze 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. See student handbook for full mask policy.

Parent/Guardian Strategies

    • Reporting Student Absences
    • Parents/Guardians are 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 and east 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.
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent/guardian drop-ins will be permitted.
    • Parents/guardians must call or email in advance to request an appointment when it is necessary to meet with school personnel. 
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • If theneed 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.
    • 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 social distance when possible.

Staff Strategies

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    • Return to Work: 
    • This plan will be reviewed by all staff members in department meetings with department heads collecting signatures in acknowledgement of the 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 as much as possible.
    • Expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 cumulative minutes while wearing a mask. 
    • Teachers will implement and adhere to 2020-2021 seating arrangements (with labeled/assigned desks), as well as, keep seating chart up-to-date and on-file.
    • Hand Cleaning:
    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required and encouraged throughout the day. 

     

    • Cough: 
    • Staff will be reminded to cough and sneeze 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.See mask policy on WASD website.
    • Classrooms: 
    • 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 as much as possible 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.
    • Teachers will allow student to (reasonably) utilize their designated grade level restroom during class time to reduce the number of students in therestroom at the same time (not all students utilizing restrooms during passing periods). No more than 5 students in a bathroom at a time. Only one student will be released at a time, per classroom.
    • Common Area(s) Expectations: 

    Staff Meetings: 

    • All staff meetings will follow physical distancing as much as possible recommendations and held via Teams when appropriate. 

    Copy Room/ Staff Lounge:  

    • Each staff member will be assigned a designated staff bathroom within the building to promote physical distancing and for the ease of contact tracing (see map). 
    • Room 516 will no longer be a breakroom. Breakroom locations will be the back of the library and the main office.
    • Breakroom use will be kept to a minimum for food/coffee prep and microwave use.  Lunch will be eaten in your classroom.
    • No communal or shared utensils, dishes or condiments will be permitted or provided during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Proper physical distancing is required while making copies as much as possible (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 as much as possible 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

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