20-21 Paramount 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 & 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.

    8. Maintain physical distancing practices to allow for the recommended 6’ distancing between individuals and minimizing interactions between individuals within 6’ to less than 15 minutes at any given time.

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Facility Strategies

  • Administrator walk-through:

    • The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian 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 utmost importance in the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap.
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed in every classroom. 
    • Desks, countertops, chairs, and tabletops will be sanitized daily.
    • Each day, custodial staff will disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings with the Victory sprayer (an electrostatically charged sprayer) in conjunction with the chemical; BruTab 6S (Disinfectant tablet).
    • Each day custodial staff will disinfect restroom sinks, toilets, doors, handles and other surfaces.
    • 2 times a week, custodial staff will complete deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, lockers and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, 2 times a week, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Classroom layout:

    • All classrooms will be arranged to allow for physical distancing between students.
    • Non-essential items will be removed to create space. (Examples of non-essential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.)
    • Classrooms will utilize non-porous, reusable materials that can be disinfected. Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Individual cubby areas will be used for storing student personal belongings and individual learning materials.
    • Counters, shelves, and teachers’ desk areas will be free of all non-essential items for easy cleaning.

    Library use, access, and furniture:

    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis. Students will not be permitted to go to the library at the beginning and at the end of the day to return items.
    • A maximum of one class at a time will be permitted in the library.
    • Non-essential items will be removed to create space. (Examples of non-essential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.)
    • The library will be arranged to achieve physical distancing between students as best as possible based on the number of students in attendance.

    Computer lab use and cleaning:

    • When possible, students will use their assigned district devices in the computer lab.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom.
    • Sanitizing of workstations will occur by the computer teacher in between device usage.

    Signage:

    Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders to avoid close contact have been placed on the floors and universal safety precaution posters (depicting handwashing, physical distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting, and staying at home if sick) are posted on walls in the following areas:

    • Exterior doors
    • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Faculty common areas
    • Library (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Nurses office (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Hallways, restrooms, classrooms, and in the Gym/Cafeteria

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule.
    • Students will enter the building through their grade-level hallway doors beginning at 8:45 am (9:05 on Wednesdays) and report directly to their classrooms. Students eating breakfast will report directly to the cafeteria through the exterior cafeteria doors.
    • Students will wash/sanitize hands as they enter the cafeteria or classroom.
    • Students are expected to wear face coverings while on campus. This includes while in the building, on the playground equipment and in all arrival/dismissal staging locations.
    • Students will be dismissed in a staggered schedule at the end of the day to avoid overcrowding.
    • Parents will meet their children during dismissal in the parent pick up area or at a designated location off-campus.
    • Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) in their possession while on the playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Tardy/late students will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes.
    • Tardy students will wash/sanitize hands upon entering the building in the front office area.
    • Students will be prompted to wear masks when entering the building.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Student hallway transitions will be supervised to ensure physical distancing.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will be expected to wear facial coverings in the hallways.

    Restrooms:

    • The number of occupants in the restrooms will be limited to the number of stalls available.
    • If necessary, students will wait outside the restroom on physical distancing markers until space is available.
    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit.

    Cafeteria:

    • All students will handwash/hand sanitize before eating.
    • Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces.
    • Cold lunch boxes/food from home will be carried to/from the cafeteria ONLY by the students to which the food belongs.
    • Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines and will adhere to physical distancing.
    • Students will sit at tables, designated by classroom. The number of students at each table will be limited to ensure physical distancing.  Additional classrooms will be used as overflow eating areas for grade levels with high enrollment.
    • Grade levels will arrive/dismiss from the cafeteria based on a staggered school-wide schedule.
    • Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits.
    • Students will need to use the restroom will first ask a cafeteria supervisor.
    • Students will dispose of all lunch items prior to being excused.
    • Students will exit the cafeteria to the designated playground area after being excused.
    • Students who need more time to eat, may move to a designated table and remain physically distanced.
    • Lunch tables and benches will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.
    • Students will follow building’s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the playground from the classroom/cafeteria.
    • Students will play in their assigned grade-level zones using safe distancing practices.
    • Adjustments will be made to stagger recess schedules to reduce the number of students on the playground.
    • Students will line up using physical distancing protocols.
    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering classroom from the playground.

    Classroom:

    • Universal safety precautions will be taught and regularly reviewed by classroom and specialist teachers.
    • All students will be expected to wear face masks while in classrooms but will be given opportunities for mask breaks throughout the day.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer/wash hands as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
    • Students will use their own cubby hook for backpacks/coats.
    • Arrangements will be made for students to sit in the same desk/table/chair each day.

    Devices:

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/Additional Electives:

    • Students will participate in typical specials classrooms (i.e., music room, gym, library).
    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed.
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask the specials teacher. One student per restroom may be excused from the specials classroom at a time.
    • Classrooms will be arranged to achieve physical distancing between students as best as possible based on the number of students in attendance.

Parent Strategies

  • Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Volunteers are not allowed into the building until further notice.
    • Parents dropping off or picking up students will not congregate on school grounds. Parents should remain in their vehicles while waiting for their students.

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Accompanying parents/guardians will be required to wear masks and remain in the main office area.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait inside the building with/for students during arrival/dismissal or for early pick up.

    Cafeteria:

    • Parents will not be permitted to eat lunch at the school with their child during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Playground:

    • Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students on playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

Staff Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will reteach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.

    Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor signs, and mobile plexiglass barriers.
    • Staff will prompt students to wear masks when entering the building

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Staff will observe visual markers and signage that directs traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Staff will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Staff will adhere to physical distancing expectations.

    Restrooms:

    • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.
    • The number of occupants in the staff restrooms will be limited to the number of stalls available.
    • Universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

    Cafeteria:

    • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering the cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
    • Staff will follow physical distancing guidelines if eating in a shared location.

    Playground:

    • Staff will establish procedures for students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Staff are scheduled to supervise students on the playground to promote safety and to remind students of physical distancing expectations.

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab):

    • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.
    • Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, non-fabric based materials and equipment.
    • Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Equipment and supplies will be sanitized between classes.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • School Strategies:

    • Large school/grade level/classroom gatherings including assemblies and other programs/events will not be held during the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual options will be provided if possible.

    Student Strategies:

    • Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.

    Parents Strategies:

    • Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available. If meetings are conducted in person, meeting attendees will practice universal precaution procedures.

    Staff Strategies:

    • All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions.
    • Food provided for meetings/gatherings/PLC’s/professional development will be prepackaged store/restaurant purchased.
    • Staff will continue to attend required meetings (MDT,504, RTI, Staff, PD) with universal precaution procedures in place.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available.

    How to help:

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.

    COVID-19 Testing & Reporting

    Students/Staff Showing Symptoms at School:

    • Students/Staff exhibiting symptoms or not feeling well will be isolated until an initial assessment can be completed.
    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positive COVID-19 cases, knowledge of individual who has received a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, or knowledge of 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 the school nurse. School nurse will follow the Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases.
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.