2021-2022 Paramount Health and Safety Plan

  • 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 the evolution of COVID-19  
    4. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    5. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior
  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Facility Strategies

    Masks:

    • Masks are required for students and staff unless a medical exemption or a parent Opt Out form is noted in PowerSchool.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.

    Building walk-through: 

    • The custodian will complete a building walk-through once a week.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern(s), if any, 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 and hand sanitizer. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom.
    • Hand sanitizing bottles will be available in other common areas such as the office, cafeteria, and staff lounge.
    • Desks, countertops, chairs, and tabletops will be sanitized on a bi-weekly custodial schedule. Staff will be provided cleaning supplies to disinfect/wipe down tables, desks, or materials as needed.
    • Daily, 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).
    • Custodial staff will complete deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet) twice a week.  

    Classroom layout:

    • Classrooms will be arranged in one of two ways: physical distancing between individual desks or small pods of student desks where physical distancing is not possible.
    • Consistent seating charts will be used across classrooms, small group instruction, specials classes and the lunchroom.
    • Non-essential items will be removed to create space where needed. (Examples of non-essential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.)
    • Shared materials will be routinely disinfected.
    • Individual cubby areas will be used for storing student personal belongings and individual learning materials.

    Library Use: 

    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom.
    • Book checkout and collection will be structured by our Librarian. Students and families will be instructed on how to search for books through the Destiny Library Catalog (found on our Paramount Website).
    • A maximum of one class at a time will be permitted in the library. 

    Computer lab use and cleaning:  

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the Computer Lab curriculum instruction and/or student assessments.
    • 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 and/or universal safety precaution posters will be posted in the following areas:
    • Exterior doors
    • Main office lobby
    • Library
    • Nurses’ office
    • Hallways, restrooms, classrooms, and in the Gym/Cafeteria

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Students will not be permitted to arrive on campus until 8:45 am Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri and 9:05 am on Wednesdays
    • Upon arrival, students will remain on the playground until the first bell. Students eating breakfast will report directly via the main office entrance.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.
    • Masks are required for students and staff unless an Opt-Out form has been submitted.
    • At dismissal, students are expected to exit campus immediately following dismissal or wait in the designated parent pick up staging areas.

     Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Tardy students will sanitize hands upon entering the building in the front office area.
    • Students will sanitize their hands as they enter the cafeteria or classroom.
    • Masks are required for students and staff unless an Opt-Out form has been submitted.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/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 in designated areas 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:

    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
    • All students will handwash/hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.
    • Doors en route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit the 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 assigned tables consistent with classroom seating charts.
    • 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 dispose of all lunch items prior to 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 the building’s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after entering the playground.
    • Students will play in their assigned grade level zones.

    Classroom:

    • Masks are required for students and staff unless an Opt-Out form has been submitted.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.
    • Universal safety precautions will be taught and regularly reviewed by classroom and specialist teachers.
    • 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.
    • Students will use their own personal school supplies and will keep them separate from other students’ supplies.
    • Only one student at a time may be excused to use the restroom.
    • Drinking fountains will not be used this year, however, students can fill their water bottles from classroom sinks or water bottle stations. Teachers will be provided with disposable cups for classroom use as well.
    • Arrangements will be made for students to sit at the same desk/table/chair each day.

    Devices:

    • Students are expected to take care of their provided one-to-one devices at school and at home.
    • Responsible Use Agreement: https://www.westada.org/Page/78713
    • Parent/Student Device Handbook Link: https://www.westada.org/Page/78608
    • An Optional Device Protection Plan will be available to families to purchase.
    • School devices, device chargers, and any optional accessories such as charging cables and carrying cases must be returned during designated check-in/renewal times.
    • Devices will be examined periodically during the school year to ensure they are functioning properly and being maintained by students.
    • Students will regularly clean and sanitize devices as directed by the teacher.

    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.
    • Only one student at a time may be excused to use the restroom.
    • Students will help with the sanitizing of equipment and tables/desks between classes.

Parent Strategies

  • Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents dropping off or picking up students at designated locations and will not be permitted to congregate on school grounds.

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents and visitors will check in with the front office upon arrival on campus.
    • To prevent groups from congregating in the office area, parents/guardians may be asked to wait in the breezeway or outside are while waiting for their students during check-out.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.

    Volunteers:

    • Volunteers will be permitted into the building as scheduled by classroom teachers and staff.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.

    Cafeteria:

    • Parents will not be permitted to eat lunch at the school with their children during the 2021-2022 school year.

    Playground:

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

    Parent-Teacher Conferences & Other Meetings:

    • Fall 2021 Parent-Teacher conferences and Special Education/504 meetings will be held in person unless otherwise directed. Virtual meetings will be available upon parent request.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT and 504) 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

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will reteach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.
    • Until further notice, staff members/substitutes are required to wear masks/face coverings properly (covering mouth and nose) while they are in the classroom and are unable to social distance. Staff members may submit an Employee Mask Opt Out Form if they prefer not to wear a mask at all times while inside the building. 

    Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage and mobile plexiglass barriers as needed.
    • Masks will be available for students and staff, students, and volunteers upon request.

    Restrooms: 

    • All staff will wash their 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.

    Playground:

    • Staff will establish procedures for students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground. 

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

    • Shared items will be disinfected between uses.
    • Materials and equipment will be sanitized as directed by the teacher.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • School Strategies:

    • Strategic safety plans will be submitted to the administrator for approval prior to large school/grade level/classroom gatherings. Virtual options may be provided if needed. 

    Parent Strategies for Prevention: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home. For additional guidance, please refer to the Health Services/Symptom/Illness Flow Chart.
    • It is recommended that cloth masks are washed frequently. 

    COVID-19 Testing & Reporting:

    • Students/Staff exhibiting symptoms or not feeling well will be sent to the nurse for an initial assessment.
    • 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 exposure, will be reported to the Health Services department with consideration of the following:
      • Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained.
      • Staff member/parent contacts school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling communicable diseases.
      • Class or school-wide communication will be sent by the school administrator if needed.
      • Exposed students will follow Quarantine Guidelines as outlined by the West Ada Health Services Department.
      • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate according to the guidance provided by the testing facility or medical provider. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is not permitted at school or any school activities during their isolation period. 

     

    Updated August 31, 2021*

    *The Paramount Building Health and Safety Plan is subject to change based on school district and state health guidelines.