21-22 DES 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.


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Facility Strategies

  • Administrator, Nurse and custodian walk-through: 

      • The administrator will complete a building walk-through weekly and meet with the head custodian and nurse as needed.
      • 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 the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
      • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations are in every classroom.  Teachers will inform custodial staff when refills are needed.  
      • Daily disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces – Victory Sprayer with electrostatically charged spraying (BruTab 6S disinfectant tablet) 
      • Daily disinfecting – Victory Sprayer with BruTab 65 and SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant 
      • Classroom Cleaning Kits will be provided for every classroom 

    Classroom layout: 

      • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between student desks or maintain the use of student groups/Pods.
      • 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: 

      • The use of the library will be allowed by a maximum of one class at a time.
      • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.
      • Access to the library will be on a limited basis. 

    Computer lab use and cleaning:  

      • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will use the sanitizing wipes on their workstation as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher. 


      • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
        • Restroom
        • Hallway
        • Cafeteria
        • Main office lobby 
        • Library desk 
        • Nurse’s office

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

      • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule
      • Face masks are optional while on the playground/arrival/dismissal staging locations
      • Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) with them while on the playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations
      • A staggered dismissal plan will be communicated to parents. Parents will designate their students to be picked up in one of three groups:  A: Bus/Daycare, B: Walkers & Wheels, C: Parent Pick Up  

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

      • Tardy/late students will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes
      • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the building, past the front office area.
      • Masks will be recommended, but optional in the building.
      • Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area.


      • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.
      • Students will walk in line during transitions as a class and will have safe distancing between students
      • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
      • Students will have the option to wear masks in the hallways


      • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
      • Restrooms will limit the number of students in the bathrooms, based on the number of stalls in each bathroom.
      • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit


      • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
      • All student will handwash/hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.
      • Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces
      • Cold lunch boxes/food from home will be individually separated in the classroom and will transition to/from the cafeteria ONLY by the students to which the food belongs
      • Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines
      • Students will sit at tables assigned to their classroom using their class seating chart.
      • Number of students at each table will be limited to promote social distancing and a seating chart will be used
      • 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 only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, store bought, delivered food, or brought from home
      • Students will exit the cafeteria after being excused.
      • Students who need more time to eat, may move to a designated table and social distance
      • Lunch tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.
      • Students will follow building's indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.


      • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground
      • Students will play using safe distancing practices.
      • Number of students on the playground during recess will be decreased
      • Close contact games/activities will not be allowed on the playground
      • Students will line up with safe distancing


      • Students will have the option to wear masks
      • Students will hand sanitize frequently
      • Seating charts will be used in the classroom, specials, and cafeteria.  

    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 prior to entering the specials classroom.
      • All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom and when exiting.
      • 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.
      • Students will help with the sanitizing of equipment and tables/desks between classes


Parent Strategies

  • Arrival and Dismissal:

      • Volunteers will be allowed into the building on a limited basis
      • Parents will be asked and reminded to physically distance
      • Parents will not be able to wait on the playground
      • Parents will drop students off and leave immediately and will be asked not congregate on school grounds

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

      • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the office/meeting room areas
      • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival/dismissal staging locations


      • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2021-2022 school year.


    • 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, and floor signs.
      • Staff will reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes.


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


      • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom
      • Staff restrooms will be limited to 2 staff members at a time.
      • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit


      • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
      • Staff will eat lunch in a sanitized, designated areas and will socially distance if eating in a shared location.
      • Staff will consume only their meal and/or food provided for themselves.
      • Staff will separate lunches/food brought from home in clearly marked bags/containers.


      • Staff will remind students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.

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

      • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.
      • Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, non -fabric- based materials and equipment.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Student Strategies: 

    • Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.
    • Large school/grade level/classroom gatherings including assemblies and other programs/events will be held only if social distancing can be accomplished.  Virtual options will be provided if possible

    Parents Strategies:

    • Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas
    • Meeting attendees will practice universal precaution procedures in place.
    • Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait with students


    Staff Strategies:  

    • All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions
    • Staff will not share food during meetings/gatherings/PLC’s/professional development
    • 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.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.

    COVID Testing and 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
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur

    Students Showing Symptoms at School:

    • Students will be sent to the office and the nurse will evaluate them in the isolation room
    • Nurse will contact parents