20-21 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.

    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

  • Maintaining Environment

    • Head Custodian will do a weekly walk-through and report to the principal areas needing attention
    • SSA will monitor transitions and practices and report to the principal areas needing attention

    Cleaning Processes

    • Daily disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces – Victory Sprayer with electrostatically charged spraying (BruTab 6S disinfectant tablet)
      • Doors
      • Door handles
      • Light Switches
      • Hand rails
    • Daily disinfecting – Victory Sprayer with BruTab 65 and SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant
      • Desktops
      • Tables
      • Cubbies
    • Classroom Cleaning Kits will be provided for every classroom

    Precautionary Measures

    • Sneeze Guards at high traffic or close proximity locations:
      • Office
      • Counselor Office
      • Library
      • Nurse’s office
      • SLP and Special Services
    • Staff Face Shields
    • Facial Masks
    • Physical Distancing

    Signage

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

     

    MAXIMIZING PHYSICAL DISTANCING

     

    Classroom Layout

    • Floor space will be a priority – no wall to wall furniture or shelving
    • All additional/non-essential furniture and items will be removed from rooms to create space
    • Counters and shelves will be free of non-essential items for easy cleaning
    • Students’ desks and cubby area will be organized and neat
    • Teachers desk area and work space will be free of clutter, papers, and non-essential items
    • Avoid excessive paper and covering of walls

    Desks/Tables/Furniture

    • Desk and tables arranged for maximum distance between students with no shared spaces
    • Tables and/or floor will be marked to clearly identify personal space using tape or items such as carpet squares
    • Students faced toward instruction to minimize face to face contact or shields provided when facing each other

    Seating

    • Avoid porous surfaces – pillows, fabric furniture, etc.
    • Velcro or carpet squares will be used to manage physical distancing when sitting on floor or carpet
    • Flexible seating is allowed such as balls, stools, floor desks with clearly identified use. No shared flexible seating within a school day – sanitation between use required

    Procedures & Practices

    • No shared materials – students will have own supplies, manipulatives, and device
    • All teachers will teach classroom procedures (management plan) that maximize physical distancing
    • Transitions within the classroom will be structured and maximize physical distancing
    • Any community items such as books, games, or puzzles are discouraged. If used, items will be disinfected between use with clearly outlined procedures
    • Frequent mask breaks, brain breaks, and fresh air opportunities will be provided

     

    Specials Considerations in addition to above expectations:

    PE

    • As weather permits, PE will be outside
    • Gym floor will be sectioned to create clear social distancing boundaries for students
    • All non-essential items will be removed from the gym to maximize floor space
    • Sanitizing steps and precautions before and after

    Music

    • All non-essential items will be removed from the music room to maximize floor space
    • Activities should be carefully considered to lower risk of transmission
    • Sanitizing steps and precautions before and after

    Library

    • Maximize floor space by removing or limiting tables and chairs
    • Use carpet squares or Velcro to maximize physical distancing
    • A plexiglass shield will be used at checkout desk
    • Check out procedures will be explicitly taught
    • SORA (online book check-out) will be taught and utilized as part of regular library routine

    Computer

    • The Computer Lab computers will be used for testing and training purposes only
    • Computer Lab specialists will go to the classrooms and provide instruction utilizing 1:1 devices OR students will bring their devices and headphones to the Computer Lab

    Health

    • As weather permits, Health will be outside
    • All non-essential items will be removed to maximize floor space
    • Remove tables and chairs to create more space and allow for movement activities
    • Use carpet squares or floor discs to maximize physical distancing

Student Strategies

  • General Expectations

    • All students and staff must wear a face mask / covering
    • Masks must cover nose, mouth, and chin
    • School will provide mask for those who don’t have masks
    • Lanyards will be provided for all students to help manage masks
    • Physical distancing will minimize interactions within 6-ft when possible.
    • Individual classes may operate as a pod depending on community status and transmission limiting their exposure to other classrooms of students

    Beginning of the Day

    • Building opens to students at 8:45
      • No arrivals before 8:45
      • Arrivals at 8:45 should be for breakfast only
      • Students are encouraged to come closer to 9:00 AM. Tardy bell rings at 9:10 AM.
    • Bus drop off in bus loop – remain in bus until 8:45
    • Parent drop off in front loop – remain in vehicles until 8:45
    • Walking / biking students – remain at crosswalk fence area with social distancing
    • Preschool Parent drop off at 9:00
    • Assigned staff will report to duty at 8:40 AM

    Arrival

    • Students will maintain physical distance when arriving on campus and wear masks
    • Playground is closed before school (high community transmission)
    • Students will report to designated grade level areas on the playground (depending on community transmission)
    • Students only will be allowed on classroom walkways and beyond the yellow gates on campus
    • Parents/Guardians will drop students off at the front of the building and immediately leave campus - no waiting or escorting to classroom doors
    • Students will enter through their outside classroom door immediately upon arrival if playground is closed
    • Classroom doors will be open at 8:45 AM if playground is closed
    • Students arriving after the 9:05 AM bell will enter through the main office doors – Parents/Guardians may not enter the building. Staff will be at the door when possible.

     Breakfast

    • Students are to report promptly to the cafeteria using the outside door
    • Students in line for food should maintain physical distancing
    • Students may sit in designated seating only – seats that are not available will be marked with an X
    • Personal items will be kept in the students’ backpack, and backpacks will remain on
    • Students will leave the cafeteria when done through the outside door or at the first bell will go directly to their classroom through the hallway and maintain physical distancing

    Nursing and Response

    • A decision-making matrix will be provided for staff to address student’s needs including protocols and contacts
    • An isolation area will be utilized for any staff member or student exhibiting any possible symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • The nurse’s office will be used for medical needs other than COVID-19 symptoms such as injuries and medication distribution.
    • Physical distancing decals and signage will be placed outside and inside the nurse’s office

    Hallways/Walkways

    • Staff will make every effort to transition students outside
    • Staff and students will sanitize before and after entering the hallway or transitioning
    • Students will enter and exit through their outside classroom door when supervision is provided
    • Students will walk single file down the right side of the hallway maintaining physical distance and keeping hands away from the wall
    • Students will go directly to and from their designation
    • No congregating or stopping in the hallway by staff or students

    Transitions to Specials 

    • Classroom Teachers will escort class to and from Specials using outside doors
    • Hallways will be used when weather does not allow transitions outside
    • Students will sanitize before and after Specials
    • Students will walk single file maintaining physical distance and keeping hands away from the building /walls

    Transitions to Intervention or Special Services 

    • Intervention, Counselor and Special Education staff will escort students to and from groups or services
    • Hallways will be used
    • Staff will go to the classrooms and signal from outside the classroom door
    • Students will walk single file maintaining physical distance and keeping hands away from the building/walls
    • Students and staff will sanitize before and after groups

    Restroom

    • One student from a classroom maybe excused at a time for restroom use
    • Physical distancing decals and signage will be placed outside and inside the restroom
    • Two students will be allowed in the restroom at a time during class time and recesses

    Recess

    • Classes/Grade Levels will be assigned AM and PM recess times
    • Classes/Grade Levels will be assigned designated areas on the playground
    • Students are expected to talk or play while maintaining physical distance with peers 
    • Students will use designated equipment only (classes / grade level)
    • Students will line up immediately at their bell outside their classroom door (vertical with door maintaining physical distance with peers) with mask on
    • Students will sanitize before and after recess

    Cafeteria

    • Teachers will begin handwashing in the classroom prior to lunch to allow for every student to wash their hands
    • Depending on community transmission, students may eat lunch in their classrooms or physically distanced in the cafeteria
    • Students will sit at designated tables and seats keeping mask on until seated and when dismissed
    • Students with cold lunch will bring disposable containers only (If a student brings a lunch box, the contents will be transferred to a paper bag before going to the cafeteria)
    • School lunch will be provided as a Grab and Go Sack Lunch
    • Eating surface will be sanitized before and after eating
    • Students will sanitize after eating

    End of the Day Dismissal

    • 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
    • Backpacks will be tagged by groups for staggered dismissal
    • Parents/Guardians will meet students off campus, wait in vehicles until students are brought to the front of the building, or use the drive-thru parent look by remaining in vehicle and pulling forward to load student(s)

Parent Strategies

  • On Campus

    • Staff and students only will be permitted in the building.
      • Parents/Guardians and visitors are not allowed to enter the building
    • Volunteers will not be permitted
    • Masks must be worn and 6ft physical distancing if on school grounds
    • Arrival: Parents/Guardians will drop students off at the front of the building and immediately leave campus
    • Students only will be allowed on classroom walkways and beyond the yellow gates on campus
    • Parents will call or email teachers to share information. Drop in visits or door conversations will not occur
    • Dismissal: Parents/Guardians will meet students off campus, wait in vehicles until students are brought to the front of the building, or use the drive-thru parent look by remaining in vehicle and pulling forward to load student(s)

    Parent Meetings

    • Drop in meetings will be avoided
    • If a parent requests a meeting, parent will call the school to set up a meeting
      • Most meetings will be done via phone or TEAMS virtual meeting
      • In building meetings must be scheduled in advance. All participants are required to wear a face mask and practice physical distancing
    • If the school requests a meeting, the school will call the parent to set up a TEAMS virtual meeting. Parent meetings, 504, and IEP meetings will be conducted virtually.

    Early Student Pick Up

    • Parent will call in advance of the pick up so student can be waiting in the office for the arrival
    • Upon arrival to the school, parent will use the phone number posted on the door and use the sign out sheet outside to sign out student
    • Office staff will meet the parent at the door to check ID and release the student
    • Parents will not enter the building

    Item Drop Off and Pick Up

    • If a student needs something dropped off at school, parent may come to the school.
    • Upon arrival, parent will call the number posted on the front door to talk to the office staff
    • Parent will leave item in the designated file cabinet by the front doors
      • Markers and post-its will be available to tag the item
      • Item tag should include student name and grade level
    • Building staff will retrieve the item and deliver it to student
    • The same procedure will be used if a parent needs to retrieve items from the school
    • Parent will not enter the building

Staff Strategies

    • Staff will follow Building Safety Plan and practice Universal Precautions
    • Monitor students for symptoms of COVID such as fever, cough, sore throat) and report to the nurse immediately if symptoms present
    • All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions
    • Staff will not share and/or provide food (potlucks) during meetings/gatherings/PLC’s/professional development
    • Depending on the level of community transmission, staff will eat in work space or lounge. Staff should never eat at a student work space or while students are eating. If in lounge, physical distancing is expected
    • 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
    • Staff will enforce guidelines such as no parent door conversations, congregating in the hallway, and use of mask
    • Staff will report areas of concern to administration

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Office and Work Spaces

    • Floor space will be a priority – no wall to wall furniture or shelving
    • All additional/non-essential furniture and items will be removed from rooms to create space
    • Counters and shelves will be free of non-essential items for easy cleaning
    • Desk and counter areas and work space will be free of clutter, papers, and non-essential items
    • Avoid excessive paper and covering of walls

    Special Events

    • Virtual opportunities will replace large gatherings

    COVID-19 Reporting and Testing

    • 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