20-21 LCMS 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 versus multiple schools and/or entire District. 

    LCMS Building Health and Safety Quick Guide

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Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • LCMS Administration and custodians will provide necessary furniture to classrooms to accommodate the return of all students to school.  
    • LCMS Administration and custodians will continue to store non-essential furniture.
    • LCMS Administration and custodians will provide hallway markings, cafeteria markings, classroom markings to aid in maximizing physical distancing.  

    Cleaning processes: 

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be encouraged school-wide and within classes.  
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations are available in every classroom.
    • Daily, LCMS 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).
    • Daily LCMS custodial staff will provide a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this cleaning, twice a week locker fronts, and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 
    • Teachers will be supplied with classroom cleaning materials to clean desks and necessary shared items as needed.

    Classroom layout: 

    • Classrooms will be organized to maximize distance between students.
    • All non-essential furniture will be stored to maximize space in classroom.
    • Procedures will be developed by each teacher to minimize student groupings or use of classroom equipment such as white. board markers or pencil sharpeners.

    Library use, access and furniture: 

    • Library will remove non-essential furniture and items prior to the start of the school year.
    • Tables will be organized to maximize distance between students.
    • Library schedule will be created to limit visits to one class at a time.
    • Library will coordinate opportunities with classrooms to make subject specific carts available for use in classrooms.

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • LCMS computer labs are not community used labs. They are used by one teacher with one set of students.
    • Keyboards and other equipment will be cleaned between use when personal devices cannot be used.


    • LCMS has signage to promote physical distancing in hallways, cafeteria, library, locker rooms and other community locations.
    • Vinyl tape will be used in the hallways to provide directional arrows to promote physical distancing during transition times.
    • Cafeteria tables will be marked with available and unavailable seating that allows for physical distancing.
    • Plexiglass will be used in the front office, bookkeeper office, registrar office, library circulation desk, nurses office, school psychologist office, SLP office, and classrooms where needed.
    • LCMS has purchased table top barriers for use in classrooms where it is more difficult to maintain physical distances.


    • LCMS will group students in teams (1 and 2, A and B) to provide the opportunity for staggered passing periods, staggered lunches, and staggered locker usage.
    • Students will be assigned lockers based on their team to minimize overlap of lockers.
    • Locker usage will be limited to before school, lunch, and after school.

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • LCMS Bell schedule will be altered to eliminate break.
    • LCMS will not offer assemblies, so the assembly schedule will not be used.

    School Arrival: 

    • Arrival to school should not occur prior to 8:10am 
    • Doors will not be open so students must remain distance near entries if arrival is before 8:10am.
    • Upon arrival, students should enter the building, go directly to their locker to store their coat, backpack, cell phone, and lunch.
    • Students will not loiter at their lockers. They will report directly to their advisory class.

    School Departure: 

    • Students will exit 8th period by assigned Team.
      • Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the first exit bell.
      • Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the second exit bell.
    • As students are exited from class, they will retrieve items from lockers and exit the building immediately.
    • Upon arrival to the bus lane at the back of the school or the parent pick up lane at the front of the school, they will immediately board their bus or car to exit.
    • Students who walk, must exit campus immediately.
    • There is no congregating or loitering on campus. There will be no arrangements made for staying after school.

    Student movement: 

    • Students will walk down the right side of the hallway. Hallways will have markings to indicate traffic flow.
    • There is no stopping or congregating in the hallways.  Locker use will only occur before school, lunch, and after school.

    Entrances and Exits: 

    • Bus riders will enter through the FCS door at the back of the school. Exit to the bus lane should be at the FCS door or the 6th grade hallway (by room 111) and 8th grade hallway (by room 121) doors. 
    • Students who walk should enter and exit through the front doors or the 6th grade hallway door by room 104
    • Students who are dropped off will enter and exit the front door.
    • Students are not allowed to congregate inside or outside at the beginning or end of the day. Students must exit campus immediately.

    Release/transition times: 

    • Transitions from period to period will be staggered
      • Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the first exit bell.
      • Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the second exit bell.
    • At the mid-passing period bell (2nd bell) Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) should be lined up at their classroom along the wall, keeping physical distance. Entrance to room will occur immediately after Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) exits the room.
    • By the tardy bell, Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will enter their classroom.
    • There is no stopping at lockers or stopping to congregate.
    • Students may use the restroom during breaks, but are not allowed to congregate at the sinks. Physical distancing should be maintained and only 2 students should be waiting in the bathroom for available stalls.
    • Hand sanitation will be recommended upon entry to class.
    • Teachers will be on duty at their door before school, after school, and at every passing period
      • Odd classroom numbers – before each Odd period
      • Even classroom numbers – before each Even period


    • Only those students who are purchasing breakfast are to report to the cafeteria.
      • Students purchasing breakfast will follow physical distancing signage as they line up to get food.
      • Students may sit only in assigned seats in the cafeteria to eat.
      • Students must pick up their garbage and dispose of it properly before leaving the cafeteria.


    • Break is not included in the LCMS bell schedule for 2020-2021


    • Handwashing or hand sanitation will be recommended prior to lunch.  Sanitization required at entry of hot lunch line.
    • Exit to lunches will be aligned with all building transitions
      • Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the first lunch bell.
      • Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will exit at the second lunch bell.
    • Lunches will be staggered to limit the number of students in the cafeteria
      • Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will begin lunch in the cafeteria eating
      • Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will begin the lunch period outside on the playground.
    • At the mid-lunch bell, Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will exit through the Vending/Band doors to the playground and Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will enter the FCS doors to the cafeteria to eat.
    • At the end of the lunch period, Team 2 (in Full In-Person schedule) or B (in Hybrid schedule) will exit the cafeteria and Team 1 (in Full In-Person schedule) or A (in Hybrid schedule) will enter the building, go to lockers and then immediately to class.
    • Students are expected to be mindful of their physical distance.  Inside and outside markings are provided to assist students in monitoring their distances.
    • Students will sit in seats in cafeteria that are not marked with an X.  Seating will provide some distancing that will limit the number of potential close contacts.
    • Masks will be worn outside.  Masks will be worn in the cafeteria when students are done eating.
    • Studnets may go to teacher classrooms if invited, only for their outside portion of the lunch period.

    Performance-based courses: 

    • Physical distancing guidelines will be followed for all classes including classes such as band, orchestra, choir, and PE.
    • Teachers will develop activities that follow physical distancing guidelines.
    • When possible, classes may be conducted outside.

    PE lockers: 

    • Locker rooms will not be used.  

    School lockers:  

    • Lockers will be assigned to student based on their Team (1 or 2, A or B) to minimize hallway congestion.
    • Lockers are only to be used before school, lunch and after school
      • Only essential items should be stored in lockers. Please do not bring locker decorations, shelving, etc.
      • Cell phones, backpacks, coats and lunches should be stored in the locker during the day.
    • LCMS will provide all students with a cinch sack and pencil pouch to carry essential classroom materials from class to class.  If a new bag is needed, the office will provide a new bag.
    • Cinch sacks are to remain at school and should not travel from home to school.

    Device management: 

    • Maintenance: Students are expected to maintain their devices as outlined in the Responsible Use Agreement. Any damage should be reported immediately. Devices will be inspected regularly. District will provide a storage case for all devices. Students are encouraged to use this case.
    • Parents are encouraged to check student devices regularly.  Please report any damage to the library as soon as possible


Student Strategies

  • While in attendance: 

    • Students will wear badge on a lanyard.  If student forgets their badge, they will obtain a temporary badge sticker from their advisory teacher.  If badge is lost, a replacement should be purchased at the bookkeepers office.
    • Students will bring device and charger to school daily.  Device will be carried in a protective bag, such as the bag provided by the district.
    • Students will use cinch bag, if a bag is needed, to carry supplies from class to class.
    • Regular school announcements will take place and will be an opportunity for celebration and community building

    Ongoing training:  

    • Correct mask usage and distancing training/drills will be conducted regularly

    Physical distancing: 

    • Signage for physical distancing will be included in all common areas
    • Hallway directional arrows will be taped to the floors

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Handwashing will be encouraged before and after lab classes, bathroom usage, and lunch.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available for use in all classes.
    • Adults will encourage and remind students about hand sanitation.


    • Students and staff will be reminded and expected to cough in their upper arm away from others.
    • Students exhibiting cough or other mild symptoms will be sent to the nurse to assess
    • An isolation room will be available for students or staff who exhibit mild symptoms.

    Mask/Face Covering use:

    • LCMS will follow the approved board policy for mask/face covering use.
    • Appropriate mask or face covering use (covering nose to chin) is expected at all times to protect the LCMS school community.
    • Adults will remind students to keep hands off mask/face covering and to wear over nose and mouth.
    • District and school provided masks will be available for those who forget their mask.


    • Counselors will be available for students in need of social and emotional support for individual meetings or group meetings that meet safety protocols.

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting student absences

    • Parents should call the attendance line at 208-350-4271 to report a student absence.
    • If the absence is due to an appointment, when possible, please email or fax the doctor note to the head secretary. If not possible to send the note digitally, notes can be brought to the office by the student.
    • Parents should call the school if the LCMS student has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Student drop off & pick up: 

    • Before and after school drop off should only happen in the designated lanes. Dropoff should not occur before 8:10am.  Pick up must occur no later than 3:20pm.
    • Students are not permitted to congregate or loiter on campus.
    • Students are not permitted to stay after school for activities or practices if they are not a part of the activity.
    • Students are not permitted to stay after school for athletic contests (no student spectators at games).
    • If parents are unable to come to school by the established times, students are expected to take the appropriate bus.

    Building access and visitation:  

    • There will be no parent drop-in meetings. Please call 208-350-4270 for an appointment.
    • Parent meetings will be held via TEAMS (Virtual Meetings) when possible
    • If the drop-off of items (lunch, paperwork) is needed, parent can use the front door button to call and alert the office. The item will be left in a file cabinet at the front of the school.  Post it notes will be available for parents to identify the student and grade level.
    • If a student needs to be picked up early, parent can call the office in advance so that student can be waiting. Upon arrival at the school, the parent can use the front door button to call the office.  ID will be required to be displayed in the door camera.  Upon verification, the student will be sent to meet the parent in the front of the school.

    How to help: 

    • Monitor your child’s physical condition and inform the school if there are any concerns.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.
      • Check teacher TEAMS to keep students current with school work
      • Request homework by emailing teachers
      • If items need to be picked up from the school, call in advance so that materials can be gathered and prepared for pick up from the outside file cabinet.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept clean and health and safety protocols are followed. Time away from school should spent practicing the best safety and health measures to limit potential exposure.
    • Be positive in communicating about the safety protocols and expect students to comply with expectations for the safety of the LCMS community.


    • While there are varying opinions, we are charged with establishing protocols for the safety of everyone in our school. We ask that we work together for the safety and health of all. We will always err on the side of caution when considering the well-being of the LCMS family.

Staff Strategies

  • Physical distancing: 

    • Teachers will create teacher zone in classrooms that allows for physical distancing while teaching.
    • All adults will work with students and support them maximizing distancing

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Staff are expected to practice regular hand sanitation
    • All adults will encourage and support students in hand sanitization.


    • Staff will follow health protocol that is required based on the level of community spread.

    Mask use:

    • Mask will be worn covering nose and mouth
    • All adults will monitor appropriate use of masks by students.

    Common places expectations: 

    • Staff meetings: Staff Meetings and other meetings will be held via TEAMS

    Substitute & volunteers:  

    • Building Safety Protocol Quick Reference Guide will be available for all substitutes in the substitute folder.
    • Required masks and optional face shields will be available
    • Only regular volunteer for copying will be allowed in the building


    • Counselors and administrators will be available for any social and emotional needs of staff.
    • Similar to the protocols set up at school, it is imperative that the home is kept clean and health and safety protocols are followed. Time away from school should spent practicing the best safety and health measures to limit potential exposure.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • COVID Testing & Reporting:

    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positiveCOVID 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 occur.  


    • Virtual awards assemblies will be available at the end of the year.