21-22 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. 

     *Please see the WASD Website for the latest masking information and other related information.   https://www.westada.org/domain/11845

  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

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. 

    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 as much as possible 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: 

    • 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.

    Signage:

    • LCMS has purchased table top barriers for use in classrooms, if needed.
    • Information relating to mask requirements is posted at the main entry of the school. 

    Other:

    • LCMS will group students in teams (1 and 2) to provide the opportunity for staggered lunches.
    • Locker usage will be limited to before school, lunch, and after school.

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • LCMS Bell schedule will be altered to break apart each lunch period into two, 15 minutes lunch periods. 

    School Arrival: 

    • Arrival to school should not occur prior to 8:05 am 
    • Doors will not be open so students must remain distance near entries if arrival is before 8:05 am.
    • 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: 

    • 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. 

    Student movement: 

    • Students will walk down the right side of the hallway. 
    • 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: 

    • 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. 
    • 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

    Breakfast: 

    • Breakfast will be served before school and during break. 
    • Before school starts, only those students who are purchasing breakfast are to report to the cafeteria.

    Break: 

    • Break will be included in the schedule after 2nd period.  
    • Students choosing to eat breakfast during break may do so in the cafeteria. 

    Lunch: 

    • Handwashing or hand sanitation will be recommended prior to lunch.  Sanitization required at entry of hot lunch line.
    • Lunches will be staggered to limit the number of students in the cafeteria
      • Team 1 will begin lunch in the cafeteria eating
      • Team 2 will begin the lunch period outside on the playground.
    • At the mid-lunch bell, Team 1  will exit through the Vending/Band doors to the playground and Team 2 will enter the FCS doors to the cafeteria to eat.
    • At the end of the lunch period, Team 2 will exit the cafeteria and Team 1  will enter the building, go to lockers and then immediately to class.
    • Students are expected to be mindful of their physical distance. 

    Performance-based courses: 

    • When possible, classes may be conducted outside.

    PE lockers: 

    • All students in PE will be assigned a locker, but won't be required to use it.  

    School lockers:  

    • Lockers will be assigned to students.
    • Lockers are only to be used before school, lunch and after school
      • Cell phones, backpacks, coats and lunches should be stored in the locker during the day.
    • Backpacks may be used to transport school supplies and devices from class to class.  

    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.
    • If needed, students will use a backpack to carry supplies from class to class.
    • Regular school announcements will take place and will be an opportunity for celebration and community building

    Physical distancing: 

    • Physical distancing and the use of seating charts in classrooms will be encouraged.

    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.

    Cough: 

    • 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.
    • Masks are required for students and staff unless an Opt Out form has been submitted.  

    Other:

    • 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 8:05am (8:15 on Wednesdays).  Pick up must occur no later than 3:10pm.
    • Students are not permitted to congregate or loiter on campus.
    • 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.

    Other: 

    • 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.

    Wellness: 

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

    Mask use:

    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests will wear masks during school hours, or anytime school personnel or students are present.   
    • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or a parent Opt Out form is noted in PowerSchool. 

    Substitute & volunteers:  

    • Building Safety Protocol Quick Reference Guide will be available for all substitutes in the substitute folder.
    • Only regular volunteers for copying will be allowed in the building.

    Other:

    • 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.  

    Assemblies: 

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