21-22 Summerwind Health and Safety Plan

  • Please see the WASD Website for the latest masking information and other related information. 

    Return to In-Person Instruction / Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan (westada.org)

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

Facility Strategies

  • Every West Ada school and district facility will maintain and update a site-specific Health and Safety Plan.  These plans will be posted on school websites and may vary based on individual facility, staffing, enrollment, and operational response to current COVID-19 data as reported by the West Ada COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

    Limit visitors and non-essential persons in the school building. ​While inside the building, volunteers and guests will wear masks during school hours, or anytime school personnel or students are present.

    Each school and district facility will adhere to the following daily facility and physical distancing guidance: 

    Administrator and custodian walk-through:

    • The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian no less than once a week.
    • 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 have been purchased for placement in every classroom. 
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily, 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).
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant.
    • Classroom will have access to disinfectant for spot cleaning.

     Classroom layout:

    • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between student desks.
    • Classroom tables will adhere to the social recommended social distancing guidelines when able.
    • Students will minimize interactions within 6-ft for no longer than 15 minutes.

    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.
    • Additional access to the library will be on a limited basis. Students will not be permitted to go to the library at the beginning and at the end of the day to return items only. 
    • The administration and the library staff will eliminate all cloth furniture, and difficult furniture to clean will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible during the 2021-2022 school year.

     Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding instruction and testing for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • 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.

    Signage:

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
    • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Health office
    • Select offices of at-risk employees

    Plexiglass barriers will be in place in areas with a large number of contacts or where needed to due service provided, such as:

    • Main Office
    • Health Office
    • Library Desk
    • Speech/Language
    • Special Education
    • At-risk employees

     Drinking Fountains

    • School drinking fountains will be turned off.
    • Students will be expected to bring their own personal water bottles. Water bottles will not be shared.
    • Students can refill their water bottles at a classroom sink.

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule.
    • Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) with them while on the playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask, while inside the building. 
    • 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.
    • Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes; however, the use of hallways will be minimized as much as possible instead utilizing outside walkways whenever possible.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.

    Restrooms:

    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Restroom will be limited to the number of stalls available within the bathrooms. If full, students will wait in the hallway at the designated locations posted to remain appropriately distanced.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit

    Classrooms:

    • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or a parent Opt Out form is noted in PowerSchool.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
    • Students will use their own personal supplies and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students will be assigned classroom supplies (manipulatives, scissors, etc.) and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students are expected to take home personal items daily (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes, etc) so that cubbies and shelves can be sanitized.

    Cafeteria:

    Lunch will be provided in the cafeteria as we begin the re-entry plan. If conditions change, we will transition to eating in the classroom.

    • 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 transitions 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 individual tables, designated by grade level, classroom and student groupings.
    • 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 who need to use the restroom will first ask a cafeteria supervisor. One student per restroom may be excused from the cafeteria at a time.
    • Students will only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, store bought delivered food, or brought from home (no sharing of food between students)
    • Students will exit the cafeteria after being excused.
    • Students who need more time to eat, may move to a designated table with appropriate distancing.
    • 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.

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground
    • Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.
    • Students will line up in a social distancing manner based on school protocols.

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

    Specials will occur in their designated spaces as we begin the re-entry plan. If conditions change, we may move back to specials occurring in individual classrooms.

    • 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.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask the specials teacher. One student per restroom may be excused from the specialist’s classroom at a time.
    • PE will be taught outside as often as possible.

    Device Management:

Parent Strategies

  • Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask, while inside the building. 
    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Volunteers are not allowed into the building for the 21-22 school year.

    Cafeteria:

    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted 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:

    • Fall 2021 Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually
    • Whenever possible, parent-teacher meetings will be held virtually or over the phone.

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.

    Classrooms:

    • Staff will remind students to follow their individual mitigation plan, if they have on.
    • Student desks should be distanced as much as possible, at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart is ideal
    • Student seating charts will be kept current for all students in every classroom.
    • In cases where physical distancing is not possible, due to the size of the classroom and/or number of students, the creation of pods can be considered. Pods are only appropriate for elementary school children and should always be the smallest number of students possible (ideally three to five students) to ensure that the pods can be physically distanced from each other by at least three (3) to six (6) feet. Even when pods are utilized, it is recommended that all students in the pods wear a proper face covering correctly, except when outdoors and distanced by more than three to six feet. A pod is never preferable to physically distancing each student in the classroom because pods create intentional close contacts. The utility of pods is the need to only quarantine the pod in the event a student becomes infected, as opposed to having to quarantine the entire classroom because none of the students could be distanced. However, this is only possible when all other pods can be successfully distanced from other pods. If pods are utilized, children should remain in the same pod for all classes and activities during the day as much as logistically possible.
    • Everyone is encouraged to wear a proper face mask correctly while in the classroom. For those students or teachers who have the need for their lips to be seen, e.g., interpreters, special education teachers or teachers teaching young children how to sound out letters or words, the Clear Mask (https://www.theclearmask.com) or the Rafi Nova Mask (https://rafinova.com/pages/face-mask) are acceptable face masks when engaged in activities for which a cloth face mask or surgical mask is not practical. The advantage to the Clear Mask is that the plastic window does not fog with speaking.
    • Consider holding class outside when weather permits and the material to be taught allows for this.
    • If a student reports feeling ill or appears to be ill, remove the student from the classroom in a manner that protects the individual students' privacy and into the hallway, where the student must be physically distanced from all other persons. Contact the school nurse prior to sending the student to the nurse and advise the nurse of the student’s symptoms so that the nurse can make the necessary preparations to receive the child. The student should then be escorted to the school nurse, without stopping and without contact with anyone else to the extent possible.
    • Teachers should be mindful of their proximity and duration of close contact with students within the classroom. Within a class period, teachers should avoid being within (six) 6 feet of a student for a duration of 15 minutes or more.
    • Teachers should consider every type of classroom activity and how to conduct those activities with the mitigating measures in place.

     Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor signs, and mobile plexiglass barriers.
    • Staff will reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes.

     Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

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

     Restrooms: 

    • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.
    • Staff restrooms will be limited to 1 staff member at a time.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

     Cafeteria:

    • 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.

     Playground:

    • 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.

     Meetings:

    • Larger group meetings should follow guidelines below or consider conducting meetings virtually when possible and/or considerations for maximum number of participants. 
    • Meeting participants are encouraged to maintain as much physical distance as possible - preferably six feet.  
    • If you’re holding larger group meetings, consider limiting the number of participants to allow for adequate distance.  
    • Cleaning and disinfecting products as well as hand sanitizer should be available.   
    • Staff members eating in the same room, should try to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing or more. 
    • Wearing a face mask properly is encouraged. 

Other Consideration Strategies

  •  Student Strategies: 

    • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or a parent Opt Out form is noted in PowerSchool.
    • Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.
    • Large group events will not be planned for the 2021-22 school year at this time.

     Parents Strategies:

    • Volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask, while inside the building. 
    • Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Meetings will occur using an online platform. If in-person meetings do occur, attendees will practice universal precaution procedures in place.

     Staff Strategies:  

    • 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
    • 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.

     COVID Testing & 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 or health tech. School nurse or health tech will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.

     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.