20-21 RHS Health and Safety Plan (Revised 10/19/20, revisions in boldface and underlined)

  • 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 vs multiple schools and/or entire District.   
  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Administration & Custodian Walk-Through 

    • A specified member of the administrative team will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian at least once a week.   
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify areas of concern and to remedy the issue in a timely manner.  

    Cleaning Process 

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance to help prevent the spread viruses such as COVID and flu.   
    • Wall mounted hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom with additional hand sanitizer refills. 
    • Renaissance will be disinfected daily. Disinfecting will include 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).  
    • Renaissance will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant daily. This includes locker fronts and locker rooms, which will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (disinfectant tablet). 

    Classroom Layout 

    • Spacing between student desks will be arranged to maximize distance and minimize face-to-face contact. 
    • 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.   
    • Classrooms will be disinfected on a regularly scheduled basis. 

    Library Use, Access, & Furniture 

    • Physical distancing guidelines are in effect during use.    
    • The use of the library will be limited to one class at a time.   
    • A limited number of students will be allowed in the library during lunch, before school and after school. 
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the library.  
    • Library furniture will be spaced to maximize distance and minimize face-to-face contact.  

    Library: Circulation 

    • When books are returned, they will be quarantined for 3 days before being re-shelved and available to students for checkout.  
    • Circulation desk area will be sanitized throughout the school day. 

    Library: Lounge  

    • Staff should limit their duration in the library lounge and maintain physical distancing.  Water and coffee will be available throughout the school day for staff. 
    • Staff will be reminded to wash their hands or to use available hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the area. 

    Library: Breakout Rooms & Pennant Room 

    • The Breakout and Pennant Rooms will have signs to designate which seats are available for student use to maintain adequate physical distancing.   
    • Workstations will be sanitized after each use. 

    Library: Computer Use and Cleaning 

    • Hand sanitizer will be available next to the printer.  Students will be expected to use hand sanitizer before and after each use. 
    • Students will have minimal use to print a document from a computer workstation in the library. 
    • Workstations will be sanitized after each use. 

    Computer Lab 100 Use & Cleaning 

    • Computer Lab 100 may be requested for use with prior authorization, otherwise it is closed. 
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the computer lab. 
    • Workstations will be sanitized at the end of each class period. 

    PE Lockers   

    • The PE lockers will be color coded by class period to support physical distancing.  
    • Signs will be posted to remind students to wash their hands before and after changing in the locker rooms. 
    • Students are encouraged to take PE clothing home frequently for washing. 

    Classroom Physical Distancing Plans   

    • RHS administration will work closely with classroom teachers to develop physical distancing plans for their students. (i.e. CTE, PEmusic, art, science, etc.) 
    • Teachers will communicate classroom physical distancing plans to parents.  

Operations Strategies

  • Morning Arrival 

    • Students driving to school should arrive no earlier than 7:00 AM. 
    • Students will enter through the main RHS entrance of the school wearing their ID badges and face coverings. 
    • Students are required to bring their assigned laptop cleaned and charged.
    • Parents who are dropping off students should not do so earlier than 7:00 AM.
    • If extenuating circumstances exist that require parents to drop off a student at an earlier time, please contact the assistant principal to discuss arrangements.
    • To facilitate appropriate physical distancing in the hallways, first period classrooms will be accessible to students by 7:20 am. Students are to limit their time “hanging out” in the hallways before school to facilitate physical distancing.
    • Students are required to wear a mask or face shield at all times while in the building. 

    Hall Lockers 

    • Lockers will be assigned to facilitate physical distancing. 
    • Students WILL be allowed to carry a backpack to classes during the 20-21 school year. 
    • Whenever possible, backpacks should be hung on the back of the student’s chair to facilitate safety in the classroom aisles. 
    • Backpacks are not to be left unattended and must travel with the student throughout the day. 
    • Students may select whether or not to use lockers, backpacks, or a combination of both.
    • Locker fronts will remain clear of decorations during the 20-21 school year. 

    Class Transitions 

    • Students are to maintain adequate physical distancing from other students in the hall whenever possible between classes. 
    • Students are to move through the building by walking on the right side (in direction of travel – similar to driving a carof the hallway in order to facilitate adequate physical distancing. 
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering classrooms.
    • Regular water fountains in the hallways will be turned off during the 20-21 school year.
    • Students may access water fountains designed to refill water bottles.
    • Water bottles must have a lid with a spout or straw-like device.  The rim of the water bottle should not contact the student’s mouth. 

    Lunch Procedures 

    • Students who decide to leave campus during lunch should plan to exit the building within 5 minutes of the start of lunch. 
    • Students who remain on campus may purchase lunch in the cafeteria or at the "Grab and Go" station (by the central stairs). 
    • Students who bring lunch will need to bring food that is ready-to-eat as hallway microwave ovens will be unavailable.
    • Students who enter the cafeteria must follow established physical distancing procedures while purchasing their lunch. 
    • Students will have access to sit at designated tables in the halls during lunch to facilitate appropriate physical distancing. 
    • Floor markers such as colored tape will be placed in the hallways around the building to indicate locations for students to sit during lunch to facilitate appropriate physical distancing.
    • Weather permitting, students may eat lunch outside in the front of the building while maintaining adequate physical distancing.
    • Outside tables will be limited to two students per table with appropriate physical distancing.
    • The cafeteria and study lounge will have signs to designate which seats are available to maintain adequate physical distancing while eating.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision.
    • Students will be reminded to wash their hands or to use available hand sanitizer before and after eating lunch. 

    School Dismissal 

    • Students will need to report to their buses and maintain adequate physical distancing. 
    • Students who drive themselves to and from school will be expected to leave campus no later than 2:30 pm and are expected to maintain adequate physical distancing. 
    • Students remaining on campus for additional academic support through Academic Accountability Program (AAP – academic supports) are expected to report to the designated classroom no later than 2:25 pm. AAP ends at 3:25 pm. 
    • In order to facilitate the daily building cleaning procedures, all students are expected to leave campus no later than 3:45 pm.
    • If extenuating circumstances exist that require parents to pick up a student at a later timeplease contact the assistant principal to discuss arrangements. 

Student Strategies

  • Physical Distancing   

    • Students are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their abilities.   
    • The expectations are that students stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes. 
    • Floor markers and signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding students to wear a face covering and to remain at least 6 feet away from other individuals whenever possible.
    • To facilitate appropriate physical distancing in the hallways specifically before school, first period classrooms will be accessible to students by 7:20 am.
      • Students are to limit their time “hanging out” in the hallways before school to facilitate physical distancing.
      • Students are expected to sit in their designated seat and can visit with other students in the class until school begins at 7:44 am.
      • Students may eat their grab’n go breakfast in the cafeteria or classroom.     

    Hand Cleaning    

    • Students will be reminded that frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is expected. 
    • Reminder to wash or sanitize hands after sneezing or blowing nose. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be available in every classroom. 
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering classrooms. 

    Cough/Sneeze   

    • Students will be reminded to cough/sneeze into their upper arm and away from others at all times.
    • Students are encouraged to report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough developed recently. 

    Mask use  

    • Students will be required to wear a face covering while on school property.   

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting Student Absences   

    • Parents will report an absence by calling 208-350-4385, the RHS Attendance phone number. 
    • Documentation of absences may be submitted through the RenaissanceHS@westada.org email, or students may drop off documentation at front office.
    • In the case that a student has contracted COVID-19parents are requested to provide this information to the attendance secretary as soon as possible.    

    Student Drop off & Pick up   

    • Parents are requested to use the designated drop off & pick up locations before and after school.   

    Building Access & Visitation   

    • Parents will need to call the office and wait outside when picking up their student during school hours.
    • Impromptu meetings or parent drop-ins will not be permitted.
    • Meetings will be held through MS Teams or phone conference upon request.
    • When the need to enter the school exists, face coverings will be required, and the parent will be restricted to the office area following the physical distancing guidelines. 

    How to Help  

    • Continue to monitor your students' physical condition.
    • If your student is sick, please keep them home and report the absence to the attendance office 208-350-4385.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • View the parent overview MS Teams video.
    • Attend virtually designated parent/student information nights through MS Teams 
    • Follow us on Facebook (Renaissance High School) and Instagram (RenaissanceHSfor school announcements and information.
    • Be patient, ask questions, and know we have the safety of students and staff at the forefront of this plan. 
    • Please be aware the RHS Health & Safety Plan is a dynamic document and may be modified as new information and guidelines develop. 

Staff Strategies

  • Physical Distancing  

    • Staff are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability. 
    • The expectations are that staff stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes. 
    • Floor markers and signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding staff to wear a face covering and to remain at least 6 feet away from other individuals whenever possible.   
    • Staff will be present to support and reinforce physical distancing guidelines. 

    Hand Cleaning    

    • Staff will be reminded that frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is expected. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be available in every classroom. 
    • Reminder to wash or sanitize hands after sneezing or blowing nose. 

    Cough/Sneeze   

    • Staff will be reminded to cough/sneeze into their upper arm and away from others at all time.   
    • Staff are encouraged to monitor their physical condition and to stay home if needed.   

    Mask use  

    • Staff will be required to wear a face covering while on school property.   

    Ongoing training    

    • Staff and students will be provided reminders through a series of videos and posters explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing, and mask use. 
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behaviors for physical distancing.  

    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 WASD 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 the Athletic Trainers (ATC) or Athletic Director (AD) in addition to school nurse 
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur. 

    Common Places Expectations   

    Staff Meetings   

    • RHS staff meetings will be held through MS Teams or in the White Cloud Auditorium during the 20-21 school year with adequate physical distancing.  
    • RHS Departments and PLC Team meetings may be held through MS Teams or in-person with appropriate physical distancing.    

    Staff Lounge   

    • Staff should limit their duration in the staff lounge and maintain physical distancing from other staff while present 
    • Staff will be reminded to wash their hands or to use available hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the area. 

    Library Lounge  

    • Staff should limit their duration in the library lounge and maintain physically distancing.  Water and coffee will be available throughout the school day for staff. 
    • Staff will be reminded to wash their hands or to use available hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the area. 

    Copy/Printer room   

    • Limit use of copier/printer.
    • Maintain appropriate physical distancing. 
    • Staff will need to wash and/or hand sanitize before and after each use.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available next to the copier/printer. 

    Non-Staff Strategies 

    Substitutes  

    • Substitutes will be provided a copy of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.   

    Volunteers 

    • Volunteers in general will be discouraged during the 20-21 school year, unless specific arrangements are made with the administration prior to volunteers entering the building.   
    • When the need to enter the building exists, face coverings will be required, and the volunteer will be restricted to the office area following physical distancing guidelines. 

    Guest Speakers 

    • Guest speakers will only be allowed virtually.  The staff member will complete and submit the required guest speaker form for approval. 

    College & Military Representatives 

    • College & Military Representatives will be coordinated through the College & Career Counselor. 
    • When the need to enter the building exists, face coverings will be required, and the representative will be restricted to the designated area following physical distancing guidelines.  

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Voyager Orientation – To be Determined 

    • Voyager Open House for 2020-2021 school year Date and Time to be determined  
    • Physical distancing guidelines will be followed. 
    • Face coverings are required. 
    • A limit of 2 adults may accompany the RHS student while in the building. 
    • Plan for 30 minutes or less to walk through to find locker, location of classrooms via the student's schedule, cafeteria, PE lockers, library, bookkeeper, etc. 
    • Amount of people in the building will be monitored and access may be limited to maintain reasonable occupancy levels. 

    Virtual School Events   

    • Parent/Student Information evening events will be held through MS Teams for Q&A with a recorded PPT/Video. The following are examples of fall evening events: 
    • The following events will be held virtually during the 20-21 school year.   
    • Navigating your Voyage while at Renaissance (new student information)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Awards Ceremony 
    • National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony 
    • International Baccalaureate & Associate of Arts (IB/AA) Presentation for 11th & 12th Grade Students & Parents 
    • College Planning Night 
    • Financial Aid Information Night 
    • RHS End of Year Awards Assembly will be held virtually with the intent to re-evaluate in second semester the possibility of this being a physical assembly at MVHS. 

    Parent-Teacher Conferences   

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.   
    • Each appointment will be less than 10 minutes.  
    • Conferences needing more than 10 minutes will be rescheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher virtually.  

    Dances   

    • All dances for the 20-21 school year have been cancelled.    
    • Homecoming - cancelled 
    • Prom - cancelled with the intent to re-evaluate in second semester the possibility of holding the event in the spring.   

    Clubs & Organizations 

    • Co-curricular and CTE student organizations will follow the guidelines provided by their governing organizations, WASD and RHS administration. 
    • Renaissance club activities and meetings are temporarily deferred.  

    ISU  

    • RHS students are restricted to the Renaissance campus only. 
    • ISU staff and students may access the RHS Cafeteria at a designated time when Renaissance students are in class. 
    • ISU staff and students may access the RHS Fitness Center at designated times outside of the school day. 
    • Equipment will be sanitized after use.