20-21 RMHS 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

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • Administration will complete a building walk-through with 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 preventing 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).
    • Two times a week, schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Two times a week locker fronts, and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Drinking Fountain and Bathroom Use:

    • All communal drinking fountains will be closed. Fill up stations for water bottles will be open. 
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day.

    Classroom layout: 

    • All attempts will be made to arrange student desks to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact.
      • Individual Teacher spaces have been minimized to increase student spacing to maximize social distancing. .

    Library use:  

    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis by teacher appointment.
    • Students will not be permitted to go to the library at the beginning of the day and will only be allowed to return items at the end of the day.
    • A maximum of 25 students will be allowed in the library during lunch.
    • Cloth library furniture will not be accessible, during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Computer lab use and cleaning:  

    • Computer labs will solely be used for academic classes.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the classroom and will sanitize 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)
    • Counseling office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Bookkeeping office (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Directional expectations in the hallway will be clearly communicated. Students will walk down the righthand side of the hallway.

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • High school bell schedule will remain the same for the 2020-21 school year.

    School Arrival: 

    Students are strongly encouraged arrive after 7:10 MTTF and 7:55 W. No students will allowed in the building before that time. Due to the overcrowding at Rocky, and the need to provide social distancing within the halls, the following guidelines will be adhered to. 

    • Students will be required to report to their first hour class as soon as they arrive to school.
    • We will have a designee stationed at the bus loop providing the guidance to release students off the bus at the appropriate time.
    • Students will remain on the bus until they are given the okay to be released.
    • All bus riding students will enter the building using the designated entrance. South West door (under breezeway) for downstairs, South East door (under breezeway) upstairs
    • All dropped off students will enter through the main doors of the school.
    • The walking and bike riding students will enter through the East main doors of the school.
    • Student drivers will park in designated areas, exit their cars and enter the East main doors.
    • Regardless of how the student arrives at school, once they are in the building, they will be encouraged to appropriately walk through the building (using the right side of the hallway).
    • We are asking that students arrive no sooner than 7:10am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:55am on Wednesdays.
    • Staff will remind students to sanitize hands before entering classroom.

    School Departure and Lunch Release: 

    • The students will be released at the end of the day and at lunch according to the location of their classroom and leave using the closest exit.
      • At one-minute intervals (six zones) --- A rotation of exit timing will be established by administration.
        • Gym/Portables
        • Math up to Four-way
        • English up to Four-way
        • Loop Up
        • Loop Down
        • Social Studies

    Release/transition times: 

    • Passing periods will remain 6 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway.
    • Students will exit using the nearest doors.
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period.

    Breakfast: 

    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning, and then report to their 1st period class.
    • All physical distancing protocols will be encouraged.
    • The school nutrition staff, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.

    Lunch: 

    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner using the nearest exit.
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building no sooner than 11:27am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 11:32 on Wednesday.
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, the cafeteria will be utilized to serve food only.  
    • Students will be allowed to sit in the hallways during lunch or go outside to eat or eat lunch in their vehicle.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students (Keeping six feet of social distance) to eat in their classroom under their supervision. During the lunch break, students can congregate if social distancing is maintained, and hallways are clear for others to move.    
    • During the warmer months and when weather conditions allow, students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
    • At the end of lunch, students will go immediately to their next class.   
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce distancing of students and the movement through the building.
    • The school nutrition staff, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.
    • All students will be reminded to use the available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch.

    Performance-based courses: 

    • The administration will work closely with the band, orchestra, choir, and Physical Education teachers to create as much physical distancing space as possible while the students are all in one location.
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.

    Physical Education: 

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • The attendance routines adopted by the staff will support the physical distancing expectations.
    • Cardiovascular cool down period will be provided prior to entering the locker room.
    • Students will bring their workout clothes for that day in their backpacks and then return those clothes home each night to be cleaned.
    • Students will disinfect their area prior to exiting the locker room.

    School lockers and P.E. lockers:  

    • Students will not be assigned a school locker during the 2020-2021 school year. Backpacks will be permitted for the 20-21 school year.
    • E. Locker will be assigned on an as needed basis, or students are given the option to carry their clothes in a backpack or bag.

    Students Devices:  

    • A one to one device will be provided to each student at the beginning of the year.
      • The distribution plan will be pending the delivery date from the district.
      • If in Yellow Status students will receive their device on the first day at RMHS.
      • If in Red Status stations will be set up around the campus for device pickup.
    • Device Management:

Student Strategies

  • Return to school: 

    • The staff will create a video to welcome and explain all guidelines for students.
    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if a student has communicated any discomfort about being in the school.

    Ongoing training:  

    • A series of videos explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be created that will serve as reminders for the students.

    Physical distancing: 

    • Students are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.
    • Gathering to converse socially is not allowed in the building. Students are expected to report immediately to their first period class at the start of the day.  Lunch time interaction is limited to spaces where social distancing can be maintained.  At the end of the day students are expected to exit that building as quickly as possible.  No loitering will be allowed in the hallways.    
    • The expectations are that students stand no closer than 6 feet from the same person for more than 15 minutes.
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person whenever possible.
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behavior.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom.

    Cough: 

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

    Mask use:

    • All school personnel both staff and students will be required to wear masks in the building and recommended to wear masks outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting student absences

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number.
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent is requested to provide this information to the attendance secretary.

    Student drop off & pick up: 

    • Parents are requested to exclusively use the designated drop off & pickup location before and after school.

    Building access and visitation: 

    • Parents will be asked to wait outside when picking up their child.
    • When the need to enter the school exists, the parent will be restricted to the office area.
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-in appointments will be permitted. Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.
    • Masks will be required when entering the building.
    • Visitors will not be permitted during the school day.
    • A Teams meeting or phone conference is the most desirable manner to hold a parent meeting.
    • Items that need to be picked up by a student can be dropped off at security.    

    How to help: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child shows COVID-19 symptoms or complains of illness, please keep them home.
    • Communicate to the school if your home has been exposed to COVID 19.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work: 

    • At the beginning staff meeting, all members will review this plan and discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents and staff.

    Classroom Organization: 

    • Classrooms will be configured to optimize social distancing. Teachers will be given a 7x7 foot space for desk and teaching materials.  All other furniture will be moved into the cafeteria and labeled for return when social distancing is not required.  Any furniture that has been brought from home can either be returned to the teacher’s home or stored with excess room furniture in the cafeteria.

    Physical distancing: 

    • All staff members are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.
    • The expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes.
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person whenever possible.

    Hand cleaning:  

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the prevention of the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom.

    Cough: 

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

    Mask use:

    • Teachers are required to wear masks when in building and in the presence of other staff or students.
      • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as instruct students in the proper usage.

    Common places expectations:

    Staff meetings:

    • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations.

    Copy room/ Staff Lounge: 

    • Mask wearing and proper physical distancing and is a must while in the copy room and staff lounge.

    Substitute & volunteers:  

    • The substitutes will be provided a copy of the highlights of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in.
    • Volunteers will be discouraged during the 2020-2021 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Large Events 

    Orientation: 

    • Will be decided by the individual school and will follow social distancing protocols.

    Assemblies: 

    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year. RMHS student counsel will be working on ways that students can interact without gathering in mass.   

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: 

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Each appointment will last approximately 3-5 minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than 3-5 minutes will be rescheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher.

    Dances: 

    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been cancelled until further notice.

     

    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. 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.