21-22 RMHS Building Health and Safety Plan

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Facility

  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation:

    •  Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of utmost importance in the spread of COVID.  Therefore, RMHS has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap and sanitizer. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed in every classroom. 
    • Handwashing stations are provided within classrooms.
    • Staff will be provided cleaning supplies to disinfect/wipe down tables or materials when needed.
    • Daily, custodial staff will disinfect tables/desks, countertops, sinks, toilets, and 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 per week, schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, chairs and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, twice per week, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 
    • Cafeteria tables and benches will be disinfected after each use. Tables will have physical distancing labels to ensure students know where to sit to keep physical distance from one another while eating.
    • Air exchanges will occur at a minimum of 4 times/hour.

       

    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.
    • Student desks should be distanced at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart to the best of our ability.

     

    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 2021-2022 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)

     

    Facility Health and Safety Plan:

    • 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:  

Operations

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • High school bell schedule will follow the district bell schedule for the 2021-22 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 there first hour class as soon as they arrive to school.
    • 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.
    •  Avoid congregating and keep physically distanced at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart from others as you make your way to your classroom.
    • If using the restroom, try to use a restroom in which the fewest number of others are present, do not congregate or linger in the restroom any longer than necessary, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before exiting the restroom and then sanitize your hands upon entering the 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.
      • (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
    •  Ensure that students leave the school building in an orderly fashion, maintaining physical distancing of at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart.
    • Students should not congregate on the school property. If students are awaiting board the school bus or their parent’s car, continue to keep students physically distanced if waiting more than 15minutes.
    • If students are riding the bus home, they must keep their face masks on until they exit the bus at their destination. Students should not share seats on the bus and should use their best efforts to physically distance on the bus. If weather permits, open as many windows on the bus as is feasible.

            

    Release/transition times: 

    • Students will exit using the nearest doors.
    • Administration and security will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period.
    •  Students are encouraged to maintain as much distance as possible when inside the school building and when in the hallway.
    • Hallways have the potential to create special risks of close contacts. It is important that everyone keep moving to alleviate congregating in the hallways.
    • Every attempt possible should be made to move students in the hallway in the same direction, utilizing staff to supervise and signs to indicate the proper direction for student movement in the hallways.
    • It is recommended that students not be permitted to use hallway lockers due to the difficulty in maintaining physical distancing and the risk for students being in proximity for an extended period while at their lockers.

      

    Eating Meals:

    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning, and then report to their 1st period class.
    •  Physical distancing to the best of capabilities is especially important during meals, because students will have to take their face masks off to eat. If students can eat outdoors, this will be the safest, because the risk of airborne transmission will be significantly less.
    • All students and staff should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after eating.
    • There is currently no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be transmitted through food handling or preparation. Nevertheless, contact exposure remains a concern and therefore, students should not share food, drinks, plates, or eating utensils. Tables and chairs should be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected before and after a student sits down to eat their meal.
    • Avoid self-service food and drink stations, such as vending machines, drink stations or salad bars, where students may congregate and where equipment, service items, food or surfaces may become contaminated from the shared use by multiple students.
    •  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.   
    • Administration and security will be present to support and reinforce distancing of students and the movement through the building.
    • 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.
    •  Physical distancing of at least six (6) feet should be maintained.
    • Whenever possible, PE should be conducted outdoors.
    • However, when PE is held indoors, it is important that students be physically distanced at least six (6) feet from each other and that they try to wear proper face masks correctly during the entire class due to the risk of airborne transmission and due to the fact that when a person exerts his/herself and, as a result, breathes faster and heavier than normal, that person, if infected, will project more virus in their respiratory droplets and those droplets can travel further than six (6) feet.
    • When activities involve the shared use of balls, ropes, or other equipment, hands should be cleaned and disinfected after use and items cleaned and disinfected when possible. 
    • Activities that would require use of a locker room and showers should be avoided.
    • Students should drink from their own water bottles that are clearly marked with their names. They should not share water fountains or drinks with each other.
    • Students should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds if their hands are soiled at the completion of PE. Otherwise, students may wash or sanitize their hands for 20 seconds at the completion of PE.

     

     School lockers and P.E. lockers:  

    • Students will not be assigned a school locker during the 2021-2022 school year. Backpacks will be permitted for the 21-22 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.

     

    Student Devices: 

    •  A one to one device will be provided to each student at the beginning of the year.

Student

  • Before School Begins:

    •  Assess your own health with a temperature check and a review of symptoms - fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, headache or muscle or body aches. If a student has a temperature of 100 or higher, does not feel well, or has any of the symptoms listed above, please stay home and don’t risk taking any kind of infection into the school building where others could become sick and begin an outbreak that could result in the halt to in-person classes.
    • If you were identified as a close contact to an infected individual (within three- six feet of the person who was infected for a period of time adding up to 15 minutes or more over the course of a day) of someone who is a confirmed or probable case of COVID, please stay at home for an entire quarantine period of 14 days from the last date of exposure.

     

    Getting to School

    • If you are driving to school, do not carpool with persons you do not live with. Cars do not allow sufficient room for distancing to prevent transmission by respiratory droplets and even with face masks, the tight enclosure likely poses significant risk of airborne transmission.
    • If you are walking to school, be sure that you will be able to remain physically distanced three (3) to six (6) feet apart from others until the time you arrive at school. If that is not likely or possible, wear your face mask on your walk to school.
    • If you will be riding the bus to school, per CDH mandate, you must wear a mask. 
    • On the bus, students must wear a face mask, and to the extent possible, students should sit on a seat by themselves and distanced from other students as far as is possible.

     

    Links to District Health Services Covid Guidelines  

     

    Arriving at School

    • Avoid congregating and keep physically distanced at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart from others as you make your way to your classroom.
    • If using the restroom, try to use a restroom in which the fewest number of others are present, do not congregate or linger in the restroom any longer than necessary, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before exiting the restroom and then sanitize your hands upon entering the classroom.

     

    Hand cleaning:  

    • Teachers and students must sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom. Building custodians will check wall mounted hand sanitizer dispensers daily to check levels and replace cartridges. Teachers are responsible for requesting individual bottles of hand sanitizer from administration.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Washing hands is always preferred when a person has visibly soiled hands due to dirt, blood, secretions, or vomitus. Otherwise, washing and sanitizing are, for our purposes, equally effective. When washing, use soap; warm, but comfortable water; and ensure that you rub your hands vigorously, lathering the soap and getting water and soap over the entire hands and between the fingers for 20 seconds. When sanitizing, similarly, get the sanitizer rubbed over the entirety of the hands and between fingers. Allow the sanitizer to air dry rather than wiping the hands dry.

    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.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

      

    Mask use:

    • 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.
    • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or a parent Opt Out form is noted in PowerSchool.

Parents

  • Before the School Day Begins:

    • Assess your student’s health with a temperature check and a review of symptoms - fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, headache or muscle or body aches. If a student has a temperature of 100 or higher, does not feel well, or has any of the symptoms listed above, please have the student stay home and don’t risk taking any kind of infection into the school building where others could become sick and begin an outbreak that could result in the halt to in-person classes.
    • If you know that your child was identified as a close contact to an infected individual (within three- six feet of the person who was infected for a period of time adding up to 15 minutes or more over the course of a day) of someone who is a confirmed or probable case of COVID, please keep your child at home for an entire quarantine period of 14 days from the last date of exposure.
    • When taking your student to school, reinforce the importance of distancing, frequently washing or sanitizing their hands, particularly after coughing, sneezing, using the restroom, or touching surfaces that others have used as well as before and after eating.

    Getting to School

    • If you are driving to school, do not carpool with persons you do not live with. Cars do not allow sufficient room for distancing to prevent transmission by respiratory droplets and even with face masks, the tight enclosure likely poses significant risk of airborne transmission.
    • If your child is walking to school, be sure that your child will be able to remain physically distanced three (3) to six (6) feet apart from others until the time he/she arrives at school. If that is not likely or possible, encourage your student to wear their face mask on their walk to school.
    • If your child will be riding the bus to school, per CDH mandate, your child must wear a mask. 

       

    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 2021-2022 school year.
    • During the 2021-2022 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.
    • 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.    
    • Limit visitors and non-essential persons in the school building.
    • Any visitors must wear a mask.

      

    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

  • Before the School Day Begins:

    • Assess your own health with a temperature check and a review of symptoms - fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, extreme fatigue, headache or muscle or body aches. If a staff member has a temperature of 100 or higher, does not feel well, or has any of the symptoms listed above, please have the student stay home and don’t risk taking any kind of infection into the school building where others could become sick and begin an outbreak that could result in the halt to in-person classes.
    • If you know that you were identified as a close contact to an infected individual (within three- six feet of the person who was infected for a period of time adding up to 15 minutes or more over the course of a day) of someone who is a confirmed or probable case of COVID, please keep your child at home for an entire quarantine period of 14 days from the last date of exposure.

    Getting to School

    • If you are driving to school, do not carpool with persons you do not live with. Cars do not allow sufficient room for distancing to prevent transmission by respiratory droplets and even with face masks, the tight enclosure likely poses significant risk of airborne transmission.

     

    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.
    •  Remind students NOT TO SHARE laptops or computer keyboards, drinks, food, snacks, gum, writing utensils, tissues, face masks, make-up, chap stick, eating utensils, musical instruments, or personal items.
    • Student desks, chairs, keyboards, or other items frequently touched at the student’s desk should be cleaned between use by different students.
    • All surfaces frequently touched by numerous students throughout the class or day (e.g., doorknobs, counter tops, faucet handles and sinks) should be cleaned often during the class and throughout the day.
    • Consider holding class outside when weather permits and the material to be taught allows for this.

     

    In the Classroom:

    • 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 at the student’s locker 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.

     

    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
    • Remind students of the need to maintain distancing and that students should only get up to move around the classroom with teacher permission and supervision that ensures adequate physical distancing of at least three (3) to six (6) feet can be maintained.

      

    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.
    • Teachers and students must sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom. Building custodians will check wall mounted hand sanitizer dispensers daily to check levels and replace cartridges. Teachers are responsible for requesting individual bottles of hand sanitizer from administration.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Washing hands is always preferred when a person has visibly soiled hands due to dirt, blood, secretions, or vomitus. Otherwise, washing and sanitizing are, for our purposes, equally effective. When washing, use soap; warm, but comfortable water; and ensure that you rub your hands vigorously, lathering the soap and getting water and soap over the entire hands and between the fingers for 20 seconds. When sanitizing, similarly, get the sanitizer rubbed over the entirety of the hands and between fingers. Allow the sanitizer to air dry rather than wiping the hands dry.

     

    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.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

      

    Mask use:

    • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as instruct students in the proper usage.
    • 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.

      

    Meetings: 

    • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations.
    • If staff will be in a staff meeting or in a staff lounge, keep in mind that you can be exposed to infection by other staff members, not just students. For that reason, try to maintain physical distancing whenever possible.
    • It is preferable to conduct meetings virtually, when possible.
    • Meeting participants are encouraged to maintain physical distancing of at least six (6) feet.
    • Larger group meetings should also follow the similar guidelines listed above, including conducting meetings virtually when possible and considerations for maximum number of participants. When in-person meetings are required, all participants are encouraged to be physically distanced by at least six (6) feet and are encouraged to wear proper face masks correctly.
    • Staff members eating in the same room, should maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distancing or more. Unless actively eating or drinking, proper face masks are encouraged.

      

    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 2021-2022 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration.
  • Orientation: 

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

    Assemblies: 

    • RMHS student counsel will be working on ways that students can interact with social distancing.

    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 2021-2022 school year have been cancelled until further notice.

Covid Testing and Reporting

  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments

           Contract tracing procedural steps are outlined below:

    • Receive information of a confirmed positive case
    • Health Services determines infectious period
    • Determine close contacts during the infectious period.
    • Close contacts are notified and informed to quarantine
    • Determine if communication to those outside of close contacts is warranted
    • When there has been close contact with someone who has a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, it is important to determine whether that exposure involves anyone who was within three to six feet of the person with the confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in any 24-hour period in the two days leading up to the person becoming symptomatic or being tested. This would constitute a “close contact.”
    • Close Contacts should quarantine themselves for a period of 7- 14 days. While quarantining, the person should monitor for the development of symptoms. If symptoms occur, the person should contact their health care provider for testing and further instructions.  Quarantine students may be able to attend school. Please refer to Exposed: How to Quarantine -  https://www.westada.org/Page/84985

    Diagnostic and screening testing

    • Several diagnostic and screening locations are available in the surrounding community. For location information, please visit Ada County Central District Health at https://cdhd.idaho.gov/covid.phpor contact the CDH Covid-19 Call Center at 208-321-2222.
    • Please note that in most cases the Government provides free COVID-19 testing.  Students with Medicaid also have access to free testing through their designated provider.
    • West Ada has the VAULT COVID-19 Saliva Test.  The VAULT COVID-19 Saliva Test will be utilized on a very limited basis and has been designated for students without access to healthcare who express desire to utilize the 7-day asymptomatic exposure quarantine option and are unable to access testing. It is prudent that we continue to recommend to parents that they utilize the existing numerous resources in our community, Primary Care providers and Family Practitioners, including Meridian Schools Clinic to appropriately diagnose, order testing and prescribe any follow up medical treatments.  Health services staff, Counseling and Admin will identify those rare situations when use of the VAULT COVID-19 Saliva Test would be appropriate. 

    Efforts to provide COVID 19 vaccinations to school communities

    • West Ada encourages but does not require vaccinations for students, staff, and visitors.  Those not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask at school and district facilities. All visitors to school must wear a mask.
    • West Ada encourages our staff, students, and patrons to contact their health care provider about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Several vaccination locations are available in the surrounding community. For location information, please visit Ada County Central District Health at https://cdhd.idaho.gov/covid.php or contact the CDH Covid-19 Call Center at 208-321-2222.