20-21 MA 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. 
  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • A specified member of the administrative team 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 preventing the spread of disease.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placed throughout the school. 
    • We 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).
    • 2 times a week we will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, 2 times a week locker fronts and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Classroom layout: 

    • Studentdesks 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. 

    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.
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.
    • 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.
    • Only a certain number of students will be allowed in the library during lunch.
    • All cloth furniture, and difficult furniture to clean will be used on a limited basis, or will not be accessible, during the 2020-2021 school year.

    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
    • Nurses office (use of N95 double mask)
    • Select offices of at-risk employees

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule:

    We do not have bells, so students will travel individually with mentor permission.  Additionally, teachers will move instead of students when possible.

    • Students will spend most of their time in particular designated rooms and travel individually to other teachers as needed and space allows.
    • Protocols will be followed that allow for maximum physical distancing.

    School Arrival: 

    • Our busses have staggered arrival times.
    • Students will remain on the bus until they are given the okay to be released.   
    • All dropped off students will enter through the main doors of the school.
    • The walking and bike riding students will enter through the main doors of the school.
    • Student drivers will park in designated areas, exit their cars and enter the main front doors.
    • Regardless of how the student arrives at school, once they are in the building, they will be required to appropriately walk through the building (single file and using the right side of the hallway).
    • We are asking that students arrive no sooner than 7:40am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:55am on Wednesdays. In the instances when students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be required to maintain social distancing.  Appropriate physical distancing is expected.     
    • Staff will verbally prompt/remind students to sanitize hands.

    School Departure: 

    • The students will be released at the end of the day, individually by their mentor.

     Student movement: 

    • The students are to move through the building by walking single file (or as much as possible) through the building while using the right-hand side of the hallway.
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms.

    Cleaning of classrooms passing periods:

    This is not a requirement as students will be cleaning hands before and after classes, masks will be worn, and respiratory etiquette will be followed.  

    • individual schools will address in building safety plans.  
    • Wipes are not recommended. 
    • If buildings or teachers choose to clean desks/tabletops between classes, please obtain appropriate cleaning products from custodian.  Staff to spray frequently touched surface with a ‘fine mist’ and will allow to dry naturally.  Please allow product ample time to work if drying of surface becomes necessary.   
    • If student is not wearing mask, cleaning and disinfecting of surface should be considered after student use.

    Entrances and Exits: 

    • Only the 3 main front doors will be used to enter the buildings.

    Release/transition times:     

    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their mentor and their specialists when transitioning.

    Breakfast: 

    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning and then immediately reporting to their 1st period class or maintain social distancing in the gym, or main hallway.
    • All physical distancing protocols will be followed.
    • 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 will be released individually by their mentors.
    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner.
    • In an effort to provide as much physical distancing as possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to be seated with no more than 2 students per table.
    • There will only be 2 chairs per table.
    • We will also allow students to sit along the wall in the main hallway and outside as long as social distancing is maintained.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision. During the lunch break, students may congregate in the hallways so long as physical distancing protocols are followed. 
    • 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 designated room.
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce gathering 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 wash their hands and use the available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch.  

    Performance-based courses:

    • 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.

    1:1 Devices

    Device management:

    Distribution: 

    • Devices are distributed by the mentor to the student.
    • Mentors collect Student Technology Responsible Use Agreement.
    • Mentors will keep inventory sheet updated.

    Maintenance:

    • Students will report device issues to their mentor.
    • Mentor’s will report device issues to the Principal and building Field Tech.

    Student tech aides:

    • The administration will work closely with the District Network Tech and the student tech aides to create a process that allows for quick troubleshooting of minor issues. The student tech aides will primarily work from the library and will be “on call” to provide support in library every period of the school day. 

Student Strategies

  • Return to school:

    • The staff will welcome students back to school and celebrate their accomplishments in our Competency based system.
    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is 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.
    • Students will be trained on new procedures that come from CDH or the West Ada School District.

    Physical distancing:

    • Students are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability.
    • The expectations are that students stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 seconds.
    • 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 diseases. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement around the school.

    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:

    • Students will be reminded to keep the mask over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands.
    • According to our order, masks do not need to be worn when outside and 6ft apart from others
    • In addition, persons actively engaged in athletic competition, training or practice do not need to wear a mask (when wearing a face covering is not feasible)
      • In terms of P.E., if the students are participating in an intense activity where it makes breathing hard (basketball) in a mask then they are able to remove them.
      • If they are doing a light exercise/stretching they would be advised to keep the masks on. 
    • Face shields are supposed to be used on a case by case basis and only if completely necessary. It should never become an absolute substitution for cloth face coverings. 

     Mask breaks

    • It is advised to only take breaks when it is necessary
    • “Masks breaks” are meant to be taken outside (when 6 feet can be maintained) or by leaving the classroom for a few minutes to go to the hallway that is not in use (the hallway break should only be used if the break is absolutely needed and should occur on very rare occasions)
    • Masks breaks will also naturally happen during mealtimes or when taking sips of water
    • Our order says masks are to be worn by students at all times when inside a building

    FACE SHIELDS QUESTION: 

    Q: What is CDH’s stance on face shields? Do they comply with CDH’s mask requirement for Ada and Valley Counties? 

    A: Within Ada and Valley Counties, the Central District Health public health orders require every person to wear a face covering that completely covers the person's nose and mouth when the person is in a public place, or on the property of a public or private or charter school, or technical school or college or university, and others are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. A face covering may be taken off when a person is alone in an office with the door shut, or a teacher could take their mask off while instructing students if they are more than 10 feet away. These measures are in place because the use of masks or face shields has been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

    CDH understands the need for people to be able to see mouth formations, read lips, especially when it comes to educational settings, and in particular, early learners. Face shields should go at or below the chin and wrap around the sides of the face to offer extra protection. Similar to cloth masks, face shields should be cleaned routinely. Both cloth masks and face shields meet CDH’s mask requirement for Ada and Valley Counties. 

     

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.
    • Parents will also need to wear masks while in the office area.

    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.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work:

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

    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 seconds.
    • 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 disease. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement around the school.

    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 will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask.

    Common places expectations:

    • Staff meetings:
      • All staff meetings will be held through Teams during the 2020-2021 school year.
      • If we meet in person, physical distancing will be in effect. 
    • Lounge:
      • The staff lounge will not be available other than for quick access to the appliances and water. 
    • Copy room:
      • Proper physical distancing is a must while in the copy room. 
    • 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

  • 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.  

    Orientation:

    • The building leadership team will create a video orientation and place it on the school’s website beginning August 17th.
    • Parent’s and student’s that desire to visit the school in person, can do so by appointment only during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Assemblies:

    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Conferences needing more than 2-3 minutes will be scheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher.

    Dances:

    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been canceled.