20-21 HMS 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 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.

    *This health and safety plan assumes school operating procedures in a hybrid (yellow) schedule.  

      

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Facility Strategies

  • Facility Strategies:

    Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • A specified member of the administrative team will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian and nurse no less than once a week.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any areas of health-related concern and to remedy the concern in a timely manner.

    Cleaning processes:   

    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom. 
    • Custodial Staff 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).
    • Teachers will be provided district approved disinfectant in order to sanitize rooms and surfaces throughout the day as needed.
    • 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. Along with this cleaning, twice a week locker fronts, and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Classroom layout: 

    • Student seating will be arranged to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact.
    • Existing seating that will not be in use will be marked (blocked off) in classrooms or removed.
    • Teachers will maintain seating charts to support physical distancing and contact tracing.
    • Teachers will minimize the use of shared materials and will have process to sanitize any shared materials.

    Library use, access and furniture: 

    • Capacity of the library will be limited to the number of individuals able to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
    • Students will not be permitted free access to the library throughout the day. Procedures will be implemented for resource pick-up and drop-off.
    • 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.

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding, computer explorations and the publications courses for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Students will be permitted to use district-provided personal devices based on software compatibility.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and workstations will be sanitized throughout the day, as needed.

    Signage: 

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
      • Main office lobby
      • Counseling office lobby/Nurses office
      • Bookkeeping office
      • Library desk
    • Select offices of at-risk employees

    Other:

    • Plexiglass Barriers will be included in the following areas:
      • Main office lobby
      • Counseling office lobby/Nurses office
      • Bookkeeping office
      • Library desk
    • Nurse will wear N95 Masks

Operations Strategies

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    Bell Schedule: 

    • Bell schedules may be altered to facilitate having fewer students in the hallways during passing periods and provide increased time for handwashing and classroom sanitizing. Class periods will continue to be 45 minutes in length.

    School Arrival: 

    • An administrator or designee will supervise the transition from bus and vehicle drop-off to the school building to encourage appropriate physical distancing,
    • Students will have two points of entry into the school building. Students will enter through the main front doors or the doors near the gym by the band room.
    • Once the students are in the building, they will be allowed to access two areas (cafeteria and large gym). The capacity of these areas will be limited, and locations will be marked where students will be expected to remain seated to facilitate appropriate physical distancing.
    • Students are to arrive no sooner than 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:15am on Wednesdays. Students will report directly to their advisory class at 8:15am.
    • Students will be expected to apply hand sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and water prior to entering the designated waiting areas (cafeteria, large gym) before school, as well as, each individual classroom throughout the day.
    • Masks/face coverings will be required for students, staff and visitors upon entering the building and will be worn throughout the entirety of the school day.

    School Departure: 

    • At the end of the school day, Teachers will release half of their class at the bell and the remaining half of the class two minutes later.
    • When released, students will exit the building at the nearest exit to their final period class and go directly to their after school activity, bus, parent pick-up, or immediately leave campus if they walk/bike to school. Students will not congregate on campus after school and will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times.
    • Students will be expected to wear masks/face coverings until they are off campus.

    Student movement: 

    • The students are to move through the building by walking on the right-hand side of the hallway and do their best to maintain appropriate physical distancing while in the halls.
    • Passing Periods: Teachers will release half of their class at the bell and the remaining half of the class two minutes later. Students will be expected to report directly to their next class.
    • A limited number of students will be allowed to access the restroom at a time to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
    • Students will sanitize hands or wash their hands with soap and water upon entering classrooms .

    Entrances and Exits: 

    • See comments under arrival and departure
    • All visitors will enter through the main doors.

    Release/transition times: 

    • The transition times between classes has been increased to 6 minutes.
    • Teachers will release half of their class at the bell and the remaining half of the class two minutes later. Students will be expected to report directly to their next class. Students may use the restroom and refill water bottles during the passing period as needed.  Students should maintain physical distancing while in restrooms and wait outside of the restroom is too crowded.
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols.

    Breakfast: 

    • Students will be allowed to eat breakfast in the cafeteria before school. They will be expected to sit in designated seats to facilitate appropriate physical distancing.

    Break: 

    • Due to the expanded time needed for transitions, break will be eliminated for the 2020-2021 school year or until it is deemed safe enough to reinstate nonessential periods to the school day.

    Lunch: 

    • Teachers will release half of their class at the bell and the remaining half of the class two minutes later. Students will be expected to report directly to lunch.
    • While waiting in line, students will use appropriate physical distancing.
    • Students will sit at designated spots marked with an “X”.
    • The students will be permitted to go outside 10 minutes after the start time of their lunch. While outside, students will be expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
    • Upon reentering the building, students will enter through the doors and use the stairway designated based on their first class after lunch:
      • 6th Grade: South Hallway-students will enter through the 6th grade south hallway doors and proceed directly to their 5th period class. West Hallway-students will enter through the doors nearest the cafeteria and proceed directly down the west hallway to their 5th period class.
      • 7th Grade: South Hallway-students will enter through the 6th grade south hallway doors and directly up the stairs. They will proceed directly their 6th period class. West Hallway-students will enter through the doors nearest the cafeteria and proceed directly up the stairs in the 8th grade hallway and to their 6th period class.
      • 8th grade: Downstairs-students will enter through the 8th grade south hallway doors and proceed directly to their 7th period class. Upstairs-students will enter through the doors nearest the cafeteria and proceed directly up the stairs and to their 7th period class.
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce gathering of students and the movement through the building.
    • All students will be reminded to wash their hands or 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.
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.
    • 6th and 7th grade P.E. students will not dress down for P.E. and will not use the locker rooms. 8th graders will dress down and will have assigned lockers that allow for physical distancing.

    PE lockers: 

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • The attendance routines adopted by the staff will support the physical distancing expectations.
    • Students who do not dress down for P.E. (6th and 7th grade students) will be expected to wear appropriate footwear for physical activity.
    • 8th graders will be gradually released in small groups to dress down.
    • Lockers will be sanitized on a regular basis.

    School lockers:  

    • Students will not be assigned a locker until it is deemed safe to do so. Backpack use during the day is permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Device management:  

    • Distribution:
      • All schools will have a device distribution plan
    • Insurance:
      • All schools will have a process to offer and track insurance.
    • Maintenance:
      • All schools will have a plan to maintain and support the devices which will include the student tech aides.
    • 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 counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school. A social emotional learning curriculum will be implemented during advisory to help support the social emotional learning needs of all students.
    • 6th grade students and students new to the school will be assigned a specific time that they may walk their schedule and become familiar with class locations prior to the start of the school year.

    Ongoing training:  

    • Staff will regularly revies the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use to remind students of expectations and protocols. Signage throughout the school will provide visual prompts to engage in these behaviors.

    Physical distancing: 

    • 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 the students to remain 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.
    • Students will be reminded to use the hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water upon entering classrooms.

    Cough: 

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

    Mask use:

    • Masks will be worn at all times throughout the school day.
    • Students will be reminded to keep the mask over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands.

     

Parent Strategies

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    Reporting student absences

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number (208) 350-4131.
    • In the case that a student or family member 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 may 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-ins, including lunch, 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.  

    How to help: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home and notify the school.
    • If a child becomes ill during the school day, parents will be expected to pick up their student in a timely manner. The student will be isolated from other students and staff until they are picked-up from school.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • Parents will be expected to wear masks/face coverings upon entering the building.

     

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.
    • All staff will be expected to abide by this plan.

    Physical distancing: 

    • The expectations are that staff members 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 the staff to remain at least 6 feet away from another person whenever possible.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Staff members will be role models for students by frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of COVID and other infectious diseases. 
    • 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:

    • Staff will model appropriate mask use when others are present.

    Administration will work with staff in high risk categories to mitigate the risk of infection to the extent possible.

    Common places expectations: 

    • Staff meetings:
    • All whole-staff meetings will be held through Teams during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Small groups of teachers may be allowed to meet in person, as long as, physical distancing can occur and masks are worn.
    • Lounge:
      • Physical distancing will be utilized in the staff lounge. Teachers are encouraged not to congregate longer than 15 minutes.
    • Copy room:
      • Proper physical distancing is expected in the copy room. The copy machine will be sanitized on a regular basis.
      • Staff will utilize hand sanitizer before and after using the copy machine.

    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

  • Orientation: 

    • 6th grade students and students new to the school will be assigned a specific time that they may walk their schedule and become familiar with class locations prior to the start of the 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.

    Dances: 

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

                    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