21-22 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 provides protocols for school operating procedures in a hybrid (yellow) schedule 

  • Click here to see full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

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     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). 

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

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

    Classroom layout: 

    • Students requesting additional space in the classroom will be accommodated to the extent possible.

Operations Strategies

  • School Arrival: 

    • 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 three areas (cafeteria and large gym). Students requesting additional space will report to the library.
    • Students are to arrive no sooner than 8:00am.
    • Students will be encouraged to apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the designated waiting areas (cafeteria, large gym, and library) 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. Students and staff may opt out of the mask requirement utilizing the district provided opt-out form.

    School Departure: 

    • 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 be asked not to congregate on campus after school.

    Student movement:

    • Students will be expected to report directly to their next class.
    • Students desiring to transition with a smaller group between classes will be accommodated to the extent possible.
    • Students will be encouraged to sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms.

    Breakfast/Break/Lunch: 

    • Students will be allowed to eat in the cafeteria. Students requesting additional space while eating will be accommodated to the extent possible.

    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.

    PE lockers: 

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • Students who do not dress down for P.E. (6th and 7th grade students) will be expected to wear appropriate footwear for physical activity.
    • Lockers will be sanitized on a regular basis.

    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.
    • Students may walk their schedule and become familiar with class locations prior to the start of the school year.

    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 encouraged to use the hand sanitizer upon entering classrooms.

    Cough: 

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

    Mask use:

    • Masks/face coverings will be required for students, staff and visitors upon entering the building. Students and staff may opt out of the mask requirement utilizing the district provided opt-out form.

Parent Strategies

  • 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 school nurse. 

    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:  

    • 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-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.
    • Masks/face coverings will be required for students, staff and visitors upon entering the building. Students and staff may opt out of the mask requirement utilizing the district provided opt-out form.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work: 

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

    Physical distancing: 

    • Staff members desiring increased space during meetings will be accommodated to the extent 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 times.
    • Staff is encouraged to monitor their physical feelings and to stay home if needed.

    Mask use:

    • Masks/face coverings will be required for students, staff and visitors upon entering the building. Students and staff may opt out of the mask requirement utilizing the district provided opt-out form.

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

    Common places expectations: 

    • Staff meetings:
    • Staff members desiring increase space during meetings will be accommodated to the extent possible.
    • Lounge:
      • Physical distancing will be encouraged in the staff lounge. Teachers are encouraged not to congregate for extended periods of time.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Orientation: 

    • Students may walk their schedule and become familiar with class locations prior to the start of the school year.

    Assemblies: 

    • If assemblies occur, students requesting more space will be accommodated or will be provided the opportunity to attend remotely to the extent possible.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: 

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment.

    Dances: 

    • All dances for the 2021-2022 school year have been canceled.

                    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