2020-21 Central Academy 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 the 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.
  • Click here to see 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 utmost importance in preventing the spread of a communal disease.  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).
    • 2 times a week schools will have 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: 

    • Student desks 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.

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • Computer labs will solely be used for academic classes.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will use the sanitizing wipes on 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)
    • Library desk
    • Nurses office (use of N95 double mask)
    • Select offices of at-risk employees

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • Portions of the 2020-2021 bell schedule will be altered however, each class period will continue to be 85-90 minutes in length.
    • Protocols will be followed that allow for maximum physical distancing.

     School Arrival: 

    • We will have an administrator or 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 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.
    • We are asking that students arrive no sooner than 7:45am. In the instances when students arrive prior to the specified arrival time, they will be required to go directly to the cafeteria. 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 according to the location of their classroom
    • The students will be released at the end of the day according to their Team placement.

      Student movement: 

    • The students are to move through the building and adhere to physical distancing protocols.
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms.

     Entrances and Exits: 

    • The school will provide the specific doors that will be used for all foot traffic based on the need.

     Release/transition times: 

    • The transition times between classes has been increased.
    • The 9th and 10th grade students will be allowed to leave first, followed by the 11th and 12th grade students
    • 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 immediately reporting to their 1st period class.
    • 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 in intervals.
    • 11th/12th will be released during the first minute, followed by 9th and 10th grades students during the 2nd
    • 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 8 students per table. 
    • All seats will be marked with an “X”.
    • We will also allow students to sit along the wall in the main hallway.
    • 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 or required to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols.
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building no sooner than 11:30.
    • At the end of lunch, students will go immediately to their next class and line up in single file, 6 ft. apart or enter the classroom.
    • 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 wash their hands and use the available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch.  

    Performance-based courses: 

    • The administration will work closely with the Physical Education teacher to create as much physical distancing space as possible while the students are all in one location.
    • All non-essential 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.

     School lockers:  

    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 20-21 school year.
    • Backpacks will be permitted in the classroom 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 staff will create a video that welcomes and celebrate the students back to school.
    • 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.

     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 utmost 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:

    • Students are expected to wear masks. If there is an extenuating circumstance that calls for a student to not wear a mask, it is the responsibility of the student and/or family to make the administration aware of the request. Students will be reminded to keep the face covering or face mask over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands.

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.
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-ins 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.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • Masks need to be worn.
    • We will leave a bin in the front of the school to leave materials and an office staff will retrieve it after they leave.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work:

    • At the beginning of staff meetings, 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 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 utmost 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 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, there will be prep period meetings and proper 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

  • 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.
    • Each appointment will last approximately 5 minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than 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 canceled.