2021-22 Frontier 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. We will encourage safe interactions with staff and among students while adhering to physical distancing guidelines laid out by health officials. 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.
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Facility Considerations

    • Regular administrator and/or custodial walk-through of the facility
    • Cleaning schedule and process
    • Classroom desk/table layout and spacing-Allow for recommended physical distancing, minimize interactions within 3-6 ft. to less than 15 minutes per day.
    • Library use, access, and furniture
    • Appropriate and approved signage and plexiglass placement
    • Computer labs and cleaning routines. Students will be asked to wash hands upon entry and exiting classroom.
    • Signage

    Administrator and custodial walk-through:

    • The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian regularly throughout the year.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas (such as low hand sanitizer, soap, congestion areas during transitions, etc.) and to remedy any concerns in a timely manner.

    Cleaning schedule and processes:

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD 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 with cleaning supplies to disinfect/wipe down tables or materials when needed.
    • Daily, Frontier custodial staff will be disinfecting 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, Frontier 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.

    Classroom layout:

    • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize physical spacing between students.
    • Classroom tables and/or desks will be placed to maximize physical distancing between students.
    • Student seating will remain at the tables/desks and will NOT be stacked nightly.
    • Non-essential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through has happened. (Examples of non-essential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.)
    • Classrooms will utilize non-porous, reusable materials that can be disinfected. Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Cubby areas will be accessible for students to place their items on their own hook and/or within individual bins.
    • Students will interact with one another using social distancing and minimize interactions within 3-6 ft for longer than 15 minutes.

    Library use, access, and furniture:

    • All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.
    • Students will be expected to use the hand sanitizer provided immediately upon entering and exiting the library.
    • Book checkout and collection will be structured by our Librarian. Students and families will be instructed on how to search for books through Library Resources (found on the Community tab of our Frontier website).
    • Difficult to clean furniture (such as fabric chairs) will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible during the 2021-2022 school year.

    Computer lab use and cleaning:

    • 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.
    • Students will use the provided hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom.
    • Sanitizing of workstations will occur by the computer teacher in between device usage.
    • Students will use their assigned school device in the computer lab as much as possible.

    Signage:

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders to avoid close contact have been placed on the floors and universal safety precaution posters (depicting handwashing, physical distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning, and disinfecting, and staying at home if sick) are posted on walls in the following areas:
    • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Library (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Nurses' office (including portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Hallways, restrooms, classrooms and in the Gym/Cafeteria

Operational Considerations

    • Arrival/Dismissal
    • Office/Check-In-Out Areas
    • Transitions/Hallways
    • Restrooms
    • Classrooms
    • Cafeteria
    • Playground
    • Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/STEM)
    • Device Management

Students

  • Before the School Day Begins

    • Assess your own health and that of your students 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 or 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 do not 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.
    • If staff are 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 distance whenever possible.

    Getting to School

    • If your child will be riding the bus to school, per CDH (Central District Health) mandate, your child 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 distance themselves from other students as far as is possible.

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Students will not be permitted to arrive on campus until 8:35 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, students will not be permitted on campus before 8:50 am due to Late Start Collaboration.
    • Upon arrival, students will physically distance themselves on the playground or go to the cafeteria (from exterior cafeteria door) if eating breakfast 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.
    • Students on a late bus arrival will enter through their classroom exterior door.
    • Students will wash/sanitize their hands as soon as they enter the building.
    • At dismissal, students are expected to leave campus immediately following dismissal or wait in the designated staging area for pickup.

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Students entering campus after 9:10am (tardy/late) will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes.
    • Students will wash/sanitize hands after entering the building.
    • Students will be encouraged to wear face coverings when entering the building.

    Transitions/Hallways:

    • Student hallway transitions will be supervised to ensure physical distancing between students.
    • Students will avoid congregating hallways and will be expected to keep hands to themselves as they walk, following the Frontier Way.
    • Students will observe visual floor markers and signage that direct traffic flow in hallways.
    • Teachers will use the outside doors to their classrooms as much as possible when transitioning students to and from specials.

    Restrooms:

    • Expectations and universal safety precaution signage will be posted at the entry of student restrooms.
    • Doors leading into restrooms will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces.
    • Each restroom will only allow the same number of students as there are stalls. Students will wait outside the restroom until there is an open stall.
    • Restroom usage and physical distancing expectations will be taught and reviewed by classroom teachers, specialist teachers and reminders will be made weekly during morning announcements. These procedures will follow our Frontier Way.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will need to ask permission from the teacher. The teacher will allow only one child to leave their classroom at a time. If needed in the lower grades (especially at the beginning of the year when routines are new), teachers could take their entire class to have a bathroom break, with students physically distancing in the hallways waiting their turn to use the restroom.
    • During lunch recess, bathrooms will be monitored to limit the number of students in the bathroom at one time.
    • All students will be expected to wash their hands after using the restroom.

    Classrooms:

    • Universal safety precautions will be taught and regularly reviewed by classroom and specialist teachers.
    • Everyone is encouraged to wear a proper face mask correctly while in the classroom.
    • All students will be expected to handwash/hand sanitize when entering classrooms.
    • Students will use their own cubby hook for backpacks/coats. Individual storage bins will be supplied to students to keep their own supplies separate from other supplies. Before arriving at school, please label ALL supplies with the student’s first name and initial of last name.
    • Students will be asked to sit at the same desk/table location each day.
    • Water fountains will only be used to fill bottles or cups.
    • 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.
    • 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 those school buildings in which the building maintenance staff indicates that it is not possible to perform at least four air exchanges per hour, consider opening your classroom door and the classroom windows if weather allows and the open door and windows do not create excessive noise in the classroom.
    • If a student report 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 people. 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.
    • 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.

    Cafeteria:

    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
    • Physical distancing to the best of capabilities is especially important during meals because students will have to take their face masks off to eat.
    • 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.
    • Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces.
    • Cold lunch boxes/food from home will ONLY be handled by the students to which the food belongs.
    • Students will practice no-touch rules (Frontier Way) while in lines and students will adhere to physical distancing.
    • Students will sit at individual tables, designated by grade level and/or classroom, with physical distancing markers denoted on tables.
    • A seating chart will be in place for all cafeteria tables. This seating chart will mirror that of the classroom and specials classrooms as to minimize exposure to multiple students.
    • Grade levels will arrive/dismiss from the cafeteria based on a staggered school-wide schedule.
    • Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask a cafeteria supervisor. One student per restroom may be excused from the cafeteria at a time.
    • Students will exit the cafeteria to the designated playground area after being excused.
    • Students who need more time to eat may move to a designated table and physical distance.
    • Cafeteria tables and benches will be disinfected after each use.
    • If students are unable to go outside after lunch (due to inclement weather), then students will be required to go to Frontier Square where distance markers are labeled on the ground.

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the playground.
    • Students will play using safe, physical distancing practices.
    • If recess is indoors, students are encouraged to wear their face masks and distance as much as possible.
    • Students must wash their hands thoroughly at the end of recess. 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.

    Physical Education (PE)

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Device Management:

    • Students are expected to take care of their provided one to one device at school and at home.
    • In grades K-1, iPads (with case, device charger and cable) will be initially assigned to classrooms and made available for check-out by students for home use, as necessary.
    • In grades 2-5, student laptops (with case, device charger, and optional stylus) will be individually distributed at the beginning of the school year and to new students as they enroll.
    • An internet device can be provided to students, but the parent/guardian needs to let the administrative staff know their request for one for their home.
    • Device insurance will be provided to those interested in purchase.
    • School devices, device chargers, and any optional accessories such as charging cables and carrying cases must be returned during designated check-in/renewal times.
    • Devices will be examined periodically during the school year to ensure they are functioning properly and being maintained by students.

    Meetings

    • 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.

    Going Home

    • 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 15 minutes.
    • 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.

Parents

  • Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents are asked to use the parent pick up loop with their vehicles as often as possible while remaining in their vehicle. If parents/guardians are walking or biking to pick up their child/children, they are asked to physically distance.

    Cafeteria:

    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2021-2022 school year.

    Volunteers

    • Volunteers will be allowed in the school on a limited basis.
    • All adults entering the building are asked to mitigate their exposure and others by distancing and face coverings are encouraged as well.

Staff

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will teach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.

    Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor signs, and mobile plexiglass barriers.
    • Staff will prompt students to wear face coverings when entering the building.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Staff will observe visual markers and signage that directs traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Staff will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways and adhere to physical distancing expectations.

    Restrooms: 

    • All staff will wash their hands after using the restroom.
    • Staff restrooms will be limited to a few staff, equal to the number of stalls at a time.
    • Universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

    Classrooms:

    • Staff will handwash/sanitize their hands frequently.
    • Staff will utilize reusable materials that can be disinfected. Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Materials and equipment will be sanitized by the teacher as needed.
    • Staff will monitor students to ensure they are adhering to physical distancing.

    Cafeteria:

    • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
    • Staff will eat lunch in sanitized, designated areas and will socially distance if eating in a shared location.
    • Staff will consume only their meal and/or food provided for themselves.

    Playground:

    • Staff will remind students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Staff are scheduled to supervise students on the playground to promote safety and to remind students of physical distancing expectations.

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/STEM)

    • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.
    • Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, reusable materials that can be disinfected. Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Materials and equipment will be sanitized by the teacher as needed.

Other Considerations

  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

    • 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.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

    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, WASD 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 with 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. Most schools air exchanges occur 5x/hour.

    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 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.php or 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 an extremely 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.
    • 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.

    How to help: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them at home.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • It is recommended that masks are washed frequently.