20-21 Joplin 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.
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Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian before student arrival on campus daily.
    • 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 the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap and hand sanitizer.
    • 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).
    • Cafeteria tables and furniture will continue to be sanitized after use in conjunction with BruTab 65 and victory sprayer.
    • 2 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 2 times a week, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 

    Classroom layout, furniture, and items: 

    • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between student desks.
    • The desks will all be facing in the same direction and will not be facing one another.
    • Classroom tables will need at least 6- foot distancing between students.
    • 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. 
    • Shared instructional items will be limited to essential items only, which can be disinfected as described under “cleaning processes.” Student instructional items will consist mainly of those which are individually used.
    • Students will minimize interactions within 6-ft for no longer than 15 minutes.
    • Students will be allowed into the classroom in small groups with students maintaining social distancing practice in the cubby areas where personal items are stored/accessed.

    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 and at the end of the day to return items only. 
    • The administration and the library staff will eliminate 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.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer upon entry to the library.
    • Time for disinfecting will be included between library groups to reduce cross contamination.
    • Library tables and furniture will be disinfected between classes.
    • Librarian will assist in selection of books for students in conjunction with the classroom teacher in order to minimize students searching library shelves in order to decrease surface contamination potential.

    Computer lab use and cleaning:  

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding instruction and testing for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • 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.


    • 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 (include portable plexiglass barrier)
    • Nurses office
    • Computer lab entryway
    • Cafeteria entrance
    • Entrances from playgrounds
    • Restroom entrances
    • Entrance to main hallway access

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule
      • Students will enter playground areas through exterior entrances rather than walking through the main office hallway.
      • Students will enter cafeteria through the entrance nearest to pick-up/drop-off rather than main hallway
    • Students are expected to wear face masks while on the playground/arrival/dismissal staging locations
    • Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) with them while on the playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations
    • Students will enter classrooms from exterior doors rather than the interior hallway, unless weather prohibits and requires the use of indoor recess schedule.

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Tardy/late students will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes.
    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the building, past the front office area.
    • Students will be prompted to wear masks when entering the building.
    • Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area.


    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing.
      • Stickers on the walls will mark 6 foot distances for students in hallways with one student per sticker
      • Classrooms will walk through the hallways only during transitions to elective classes and to the cafeteria during scheduled lunch periods.
      • Teachers will ensure that only one classroom per wing is in the wing hallway at any time during transitions.
      • Master schedule will allow for additional time between classes for electives and lunch periods.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.


    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Restroom will be limited to 2 students at a time.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit


    • Grade levels will arrive/dismiss from the cafeteria based on a staggered school-wide schedule.
      • Lunch periods will be split into three time blocks during green scenario, two time blocks during yellow to allow for maximum distancing and sanitizing between groups.
    • Student groups will use exterior spaces while entering the cafeteria whenever weather permits.
    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
    • All student will handwash/hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.
    • Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces
    • Cold lunch boxes/food from home will be individually separated in the classroom and will transitions to/from the cafeteria ONLY by the students to which the food belongs
    • Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines and stand using social distancing markers.
    • Students will sit at individual tables, designated by grade level and/or classroom
    • Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits.
    • Students will 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 only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, store bought delivered food, or brought from home
    • Students will exit the cafeteria after being excused.
    • Students who need more time to eat, may move to a designated table and social distance 6 feet apart.
    • Students will follow building/s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.


    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground
    • Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.
    • Playground times and spaces will be separated by grade levels.

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/Additional Electives):

    • Students will participate in typical specials classrooms (i.e, music room, gym, library)
    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the specials classroom.
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom.
    • The use of shared equipment for specials will be limited between classes in order to prevent cross contamination and sanitization of equipment between groups.
    • Students will maintain physical distancing during PE and music classes where they are not seated according to pre-arranged furniture.
    • Students who need to use the restroom will first ask the specials teacher. One student per restroom may be excused from the specialist’s classroom at a time.

    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 at 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 of 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. 

Parent Strategies

  • Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Volunteers are not allowed into the building until further notice
    • Parents will remain in cars during drop-off and pick-up times and follow the traffic pattern as directed by staff.
    • Parents who walk students home will maintain social distancing protocols and should comply with Central District Health recommendations to wear face coverings while on campus, even in outside waiting areas.

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival/dismissal staging locations.


    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year or until otherwise notified by Joplin Elementary or West Ada School District.


    • Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students on playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

Staff Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will reteach 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 reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes.
    • Staff will prompt students to wear masks when entering the building.
    • Staff will prompt students to take home and wash masks when checking out.


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


    • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.


    • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
    • Staff will eat lunch in a 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.
    • Staff will separate lunches/food brought from home in clearly marked bags/containers.


    • Staff will remind students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.

    Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/Additional Electives)

    • Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.
    • Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, non -fabric- based materials and equipment. 

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Student Strategies: 

    • Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.

    Parents Strategies:

    • Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Meeting attendees will practice universal precaution procedures in place.
    • Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait with for students.

    Staff Strategies:  

    • All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions.
    • Staff will not share and/or provide food (potlucks) during meetings/gatherings/PLC’s/professional development
    • Staff will continue to attend required meetings (MDT,504, RTI, Staff, PD) with universal precaution procedures in place.
      • On campus MDT, 504, IEP and other meetings will be held in a classroom allowing proper social distancing.
      • Staff meetings and PD will continue to be held in classroom spaces which allow for social distancing.
      • Meeting spaces will be disinfected between meetings.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available.

    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.

    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 
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.