• Pioneer School of the Arts

    Building Health & Safety Plan

    2020-2021

    Plans are subject to change based on recommendations from CDH and West Ada School District.  Last Updated - August 18, 2020

    Goals:

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional, and mental  
    2. Be consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations
    3. Provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools  
    4. Maintain 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 and isolate groups as much as possible.
  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  •  Administrator and custodian walk-through:

    • The administrator 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 the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom. 
    • Daily disinfecting of desks/tables 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.
    • Twice weekly deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant as well as student cubby disinfecting with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S Disinfectant Tablet. 
    • Each classroom will be supplied with sanitizer spray and paper towels or rags for use throughout the day as needed.

    Classroom layout:

    • All nonessential items will be removed and verified by administrator walk-through.
      • Nonessential items include those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.
    • All classrooms (including generalists, specialists, computer labs, etc.) will be arranged to maximize the spacing between students and help minimize close interactions for extended periods. Where possible …
      • At or near recommended 6’ distancing
      • Arranged in the same direction without facing peers

    Signage & PPE:

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders in the following areas …
      • Main office
      • Library
      • Nurse’s office
      • Hallways
      • Restrooms
      • Cafeteria
    • Plexiglass barriers will be placed in areas with a high number of contacts with a wide variety of individuals or where needed due to service provided, such as …
      • Main office
      • Nurse’s office
      • Library desk
      • Speech/Language
      • Special Education
      • At-risk employees

    Lunch:

    • Until further notice, Pioneer teachers have agreed to supervise lunch in the classroom in order to keep student cohorts from mixing and reduce potential exposure opportunities that could have otherwise occurred …
      • In lunch lines
      • At the point of service
      • At lunch tables
    • Pioneer has partnered with West Ada School Nutrition to provide bagged “hot” lunches that will be delivered to the classroom. Lunches will be distributed to students after they wash/sanitize upon their return from recess.
    • Lunch will take place after recess to ensure that students get an appropriate activity break as well as the time needed to eat a healthy lunch.

    Recess:

    • Grade-levels will be assigned specific locations on the playground at recess.
    • Morning, lunch, and afternoon recesses will be staggered to ensure that student cohorts are limited to their grade-level or classroom in order to reduce exposure to broader groups of students.
    • The timeframes for recesses will be expanded to allow the school to limit the number of grades/classes on the playground at a given time.
    • Physical distancing will be promoted to allow students not to wear masks when at recess except for when using the play structure.
    • Play structures will be sanitized daily on a schedule determined by the West Ada Maintenance Department.

    Library Use:

    • Maximum of one class at a time.
      • Physical distancing and use of universal precautions will be maximized.
    • Limited Access - Students only visit with their class. No before/after school or recess book checkout and return will be allowed.
    • Library processes will be in place for socially distant browsing and appropriate sanitizing/quarantine of returned books.

    Computer Lab Use:

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the Computer Lab Curriculum and Assessment for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will sanitize workstation as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.

    Composition and Performing Arts Lab:

    • Students will use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will use the sanitizing wipes on the keyboard as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.

    Drinking Fountains

    • School drinking fountains will be turned off.
    • Students will be expected to bring their own personal water bottles. Water bottles will not be shared.
    • Students can refill their water bottles at a classroom sink.

    Hallways

    • All non-essential furniture and equipment will be removed from the hallways.
    • Learning activities will not take place in the hallway.

Operations Strategies

  • STUDENTS

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow the school-wide schedule
    • 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            

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

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

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Students are expected to wear masks in the hallway.
    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways. Main traffic areas of hallways should not be used as student work areas.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
    • Transition routes that minimize proximity to other classes/grade-levels will be used when possible.                

    Classrooms:

    • Students are expected to wear masks in the classroom. Protocols will permit periodic, appropriate, and staff directed mask breaks when other prevention strategies allow.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
    • Students will use their own personal supplies and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students will be assigned classroom supplies (manipulatives, scissors, etc) and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
    • Students are expected to take home personal items daily (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes, etc) so that cubbies and shelves can be sanitized.                

    Restrooms:

    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Restrooms will be limited to only the number of stalls available. If full, students will wait in the hallway at the designated locations posted to remain appropriately distanced.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit.

    Lunch/Recess:

    • All students will handwash/hand sanitize before and after recess.
    • Students will be expected to interact with children in their own grade-level.
    • Lunches brought from home will be kept separated and only touched by the student who brought the lunch.
    • Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits and take care of their classrooms.
    • Students who need to use the restroom during their lunch period need permission from a teacher. One student per restroom may be excused from the classroom at a time during lunch.
    • Students will only consume the food provided by the cafeteria or brought from home. Students will NOT be allowed to share food under any circumstances.
    • Students who need more time to eat must do so in a non-disruptive manner once instruction resumes.        

     Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after recess.
    • Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.
    • Students will adhere to social distancing when lining up.
    • Students will be prompted to adhere to social distancing guidelines at recess.

    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.
    • 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 the device provided by district at school and at home.
    • 1:1 devices are being provided for student use at school and/or home.
    • Devices should only be used by the student they are assigned to.
    • Optional device insurance is available through West Ada.
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    PARENTS

    Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Parents/Guardians on school grounds during arrival/dismissal are expected to adhere to guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.
    • Parents/Guardians and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Non-essential volunteers are not allowed into the building until further notice.
      • Essential volunteers who are necessary to the function of the school may be identified by the administrator.

    Office Area:

    • All front office visitors are expected to wear a mask prior to entry.
    • Parents/Guardians 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.

    Lunch:

    • Parents/Guardians will not be permitted to have breakfast or lunch at school with their child during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Parents/Guardians are encouraged not to check a student out of school just for the lunch period.       

    Playground:

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

    Parent-Teacher Conferences & Meetings:

    • Fall 2020 Parent-Teacher conferences will be held virtually.
      • This year, the classroom teacher will determine the format (student-led, student-involved, or teacher-led).
    • Whenever possible, parent-teacher meetings should be held virtually.

     

    STAFF

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will reteach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.
    • Staff will remind students to take personal belongings home daily (coat, lunchbox, water bottle, backpack).
    • Staff will do an informal screening (such as a verbal check-in) with members of their class at the start of each day and refer concerns to the Nurse’s office.

    Classrooms: 

    • Staff will wear masks or other appropriate personal protection equipment (provided personally by the staff member or by the district).           

    Office Area:

    • Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor markers, and mobile plexiglass barriers.
    • Staff will reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes as needed.
    • Staff will prompt students to wear masks when entering the building.
    • Staff will prompt students to take home and wash masks when checking out.

    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.

    Restrooms: 

    • All staff will wash their hands after using the restroom.
    • Staff restrooms will be limited to the number of available stalls.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

    Lunch:

    • Teachers will take their duty-free lunch when their students are on the playground for lunch recess.
    • Staff will wash/sanitize hands before and after eating.
    • 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.
    • When students return from lunch recess, teachers will ensure students wash/sanitize hands and will distribute hot lunch.
    • Teachers will ensure students wash/sanitize hands after eating and cleaning up their desk/classroom areas.

    Playground:

    • Staff will remind students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Staff performing playground supervision duty during recesses will remind students of universal precautions.

    Specials (PE, Music, Library, Computer Lab, Art):

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

Other Considerations

  • Student Strategies: 

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

    Parent/Guardian Strategies:

    • Parents/Guardians and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Meeting attendees will practice universal precautions and are encouraged to participate virtually whenever possible.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with 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 (such as 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.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available.

     How Parents/Guardians Can Help: 

    • Please carefully monitor your child’s physical condition and keep them home if they display the following symptoms …
      • Dry cough, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, fever, muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that precautions are taken to ensure the home environment is as healthy as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.

     COVID Testing & Reporting:

    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases and positive COVID cases, the following will be reported to our Nurse and/or Health Services: Knowledge of on individual who is …
      • Demonstrating known COVID symptoms;
      • Aware of exposure to a COVID positive contact; and/or
      • Awaiting results of a COVID test
    • When reporting, confidentiality in relation to ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained.
    • Reporting Process:
      • Staff member contacts the school nurse. 
      • School nurse will follow the Health Services process for handling communicable diseases. 
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur. 

     

    **Note: For the purpose of this plan, please note that mask is used as the common term for a fabric face covering or shield.**