2020-21 Pepper Ridge Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals:

    1. Protect the physical, emotional, and mental health and safety of students, staff, and all who come on campus
    2. Align operations, strategies, practices, and procedures with local health authorities’ recommendations
    • Examples: minimizing interactions within 6ft to less than 15 minutes, use of face coverings, regular washing/sanitizing of hands, etc.
    1. Provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools  
    2. Be adaptable and flexible with evolution of COVID 19  
    3. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    4. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior
    5. Limit Interactions & Isolate groups as much as possible. By being 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
  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Operations Strategies

  • Building Health and Safety Strategies/Operations

    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.
    • Hand washing/sanitizing routines and schedules will be developed and taught
      • Hand wash/sanitize upon entering classroom
      • Hand wash/sanitize before major transitions (To specials, cafeteria, recess, etc.)
      • Hand wash/sanitize per teacher schedule and/or student personal preference
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily, frequently traveled/touched surfaces, such as doors and door handles, light switches, hand railings, desks, table tops, cubbie areas and other hard surfaces will be sanitized with the Victory sprayer (an electrostatically charged sprayer) in conjunction with the chemical; BruTab 6S (Disinfectant tablet).
    • 2 times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection take place with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant.
    • PreK and ½ day Kinder: Same cleaning done of PreK and ½ day Kinder classrooms will be done by custodial staff between AM and PM sessions as is done at the end of day for classrooms used full day

    School Wide

    • Expected use of face masks and/or shields by staff, students, and visitors
      • We will have face masks available for students/visitors who don’t have them
    • All staff and students trained on proper PPE use and safety considerations
    • Elimination of non-essential items in classrooms, hallways, and other parts of building
    • Students remain with class, limit/no sharing of students between grade level teachers
    • Assemblies, after school activities/events postponed
    • Drinking fountains will be turned off
      • Recommended students bring reusable water bottle from home.
        • Please place students first and last name on bottle
      • Extra reusable water bottles will be on hand for students who need them
    • Students requested to only bring items essential for learning to school
      • Keep personal items, such as toys, balls, games, etc. at home


    • Arrangement of seating to maximize space between students and account for physical distancing
    • Each classroom will be equipped with disinfectant spray bottle to spot clean/clean as needed
    • Use of shared materials limited
      • Students will have their own supplies (pencils, glue, markers, etc.) that are separate from other students
    • Students are expected to take home personal items daily (back packs, coats, etc.). Having spaces clear and as item free as possible will help ensure safe and efficient cleaning

    Specials: 4 minute window between the end and start of specials to allow for cleaning of equipment and provide opportunity for     

    safe transitions (example: if Library ends at 10:30, the next Library class’ scheduled start time is 10:34). 


    • The use of the library will be allowed by a maximum of one class at a time.
    • Physical distancing and health and safety guidelines are in effect during library use.
      • Sanitizing hands upon entry, Students seated in same direction, etc.
      • Access to the library will be on a limited and controlled basis.
      • 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.
      • Returned books will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before reshelving
      • Library may take place in the classroom with a limited selection of books for students to check out.


    • Will take place in the classroom following classroom health and safety procedures.
      • Students will use personal device and headphones
      • Extra headphones will be available for students to checkout if they do not have their own pair


    • Will take place in the classroom following classroom health and safety procedures

     Physical Education

    • Meet outside whenever possible
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands before PE
    • Universal precautions specific to PE will be taught and regularly reviewed that will also provide instruction on safe and healthy play and equipment use.


    • Meet in gym or outside whenever possible
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands before Music
    • Universal precautions specific to Music will be taught and regularly reviewed regarding safe and healthy equipment use

     Computer Lab

    • Computer special will take place in classroom, but computer labs may be used for testing during the 2020-21 school year
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands before entering computer lab
    • Before exiting lab, workstations will be sanitized
    • Students will use personal headphones
      • Extra headphones will be available for students to checkout if they do not have their own pair


    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.
      • Floor markings in hallways to identify safe distance
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
      • Single file, appropriate spacing, walk on the right


    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Limited occupancy of restrooms
      • Limited to number of urinals/stalls
      • If stall/urinal unavailable student will step back to hallway/outside and wait on distancing dot until space becomes available
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit


    • Universal precautions will be taught and reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
      • Markings will be placed on floor to identify appropriate distancing
    • Lunch will occur in the cafeteria/outside/alternate location
      • Eating in classrooms will be avoided whenever possible
    • All student will handwash/hand sanitize before eating.
    • 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
      • When packing lunches from home, please consider using disposable bags, and baggies to hold food
    • Students will sit at individual tables, designated by classroom
      • Seating at tables will be limited to allow for distancing between students
    • Classes will arrive/dismiss from the cafeteria based on a staggered school-wide schedule.
      • For lunch, to allow for safe distancing, we will use a rotating scheduled where no more than 2 classes from the same grade level will be in the cafeteria at a time. If it is not a class’ scheduled day to eat in the cafeteria, they will eat in the classroom or another safe, alternate, on campus location.
    • 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 only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, store bought, or brought from home
    • Students will exit the cafeteria after being excused.
      • A coordinated, controlled exiting process will be used to allow for the same clean-up and discarding of trash as well as a safe exit
    • Students who need more time to eat, may move to a designated table and social distance 6 feet apart.
    • Lunch tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.
    • Students will follow building/s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.

    Recess/ Playground

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands before recess and upon entering the classroom after recess
    • Playground will be broken up into clearly identifiable play areas that will be assigned to classes on a rotating basis. Students will be expected to play in their assigned play, using safe distancing practices during recesses
    • Recess will be staggered by grade level to limit the number of students on the playgrounds at once

    Student Arrival

    • Walkers, Parent Drop Off
      • Please arrive as close to the start of the school day as possible
      • If dropping your child off in a vehicle, please use the parent drop off lane (Click here for Parking Lot Map) Please do not park on the street and walk you’re child on campus
    • Bus Riders
      • Busses arriving early will not release students until staff superivision begins (8:45 most days, 9:00 on Wednesdays)
    • Upon arriving at school students will report to classroom
      • Students will enter classroom through exterior door
      • Exceptions: student’s who are eating breakfast at school

    Student Dismissal

    • We will use a staggered method for student dismissal that will involve staff moving students in groups to specific locations
      • Parent Pick Up
      • Walkers
        • Defined as walkers, bike riders, scooters, skateboards, etc.
        • We ask parents who are meeting their children to walk them home wait off campus along the sidewalk/fence area of Hollandale using appropriate distancing. Students meeting parents will be walked to this meeting location to be reunited with parents.
        • Students who are meeting siblings, then walking home without an adult will meet at the concrete steps located on the south side of the school bordering Hollandale (students biking, scootering, etc. home together can meet at the at the bike rack by the front of the school)
          • Link to Map Here

    School Access: To help control traffic flow in the front office front doors will be locked during the school day

    • Student Late Arrival
      • Please park and walk your child to front door
      • Upon arrival call school (208-850-4130).
      • Office member will meet you and your child at front door to provide access and document arrival via normal sign in procedures
        • Information to be documented
          • Date, student’s name, name of adult dropping student off, reason for arrival, time in
        • Students will wash/sanitize hands in the front office area.
        • Students will be prompted to wear masks when entering the building
      • Early Check Out
        • Upon arrival call school (208-850-4130)
          • Provide student’s name, name of adult who is picking them up, relation, etc.
          • Office staff member will document check out information
        • Student will be called down to office
        • A member of office staff will provide access
          • Please wait in designated area until student(s) arrive 
    • Items Being Dropped
      • Call office upon arrival (208-855-4130) to let us know you have an item for a student
        • Please provide brief description of item, name of student, and classroom teacher’s name
      • Staff member will deliver item to classroom


    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed in the following areas:
      • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Nurses office
      • Hallways
      • Cafeteria
      • By restrooms
      • Playground

    COVID Testing and 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.
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.

    Device Management

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

     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.


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

    Meeting Considerations

    • Meetings with staff by appointment only
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible

    How you can help

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.
    • Model safe and healthy practices at home
      • Use of masks, hand washing, social distancing when required, regular cleaning and disinfecting when needed, etc.

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.
    • Staff restrooms will be limited to 2 staff members at a time.
    • 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.

    Meeting Considerations

    • 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.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT, 504, RTI, Staff, PD) will be utilized as much as possible and when available.