2020-21 Pepper Ridge 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.


  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan
  • Facility Considerations

    • Regular administrator and/or custodial walk-through of the facility
    • Cleaning schedule and process
    • Classroom layout
    • Library use
    • Appropriate and approved signage and plexiglass placement
    • Computer labs and cleaning routines


    Facility Strategies:



    • Masks are required for staff and student, but parents or a staff member can fill out an Opt Out form, found on the district website.
    • While inside the building, volunteers and guests are limited and must wear a mask.

    Building walk-through:

    • The administrator and/or custodian will complete a building walk-through once a week.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern(s), if any, in a timely manner.

    Cleaning processes:

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom.
    • Hand sanitizing bottles will be available in other common areas such as the office, cafeteria, and staff lounge.
    • Desks, countertops, chairs, and tabletops will be sanitized on a bi-weekly custodial schedule.
    • Each day, custodial staff will disinfect 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).
    • Each week, custodial staff will disinfect outdoor playground equipment with the Victory sprayer (an electrostatically charged sprayer) in conjunction with the chemical; BruTab 6S (Disinfectant tablet).
    • Twice a week, custodial staff will complete a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet) twice a week. 

    Classroom layout:

    • Classrooms will be arranged to either maximize physical distancing between student desks or pod student desks where physical distancing is not possible.
    • Consistent seating charts will be used across classrooms, small group instruction, specials classes and the lunchroom.
    • Non-essential items will be removed to create space where needed. (Examples of non-essential items are those that have no instructional, learning, or job-related purpose.)
    • Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Individual cubby areas will be used for storing student personal belongings and individual learning materials.

    Library use, access, and furniture:

    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.
    • A maximum of one class at a time will be permitted in the library.

    Computer Lab use and cleaning: 

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the Computer Lab curriculum instruction and/or student assessments.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom.
    • Sanitizing of workstations will occur by the computer teacher in between device usage.



Operations Strategies

  • Operational Considerations

    • Arrival/Dismissal
    • Office/Check-In-Out Areas
    • Transitions/Hallways/Walkways
    • Restrooms
    • Cafeteria
    • Playground
    • Classroom
    • Devices
    • Specials/PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab



    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule.
    • Students will sanitize hands as they enter the cafeteria or classroom.

                   Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    • Tardy students will sanitize hands upon entering the building in the front office area.


    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.


    • The number of occupants in the restrooms will be limited to the number of stalls available.
    • If necessary, students will wait outside the restroom in designated areas until space is available.
    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit.


    • Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
    • All students will handwash/hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.
    • Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces.
    • Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines.
    • Students will sit at assigned tables consistent with classroom seating charts.
    • 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 more time to eat, may move to a designated table.
    • Lunch tables and benches will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.


    • Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after entering the playground.
    • Students will play in their assigned grade level zones.


    • Masks are required in the classroom unless a medical exemption or Parent Opt-Out form is noted in PowerSchool.
    • Universal safety precautions will be taught and regularly reviewed by classroom and specialist teachers.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer/wash hands as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
    • Students will use their own cubby hook for backpacks/coats.
    • Students will use their own personal school supplies and will keep them separate from other students’ supplies.
    • Only one student at a time may be excused to use the restroom.
    • Arrangements will be made for students to sit in the same desk/table/chair each day.


    • Students are expected to take care of their provided one-to-one devices at school and at home.
    • In grades K-5, student laptop or iPads will be checked out to individual students at the beginning of the school year and to new students as they enroll.
    • Students are responsible to carry their laptop/iPad in the district provided case when traveling between home and school.
    • An internet hotspot can be provided to families as needed. Parent/guardians may request one for by contacting the administrator.
    • An Optional Device protection plan will be available to families to 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.


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

    • Students will participate in typical specials classrooms (i.e., music room, gym, library).
    • All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom.
    • Only one student at a time may be excused to use the restroom.
    • Students will help with the sanitizing of equipment and tables/desks between classes.



Parent Strategies

  • Parents

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents and visitors will check in with the front office upon arrival on campus.
    • Parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask on campus.


    • Volunteers will be permitted into the building as scheduled by classroom teachers and staff.


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

    Parent-Teacher Conferences & Other Meetings:

    • Fall 2021 Parent-Teacher conferences and Special Education/504 meetings will be held in person. Virtual meetings will be available upon parent request.
    • Online replacements for live required meetings (MDT and 504) will be utilized as much as possible and when available. If meetings are conducted in person, meeting attendees will practice universal precaution procedures.

Staff Strategies

  • Staff



    • Masks are required for staff and students, but parents or a staff member can fill out an Opt Out form, found on the district website.


    • Staff will assist in the supervision of students during arrival/dismissal.

                     Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    • Office staff will utilize signage and mobile plexiglass barriers as needed.
    • Masks will be available for students and staff and visitors upon request.


    • All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.
    • The number of occupants in the staff restrooms will be limited to the number of stalls available.


    • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.


    • Staff will establish procedures for students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.

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

    • Consumable materials (pencils, paper, etc.) will not be shared.
    • Materials and equipment will be sanitized as directed by the teacher.
  • Other Considerations:

                 How to help: 

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home.


    COVID-19 Testing & Reporting

                    Students/Staff Showing Symptoms at School:

    • Students/Staff exhibiting symptoms or not feeling well will sent to the nurse for an initial assessment.
    • 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/parent contacts school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases.


    Subject to change based on school district and state health guidelines.

    Updated August 25, 2021