2020-21 Idaho Fine Arts Academy Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals:

    • Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional, and mental  
    • Consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations
    • Guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools 
    • Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19.  
    • Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    • Encourage predictable patterns of behavior 
    • Limit Interactions & Isolate groups to minimize impact of positive cases
  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • The building 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 preventing the spread of COVID. WASD has ensured IFAA will have enough sanitizing inventory  
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in easy to access locations 
    • 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)
    • 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 locker fronts, and Locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet)  

    Classroom layout: 

    • All attempts will be made to arrange student desks to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact
    • 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  

    Library use, access, and furniture: 

    • 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 of the day and will only be allowed to return items at the end of the day
    • Only a certain number of students, in accordance with distancing guidelines, will be allowed in the library during lunch
    • All furniture will be used on a limited basis, or will not be accessible, during the 2020-2021 school year  

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • Computer labs will be used for academic classes and purposes only
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the lab and will sanitize 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:
      • The main lobby of the school and lobby areas to Café West and the dance studios
      • Hallway leading to the administrative, media (library) and counseling offices
      • Head Secretary/bookkeeping office (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Select offices of at-risk employees
      • Directional expectations in hallways are communicated. Students will walk down the righthand side of the hallway

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • IFAA regular bell schedule will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year
    • Assembly schedule will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year  

    School Arrival: 

    • No WASD transportation is provided to IFAA
    • An IFAA facilitated Carpool system is employed
    • Students should arrive no earlier than 7:15 am and arrive to their first period class
    • Students will enter the building/classroom using designated entrances
    • IFAA will maintain a crossing guard between the main building and music building
    • Student drivers will park in designated areas, exit their cars, and enter their designated entrance
    • Once in the building, students will remain distanced, not congregate, and use the right side of the hallway when traveling from one space to the next
    • Students should arrive no sooner than 7:15 am daily
    • In instances when students arrive prior to 7:15 am, they will be required to remain in the main foyer
    • Appropriate physical distancing is expected
    • Staff will remind students to sanitize hands  

    School Departure: 

    • The students will be released at the end of the day according to the location of their classroom and leave using the closest exit
    • Students will go directly to their designated carpool or vehicle and exit campus      

    Release/transition times: 

    • Passing periods will remain 5 minutes and students will walk on the right side of the hallway   
    • Students will exit using the nearest doors
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period  


    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering Café West during morning break
    • All physical distancing protocols are expected while eating in Café West, surrounding hallways, or outside
    • The school nutrition staffs, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food    


    • Students who leave campus during lunch must do so in a timely manner using the nearest exit
    • All Students may retrieve the lunch in Café West
    • During the colder months, middle school students are designated to eat in and around Café West while high school students eat in the main building, hallways, and off campus while maintaining distancing protocols
    • During the warmer months and when weather conditions allow, students will be encouraged to be outside during lunch and to follow social distancing protocols
    • The IFAA “train booth” is not in use for 2020-2021 school year
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, students who choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to be seated with a limited number of students per table
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision. During the lunch break, students may congregate in the hallways so long as physical distancing protocols are followed
    • Students who eat lunch off campus will return to the building no sooner than 1:00 pm or 5 minutes before 4th period begins
    • After lunch, students will go immediately to their next class and line up 6 ft. apart or enter the classroom
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce gathering of students and the movement through the building
    • The school nutrition staff, and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food
    • All students will be reminded to use available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch

    Performance-based courses and IFAA practice rooms: 

    • Administration will work closely with the instrumental music, dance, vocal, and Physical Education teachers to create as much physical distancing space as possible while the students are all in one location
    • All nonessential items will be removed from classrooms and students will be distanced
    • Students may drop off their musical instruments before school to the designated storage area and may retrieve them after school before leaving campus
    • One student may be present in the small practice rooms at one time. Combo rooms may have up to three students in the room at one time   
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside as desired  

    PE & Dance lockers: 

    • The students will first report to the dance studio for attendance.
    • The attendance routines adopted by the staff will support the physical distancing expectations
    • The PE/Dance lockers have been numbered to support physical distancing and students will access their locker to dress down based on the number of their locker
    • Cardiovascular cool down period will be provided prior to entering the locker room
    • The teacher will release the students to dress down based on the location and number of their locker
    • Students will disinfect their area prior to exiting the locker room space  

    School lockers:  

    • Lockers will not be assigned during the 2020-21 school year; students may carry backpacks
    • Individual accommodations will be reviewed by administration for students with special needs  

    Device management:  


    • All schools will have a device distribution plan  


    • All schools will have a process to offer and track insurance  


    • All schools will have a plan to maintain and support the devices

Student Strategies

  • Return to school: 

    • The staff will create a virtual presentation to welcome students back to school
    • The counselor will create protocols and support students during the transition to school

    Ongoing training:  

    • A series of videos explaining the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be created that will serve as reminders for the students

    Physical distancing: 

    • Students should follow the physical distancing guidelines to the best of their ability
    • Students should stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 seconds
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding students to physically distance
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behavior.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of utmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom


    • Students will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all time
    • Students are encouraged to report a new cough to parents and school nurse

    Mask use:

    • Students will be reminded to keep the mask over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting student absences:

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the schools absence phone number
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent is requested to provide this information to the school secretary  

    Student drop off & pick up:

    • Parents are requested to exclusively use the designated drop off & pickup locations before and after school  

    Building access and visitation:

    • Parents will be asked to wait outside when picking up their child
    • When the need to enter the school exists, the parent will be restricted to the office area
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-ins will be permitted
    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel
    • Masks will be required when entering the building
    • Visitors will not be permitted during the school day
    • A Teams meeting or phone conference is the most desirable manner to hold a parent meeting   

    How to help:

    • Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home
    • Like the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed
    • An isolation room (conference room) for student who shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up
    • Masks need to be worn
    • A table will be placed at the northeast entrance and parents can alert the office when dropping items off for their child. Items must be clearly marked with the name of the student   

Staff Strategies

  •  Return to work:

    • At the initial staff meeting of the school year, all members will review this plan and discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents, and staff  

    Physical distancing:

    • All staff members are expected to follow the physical distancing guidelines
    • Staff should stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 seconds
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least 6 feet away from another person  

    Hand cleaning:  

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of utmost importance in the prevention of the spread of COVID 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement that is easy to access  


    • Staff will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all time
    • Staff is encouraged to monitor their physical feelings and to stay home if needed  

    Mask use:

    • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask  

    Common places expectations:

    Staff meetings:

    • All staff meetings will follow social distancing recommendations
    • Staff meeting will be conducted both in-person and virtually as appropriate

    Copy room/ Staff Lounge:

    • Proper physical distancing must be observed in the faculty lounge
    • A schedule for copying and preparing materials will be maintained
    • A designated copy person will be available to staff  

    Substitute & volunteers:

    • Substitutes will be provided a copy of the highlights of the Building Health and Safety plan and reminded of the expectations at the time of check-in
    • Volunteers and guest speakers will be discouraged during the 2020-2021 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration


Other Consideration Strategies

  • Orientation:

    • Students will be given a link for a virtual orientation


    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year
    • Schools will provide other options during the school year

    Parent-Teacher Conferences:

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only
    • Appointments are scheduled by the teacher will last approximately 10 minutes  

    Dances & Performing Arts:

    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been cancelled until further notice
    • No in-person performances are currently scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year  

    Testing (COVID) & 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