2020-21 Christine Donnell Health and Safety Plan

  • Goals:

    1. Protect the health and safety of students and staff - physical, emotional, and mental.  
    2. Make decisions consistent with local health authorities’ recommendations, as communicated by the West Ada School District.
    3. Provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students and schools within the West Ada School District.
    4. Adaptability and flexibility with evolution of COVID 19 means that we will respond to changing WASD recommendations. 
    5. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity.
    6. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior that ensure the health and safety of staff and students.
    7. Limit Interactions and physically distance classes and groups as much as possible. In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, we will implement a detailed response plan to address the outbreak. When there is a positive case, the plan will/may result in remote learning for an impacted classroom, grade, POD, school 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 no less than once a week.
    • The purpose 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 to prevent the spread of COVID.  Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap/sanitizer. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building for regular student/staff access. 
    • WASD will be disinfecting daily all 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).
    • Biweekly cleaning schedule will include: a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces/tops with a chemical called SC Johnson TruShot Disinfectant. Along with this, two times a week, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet).   

    Classroom layout:  

    • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between assigned student seating.
    • The desks will all be facing in the same direction and will not be facing one another.
    • Classroom tables will need to provide for physical distancing between students using barriers.
    • All items not essential for instruction will be removed from classrooms to increase space. Examples of nonessential items are those determined to be outside of an instructional-related purpose. 
    • Students will minimize interactions within 6-ft for no longer than 15 minutes.  

    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/difficult-to-clean furniture. Puppets and other book-related props will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible during the 2020-2021 school year.   

    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 workstations as a regularly scheduled task when directed by the teacher.  

    Signage and barriers:  

    • Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:
      • Hallways outside specials classes, restrooms, and water bottle filling stations.
      • Cafeteria line to serving window and clean-up stations.
      • Playground blacktop games, ball cart, and climbing equipment.
      • Outside classroom doors.
      • Bus lines in courtyard.
    • Main office lobby will have plexiglass barriers for staff and visitor protection.
    • Library desk will have a plexiglass barrier to protect the librarian and students as they check out books.
    • Nurse’s office will have a plexiglass barrier to protect the nurse and students during nurse office visits. A cubicle will provide privacy and separation for ill students.
    • Resource rooms will have plexiglass barriers (one per teacher) to provide protection during small group work.
    • The SLP will have a plexiglass barrier to provide protection during therapy.
    • The school counselor will have an intersecting plexiglass barrier to provide protection during group and individual counseling work.

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule.
      • Arrival: Students will exit buses/cars at the front of the school and go directly to outside classroom doors to enter the school.
      • Dismissal: Bus riders will line up arms-length apart outside by bus number signs.  Day care students will line up arms-length apart outside by day care van signs.  Parent pick-up students will be gathered in two locations by grade level and stand arms-length apart to transition to their cars.  All students will be supervised by staff until they leave campus.
    • Students are expected to wear face masks while on the playground during arrival/dismissal procedures
    • 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 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.
      • The CDSA Office/Check-In-Out Area is a limited space. Families will wait outside the front school doors on designated physical distancing spots until the entryway is available for the next in-coming or out-going student.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    • Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.
    • Students will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.
    • Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.
      • Transitions: Students will enter specials classrooms through the hallway doors and exit through outside doors to minimize hallway congestion.

    Restrooms:

    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • Restroom will be limited to appropriate number of students at a time.
      • Restrooms will be monitored by staff in the hallways to prevent congestion.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit

    Cafeteria:

    • 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
    • Students will sit at individual tables, designated by grade level and/or classroom
    • 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 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.
    • 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.

    Playground:

    • Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground.
    • Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.

    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:

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 and visitors 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.
    • One family at a time will be allowed in the front office area to check students in or out of school.
    • Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival/dismissal at staging locations.  

    Cafeteria:

    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.

    Playground:

    • 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 plexiglass or other 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.

    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 hands after using the restroom.
    • Staff restrooms are built for single occupancy.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

    Cafeteria/Staff Lounge:

    • Staff will handwash/sanitize before entering cafeteria and re-entering the classroom.
    • Staff will eat lunch in a sanitized, designated area 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.

    Playground:

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

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

    COVID-19 Testing & 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.  

    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.