2021-2022 Christine Donnell Health and Safety Plan

  • School: Christine Donnell School of the Arts Administrator: Joni Leipf

     

    Revised August 25, 2021

    Subject to change based on WASD and State health guidelines.

     

    Masks are required for students and staff unless an Opt-Out Form or health exemption is noted in PowerSchool.

    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

  • Facility Considerations

    · Weekly administrator and/or custodial walk-through of the facility will ensure that heightened cleaning and distancing protocol are in place and effective.

    · Weekly cleaning schedule includes custodial deep cleaning twice per week and classroom community cleaning daily.

    · Classroom desk/table layout and spacing will allow for recommended physical distancing. Staff will minimize student interactions within 6 ft. to less than 15 minutes per day when possible.

    · Common spaces such as specials classrooms and library will be accessed with adult supervision and as scheduled to minimize contact with others during transitions. Frequent hand washing or sanitizing and wearing of masks will be our regular practice to reduce spread of germs.

    · Students will be asked to wash/sanitize hands upon entry and exiting specials classrooms. Washing and sanitizing hands will also be the practice when entering and exiting homeroom classrooms.

    · Signs will be posted on the front doors of the school, in each bathroom, and in each hallway to inform building occupants of safety protocol.

     

    Facility Strategies:

    Administrator and custodian walk-through:

     

    o The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian no less than once a week.

    o The purpose of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and to remedy the concern in a timely manner.

     

    Cleaning processes:

     

    o Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance to prevent the spread of COVID. Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap/sanitizer.

    o Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the building for regular student/staff access.

    o Per WASD direction, high touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently. Including doors, door handles, light switches, and hand railings. Desktops, tables, and other surfaces will be sanitized on a regular schedule.

     

    Classroom layout:

     

    o All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between assigned student seating.

    o The desks will all be facing in the same direction and will not be facing one another.

    o Classroom tables will need to provide for physical distancing between students.

    o 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.

    o Students will minimize interactions within 6-ft for no longer than 15 minutes.

     

    Library use, access and furniture:

     

    o The use of the library will be allowed by a maximum of one class at a time.

    o All physical distancing and guidelines are in effect during use.

    o 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.

    o 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 2021-2022 school year.

     

    Computer lab use and cleaning:

     

    o The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding instruction and testing for the 2020-2021 school year.

    o 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:

     

    o Physical distancing signage or markings that serve as reminders have been placed on the floors in the following areas:

    o Hallways outside specials classes, restrooms, and water bottle filling stations.

    o Cafeteria line to serving window and clean-up stations.

    o Playground blacktop games, ball cart, and climbing equipment.

    o Outside classroom doors.

    o Bus lines in courtyard.

    o Library desk will have a plexiglass barrier to protect the librarian and students as they check out books.

    o The SLP will have a plexiglass barrier to provide protection during therapy.

Student Strategies

  • ™ Students

     

    Arrival/Dismissal:

    o Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule.

    o Arrival: Students will exit buses/cars at the front of the school and go to outside recess until classroom doors are opened five minutes before the tardy bell.

    o Dismissal: Bus riders will line up outside by bus number signs. Day care students will line up outside by day care van signs. Parent pick-up students will be gathered along sidewalk in marked locations by classroom to transition to their cars. All students will be supervised by staff until they leave campus.

    o Students will keep personal belongings (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes) with them while on the playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.

    Office/Check In-Out Areas:

    o Tardy/late students will enter through the main office doors and check-in using the typical processes.

    o Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the building, past the front office area.

    o Students will be prompted to wear masks when entering the building, unless an exemption is on file in PowerSchool.

    o Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area.

    o 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:

    o Student walkway/hallway transitions will ensure safe distancing between classes.

    o Students will walk with supervising staff member on the right side of the hallway.

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

    o Students will observe visual markers and signage that direct traffic flow in walkways/hallways.

    o Transitions: Students will enter specials classrooms through the hallway doors and exit through outside doors to minimize hallway congestion.

    Restrooms:

    o All students will hand wash after using the restroom.

    o Restroom will be limited to appropriate number of students at a time.

    o Restrooms will be monitored by staff in the hallways to prevent congestion.

    o Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit

    Cafeteria:

    o Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.

    o All student will handwash/hand sanitize before entering the cafeteria.

    o Doors in route to the cafeteria will be propped open to limit touching of surfaces

    o 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

    o Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines

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

    o Grade levels will arrive/dismiss from the cafeteria based on a staggered school-wide schedule.

    o Students will practice safe, respectful, and polite eating habits.

    o 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.

    o Students will only consume the food provided by the cafeteria, store bought delivered food, or brought from home.

    o Students will exit the cafeteria after being excused.

    o Students who need more time to eat may move to a designated table and social distance 6 feet apart.

    o Lunch tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.

    o Students will follow building/s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.

    Playground:

    o Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground.

    o Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.

    Classroom Expectations:

    o Students are physically distanced as far as possible while in the classroom.

    o Teacher and students will wear masks, unless a medical exemption or Opt-Out form is noted in PowerSchool.

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

    o Students will participate in typical specials classrooms (i.e, music room, gym, library)

    o Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the specials classroom.

    o All students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering a specials classroom.

    o 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: o Responsible Use Agreement Link: https://www.westada.org/Page/78713 o Parent/Student Device Handbook Link: https://www.westada.org/Page/78608

Parent Strategies

  • Parents

     

    Arrival and Dismissal:

    o Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.

    o Volunteers and visitors will be allowed to enter the building by appointment. Face masks are required for all volunteers and/or visitors.

     

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    o Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the office/meeting room areas, until further notice.

    o One family at a time will be allowed in the front office area to check students in or out of school.

    o Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival/dismissal at staging locations.

     

    Cafeteria:

    o Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2021-22 school year.

    Playground:

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

Staff Strategies

  • ™ Staff

     

    Arrival/Dismissal:

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

    o Staff will reteach expectations for universal precautions during arrival/dismissal.

    Office/Check in-Out Areas:

    o Office staff will utilize signage, physical distancing, floor signs, and plexiglass or other barriers.

    o Staff will reteach universal precautions during student check-in processes.

    o Staff will prompt students to wear masks when entering the building.

    o Staff will prompt students to take home and wash masks when checking out.

    Transitions/Hallways/Walkways:

    o Staff will observe visual markers and signage that directs traffic flow in walkways/hallways.

    o Staff will avoid congregating and/or stopping in walkways/hallways.

    Restrooms:

    o All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.

    o Staff restrooms are built for single occupancy.

    o Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.

    Cafeteria/Staff Lounge:

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

    o Staff will eat lunch in a sanitized, designated area and will socially distance if eating in a shared location.

    o Staff will consume only their meal and/or food provided for themselves.

    o Staff will separate lunches/food brought from home in clearly marked bags/containers.

    Playground:

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

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

    o Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.

    o Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, non -fabric- based materials and equipmen

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Other Considerations:

    · Staff Meetings will be held through Teams or in-person if physical distancing can be achieved.

    § A suitable location for in-person staff meetings is the auditorium.

    · Staff Gatherings will be scheduled for smaller groups and physical distancing will be implemented.

    · MDTs will be conducted through Teams as much as possible.

    · PLCs will be held in designated classrooms and staff will be physically distanced. Hand and surface sanitation practices will be followed by each team.

    · Professional Development will be conducted through Teams as much as possible. In-person PD will be held in PLC groups or in a location that allows for physical distancing.

    · Positive COVID-19 Testing: Staff/students who test positive will remain at home until determined to be free of infection. Notify school nurse of positive test result or suspected infection based on symptoms.

    · How to help: Your communication with the CDSA school nurse and/or front office staff will keep us aware of measures that we need to take at school to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 within our building. Your support of health precautions such as wearing masks and frequent hand washing will keep our school community working together for a healthy environment conducive to learning.

     

    Student Strategies:

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

     

    Parents Strategies:

    o Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.

    o Volunteers will be allowed on a limited basis and only if scheduled ahead of time with teachers. A maximum of one volunteer per classroom per day will be allowed.

    o Meeting attendees will practice universal precaution procedures in place.

    o Parents/guardians will not be allowed to wait on the playground or in the building with or for students.

     

    Staff Strategies:

    o All meetings/gatherings/professional development will observe expectations for physical distancing and universal precautions.

    o Staff community meals during meetings/gatherings/PLCs/professional development will be served by gloved hands.

    o Staff will continue to attend required meetings (MDT,504, RTI, Staff, PD) with universal precaution procedures in place.

    o 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:

    o 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:

    o Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA WILL be maintained.

    o Staff member contacts school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases.

    o Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.

     

    How to help:

    o Continue to monitor your child’s physical condition.

    o If your child is sick, please keep them home.

    o Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.