20-21 Meridian Elementary 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 the evolution of COVID 19  
    5. Emphasize a culture of personal accountability and high integrity
    6. Encourage predictable patterns of behavior
    7. Limit Interactions & Isolate groups as much as possible. The more 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.
    8. Maintain physical distancing practices to allow for the recommended 6’ distancing between individuals and minimizing interactions between individuals within 6’ to less than 15 minutes at any given time.
  • Guide for Learning in 2020-2021

Facility Strategies

  • Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • The administrator will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian no less than twice 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 and high traffic areas (front office, cafeteria, etc). 
    • 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, student cubbies will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet). 
    • Classroom desks will be sanitized at the end of each day. 

    Classroom layout: 

    • All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between student desks.
    • The desks will all be facing in the same direction and will not be facing one another when protective shields are not available.
    • Classroom tables will be placed to maximize physical distancing between students.
    • 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 and at the end of the day. 
    • Difficult to clean furniture will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible during the 2020-2021 school year. 

    Computer lab use and cleaning:  

    • Access to the computer lab will be on a limited basis.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer immediately upon entering and exiting the classroom and will use the sanitizing wipes on 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:
      • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Library desk (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Nurses office

Student Strategies

  • Arrival/Dismissal:

    • Students will directly report to their classroom upon arrival no earlier than 8:45 and 9:15 on late start Wednesdays.
    • Dismissal will follow a gradual release- school-wide schedule.
    • Students are expected to leave campus immediately following dismissal.
    • Students are expected to wear face masks while on the playground/arrival/dismissal staging locations.
    • 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 are expected to wear masks when entering the building.
    • Accompanying parents/guardians will remain in the main office area.


    • 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.


    • All students will hand wash after using the restroom.
    • The restroom will be limited to the number of stalls available within the bathrooms.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restrooms entry/exit.


    • Universal precautions will be taught and reviewed.
    • All students will handwash/hand sanitize when entering the classroom.
    • Organizational routines will be taught and reviewed.
    • Student supplies and learning materials will be kept with the individual student.
    • Students will be encouraged to bring water bottles to school and disposable cups will be provided.
    • Students are expected to take home personal items daily (backpacks, coats, lunch boxed, etc) so that cubbies and shelves can be sanitized.


    • 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 enter and exit the cafeteria through different doors.
    • Cold lunch boxes/food from home will be individually separated in the classroom and will transition to/from the cafeteria ONLY by the students to which the food belongs.
    • Students will practice no-touch rules while in lines.
    • Teachers will report who is having hot lunch prior to arriving in the cafeteria.
    • Students will sit at individual tables, designated by classroom.
    • Classrooms 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 with appropriate distancing.
    • Lunch tables will be cleaned/sanitized between student groups.
    • Students will follow the building's indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.
    • Breakfast bags will be delivered to the classrooms.


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

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

    • Students will participate in typical specials.
    • 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 are not allowed into the building without the principal's approval. 

    Office/Check-In-Out Areas:

    • Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building, past the office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
    • Masks are expected when in the building.
    • 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 the playground during arrival and dismissal.
    • Parents/guardians will need to maintain physical distancing during arrival and dismissal.

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.
    • Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.
    • Staff will be encouraged to only use the staff restroom closest to their classroom.


    • 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 sanitize the table after eating.


    • 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.

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 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 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 the school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur. 

        Face Covering and Face Shield: 

      CDH recommendations: 

      Masks breaks are meant to be taken outside, leaving the classroom for a few minutes to the hallways if needed, etc., but our order says when inside a building at all times for students, or for teachers when they can be 10 feet from students.  Masks breaks will also naturally happen during mealtimes or when taking sips of water. It is advised to only take breaks when it is necessary (outdoors when 6 feet can be maintained, in the hallway outside of the classroom if the hallway is not in use and it’s absolutely needed – very rare occasions). 

      According to our order, masks do not need to be worn when outside and 6ft apart from others. In addition, persons actively engaged in athletic competition, training, or practice when wearing a face covering is not feasible. In terms of P.E., if the students are participating in an intense activity where it makes breathing hard (basketball) in a mask then they are able to remove them. If they are doing a light exercise/stretching they would be advised to keep them on. 

      Face shields are supposed to be used case by case and only if completely necessary. It should never become an absolute substitution for cloth face coverings. 

    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.