2020-21 Pathways Health and Safety Plan

  • West Ada School District

    Middle School Building Health & Safety Plan



    School/Facility:  Pathways Middle School                                                                    Administrator: Eric Eschen


    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 
    7. Limit Interactions and 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 versus multiple schools and/or entire District. 

    Facility Strategies

    • Facility Considerations
      • Regular administrator and/or custodial walk-through of the facility
      • Cleaning schedule and process
      • Classroom desk/table layout and spacing—Allow for recommended 3-6ft distancing, minimize interactions within 3-6ft to less than 15min/day
      • Library use, access and furniture
      • Appropriate use and placement of plexiglass
      • Computer Labs and cleaning routines
      • Other

    Facility Strategies:

    Administrator and custodian walk-through: 

    • Principal will complete a building walk-through with the head custodian.
    • The intent of the walk-through is to identify any troublesome areas and address the needs of the school.

    Cleaning processes: 

    • Custodian will be disinfecting daily, frequently touched surfaces such as doors, bathroom handles/latches, hand washing stations and outside door entrances.
    • Two times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops.

    Classroom layout: 

    • Student desks will be arranged to maximize distance.
    • Teachers will adjust classroom layout to maximize distance regarding student movement and activities.

    Library use, access, and furniture: 

    • Library bench and counters will be sanitized regularly.

    Computer lab use and cleaning: 

    • Pathways does not have a computer lab.

    Signage: (Schools will determine how best to use the district purchased plexiglass barriers and can purchase their own barriers to support their plan.)

    • Plexiglass will be used in small group room when meeting with students.


    • Pathways has an HVAC unit for each classroom that circulates through each filter three times an hour. These will also inject outside air and will be adjusted to insert as much fresh air as possible.
    • All classrooms have hand sanitizer stations.


    Operation Strategies                                     

    • Operations
      • Beginning and end of the day
        • Routines and expectations for:
          • Bus riders
          • Parent drop-off students
          • Walking students
        • Student entrances and exits of the building
        • Student expectations once in the building
      • During the day
        • Student movement through the hallways
        • Student entrances and exits of the building
        • Student expectations when waiting to enter/exit a classroom
        • Break/Recess/Lunch
        • Cafeteria
        • Open area expectations
        • Performance-based curriculum course expectations and procedures (ex: Band, Choir, Physical Education)
        • Small group/Individual schedules
      • Assigning lockers
      • Device management
        • Distribution
        • Insurance
        • Maintenance
        • Repair
        • Student tech teams
      • Other

    Operations Strategies:

    Bell Schedule: 

    • 8:40-2:45, 4 periods with 3 min passing periods for students to get from previous class to class.

    School Arrival: 

    • Students will continue to use current designated drop-off areas for bus and private vehicles.
    • Students will only enter through the front of the school.
    • Students will be given hand sanitizer as they enter the front of the building.
    • Staff will be stationed inside and outside of the school.
    • Students will be allowed to be inside commons area following appropriate distancing.
    • Students will be allowed in the gym at 8:20 am to help with appropriate distancing.
    • Students will be dismissed from the commons area at 8:35 am.

    School Departure: 

    • Students will exit through the front doors.

    Student movement: 

    • Students will enter/exit all classes through interior doors and hallways.
    • Students will line up before class outside their classroom.
    • Staff will be supervised between passing periods, lunch, and after school.

    Entrances and Exits: 

    • Bell to go to first period will ring at 8:35 giving students 5 minutes to line up for class.
    • Passing periods/transitional times will be 3 minutes

    Release/transition times: 

    8:35-8:40- Transition

    8:40-9:58- 1st period (1 hour 18 minutes)

    9:58-10:01 Transition

    10:01-11:19 2nd Period

    11:19-11:22 Transition

    11:22-11:26 Announcements in 3rd period

    11:26-12:03 Lunch

    12:03-12:06 Transition

    12:06-1:24 3rd period

    1:24-1:27 Transition

    1:27-2:45 4th Period

    2:45 Dismissal


    • 8:10-8:35- students will line up following appropriate distancing.


    • 11:26-12:03 students will line up in the hallway, turning down second hallway towards room 123 to allow students to keep distance. Students in commons area will eat at 11:26.


    • Performance-based courses:
    • Physical Education will take advantage of our small class size, large gym and outside area to allow students to keep distance when participating in the curriculum.

    PE lockers: 

    • Pathways does not have PE lockers

    School lockers:  

    • School lockers will be used. Students may also carry a backpack.

    Device management:

    • Distribution:

    Devices will be distributed to all students during registration on 8/24 or on the first day of school if the student does not attend registration. Students will bring home their computer every day and return with it the following day.

    • Insurance:

    Students will purchase insurance through the school district using the online PowerSchool platform.

    • Maintenance:

    Problem devices will first be viewed by classroom teacher, if the teacher cannot trouble shoot the problem, then they will send it to the library, if the librarian is unavailable, it will be sent to the office.


    Student Strategies

    • Students
      • Return to school care, celebration and operational training
      • Ongoing behavioral education and reminders
        • Physical distancing
        • Hand hygiene
        • Cover cough
        • Mask use

    Student Strategies:

    Return to school: 

    • Administration will keep parents appraised of school operation as changes occur.
    • All students will return daily starting August 26th, 2021

    Ongoing training:  

    • Updates to school policies will be created as necessary and communicated to parents/guardians and students.

    Physical distancing: 

    • The expectations are that students stand no closer than 3-6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes.
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behavior.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom.
    • Students will use the hand sanitizer upon entering the building, classrooms.


    • Students will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all times.

    Mask use:

    • Students are required to wear face masks while in the classroom unless an opt-out form is completed and submitted to the district office during previous.
    • Students will be reminded to keep the mask over their nose and mouth.
    • Students are recommended to wear masks outdoors.



    Parent Strategies

    • Parents
      • Reporting student absences
      • Students drop off & pick up
      • Building access and visitation expectations
      • How to help from home
      • Other

    Parent Strategies:

    Reporting student absences

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

    Students drop off & pick up: 

    Parents will drop-off and pick-up students in the front of the school using the appropriate drop-off and pick-up signs.

    Building access and visitation:  

    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.
    • A Teams/zoom 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.
    • Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.
    • Masks are recommended to be worn.

    Staff Strategies


    • Return to work care, celebration and operational training
    • Ongoing behavioral education and reminders
      • Physical distancing
      • Hand hygiene
      • Cover cough
      • Mask use
    • Common places expectations
      • Staff meeting location
      • Lounge
      • Copy room
    • Substitute & volunteer procedures
    • Other

    Staff Strategies:

    Return to work: 

    • At the beginning staff meeting, all members will review the quarantined amendment from 8/25. Staff will be knowledgeable in the mask mandate and how to identify through PowerSchool if students have been opted out of wearing a mask by their parent/guardian.

    Physical distancing: 

    • The expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 3 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes.

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Staff members will be the role model for students by frequently washing hands and using hand sanitizer. 


    • Staff will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others at all times.
    • Staff are encouraged to monitor their physical feelings and to stay home when needed.

    Mask use:

    Masks are required for staff to wear unless an opt-out form is completed and returned to the principal. Masks are recommended when outdoors.

    Common places expectations: 

    Staff meetings: 

    • All staff meetings will be held in the commons area, spaced in a classroom, or using Teams during the 2021-2022 school year.


    • The staff lounge will be available to all staff members, they will not be within 3 feet from another for more than 15 minutes.

    Copy room: 

    • Staff members will not be within 3 feet of one another for longer than 15 minutes while in the copy room.

    Substitute & volunteers:  

    • The 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. Substitutes will wear a mask in the classroom during the 2021-2022 school year, while the mask mandate is in effect.
    • Volunteers will be required to wear a mask while in the classroom during the 2021-2022 school year, while the mask mandate through the district is in effect.


    Other Strategies

    • Other Considerations
      • Orientation
      • Assemblies
      • Parent-Teacher Conferences
      • Dances
      • Other

    Other Consideration Strategies:


    • Administration will send updates to families as/if new information about the Health & Safety plan are communicated.
    • Parents and students that desire to visit the school in person, can do so but will be required to wear a mask during the 2021-2022 school year while the mask mandate is in effect.


    • All, all school assemblies will be canceled at this time during the 2021-2022 school year. However, we will have smaller, mini assemblies that allow for social distancing.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: 

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only if necessary.
    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held in person if it can be determined that it is safe.


    • All dances for the 2021-2022 school year have been canceled at this time.

    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 school nurse. School nurse will follow Health Services process for handling of communicable diseases



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