2020-21 McMillan Health and Safety Plan
- 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 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.
Within Ada and Valley Counties, the Central District Health public health orders require every person to wear a face covering that completely covers the person's nose and mouth when the person is in a public place, or on the property of a public or private or charter school, or technical school or college or university, and others are present and physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. A face covering may be taken off when a person is alone in an office with the door shut, or a teacher could take their mask off while instructing students if they are more than 10 feet away. These measures are in place because the use of masks or face shields has been shown to reduce to spread of COVID-19.
CDH understands the need for people to be able to see mouth formations, read lips, especially when it comes to educational settings, and in particular, early learners. Face shields should go at or below the chin and wrap around the sides of the face to offer extra protection. Similar to cloth masks, face shields should be cleaned routinely. Both cloth masks and face shields meet CDH’s mask requirement for Ada and Valley Counties.
Administrator and custodian walk-through:
- The 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.
- Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of upmost 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.
- WASD will be disinfecting daily, frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings
- 2 times a week schools will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops to include cubbies.
- Classroom desks will be sanitized at the end of each day.
- Drinking fountains will be closed except for the “bottle fill-up” feature.
- All classrooms will be arranged to maximize the spacing between student desks and/or tables.
- The desks will all be facing in the same direction and will not be facing one another.
- Classroom tables will need at least 6- foot 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.
- 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.
- The administration and the library staff will eliminate all cloth furniture, and difficult furniture to clean 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 may be used in adherence of social distancing guidelines.
- The computer lab will be sanitized in between classes.
- 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 and benches in the following areas:
- Main office to include a portable plexiglass barrier
- Library desk to include portable plexiglass barrier
- Nurses office
- Cafeteria tables/benches
- Breakfast/lunch line
- Student arrival/dismissal will follow school-wide schedule
- Yellow category – students will go directly to breakfast or their classroom.
- 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 after checking in.
- Students will be prompted to wear masks and/or face shields 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.
- Exterior doors will be utilized to the extent possible for transitions.
- All students will wash hands after using the restroom.
- The number of students in a restroom will be limited to the number of stalls available.
- Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at student restroom entry/exit.
- Students are expected to wear masks and/or face shields in the classroom.
- Students will be allowed mask breaks when determined necessary by the teacher and appropriate social distancing can be maintained.
- Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom and frequently as per teacher instruction or personal preference.
- Students will use their own personal supplies and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
- Students will be assigned classroom supplies (manipulatives, etc.) and will keep them separate from other student supplies.
- Students are expected to take home personal items daily (backpacks, coats, lunch boxes, etc.) so that cubbies and shelves can be sanitized.
- Universal precautions will be taught/reviewed prior to entering the cafeteria.
- Exterior doors rather than hallways will be utilized to the extent possible.
- Physical distancing expectations will be posted in 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 utilizing floor markings to designate 6’ spacing.
- Students will sit at tables designated by 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.
- Classes will be excused as a group.
- 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 building’s indoor lunch recess schedule when unable to go outside for lunch recess.
- During the warmer months and when weather conditions allow, students eat outside following social distancing protocols.
- Students will wash/sanitize hands prior to entering the classroom from the playground.
- The recess schedule will be staggered in order to ensure safe distancing practices.
- Students will play in their assigned areas using safe distancing practices.
Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab/Additional Electives):
- Students may participate in typical specials classrooms (i.e., music, gym, health room, library, computer lab) if social distancing guidelines are able to be met.
- Students traveling to specials classrooms will use exterior doors to minimize hallway use.
- 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.
- Book browsing – During library class, time will allow for 3 or 4 students to safely browse at a time.
- If a student would like to keep a book for an extended time, it will be adjusted in the system without returning the book to the library first
- Checkout – All students will be taught self-checkout this year.
- The library will be purchasing a handsfree scanner to allow them to scan their books by themselves.
- Returning books – Books will have to be quarantined in a trash bag in the library’s closet for at least 3 days upon return, then disinfected with sanitizing wipes before being reshelved.
- The handle of the book cart will be disinfected so that students can safely take it back to class.
- Lining up – Safely distanced stars on the floor will direct students where to line up for check out and where to line up at the end of class.
- Sanitize – Between classes.
- Tabletops, computer boards, library cards, pencils if used, and other flat surfaces like bookshelves and the fish tank.
- Miscellaneous – no book baskets or magazines on tables to share this year.
Arrival and Dismissal:
- Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building beyond the front office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
- Volunteers are not allowed into the building until further notice.
- Parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the building beyond the office/meeting room areas, until further notice.
- Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to wait with/for students during arrival/dismissal staging locations.
- Parents/guardians will not be permitted to have lunch with their child during the 2020-2021 school year.
- Parents/guardians will not be permitted to wait with/for students on playground/arrival/dismissal/staging locations.
- 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.
- Staff will utilize exterior doors to the extent possible to minimize hallway usage.
- All staff will wash hands after using the restroom.
- Staff restrooms will be limited to 2 staff members at a time.
- Expectations and universal precaution signage will be posted at staff restrooms entry/exit.
- 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 remind students to handwash/sanitize before entering the classroom from the playground.
Specials (PE/Health/Music/Library/Computer Lab)
- Staff will remind students to wash/sanitize before entering the classroom.
- Specialist classrooms will utilize non-porous, non-fabric-based materials and equipment.
- Specialist may travel to classrooms if social distancing is unable to be met in the special’s classroom.
- Specials materials and equipment will be sanitized prior to use with the next class or a set of materials or equipment will be designated for individual classrooms.
Other Consideration Strategies
- Students will practice universal precaution expectations during school gatherings/events.
- School gatherings/events will be canceled while in yellow and red phases.
- Parents/guardians including visitors are not allowed to enter the building beyond 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.
- 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 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 him/her home.
- Similar to the school environment, it is imperative that the home is kept as clean as possible and proper hygiene protocols are followed.