2020-21 Sawtooth Middle 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 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. 
  • Click here to see the full West Ada School District Fall Reopening Plan

Facility Strategies

  • Facility Strategies:

    Administrator and Custodian Walk-Through 

    • A specified member of the administrative team 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.

     Cleaning Processes 

    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be located in every classroom. 
    • SMS will be disinfecting daily, with emphasis on frequently touched surfaces such as doors and door handles, light switches, and hand railings.
    • Twice a week SMS will have a deeper disinfection of desktops, tables, and other surfaces tops, locker fronts and locker rooms.

     Classroom Layout

    • Student desks will be arranged to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact.
    • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through has happened.

     Media Center 

    • 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 of the day and will only be allowed to return items at the end of the day.
    • The number of students allowed in the library during lunch will be limited.
    • All cloth furniture and furniture that is difficult to clean will be used on a limited basis or will not be accessible.

     Computer Lab

    • The computer lab will solely be used for the keyboarding, computer explorations, and the publications courses.
    • 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 will be placed on the floors in the following areas:
      • Main office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Counseling office lobby (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Bookkeeping office (include portable plexiglass barrier)
      • Library desk
      • Nurses office (use of N95 double mask)
      • Select offices of at-risk employees

Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule

    • Portions of the bell schedule may be altered. Each class period will continue to be 45 minutes in length.
    • Protocols will be followed that allow for maximum physical distancing.

     School Arrival

    • An administrator or designee stationed will supervise the bus loop providing the guidance to release students off the bus at the appropriate time.
    • Students will remain on the bus until they are given the okay to be released. All bus riding students will enter the building through doors located on the southeast side of the building (see map).
    • Students that are dropped off by private vehicle will only be allowed to exit the vehicle once the vehicle is within the specified drop off location.
    • All students being dropped off will enter through the main doors of the school.
    • Students who walk or ride a bike will enter through the main doors or through the band hallway doors located on the northeast side of the building (see map).
    • Once the students are in the building, they will be required to appropriately walk through the building (single file and using the right side of the hallway) and report to their Advisory classroom.
    • Students are to arrive no sooner than 8:10 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:25 am on Wednesdays.
    • Appropriate physical distancing is expected.
    • Staff will verbally prompt/remind students to sanitize hands and practice social distancing.

    School Departure

    • Students will be released at the end of the day according to the location of their classroom.
    • Students located in the first floor classrooms will be released immediately at the final bell and asked to appropriately walk through the building (single file and using the right side of the hallway) and go to their bus, to the specified pick-up location (see map) if waiting to be picked up, or immediately leave campus if they walk to and from school. 
    • Two minutes after the first floor students are excused, the second floor students will be excused and will follow the same exiting protocol.

    Student Movement 

    • Students will move through the building by walking single file through the building while using the right-hand side of the hallway.
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms.             

    Release/Transition Times

    • Transition time between classes has been increased to six minutes.
    • The 6th grade students will be allowed to leave during the first minute, followed by the 7th grade students during the second minute, and the eighth grade students during the third minute.
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce protocols.
    • Students are expected to immediately report to their next period.  


    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning and then immediately report to their Advisory class.
    • All physical distancing protocols will be followed.
    • The school nutrition staff and the building administration will coordinate the development of a plan that is suitable for the limited amount of time the students will have to consume their food.
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to eat with no more than 8 students per table.
    • All seats will be marked with an “X”.


    • Due to the expanded time needed for transitions, break will be eliminated.  


    • Protocols used for releasing students for lunch have not changed.
    • Students will process through their lunch period based on the predetermined procedure created by the administrative team.
    • To provide as much physical distancing as possible, students that choose to eat in the cafeteria will be expected to eat with no more than 8 students per table.
    • All seats will be marked with an “X”.
    • Additional noon duty support will be allocated to provide additional supervision.
    • Students are permitted to sit along the wall in the main hallway that separates the cafeteria and gymnasiums.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision.
    • Students will be permitted to go outside ten minutes after the start time of their lunch.
    • Upon reentering the building, students will appropriately gather (6 ft. apart) by the band room doors or the 8th grade hallway doors and continue to move through the building in the appropriate manner.
    • Staff members will be present to support and reinforce gathering of students and the movement through the building.
    • All students will be reminded to wash their hands and use the available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch.

    Performance-Based Courses 

    • Administration will work closely with the band, orchestra, choir, and Physical Education teachers to create as much physical distancing space as possible.
    • All nonessential items will be removed from the classrooms and students will be spread out as much as possible.
    • Teachers will have the opportunity to arrange for classes to be held outside.  

    PE Lockers

    • Students will report to the gymnasium for attendance.
    • Attendance routines adopted by the staff will support physical distancing expectations.
    • PE lockers will be color coded to support physical distancing and students will access their locker to dress down based on the color of their locker.  

    School Lockers  

    • All students will be assigned a locker, but backpack use during the day will be permitted.
    • In the case where students need to access their locker, top locker students must wait for the bottom locker student to leave before the locker can be accessed.  

    Device Management: 

Student Strategies

  • Return to School 

    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school.  

    Ongoing Training 

    • Regular instruction will be provided that explains the expectations for physical distancing, hand hygiene, coughing and mask use.  

    Physical Distancing 

    • The expectations are that students stand no closer than six feet from another person for more than 15 seconds.
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding the students to stand at least six feet away from another person whenever possible.
    • All staff members will provide support and reinforcement of the desired behavior.  

    Hand Cleaning   

    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be located in every classroom.
    • Students will be reminded to use the hand sanitizer upon entering classrooms.  


    • Students will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others.
    • Students will be encouraged to report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough recently developed.  

    Face Coverings

    • Face coverings will be worn.
    • Students will be reminded to keep face coverings over their nose and mouth and to not touch it with their hands.

Parent Strategies

  • Reporting Student Absences 

    • Parents will report an absence by calling the school’s absence phone number.
    • In the case that a student has contracted COVID, the parent is requested to provide this information to the attendance secretary.  

    Student Drop Off & Pick Up

    • Parents are requested to exclusively use the designated drop off & pickup location before and after school.  

    Building Access and Visitation

    • Parents will be asked to wait outside when picking up their child.
    • When the need to enter the school exists, the parent will be restricted to the office area.
    • Parents will not be permitted to eat lunch with their student(s).
    • Parents will request an appointment when it is necessary to meet in person with school personnel.
    • A Teams 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.
    • Face coverings need to be worn.

Staff Strategies

  • Physical Distancing

    • Staff members will stand no closer than six feet from another person for more than 15 seconds.
    • Floor markers and standing signs will be appropriately placed throughout the school reminding students and staff to stand at least six feet away from another person whenever possible.  

    Hand Cleaning  

    • Staff members will serve as role models for students by frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations will be located in every classroom.  


    • Staff will be reminded to cough into their upper arm and away from others.
    • Staff will be encouraged to monitor their physical feelings and to stay home if needed.  

    Mask Use

    • Teachers will support students in the proper use of masks as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask.  

    Staff Meetings

    • Staff meetings will be held through Teams.  


    • The staff lounge will not be available other than for quick access to the appliances and water.  

    Copy Room 

    • Proper physical distancing will be practiced while in the copy room.   

    Substitute & Volunteers  

    • Substitutes will be provided a copy of the Health and Safety Plan and will be reminded of the expectations.
    • Volunteers will be discouraged unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • 6th Grade Orientation

    • There will be no 6th grade orientation.
    • Parent’s and student’s that desire to visit the school in person prior to school resuming can do so by appointment only.  


    • There will be no physical school assemblies.  

    Parent-Teacher Conferences 

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Each appointment will last approximately two to three minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than two to three minutes will be rescheduled.  


    • There will be no dances.  

    COVID Testing & Reporting:

    • Utilizing existing processes for communicable diseases, positiveCOVID 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 
      • *Athletics – Staff member will notify ATC/AD in addition to school nurse
    • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.