2020-21 Star Middle Health and Safety Plan

  • Updated March 1, 2021 (changes in effect March 30, 2021)


    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

  • Returning to Full Time Learning Means:

    • All middle schools will need to meet the criteria and return to daily in-person learning at the same time.
    • Monday will continue to function as a remote learning day, in-person learning will occur on Tuesday-Friday.
    • The mask requirement will remain in-place at minimum through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
    • Continued focus on mitigating measures - hand hygiene, sanitizing and continuing to facilitate as much physical distancing as possible.
    • Six feet of physical distancing will not occur when all students are back in the building.
    • Teachers at middle school expected to deliver fully synchronous learning to students on quarantine/isolation.
    • If any middle school needs to transition to full remote learning due to positive cases, clusters, or outbreaks in the two weeks prior to fourth quarter, then school district administration will evaluate whether the situation necessitates a delay to returning to full, in-person learning.

    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: 

    •  Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of utmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID or any infectious disease. Therefore, WASD has ensured that we have enough inventory of soap. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom. 
    • Star Middle 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).
    • Two 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 cleaning, locker rooms will be disinfected with the Victory Sprayer in conjunction with the BruTab 6S (Disinfectant Tablet).  

    Classroom layout: 

    • Student desks will be arranged to maximize distance and minimize face to face contact. Six feet of physical distancing will not occur.
    • All nonessential items will be removed once the administrator walk-through has happened.

     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.
    • Access to the library will be on a limited basis.
    • Only a certain number of students will be allowed in the library during lunch.
    • Procedures will be implemented for resource pick-up and drop-off.
    • All cloth furniture and furniture that is difficult 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 will solely be used for the keyboarding, computer explorations and the publications courses for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • 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.


    • Mask signage or markings that serve as reminders have been 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
    • Select offices of at-risk employees 


Operations Strategies

  • Bell Schedule: 

    • Portions of the 2020-2021 bell schedule will be altered however, each class period will continue to be no less than 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 the 1st floor doors located on the west side of the building.
    • 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 dropped off students will enter through the main doors of the school.
    • The walking and bike riding students will enter through the doorway by the cafeteria of the building.
    • Once the students are in the building, they will be required to appropriately walk through the building (using the right side of the hallway) and report to the cafeteria for breakfast or their 1st period classroom after 8:00 AM.
    • Staff will verbally prompt/remind students to sanitize hands.

    School Departure: 

    • The students will be released at the end of the day at the final bell, and be asked to walk appropriately through the building (using the right side of the hallway) to their bus, to the parent pick-up location if waiting to be picked up, or immediately leave campus to walk home from school 

    Student movement: 

    • The students are to move through the building using the right-hand side of the hallway.
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms. 

    Entrances and Exits:  

    • The school will provide the specific doors that will be used for all foot traffic based on need.
    • Students will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting classrooms. 

    Release/transition times: 

    • The transition times between classes has been increased to 4 minutes.
    • Teachers will be assigned to leave on the release bell, followed by teachers assigned to leave one minute after the bell. 
    • Staff members will be in the hallway during the transitions to support and reinforce the protocols. 


    • Students will be allowed to retrieve breakfast items upon entering the building in the morning.
    • 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.  


    • Break is eliminated for the 2020-2021 school year or until it is deemed safe enough to reinstate nonessential periods to the school day.  


    • Students will process through their lunch period based on the predetermined procedure created by the administrative team.
    • Additional noon duty support will be needed to provide the additional supervision.
    • Teachers may choose to allow a minimal number of students to eat in their classroom under their supervision.
    • The students will be permitted to go outside upon consuming lunch.
    • Upon reentering the building, the students will enter 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 use wash their hands and use the available hand sanitizer prior to eating their lunch. 

    Performance-based courses: 

    • The administration will work closely with the band, orchestra, choir, and Physical Education teachers to implement mitigating measuers, 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: 

    • The students will first report to the gymnasium for attendance.

    School lockers:  

    • Students will not be assigned a locker for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Backpack use during the day is permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.

      Device Management:


    • An isolation room (conference room) for student who shows mild symptoms and needs to be picked up.      

Student Strategies

  • Return to school: 

    • The office staff will create a video that welcome and celebrate the students back to school.
    • The counseling department will create protocols for the students to follow if there is any discomfort about being in the school.
    • Expectations for hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be taught by staff members.  

    Ongoing training:  

    • Expectations for hand hygiene, coughing and mask use will be reinforced during daily videos throughout the school year.  

    Physical distancing:

    • Six-feet of physical distancing will not be possible. We will continue to facilitate as much physical distancing as possible. 

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is of utmost importance in preventing the spread of COVID. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement 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 at all time.
    • They are encouraged to report having a cough to their parents and school nurse if the cough recently developed 

    Mask use:

    • Masks will be worn.
    • Students will be reminded to keep the mask 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 schools absence phone number.
    • In the case that a student has contracted the virus, the parent is required to provide this information to the attendance secretary. 

    Student drop off & pick up: 

    • Parents must use the designated drop off and 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.
    • Having lunch at the school with their child will not be permitted during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • During the 2020-2021 school year no parent drop-ins, including lunch, will be permitted.
    • 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.
    • Masks need to be worn.

Staff Strategies

  • Return to work: 

    • At the beginning staff meeting, all members will review this plan and discuss methods to maintain communication with the students, parents and staff. 

    Physical distancing: 

    • The expectations are that staff members stand no closer than 6 feet from another person for more than 15 minutes.
    • Limit movement around the building little as possible. 

    Hand cleaning:   

    • Staff members will be the role model for students by frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of COVID and other infectious diseases. 
    • Wall mount hand sanitizer stations have been purchased for placement in every classroom. 


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

    Mask use:

    • Teachers will support the students in the proper use of the mask as well as demonstrate their awareness of how they respond when properly wearing a mask.
    • Masks need to be worn in common areas and when students are in the classroom.  

    Common places expectations: 

    Staff meetings:

    • All staff meetings will be offered through Teams during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • If we meet in person, proper physical distancing will be in effect.


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

     Copy room:

    • Proper physical distancing is a must 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.
    • Volunteers will be discouraged during the 2020-2021 school year unless specific arrangements are made between the teacher and the administration.

Other Consideration Strategies

  • Orientation: 

    • The building leadership team will create a video orientation and place it on the school’s website beginning August 25th.
    • Parent’s and student’s that desire to visit the school in person, can do so by appointment only during the 2020-2021 school year.


    • All physical school assemblies will be canceled during the 2020-2021 school year. 

    Parent-Teacher Conferences: 

    • Parent-Teacher conferences will be held via Teams or over the phone and by appointment only.
    • Each appointment will last approximately 5 minutes.
    • Conferences needing more than 5 minutes will be rescheduled during a coordinated time between the parent and teacher.     


    • All dances for the 2020-2021 school year have been canceled. 


    • 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  
      • *Athletics – Staff member will notify ATC/AD in addition to school nurse 
      • Independent decisions to send out communication will not occur.