Maintaining a Clean and Healthy School Environment
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What measures will be taken to prevent the spread of the virus in the school?
Students are encouraged to maintain excellent hand hygiene using soap and water or or alcohol-based hand sanitizer to sanitize hands for at least twenty seconds. Students are highly encouraged to wash/sanitize hands at least every two hours and after the following scenarios:
- Upon first entering buildings,
- After movement within the building,
- After coughing/sneezing,
- Before touching eyes, ears, and mouth, and
- Before and after eating.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- School custodial teams will follow a schedule for regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces and disinfecting all furniture, flat surfaces and floors.
- All restrooms will be disinfected frequently and on a regular schedule.
- Cleaning supplies and disinfectant products from the list recommended by the EPA and CDC are readily available to employees for use in the classrooms.
- Upon arrival and before leaving work, employees are highly encouraged to frequently disinfect touched surfaces including their workspaces, keyboards, printers/copiers, telephones, light switches, and doorknobs using available and approved cleaners.
- Students will refrain from sharing classroom supplies whenever possible. If sharing of supplies is needed, then supplies will be sanitized between uses.
- Hand sanitizing dispensers are now installed in classrooms and throughout the school building
- Staff will encourage hand washing at school during the day, and provide frequent handwashing breaks at the elementary level, especially as students arrive and before lunch.
- Signs will be in place to remind students and staff of proper hand washing techniques.
School District Staff Members
- All staff members are required to complete a daily online health screening prior to reporting to work. On the survey, they are to report any of the following symptoms: fever over 100.4 degrees, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, shaking chills, body aches, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. If employees have a combination of two or more of these symptoms they will be required to stay home and contact their health care provider for further guidance.
- Parents/guardians will be encouraged to monitor students for symptoms before reporting to school.
- Students with a temperature of over 100.4 degrees, or two or more of the other symptoms below, should stay home from school, and parents/guardians should contact their health care provider for further guidance. The other symptoms may include dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, shaking chills, body aches, headache, sore throat and loss of taste or smell.
- Students may be screened as they enter the building or at any time during the school day.
- Non-contact thermometers will be provided to schools at a rate of 1 to 100 student ratio.
- Each school will have a plan to screen students as they enter the building if it becomes necessary.
Restricting Access to the Building
- Staff members and students will be required to stay home if they are sick or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive. The District is following the CDC’s guidance on ending home isolation/quarantine (i.e. 10 days or 14 days depending on circumstances) and returning to work/school and school-related activities.
- Non-essential visitors are prohibited. No visitors (including parents/guardians) will be allowed in buildings (other than the front office) during the school day or be able to assist with District activities until further notice.
- Each site has established contactless drop zones for all deliveries, including mail and packages.
- Students and staff will vacate buildings at least one hour after school operating hours. These hours will facilitate more time for deep cleaning and can be modified if a specific event (i.e. extra/co-curricular activity, 21st Century Club, etc...) is scheduled.
Measures to prevent the spread of the virus on the buses
- Bus drivers and monitors will be screened daily.
- It will be expected that students wear cloth or disposable face coverings while on the bus.
- Students will social distance to the greatest extent possible.
- Students will be assigned to seats
- Buses will be well ventilated
- Hand sanitizer will be available for students as they enter and exit the bus.
- Buses will be sanitized using a monthly microbe shield disinfectant.
What accommodations will be made for children with medical conditions or underlying health concerns that would increase the risk of exposure or danger?
- Health staff at each building will work with families and their students' health care providers to determine what accommodations can be made. If accommodations can not be met at the building Virtual Academy is available to all students.