Purpose: Implement measures to limit the spread COVID-19 within the school setting (e.g. family 3/2 model and onsite instruction).
To limit transitions throughout our schools, several steps will be taken. These include staggering passing periods, no locker use during the day and keeping interior doors open for students, limiting contact with as many surfaces as possible. During arrival and dismissal, only doors designated as enter/exit will be used, hand sanitizer & disposable masks will be located at each door, and there will be a staggered dismissal at the end of the day.
Transportation to and from school will be impacted by loading students back-to-front, alternating which sides of the bus students sit when possible, and then unloading front to back. Cleaning all interior surfaces of the buses will take place between each route and extra masks will be available upon entering and exiting the bus.
While in the classrooms, physical distancing will be maximized by avoiding face-to-face interactions as much as possible. Desks/tables will be aligned to face the front of the class and if tables must be used, only one student may sit at a table at a time when possible. Any equipment that must be shared in a building will be cleaned between each class. Based on capacity and utilization, each building will be responsible for designating how lunches operate given the following guidelines: all students must stop at the restroom on the way to lunch to wash their hands, students should not face one another while eating, face coverings must be worn while not eating, hand sanitizer will be available before entering the lunch line and must be used, and all seating will be six feet apart. To facilitate proper lunch etiquette, Nutrition Services will provide signs that designate proper line distancing as well as provide grab-and-go style meals and tray covers.
During recess, non-contact activities will be encouraged. Students may take their face coverings off while physically active and away from other children but face coverings must be worn immediately before and after recess. After recess, all items used by students will be cleaned and sanitized. There will be no assemblies, field trips, visitors entering the building, outside organization use, etc., until restrictions have been lifted.
Protective Equipment/Cleaning & Disinfection
To maintain safe, clean, and secure spaces, five cloth face coverings will be provided to each staff member and student. Disposable masks, disposable gloves, barrier gowns, spray disinfectant/disinfectant wipes and disposable suits will be available at each school based on job responsibilities and disposable masks as well as spray disinfectant/disinfectant wipes will be available on all buses. Plexiglass barriers will be placed in each school’s main office, speech-language pathology office, and nurse’s office. Touchless thermometers will be used to take the temperature of children not feeling well. In a specific situation where face coverings cannot be worn, face shields will be available for designated staff and students. All school buildings and high-traffic touch points (i.e., handrails, door handles, etc.) will be disinfected multiple times a week.
Symptom Identification and Response
Knowing that early detection is paramount, parents are requested to screen their children daily and are expected to keep their children home if they answer yes to the screening questions that are available through the Douglas County Health Department. Students who present with symptoms will be isolated until a designated adult is able to pick them up from school.
Visitors to Schools
For the health and safety of our school communities, visitors in school will be extremely limited in the 2020-21 school year. Engaging families is critical to student success and family/teacher or family/principal meetings will take place virtually whenever possible. In the occasional event where a virtual meeting is not possible, appointments should be made in advance through the school principal. Social distancing and face coverings will be required. Pick-ups and drop-offs should follow the same drive-through, distanced procedures used in the spring.