COVID

HEALTH & SAFETY

INTRODUCTION

The health and safety of the children and adults in our schools is paramount. Health and safety considerations always come first in every decision made and every action taken by our school district.

Mitigation is accomplished by:

  • Random temperature Checks and Health Screening Attestations (see Before Arrival);

  • Healthy Hygiene Practices (see Health & Safety);

        1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use district provided sanitizer.

        2. Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette (see Health & Safety)

        3. Social Distancing.

        4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Masks/Face Coverings (see Before Arrival);

        5. Management of Ill Persons (see Covid 19 Positive Case Protocol)

        6. Cleaning and Disinfection.

All students, faculty and staff are reminded that they must report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19 to the school nurse.

Training will be provided to students and staff in healthy hygiene practices, social distancing, proper use of personal protective equipment, and to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Prior to entering a school building (at two-three different entry points) random student must check their temperature to ensure that it is under 100.0 degree F.

At home, if your student has a fever equal to or greater than 100.0 degree F, then your student must remain home and be fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school. It is also strongly recommended that you contact your student's health care professional if you have not already done so.

All staff members and visitors will also be subject to temperature screenings.

HEALTH SCREENING OUTSIDE BUILDING

Prior to entering the school building each student must complete a health screening attestation as per CDC guidelines.

Students and staff are required to notify the school when they develop symptoms or if their answers to the questionnaire change during or outside school hours.

HAND HYGIENE

Students and staff must practice good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Schools will plan time in the school day schedule to allow for hand hygiene.

Hand hygiene includes:

  • Traditional hand washing (with soap and warm water, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds), which is the preferred method.

  • Use of district provided hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available, and hands are not visibly dirty.

  • District provided hand sanitizer will be available throughout common areas, and near high touch surfaces.

MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

  • Students and staff members should ensure that they have personal mask/face-covering with them each day.

  • Students and staff members must wear masks/face coverings whenever they are in our buildings including in classrooms, hallways, gyms and restrooms.

  • For optimal protection, when worn, the face shield must be used with a face mask and.

MASKS CLEANING

Information and resources to assist schools in instructing on the proper use and cleaning of facemasks are on the CDC webpage on cloth face coverings.

CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Several times throughout the day, custodial workers will clean and disinfect high touch points and surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, push bars, stairwell handrails, ledges), and hallway and nurse bathrooms.

Nightly, the custodial staff will spot mop, dust mop, clean and disinfect each classroom desk and chair, hallway bathroom, gymnasium, multi-purpose room, locker room and high touch points with one of the DOE’s disinfectant products, using the appropriate applicator.

Weekly, the custodial staff will clean, disinfect classroom, bathroom and other surfaces using an EPA established antimicrobial technology that provides protection to surfaces.