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Health and Safety Measures

In anticipation of having students and staff back in our school buildings, the district will implement a variety of health and safety measures. These include the following:

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Staff will self-screen at home before reporting to work. Staff with symptoms will stay home and notify their immediate supervisor and request guidance. All staff will report to a temperature/symptom check kiosk upon arrival to work. Anyone with a fever (temp 100.4 or greater) will get a second temperature check after 10 minutes. Employees who are symptomatic will be sent home immediately. Screening checklist will be updated as needed. 

Screening checklist includes: 

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • new runny nose or congestion
  •  shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •  sore throat
  • close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
 
  • Staff with COVID-19 symptoms but no test for COVID will remain at home for 10 days after symptom onset, AND free of fever for at least 24 hours, AND other symptoms have improved.
 
  • Staff not feeling well during the school day will report to their immediate supervisor for guidance. Staff will notify their immediate supervisor or building administrator, as soon as possible, if anyone in their immediate household is experiencing COVID symptoms or tests positive for COVID. Employees with a known close contact with a COVID-19 positive person or presumptive positive COVID-19 person, as designated by their healthcare professional, will stay home for 14 days from their last contact. They may return after the 14 days if no symptoms develop in that time.
 
  • Staff testing positive for COVID-19 who have symptoms but were not hospitalized may return to work 10 days after symptom onset, AND at least 24 hours with no fever, AND other symptoms have improved.
 
  • Staff testing positive for COVID-19 who never develop symptoms may return to work 10 days after the first positive test.
 
  • Persons with severe illness due to COVID-19 may return to work 20 days after symptom onset and with documentation from care by a healthcare provider.
 
  • Return to work for staff with an alternate diagnosis is at the discretion of their healthcare provider. 


thermometerParents should check children’s temperatures & symptoms before sending them to school. Students with symptoms will stay home. If students arrive at school not feeling well or start feeling ill during the school day, they will report to the health para’s office. Students with a temperature 100.4 or higher or symptomatic will need to be picked up immediately and will not be allowed to ride home on the bus. Screening checklist will be updated as needed. 

 
 
Screening checklist for symptoms includes:
 
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • headache
    • muscle aches
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • new runny nose or congestion
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • sore throat
    • close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 
 
 
  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms but no test for COVID will remain at home for 10 days after symptom onset, AND free of fever for at least 24 hours, AND other symptoms have improved.
 
  • If students arrive at school not feeling well or start feeling ill during the school day, they will report to the health para’s office. Students with a temperature 100.4 or higher or symptomatic will need to be picked up immediately and will not be allowed to ride home on the bus. Screening checklist will be updated as needed.
 
  • Parents will notify the building administrator, as soon as possible, if anyone in their immediate household is experiencing COVID symptoms or tests positive for COVID. Children with a known close contact with COVID-19 or with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 will stay home for 14 days from their last contact. They may return after the 14 days if no symptoms develop in that time.
 
  • Students testing positive for COVID-19 who have symptoms but were not hospitalized may return to school 10 days after symptom onset, AND at least 24 hours with no fever, AND other symptoms have improved.
 
  • Students testing positive for COVID-19 who never develop symptoms may return to school 10 days after the first positive test.
 
  • Students with severe illness due to COVID-19 may return to school 20 days after symptom onset and with documentation from care by a healthcare provider.
 
  • Return to school for children with an alternate diagnosis is at the discretion of their healthcare provider.
thermometerThe district will limit visitors inside all buildings. Virtual meetings are preferred. However, if in-person meetings are necessary they will be by appointment only and at the administrator’s discretion. In person meetings will be in a designated visitor room where social distancing measures and other safety mandates will be enforced. Any visitors to buildings will be subject to a screening for symptoms and use of the temperature kiosks. Visitors will need to immediately exit the building if their temperature is 100.4 or greater and/or they are symptomatic.
 
The visitor management system will log visitor names, contact information, areas of building visited, and entry & exit times. 
 
 
Screening checklist includes:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • headache
    • muscle aches
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • new loss of taste or smell
    • new runny nose or congestion
    • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • sore throat
    • close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 
students and school buildingOnce a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently, those guidelines are: 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. Untested. Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following three conditions are
    met:
    •  They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
    •  Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
    •  At least ten (10) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first
      appeared.
  2. Tested. Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to school if the following three conditions are met:
    •  They no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
    •  Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
    • They have received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
  3. Tested with no symptoms. Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for
    COVID-19 may return when they have gone ten (10) calendar days without symptoms
    and have been released by a healthcare provider. Students may also return if they are approved to do so in writing by the student’s health care provider.

volunteersThe use of volunteers or volunteer programs will be suspended until further notice.
bus

Guest speakers for classrooms will be virtual until further notice. Assemblies will be considered gatherings under the Jackson County guidance and will be allowed or disallowed depending on the current phase.  Field trips away from campus are suspended until further notice but could occur virtually.




school buildingCommunity use of district facilities and buildings will be very limited. Any such use will require approval by the Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Finance.
hand sanitizingStudents and staff will be regularly reminded about the importance of proper hand-washing. You should wash hands before leaving home, leaving classrooms/offices, eating, touching shared objects, touching your face, and leaving school. You should wash hands after arriving at school/work, entering classrooms/offices, eating, touching shared objects, using the restroom, touching your face, coughing, sneezing, blowing nose, and arriving at home.Teachers will provide hourly hand-washing breaks for students. Staff will wash their hands hourly. Staff and students will wash their hands before and after eating. Use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not feasible at times.
 
Hand Sanitizing
Hand sanitizer units will be located throughout our buildings for convenience. Students and staff will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer throughout the day when hand washing is not feasible.
masks

At this time, local mandate requires face coverings/masks for everyone able to wear them. Masks should cover the nose, mouth, & chin and should sit flush against the side of the face. Masks need to be worn in all areas unless you are by yourself in an enclosed office. Social distancing is encouraged but masks still need to be worn regardless of distance to others while indoors. Arrangements will be made for those who are exempt. Mask exemption requests will be submitted to HR for staff and Coordinator of Health Services for students. Exemption requests will require note from a healthcare provider except for pre-school age children. Staff and students will supply their own masks. Sites will have a limited supply of disposable masks for emergency use.  We are committed to fostering a respectful environment in which there are no stigmas associated with wearing masks.

social distancingStudents will be spaced as far apart as possible; three to six feet spacing is the current recommendation. Desks should face forward so students are not interacting face to face. Utilize outdoor classroom space whenever possible. Use waves, and thumbs up gestures instead of hugs, handshakes, and high fives. Staff should not congregate in common areas or attend in-person meetings where social distancing is not possible. Lockers will not be utilized at this time. Social distancing markers/cues should be utilized throughout buildings. Social distancing is required even when mask wearing is occurring.

Precautionary Rooms: Each attendance site will have an area away from other students and staff where symptomatic children will wait until parents arrive. If the health para cannot monitor the room, a designated staff member will be assigned to do so. 

  1. The health para will meet students at the door of the health room. If the student has no fever or symptoms of COVID-19, the student proceeds into the health room as usual.
  2. If the student presents at the clinic with a temp of 100.4 or greater, the health para will retake the temperature in 10 minutes. If the temperature is 100.4 degrees or greater, the health para will send the student to the precautionary room. 
  3. The health para will then call a parent/guardian to pick up the student and advise the parent/guardian to contact the student's healthcare provider for guidance.
  4. The Coordinator of Health Services will be contacted regarding any students and staff sent home for illness. The school will follow next steps as directed by the local Health Department, which may include isolation or quarantine measures.

Cohort Grouping: Students will stay in cohort groups throughout the day as much as possible. If cohort grouping is not feasible, assigned seating will be implemented and enforced to aid tracking measures in the event of a positive COVID case within the school community.

Transitions Between Classes:  To help avoid situations in which large groups of students are gathered in one place, we will adjust the way students move between classrooms and other spaces in our schools.  Lockers will not be utilized at this time.

drinking fountainAll drinking fountains will be shut off except those that are bottle filling stations. The spigot portion of ALL water coolers will be isolated and restricted from school use. Facilities personnel are working to install additional bottle filling stations and locations and quantities will be determined in conjunction with school principals. We will also encourage all students to bring water bottles to school so that they can refill them at a filling station or sink. Students should not share water bottles with others.
 
enter and exit

Students will enter and exit each building at an assigned set of doors they will use daily. These doors will be assigned to students by building administration prior to the start of school. Family members should not leave their vehicles when picking up or dropping off students.