Health and Safety Protocols

Return to School Protocol

Communication

Consistent with SED guidelines, attestations, temperature checks and health screening will no longer be required.

However, all students and staff are required to notify the school nurse and stay or report home when they develop symptoms of Covid-19. In this case, individuals will need to return to school with a negative test, note of chronic health condition promoting the symptoms or after a 10 day isolation period. Please see: Monitoring and Reporting Covid-19 Symptoms and Positive Cases.

Masks

• Masks will be required of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors while indoors and on buses
• Regular breaks will be given at the elementary level and we will all work to minimize the discomfort we all experience while wearing masks.
• Requests for “breaks” will be honored
o Extended passing time and lunch at the High School will assist in allowing these breaks
o Team-based plans will be developed at the Middle School, in addition to lunch and recess breaks
• Teachers will schedule mask breaks at the elementary level, in addition to breaks at lunch, recess and snack.
• Masks will not be required outdoors, including Physical Education
• Every opportunity to utilize outdoor spaces will be taken advantage of
• Consistently wearing appropriate and well-fitting masks will decrease the probability of quarantine, as new guidance indicates that exposed masked students who maintain three feet distances need not be required to quarantine at all. We will follow this practice.
• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every possible effort to maintain three feet of physical distance between students in all indoor spaces.
• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every possible effort to maintain six feet of physical distance between students in all outdoor, unmasked spaces
• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every effort to maintain six feet of physical distance between adults in all indoor spaces.

Social Distancing

• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every possible effort to maintain three feet of physical distance between students in all indoor spaces.

• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every possible effort to maintain six feet of physical distance between students in all outdoor, unmasked spaces

• In accordance with CDC guidelines, the district will make every effort to maintain six feet of physical distance between adults in all indoor spaces

Ventilation and Filtration

• All classrooms, student occupied areas and offices will be thoroughly ventilated with outdoor air by opening windows when students occupy the room.
• In addition, HEPA filters are located in each classroom, student occupied area and office and will run 24 hours a day so that circulated air is filtered.

Daily Cleaning of Desks and Points of Contact

• Student desks and points of contact will be cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis.
• Classrooms of diagnosed of ill students will be targeted for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Handwashing and Proper Hygiene

• Handwashing is a basic but primary way to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
• Students and staff will be reminded of proper handwashing protocols and available locations of hand sanitizer and sinks with soap.
• All staff and students will be reminded of proper respiratory hygiene

When/How to Isolate:
• If students are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 or have a positive test before the school day begins, they should contact the health office and should not enter the school building. Instead, they should follow the return to school protocol below.
• If students at school develop symptoms of Covid-19 during the school day, they should report to the school’s health office and then leave school to isolate themselves.

When to Return to School (Return to School Protocol):
The student should not report back to school unless:

The student has a negative Covid-Test and is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student must also have an official test result or note from a doctor indicating a negative test result and this must be sent to the school nurse. PLEASE NOTE THAT RAPID TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED; ONLY PCR RESULTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

OR
The student has a positive Covid-Test, has isolated for 10 days, symptoms are improving and the student is fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. An official "release from isolation," must be provided to the school nurse before the student can return.

OR
The student's health care provider gives a signed note with a diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms or a confirmed acute illness with laboratory confirmation. The student would then be able to return according to the usual guidelines for that diagnosis.


Return to School Protocol

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