Avella Health and Safety Plan

Last Updated: 7/16/2020 7:14 PM

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Each school entity must create a Health and Safety Plan which will serve as the local guidelines for all instructional and non- instructional school reopening activities. As with all emergency plans, the Health and Safety Plan developed for each school entity should be tailored to the unique needs of each school and should be created in consultation with local health agencies. Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, each plan should incorporate enough flexibility to adapt to changing conditions. The templates provided in this toolkit can be used to document a school entity’s Health and Safety Plan, with a focus on professional learning and communications, to ensure all stakeholders are fully informed and prepared for a local phased reopening of school facilities. A school entity’s Health and Safety Plan must be approved by its governing body and posted on the school entity’s publicly available website prior to the reopening of school. School entities should also consider whether the adoption of a new policy or the modification of an existing policy is necessary to effectively implement the Health and Safety Plan.

Each school entity should continue to monitor its Health and Safety Plan throughout the year and update as needed. All revisions should be reviewed and approved by the governing body prior to posting on the school entity’s public website.

 

 

Table of Contents

Health and Safety Plan 3

Type of Reopening. 4

Pandemic Coordinator/Team.. 5

Key Strategies, Policies, and Procedures. 6

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Ventilation. 7

Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols. 8

Monitoring Student and Staff Health. 12

Other Considerations for Students and Staff 13

Health and Safety Plan Professional Development 15

Health and Safety Plan Communications. 16

Health and Safety Plan Summary. 17

Facilities Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Ventilation. 17

Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols. 17

Monitoring Student and Staff Health. 18

Other Considerations for Students and Staff 19

Health and Safety Plan Governing Body Affirmation Statement 20

 

 

 

This resource draws on a resource created by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that is based on official guidance from multiple sources to include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House, American Academy of Pediatrics, Learning Policy Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, the World Health Organization, the Office of the Prime Minister of Norway as well as the departments of education/health and/or offices of the governor for Idaho, Montana, New York, Texas and Washington, DC.

 

Health and Safety Plan: Avella Area School District

All decision-makers should be mindful that as long as there are cases of COVID-19 in the community, there are no strategies that can completely eliminate transmission risk within a school population. The goal is to keep transmission as low as possible to safely continue school activities. All school activities must be informed by Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. The administration has categorized reopening into three broad phases: red, yellow, or green. These designations signal how counties and/or regions may begin easing some restrictions on school, work, congregate settings, and social interactions:

  • The Red Phase: Schools remain closed for in-person instruction and all instruction must be provided via remote learning, whether using digital or non-digital platforms. Provisions for student services such as school meal programs should continue. Large gatherings are prohibited.
  • The Yellow Phase and Green Phase: Schools may provide in-person instruction after developing a written Health and Safety Plan, to be approved by the local governing body (e.g. board of directors/trustees) and posted on the school entity’s publicly available website.

Based on your county’s current designation (i.e., red, yellow, green) and the best interests of your local community, indicate which type of reopening your LEA has selected by checking the appropriate box in row three of the table below. Use the remainder of the template to document your LEA’s plan to bring back students and staff, how you will communicate the type of reopening with stakeholders in your community, and the process for continued monitoring of local health data to assess implications for school operations and potential adjustments throughout the school year.

Depending upon the public health conditions in any county within the Commonwealth, there could be additional actions, orders, or guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) designating the county as being in the red, yellow, or green phase. Some counties may not experience a straight path from a red designation, to a yellow, and then a green designation. Instead, cycling back and forth between less restrictive to more restrictive designations may occur as public health indicators improve or worsen. This means that your school entity should account for changing conditions in your local Health and Safety Plan to ensure fluid transition from more to less restrictive conditions in each of the phase requirements as needed. 

 

 

Type of Reopening

Key Questions

  • How do you plan to bring students and staff back to physical school buildings, particularly if you still need social distancing in place?
  • How did you engage stakeholders in the type of re-opening your school entity selected?
  • How will you communicate your plan to your local community?
  • Once you reopen, what will the decision-making process look like to prompt a school closure or other significant modification to operations?

Based on your county’s current designation and local community needs, which type of reopening has your school entity selected? (SELECT ONE BOX BELOW)

☒        Total reopen for all students and staff (but some students/families opt for distance learning out of safety/health concern).

☐         Scaffolded reopening: Some students are engaged in in-person learning, while others are distance learning (i.e., some grade levels in-person, other grade levels remote learning).

☐         Blended reopening that balances in-person learning and remote learning for all students (i.e., alternating days or weeks).

☐         Total remote learning for all students. (Plan should reflect future action steps to be implemented and conditions that would prompt the decision as to when schools will re-open for in-person learning).

Anticipated launch date for in-person learning (i.e., start of blended, scaffolded, or total reopening):  August 26, 2020

 

 

 

Pandemic Coordinator/Team

Each school entity is required to identify a pandemic coordinator and/or pandemic team with defined roles and responsibilities for health and safety preparedness and response planning during the phased reopening of schools. The pandemic coordinator and team will be responsible for facilitating the local planning process, monitoring implementation of your local Health and Safety Plan, and continued monitoring of local health data to assess implications for school operations and potential adjustments to the Health and Safety Plan throughout the school year. To ensure a comprehensive plan that reflects the considerations and needs of every stakeholder in the local education community, LEAs are encouraged to establish a pandemic team to support the pandemic coordinator. Inclusion of a diverse group of stakeholders is critical to the success of planning and implementation. LEAs are highly encouraged to make extra effort to engage representatives from every stakeholder group (i.e., administrators, teachers, support staff, students, families, community health official or other partners), with a special focus on ensuring that the voices of underrepresented and historically marginalized stakeholder groups are prioritized. In the table below, identify the individual who will serve as the pandemic coordinator and the stakeholder group they represent in the row marked “Pandemic Coordinator”. For each additional pandemic team member, enter the individual’s name, stakeholder group they represent, and the specific role they will play in planning and implementation of your local Health and Safety Plan by entering one of the following under “Pandemic Team Roles and Responsibilities”:

  • Health and Safety Plan Development: Individual will play a role in drafting the enclosed Health and Safety Plan;
  • Pandemic Crisis Response Team: Individual will play a role in within-year decision making regarding response efforts in the event of a confirmed positive case or exposure among staff and students; or
  • Both (Plan Development and Response Team): Individual will play a role in drafting the plan and within-year decision making regarding response efforts in the event of confirmed positive case.

Individual(s)

Stakeholder Group Represented

Pandemic Team Roles and Responsibilities
(Options Above)

Mr. Cyril Walther

Pandemic Coordinator/Superintendent

Plan Development and Response Team

Mrs. Lori Lochran

Building Teacher

Plan Development Team

Mrs. Lynn Akins

Building Teacher

Plan Development Team

Mrs. Kara Ruffalo

Building Teacher

Plan Development Team

Mr. Darren Shaffer

Building Teacher

Response Team

Mrs. Jodi Morgan

Building Teacher

Response Team

Mrs. Erika Bakaitis

School Nurse

Plan Development and Response Team

Building Principal

Mrs. Sheryl Wright-Brown, JR./ SR. HS Principal

Plan Development and Response Team

 

Building Principal

Mr. Zachary Zebrasky, Elementary Principal

Plan Development and Response Team

Guidance Counselor

Mr. Alex Nikilopoulos

Response Team

District Parents

Parents through Zoom meetings and Parent Survey

Plan Development

 

Key Strategies, Policies, and Procedures

Once your LEA has determined the type of reopening that is best for your local community and established a pandemic coordinator and/or pandemic team, use the action plan templates on the following pages to create a thorough plan for each of the requirements outlined in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of PreK-12 Schools. 

For each domain of the Health and Safety Plan, draft a detailed summary describing the key strategies, policies, and procedures your LEA will employ to satisfy the requirements of the domain. The domain summary will serve as the public-facing description of the efforts your LEA will take to ensure health and safety of every stakeholder in your local education community. Thus, the summary should be focused on the key information that staff, students, and families will require to clearly understand your local plan for the phased reopening of schools. You can use the key questions to guide your domain summary.

For each requirement within each domain, document the following:

  • Action Steps under Yellow Phase: Identify the discrete action steps required to prepare for and implement the requirement under the guidelines outlined for counties in yellow. List the discrete action steps for each requirement in sequential order. 
  • Action Steps under Green Phase:  Identify the specific adjustments the LEA or school will make to the requirement during the time period the county is designated as green. If implementation of the requirement will be the same regardless of county designation, then type “same as Yellow” in this cell.
  • Lead Individual and Position: List the person(s) responsible for ensuring the action steps are fully planned and the school system is prepared for effective implementation.
  • Materials, Resources, and/or Supports Needed: List any materials, resources, or support required to implement the requirement.
  • Professional Development (PD) Required: In order to implement this requirement effectively, will staff, students, families, or other stakeholders require professional development?

In the following tables, an asterisk (*) denotes a mandatory element of the plan. All other requirements are highly encouraged to the extent possible.

 

 

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, and Ventilation

Key Questions

  • How will you ensure the building is cleaned and ready to safely welcome staff and students?
  • How will you procure adequate disinfection supplies meeting OSHA and CDC requirements for COVID-19?
  • How often will you implement cleaning, sanitation, disinfecting, and ventilation protocols/procedures to maintain staff and student safety?
  • What protocols will you put in place to clean and disinfect throughout an individual school day?
  • Which stakeholders will be trained on cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilation protocols? When and how will the training be provided? How will preparedness to implement as a result of the training be measured?

Summary of Responses to Key Questions:

The custodial and maintenance staff  has worked hard all summer to clean and sanitize all buildings to prepare for the safe and successful return of students and staff. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures have been updated and reviewed with the staff and all assigned areas in each building are accounted for and are to be cleaned throughout each day. Currently, all disinfection supplies meeting OSHA or CDC requirements for COVID-19 are on hand and additional supplies have been ordered.  CDC guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting each buildings will continue to be followed. Staff have been assigned to ensure high touch points are cleaned to the extent possible throughout each school day. All custodial and maintenance staff personnel have been trained in the process and proper cleaning products and most effective cleaning methods. Supervisors will conduct regular area checks to ensure all assigned areas are cleaned to the specific guidelines.
 

Requirements

Action Steps
under Yellow Phase

Action Steps
under Green Phase

Lead Individual
and Position

Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed

PD Required (Y/N)

* Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, drinking fountains, hallways, and transportation)

  • Daily cleaning of schools with soap and water and an approved disinfectant cleaner will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure. Apply to frequently touched surfaces and objects including door handles, sink handles and drinking fountains.
  • At Least daily and throughout the day disinfecting schools and transportation vehicles using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 external icon to reduce the risk. 
  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to children using the facility.
  • Hallways, restrooms, and main offices will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer and hospital grade disinfectant daily.

 

  • Daily cleaning of schools with soap and water and an approved disinfectant cleaner will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure. Apply to frequently touched surfaces and objects including door handles, sink handles and drinking fountains.
  • At Least daily and throughout the day disinfecting schools and transportation vehicles using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 external icon to reduce the risk. 
  • Hallways, restrooms, and main offices will be treated with an electrostatic sprayer and hospital grade disinfectant daily

 

Director of Buildings and Grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custodian, Paraprofessional, Bus Contractor or other assigned staff

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors

 

Continuously monitor inventory

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors

 

Continuously monitor inventory

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols

Key Questions

  • How will classrooms/learning spaces be organized to mitigate spread?
  • How will you group students with staff to limit the number of individuals who come into contact with each other throughout the school day?
  • What policies and procedures will govern use of other communal spaces within the school building?
  • How will you utilize outdoor space to help meet social distancing needs?
  • What hygiene routines will be implemented throughout the school day?
  • How will you adjust student transportation to meet social distancing requirements?
  • What visitor and volunteer policies will you implement to mitigate spread?
  • Will any of these social distancing and other safety protocols differ based on age and/or grade ranges?
  • Which stakeholders will be trained on social distancing and other safety protocols? When and how will the training be provided? How will preparedness to implement as a result of the training be measured?

Summary of Responses to Key Questions:

All classrooms and learning spaces throughout the District will be evaluated and reorganized, to the maximum extent feasible, to provide students and staff with the maximum social distancing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.  Building schedules and routines, such as, student movement within the building, change of classes, recess, lunch schedules, etc., will be assessed to minimize contact between individuals throughout the school day.  The use of communal spaces will be evaluated and safe and appropriate usage will be communicated, based on current color stage of the county.  Staff will be encouraged to utilize outdoor space for learning activities.  Traditional transportation schedules will continue to be provided daily to all students with updated procedures for the possibility of an increase in student drop-off/pick-up or student drivers if parents chose to not access District transportation for their students.  All staff will be provided additional training on appropriate hygiene to mitigate the sprad of Covid-19.  All staff will work to ensure students are using appropriate hygiene while attending school.  The education of hygiene practices will include, but not limited to, increased hand washing, appropriate utilization of face masks, minimizing touch points and the sharing of materials.  Face masks will be strongly encouraged, but not required in the classrooms, unless mandated by the county or state.  Face masks will be required on district transportation and in school hallways.  School visitations will be limited to essential support school personnel only and all classroom visitors will need prior approval of building administration.  Procedures for parent and guardian access to building offices will be communicated prior to the start of the school year and updated as needed to follow recommended safety guidelines.  All staff and students will be provided training on social distancing and other safety protocols.  Safety protocols will be evaluated continuously by staff to ensure fidelity of implementation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

Requirements

Action Steps
under Yellow Phase

Action Steps
under Green Phase

Lead Individual and Position

Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed

PD Required (Y/N)

 

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* Classroom/ learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible

  • Determine your maximum capacity for each room
  • Turn desks in the same direction.
  • Students sit on one side of tables/desk facing the same direction. 
  • Reduce Class Size
    • Half of class roster
    • Maximum classroom capacity
  • Survey families to gauge which students may want to conduct their schooling virtually for the 2020- 2021 school year
  • Use the master schedule to balance class numbers as much as possible – remove unused desks and furniture in classrooms; maximize social distancing (to the extent practicable)
  • Limit physical interaction through partner or group work
  • Establish distance between the teacher’s desk/board and students’ desks
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces – as weather permits) for social distancing
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:
  • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff
  • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings
  • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff

 

  • Determine your maximum capacity for each room
  • Turn desks in the same direction.
  • Students sit on one side of tables/desk facing the same direction. 
  • Reduce Class Size
    • Maximum classroom capacity
  • Balance class numbers as much as possible – remove unused desks and furniture in classrooms; maximize social distancing (to the extent practicable)
  • Limit physical interaction through partner or group work
  • Establish distance between the teacher’s desk/board and students’ desks
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces – as weather permits) for social distancing
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:
  • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff
  • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings
  • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff

 

Admin

Teachers

Custodians

Paraprofessionals

Master Scheduling

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors; Continuously monitor inventory

 

PPE including desk cubicles

 

 

Y

* Restricting the use of cafeterias and other congregate settings, and serving meals in alternate settings such as classrooms

  • Allow student hand washing before and after meal service
  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and staff
  • Use disposable plates, utensils, etc.
  • Mark spaced lines to enter the cafeteria and serving lines (to the extent practicable); designate entrances and exit flow paths; stagger use
  • Conduct cleaning of cafeterias and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day Alternative Serving Models:
  • Serving meals in classrooms
  • Touchless Pre-ordering of meals
  • Serving meals in cafeterias with:

Spaced serving lines (marked on floors) 

Spaced seating (utilize outdoor space as practicable and appropriate)

Longer meal periods for more staggered meal delivery (utilizing state seat time waiver to extend meal periods)

Consider pre-packaged boxes or bags for each student instead of traditional serving lines. Avoid sharing of foods and utensils.

 

  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:

Providing hand sanitizers     for students and staff

Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings while in large group gatherings

Conducting cleaning of cafeterias and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day

 

Principal

 

Cafeteria Staff

Hand Sanitizer

Sanitizing Wipes

Cleaning Supplies

Masks

 

Pre-packaged materials

Y

* Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of hand-washing and other best practices

  • Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as handwashing, coverings, coughs, and face coverings

 

  • Provide hand soap and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, and no touch trash cans in all bathrooms, classrooms, and frequently trafficked areas

 

  • Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread.  COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols.
  • Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as handwashing, covering coughs, and face coverings

 

  • Provide hand soap and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, and no-touch trash cans in all bathrooms, classrooms and frequently trafficked areas

 

  • Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread.  COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols.

Administrator

Teacher

Aide

Nurse

Students

Parents

Signs

 

Health Curriculum

 

Y

* Posting signs, in highly visible locations, that promote everyday protective measures, and how to stop the spread of germs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

 

 

Administrator

Principal

Laminated Signs or posters

N

* Identifying and restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers

  • Refrain from scheduling large group activities such as field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities.
  • Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities that involve other groups.
  • Refrain from scheduling large group activities such as field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities.
  • Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities that involve other groups.

 

Administrator

Policies and procedures

N

* Handling sporting activities for recess and physical education classes consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

  • CDC Guidance for Youth Sports:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html 

  • PA and PIAA Guidance on Youth Sports https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/
  • Stagger the schedule for large group gatherings such as recess and PE
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces – as weather permits) for social distancing 
  • Clean equipment/materials between PE classes, recess, training room
  • Weight room closed
  • Students do not dress for PE
  • Individual lockers/cubbies  
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as: 
    • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings 
  • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff 
  • Schedule recess so students remain in same groups together
  • Consider sports/activities that do not require sharing equipment
  • CDC Guidance for Youth Sports:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html 

  • PA and PIAA Guidance on Youth Sports https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/
  • Stagger the schedule for large group gatherings such as recess and PE
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces – as weather permits) for social distancing 
  • Clean equipment/materials between PE classes, recess, training room, and weight room
  • Weight room 50% capacity
  • Students do not dress for PE
  • Individual lockers/cubbies  
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as: 
    • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings 
  • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff 
  • Schedule recess so students remain in same groups together
  • Consider sports/activities that do not require sharing equipment

 

Admin

Athletic Director

Athletic trainers

Coaches

Teachers

Paraprofessionals

Custodians

Master Schedule

 

Policies/Procedures

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors; Continuously monitor inventory

 

PPE

Y

Limiting the sharing of materials among students

  • Identify necessary learning tools and resources, consider using consumables (when possible)
  • Assign a cubby or bin to each child where s/he can keep hard copy texts and learning tools (e.g. rulers, calculators)
  • Limit the sharing of technology tools (chromebooks, ipads, etc) and provide cleaning materials to be used between uses
  • Limit sharing of high-touch materials to extent possible (art supplies, math manipulatives, science equipment, etc.), or limit the use of supplies and equipment to one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect these items between uses
  • Provide each classroom with a clean and dirty bin for those items that are shared
  • Identify necessary learning tools and resources, consider using consumables (when possible)
  • Assign a cubby or bin to each child where s/he can keep hard copy texts and learning tools (e.g. rulers, calculators)
  • Assign technology tools (chromebooks, ipads, etc) to individual students/small groups of students and provide cleaning materials to be used between uses
  • Have enough supplies to minimize the sharing of high-touch materials to extent possible (art supplies, math manipulatives, science equipment, etc.), or limit the use of supplies and equipment to one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect these items between uses
  • Provide each classroom with a clean and dirty bin for those items that are shared
  • Limit use of weight-lifting equipment/machines and clean after each use

Admin

Teachers

Tech Coordinators

Paraprofessionals

Bins/Cubby

 

Individual Tech tools such as ipads, chromebooks, etc.

 

Art supplies

 

Manipulatives

 

Individual basic school supplies such as scissors, ruler, pencils, notebooks

 

Science equipment

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors; Continuously monitor inventory; tech wipes for all technology

 

PPE

N

Staggering the use of communal spaces and hallways

  • Develop Entry Procedures and master schedule
  • Direct movement with clear traffic patterns; Establish clear traffic patterns with appropriate visual supports (e. g., directional arrows, signage, etc.) to enter the building and designate entrance and exit flow paths
  • Establish a protocol for student pick/drop up: staggered entry and release (by grade, class, or bus numbers), marked spacing for pickup
  • Clear one van/bus before another begins unloading.
  • Close water fountains
  • Close communal-use spaces such as cafeterias and playgrounds if possible; otherwise, stagger their use and disinfect them in between uses.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Limit unnecessary congregations of students and staff
  • Limit movement throughout the building and restrict mixing between groups to the extent possible. Try to keep the same student and staff groupings together throughout the school day as much as possible.
  • Transitions: For class changes and other transitions throughout the school day: 
    • Limit transition times
    • Designate areas of the hallway (i.e. lanes) as flow paths to keep students separated students to limit  congregation of students 
    • Limit staggered class (ex: by hall, odd/even room numbers, grade/ discipline) changes to decrease number of students in hallways at one time 
    • Keep same group of students stay with the same staff (all day for young children and as much as feasible for older children)
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:
    • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff
    • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings
    • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff

 

  • Develop Entry Procedures and schedule
  • Direct movement with clear traffic patterns; Establish clear traffic patterns with appropriate visual supports (e. g., directional arrows, signage, etc.) to enter the building and designate entrance and exit flow paths
  • Establish a protocol for student pick/drop up: staggered entry and release (by grade, class, or bus numbers), marked spacing for pickup
  • High School will utilize West End for buses and North Side entrances for student drivers and vans.
  • Clear one van/bus before another begins unloading.
  • Limit communal-use spaces such as cafeterias and playgrounds if possible; otherwise, stagger their use and disinfect them in between uses.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Minimize unnecessary congregations of students and staff
  • Minimize movement throughout the building and restrict mixing between groups to the extent possible. Try to keep the same student and staff groupings together throughout the school day as much as possible.
  • Transitions: For class changes and other transitions throughout the school day: 
    • Provide additional time for transitions
    • Designate areas of the hallway (i.e. lanes) as flow paths to keep students separated students to minimize congregation of students 
    • Masks will be required in hallways.
    • Plan staggered class (ex: by hall, odd/even room numbers, grade/ discipline) changes to decrease number of students in hallways at one time 
  • Consider grouping students with the same staff (all day for young children and as much as
  • Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:
    • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff
    • Allowing students and staff to wear face masks/coverings
    • Limiting unnecessary congregations of students and staff

 

Admin

Teachers

Custodians

Paraprofessionals

Cafeteria staff

Master Schedule

 

Signs on floors and walls

 

Policies/procedures for dropoff/pickup

 

Policies/Procedures for recess and cafeteria use

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors; Continuously monitor inventory

 

PPE

Y

Adjusting transportation schedules and practices to create social distance between students

  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and bus drivers
  • Provide face masks for bus drivers; allow students to wear face masks/coverings
  • Screen students and bus drivers for symptoms of illness and utilize spaced seating (to the extent practicable)
  • Eliminate field trips
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the bus at least daily
  • Establish protocols for bus stops, loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households

CDC Guidance

• What Bus Operators Need to Know

 

  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and bus drivers
  • Provide face masks for bus drivers; allow students to wear face masks/coverings
  • Screen students and bus drivers for symptoms of illness and utilize spaced seating (to the extent practicable)
  • Eliminate field trips
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the bus at least daily
  • Establish protocols for bus stops, loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households

CDC Guidance

• What Bus Operators Need to Know

 

Transportation Coordinator

 

Administration

Master schedules

 

Cleaning Materials

 

Masks

 

Temperature scanners

Y

Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students

  • Determine your maximum capacity for each room
  • Limit movement throughout the building
  • Restrict mixing between groups; Keep the same student and staff groupings together throughout the school day as much as possible.
  • Use the master schedule to balance class numbers as much as possible
  • Remove unused desks and furniture in classrooms; maximize social distancing (to the extent practicable) 
  • Limit physical interaction through partner or group work 
  • Establish distance between the teacher’s desk/board and students’ desks; Mark spaced lines for entry, exit, and flow in each room to promote social distancing
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces for social distancing)
  • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Conducting cleaning of classrooms and high-touch surfaces each day

 

  • Determine your maximum capacity for each room
  • Minimize movement throughout the building
  • Minimize mixing between groups; Keep the same student and staff groupings together throughout the school day as much as possible.
  • Use the master schedule to balance class numbers as much as possible
  • Remove unused desks and furniture in classrooms; maximize social distancing (to the extent practicable) 
  • Minimize physical interaction through partner or group work 
  • Establish distance between the teacher’s desk/board and students’ desks; Mark spaced lines for entry, exit, and flow in each room to promote social distancing
  • Identify and utilize large spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, auditoriums, outside spaces for social distancing)
  • Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff 
  • Conducting cleaning of classrooms and high-touch surfaces each day

 

Admin

Teachers

Paraprofessionals

Custodians

 

Master Schedule

 

Signs and markings for the floor and walls

 

Policies/Procedures

 

Cleaning Supplies – Ensure supply chain through multiple vendors; Continuously monitor inventory

 

PPE

Y

Coordinating with local childcare regarding on site care, transportation protocol changes and, when possible, revised hours of operation or modified school-year calendars

  • Increase communication as needed to collaborate and ensure coordination between local childcare facilities to provide full access for students to the daily prescribed instructional times and routines.

 

  • Review special arrangements that were in place before Covid-19 and decide whether those processes can continue in the yellow phase.
  • Increase communication as needed to collaborate and ensure coordination between local childcare facilities to provide full access for students to the daily prescribed instructional times and routines.
  •  

 

  • Review special arrangements that were in place before Covid-19 and decide whether those processes can continue in the Green phase.

Administrator, transportation coordinator and transportation provider, and childcare providers

Transportation vehicles and childcare space

N

Other social distancing and safety practices

  • Additional social distancing and safety practices may be established based on the evaluation of the implementation of this plan.
  • Additional social distancing and safety practices may be established based on the evaluation of the implementation of this plan.

Building Principals

 

Y

               
 

 

Monitoring Student and Staff Health

Key Questions

  • How will you monitor students, staff, and others who interact with each other to ensure they are healthy and not exhibiting signs of illness?
  • Where, to whom, when, and how frequently will the monitoring take place (e.g. parent or child report from home or upon arrival to school)?
  • What is the policy for quarantine or isolation if a staff, student, or other member of the school community becomes ill or has been exposed to an individual confirmed positive for COVID-19? 
  • Which staff will be responsible for making decisions regarding quarantine or isolation requirements of staff or students?
  • What conditions will a staff or student confirmed to have COVID-19 need to meet to safely return to school? How will you accommodate staff who are unable to uncomfortable to return?
  • How will you determine which students are willing/able to return? How will you accommodate students who are unable or uncomfortable to return?
  • When and how will families be notified of confirmed staff or student illness or exposure and resulting changes to the local Health and Safety Plan?
  • Which stakeholders will be trained on protocols for monitoring student and staff health? When and how will the training be provided? How will preparedness to implement as a result of the training be measured?

Summary of Responses to Key Questions:

All parents/guardians at home must complete student screening for symptoms each morning before the start of the school day. Students exhibiting symptoms or exposed to COVID-19 must not be sent on a District bus or brought to school. All District staff will perform a symptom screen on themselves prior to leaving for work and will stay home if ill.  Students and Staff will have temperature checks upon entering the school. Per established procedures, students, staff, and parents will consistently be made aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If it is known that any student or staff member within a school community becomes ill or has been exposed to an individual confirmed positive for COVID-19, they will be immediately sent home and required to quarantine as  appropriate. The school nurse, in consultation with administration will be responsible for making decisions regarding quarantine or isolation of students and/or staff. Conditions for a student or staff member to return to school/work will be established through consultation with local health care professionals, the PA Department of Health and state or federal guidelines.  The determination of students/staff returning to school will be made in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Families will be notified of a confirmed student or staff illness aligned with state and federal laws and guidelines. Training for staff and students on protocols for monitoring health will be established and communicated. Consistent evaluation of the implementation of protocols will be completed and protocols may be adjusted as appropriate.


 

Requirements

Action Steps
under Yellow Phase

Action Steps
under Green Phase

Lead Individual
and Position

Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed

PD Required (Y/N)

* Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure

  • Check for signs and symptoms of students and employees daily upon arrival.
  • Conduct routine, daily health checks (e.g., temperature and symptom screening) which include checks for history of exposure.
  • Consider a process to address privacy concerns of monitoring practices and the potential stigma associated with monitoring and confirmed exposure or cases.
  • Develop a system for home/self-screening and reporting procedures.
  • Encourage staff to stay home if they are sick and encourage parents to keep sick children home.
  • Adopt flexible attendance policies for students and staff.
  • Check for signs and symptoms of students and employees daily upon arrival.
  • Conduct routine, daily health checks (e.g., temperature and symptom screening) which include checks for history of exposure.
  • Consider a process to address privacy concerns of monitoring practices and the potential stigma associated with monitoring and confirmed exposure or cases.
  • Develop a system for home/self-screening and reporting procedures.
  • Encourage staff to stay home if they are sick and encourage parents to keep sick children home.
  • Adopt flexible attendance policies for students and staff.

Administrator

Nurse

Temperature Scanner

When and how will trainings be provided

Y

* Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure

  • We have created an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms in each building.

 

  • School nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. 

 

  • Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick home or to a healthcare facility.

 

  • Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

 

  • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

 

  • Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met state DOH criteria to discontinue home isolation

 

  • Inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and follow state DPH guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, follow appropriate state DPH guidance for home quarantine.

 

 

  • We have created an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms in both buildings.

 

  • School nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. 

 

  • Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick home or to a healthcare facility.

 

  • Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

 

  • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

 

  • Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met state DOH criteria to discontinue home isolation

 

 

Administrator

Nurse

Isolation Room

Proper PPE Equipment for Health Professionals

Y

* Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school

 

 

Administrators

Department of Health

Nurse

Policies and Procedures

Y

Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school-year changes in safety protocols

  • Post on the public Website

 

  • One Call Systems
  • Post on the public Website

 

  • One Call Systems

Administrators

Communication System

N

Other monitoring and screening practices

  • Temperature Scans
  • Wellness Checks
  • Temperature Scans
  • Wellness Checks

School Nurses

Transportation Coordinator

Temperature Scanners

Bus Aides (possibly)

Y

 

 

Other Considerations for Students and Staff

Key Questions

  • What is the local policy/procedure regarding face coverings for staff? What is the policy/procedure for students?
  • What special protocols will you implement to protect students and staff at higher risk for severe illness?
  • How will you ensure enough substitute teachers are prepared in the event of staff illness?
  • How will the LEA strategically deploy instructional and non-instructional staff to ensure all students have access to quality learning opportunities, as well as supports for social emotional wellness at school and at home?

Summary of Responses to Key Questions:

Following the education of effective hygiene practices for a ll students  and staff as previously referenced (including the proper use of face masks) . Face coverings for students and staff will be strongly encouraged, but not required in classrooms unless the state or county would mandate these in school.  Masks will be required on District transportation and in school hallways. It is acknowledged that  some students and staff members may choose to regularly wear face coverings and shields. This is a personal choice and will be strongly encouraged and supported, but not required. Students and staff at higher risk for severe illness will be addressed on an individual basis to accommodate any specific needs. The district will work closely with current substitute teachers to ensure availability and continue to recruit new substitute teachers to build the strongest pool possible. Professional development will be provided to all staff related to strategies to ensure all students have access to quality learning opportunities and supports while at school or at home.

 

Requirements

Action Steps
under Yellow Phase

Action Steps
under Green Phase

Lead Individual
and Position

Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed

PD Required (Y/N)

* Protecting students and staff at higher risk for severe illness

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

 

 

  • Survey at-risk staff members to gauge their intentions in returning to work while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws

 

  • Survey families with vulnerable children to gauge their intentions in returning to a traditional school setting while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws

 

  • Provide remote/distance learning opportunities for vulnerable student populations in consultation with parents and public health officials

 

 

 

  • Adhere to FERPA and HIPPA requirements

 

  • Adhere to state and federal employment law and extended leave allowances

 

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

 

  • Provide PPE to vulnerable students and staff as appropriate

 

  • Allow vulnerable students to complete their coursework virtually

 

  • Allow vulnerable students and staff to wear PPE throughout the school day (to the extent practicable)

 

  • Establish a process for regular check- ins with vulnerable students and staff

 

  • Allow an early transition for vulnerable students to go to classes

 

  • Limit large group gatherings/Interactions for vulnerable students and staff

Administrator and School Nurse, Teacher, Paraprofessional

Policies and Procedures

N

* Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

> CDC Guidance

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

  • Staff members are permitted to wear face masks and/or face shields.

 

> CDC Guidance

Administrator

Masks, signage for proper use

N

* Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by older students (as appropriate)

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

> CDC Guidance

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

  • Students should be permitted to wear face masks if they wish to.

 

> CDC Guidance

Administrator

Masks, signage for proper use

N

Unique safety protocols for students with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals

  • Survey families with vulnerable children to gauge their intentions in returning to a traditional school setting while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

 

  • Provide remote/distance learning opportunities for vulnerable student populations in consultation with parents and public health officials.

 

  • Reconvene IEP Meetings to adjust for Special needs.
  • Survey families with vulnerable children to gauge their intentions in returning to a traditional school setting while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

 

  • Provide remote/distance learning opportunities for vulnerable student populations in consultation with parents and public health officials.

 

  • Reconvene IEP Meetings to adjust for Special needs.

Administrator, Director of Special Education, School Nurse

Accommodations as needed

Y

Strategic deployment of staff

  • Staff will continue to be assigned at each building in alignment with district policies and procedures to best meet the needs of all learners.
  • Staff will continue to be assigned at each building in alignment with district policies and procedures to best meet the needs of all learners.

Building Principals

 

Y

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety Plan Professional Development

The success of your plan for a healthy and safe reopening requires all stakeholders to be prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement the plan as intended. For each item that requires professional development, document the following components of your professional learning plan.

  • Topic: List the content on which the professional development will focus.
  • Audience: List the stakeholder group(s) who will participate in the professional learning activity.
  • Lead Person and Position: List the person or organization that will provide the professional learning.
  • Session Format: List the strategy/format that will be utilized to facilitate participant learning.
  • Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed: List any materials, resources, or support required to implement the requirement.
  • Start Date: Enter the date on which the first professional learning activity for the topic will be offered.
  • Completion Date: Enter the date on which the last professional learning activity for the topic will be offered.

Topic

Audience

Lead Person and Position

Session Format

Materials, Resources, and or Supports Needed

Start Date

Completion Date

Hygiene Basics

Staff and Students

Nurse and Pandemic Coordinator

F2F/Virtual

CDC Resources

August 2020

Ongoing through year

Daily Cleaning/Deep Cleaning

Custodians/Bus Contractors

Pandemic Coordinator

F2F/Virtual

CDC Resources; Cleaning supplies

Summer 2020

June 2021

Coordination with local childcare

Child Care Organizations

Pandemic Coordinator and Admin

F2F/Virtual

Policies/Procedures

Ongoing

Ongoing

Temperature Scans/Isolation and Quarantine of Students and Staff

Admin/Nurse/Possibly Bus Monitors/Staff

Nurse and Pandemic Coordinator

F2F/Virtual

Policies/Procedures

August 24, 2020

June 7, 2021

Use of Face Coverings/PPE

Admin/Staff/Students/Bus Contractors/Visitors

Pandemic Coordinator

F2F/Virtual

Policies/Procedures

August 26, 2020

Ongoing

Unique Safety Protocols for Students with Complex Needs or vulnerable individuals

Admin/Staff

Pandemic Coordinator and Special Education Director and Nurse

F2F/Virtual

Policies/Procedures

August 26, 2020

Ongoing

Handling sporting activities for recess and physical education classes consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

Admin/ Staff/Students

Pandemic Coordinator and Athletic Director and Nurse

F2F/Virtual

Policies/Procedures

August 26, 2020

Ongoing

Staggering the use of communal spaces and hallways

Admin/Staff/Students

Pandemic Coordinator and Admin

F2F/Virtual

Signs and markings for walls and floors/Policies and Procedures/Master Schedule

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Adjusting transportation schedules and practices to create social distance between students

Admin/Bus Companies/Staff

Pandemic Coordinator and Admin

F2F/Virtual

Policies and Procedures/Master Schedule

Summer 2020

Ongoing

Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students

Admin/Staff/Students

Pandemic Coordinator and Admin

F2F/Virtual

Signs/Markings for walls and floor/Policies and procedures/Master Schedule

Summer 2020

Ongoing

Classroom/ learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible

Admin/Staff/Students

Pandemic Coordinator and Admin

F2F/Virtual

Signs/Markings for walls and floor/Policies and procedures/Master Schedule

August 24, 2020

Fall 2020

* Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, drinking fountains, hallways, and transportation)

Custodians, paraprofessionals,

Cafeteria Staff

Buildings & Grounds

Virtual

Janitorial Supplies

Summer 2020

Ongoing

* Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of hand-washing and other best practices

Students and Staff

Nurse, Administration

Virtual & Health Class

Curriculum and video materials, web site, posters

August 26, 2020

Ongoing

* Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure

Students and Staff

All staff, Department of health contacts

Virtual and Staff Observation

Temperature scanners, posting of symptoms on web and posters

August 24, 2020

Ongoing

* Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure

All Building Staff

Nurse and Administration

Department of Health

Virtual and Nurses presentation

CDC guidance and Department of Health assistance and Isolation room, school web page

Summer 2020

Ongoing

* Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school

Parents, All Staff

Nurse

Virtual, Communication with families of students

Videos, letters, school web site

Summer 2020

Ongoing

Other monitoring and screening practices

Students and staff

Nurse, staff, security, and administration

Virtual

Thermal Scanners

August 24, 2020

Ongoing

Unique safety protocols for students with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals

Parents and Staff

Nurse, Special Needs Staff

Virtual or in person if possible

Special Devices a special care materials

Summer 2020

Ongoing

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety Plan Communications

Timely and effective family and caregiver communication about health and safety protocols and schedules will be critical. Schools should be particularly mindful that frequent communications are accessible in non-English languages and to all caregivers (this is particularly important for children residing with grandparents or other kin or foster caregivers). Additionally, LEAs should establish and maintain ongoing communication with local and state authorities to determine current mitigation levels in your community.

Topic

Audience

Lead Person and Position

Mode of Communications

Start Date

Completion Date

Health and Safety Plan Guidance, Parent Survey, and Teacher and Parent planning groups

All Families/Staff

Superintendent

School Messenger, Survey on website, and Zoom Sessions

6/18/2020

7/14/2020

Board Approval of Health and Safety Plan

All Families/Staff

Superintendent/School Directors

School Board Meeting

7/15/2020

7/15/2020

Communication of Approved Health and Safety Plan

All Families/Staff

Superintendent/Administrators

School Messenger and District Website

7/16/2020

7/16/2020

Development of Building Procedures in Alignment with Approved Health and Safety Plan

All Families/Staff

Administration

Additional Parent surveys, staff collaboration, including local health professionals where feasible.

July 2020

 

Communication of Finalized Building Procedures

All Families/Staff

Administration

School Messenger and posted on our District Website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety Plan Summary: Avella Area School District

Anticipated Launch Date: August 2020

Use these summary tables to provide your local education community with a detailed overview of your Health and Safety Plan. LEAs are required to post this summary on their website. To complete the summary, copy and paste the domain summaries from the Health and Safety Plan tables above.

Facilities Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Ventilation

Requirement(s)

Strategies, Policies and Procedures

* Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, drinking fountains, hallways, and transportation)

  • Daily cleaning of schools with soap and water and an approved disinfectant will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure. Apply to frequently touched surfaces and objects including door handles, sink handles and drinking fountains.
  • At Least daily and throughout the day disinfecting schools and transportation vehicles using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 external icon to reduce the risk. 
  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to children using the facility.

Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols

Requirement(s)

Strategies, Policies and Procedures

* Classroom/learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible

 

* Adding an additional lunch period in the high school schedule and utilizing the entire gym area at the elementary to socially distance students during lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of hand-washing and other best practices

 

 

 

 

 

* Posting signs, in highly visible locations, that promote everyday protective measures, and how to stop the spread of germs

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Handling sporting activities consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports for recess and physical education classes

 

Limiting the sharing of materials among students

 

Staggering the use of communal spaces and hallways.  One directional hallways.

 

Adjusting transportation schedules and practices to create social distance between students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students

 

Coordinating with local childcare regarding on site care, transportation protocol changes and, when possible, revised hours of operation or modified school-year calendars

 

 

 

 

Other social distancing and safety practices

 

 

  • Allow student hand washing before and after meal service
  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and staff
  • Use disposable plates, utensils, etc.
  • Mark spaced lines to enter the cafeteria and serving lines (to the extent practicable); designate entrances and exit flow paths; stagger use
  • Conduct cleaning of cafeterias and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day Alternative Serving Models:
  • Serving meals in cafeterias with:

Spaced serving lines (marked on floors) 

Spaced seating (utilize outdoor space as practicable and appropriate)

Consider pre-packaged boxes or bags for each student instead of traditional serving lines. Avoid sharing of foods and utensils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and bus drivers
  • Recommend students and staff  wear face masks/coverings
  • Screen students and bus drivers for symptoms of illness and utilize spaced seating (to the extent practicable)
  • Eliminate field trips
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the bus at least daily
  • Establish protocols for bus stops, loading/unloading students to minimize congregation of children from different households

CDC Guidance

• What Bus Operators Need to Know

 

Monitoring Student and Staff Health

Requirement(s)

Strategies, Policies and Procedures

* Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school

 

 

 

 

Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school- year changes in safety protocols

  • Check for signs and symptoms of students and employees daily upon arrival.
  • Conduct routine, daily health checks (e.g., temperature and symptom screening) which include checks for history of exposure.
  • Consider a process to address privacy concerns of monitoring practices and the potential stigma associated with monitoring and confirmed exposure or cases.
  • Develop a system for home/self-screening and reporting procedures.
  • Encourage staff to stay home if they are sick and encourage parents to keep sick children home.
  • Adopt flexible attendance policies for students and staff.

 

 

  • Work with school administrators, school nurses, and other healthcare providers to identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.

 

  • School nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. 

 

  • Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick home or to a healthcare facility.

 

  • Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.

 

  • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before you clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

 

  • Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met state DOH criteria to discontinue home isolation

 

  • Inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and follow state DOH guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, follow appropriate state DOH guidance for home quarantine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Post on the public Website
  • One Call Systems

 

 

Other Considerations for Students and Staff

Requirement(s)

Strategies, Policies and Procedures

* Protecting students and staff at higher risk for severe illness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by older students (as appropriate)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unique safety protocols for students with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

 

  • Survey at-risk staff members to gauge their intentions in returning to work while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws

 

  • Survey families with vulnerable children to gauge their intentions in returning to a traditional school setting while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws

 

  • Provide remote/distance learning opportunities for vulnerable student populations in consultation with parents and public health officials

 

  • Consult with local board attorneys and district human resources officials to offer special accommodations (such as an alternative teaching assignment) for personnel who are members of vulnerable populations

 

  • Adhere to FERPA and HIPPA requirements

 

  • Adhere to state and federal employment law and extended leave allowances

 

  • Offer an Employee Assistance Program to all staff members

 

 

 

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

> CDC Guidance

 

 

  • Information should be provided to staff, students, and families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

 

  • Any policy regarding face coverings should be sensitive to the needs of students and staff with medical issues that make the wearing of a face covering inadvisable.

 

> CDC Guidance

 

 

  • Survey families with vulnerable children to gauge their intentions in returning to a traditional school setting while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws

 

  • Provide remote/distance learning opportunities for vulnerable student populations in consultation with parents and public health officials.

 

  • Reconvene IEP Meetings to adjust for Special needs.

 

Health and Safety Plan Governing Body Affirmation Statement

 

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