Enhanced Health and Safety
1. Guidance for cleaning the school
- Common areas and frequently used surfaces including door handles, desks and light switches will be cleaned at the start and end of each day to ensure effective infection control.
- Custodial staff and other people who are carrying out the cleaning or disinfecting are at increased risk of being exposed to the virus and to any toxic effects of the cleaning chemicals. These staff will wear appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfecting. Staff will be instructed on how to apply the disinfectants according to the label.
2. Steps for effective cleaning
- Most surfaces and objects will just need normal, routine cleaning. Frequently-touched surfaces and objects such as light switches and doorknobs will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to reduce the risk of germs.
- First clean the surface or object with soap and water.
- Then disinfect using an EPA-approved disinfectant (such as bleach).
- Soft and porous materials such as area rugs and seating may be removed or stored to reduce the challenges with cleaning and disinfecting them.
Infection Control Protocols
1. Hand Hygiene
- Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of the facility so that children can clean their hands as they enter. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available at each station.
- Students, faculty and staff must regularly sanitize their hands throughout the day (for every three times hand sanitizer is used, washing hands with soap and water is highly recommended).
2. Arrival and Dismissal
- During arrival and drop off times, direct contact with parents will be limited as much as possible. Teachers will greet children outside as they arrive.
- Older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children or come on campus.
- Students, parents, faculty and staff will wear CDC approved PPE (such as face masks on campus) when instructed by the local authorities.
- Children will be screened upon arrival; children who have a fever of 100.4 or above or show any signs and symptoms as indicated by the CDC COVID-19 symptom chart will not be permitted in school.
In order for the child to be admitted back to school, parents must provide the office with a Health Report Form provided by the school.
- Children with temperatures between 99.4 and 100.4 will be re-checked every hour throughout the day to ensure fever does not increase above safety threshold.
- In order to minimize the number of people who come into the buildings, we are allowing only students, teachers and staff to come inside. We recommend communicating with teachers either by phone or by email. Appointments will be granted between 9:00 and 2:00 based on teacher availability; parents must call the office at least 24 hours in advance.
- Preschool through fifth grade students will have class in one room the entire day.
- Sixth through eighth grade students will have class in one room the entire day; teachers will move to their classroom each period.
- Ninth through twelfth grade students will move from room to room each period; rooms will be sanitized both as they leave and as they enter the new room; students will follow a specific traffic pattern outside in order to minimize physical contact.
- Students’ desks will be separated according to CDC guidelines
- Students will eat their lunches outside with their classmates and teacher (in special designated areas around campus) while practicing social distancing measures (weather permitting).
Symptom Checklist/Decision Tree
Travel Survey/Testing Requirements for COVID-19
Parents, faculty and staff will be provided with a travel questionnaire prior to reporting to the first day of school.
- Anyone who has traveled outside of the United States within 14 days of the first day of school will be asked to provide the results of a COVID-19 lab test.
Contact tracing will be done as appropriate to any positive COVID-19 case reported to the school.
On-Site Medical Personnel/School Health Clinic
School Medical Personnel
- Screening students, parents, faculty and staff
- Isolating students, faculty and staff who show symptoms as indicated by the CDC COVID-19 symptom chart
- Providing emergency or first aid treatment as needed
- Providing infection control classes and presentations throughout the school year to students, parents, faculty and staff
- Isolated holding area away from other students
- Reduces risk of exposure of any potential infection to other students and to staff
- Experienced medical professional can supervise person waiting for ride and maintain hygiene and infection control protocols
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