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Health & Safety Measures for in-person learning
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection.” Therefore, in order to lower COVID-19 exposure and spread, the following specific health and safety expectations, practices, and procedures will be put in place in all D60 schools.
Have a question that isn't found below? Consult the full 2020-21 Return to School Plan.
Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread
Staying home when appropriate
- Employees and students who are sick, have a temperature or who have recently had “close contact” as defined above with a person with COVID-19 are asked to stay at home. This includes any individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, are displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19, or have had “close contact” with individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- 6 foot social distancing will be implemented to the extent possible. This includes all campus areas including hallways, offices, and classrooms. 3-6 feet distance between student desks is recommended (CDE).
- Teachers and other adult staff should make the greatest effort to adhere to 6 foot distancing from other adults and from students
- Student furniture will be strategically placed to maximize social distancing, with students seated 3-6 feet apart. All extraneous furniture and items will be removed from classrooms and offices as needed to maximize social distancing between students/adults (personal items will need to be taken home and district furniture picked up by D60 facilities department for storage).
- In order to maximize social distancing, all schools will adjust their master schedule, student schedules and class assignments with the intent on balancing total classroom numbers to the extent possible. Teachers’ classroom locations, grade level, and subject locations will be reassigned as necessary, with larger classes/subjects being assigned to the larger classrooms and spaces. “Cohorts” will be separated by floor or wing of the building at the elementary and middle school levels, to the degree possible. Large group spaces, including the media center and auditorium (stage and audience seating) will be repurposed as classroom spaces for the largest courses and classes and/or for student eating during lunch times. The gym may also be considered for non-PE classes to maximize social distancing learning environments. Outdoor spaces will be identified to accommodate high aerosol classes (ie. PE, choir, band) when weather permits. Other classes may also consider meeting outdoors as weather permits.
- Reminder 6 feet distance markers will be placed on walkways, including building entrances and large space entrances such as cafeterias
- Plexiglass barriers will be placed at high traffic locations including front office, counselor, and athletic transaction desks
- K-12 students should have assigned seats in each classroom to facilitate contact tracing as necessary
- All adults will be required to wear a mask
- All students in grades K-12 will be required to wear a mask to attend in person instruction
- All Preschool students will be required to wear a mask to the degree possible
- Any adult or student who because of health considerations is unable to wear a mask will be handled on a case by case basis and accommodations may be made
- Visitors and district staff will be required to wear a mask in order to enter the building
- Mask must fit appropriately, must be worn to cover nose and mouth, and should not be shared
- Masks may be taken off during outdoor recess, exercise activities (ie, high aerobic PE activities) and during Preschool naps.
- One cloth mask will be purchased and distributed to every PreK-12 student and every D60 employee
- D60 will also purchase one cloth mask with a clear opening for PreK-2 students and adults who teach PreK-2 to assist in the teaching of reading. A cloth mask with a clear opening will also be purchased for speech/language students and adults, and specific ESS students and adults including deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Due to clear masks being on backorder, those with special needs will be prioritized. Extra PPE, including adult and student sized face shields have been purchased for those requiring an accommodation.
- Students and staff will be able to wear their own personal cloth face coverings that fit within the guidelines which will be established before the start of the school year.
- Students and staff will be expected to wash cloth face mask with soap and water, rinse and dry mask at home daily or wear a clean mask to school
- Extra disposable paper masks will be available in each school for students, adult staff members, and visitors who may forget their mask.
- D60 is exploring the possibility of purchase and use of portable voice enhancement systems for instructor use in larger classrooms
- Proper hand washing protocols will be taught to all students and frequent hand washing will be encouraged/scheduled whenever feasible (when in classrooms with sinks, during restroom visits)
- Hand sanitizer will be provided in every classroom and office spaces
- Students will be directed to wash hands or use provided hand sanitizer directly before eating lunch
- Students will be directed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after using shared equipment - ie. playground, athletic equipment
Signs & Floor Stickers
All schools will have developmentally appropriate signs posted throughout the building focused on the following: social distancing, mask wearing, and good hygiene (handwashing). Signs will be hung on walls and stickers placed on floors of public areas, including the cafeteria, hallways, front office, classrooms and all major entrances.
- Students, bus drivers, and staff will be required to wear a mask on the bus
- Bus drivers will have disposable paper masks for those who forget to bring their mask
- One student per seat; siblings from the same household will be asked to sit together 2 per seat
- Bussing will operate normal schedules with modification to number of bus routes as needed
- Busses will be disinfected between routes
Cleaning & Disinfecting
- High touch areas (bathrooms, water fountains, door handles, shared surfaces, etc.) will be cleaned by custodians throughout the day after each passing period (hourly)
- Any areas of suspected exposure will be immediately and completely disinfected
- Buildings will be disinfected nightly using antibacterial hospital grade disinfectant, sprayers and foggers which hit every surface
- Student surfaces (desks and tables) and shared materials will be wiped down in between classes or sections by classroom teachers/adults to the degree possible. (Students will not be required to perform any disinfecting.)
- Disinfectant wipes, virex spray and paper towels will be provided in every classroom and office
- One additional daytime custodian will be added to every school to assist with daytime disinfecting procedures
Cafeteria Use / Breakfast & Lunch Services
- Nutrition service workers have participated in additional training on health monitoring, mask utilization, hand washing, kitchen sanitization, and food safety in preparation for the return of students
- All kitchens will be fully cleaned and sanitized daily
- Breakfast will continue to be served in the classrooms each morning
- Current plan is for lunch meals to include daily choice of hot entree, fruits, and vegetables which accommodate special diets and protect student civil rights
- If USDA provides the required waivers, 100% virtual online students will be provided meals as needed and breakfast and lunch home meal kits will be provided at the end of the day prior to a distance learning day
- All food and condiments will be served by nutrition service workers with tray passed to student only after all serving is complete (students will not touch any serving utensils)
- Different service options may be used based upon staffing, supervision, and school specific contexts including: cafeteria to classroom, split day/week, grab n go meals, traditional meal eaten in the cafeteria
- Existing sneeze guards and barriers, as well as additional plexiglass barriers will be used in the serving line.
- Masks and/or face shields and gloves will be worn by all nutrition services workers at all times
- Masks will be worn by students at all times, except when eating, with strict social distancing of 6 feet in place
- Students will keep social distance during cafeteria service and use cafeteria by cohort
- Students may eat in multiple large spaces as assigned and supervised, including outdoors as weather permits, in order to maintain social distancing
High Aerosol classes (Band, music, etc)
- Special health and safety precautions will be in place in high aerosol classes such as Physical Education (PE), Choir, Orchestra, Band
- High aerosol classes will be encouraged to meet outdoors when possible
- K-12 Physical Education classes
- Will follow CHSAA and City and County health department guidelines to include recommended social distancing, sport specific guidelines, and maximum participant numbers for indoor and outdoor activities
- Masks will be worn by teachers and coaches at all times
- Masks will generally be worn by students except during exercise activities (ie. high aerobic activities)
- 6 foot social distancing, low contact sports and individualized activities, drills, and practice will be maximized
- Sharing of sports equipment will be limited and shared equipment will be disinfected by teacher or coach in between student use/sections
- Students will be required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after PE class if equipment is shared
- PE Lockers will not be used and students will not change out with the exception of appropriate athletic footwear as needed (exceptions may be made for athletic participation such as swimming)
- Band/Orchestra/Instrumental Music in grades 6-12
- Strict 6 foot social distancing will be in place (trombone players will require 9 feet social distancing)
- Instruction will limit in person group practice to no more than 15 minutes of play per class period and maximize “distance learning days” for individual instrumental play and practice (flipped classroom)
- Instruments will not be shared by students (drummers issued their own drum sticks, etc.)
- All brass and most woodwind instruments will require an “instrument bell mask” during play (Pueblo D60 will provide these)
- Students should sit/stand all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize potential exposure.
- Spit valves should be emptied on a moisture collecting material (i.e. puppy pads) and discarded by the student at the end of every class period.
- Students playing non-mouth instruments (strings, percussion, etc.) will be required to wear a facial mask at all times.
- Students playing brass and woodwind instruments will be allowed to take facial mask off during play only (limited to 15 minutes per class period). During these times the mask should be worn over the chin and replaced during periods where the student is not playing. No talking without a mask.
- Storage areas should be managed to limit the number of students at a time in the room
- Elementary Music
- Masks will be required for students and staff at all times
- Sharing of percussion and other non-wind instruments and materials will be limited and must be disinfected between class use.
- No use of wind instruments (recorders)
- Singing will be limited (with a mask on)
- Students are not to have physical contact with other students (e.g. partner dances/activities, etc.).
- Strict 6 foot social distancing will be in place
- Students should sit/stand all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize potential exposure.
- Masks will be worn at all times, even when singing
- Flipped classroom model is ideal for choir classes where students learn concepts in the classroom and practice their choral parts at home.
Arrival / Dismissal
- Each school will assign and use multiple points of entry for students at arrival and departure times
- Each adult will use school designated points of entry
- All adults and PreK-12 students will get a daily temperature check and verbal health screening upon arrival - adults will sign daily documentation of screening, record of student screening will be kept daily
- Dismissal should be slightly staggered to allow for more social distancing as students are leaving the campus
- The outside and entryways will be supervised during arrival and dismissal to ensure student social distancing while waiting for entry and while clearing the campus after school
- D60 is looking into the purchase and use of an automated scanner and/or thermal imaging systems for each school to expedite daily temperature taking and documentation of wellness screening
- HR is exploring the possibility of hiring additional health techs to assist with this responsibility at arrival times and throughout the day
- All students and adults who are ill, are displaying COVID symptoms, or have been ordered by their doctor or health department to self-quarantine will be required to stay home
- If a student or adult displays symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 or higher, they will be asked to leave the building (adult) or will be isolated until able to be picked up or leave the school campus. Each school will identify a minimum of three isolation rooms which will be used for this purpose. Students waiting in an isolation room for pick up will be visually supervised at all times. Standard parent contact and student release procedures will be followed.
- All isolation rooms and potentially exposed areas will be promptly and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as soon as ill student or adult leaves the area.
- If student or adult has demonstrated COVID symptoms, they will be encouraged to obtain testing to confirm or rule out COVID and will be asked to follow current quarantine recommendations from the health department and/or their doctor before coming back to school
Confirmed 'close contact' COVID exposure
- When a student or adult reports or is identified to have had a “close contact” exposure to a known COVID case, they will be isolated until they are able to leave or be picked up from the school campus.
- All isolation rooms and potentially exposed areas will be promptly and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as soon as a potentially exposed student or adult leaves the area.
- The student or adult will be encouraged to obtain testing to determine if they have contracted COVID and will be asked to follow current quarantine recommendations from the health department and/or their doctor before coming back to school
Confirmed COVID case
- If a student or adult has a confirmed case of COVID they will not be allowed on school property. This should be reported immediately to the school principal. The school principal will be responsible for notifying the D60 Director of School Culture, Wellness and Safety and the school supervisor.
- Any potentially exposed areas will be promptly and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- The student or adult will be expected to follow quarantine/home isolation recommendations from the health department and/or their doctor. In alignment with our local health department current guidelines, the student/adult should remain under home isolation precautions until:
- Ten (10) days have passed since symptoms started AND,
- Individual has no fever for at least 72 hours without fever reducing medication (ibuprofen or acetaminophen) and symptoms are improving.
(If anyone has questions about when to discontinue home isolation, it is advised that they
contact their local public health agency.)
- Any exceptions to these guidelines will be discussed with and approved by the D60 Director of School Culture, Wellness and Safety before the individual returns to school/work
- Confirmed case(s) of COVID will be reported to the local health department by the D60 Director of School Culture, Wellness and Safety or his designee
- The Director of School Culture, Wellness and Safety will work directly with the Superintendent or her designee and the local Health Department to determine if further actions are needed regarding potentially exposed students and adults at the school (ie. student cohort transitions to distance learning for a recommended number of days, etc.)