Public Health Accommodations
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Masks: All students and staff will be required to wear masks while in the building, as well as outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Cloth masks made of 2-3 layers of sturdy cotton are recommended. (Neck gaiters or single-layer cloth coverings are not sufficient and will not be allowed.) They provide a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.(CDC)
It is recommended that staff and students supply themselves with a clean mask each day. Having several masks, ideally 5 to alternate, is a good idea. The exterior of masks may become contaminated unless washed regularly. If a student or staff member forgets their mask we will have a supply available. N95 masks are not required. If staff or a student has a condition that requires this level of protection, they will be available. Masks with expiratory valves WILL NOT be allowed as the valves do not filter exhaled air.
Please send your student to school with one or two extra masks in plastic “ziploc” style bags. Masks can get dirty or wet, and students will need access to additional masks. The school does have extra masks if needed, but similar fit and comfort as masks provided from home cannot be assured.
Face Mask Breaks should be considered in the daily school schedule following the recommendations of the AAP and CDC. A good time to consider mask breaks is during outdoor recess, as long as students remain 6 feet apart.
Face Shields: Face shields will be made available to every staff member who requests one. Face shields protect the eyes and offer a high level of protection when used with masks. Face shields with masks are recommended when working closely with students, within 3 feet. Staff will be shown proper cleaning of face shields for reuse.
Specialty Masks: N95 masks will be available if needed.
Face Masks with clear window panels around the mouth/lips can be considered for teachers who work with students with hearing impairment and speech delays, ESOL, and K/1 teachers in order to support facial expression recognition and speech perception. Staff may consider wearing face shield only, if maintaining 6 feet distance from students.
Goggles:There will be a limited number of goggles available for staff, if preferred with a mask (versus face shield and mask).
Travel to Specials
- Consider walking outside to Specials.
- The Music room and Gym will have separate entrance and exit doors.
- When PE classes are being held outdoors the PE teachers will pick the classes up from the classroom’s exterior entrances. (Exception: Fourth grade classes will be picked up from their interior classroom door and exit from the 4th grade pod doors.
- Teachers and Educational Assistants will pick up students from Special classes. If Specials are being held outside, teachers need to communicate on where to pick them up.
- If weather does not permit outside walking, be mindful of others indoors and maintain distance in the hallways
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.
Follow these 5 Steps: (From CDC)
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
Soap and 20 seconds are most important in hand washing. Temperature of water is not as important. The soap breaks down bacterial/viral membranes and the action of scrubbing removes debris.
Handwashing vs. Hand Sanitizer
- Use soap and water when hands are visibly dirty and after eating.
- Sanitize, with at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water is not available and in between washings, when hands are visibly clean
Students will wash hands whenever needed, but also with a focus on these transitions/times of the day:
Travel in hallways
When traveling in the hallways we ask that staff and students walk on the right side of the hall. As staff will be walking with students through the halls, we decided not to use taped arrows in the hallways. Staff will help students physically distance and walk on the right side of the hallway. We will be using a right turn only direction in the halls. Be mindful of areas that easily become congested, such as the ramps leading to Art, Music, and PE. Please allow classes exiting from specials to pass first.
Please be mindful of individual activities that take place in open areas, like PT and OT, and APE. Please use discretion to not impede the flow of traffic
The Task Force understands that bathroom use could be problematic, but we are also not trying to overcomplicate the use of bathrooms through strict schedules or a pass system. We will need to teach students all of these routines and practice them. There are not many changes to bathroom use, except in the numbers of children allowed in the bathroom.
As a reminder, students will be wearing masks and we will reinforce, reinforce, reinforce hand hygiene. Inevitably there will be some passing that occurs that is closer that the 3 foot guideline, but this is not prolonged exposure, and combined with masks/hand hygiene, limiting the number of students at a time from each classroom will act as a preliminary mitigator, and then students will need to learn/understand the importance of not entering the bathroom if there are already 2 students inside. There are signs on the bathroom doors as a reminder, and there will be physically distanced “wait here” decals outside the bathroom to designated spots where students can wait until a student exits the bathroom.
K-1 children will use their classroom bathroom as usual. If K-1 students cannot access their bathroom due to usage they can use the lobby bathroom.
Grade 2-5 will use their pod bathrooms when possible. The maximum number of students in a pod bathroom is TWO.
Classroom teachers will use discretion when allowing students to leave the room for bathroom use.
Only one student at a time should be released from the classroom for each of the two designated pod bathrooms.
If a student enters the bathroom and it is full they may wait in the hallway on a designated location or return to the classroom.
Students need to take responsibility for waiting outside the bathroom if the bathroom already has two inside.
There will be hallway markers to mark spots for 3 feet distance for students waiting to use the bathroom, 2-3 spaces per bathroom.
Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after bathroom use.
Students must wear a mask to use the bathroom (and throughout the day).
Bathrooms specifically designated as ADA compliant should only be used by students with disabilities and staff.
Gym area bathrooms should follow the same rule as grades 2-5, only two students at a time in each bathroom.
Students feeling the need to use a bathroom because they are feeling ill should go directly to the nurse’s office.
Custodians must ensure paper towels, soap and all hand sanitizers (posted on walls) are stocked before the night shift ends.
Teachers should ask students to use the bathroom before going outside. If an emergency comes up, the student should use the bathroom in the front lobby. Students will not escort other students to the front door. Teachers will only send one student at a time. Teachers should walkie in the communication to the office to expect the child.