Elementary Safety Plan

  • Classroom Setup:

    • When possible, technology can be utilized when manipulatives are needed. Teachers will also create individual bags of supplementary aids or manipulatives for student use to prevent cross-contamination.
    • Students will utilize individual “center” materials to minimize sharing of materials.
    • Whenever possible, students will be managed as a cohort where the teacher remains with the same students all day. Students should remain with their assigned cohort and should not change from one group to another.
    • Community supplies will be avoided. Each child will have their own supplies.
    • Anything that must be shared should have an easily cleanable surface to be disinfected between uses, following CDC guidelines.
    • Classroom materials that cannot be disinfected (magazines, books, etc.) will be limited for use by one person only.
    • Teachers will remove pillows and other non-essential items from the classroom.
    • If tables are used, limit the number of students per table and identify which seats are to be used to provide as much social distancing as possible.  

    Common Areas:

    • Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including sanitizing space between each use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. 
    • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas.
    • In order to prevent cross contamination, water fountains will be used as filling stations only. Students will have the opportunity to fill a personal container that they can drink from throughout the day, but they will not drink directly from water fountains.   
    • Cleaning supplies will be readily available in common areas through utilization of spill stations or similar type stations.
    • The use of virtual meetings will be considered when possible.
    • Visual aids (tape on floor, social distancing markers, etc.) will be used as reminders to persons in building.
    • Doors to common spaces will remain open to avoid multiple people touching handles.

    Restrooms:

    • Teachers will take their class to the restroom during scheduled break time to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines and hand washing protocols.
    • After a restroom break, students will wash their hands and then use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.
    • Restrooms will be cleaned a minimum of twice per day.

    Transitions:

    • Students will always stay to the right in hallways, including entrance and exit doors.
    • For grade levels that are teamed by subject areas, teachers will move to the students, rather than students transitioning.

    Arrival: 

    • Early arrivals are strongly discouraged. Any exceptions need to be specifically arranged with campus administration.
    • Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers, and daycare riders.
    • Students will go straight to the classroom upon arrival and will not wait in centralized holding areas.
    • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms to ensure social distancing.

     Dismissal:

    • Sibling connections will be done outside the building.
    • In order to manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time, campuses will designate staggered dismissal times, staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders, and daycare riders.
    • Parents should remain in their car to ensure social distancing. Students will be delivered to the car unless prior authorization for alternate dismissal plans for is granted by school administration.

    Breakfast:

    • Students will participate in Breakfast in the Classroom. Meals will be delivered to classrooms, and students will eat in their designated classroom space. 
    • Students and staff will use hand sanitizer before and after eating breakfast.

    Lunch:

    • Due to physical distancing guidelines, campuses will not be able to accommodate visitors during lunch.
    • Lunch visitor processes are being developed for visitors and guardians.
    • Depending on the number of students, plans for lunches to be eaten in the cafeteria as well as classrooms will be developed accordingly
    • Students bringing their lunch are encouraged to use disposable containers.
    • Cafeterias will be cleaned often and physical distancing will be enforced as much as is physically possible.

    Library

    • When possible, students will access literature virtually by using SORA.
    • Students and staff will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the library.
    • Returned books/materials will remain on a cart for three days prior to being reshelved.
    • Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing while in the library.
    • Surfaces will be disinfected regularly.

    Specials Classes:

    • PE classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed as much as is possible.
    • All participants will wash their hands before and after physical education classes.
    • Students will use their own art supplies.
    • Music and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.

    Recess:

    • Playground equipment will not be accessed during recess. Teachers will provide activities for students that engage them in structured play where social distancing can be monitored. 
    • When students are outside and socially distanced from other students and staff members, they may remove their mask. Masks must be worn when students are walking out to the recess area and when they line up to return to the building.
    • Campuses are working to develop protocols to ensure social distancing and student safety during recess.
    • All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer before and after accessing the playground.
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