Use of Protective Equipment and Social Distancing
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What protective equipment will be used or expected at school by students and staff members?
Plexiglass barriers have been installed in the school office and in some classrooms between the teacher and students. Plastic barriers in elementary and middle school lunchrooms have been installed to separate students from each other across tables. High school students sit at round tables when having lunch and will practice distancing from other students at the tables.
Students and staff members will be expected to wear cloth or disposable face coverings/masks when social distancing is difficult or not possible (i.e. arrival/dismissal, passing periods, classrooms where social distancing is not possible, working closely with a student or group of students or traveling throughout the building, etc.), and highly encouraged to wear cloth or disposable face coverings/masks at all times when on school district premises. This protocol was supported by 60% of the parents responding to the survey. The CDC’s guidance on feasibility and adaptations will be considered when implementing this preventative measure.
- Cloth or disposable face coverings should shield the nose and mouth and be secured by a band/strap.
- Cloth face coverings should be laundered daily if reusable.
- If cloth or disposable face coverings are used for long periods throughout the day, students might consider changing to a fresh covering if it becomes moist or soiled.
- Mask breaks will be provided when social distancing measures are safely in place.
Will face coverings/masks be provided by the school district?
The school district will have at least one re-usable face covering for each staff member and student. In addition, there will be disposable face coverings available. Families are asked to provide face coverings for their children if possible.
What if a child refuses to wear a mask? Will there be disciplinary action?
- Students will be expected to wear masks when social distancing is not possible.
As this is a new practice for students, appropriate mask practices will be taught and reinforced. If a student refuses to wear a mask, staff will work with the student and explain why it is important to wear to reduce the risk of spreading illness. Parents will be contacted and asked to reinforce the expectation at school.
- Staff will work with students with special circumstances to promote the safety of the student and others.
- Virtual school may be an option for families who prefer their child not wear a mask.
Social Distancing in Classrooms and Throughout the School
- In the Hybrid Phase, there will be fewer than 50% of the student in classrooms on any given day. This is due to having half of the students remote, and having some students participating in the Virtual Academy, which provides remote learning every day.
- Students will travel to and from classes, lunch, or individualized and small group instructional settings, wearing face coverings and using social distancing requirements to the greatest extent possible, and using pre-established traffic patterns within the building.
- Students will have assigned areas in the classroom and be expected to remain in that space as much as possible.
- Tables and desks will be spaced out as much as possible to allow more distance between students.
- Drinking fountains will not be available for use. The exception may be the touchless kind designed to fill water bottles.
- The number of students allowed at a table will be significantly reduced.
- Plastic barriers in elementary and middle school cafeterias have been installed to separate students from each other across tables. High school students sit at round tables when eating and will practice distancing from other students at the tables.
- A reduced number of students will be allowed in the cafeteira to allow for proper spacing of students.
- Additional lunch periods will be added to accommodate.
- Recess will be outdoors when weather permits.
- Recess times will be spaced throughout the day.
- Students will stay with their own classroom and not mix with others.
- Playground equipment will be sanitized frequently throughout the day.