The following information contains the precautions that the Abbotsford School District has implemented to safely and effectively guide the 2020 Summer School.
The complete list of guidelines begins below under the heading of Individual Guidelines. Before that, here is an abbreviated list for a quicker understanding of what the district is planning to do.
Health Checks at the entrances each day.
If any symptoms are present, the student will not be allowed to attend summer school that day. Symptoms include: temperature above 100.4, cough, sore throat, headache, runny nose, stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of taste, loss of smell.
If a student has travelled outside of the country in the past 14 days, they will not be allowed to attend.
Social distancing the entire time on school property.
Face mask options.
Limited movement throughout the school.
Outside classes as much as possible.
Drinking faucets have been turned off.
Each room and traffic areas will be cleaned before each day.
No sharing of materials between students.
Teachers will clarify all expectations to the students on the first day of summer school. Examples of these expectations include: hand washing, sneezing, distancing, etc.
Continue To Practice Good Hygiene
-Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
-Avoid touching your face.
-Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
-Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
-Strongly consider using cloth face coverings while in public, and particularly when using mass transit.
-Masks for all who want it. According to health officials, the district can’t require masks for students.
Abbotsford will use the following health recommendations:
-Physical distancing and protective equipment.
-Temperature checks at multiple entrances using infrared thermometers.
-Sanitation stations in every classroom and entrances.
-Disinfect common and high-traffic areas daily.
-Only students and staff allowed in the building.
-Symptomatic people will not be allowed to work. They will be sent home if they arrive at work. -Work with local public health staff, develop and implement policies and procedures for workforce contact tracing following an employee COVID-19 positive test result.
SCHOOL SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS
-Follow strategies for implementation of physical distancing (keeping 6 feet distance between individuals).
-Identify all locations and times where students are in close contact with each other and create strategies to restructure those locations and activities. Schedule for classes to not cross paths.
-Create plans to limit symptomatic and asymptomatic spread.
-Consider the impact of physical distancing on school provided transportation. No Busing.
-Limit the number of students in each classroom to allow physical distancing.
-Create a staggered schedule for cohorts to start/end at different times to avoid contact. -Develop a learning schedule in cohorts to minimize contact with a broader group of students. -Stagger recess to avoid contact between cohorts.
-Cancel assemblies and other large gatherings. None will be scheduled.
-Teachers move- students and learning materials stay in the same rooms.
-If lunch is served, eat in classrooms.
-If lunch is served in classrooms make sure to take measures to ensure the safety of food allergic individuals.
-Hold classes outside.
-Establish controlled entrances and exits (e.g. based on grade levels, students and teacher entry) and flows (e.g. one way traffic in tight corridors).
-Restrict access to places that allow larger gatherings (e.g. cafeteria, staff rooms, and libraries) and stagger use and disinfect between use, or close these entirely.
-Grid off sections for common spaces and lunch areas to help students separate and reduce seating to ensure greater than 6 feet of physical distance.
-Separate partitions in open spaces with high risk of interaction and contact (e.g. playground, blacktop).
-Encourage use of safe bike/walking routes to summer school.
-Stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations, or put in place other protocols to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible. Lines on sidewalk for distancing waiting for temperature check.
Recommendations for Screening
-Conduct daily health checks ( e.g. temperature screening and/or symptom checking) of staff and students.
-Best practice: School personnel should take temperatures of staff and students with a no-touch thermometer each day before they enter or re-enter school.
-Designate a staff person to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Staff, students and parents/guardians should know who this person is and how to contact them. Create communication systems for staff and families for self-reporting of symptoms and notification of exposures and closures. Nurse or Health Aid.
-Direct any anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. answers yes to any of the screening questions or who is running a fever) to leave the premises immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing, per CDC guidelines.
-If schools learn that a staff member or student has tested positive for COVID-19, consult CDC guidelines and contact the local health department to discuss the appropriate management of potentially exposed staff and students, and to determine whether school should immediately cease in-person gatherings, close for additional cleaning, or otherwise change protocols. -Cooperate fully with any state or local health department contact tracing efforts. Staff, students, and their families' health may be at risk.
-To meet the above, the district will be in contact with the district nurse, health aid, and Clark County Health Services.
-If a child has underlying health conditions, virtual summer school would be the safest option.
Recommendations for Students or Staff who Become Sick
-Work with administrators, school nurse, and other healthcare providers to identify an isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms.
-Nurses and other healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people.
-If a student becomes ill while at school: School should provide an isolated space for the ill student to rest while waiting for the arrival of parent/guardian. Ensure the program has adequate space for a student to remain isolated.
-Staff person, wearing a cloth face covering and eye protection, should stay with the student while awaiting parent/guardian’s arrival.
-Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use them before cleaning and disinfection. Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.
-Notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately of a possible case while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
-Advise sick students and staff members not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
-Contact the local health department to discuss the appropriate management of potentially exposed staff, students and community members. Work with local health department, as necessary, to inform those who have had close contact to a person diagnosed with COVID -19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms follow appropriate CDC guidance for home quarantine.
Handwashing and Hygiene
-Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among students and staff. Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings among all staff. Face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is not possible. Staff should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently.
-Practice frequent handwashing and advise students, families, and staff to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
-Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
-Install alcohol based hand sanitizing stations at entrances, common areas in the school, and classrooms.
-Keep each student’s belongings separated and in individually labeled storage containers, cubbies, or areas, or have them take their belongings home each day to be cleaned.
-Discourage students from bringing extra toys or materials from home.
Face Masks and Cloth Face Covers
Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings. Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to staff, students, and students’ families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings. Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on: Children younger than 2 years old, Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
-Face masks should not be worn while engaged in physical activity.
-Drinking fountains should not be used at this time. Will be taped off.
-Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles labeled with their name from home, or schools can provide cups that are disposable or labeled with student’s names.
-Keep each student's belongings separated from others' and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
-Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (art supplies, equipment etc. assigned to a single student) or limit use of supplies and equipment by one group of students at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
-If food is offered at any event, have pre-packaged boxes or bags for each student.
-Avoid sharing of foods and utensils.
-Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.
Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfecting
-Cleaning is physically removing dirt, debris, and sticky film by washing, wiping, and rinsing. -Disinfecting kills nearly all germs on a hard, non-porous surface when applied correctly. Prior to disinfecting, cleaning must be completed. Note: Disinfecting is different than sanitizing. -Sanitizing is the reduction of bacteria to safe levels as set by public health standards. It is required for any surface that comes in contact with food.
-Discourage families from bringing materials/toys from home.
-The following should be disinfected at least daily: Playground equipment. Door and cabinet handles. Sink handles.
-Shared objects (e.g., toys, games, art supplies) should be cleaned in between uses.
-Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children.
Recommendations for Food Service
-All food service workers should wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
-When possible, identify and implement operation changes that increase employee separation in accordance with physical distancing.
-Frequently wash and sanitize all food contact surfaces and utensils.
-Workers must practice frequent hand washing and glove changes before and after preparing food.
-Serve food using gloves.
-Children should be seated with at least 6 feet of distance in between each other.
-Modify meal times and locations to provide adequate physical distancing. Lunch In Classrooms.
-When possible, encourage students and staff to eat meals outside in smaller groups. Consider staggering meal times.
-Kitchen staff have no contact with the staff or students.
-Encourage staff to sit with and talk to children (from an appropriate distance of six feet), serving as role models and offering support and normalcy.
-All kitchen/cafeteria/dining areas should be cleaned and disinfected after use and prior to a new group of students entering for meals.
Recommendations for Gym/Fitness Centers/Locker Rooms/Bathrooms
-It is recommended that when in the community, if physical distancing is not possible, face masks should be worn by children and adults. However, face masks should not be worn while engaged in physical activity. Can’t require children to wear masks.
-Items touched by many people in a gym (like barbells, weight machines and aerobic fitness equipment) must be regularly disinfected because respiratory droplets can settle on them.
-Identify staff members who will be responsible for ensuring regular cleaning and disinfection. Maintenance Staff.
-If students do not wipe/disinfect equipment after exercise, consider providing “ready to clean” tags that students can place on equipment after use, signaling staff to ensure equipment is disinfected before the next use.
-Minimize sharing of equipment as much as possible and disinfect shared equipment between use.
-Enforce use of personal towels and exercise clothing. Both should be taken home each day and laundered before reuse at school.
-Increase cleaning frequency for restrooms, showers and locker rooms, and consider design changes: Doors to multi-stall restrooms should be able to be opened and closed without touching handles if feasible. Consider adding a foot pull to the door if one is not already in place. Place a trash can by the door if the door cannot be opened without touching the handle, so restroom users can cover the handle with a paper towel and easily dispose of it afterward. For single-occupancy restrooms, provide signage and materials (paper towels and trash cans) for individuals to use without touching the handles. Post signs indicating that toilet lids (if present) should be closed before flushing. Post signs asking students and staff to wash hands before and after using the restroom. Only allow shower and locker room use if partitions are in place or signs have been posted to specify physical distancing requirements. If partitions or proper distancing are not possible, these facilities should remain closed.
-Water shoes should be worn in locker rooms and showers. Not used for summer school.
-Ensure physical distancing for equipment layout and activities. Consider spacing equipment at least six feet apart, with greater distancing for treadmills and other high-exertion aerobic fitness equipment. Equipment can be arranged in an “X” pattern to provide greater distancing. Regular summer classes won’t use fitness center.
-Physical barriers can also be helpful to create distancing or segregate exercise areas.
-Basketball courts and other areas where physical contact sports occur should be closed.
Closing Summer School and Programs
-Check state and local health department notices daily about transmission in the area and adjust operations accordingly.
-In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the community, schools may consider or be directed to close for a short time (1-2 days) for cleaning and disinfection.
-Where a community is deemed a significant mitigation community, schools should anticipate closing and work with local health authorities.