COVID-19 Health & Safety 2021-2022

COVID-19 Health & Safety 2021-2022
Posted on 08/25/2021
COVID -19 Health and Safety ProtocolsHEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
We follow Washington State’s Department of Health Guidance and the ongoing guidance of Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Allison Berry.
Staff & Student Vaccinations
● All K-12 school staff must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 or receive a religious or medical exemption.
● Students are not yet required to be vaccinated but we are responsible for collecting their vaccination information. Families can upload proof of students’ vaccination through Family Access Skyward. Log into Skyward here Wellness Screening & Temperature Checks
● All staff and families must screen for symptoms before coming to the building. Symptoms include a fever of over 100.4° F, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hours). Daily entry of screening into the Skyward system is no longer required by the Department of Health.
● All staff, students, and visitors will check their temperature as part of the daily self-screening before coming to school. We will no longer be checking students’ temperatures before they enter the building.
Families & Volunteers in the Building
● Family members will only come into school buildings if they check in and sign in at the school office. Families will not be able to freely enter the building at student drop off and pick up.
● We welcome district-registered, vaccinated volunteers into the building. Before a volunteer begins, they must be registered with the district office including sharing their 1 vaccination documentation EXPECTED BEHAVIOR Masks
● All staff, students, volunteers, or guests must wear masks at school. Here is a description of acceptable masks.
● Preschool students and some students with medical conditions or disabilities may be exempt from masking.
● Masks must be on at all times indoors unless alone in a room, or eating and drinking. Students will follow staff directions about time and location to remove masks for eating and drinking.
● For outdoor activities, students will continue to wear masks unless a six feet distance can be maintained. If six feet distance can be easily enforced in an outdoor activity, staff may give permission to students to remove their masks.
Physical Distancing
● Students will maintain at least a three foot distance whenever possible. Schools will use assigned seats, floor markings, and occupancy signs to support distancing.
● We will no longer have classroom cohorts. All students will be welcomed back on campus five days a week.
● Staff will maintain a six foot distance. In staff rooms and workrooms, people will maintain distancing and adhere to posted occupancy signs.
Hand Hygiene
● Students and adults will wash hands frequently including upon entry, before and after eating, after using the restroom, before and after recess and PE.
● If soap and water are not readily available alcohol- based hand gel with at least 60 percent alcohol will be used.
● Ventilation including windows, fans, and HVAC settings will be used to maximize the amount of outside air entering program areas.
● During winter months the indoor heating ventilation is sufficient to maintain appropriate 2 airflow, and windows and doors do not need to be open.
● Outdoor learning activities are encouraged whenever possible. Tents and covered areas are available at all schools. Cleaning Practices
● Custodial staff will provide increased cleaning of high touch surfaces as well as materials for daily cleaning of student desks and chairs. Students will be able to share materials in the classroom such as pens and paper.
Buses, Lunch, & Field Trips
● Students will follow directions on seating to maintain distance on the bus. They will wear masks throughout the ride. Windows will be open to improve ventilation.
● Students will eat at least six feet apart from one another facing forward. Students will wash or sanitize their hands before eating. Students will remain masked at all times when they are not actively eating or drinking. Seating will be monitored to support contact tracing in the event of an exposure.
● Field trips are allowed as long as safety protocols can be followed. If the trip includes high-risk activities, screening testing will be used.
Meetings & Events
● Outdoor areas should be used as much as possible for meetings and events.
● Staff will follow safety guidelines for in-person meetings including masking and physical distance. Zoom can be used when appropriate.
● Events for students must allow for at least three feet of distance. ● The size of community and family events should be determined based on whether attendees from different households can stay at least six feet apart. Online options should be provided for families who prefer them. WHAT IF.. Rapid Testing Onsite
● In collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, our school district is participating in a state-funded effort to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing. We are using 3 self-administered Bionax testing. Assigned, trained staff will supervise self-administration of a shallow nasal swab and process the results in 15-30 minutes.
● All students and staff who provide consent are eligible to be tested in the case of symptoms and possible exposure (not limited to close contacts). We will also use testing to screen students before activities such as high-contact, indoor athletics and overnight trips.
People with Symptoms
● All people exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must stay home from school and/or school events and will follow the return to school flowchart to determine when they can return.
● All people developing COVID-19 symptoms at school will be placed in a quarantine area and offered a rapid antigen test. Students will be placed in a quarantine area until they are picked up and follow the flow chart for returning.
Response to Positive Cases
● When a person tests positive, the school will work with the health department to identify and notify close contacts. A person is considered a close contact if they were within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious. The infectious period of someone with COVID-19 starts two days before the onset of symptoms or is estimated as two days before the positive test collection date if someone with COVID-19 is asymptomatic.
● In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place.
● We will notify all staff and families of the school district when there is a positive case associated with a school and provide rapid antigen testing for anyone possibly exposed.
● Positive cases and people in quarantine associated with the school will be reported on the COVID-19 dashboard on the school district website.

Aug 24, 2021 
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