Preventative Measures In Place on Campus
The following enhanced procedures and protocols have been put in place at every campus to promote the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.
- Age-appropriate education on good hygiene practices to students will be provided via video and signage displayed throughout the school sites.
- Training of school and district staff about infection control strategies and preventative measures.
Student Health Screening:
In partnership with parents and guardians to keep our students healthy, we need you to screen your child on a daily basis before you send them to school.
If your child has any of these symptoms, keep them home from school and notify your campus of their absence and symptoms.
If the answer to all of the following questions is “no,” then we feel confident that your child will be more likely to have a successful day at school!
1. Does your child currently have a fever (temperature above 100.4) or had a fever in the last 24 hours?
2. Does your child have:
- A new cough or shortness of breath
- Body Aches
- Loss of sense of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
3. Is anyone in your home currently being isolated for COVID-19 due to a positive test or COVID-19 symptoms?
4. Have you been in close contact (closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in the last two days?
Staff Health Screening:
Staff will be required to screen themselves for symptoms and contacts on a daily basis and log their responses.
Management of ill students within the school health office:
- A flowchart has been developed and communicated to staff including protocols and procedures to avoid the spread of infection.
- Our district continues to work closely with State and County Agencies for additional resources for parents and staff.
- Health Offices will isolate ill students from well students and staff and protocols and procedures will be in place to reduce the frequency of non-health related visits to the health office.
Management of students returning to school after illness:
- Students are expected to follow the exclusion and return to school guidelines set forth by the State and County Health Departments.
- Parents will receive information from their schools Health Personnel regarding when their child can return to school when they go home with particular symptoms. They can always call while their child is home if they have additional questions or new symptoms arise.
- Before returning to the classroom there will be visits with Health personnel as a check-in and screening process.
Management of Staff returning to work after illness:
- Employees are expected to follow the exclusion and return to school guidelines set forth by the State and County Health Departments.
Protocols for positive cases or exposure scenarios:
We are following the recommendations of the Maricopa Department of Health regarding criteria for what constitutes exposure and what is recommended for the isolation of positive and exposed students and staff. We will notify parents of any exposure their child has from a positive staff member or classmate. At the time of the notification, there will be directives depending on the type of exposure.
Currently, the directive from Maricopa Department of Health is not to send home an entire class due to one positive student or teacher as this is now a community-wide illness. We will continue to work closely with the Department of Health regarding these guidelines as well as reporting and positive cases at each campus.
Personal Protective Equipment:
- Wearing a face covering is optional (effective May 29, 2021).
Hand Washing (following 20-second protocol or use of hand sanitizer):
- Upon arrival at school, use sanitizer if there is no sink available
- After physical activity
- Before and after meals
- After sneezing, coughing, and blowing nose
Breakfast and Lunch Modifications:Breakfast - As the numbers for breakfast are much less than for lunch, it is expected that breakfast will occur as normal as possible. Seating will be provided, however, further apart and hand sanitizing stations will be readily available in the cafeterias and multipurpose rooms.
At the elementary school level, lunch will be staggered and the time between each lunch period lengthened to allow for fewer students in the lunchroom at a time. Students coming from the classroom will be organized alphabetically and walked to the cafeteria. Each student will be identified at the cash register where the nutrition services worker can identify the student’s account. Otherwise, the student must know his student number so that staff can input the account information. Again, hand sanitizers and ongoing cleaning of tables and chairs will occur throughout the lunch periods.
Tables will be spread out in the lunchroom with fewer chairs at each table. Students will be provided spaces outside, in libraries, and other areas throughout the building to eat their lunch spreading out students. Again, hand sanitizers and ongoing cleaning of tables and chairs will occur throughout the lunch periods.
Lunch at both Elementary and Secondary
- Student cards shall be discontinued for the start of school - students must be identified with the Point of Service machine or must know their account number to be entered in by nutrition services staff.
- Salad bars will be eliminated at least initially at the start of school.
- Choice will be provided but each meal and side will be prepared in the morning and packaged to facilitate placing on student trays and to minimize clean up and spillage.
- Cafeteria tables will be marked decreasing table capacity by 30% to 50% to minimize proximity to other students.
- Additional garbage cans will be provided for disposal of completed meal packaging and leftovers.
- After each lunch period, tables and seats will be wiped down for the next group of students.
- Controlled student movement throughout the campus with staggered releases.
- Spaces reconfigured to achieve physical distancing, where possible.
- No loitering or congregating in any lobby or communal areas.
- Physical distancing reminders and plexiglass in place around the front desk.
- Signage displayed campus-wide promoting best practice behaviors.
- Signage reminding students and employees to complete daily health assessments.
- All campus visitors are required to follow established safety protocols and to make appointments in advance when possible.
- If a visitor does not have an appointment, the department will be contacted to determine whether someone is available to assist the visitor. If the specific staff member is not available, the visitor may be asked to schedule an appointment or attempt to conduct their business via phone or other means.
- Staff and students are required to wear a face covering, as per Maricopa County Health guidelines.
- Tables and surfaces will be wiped down with sanitizing products at the start and end of each meeting.
- Hand soap will be available in all restrooms.
- Posters on how to wash hands properly will be posted in all restrooms and at classroom sinks.
- A hand sanitizer bottle or dispenser will be in every classroom, and placed at the entrance to buildings.
- A bottle of cleaning supplies with a cloth and instructions will be provided in every classroom. Cloths are changed out daily by custodial staff.
- Desks and any touchable surfaces should be wiped down daily at the end of use.
- Sharing supplies, such as pens, pencils, notepads, etc., and congregating in work and supply areas is strongly discouraged.
- While shared equipment will be treated nightly, individuals are responsible for sanitizing shared equipment, such as copy machines, before and after use. Wipes and cleansers will be provided.
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
- Enhanced training for all custodians and non-custodial staff on the use of disinfectant application
- Increased daily cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas, doors, counters, sinks, and other horizontal surfaces
- Restroom and Health Office touchpoint areas will be disinfected twice daily
- Guidelines and supplies for cleaning desk and table provided to each classroom teacher
- Signage for safe hygiene and handwashing posted by all classroom sinks and restrooms
- Water fountains are closed
- The use of laundered and sanitized color-coded microfiber cloths for specific surface areas to avoid cross-contamination
- Utilization of electrostatic sprayers for wide-area disinfecting
- Regularly communicate and monitor developments with local authorities, employees, and families regarding cases, exposures, and updates to policies and procedures.
- COVID reporting communication
- Health screening communication
- Family/Staff notification templates
- Health and safety videos for community & staff
- Train all employees on health and safety protocols *mandatory COVID safety videos.
- Educate staff and families about when they/their child(ren) should stay home and when they can return to school.
- Nursing Protocols Training
- Staff members will educate and remind students to practice physical distancing as feasible.