Reopening Plan August 2020
The 90% attendance rule will be enforced. Students must attend 90% of the days a course is offered in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or be promoted to the next grade level.
- We will open our campus for regular face-to-face instruction on August 17th.
- Students will be counted present if they attend class virtually. We will have at least one virtual model to offer parents. Daily engagement will be required. Elementary students will be required to receive at least 180 minutes of instruction daily, and secondary students will receive at least 240 minutes of instruction daily.
- A parent may choose to place their student in the virtual classroom at any time; however, they can only return to face-to-face instruction at the end of the grading period.
- Students who choose the virtual option cannot participate in, or attend extracurricular activities.
Teachers and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus each day. (List is attached)
- Stay off campus for 14 days if symptoms or a fever is present, or a positive test.
- Report to supervisor if had close contact with confirmed positive case. (Close contact is defined at the end of this document)
Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school if the child has COVID-19 symptoms, or a confirmed case of COVID-19. They will enter remote instruction until re-entry requirements are met.
- If a child comes in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual, they will enter remote instruction for 14 days.
Visitors will be allowed on campus only after they have been screened for COVID-19 symptoms. If they have symptoms, a positive test, or been in close contact with a COVID-19 individual, they will be refused entry to the campus until they meet the re-entry requirements.
If an individual has been confirmed COVID-19 positive, or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 the individual must stay home throughout the infection period.
Conditions for Re-entry to campus:
- For an individual that is diagnosed with COVID-19, or an individual who has symptoms of COVID-19 but has not been evaluated by a medical professional, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
- At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication);
- the individual has improvement in symptoms; and
- at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If an individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19, and want to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis, or (b) obtain a negative acute infection test at an approved testing location.
If a possible COVID-19 case is identified on campus:
- The individual will be immediately separated from others until arrangements can be made for that individual to leave campus.
- Areas used by the individual while at school will be cleaned as soon as feasible.
- Individuals who report feeling feverish should be given an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
If an individual who has been in the school is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, the school will notify the local health department.
The school will close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the confirmed case until those areas can be disinfected.
The school will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in a school if a confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participated in any on- campus activities. All confidentiality requirements will be followed.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the school. Students, teachers, staff, and visitors will be encouraged to wash their hands and use sanitizer frequently.
- All students will wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before eating, and after using the restroom.
- All coughs and sneezes will be covered with a tissue or elbow. Hands will be sanitized or washed immediately.
- Frequent cleaning practices will be implemented. If a classroom is used by multiple student groups, it will be sanitized between different class groups. This will include shared devices such as Chromebooks and iPads.
- Enhanced cleaning practices will be implemented throughout each campus.
- Students will be provided instruction on appropriate hygiene practices and other mitigation practices adopted by the school on their first day on campus.
- Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order regarding the
wearing of face coverings.
- Based on current information, students in grades 3 – 12 will be required to wear a face covering while entering and exiting the building, in all common areas, and in certain classroom situations.
- Students will need to bring a face covering to school each day. Face coverings are not to be shared, and must meet the dress code requirements. The district has a limited number of disposable face coverings for student use.
Student – Teacher Groupings
- Where feasible students are encouraged to practice social distancing.
- Student desks should be arranged to maximize the distance between each desk.
- When feasible and appropriate, large gatherings of students should take place outside. (PE classes, band, athletics)
- Campuses will develop entry, exit, and transition procedures to reduce large group gatherings.
- Assemblies and other activities that bring a large group together are suspended.
- Cafeteria procedures will be modified to maximize social distance.
- Students and staff will use hand sanitizer when boarding a bus.
- Students who attend classes at EPEC will have their temperature checked when boarding the bus.
- Route buses will have assigned seats for each trip to maximize social distance.
- Buses will be sanitized after each trip.
Visitors on campus
- Visits to school are limited to those essential to school operations.
- Parents will not be allowed to eat with students in the cafeteria. All lunches should be sent with the student prior to the start of the school day.
- Campuses will remain closed during lunch. Students will not be allowed to leave campus for lunch.
- Visitors must follow virus prevention and mitigation requirements.
- Employees must continue to meet the work expectation set by the district, subject to any applicable employment contract terms.
- All staff will be trained on the protocols outlined in this document, and the practices adopted by the district.
- All staff must follow current face covering protocols, and remain at least 6 feet apart where feasible.
COVID-19 Symptoms Screener
Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection. Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees;
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
This document refers to close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. The definition of close contact is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:
- A. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being cough on); or
- B. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination.
Either (A) or (B) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test.