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Returning to School Safely with COVID 19

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) wants to ensure that students and staff stay as safe as possible as we approach a new school year.  The following steps are just a few ways we can help to lessen our chances of spreading COVID 19:

1.  Promoting behaviors to reduce spread.

  • Educate staff, students, and parents when it is safe to come to school and when it is not safe to come.
  • Teach proper hygiene - washing hands and covering your cough and sneeze.
  • Ensuring that there are enough supplies to keep everyone safe:  soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, cough/sneezing into a tissue or into your elbow, disinfecting wipes, foot pedal trash cans.
  • Use of cloth face coverings.

2.  Maintaining a healthy environment.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas often.
  • Stagger the use of school equipment so the areas can be cleaned/disinfected often.
  • Minimize the sharing of objects such as electronics, toys, athletic equipment, etc.
  • Have individual cubbies for students to put their personal items in.
  • Ensure ventilation system is working properly and utilize the outdoors as much as possible such as opening windows and doors to allow fresh air in and playing outside.
  • Space seating 6 feet apart.  Social distancing on school vehicles.
  • Put tape on the floors or have one-way routes in hallways can help staff and students distance themselves.
  • Have children bring their own meals if feasible or serve individual meals in classrooms instead of in a lunchroom.

3.  Maintaining healthy operations.

  • Offer virtual learning opportunities when possible.
  • Keep students in small groups and to keep them in the same group throughout the day.
  • Limit mixing of students between groups.
  • Staggering arrival and drop off times.
  • Limiting any non-essential visitors, volunteers, or external activities.
  • Pursue virtual extracurricular activities vs. field trips, student assemblies, student wide parent night, spirit night.
  • Have a plan of what to do if you need a substitute teacher.
  • Consider conducting daily health checks by taking temperatures of staff and students and checking them for any symptoms of COVID 19.

4.  Preparing for when someone gets sick.

  • Make sure staff, students and parents know to stay home if they do not feel well and to notify the school if they will not be there that day due to testing positive for COVID 19 or being exposed to COVID19.
  • Designate an isolation room for those showing any signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other COVID 19 symptoms.
  • Establish procedures on how you will transfer anyone who becomes sick with COVID 19 home or to a health care provider.
  • Sick students or staff should not return to school until they have followed the CDC's guidelines on how to return safely.
  • Staff should notify local health officials, staff, and families immediately while maintaining confidentiality if a student or staff member who is sick is identified.

For up-to-date information and more helpful tips on how to stay safe visit cdc.gov.