Step 2 protocols are established based on community monitoring that reveals low levels of community spread of COVID-19. These practices are put in place as part of a general scale-up of operations.
Exposure Assessment and PPE
Prior to allowing employees to report to work, district administration, in conjunction with relevant site supervisors and department supervisors, must assess each work site to determine what PPE is necessary for specific positions in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. If a position is determined to require PPE, PPE will be provided to staff at no cost and train staff on its correct use.
Visitors to School
Nonessential visitors and volunteers at school will not be allowed in classrooms. No parent volunteers will be allowed in classrooms during the COVID-19 health crisis.
- Sites will determine what is essential (includes vendors) and nonessential based on the procedures they develop.
- Visitors will need to be screened in the same manner as employees and will be required to sign-in.
Employees, essential visitors and vendors will not be allowed on campuses or sites if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- fever of 100.4 and higher or chills
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose,
- diarrhea or
- new loss of taste or smell
If a staff member is experiencing these symptoms the day or night before, please report your absence that day or evening. If you wake
up feeling better, it is easier to cancel coverage than to find coverage each morning.
Perfect attendance awards for staff will be suspended until further notice.
Additionally, each individual employee will perform a self-temperature check and record it on a personal record, sites will have designated areas for non-contact thermometers for employee use. Traveling employees will conduct a temperature check at the first site they visit for the day and record the temperature on their travel log. Thermometers will be disinfected by the staff member between
uses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
If an employee’s temperature is at or above 100.4, the employee will be sent home. Employees will be informed they must self-report any symptoms that develop during the day and must remain home if they exhibit any of the symptoms identified above while away from school.
Employees are required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol at the following times, at minimum:
- upon arrival at school;
- after being outside for student physical activity;
- before and after lunch;
- after sneezing, coughing, or blowing nose; and
- after physical contact with other staff or students.
Enhanced Physical Distancing
Employees are required to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between individuals at all times, unless this is not physically possible or, for a student’s safety, less space is required. If a situation arises
that requires a staff member to touch a student or another staff member (for instance, if a student requires toileting help, is having a physical emergency, or requires a two-person restraint), have the staff member resume physical distancing as soon as safely possible, wash their hands, and disinfect any surfaces they touched.
Cloth Face Coverings
Staff is required to wear face coverings or a face shield with students or other staff unless they cannot do so for health reasons. In these cases, employees are to notify their supervisor and discuss strategies for reducing employee interactions with students or staff and other options for maintaining safety protocols. Employees should contact the district’s ADA coordinator in the Human Resources Department or their direct supervisor to request a reasonable accommodation and begin the interactive process if they cannot safely wear a face covering. Staff members are permitted to remove face coverings if the staff member is alone in his or her work area. Note, however, that the face covering must be worn again, and the work area disinfected, before students or other staff arrive.
Unless a health condition prevents it, janitorial staff is required to wear face covering and other personal protective equipment (as available and appropriate) while cleaning and disinfecting the schools.
Note: Wearing a face covering or face shield does not replace the need to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Prior to reopening, inspect water systems to ensure they are safe for use after the prolonged shutdown. This will help to minimize the risk of waterborne pathogens that cause illnesses such as Legionnaires’ Disease.
Arrange for daily cleaning and disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces in work areas, such as door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, desks, and learning tools. Any equipment or materials used inside or outdoors must be cleaned after each use. Students will not be held accountable for the cleaning as the sanitization wipes can be harmful to students. Staff will wear gloves when using cleaning chemicals.
Staff is expected to clean and disinfect personal workspaces when they arrive at work and just before leaving work.
Custodial staff will follow an assigned schedule for increased cleaning of surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day. A daily custodial checklist will be created to ensure areas are disinfected and supplies are on hand. Sites can develop a system to ensure the routines are completed regularly.