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What’s Happening in the Classroom

Regular Classrooms
State Requirements

  • Educators will be trained on how to implement strategies to identify and mitigate risk in the classroom.
  • The District will develop protocols for implementing an increased cleaning and hygiene regimen.
  • Faculty and staff will wear face coverings.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant will be readily available to staff/students/visitors in controlled environments to ensure safe use.

Plan

  • Faculty and staff will wear face coverings (provided).
  • Plexiglass dividers will be available for employee use.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with a gallon of hand sanitizer and soap (where sinks are available).
  • Teachers will:
    • space desks as far apart as possible to limit contact.
    • arrange student desks and tables to allow for students to all be facing one direction.
    • move non-essential items in the classroom into storage to increase the space available for social distancing.
    • sanitize class materials on a regular basis.
    • use seating charts to help with contact tracing.
    • establish routines to limit congestion at entry/exit points and around the classroom.
    • establish routines for hand washing and sanitizing in their classrooms.
      • Elementary - beginning of day, between major transitions, before/after recess, before/after lunch, end of day
      • Secondary - beginning of day, before/after lunch, before riding the bus
    • send students who appear ill, or have symptoms such as fever, persistent cough, headache, difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting, to the office who will then contact parents.
    • Elementary rotations will involve rotating the teachers instead of students whenever possible.
  • Students will
    • be required to wear face coverings in the classroom until further notice. Exceptions are outlined in the appendix.
    • clean their own desks and chairs between class periods or at the end of the day, under adult supervision.

Unique Classrooms at Higher Risk
State Requirements

  • Educators will be trained on how to implement strategies to identify and mitigate risk in the classroom.
  • Higher-risk courses will be identified and a plan for mitigating risk put in place with support from the local health department.

Plan

  • Administration and teachers will help identify courses at higher risk and develop strategies to mitigate risk
    in the classroom. Classes at higher risk may include music, theater, dance, CTE, and physical education
    courses.
  • Alternate spaces will be used to hold higher risk classes whenever available. (including holding class outside, in the auditorium, or in the cafeteria to allow for additional spacing)
  • Health (through questions) and temperature (using no-contact thermometer) of students will be monitored as they enter class.
  • Students will be required to wear a face covering in the classroom until further notice. Exceptions are outlined in the appendix.
  • Performances and competitions will only be held following guidelines established in consultation with the county health department.
  • Protocol will be established for increased hand washing or sanitizing.

Special Education Classrooms
State Requirements

  • Special Educators will be trained on how to implement strategies to identify and mitigate risk in the
    classroom.
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided to aid with one-on-one close contact to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to education.
  • Reasonable accommodations will be offered for students who are unable to wear face coverings in settings where it is required for other students. Exceptions are outlined in the appendix.

Plan

  • Guidance and equipment will be provided to each unique special education position.
  • Regular sanitation of learning equipment will take place.
  • Options will be provided for both virtual and face-to-face specially designed instruction and therapy.
  • Alternative approaches will be used to increase hygiene and physical distancing in small group and individual sessions.
  • Students will be required to wear a face covering in the classroom until further notice. Reasonable accommodations will be offered for students who are unable to wear face coverings in settings where it is required for other students. Exceptions are outlined in the appendix.
  • Staff will review all current Individual Healthcare Plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for accommodating students with special healthcare needs and update their care plans as needed.
  • Accommodations using PPE and social distancing measures will be made when working with students who 4are unable to wear face coverings.

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