|Name||Return to School Guidelines|
|Description||a Communications: Public Facing Videos video|
We are excited to be welcoming your children back to our schools. We are able to do this by following the protocols outlined by our Department of Health. As we return to school, we want to remind you that it is going to look and feel different. We ask for your patience as we adjust to these new protocols designed to keep you and our community healthy. Families and students will receive a message reminding them to do a daily self-assessment of symptoms. Families and students should not come to school if they or someone in their household is experiencing any of these symptoms associated with COVID 19 After you have done your daily self-assessment, make sure to gather a mask or face covering and bring it to school with you. Whether arriving by school bus, walking, biking or by car, all staff, students, families, and visitors must be wearing a mask, even while outside and physically distant. Disposable masks are available for students who need them. At this time families and visitors will not be allowed to enter our schools. Students will be greeted at the door by school staff. While arrival and dismissal have traditionally been times for families to gather and socialize, we ask that parents keep moving and do not gather in groups. At the end of the day students will be dismissed in staggered groups. Upon entering the classroom, students will be directed to wash their hands. We have reorganized our classrooms to make additional space, but to keep them playful and developmentally appropriate. Each child will have access to their own set of school supplies and will learn to manage their supplies independently. Students will participate in regular classroom activities, which have been modified to keep spacing a priority. Seating will be flexible and marks on the floor will help promote distancing. All children will be given a lap desk to hold their materials and provide a space to work independently. Sit spots will show where students can choose to work on the floor. Alternative seating like scoop chairs and rockers can also be provided. Students will engage in play-based learning. Students will plan, then use their individual bin to retrieve the necessary play materials to conduct their plan and choose a sit spot around the room to work and play. Teachers will move around the classroom and extend learning while encouraging space between children. When weather permits, windows will be open to increase airflow. To meet new recommendations from the CDC and health department, we have upgraded our filters to the MERV-13 standard. During recess, students will still have access to the playground and field, since the risk of transmission from touching surfaces remains low. However, the play areas will be divided into zones. We will focus on keeping appropriate space during play and all students will wash their hands after recess. If your child begins to feel unwell during the school day, they will be directed to a designated screening room. There, a school nurse or trained staff member will check your child's temperature and assess their symptoms. Parents will be notified if their child needs to be picked up from school. Students who ride the bus to school will wear a mask. When boarding, student should stand six feet apart as they wait to enter. All riders will use the hand sanitizer mounted at the front door and then proceed to their assigned seat. When weather permits, the windows and ceiling vents will be opened to increase airflow When it's time to exit the bus, students will be directed to leave their seats one at a time in order to maintain distance. All school buildings are cleaned and sanitized daily by our custodial staff. High-use areas are cleaned multiple times per day. Teachers and staff will be provided with cleaning supplies at each school. We ask that you do not bring in your own cleaning products, because mixing cleaning chemicals can be hazardous. If additional supplies are needed, custodians can order them through the school district. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, affected rooms may have to be closed down for 24 hours. The closed rooms will be well ventilated, opening up windows and doors. Custodians will clean and sanitize the room after 24 hours have passed. Staff and students from the affected room will relocate to an alternate room until after the cleaning is complete. Thank you for listening, and doing your part to help keep our community healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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