ISD Summer Success Safety Procedures

Posted June 25, 2020

This plan is intended to serve as guidance for Independence School District Summer Success school reentry. At all times, the ISD will follow the current Jackson County phasing guidelines. 

The ISD is pleased to announce we are reopening our doors to students on July 6th for Summer Success.

Our priority is the safety and well-being of students and staff, so we have implemented many policies to try to protect those in our schools and on our buses. The ISD has put measures in place to minimize the risk, however anytime we are in a public setting, we increase our risk of exposure. 

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety and well being of our ISD community!

Bus Procedure

·   Students should line up 6 feet apart at bus stops.

·   Parents are required to provide face coverings for students riding the bus. Face coverings should be worn at all times on the bus. Face coverings can be cloth masks or surgical masks. Here is information from Children’s Mercy Hospital about helping your child wear a mask https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/helping-your-child-wear-a-mask/. You can view this video to learn about properly wearing a face mask https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc_yKQryMIQ.

·   All students boarding the bus will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the bus. Hand sanitizer is available on all buses.

·   Students will have assigned seats on the bus.

·   Students will sit one per seat or with a sibling or member of the same household.

·   Students who do not follow all safety protocols will have bus privileges revoked. This is to ensure the safety and security of all students.

·   Upon arrival at the school site, students will remain seated until they are dismissed by the attendant/bus driver to ensure proper social distancing.

·   For those who qualify for bus transportation, please note that one day bus passes will not be issued and there will be no Summer Success second passes for secondary school students.

School Arrival 

·   Bus riders will enter at pre-designated school site entrances 

·   Car riders will be dropped off at a designated school site entrance.

·   Students and staff are required to wear masks in all ISD schools and ISD buildings as guided by the Jackson County Phase 2.5 requirements which are in effect as of July 1. Jackson County requires all staff and students to wear masks in our schools and District buildings. Parents and guardians will need to provide face coverings for students.  Here is information from Children’s Mercy Hospital about helping your child wear a mask https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/helping-your-child-wear-a-mask/. You can view this video to learn about properly wearing a face mask https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc_yKQryMIQ.

  • The only time face coverings are not required (but are optional) at school according to the Jackson County Health Department, is when kids are participating in activities where it may not be safe to wear a mask (children participating in vigorous activity, recess, sports, PE classes).

·   The following individuals are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering per the Jackson County Health Department:  

  • Children younger than five years old
  • Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering in public.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.

·   Students will line up 6 feet apart to allow students to complete a non-touch infrared temperature scan. 

·   If a student has an elevated temperature with the infrared scan, an oral temperature will be taken. Please be aware that no air conditioning in cars or homes may result in an elevated temperature with an infrared scan. Do not be alarmed if this is the case. The oral temperature will provide the most accurate temperature to determine if a student or staff member has a fever.

·   If the oral temperature is 100 or above, the student will be escorted to a precautionary room. Parents will be contacted to pick up their student for further evaluation from their healthcare provider. Students and staff will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC guidance that is not otherwise explained. Symptoms of COVID-19 that would require exclusion include a fever of 100 or greater and/or two of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. Students and staff will follow the illness protocol for future return to school (see Illness Protocol for Returning to School below).

·   Students will report directly to classrooms upon arrival and will not congregate in common areas. Students will stay to the right of the hallway as they move directly to their classroom.

School Visitors and Kindergarten/Early Education Parent Entry

·   Visitors are not allowed. 

·   Exceptions will be made for new kindergarten students on the first day of Summer Success and Early Education drop-off and pick-up. One parent/guardian per student may enter with their student and pass a non-touch infrared temperature scan. Jackson County requires anyone entering public buildings to wear a face covering.

Meals

·   Breakfast and lunch: Student desks will be cleaned before and after meals. All meals will be served utilizing disposable products. Meals will be delivered to classrooms and eaten in classrooms. 

·   Classroom doors will be open and students will use hand sanitizer prior to proceeding directly to their assigned seat.

·   No visitors will be admitted for lunch.

·   Students can bring their lunch in disposable bags/containers. If a student brings a non-disposable container, the lunch box should remain in the student backpack on their chair except during meal time.

·   Water fountains will not be used. Students should bring a filled water bottle from home. Water bottle refilling stations will be open.

·   Before meals, students should carefully remove and fold their face covering so that the outer surface is folded inward and against itself to reduce contact with the outer surface during storage. The folded mask can be stored between uses in a clean sealable paper bag or breathable container.  Face coverings should only be removed for meals.

School Day (K-12)

·   Classroom doors will be open and students will use hand sanitizer prior to proceeding directly to their assigned seat.

· Due to summer school enrollment numbers being lower than enrollment during the regular school year, class sizes will be minimized.

·   Students will be seated in individual desks and/or socially distanced. 

·   Students will be taught and reminded of proper hand washing and cough and sneeze etiquette.

·   Assemblies and other large group gatherings will not take place. 

·   Students and staff will utilize hand sanitizer each time they enter the classroom.

·   Nurses and designated staff members will wear Personal Protective Equipment when caring for ill students and staff. 

·   Door handles and other high touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day by Facilities team members.

·   Staff will eliminate communal school supplies where feasible. Shared manipulatives will be sanitized following each use.

·   Classrooms have hand sanitizing stations. 

·   Elementary students will remain with their homeroom teacher throughout the school day.

·   Schools will make reasonable best efforts to minimize risk, however, attending schools in-person will introduce a greater risk of exposure. Classroom protocols will include assigned seating and other measures to minimize contact.

·   Middle school PE teachers shall ensure proper social distancing of six feet or more between students.

Recess

·   Recess will be staggered so students have plenty of space. 

·   All students returning from recess will wash and/or sanitize their hands and return to their class.

·   Face coverings are not required (but are optional) when kids are participating in activities where it may not be safe to wear a mask (children participating in vigorous activity, recess, sports, PE classes).

Staff/Students Presenting With Illness

·   The nurse will meet students/staff at the door of the clinic with temporal thermometer checks.  If the student/staff member has no fever or symptoms of COVID-19 (based on verbal assessment of the reason for the clinic visit), the student/staff proceeds into the clinic as usual. 

·   If any students or staff present signs or symptoms such as fever (100 degrees or greater), or two of the following cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, the student or staff member would be provided a surgical mask they will be required to wear and will go to a Precautionary Room (see Precautionary Room below). The school nurse will immediately notify parent/guardian for pick-up.  The student will remain in isolation until their parent/guardian arrives. Parents must pick up their student, or arrange for the pick-up of their student, within 30 minutes of notification. Precautionary rooms will be utilized to keep all students and staff safe from illness. The precautionary room door will remain open so that the nurse and/or designated staff member can monitor the student. The nurse or designated staff member will wear proper gloves and a mask. Parents/guardians are advised to contact the student’s doctor to discuss sign/symptoms and risk factors.

·   The Health Services Director will be contacted regarding any students and staff sent home for illness. The school will follow next steps as directed by the local Health Department, which may include quarantine measures.

·   If a positive COVID-19 case is identified in a district building or program, the building or program will be closed for at least 24 hours and/or until determined by ISD administration and the Jackson County Health Department it is safe to clean and reopen. Communication will be made if/when recommended by the local Health Department. 

Precautionary Room, PPE and Nursing

Each school has an identified precautionary room that will be utilized for ill students and staff. 

·   The precautionary room door will remain open so that the nurse can monitor the student.

·   If the nurse cannot monitor the room, a designated staff member will be assigned to do so. The nurse or designated staff member will wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include goggles or face shield, surgical face mask and gloves.

·   The nurse will then call a parent/guardian to pick up the student. The nurse will ask the parent/guardian about recent travel in or out of the country of student and/or household members and recent exposure to a confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19. The nurse will perform a risk evaluation.

·   The nurse will advise the parent/guardian to contact the student’s doctor to discuss sign/symptoms and risk factors. 

·   If there are concerns for exposure, the nurse will call Jackson County Health Department. 

Dismissal

·   Face coverings are required for all ISD staff and students at all times on buses and in school buildings.

·   Staff will walk students to after school programs to ensure distancing. Students will pass a non-touch infrared temperature scan before proceeding to the program. 

·   Teachers will walk car riders and walkers to the designated exit to ensure social distancing.

·   Students riding the bus will pass a non-touch infrared temperature scan before proceeding to the bus.

·   Students will put on hand sanitizer upon entering the bus.

·   Students will have assigned seats on the bus.

·   Students will sit one per seat or with a sibling or member of the same household.

Illness Protocol for Returning to School

 ·   Staff and students who are excluded from school will not return to school until they have worked with the school nurse and are told they can return. With local Health Department approval, the nurse can approve staff and students for return if: 

  • 10 days have passed since the first symptom appeared and they are fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Symptoms should also be improving.

OR 

  • They have one negative COVID-19 test. If they have one positive COVID-19 test first, the student or staff member cannot return until they have two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours or greater apart.

OR

  • Student or staff member has a doctor confirmed explanation of symptoms 

Facilities Cleaning and Disinfecting

·   Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout each school day.

·   All classrooms and front office spaces have a sanitizer station which will be refilled regularly.

·   End of day will include cleaning and sanitizing of restrooms, teacher desks, student desks, door-knobs, handrails and front office work spaces.