All students, staff and visitors will continue to be required to wear face masks in District buildings per Board Policy 8450.01
(with the exception of those who have a documented exemption form on file). The CDC on July 27 issued this universal policy recommendation
for schools, regardless of vaccination status, due to a sharp increase of COVID-19 cases nationwide. According to the CCBH, mask wearing is a best practice that can continue to reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission and other respiratory infections.
Desk shields/social distancing
Physical barriers (desk shields) will be used in eating areas only, as students will not be wearing face coverings. If a staff member or parent/guardian has a special circumstance and needs a barrier at their desk for themselves or their child, they may contact their building supervisor or building principal.
The District will follow CDC guidance on social distancing in schools
. The guidance advises to maintain at least 3 feet of space between students, but when that is not possible, ensure additional prevention strategies are in place.
Cleaning and ventilation
Buildings, classrooms, bathrooms, buses & other high touch areas will continue to be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day. Portable air filters will remain in each elementary school classroom; filters are being replaced this summer. We will continue to align our HVAC settings with CDC recommendation to set systems
to bring in as much outdoor air as the systems will safely allow.
Staff and students are encouraged to continue conducting health assessments prior to coming to school each day. If exhibiting symptoms of illness, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. The CDC also has a Coronavirus Self-Checker
We will no longer take temperatures of staff, students or visitors upon entering the building, as our reopening committee members found that this process often caused hallway congestion while offering virtually no aid in identifying anyone carrying the COVID-19 virus.