We recognize that physical distancing is important but sometimes difficult to accomplish. We have developed protocols in a variety of areas and scenarios in order to promote physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
The CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully reopen while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.
Curricular, Co-curricular, and Extracurricular Activities
Many of the COVID-19 protocols that were in place last school year are no longer required. Activities such as Athletics and Fine Arts will return to regular operations. Additionally, common spaces such as auditoriums, assemblies, and libraries will function under regular operating procedures while incorporating the above listed disease prevention strategies of: frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- Students should physically distance as much as possible while riding the school bus. Students should sit one to a seat when possible and we encourage family members to sit together. However, there will be instances when physical distancing isn’t attainable.
Student Arrival & Dismissal
- Arrival and dismissal procedures have been adjusted at each school to practice physical distancing when possible and minimize congestion during high-traffic times. Parents/guardians and guests are encouraged not to enter the school during arrival or dismissal. Details about protocols will be provided from your child’s individual school.
- Students will be allowed to enter the restroom per the number of stalls available. Staff will monitor congregate areas such as restrooms and hallways to encourage physical distancing as much as possible. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.
- Water fountains are functional. However, students are encouraged to use refillable water bottles and use the schools’ bottle-filling stations, where they are available. The district’s Custodial Services will clean water fountains frequently throughout the day. In some cases, schools have opted to close some water fountains that are in extreme close proximity to one another and instead provide water bottles to students.
- The use of lockers may be limited throughout the school day in order to reduce the opportunity for students to gather in the hallways and at lockers.
Breakfast & Lunch
- A combination of options will be made available by School Nutrition Services for students and teachers to expedite food service and to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch periods. Each school will adjust their meal schedule to accommodate physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- Students’ ability to participate in unstructured play is an important component for children to develop physical, mental and social skills. Recess schedules may be staggered and the number of children on the playground will be limited at any given time to accommodate physical distance to the greatest extent possible.
- Hand hygiene practices will be in place before and after recess. Additional details about recess procedures will be provided by your child’s school.