Ducor Union Elementary School District  Reopening School Guidelines; 2020-2021

 

VERSATILE, EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, EQUITABLE

Given the uncertainty of the times, the unpredictability of COVID-19 and the ramifications of the pandemic, the DUESD staff must be VERSATILE to respond to any immediate directives or changes that arise due to COVID-19. We must be able to pivot and address the safety, health, and educational needs of students and staff in a timely fashion. Given the state budget shortfall and its impact on the district’s budget the DUESD staff must be EFFICIENT in all financial decisions and practices to conduct services at high levels while being mindful of expenditures. Efficiency today will protect jobs tomorrow! Given the limited resources all staff must ensure we are EFFECTIVE in lesson planning, instruction, and materials used. Students will not have the usual classroom minutes with teachers. Instruction must be focused and deliberate with no wasted classroom time to ensure all students receive a quality education minimizing learning loss. Support staff must be deliberate and effective in all safety/cleaning/sanitizing/health procedures to ensure the wellbeing of all DUESD staff. EQUITABLE practices must be implemented to address the needs of special populations in the District. Students in special populations will be provided with additional support and a specialized instructional program to address needs during this crisis. The SPED instructors will be contacting parents and students via phone call and online meetings.

ASSUMPTIONS FOR REOPENING:

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of utmost importance. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on campus school will look much different than previous years due to new health and safety measures.Ducor School will develop plans to reopen schools based on guidance from public health officials and state agencies. District plans will be updated as the situation evolves.

It is important to note our district plans must focus sharply on academic instruction to enhance student performance and address learning loss. We will modify extra curricular activities when the safety and well being of students and staff can move forward instructing music, arts and crafts and cooking classes. Sports will be delayed until further notice.

On May 15, 2020, Governor Newsom shared California’s May Budget Revision for 2020- 2021. Schools have never faced this level of funding cuts. These significant funding cuts for schools will impact the reopening of school campuses. Districts are faced with increased costs to address safety measures connected to the pandemic. The California Department of Education recommended that all school districts receive full funding based on the 2019-20 ADA report. This along with the additional state and federal funding; CARES, ESSER, FEMA, LLM, these one time restriction funds will target COVID-19 pandemic educational support for distance learning and school safety.

 

The District is planning on the reopening of school on a distance learning platform. Distance Learning limits student attendance on campus but focuses learning online. In time when Tulare County is off the monitoring list for high frequency of the COVID-19 transmission, the next strategy will be modified to a hybrid model, daily student attendance. Distance learning offers these safety guidelines;

• Protect the health and safety of students and staff

• Follow the guidelines set by Tulare County and Human Services Agency (County Health Department) and California Department of Education (CDE)

• Provide students with school routines for social, emotional, and academic learning

• Provide clear safety expectations for teachers, students, staff and parents during this pandemic learning situation

 

DEFINITIONS:

Class-Base Learning is a form of education where students and teachers are in the same location physically during instruction.

Distance Learning is a form of education in which there is a physical separation of teachers and students during instruction. In some instances, students receive materials and are provided instructional support through virtual check-ins. Other models involve the use of a variety of technology for instruction.

Hybrid Learning is a combination of Class-Base Learning and Distance Learning. Instructions are conducted both remotely and in person.

●      Synchronous is the kind of learning that happens in real time. This means that you, your classmates, and your instructor interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

●      Asynchronous learning happens on your schedule. Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, streaming video content, virtual libraries, posted lecture notes, and exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING

Distance Learning is when students are not on campus, either by state or health regulation, or by instructional design. Students who remain home due to a significant health risk will be able to access similar lessons and activities as their classmates who are on campus. Students will be assigned a teacher and Distance Learning activities will be conducted by the assigned teacher. Synchronous and asynchronous models for learning and interaction will be required daily. Students will need to remain in the full Distance Learning until transitioning back into the physical classroom is safe.

Teachers will be available by email, phone or by video conference for students who are Distance Learning. Students and parents can contact the Teacher, or the principal with Distance Learning questions.

DEVELOPMENT OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Distance Learning can be a challenge. Teachers and students working together via the internet will need time and practice. It may feel daunting to include all students when your classroom is a video conferencing. The principal of  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help. Planning for UDL can proactively reduce barriers to learning so that all students in your classroom can engage. Here are few ideas for  teachers and parents to know and understand how to accept and or overcome challenges;

1.     Explicitly teach expectations and engagement. Video and distance learning is a different medium of teaching and learning. Both you and your students may need time and support to learn how to learn and engage effectively in this space. Co-create and share expectations for how to engage in this learning environment. Give opportunities for practice. Know, too, that there will be a learning curve for everyone. It may take some time and repeated support for all students to get the hang of how to interact and learn in this new environment.

2.     Allow for Asynchronous learning. If you are delivering live instruction via video, record it for students to review or access later. You can upload the video to a space like Google Classroom or send it to your students via email.

3.     Get students into the habit of participating. Make goals and expectations crystal clear. Specify when students should show up and exactly what task they need to complete. Fear of Missing Out can help. Emphasize how many other students are showing up or highlight positive trends. Example, student attendance, homework assignments completed, student teaching other students, activities in small groups

 

4.     Make materials accessible. Create short text descriptions of images and videos you use during video and distance learning. Avoid using inaccessible image-based PDFs for handouts and other digital materials. Use word, google docs, or another accessible format instead. Check written materials for screen readers accessible with online tools.

5.     Embrace your students as teachers. You can provide them with a sketch and initial thoughts of how you think learning and teaching might work virtually, but create activities that let students provide feedback on your plans. Give them the chance  to cocreate what teaching and learning will look like now that you’re all working remotely. Remember that many students are digital natives. Ask about their preferences and innovative ideas on how to approach online learning. This supports learner agency, self-determination, and motivation to learn in this environment.

6.     Actively build a supportive community. Build time into your teaching and learning to reduce social isolation and support feelings of connectedness  and belonging. Integrate small group discussions and us discussion boards for older students. Example, Zoom, allows you to create separate “rooms” for breakout discussions. Try to set up frequent individual virtual check-ins or short phone calls with each student. Encourage students engagement to help your students feel like they have agency in this online space.

7.     Focus on content, not comprehension skills. Resist the pressure for hours spent practicing reading comprehension “skills and strategies”. Focus on topics in social studies and science to build the knowledge and vocabulary that are vital to comprehension. Rather than having students practice “finding the main idea” on disconnected  passages, teachers should ask questions that get students to think deeply, critical thinking strategies, ideas that require self reflection and to share their ideas with others. Have students talk about the current interest, current knowledge of the situation and to connect pass pandemics and make connections with comparisons and contrast models. Keep students engaged and active.

8.     Keep it simple. Simple, clear directions and expectations are always important, but never more so than in a situation where teachers can’t easily gauge when students are confused. Don’t use too many different apps or platforms. Teachers need to concentrate on reinforcing what students have already learned, lest they forget it.

 

 

9.     Dole out new information in brief doses. Limit the amount of new information students are getting within one session. Provide segments of no more than 15-20 minutes, especially if the subject matter is new or students are younger. Breaking up the information and delivering it in short sessions-and training and returning to the same points later on or distributed practice.

10.  Balance synchronous and asynchronous learning. Remote learning can be done either synchronous, with everyone online at the same time, or asynchronously, with students accessing the same lesson at different times. Synchronous lessons allow prompt teacher feedback, it enables teachers and students to maintain connections and feel part of the group. For younger students, asynchronous learning can be challenging.

 

DELIVERING INSTRUCTIONS

EDGENUITY is an online platform that offers access to guided instruction delivered by teachers and or assigned lessons to work during class-base time, synchronous time and asynchronous time. Edgenuity performs multiple tasks simultaneously. Students will be assigned a username to access the program. All students will be monitored by their assigned teacher as well as the school administrator to ensure assignments are completed.  Teachers will control daily activities for each student. Students will be assigned activities to accomplish online learning. These online activities are designed to meet educational standards as well as learning minutes required by the department of education. Students in grades K-2 must complete 180 minutes of learning each day. Students in grades 3-8 must complete 240 minutes of learning each day. These minutes are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning times. Edgenuity will record all activities assigned to students online. Those minutes will then be checked for completion by the teacher and will be recorded. Students will also take quizzes and exams online. These assessments will determine student learning for understanding or students needing more time to redo the assignment before moving onto the next lesson. Students cannot move ahead in assignments or take any assessment without the consent of the teacher. Grading will be determined by the students activities completed,  assessments and attendance. Students will have ample opportunity to complete their assignments and meet their instructional minutes. Students will have access to EDGENUITY 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This means that students can login online to complete assignments late in the evening and on weekends. Students will only have quality time with the teacher during school hours. Teachers may adjust their school hours to accommodate students and parents in the evenings.

Edgenuity will be offered to all full time Distance Learning students.  Distance learning sessions will take place daily. All teachers will be based in their assigned classroom. Teaches will have prior training in Edgenuity. All teachers will plan a schedule to offer synchronous learning time.  All students will be required to be online and ready to participate at 8:30am. Teachers will provide a schedule for all students to follow. The schedule will identify the curriculum and activities during the sessions. Regulated attendance will be recorded. Tardy and absences will be recorded daily. Instructional minutes will be recorded. All students identified in the Special Education population will receive online learning activities as well as modifications to their learning abilities. Special Education teachers will be available weekly to offer direct assistance and support. A schedule will be available as needed.

DUESD STUDENT SAFE RETURN:

When the time for students to return to class-base instruction; the hybrid program will be enforced. The opening of class time will begin as normal for all students. The modified program will be 2 ½ days in class-base learning and 2 ½ days distance learning. Students enrolled in TK-4 will attend class Monday through Wednesday. And students in grades 5-8 will attend class Wednesday through Friday. This schedule may change at any time due to any additional COVID-19 outbreak at the school site and or instructed by the local health department and or the Governor of California.

PUBLIC HEALTH OVERVIEW

DUESD Schools will continue to collaborate with Tulare County Health Department to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff. Regardless of the class-base and distance learning models, any person entering the DUESD Schools will be required to follow all public health regulations. Below is an explanation of the health regulations we anticipate based upon current information:  

Group Gatherings and Social Distancing Requirements

• Recently state and local public health orders limiting the size of group gatherings and 6 feet social distancing expectations wherever practicable.

• DUESD will limit the use of large group gathering areas

o An area is considered any room or wherever instruction takes place

including outside space. Includes large areas - gymnasiums, cafeterias, hallways.

 

• Social Distancing Requirements

o Maintain 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

o Avoid mass gatherings in large groups such as assemblies, cafeterias, field

trips, staff meetings.

o Maintain social distancing outside - includes recess. Playground equipment and sharing of playground equipment limitations will be considered.

Number of Students and Staff Requirements

• Group gathering limitations and social distancing forces Ducor School to afford enough space per person in our buildings. To meet these needs, we may need to reduce building capacity.

• To lower building capacity and preserve space for students and staff, visitors will not be allowed at schools.

• To the extent possible, DUESD intends to keep the same student cohorts together.

 

School Traffic Guidelines and Symptom Screening

 

• Upon building entry, a symptom screening process will take place.

o To the extent possible, the same staff will conduct symptom screening with the same group of students upon building entry each day. This will increase entry efficiency and enable staff to know their students when recognizing if certain students are presenting ill.

o Attempt to create a one-way traffic flow with separate entry and exit at

each school will be explored.

o Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to students and staff the flow and direction of one-way traffic. Additional ques may be to indicate 6 feet intervals when standing in a line.

            o Furniture will be arranged to support social distancing practices.

o Schools will control the flow of traffic into and out of the building to ensure that maximum capacity plans are adjusted and managed at each entry and exit point.

 

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hygiene Measures

• Face coverings (nose and mouth) will be required for students and staff

• Gloves are required for Food and Nutrition Services workers at all times and other staff whenever cleaning or sanitizing an item or surface.

• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including face coverings (back-ups to personal face coverings), hand sanitizer, thermometers, and gloves will be provided to schools on a continual basis throughout the school year

• Additional PPE and accommodations (e.g. plexiglass/cardboard, sneeze guards) will be provided for staff and students who are in a higher health risk category.

• Additional signage on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures including face coverings will be on display in buildings.

• Consistent scheduled times and procedures will be established throughout the day for hand hygiene, promoting hand washing. Students will wash/sanitize as they enter classrooms.

 

• All staff and students will be required to stay home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - School Decision Tree  

• Symptomatic staff and students in the building will need to go to an established isolated room (not the health room, as this must be kept available) until they can safely leave the building.

• Coordination with Tulare County Health Department regarding suspected and confirmed cases.

• The District Level Administration will assist School leadership teams to determine a course of action for their individual schools on a case-by-case basis.

• This may include the dismissal of students and most staff for a short-term period.

Transmission Mitigation and Cleaning Procedures

Consideration for increasing the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and/or doors as long as it does not pose a safety or health risk to other students.

To the extent possible, students and staff must prohibit the sharing of all supplies, utensils, devices, toys, books, and learning aids.

Custodial Services cleaning practices will be focused on cleaning for health, which includes an emphasis on disinfecting surfaces where bacteria or viruses are most likely to be transmitted.

The Custodial Services Department will consult with the district Health Services department, and the Tulare County Health Department to ensure appropriate and timely measures are taken to preserve the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

TEACHING

We are in a pandemic teaching and learning situation and our goal is to provide students with an understanding of school routines to include social, emotional, and academic learning in the school environment. Students may receive instruction through Distance Learning, on-site instruction or a combination of both based on need, circumstances and state mandates. Lessons will be designed to provide practice for consolidating skills and new learning. Teachers will use teaching materials, styles, and strategies that are familiar as well as develop new skills and methodology as appropriate (synchronous and asynchronous teaching). Students will be encouraged to read independently at home daily. In general, school materials must not be transferred from school to home or home to school daily.

For the great majority, working and collaborating together will be different. In addition, we have developed the following guidelines to limit frequent physical contact on campus:

 

• Staff will use Zoom or Google Hangout as much as possible for meetings and collaboration.

• Staff may be in close proximity to a student ONLY when necessary and will be required to wear a face mask/face shield.

• Staff is to adhere to the 6-foot distance guidelines, where applicable, when working in the same room and must wash hands before entering the room and after leaving the room.

• Face masks are recommended when the 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

• Staff room usage is allowed only if adults wash their hands when entering the staff room AND follow social distancing rules.

• Staff will be trained in new guidelines and procedures for health and safety before the beginning of the school year using the District’s COVID-19 Education Module for staff.

 

 

LEARNING

The schedule used for this emergency is designed to meet state mandates, student needs and to limit the movement and contact of staff and students throughout the school for safety reasons. Principals will develop a versatile schedule. The schedule may need to be modified as a response to the current health situation.

The focus of lessons will be on Reading, Writing, Math (STEM), English Language Arts, English Language Development, Science, History , Physical Education and Social Emotional Learning with their assigned teachers and life coaches.

Teachers will plan the daily schedule of lessons within the arrival/dismissal time and around recess and lunch breaks for students on campus. All lessons will take place in the students’ assigned classroom space with the designated teacher.

The Library will be open for teachers on designated times and with specific precautions. Teachers will select books for students as needed. Teachers and students will discuss time and dates to pick up and drop off library books as needed.

A schedule of PE classes will be developed to allow students to have PE inside and/or outside. During Distance Learning, alternative procedures will be provided.

All teachers/life coaches will provide emotional/social support through lesson delivery and classroom practices built into the school day or Distance Learning structure.

 

Learning support services will be developed and delivered by the student’s teacher and students needing additional support will be provided with a support system plan. TCOE SPED instructor, Psychologist and Speech Therapist will report to Ducor School during their schedule time during the week.

 

 

 

ON-SITE GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

GENERAL SITE ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS

The following expectations and procedures are in place to ensure health, safety and hygiene standards are met.

IN GENERAL:

• All movement around and within the site is to happen with the expected 6-foot minimum distance where practicable.

• Students and staff are not to be in school if they show symptoms of illness and must be symptom-free with no fever for 72 hours before returning or be cleared with a physician’s release.

• Students are to be on campus for their assigned time only.

• Students may not enter the campus before their scheduled arrival time unless involved in an approved before school program.

• Students may not stay on campus after dismissal time unless involved in an approved after school activity.

• Staff and students will follow the outlined health and safety guidelines thermal checks at arrival, face masks/face shields, washing and disinfecting hands in the entrance and exit of spaces.

The School Principal will make assignments for the school’s bell schedule, student arrival and dismissal times. Student drop-off and pick-up locations will be the same locations. Students will wear their masks. Students will either enter the cafeteria or go directly to their assigned classroom. Markers will be displayed on the walking to help maintain social distance. Hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms and outside the classrooms.

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS

• Students will be trained on the guidelines for health and safety using the COVID-19 Student Education Module delivered by grade span.

• Students will be allowed on the campus and/or classroom at their assigned start time and will wear face masks and submit to a thermal check at entrance.

• Students are to enter the campus without parents at their assigned entrance area.

• Students must wash hands where practicable or sanitize hands at a minimum when entering the classroom (gel in and gel out).

• Students must adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule when entering and exiting classrooms where practicable.

• Students may bring only the minimal items needed to the classroom. Backpacks will not be permitted during these times. Students may bring their own lunches as needed.

• It is important for students and parents to arrive at school on time, do not arrive until designated time.

• Students who arrive late must enter the site through the Main Office. Students are to check in at the office for thermal check and then go to their class.

• Elementary students will be taken to their dismissal point or the After School Program by teachers. Students will be released either to their assigned bus or to their parents (or designee). Staff will wait with their students until all students are picked up.

• Students in the After School Program must be signed out by a parent or other authorized person minimizing adults on the school premises.

• School Site Administration will designate drop-off and pick-up locations for their site.

• Students should not share water bottles or any personal items with other students at any time.

EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS

 

• Please take your students’ temperature daily before leaving for school. Students with a fever of  100.4 or above or who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms MUST NOT be sent to school.

• Parents will participate in the District health, safety and instructional education session with their student before the student begins school for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents will be trained with the COVID-19 Health, Safety and Instruction Module for their grade span.

• Parents will arrive at the assigned start time and dismissal time – it is especially important to keep to these times to encourage social distancing.

• Parents are encouraged to bring their children to school rather than using the school bus for transportation.

• Parents drop students off outside of the campus.

• Parents are encouraged to allow their student to make the last part of the journey into school independently unless delivering a reluctant student or a student that needs special assistance.

• Parents are encouraged to drop off older students at the car drop off location.

• Parents will choose to enroll their student into physical attendance at school for their students (traditional/hybrid) or full distance learning (learning at home). The program chosen will continue to be the student’s learning program through the trimesters.

• Parents will pick students up at the office.

• During the COVID-19 pandemic volunteers in the classrooms will not be allowed. Visitors to the schools and offices are discouraged.

• Parent engagement and education opportunities will be provided via Zoom or in small groups.

• Participants will need to follow all district safety guidelines when arriving on campus; thermal checks, face masks, distancing, and sanitizing.

• Parents are highly encouraged to communicate with the Health Staff at school if a student or any family member has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Parent/Teacher Conferences may be held virtually to accommodate COVID restrictions

• Parents should help their children keep their facial coverings clean and in a safe place. Children should have multiple masks to use as needed. Cloth masks should be washed daily. The school will provide Surgical masks for all students and staff as needed.

• Parents will check-out and sign off for electronic devices at the student’s school site. Parents and students are responsible for the care and use of all computer equipment assigned to the student. Any devices that need to be repaired must be delivered to the school office. Extra devices may be available, but the devices need to be repaired and returned,  and this takes time.

●      PARENTS: CLEAN ALL COMPUTER DEVICES FREQUENTLY.

EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF

• Staff will be trained on new guidelines and procedures for health and safety before the beginning of the school year using the Safeschools Pandemic Flu Module for staff.

• Teachers and staff will enter through the main office entrances.

• Food Services staff will enter through the kitchen door and then follow the check-in procedure.

• Teachers and staff must sanitize hands when entering the office or classrooms (gel in, gel out).

• All employees are to complete the Exposure Control Form each day upon arrival. Employees will have a thermal check with a touchless device or use the face reader mounted in the office (for those who arrive early) and record the result on the Exposure Control Form. The form must be placed in the designated area.

• Teachers and staff are to use the 6-foot distancing standard when entering and leaving the buildings and campus where practicable.

 

• To ensure the safety of all students, staff members will help monitor students Before School and After School.

• Elementary Teachers or staff will report to their designated morning pick up area as specified by Site Administration to wait for students as they arrive on campus. Teachers will help monitor and supervise students ensuring social distancing. A duty rotation schedule may be used.

• Teachers and staff will take their classes to dismissal areas as assigned by the Site Administration while maintaining the 6-foot distancing standard where practicable.

• Teachers are to discourage students from sharing electronic devices and school materials.

• Teachers should remove all non-essential personal belongings from the classroom.

All staff must wear face masks while on school campus.

 

MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE IN, OUT AND THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL CAMPUS

All movement of students around and within the buildings is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected 6-foot distance where practicable. When students are moving around the building, they need to be taught the following expectations. These expectations must be reinforced consistently by all teachers and staff. They include:

• Everyone washes or sanitizes their hands as they enter another section of the school (gel in, gel out).

• Stay five steps apart (6 feet apart).

• Keep hands and bodies to him/herself.

• Students must wash hands after using or exiting the restroom.

• Face masks will be used per grades 3-8.

●      Face Masks for grades TK-2 are NOT ALLOWED.

ENTERING AND EXITING THE CLASSROOM

BEGINNING OF THE DAY:

• Upon entering the classroom, students will either wash or sanitize their hands, (gel in, gel out) place their coats on the back of their chair and their bag(s) outside on designated areas

• Students are then ready to begin the day.

 

 

DURING THE DAY:

• Students must wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom; after recess or PE and after using the restroom or any other time they enter a room.

●      Students do not need to bring their own sanitizer. The school will provide sanitizers in every classroom and designated locations on campus. 

END OF THE DAY:

• Students wash their hands or sanitize before lining up to be taken to exits and busses.

●      MASKS required as students exit the campus

●      Bus riders must wear masks at all times

●      Walkers must wear masks in larger groups of 6 or more

●      Students walk to the designated dismissal area while maintaining social distancing. Teachers remain with their class until all students are picked up. A duty rotation schedule may be used.

CLASSROOMS AND NON-CLASSROOM SPACES

• Students should remain in the same space and in groups as small and consistent as practicable. Keep the same students and teacher or staff with each group, to the greatest extent practicable.

• Maximize space between seating and desks. Distance teacher and other staff desks at least six feet away from student desks. Establish separation of students through other means if practicable, such as, six feet between desks, markings on classroom floors to promote distancing or arranging desks in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact.

• Implement procedures for turning in assignments to minimize contact, utilize electronic assignment submission as much as possible.

• Consider holding recess activities in separated areas designated by class/group.

• Minimize congregated movement through hallways as much as practicable. Establish additional ways to enter and exit a classroom and campus, and stagger passing times when necessary or when students cannot stay in one room.

 

 

 

OUTDOOR PLAY

Principals will create a revised recess schedule to provide outdoor playtime for all students and limit the number of students on the playground at one time. Designated staff will be on duty for every recess period at each playground. Procedures for sanitizing/cleaning play equipment and recreational materials must be planned for.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS FOR OUTDOOR PLAY

• Students are expected to follow the school rules and cooperate when instructed and directed by staff.

• Students are expected to adhere to all new procedures to meet new guidelines for health and safety.

• Students who struggle to meet the new expectations will be provided alternative physical activities.

• Students must maintain a 6-foot distance when playing where practicable.

• Independent ball play is permitted during outdoor play.

• Students will have access to playground equipment, toys or bikes on the schedule specified by the School Administration. Cleaning and sanitizing will need to take place after every student group.

USE OF MATERIALS IN THE CLASSROOM

CLASSROOMS MATERIALS

• Teachers need to maintain the sanitization of the classroom and materials.

• Teachers/staff need to wash or sanitize their hands prior to handling materials.

• All toys and manipulatives need to be cleaned/sanitized after every group of students uses them. If they cannot be washed they must be packed away.

• Soft toys and pillows/cushions/blankets must be removed and stored away.

• All school materials (other than electronic devices) stay at school; no home materials are to be brought to school with the exception of a pencil case which will then stay at school.

• Students cannot bring personal toys/items to school.

• Teachers will designate learning materials for each student that will not be shared with others.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

• Electronic devices must not be shared with others.

• Electronic devices must be taken home and sanitized at the end of the day.

• Students must wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use of electronic devices.

OTHER MATERIALS

• Limit sharing of objects and equipment, such as toys, games and art supplies to the extent practicable. When allowed, items must be cleaned and disinfected between use.

• No play dough/clay at the elementary sites.

• Role play corners are to be disinfected after the use of every group of students.

CLASSROOM AND CENTRAL LIBRARIES

• Libraries will be open with heightened disinfection and sanitization of the space. Books are not to be touched unless they will be checked out. Books must remain in the return box for 24 hours before wiping them and shelving them.

HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

GENERAL

• Implement screening and other procedures for all staff and students entering the facility.

• Conduct visual wellness checks of all students and thermal checks with a no-touch thermometer.

• Ask all individuals about COVID-19 symptoms within the last 24 hours and whether anyone in their home has had COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.

• If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, staff should communicate to the front office who will then communicate with the parent/caregiver and refer to the student’s health history form and/or emergency card to identify if the student has a history of allergies.

• Monitor staff and students throughout the day for signs of illness; send students and staff home with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms.

• Students or staff members who become ill at school are to report their symptoms to the office. The school office will be responsible for reporting suspected COVID-19 cases to county health officials.

 

HANDWASHING AND SANITIZING

• Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each classroom entry door.

• Upon entering the classroom, all students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (gel in, gel out).

• Staff will teach students to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough/sneeze inside a tissue or their elbow.

• Students and staff should wash their hands before and after eating; after coughing or sneezing; after being outside; and before and after using the restroom.

• Students and staff should wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, rubbing thoroughly after application, and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.

• Staff should model, practice and monitor proper handwashing.

6 FEET WHEN WEARING A FACE MASKS

• 6-foot marks will be placed before doors and on sidewalks.

• Students will enter school at their assigned area, one at a time, 6-foot apart where practicable.

• Students will be separated by a 6-foot distance throughout the school day both in the classroom and when transitioning to/from one activity to another where practicable.

o The 6-foot separation requirement does not apply to infant and toddler classrooms.

• Students will exit and enter the campus from their designated areas.

FACE MASKS

Staff should teach and reinforce the use of masks. Face coverings are most essential when physical distancing is not practicable.

• Teachers, speech therapists and other specialized staff may use face shields, if available, which enable younger students to see their teachers’ faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction.

• Food service workers and staff in routine contact with the public (e.g., front office) need to use gloves and facial coverings.

• Students are encouraged to use cloth face coverings. Cloth face coverings are best in settings where physical distancing cannot easily be maintained, such as school buses or other settings where space may be insufficient.

CLEANING OF ROOMS

• Door handles, light switches, faucet handles etc. will be wiped down and sanitized by custodial staff daily.

●      Classrooms will be disinfected through sanitizer pump that covers large square footage cubic areas, the mist is harmless to all persons and will be performed after all persons have left the building

• Toilets and sinks will be washed and sanitized at various times throughout the day as needed by the custodial staff. A log for daily bathroom cleaning will be kept for each bathroom documenting date, time and custodian who cleaned the bathroom.

When disinfecting, the disinfection solution will sit for 30 seconds and then the surface will be wiped dry with paper towels if still wet. The goal is to establish a sanitary baseline before the site opens. The site should be 100% disinfected prior to the next day.

SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE

• Students who need to be sent home due to illness will be assessed and then isolated as per district health office guidelines.

• Other non-illness student health needs will be initially checked by front office staff prior to sending them to the Health Office to prevent overcrowding.

• Minor injuries or other issues will be treated when the office is clear of students with fever.

STUDENTS ILLNESS – PARENT/GUARDIAN MESSAGING

Students who show signs of illness may not attend school. Please do NOT send your student to school if he or she is showing symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another person. Do NOT send your student to school if any member of the household has symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Your student should self-quarantine. Quarantine means completely avoiding contact with other people for 14 days. Quarantine stops other people from getting infected. Your student will likely not be tested unless he/she develops symptoms. Your student is in quarantine because your student is in close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus. Close contact can be household contacts, defined as living or sleeping in the same home, individuals in shared accommodation sharing kitchen or bathroom facilities.

Students who show signs of illness, have a temperature of 100.4F, or higher will be sent home from school. The student shall wear his/her face masks and the student shall be isolated from the non-ill students until parent pick up. A member of Administration, or Teacher will follow up with a phone call to the parent to arrange immediate pick up of the ill student.

 

When positive cases in staff or students arise, classroom population will be closed and follow the 14 day quarantine mandate. If  25% of the school population is deemed contaminated, then the superintendent will close all classrooms and offices for a quarantine mandate. Tulare County Health Department will  advise on the next step.

STAFF ILLNESS

Staff who show signs of illness (not just COVID-19) or have a temperature of 100.4F or higher should not come to school or, if already at school, should go home immediately. Staff must notify his/her administrator and enter the absence on Aesop.

Staff are considered sick when there are symptoms of illness, even mild symptoms. Staff with symptoms of illness are to stay home from work and use their appropriate leave entitlement.

Staff may return to work 72 hours after he/she no longer has a fever and is not using any fever reducing medication.

If a person who has been at school is confirmed (or suspected) to be infected with COVID-19, the Personnel Department must be informed in order to ensure proper leave benefits are applied and any legal notices are given.

It is recommended that a person with diagnosed COVID-19 isolates themselves as much as possible in their home away from other family members and avoid all physical contact with others in the home. Employees may not return to work until a clearance note from a healthcare professional is submitted.

When positive cases in staff or students arise, health personnel will determine the impact of the situation, in conjunction, with the County Health Department to advise on the next step.

 

 

FAMILY MEMBER ILLNESS

If you suspect someone in your home has COVID-19, stay home out of caution. You will be using your COVID-19 leave. Do your best to isolate yourself from the ill person. Contact your doctor and ask to have the ill person tested as you are an essential worker and need to return to work. If it is confirmed that it is not COVID-19, you are to return to work.

If a family member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the employee should be tested as well. After a negative test result, the employee is to return to work. The last action before leaving the house should be a thermal check and washing his/her hands daily.

AT RISK STUDENTS

Teachers and staff will monitor the emotional well-being of students in the new learning environment. Parents will be asked to share any concerns with their student’s teacher.

We will be particularly aware of the following situations and issues:

1. Reluctant students*

2. Social / emotional concerns including new concerns because of new class, teacher, environment, friendships

 3. Behavior / disciplinary issues

4. General academic concerns

5. Late and absent students

6. Student protection issues

*Students who are not agreeable to coming to school, who have difficulty separating from parents, who refuse to enter classrooms, who make excuses during the day will be sent home.

FOOD SERVICES

These guidelines apply to both in classroom eating and cafeteria eating when reopened. Until schools are fully open, we will deliver all brunch and lunches for students to their homes as mandated by the department of education. Students will receive two bags. Each meal in the bag may need to be heated. Meal counts will be required for each student receiving a sack lunch and brunch. NO MEAL will be left at the home if no person is available to accept the meals. Any student who did not receive a meal must call the school office to verify the home address is correct. Meals for non-students attending Ducor School cannot be served unless authorized by the school administration.

MEAL SERVICE PROCEDURES

ELEMENTARY SITE

All students will eat in their designated area. This may include inside the classroom, outside the classroom or near the cafeteria.  The district will be offering meals in either boxes or bags to limit the possible exposure and keep items safe and compliant. Milk will be packaged separately to keep it cold.

CLASSROOMS

• All students and staff wash their hands before eating breakfast, lunch or snack.

• Students sit at their designated spot for lunch.

• Meal service is supervised by the teacher or other staff.

• Staff use the provided disinfectant and towels to clean the desks/tables after students have eaten.

• When meals are served in the classrooms, it is the teacher/staff responsibility to maintain the sanitation and cleaning of the tables before and after meals.

SERVICE IN THE CAFETERIA

 

• The  elementary school cafeteria can feed approximately 50 students with social distancing.

• Designated seating areas will be labeled for students who eat in the cafeterias, maintaining social distancing.

• Students will also maintain the 6-foot distancing while picking up and eating their meals where practicable.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

The transportation schedule for home to school bus runs will remain the same in the mornings. Under the hybrid model, selected grade levels on Monday-Wednesday and Wednesday and Fridays will be picked up and dropped off. This means the individual school site bell schedules for the start and end of school remain the same for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s. Wednesday bus routes will begin at 11:30 AM to  start time 12:30 PM pick up times and class end time at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM drop off times. Walkers and parent pick up times will also include these beginning and end times on Wednesdays. (These times are subject to change. Wednesday may be designated as teacher prep time as needed.)

• Drivers will be provided disinfectant supplies and disposable gloves to support disinfection.

• Buses must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily after each route as practicable and after transporting any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 by trained staff.

• Open windows and maximize space between students and between students and the driver on school buses where practicable.

• Students will use face coverings as they enter the bus. Students are encouraged to use cloth face coverings because they are more effective in settings where physical distancing cannot easily be maintained, such as school buses or other settings where space may be insufficient.

• Families (siblings) must sit together on the bus while wearing face masks.

 

DUESD School Decision Tree

ALL SCHOOLS REGARDLESS OF COMMUNITY SPREAD

 

Confirmed person with COVID-19 in school site?

Assess Risk

Clean/disinfect/contract trace in consultation with local health officials

 

NO COMMUNITY SPREAD

• Prepare

• Teach and reinforce healthy hygiene

• Develop information sharing systems

o Site logs with central

District access

• Intensify cleaning and disinfection

• Monitor for absenteeism

• Assess group gatherings and events

o consider postponing non-

critical gatherings and events

• Require sick students and staff to stay home

• Establish procedures for someone becoming sick at school

o Refer to student flowchart

Monitor changes in community spread

 

MINIMAL TO MODERATE OR SUBSTANTIAL COMMUNITY SPREAD

 

Is community spread Minimal to

Moderate or Substantial?

• Coordinate with local health officials

• Implement multiple social distancing strategies for gatherings, classrooms, and movement through the building.

• Consider ways to accommodate the needs of children and families at high risk.

Implement Extended School Dismissals

• Classroom goes home when there is a confirmed case.

• Schools close if multiple cohorts have positive cases, or 5% of school is positive

• District closes if 25% of its schools are closed within 14- day period

*This form will continuously be evaluated as new information is released per CDC and/or state and local sources.

 

 

 

Verbal

 

When did symptoms start?

Recent travel?

Recent exposure to someone who is ill?

 Conduct Risk Assessment per HHSA

Allow to rest for 10 minutes

Improving: Back to Class

Notify parents

 

 

DUESD STUDENT COVID-19 SCREENING FLOWCHART

 

Verbal, Visual and Physical concerns are abnormal.

(REMINDER: NOTIFY parents immediately)

 

Assess all three areas

Front office to assist with students that have non-contagious issues & send them back to class to prevent extra exposure until the student is in isolation.

 

 

 

 

Visual

Flushed cheeks,

rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity),

Fatigue or extreme discomfort

Going to use of the bathroom

Complaints of pain or discomfort, complaints of loss of taste

 

 

Physical

Temp > 100.4°F (confirmed with oral thermometer) or Pulse Ox. <94% Isolate

Contact family. Notify Parents/Guardians of criteria for return to school:

• Provider’s clearance note

• Letter of clearance from HHSA

• Completion of 14 day quarantine and symptom free, no fever x 3 days without medications.

 

DOCUMENT ALL FINDINGS

 

Call EMS: if student has the following symptoms

 

• Trouble breathing/low oxygen level (<94%)

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion

• Inability to awaken or stay awake

• Blue color to lips or face

 

Pediatric patients with COVID-19 may experience the following signs or symptoms over the course of the disease:

• Fever

• Cough

• Nasal congestion

• Sore throat

• Shortness of breath

• Diarrhea

• Nausea or vomiting

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Body/Muscle aches

• Poor appetite

Other: rash, red eyes, cracked/swollen lips, red/swollen tongue, swelling of hands/feet, stomach pain