Infection control strategies

Signs will be placed throughout the building, reminding students and staff of the importance of social distancing, wearing masks, washing/sanitizing hands, etc. There will also be hand sanitizing stations throughout the district. Additionally, disposable face masks will be available to students and staff who do not have one.

Students will remain 6 feet apart while in classrooms, with desks being appropriately spaced. This will require class sizes to be adjusted. Class size will now range from 12-15 students, who will remain in a single room as a cohort to prevent traffic in the hallways.

Due to space restrictions with the revised class sizes, elementary classes will overflow into the junior/senior high school with students attending four days a week. The remaining portion of the junior/senior high school will be utilized by secondary students. Grades 6-8 will attend in-school classes four days a week, while students in grades 9-12 will attend in-school classes twice a week. 

Management of ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring

The district requires students, faculty, or staff members who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day to report to the nurse’s office. If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, students must wait at least 6 feet apart. The district has a designated area to separate individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 from others until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of illness. One area will be used to treat injuries, provide medications or nursing treatments, and the other area will be used for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. These areas will be inside Room 515. Both areas will be supervised by an adult and have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies. 

In the Elementary School, the isolation room will be Room 108D.

In the Jr./Sr. High School, the isolation room will be Room 515.

PPE requirements for school health office staff caring for sick individuals includes both standard and transmission-based precautions. In areas with moderate to substantial community transmission, eye protection (e.g., goggles or face shield) should be added. When caring for a suspect or confirmed individual with COVID-19, gloves, a gown, eye protection, and a fit-tested N-95 respirator will be used, if available. If an N-95 respirator is not available, a surgical face mask and face shield will be used.

School health office cleaning will occur after each use of cots, bathrooms, and health office equipment (e.g., blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, stethoscopes). Health office equipment will be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions.

Disposable items will be used as much as possible (e.g., disposable pillow protectors, disposable thermometers, disposable thermometer sheaths or probes, disposable otoscope specula).

Areas used by a sick person will be closed off and will not be used until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred.


Aerosol Generating Procedures

Respiratory treatments administered by nurses generally result in aerosolization of respiratory secretions. These aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) potentially put healthcare personnel and others at an increased risk for pathogen exposure and infection. The district requires the following PPE to be worn during AGPs: gloves, N-95 or a surgical mask with face shield, eye protection and a gown. PPE will be used when: suctioning, administering nebulizer treatments, or using peak flow meters with students who have respiratory conditions. 

Treatments such as nebulized medication treatments and oral or tracheostomy suctioning will be conducted in a room separate from others with nursing personnel wearing appropriate PPE. For nebulizer treatments, if developmentally appropriate, the nurse will leave the room and return when the nebulizer treatment is finished. 

Cleaning of the room will occur between use and cleaning of the equipment should be done following manufacturer’s instructions after each use.