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Return to Learn-Community R-VI School District
Return to Learn-Community R-VI School District
C. Mack
Thursday, August 06, 2020

The Community R-VI School District has been working to develop a re-entry plan that incorporates guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Health and Senior Services, Audrain County Health Department and a local task force made up of parents and staff members.   The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance and has been a primary focus in the development of this plan.

COVID-19 has had a profound negative impact on the lives of our students, staff, and community.  As we look toward the start of a new school year we must be attentive to the continuing public health crisis caused by this pandemic and remember the information regarding COVID-19 has been ever changing.

  • Require frequent hand washing breaks with soap and water; use of hand sanitizer throughout the building
  • Frequently touched surfaces cleaned throughout the day
  • Use of UVC lights in classrooms daily

CDC GUIDANCE

SCREENING:

  • Implementation of daily screening of students and staff for symptoms and exposure to COVID-19
    • Parents and caregivers should screen children for symptoms at home, prior to boarding the bus or coming to school
      • Fever or chills
      • New cough
      • Headache
      • Muscle aches
      • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • New runny nose or congestion
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Sore throat
      • Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 calendar days
    • Performing a daily screening at home reduces the likelihood that a student will have to be isolated at school and sent home
    • A staff member will ride the bus each morning to screen students’ temperatures prior to student boarding the bus
    • Staff will be screened prior to entering the building
    • Car riders and drivers will be screened prior to entering the building
  • At the beginning of the year visitors will be limited to the entryways and will not be allowed to enter into the hallways.
  • Limit the mixing of cohorts when possible
  • Parents that can transport students to and from school are encouraged to do so
  • Building distancing
    • Classrooms with desks should all face the front and be moved as far apart as possible
    • Reminding and prompting students to maintain distance between the person in front and behind them
    • Always walk on the right side of the hallway single-file
    • Siblings share lockers
    • Music classes will consist of music theory, music history, guitar and ukulele instruction
    • PE and recess
      • Cohorts use separate areas of playground for play
      • No contact sports
      • Frequent cleaning of equipment
      • Frequent hand sanitizing
  • Limiting the number of students in the cafeteria
    • Using empty classrooms as overflow rooms for cohorts
    • Breakfasts and lunches prepared in containers and delivered to students to avoid standing in line
  • Bus distancing
    • Assigned seats for students      
      • No bus changes permitted
    • Siblings sit together
    • Clear plastic barriers between seats
    • Loading bus from back to front
    • Face masks/gaiters on the bus
    • Windows open when weather permits
  • Face Masks/Gaiters
    • Required on buses

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

  • Replacing water fountains with filling stations
  • Touch less sinks
  • Increased hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
  • Purchased individual desk packs for students items so there is no sharing
  • Purchased UVC  Lights for cleaning
  • Touch free thermometers
  • Added an isolation room
  • Installing clear plastic between bus seats
  • Creating YouTube videos to model screening protocol and hand washing protocol

Return to School Strategy

  • Students sent home with a fever remain home until 48 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications
  • Symptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 can return to school after:
    • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement in symptoms; AND
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Asymptomatic persons with confirmed COVID-19 can return to school after:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic
    • Note, asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above
  • Asymptomatic persons who have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 without appropriate PPE can return to school after:
    • Monitor your health for 14 days from date of last exposure and remain at home
      • Check temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms
      • If possible, stay away from other people living in your home

Activities and Athletics

Be prepared for any of the following to occur:

  • Spectator screening including temperature checks and screening questions
  • Limited spectator attendance
  • Required masks
  • Quarantining of participants
  • Cancellation of activities and games