Handbook for Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols for 2021-22 School Year

 
Handbook for Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols for 2021-22 School Year
Hood Canal School District #404 111 North State Route 106 • Shelton, WA 98584
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                  Handbook for Covid-19 Pandemic
                  Protocols for 2021-22 School Year

          Please be advised that this plan was developed on current mandates and recommenda ons
                   from local and federal governments, along with the Washington O ce of the
               Superintendent of Public Instruc on (OSPI). This plan may change as those mandates
               and recommenda ons change. We will advise families of important changes through
              one or more methods of communica on including autocalls, mailers, and social media.

          Hood Canal School District commits to implemen ng prac ces and protocols to inhibit the
             spread of COVID 19 within the school building. The following handbook outlines
             prac ces that will be u lized by the District when in remote learning and in-person
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Handbook for Covid-19 Pandemic Protocols for 2021-22 School Year
se ngs at school. Keep in mind that protocols may change as the knowledge science
                                                 around COVID 19 evolves, the Department of Health issues advice, the Governor of
                                                 Washington makes state-wide ordinances, OSPI makes recommenda ons, or the Centers
                                                 for Disease Control o ers new informa on.
                                              Pivo ng to remote learning- The Hood Canal School District may close school to in-person
                                                 learning if recommended by the Department of Health or mandated by OSPI or the
                                                 governor. If a COVID 19 outbreak occurs, the school may close in-person learning to an
                                                 isolated group of students, a few classrooms, or a hallway. The district collaborates with
                                                 the Department of Health to make decisions about school closures. In the event of
                                                 closure, the school will pivot to online learning. Each student a ected will receive a
                                                 Chromebook and learning materials. Families may request a Verizon Hotspot for Internet
                                                 access. Students in special educa on will be provided with individualized support,
                                                 depending on their needs and as recommended by their IEP teams.

                                              Key Principles for Reducing Poten al Exposures
                                              The main ways of reducing exposure to the coronavirus and other respiratory pathogens
                                                 involve:
                                              ● The District will try to keep ill persons out of school.
                                              ● Using Cohorts. The District will do its best to conduct ac vi es in small groups that
                                                 remain together over me with minimal mixing of groups.
                                              ● Physical distancing. The District will minimize close contact (less than three feet) with
                                                 other people.
                                              ● Hand hygiene. Sta and students will be asked to frequently wash with soap and water,
                                                 or use alcohol-based hand gel.
                                              ● Protec ve equipment. The District will use face coverings or shields and other barriers
                                                 between people.
                                              ● Environmental cleaning and disinfec on. The custodians and sta will priori ze the
                                                 cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
                                              ● Improved indoor ven la on. The sta will open windows when possible.
                                              ● Isola on. The School will have a holding area for students who exhibit symptoms of
                                                 COVID 19.
                                              ● Low risk spaces. Outdoor spaces are safer than indoor spaces. The School will consider
                                                 moving ac vi es outdoors when possible. Based on these principles, increased
                                                 interac on, close contact, and longer ac vi es between people increases the risk of
                                                 ge ng COVID-19.

                                      Di erent teaching ac vi es have di erent levels of risk, as follows:

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● Lowest Risk: Students and teachers who engage in virtual-only classes, ac vi es, and
                 events
               ● Some Risk: Hybrid Learning Model- Some students par cipate in virtual learning and
                 other students par cipate in in-person learning
                    ○ Small, in-person classes, ac vi es, and events
                    ○ Cohor ng (also known as grouping), alterna ng schedules, and staggered
                        schedules are applied rigorously
                    ○ No or minimal mixing of groups of students and teachers throughout/across
                        school days
                    ○ Students, teachers, and sta will a empt to follow all steps to protect
                        themselves and others at all mes, including proper use of face coverings masks,
                        physical distancing, hand hygiene
                    ○ Regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfec on of frequently touched areas
                        implemented with delity

               ● Medium Risk: Hybrid Learning Model- Most students par cipate in in-person learning,
                 some students par cipate in virtual learning
                    ○ Larger in-person classes, ac vi es, and events
                    ○ Cohor ng/grouping, alterna ng schedules, and staggered schedules are applied
                        with some excep ons
                    ○ Some mixing of groups of students and teachers throughout/across school days
                    ○ Students and teachers minimally share objects
                    ○ Students, teachers, and sta follow all steps to protect themselves and others at
                        all mes including proper use of face coverings masks, physical distancing, hand
                        hygiene
                    ○ Regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfec on of frequently touched areas largely
                        implemented with delity
               ● Higher Risk: Students and teachers engage in in-person only learning, ac vi es, and
                 events
                    ○ Students minimally mix between classes and ac vi es
                    ○ Students and teachers share some objects
                    ○ Students, teachers, and sta follow all steps to protect themselves and others at
                        all mes, including proper use of face coverings masks, physical distancing, hand
                        hygiene
                    ○ Irregular cleaning and disinfec on of frequently touched areas
               ● Highest Risk- Students and teachers engage in in-person only learning, ac vi es, and
                 events
                    ○ Students mix freely between classes and ac vi es

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○ Students and teachers freely share objects
                                 ○ Students, teachers, and sta do not/are not required to follow steps to protect
                                     themselves and others such as proper use of face masks, social distancing, hand
                                     hygiene
                                 ○ Irregular cleaning and disinfec on of frequently touched areas
                    General Guidance: Students, sta , vendors, parents, guardians, or guests will not be permi ed
                    on-site if they:
                                     1. Are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
                            2. Have been in close contact (within 6 feet over a minimum, combined me of 15
                            minutes) with someone who has con rmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
                            3. Have tested posi ve for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Health care providers, EMS
                            workers, and sta who wore proper personal protec ve equipment (PPE) during
                            poten al COVID-19 exposure are permi ed to be on site.
                            Hood Canal sta are trained in health and safety protocols. This includes:
                                     • How to screen for symptoms
                                     • How to maintain physical distance
                                     • The use of appropriate personal protec ve equipment (PPE)
                                     • Understanding and prac cing frequent cleaning and handwashing
                                     • How to handle situa ons when someone develops signs of COVID-19

                    Checklist: Planning for In-Person Classes

                         Check in with your child each morning for signs of illness.
                           ❏ If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, before medica on, they
                               should not go to school.
                           ❏ Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like a cough,
                               diarrhea, severe headache, vomi ng, or body aches.
                           ❏ If your child has had close contact with a COVID-19 case, they should not go to school.
                               Follow guidance on what to do when someone has known exposure.
                           ❏ Contact the school main o ce at 360-877-5463 if your child gets sick.
                           ❏ Be familiar with local COVID-19 tes ng sites in the event you or your child develops
                               symptoms. These may include sites with free tes ng available.
                           ❏ Make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended vaccines. Your child may not
                               a end school without these, except by rare medical excep on.
                           ❏ We recommend ge ng vaccinated for the u. All school-aged children should get an
                               in uenza u vaccine every season, with rare excep ons. This is especially important this
                               year because we do not yet know if being sick with COVID-19 at the same me as the u
                               will result in more severe illness.

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❏ Review and prac ce proper hand hygiene at home, especially before and a er ea ng,
                                      sneezing, coughing, and adjus ng a mask. Make hand washing fun and explain to your
                                      child why it’s important.
                                    ❏ Be familiar with how your school will make water available during the day. Consider
                                      packing a water bo le.
                                    ❏ Develop daily rou nes before and a er school—for example, things to pack for school in
                                      the morning (like hand sani zer and an addi onal (back up) mask) and things to do
                                      when you return home (like washing hands immediately and washing masks).
                                    ❏ Talk to your child about precau ons to take at school. Children should be advised to:
                                           ❏ Wash and sani ze their hands more o en.
                                           ❏ Keep physical distance from other students.
                                           ❏ Wear a mask.
                                           ❏ Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bo les, devices,
                                              wri ng instruments, and books.
                                           ❏ Use hand sani zer (that contains at least 60% alcohol.) Make sure you’re using a
                                              safe product. FDA recalled products that contain toxic methanol.
                                           ❏ Monitor how they feel and tell an adult if they are not feeling well. cdc.gov/
                                              coronavirus
                                           ❏ Develop a plan as a family to protect household members who are at increased
                                              risk for severe illness.
                                    ❏ Make sure your informa on is current at school, including emergency contacts and
                                      individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school. If that list includes anyone
                                      who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, consider iden fying an
                                      alternate person.
                                    ❏ Families will be no ed by the autodialer when a posi ve case or exposure to someone
                                      with COVID-19 is iden ed. Student privacy will be upheld.
                                    ❏ Plan for possible school closures or periods of quaran ne.
                                    ❏ If transmission is increasing in your community or if mul ple children or sta test
                                      posi ve for COVID-19, the school building might close. Similarly, if a close contact of your
                                      child (within or outside of school) tests posi ve for COVID-19, your child may need to
                                      stay home for a 2-week quaran ne period.
                                    ❏ Plan for transporta on:
                                           ❏ If your child rides a bus, plan for your child to wear a mask on the bus and talk to
                                              your child about the importance of following bus rules and any spaced sea ng
                                              rules.
                                           ❏ If carpooling, plan on every child in the carpool and the driver wearing masks for
                                              the en re trip.

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❏ If your child has an Individualized Educa on Program (IEP) or 504 Plan or receives other
                                            learning support (e.g., tutoring), these services will con nue.
                                          ❏ If your child receives speech, occupa onal or physical therapy or other related services
                                            from the school, these services will con nue.
                                          ❏ Reinforce the concept of physical distancing with your child.
                                          ❏ Talk to your school administrators and teachers about their plans for physical educa on
                                            and physical ac vity (e.g., recess). Safer op ons include being outdoors when possible,
                                            reducing the number of people in an indoor space, and encouraging students to stay at
                                            least 3 apart.

                       Masks
                         ❏ Have mul ple masks, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready.
                         ❏ Choose masks that
                                 ❏ Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
                                 ❏ Completely cover the nose and mouth
                                 ❏ Are secured with es or ear loops
                                 ❏ Include mul ple layers of fabric
                                 ❏ Allow for breathing without restric on
                                 ❏ Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
                         ❏ Label your child’s masks clearly in a permanent marker so that they are not confused
                             with those of other children.
                         ❏ Prac ce with your child pu ng on and taking o masks without touching the cloth.
                         ❏ Explain the importance of wearing a mask and how it protects other people from ge ng
                             sick. Consider talking to your child about other people who may not be able to wear
                             masks for medical reasons (e.g., asthma).
                         ❏ As a family, model wearing masks, especially when you are in situa ons where physical
                             distancing is di cult to maintain or impossible.
                         ❏ If you have a young child, help build their comfort wearing a mask and become
                             comfortable seeing others in masks.
                                 ❏ Praise your child for wearing a mask correctly.
                                 ❏ Put a mask on stu ed animals.
                                 ❏ Draw a mask on a favorite book character.
                                 ❏ Show images of other children wearing masks.
                                 ❏ Allow your child to choose their mask that meets any dress requirements your
                                     school may have.
                                 ❏ Sugges ons from the American Academy of Pediatrics
                         ❏ Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled resealable bag) to bring to
                             school to store their masks when not wearing it (e.g., when ea ng).

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Mental Health & Social-Emo onal Wellbeing Considera ons
                            ❏ Talk with your child about how school will look di erent (e.g., desks far apart from each
                                other, teachers maintaining physical distance, possibility of staying in the classroom for
                                lunch).
                            ❏ Talk with your child about how school is going and about interac ons with classmates
                                and teachers. Find out how your child is feeling and communicate that what they may be
                                feeling is normal.
                            ❏ An cipate behavior changes in your child. Watch for changes like excessive crying or
                                irrita on, excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy ea ng or sleeping habits, di culty
                                concentra ng, which may be signs of your child struggling with stress and anxiety.
                            ❏ Try to a end school ac vi es and mee ngs. Schools may o er more of these virtually.
                                As a parent, staying informed and connected may reduce your feelings of anxiety and
                                provide a way for you to express any concerns you may have about your child’s school.
                            ❏ We will provide training for students in mindfulness, incorpora ng SEL into classroom
                                curriculum (either virtually or in-person), or support a child’s ability to cope with stress
                                and anxiety.
                            ❏ You can be a role model for your child by prac cing self-care:
                                     ❏ Take breaks
                                     ❏ Get plenty of sleep
                                     ❏ Exercise
                                     ❏ Eat well
                                     ❏ Stay socially connected

                          COVID SYMPTOMS- Do you have any of the following symptoms within the last day that are not
                          caused by another condi on? (If it is the rst day a er a break or for a new student, please ask
                          about the past 3 days.)

                                                      ●        Fever (100°F) or chills
                                                      ●        Cough
                                                      ●        Shortness of breath or di culty breathing
                                                      ●        Unusual fa gue
                                                      ●        Muscle or body aches
                                                      ●        Headache
                                                      ●        Recent loss of taste or smell
                                                      ●        Sore throat
                                                      ●        Conges on or runny nose
                                                      ●        Nausea or vomi ng
                                                      ●        Diarrhea

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Sta responsibili es
         ● Take temperature at home prior to coming to work
         ● If over 100, DO NOT COME TO WORK; no fy your supervisor
         ● If you forgot to take temperature at home, a thermometer is available at school
         ● If your temperature is over 100.4, DO NOT PROCEED, go to your car and no fy your
             supervisor.
         ● Enter each day through designated entry when rst arriving
     Student responsibili es
         ● Let your parent/guardian, teacher, or a sta member know if you are not feeling well.
     Visitor responsibili es
         ● All visitors are only allowed in through the front o ce.
         ● Prior to allowing entrance all visitors must answer the COVID19 Symptom Ques ons
     Deliveries
         ● All deliveries are only allowed in pre-designated areas
         ● Delivery personnel must wear a face covering

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DAILY ATTENDANCE
     A endance will be taken for in-person instruc on every day that students are present in the
           building. Teachers will take a endance throughout the day for each period.
     Students involved with remote learning will be considered present or "at school" with: 1. Daily

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Logins 2. Daily Interac ons such as: * Message daily with teacher * Emails * Phone calls
                        *Video chats *Evidence from a task
               If a student does not check in by midnight, that day will be considered an unexcused absence. A
                        parent/guardian would then go through the regular process of excusing the absence.
               Teachers will make an e ort to contact students who do not check in but the primary
                        responsibility will be on the student to check in daily.
               If your family is forced to quaran ne due to Covid-19 exposure, your student will a end classes
                        remotely and follow the guidelines above. If your child is ill, please contact the school at
                        360- 877-5463 ext 225
               Here is a list of helpful things you can do to help your child a end:
                    ● Track your child's absences, excused or unexcused, half days, early arrivals, etc, on the
                        refrigerator. Absences add up quickly and it's easy to lose track with our busy lives.
                    ● Know when school starts and make sure your child has the required immuniza ons.
                    ● During the me of distance learning, keep as normal a rou ne as possible to help set
                        your child up for a seamless return to face to face learning such as helping your child get
                        ready for school the night before by having them set out their clothes, pack their
                        backpack, and get to bed on me. These habits will set them up for success to be on
                          me.
                    ● Do what you can to keep your student's absences for the en re school year to fewer
                        than 10 days. Some absences may be out of your control, like illness, or family
                        emergency; therefore limi ng the op onal days out is even more important. Try to avoid
                        extended trips when your school is in session, if you need to be gone, ll out an
                        extended absence form.
                    ● Stay in contact with your student's teachers and school if they do have to miss class.
                        Help your child make sure they are no fying teachers, and arranging for homework in
                        advance, if possible, to help with their chances of keeping up with the class.
                    ● Schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours; or at the very
                        beginning or end of the day.
                    ● Ask school sta for assistance, problem-solving, or support, if you no ce your child is
                        struggling in school, showing signs of struggle academically or socially in school, or if you
                        are in need of addi onal support to get your child to school or online.
                    ● Call 360-877-5463 ext. 225 to excuse absences.

               Frequently asked Ques ons
               *If a child has COVID-19 symptoms at school or child care and is sent home, do siblings have
               to be sent home, too?
               The child with symptoms should be isolated and sent home as soon as possible. Caregivers of
                       the sick child should contact their medical provider and get the child tested for COVID-19

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as soon as possible. Siblings who are not exhibi ng symptoms do not need to be
                                 quaran ned or be sent home at that me. The siblings can con nue to a end school or
                                 child care but should monitor their health. If any symptoms arise in the siblings, they
                                 should also stay home and their caregivers should contact a healthcare provider.
                         If the original sick child tests posi ve for COVID-19, that child must stay home and isolate. At
                                 that me all household members, including the siblings, would be considered close
                                 contacts and must also quaran ne (stay home, not go to work, school or child care).

                         *If a student/sta ’s household member is a close contact of a con rmed COVID-19 case, can
                         the child/sta come to child care or school?
                         Close contacts of a con rmed COVID-19 case should quaran ne for 14 days since their last
                                 exposure to the person with COVID-19. They should monitor their health and contact a
                                 healthcare provider if COVID-19 symptoms arise. A nega ve COVID-19 test only indicates
                                 that the virus was not detectable in their body at the me of tes ng. It doesn’t
                                 completely rule out that they have COVID-19. They should s ll quaran ne for the full 14
                                 days.
                         Household members of the close contact (including the student/sta ) would only need to
                                 quaran ne if the close contact tests posi ve for COVID-19. If the household member
                                 doesn’t get tested, is wai ng on test results, or tests nega ve, the student/sta can
                                 come to child care or school. The excep on would be if any household member
                                 (including the student/sta ) were exhibi ng COVID-19-like symptoms. Anyone with
                                 symptoms should isolate and call a medical provider.

                         *Can schools or child care require COVID-19 tests/results for students or sta to return to
                         school?
                         Requiring tests: At this me, there is no recommenda on from the Washington State
                                Department of Health (DOH), nor the Centers for Disease Control and Preven on (CDC)
                                for schools to require a COVID-19 test for symptoma c children or sta . Anyone with
                                COVID-19 symptoms is strongly encouraged to get tested.

                         Symptoma c students and sta who test nega ve for COVID-19 must remain home (isolate) for
                               at least 24 hours a er fever has resolved and symptoms have improved.
                                   ○ Ill students and sta who get tested should be encouraged to retain
                                       documenta on of their test results.
                            ● Symptoma c students and sta who do not get a COVID-19 test must remain home
                               (isolate) for at least 24 hours a er fever has resolved and 14 days since symptoms began
                               and symptoms have improved.

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Parent Responsibili es- Please check students each morning for fever and other symptoms.
     Please do not send a student with COVID 19 symptoms to school. If a student exhibits
     symptoms of COVID 19 and/or a fever, the student will be isolated in a room designated for
     students who exhibit symptoms un l a parent is reached. Sta will reach out to parents/
     guardians to pick up the sick student. COVID 19 tes ng may or may not be recommended. The
     School will take responsibility to reach out to the parent/guardian, and if no contact is made,
     the school will a empt to no fy people on the student’s emergency contact list. The School will
     make every e ort to contact a student’s parent/guardian or emergency contact. If a parent/
     guardian refuses to pick up a student, Child Protec ve Services may be no ed.

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Family & Emergency Contacts- Update contact informa on with the school. Make sure that
     your family’s phone number(s) and email addresses are up to date in Skyward so that you can
     be reached with important updates and/or be contacted if your child becomes ill.

     Immuniza ons and Health History- Make sure your child's vaccines and health history are
     current. Students will not be able to a end in-person instruc on during Covid-19 without
     proper immuniza ons. Make an appointment with your child’s primary care provider for missing
     vaccines. If your child takes medica on at school or has a history of health issues, please
     contact our nurse to update all informa on. If you have ques ons, call 360-877-5463 ext. 212 to
     speak to the school nurse.

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TRANSPORTATION
We ask that students are screened by parents or guardians before allowing students to ride the
school bus. Windows will remain open to increase ven la on whenever possible. Please have
your child wear warm clothing, as windows may be open for ven la on. Drivers are responsible

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for wearing a mask. All students need to wear masks. Siblings may sit together on the bus, but
     other children should be spaced as far apart as possible.

     Frequent cleaning procedures for commonly touched surfaces on the bus is also required.
     Follow CDC guidelines, including:
         • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on school buses at least daily or between
             use as much as possible.
         • The Transporta on Department will develop a schedule for increased frequency of rou ne
             cleaning and disinfec on.
     Drivers will prac ce all safety ac ons and protocols as indicated for other sta (e.g., hand
     hygiene, cloth face coverings).
     The District will follow DOH’s K–12 Fall Guidance, including:
         • Keep riders as far apart as possible on the bus.
         • Require assigned sea ng.
         • Siblings and members of the same household may sit together.
         • Maximize outside air and keep windows open as much as possible.
         • Walking or biking where safe or being driven by caregivers when feasible, is
             recommended.
         • Students are encouraged to wash or sani ze hands when they leave their home or
             classroom immediately before boarding the bus.
         • Drivers will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the tops and backs
             of seats, using an EPA-registered product and following manufacturers’ instruc ons.

     How Will Students Enter The Building?
     Students that arrive by bus:

                ● Buses will unload students by their hallway doors in the back of the school.
                ● Students will exit one bus at a me in the order the busses arrived.
                ● Students will exit the bus and proceed single le and socially distanced to the doors at
                  the Northwest corner of the gym.

     Students that arrive by parent drop-o :

                ● Parents will drop o students at the front of the school.
                ● These students will proceed through the playground and around the back of the
                  building.
                ● Sta members will monitor drop o students during this transi on un l they reach the
                  doors at the Northwest corner of the gym.

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● Students that walk to school or arrive by alterna ve means will also need to enter the
                            building through the doors at the Northwest corner of the gym.
                    Students will enter the building single le and socially distanced:

                          ● A sta member will greet the students as they enter the gym. The nearest restroom is
                            located within the gym. Both the boys and girls locker rooms have accessible bathroom
                            facili es.
                                o Use of the bathroom will be monitored by a sta member. Social distancing and
                                    mask protocols will be observed.
                          ● Teachers will be wai ng for students to arrive in their classrooms.

                    How Will Students Exit The Building?
                    Hallways will dismiss students one classroom at a me:

                                ● Students will leave class single le and socially distanced.
                                ● Students will be dismissed by grade, from highest to lowest.
                                ● Sta members will monitor students as they travel from class to the exits.
                                ● Students will follow the oor decals as they travel to minimize contact.
                                ● Students who are riding the bus will exit the building through the gym using the
                                  Northwest doors.
                                      o Students will be able to board the bus as soon as they are able. All buses
                                         should be parked and ready as soon as students are dismissed.
                                ● Students who are being picked up by parents or guardians will exit the building
                                  through the playground doors.
                                      o These students will be monitored by sta members as they travel to the front
                                         of the building.
                                      o Parents will park in the pick-up zone and wait for their children to arrive.
                                      o Parents should not need to leave their vehicles unless it’s for a speci c reason.
                                ● Students should avoid traveling through the main o ce or front foyer as much as
                                  possible. This will minimize the possibility of transmission.

                    What About Students Who Arrive At School Early or Need To Stay Late?
                    Students arriving early at school will be guided to the gym:

                          ● Students will be guided to the gym and remain there un l the o cial start of the school
                            day.
                                o There will be tables and chairs available in the gym for early students.
                                o Single use ac vi es should be made available to these students to keep them
                                  occupied.

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o Masks will be used and social distancing protocols will be in place during this
                                                               me.
                                                            o Students may use personal electronic devices during this me.
                                                            o Students will be restricted to one person per table and no gym equipment will be
                                                              made available. The climbing wall will be o limits.
                         Students staying late a er school for any reason will be monitored in the gym:

                              ● Once a parent or guardian has arrived, students will leave the building through the
                                playground doors and meet them in the pick-up zone.
                              ● Students staying late will need to be monitored by a sta member

                         Meals and Nutri on
                         General Safety
                            1. Limit exposure to large groups of people. When possible create six-foot distancing for sta
                                by having them at di erent work sta ons. Avoid on-on-one contact as much as possible.
                            2. Food service workers are considered medium risk requiring the use of disposable face
                                masks.
                            3. Hands must be washed properly and frequently. In cases when that is not possible a hand
                                sani zer of at least 60% ethanol alcohol can be used. Single use gloves will be used
                                during all food prepara on and meal services, including the handling of pre-packaged
                                foods. No bare hand contact will be allowed. Clean, fresh aprons will be worn during
                                food prepara on and meal service.
                            4. Program areas will be limited to program sta and custodial sta only.
                            5. Rou ne disinfec ng of high touch areas such as door handles, light switches, phones,
                                keyboards, and tray slides, etc.
                            8. All food prepara on areas will be cleaned and disinfected before and a er each use.
                            9. Doors and windows will be open for air ven la on as much as possible.
                            10. Proper cleaning, sani zing and disinfec ng agents will be used in accordance with those
                            outlined by the Environmental Protec on Agency (EPA).
                         Meal Service in the Classroom/Cafeteria
                            1. All students will wash their hands before and a er meal service. If this is not possible a
                                minimum 60% ethanol alcohol hand sani zer may be used.
                            2. Students will have their meals delivered to their classrooms or pick up their meals to take
                                to their homeroom classrooms for consump on.
                            3. The cafeteria will have designated entrances and exits to control tra c ow and minimize
                            exposure. Decals/tape will be used on the cafeteria oor to keep social distancing in line.
                            4. Social interac ons should be limited to speed up service and minimize contact me.
                            5. When ea ng in the classroom all students will eat at their assigned desk with their
                                homeroom class and will not be mixed with other classrooms or groups.

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6. If students are ea ng in the cafeteria it will be a service of one classroom at a me with a
                                         minimum of three foot physical distancing in e ect. Students will have assigned sea ng.
                                         The cafeteria must be cleaned, sani zed and disinfected by custodial sta before and
                                         a er each classroom’s meal service. Proper ven la on should also be exercised in the
                                         cafeteria.
                                    7. Students should have their masks on at meal pickup and upon comple on of their meal.
                                         Students cannot share food with other students.
                                    8. Plexiglas physical barriers will be put in place at the cafeteria service line area, milk
                                         service area and point-of-sale area.
                                    9. Students entering and exi ng the gym should use an alterna ve route during all mes of
                                         meal distribu ons and meal services in the cafeteria. They should not pass through the
                                         cafeteria while other classes are present.
                                    10. All meals served on campus will be prepared for immediate consump on in the
                                         classroom or cafeteria.
                                    11. The menu will be streamlined to expedite the serving me. All meals will be grab and go
                                         style.
                                    12. To minimize the exchange of germs and reduce cross contamina on no self-service of
                                         any type (including the salad bar) will be available.
                                    13. Bags for meals, disposable meal trays and disposable silverware will be used. All
                                         condiments will be pre-packaged.
                                    14. Food service sta is responsible for the cleaning, sani zing and disinfec ng of all milk
                                         coolers, the service line, and point of sale equipment and the area it encompasses.
                                    15. The custodial sta is responsible for the cleaning, sani zing, and disinfec ng of the
                                         cafeteria tables and oors.

                              Healthy Hygiene Habits
                              Pay a en on to personal hygiene. There are a lot of things we don’t know about this virus, but
                                     we do know it spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person
                                     coughs or sneezes. Other individuals may be infected when they touch a surface that has
                                     virus par cles on it and then touch their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Hand hygiene is the
                                     very best weapon in any ght between human and contagious disease.
                              Children and adults should clean their hands in the following situa ons:
                                  ● Arriving at school
                                  ● Before meals or snacks
                                  ● A er outside ac vi es

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● A er going to the bathroom
        ● A er sneezing or blowing their nose
        ● Before leaving school
     Help each other to make sure we are washing our hands correctly. The best op on is to wash
            hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily
            available, people should use an alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60 percent alcohol.
            Supervise the use of alcohol-based hand gel by young children.

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Other daily healthy hygiene habits include:
              ● Teach children and adults not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
                  hands.
              ● Cover coughs or sneezes with a ssue, throw the ssue in the trash, and clean hands
                  with soap and water or hand gel.
              ● Prac ce “social distancing.” Social distancing is exactly what it sounds like: keeping your
                  distance from other people. Stay at least three feet away from others — the distance
                  respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze are thought to travel. Protect yourself by
                  staying out of range.
              ● Wear a mask. The CDC recommends wearing a non-medical-grade, cloth face covering in
                  public se ngs where it may be di cult to maintain social distancing, such as grocery
                  stores. This is because we now know that people infected with the virus are most
                  contagious during the 72 hours before they develop symptoms. In addi on, a signi cant
                  number of other individuals who are infected with the virus remain asymptoma c but
                  able to infect others. By blocking a signi cant amount of respiratory secre ons, your
                  mask protects others, and their masks protect you.
              ● AND your mobile phone! It’s lthy. Did you wash your hands and then touch that phone?
                  Just like that, you’re re-contaminated.

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This virus is likely to be with us for
                                                                                 many months or years, so developing
                                                                                 these habits is a good long-term
                                                                                 strategy for keeping our community
                                                                                 healthy. And, don’t forget, COVID-19 is
                                                                                 not the only germ in town. Seasonal
                                                                                 in uenza, colds, and other viruses will
                                                                                 con nue to be a concern, so good hand
                                                                                 hygiene and proper disinfec on
                                                                                 prac ces are habits that never go out of
                                                                                 season. – MIT MEDICAL

                         PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
                         We believe that consistently using Personal Protec ve Equipment while inside the building is
                         the most e ec ve way to reduce the spread of viral infec ons from person to person. This

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sec on will discuss the di erent types of PPE and how the various items can be e ec vely used
               within a school se ng.

               Face coverings: All employees, students, and building visitors shall wear a face covering while at
               the worksite, except:
                  1. those with a disability that would prevent them from wearing or removing a face covering
                  2. those with respiratory condi ons that would prevent wearing face covering, or trouble
                     breathing
                  3. those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use facial and mouth movements as part of
                     communica on
                  4. those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face
                     covering may pose a risk to that person
               The District shall provide face coverings for all employees and students. Employees may
                   choose to provide their own face coverings.

               Types of PPE:
               Masks
                 o Do not wear masks with exhaust valves.
                 o Teach and reinforce use of masks. The use of masks is one of many important mi ga on
                     strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are meant to protect other
                     people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Masks
                     are not Personal Protec ve Equipment (PPE) (e.g., surgical masks, respirators).
                 o Appropriate and consistent use of masks is most important when students, teachers, and
                     sta are indoors and when social distancing is di cult to implement or maintain.
                     Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering or mask and to
                     wash their hands or use hand sani zer frequently. Informa on should be provided to
                     sta , students, and students’ families on proper use, removal, and washing of masks.
                 o Masks are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from
                     traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the mask coughs,
                     sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control.

               Face Shields
               Face shields are personal protec ve equipment devices that are to be used by many health care
               workers during COVID 19 pandemic for protec on of the facial area and associated mucous
               membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from droplet spread of infec on. Face shields are generally not
               used alone, but in conjunc on with other protec ve equipment like cap, mask, goggle, and are

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therefore classi ed as adjunc ve personal protec ve equipment. Since the Corona pandemic
                          has started, many innova ons have evolved for Face shield to avoid droplet infec on.
                             o Face shields have been advocated as an alterna ve face covering that can prevent spread.
                                 While the CDC does not recommend universal use of face shields in place of masking,
                                 they do note in some circumstances these may be used as a face covering
                             o Wearing a mask may not be feasible in every situa on for some people, for example,
                                 people who are deaf or hard of hearing—or those who care for or interact with a person
                                 who is hearing impaired. A face shield is a good alterna ve in this situa on.
                             o The CDC notes that when face shields alone are used, “face shields that wrap around the
                                 side of the wearer’s face and extend below the chin” or a “hooded face shield” should be
                                 used.
                             o It is recommended that when a teacher meets face to face with a student who cannot
                                 wear a mask (due to a medical condi on), they should wear a face shield in addi on to a
                                 mask for added protec on.
                             o Snug/ ghtly       ng.
                                ▪ The face shield must be snugly t around the head without any gaps between
                                    forehead and shield. The readymade plas c bands are not ght           ng and may fall o
                                    with repeated use. Use of sponge in between forehead and face shield gives good
                                    comfort, but such face shields should be used as disposable as sterilisa on of sponge is
                                    incomplete.
                             o Disposable/Reusable
                                ▪ In case of disposable face shield, removal to be done with utmost care and disposal
                                    properly.
                                ▪ Reusable Face Shields: Utmost care to be taken while removing the shield a er use
                                    and then sterilizing it before reuse. Reusable face shields must be free from any
                                    sponges or s cking material or stapler pins to achieve good sterilisa on.
                             o Methods of Handling
                                ▪ Never touch the front side of the face shield.
                                ▪ With gloved hands remove face shields from behind by untying the ribbon knot.
                                ▪ Dispose along with gloves.
                             o Methods of sterilisa on [1–3]
                                ▪ 1% Sodium Hypochlorite solu on for a minimum of 10 min.
                                ▪ Drying in sunlight and cleaning with sani sers with gloved hands.
                                ▪ 2% Glutaraldehyde for 10 min, wash it with normal saline, again dry it.

                          Prac cal Recommenda ons
                             ● Ensure that all students are aware that they should never share or swap masks.

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● Students’ masks should be clearly iden ed with their names or ini als, to avoid
                  confusion or swapping. Students’ masks may also be labeled to indicate top/bo om and
                  front/back.
                ● Masks should be stored in a space designated for each student that is separate from
                  others when not being worn (e.g., in individually labeled containers or bags, personal
                  lockers, or cubbies).
                ● Masks should be washed a er every day of use and/or before being used again, or if
                  visibly soiled.
                ● Students should consider having addi onal masks available for students, teachers, and
                  sta in case a back-up mask is needed during the day and to facilitate every day washing
                  of masks.

          Strategies to Support Students’ Wearing Masks in Schools
              ● Introduce students with sensory concerns/tac le sensi vi es to masks with a variety of
                 materials, prints, and textures, and allow them to choose which mask is most
                 comfortable.
              ● Use behavioral techniques such as posi ve reinforcement to increase the likelihood that
                 students will comply with mask guidance and other preven on prac ces.

          Discipline
          At Hood Canal School, we use PBIS (Posi ve Behavior Interven ons & Supports) to guide our
          disciplinary prac ces. To see full informa on regarding behavior and discipline expecta ons,
          please refer to the Hood Canal School Handbook.

          Posi ve classroom prac ces include:

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●        An e ec vely designed physical classroom
                                             ●        Predictable classroom rou nes
                                             ●        3-5 posted posi ve classroom expecta ons
                                             ●        Prompts and ac ve supervision
                                             ●        Varied opportuni es to respond
                                             ●        Acknowledgements for expected behavior

                              These proac ve, preventa ve, posi ve elements include:
                                 ● Designing e ec ve classroom environments
                                 ● Developing and teaching predictable classroom rou nes
                                 ● Explicitly pos ng and teaching posi vely-stated classroom expecta ons
                                 ● Delivering engaging instruc on
                                 ● Providing prompts and ac ve supervision
                                 ● Acknowledging students with speci c praise
                                 ● Responding to problem behavior with redirec ons and correc ons

                              Face masks are required for all students and sta while in the school building and on the bus.
                              Students may bring a mask from home or a disposable mask will be provided when necessary.
                              Please no gaiters. Accommoda ons can be made due to disability based on IEP team input.
                              Please contact your case manager if you have any ques ons.

                              Avoid bias-based discrimina on. The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked bias and
                              discriminatory behaviors against people of certain racial and ethnic backgrounds. We know that
                              the virus does not di eren ate with respect to race, ethnicity, na onal origin, gender, sexual
                              orienta on, age, socio-economic status, or physical ability. During this me of great uncertainty
                              based on the COVID-19 pandemic, students, sta and faculty are expected to treat others with
                              the respect every human being deserves and not promote, par cipate in, or allow their own
                              bias to impede the access and opportunity of others in their community.

                              Social Distancing
                              At Hood Canal School we are commi ed to providing all of our sta , students and district
                                    families with a safe and healthy educa onal se ng. By applying appropriate social
                                    distancing measures in our classrooms and common areas we are ac vely working to
                                    minimize the possibility of virus transmission and ensure every student has access to a
                                    risk free learning environment.

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Physical Distancing: Capacity for students and sta in any facility and/or classroom shall be
                           limited by physical distancing requirements of at least three feet between all students
                           and sta . It is understood that this may limit the number of students in a classroom or
                           facility at any given me and may require alterna ve scheduling.
                                1. Employees will have an opportunity to observe the planned layout for their
                                    workspace and address any concerns to their supervisor.
                                2. The District shall provide appropriate PPE and training for employees who must
                                    perform tasks that cannot be accomplished with physical distancing. Appropriate
                                    PPE shall include at minimum, as needed, disposable gowns or clothing covers,
                                    gloves, ed face masks, and protec ve shields.

                    This sec on covers the district’s social distancing expecta ons and provides guidance for proper
                    social distancing techniques. For addi onal informa on please refer to social distancing
                    guidelines provided by the CDC, World Health Organiza on, US Department of health, WA
                    Department of Health and our local Mason County health organiza ons.

                    What is Social Distancing?
                      ● Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between
                           yourself and other people who are not from your “household”.
                               o “Household” in this context refers to individuals who consistently share a living
                                   space.
                      ● To prac ce social or physical distancing, stay at least 3 feet from other people who are
                           not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
                    Why should people socially distance from each other at this me?
                      ● COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 3 feet)
                           for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or
                           talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the
                           mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
                      ● Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay
                           at least 3 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any
                           symptoms.
                      ● Social distancing helps limit opportuni es to come in contact with contaminated
                           surfaces and infected people outside the home.
                      ● Although the risk of severe illness may be di erent for everyone, anyone can get and
                           spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protec ng
                           themselves, their family, and their community.
                    How to social distance in a community where everyone is considered family?

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● It is vital that we understand the uid nature of our local community’s family structures
                      and household atmospheres. The concept of family might mean something di erent
                      between individuals based on their experiences and cultural and religious upbringings.
                      We need to be clear and concise with the language we use when dra ing our guidelines.
               Key things we will need to teach students to maintain good social distance behaviors:
                  ● Sharing is s ll a good idea, just not at this par cular me.
                          o We cannot share clothes, toys, school supplies, snacks or meals right now
                  ● We can s ll show a ec on to others even though we cannot get close to them.
                          o Discuss alterna ves for hugs, hand-shakes, holding hands, etc.
                  ● We cannot use social distancing as a way to discriminate.
                          o We must avoid bullying those who make social distancing mistakes
                          o We must avoid using social distancing as an excuse to exclude others
                          o Social distancing is not based on race, religion, gender or poli cs
                          o Social distancing is not a game and must be taken seriously at all mes

               Cleaning and Disinfec ng
               Know the di erence between cleaning, disinfec ng, and sani zing
               Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impuri es from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using
                      soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process
                      does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the
                      risk of spreading infec on.

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Disinfec ng kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfec ng works by using chemicals to kill
                                germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or
                                remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface a er cleaning, it can further lower the
                                risk of spreading infec on.
                         Sani zing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public
                                health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfec ng
                                surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infec on.

                         Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched o en
                         Follow handbook procedures for rou ne cleaning and disinfec ng. Typically, this means daily
                         sani zing surfaces and objects that are touched o en, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs,
                         computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools
                         may also require daily disinfec ng these items. Standard procedures o en call for disinfec ng
                         speci c areas of the school, like bathrooms.

                         Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled
                         with body uids or blood, use gloves and other standard precau ons to avoid coming into
                         contact with the uid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.

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CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing
     reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are
     not available, using a hand sani zer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid ge ng sick
     and spreading germs to others.

     How Germs Spread
     Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal
     infec ons from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when
     you:
         ● Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
         ● Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands
         ● Touch a contaminated surface or objects

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● Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or
                           common objects
                        ● Key Times to Wash Hands
                    You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands o en, especially
                    during these key mes when you are likely to get and spread germs:
                        ● Before, during, and a er preparing food
                        ● Before and a er ea ng food
                        ● Before and a er caring for someone at home who is sick with vomi ng or diarrhea
                        ● Before and a er trea ng a cut or wound
                        ● A er using the toilet
                        ● A er changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
                        ● A er blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
                        ● A er touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
                        ● A er handling pet food or pet treats
                        ● A er touching garbage
                    To prevent the spread of germs during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also wash your
                    hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sani zer with at least 60%
                    alcohol to clean hands BEFORE and AFTER:
                        ● Touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
                        ● Touching your mask
                        ● Entering and leaving a public place
                        ● Touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as
                           door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens

                    Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most e ec ve ways to prevent the spread of
                    germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout
                    an en re community—from your home and workplace to childcare facili es and hospitals.
                    Follow these ve steps every me.
                        ● Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn o the tap, and apply
                           soap.
                        ● Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your
                           hands, between your ngers, and under your nails.
                        ● Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a mer? Hum the “Happy Birthday”
                           song from beginning to end twice.
                        ● Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
                        ● Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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Alcohol-based hand sani zers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some
                          situa ons, but sani zers do not eliminate all types of germs. Why? Soap and water are more
                          e ec ve than hand sani zers at removing certain kinds of germs, like Cryptosporidium,
                          norovirus, and Clostridium di cile1-5.

                                              Ways you can reduce or slow the spread of infec ons include:
                              ● Get the appropriate vaccine.
                              ● Wash your hands frequently.
                              ● Prac ce physical distancing
                              ● Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people).
                              ● Use a ssue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other
                                 people.
                              ● Use single-use ssues. Dispose of the ssue immediately.
                              ● Wash your hands a er coughing, sneezing or using ssues.
                              ● If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily
                                 cleaned.
                              ● Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into
                                 the body).
                              ● Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery.
                              ● Consider wearing a non-medical mask when in a public space.
                          Use chemical disinfectants safely! Always read and follow the direc ons on the label of
                          cleaning and disinfec on products to ensure safe and e ec ve use.
                              ● Wear gloves and consider glasses or goggles for poten al splash hazards to eyes
                              ● Ensure adequate ven la on (for example, open windows)
                              ● Use only the amount recommended on the label
                              ● Use water at room temperature for dilu on (unless stated otherwise on the label)
                              ● Label diluted cleaning solu ons
                              ● Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets
                              ● Do not mix products or chemicals
                              ● Do not eat, drink, breathe, or inject cleaning and disinfec on products into your body or
                                 apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm
                              ● Do not wipe or bathe pets with any cleaning and disinfec on products.

                          Remember: When it comes to cleaning e ec vely, hard and smooth surfaces are the easiest to
                          disinfect. Try to use as few surfaces as possible during your daily rou ne to minimize the
                          amount of me required to appropriately clean. Minimize the number of shared surfaces to
                          reduce the risk of transi on through contact.

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Contact Tracing
                                             The district will collaborate with health departments when inves ga ng workplace exposures to
                                                    infec ous diseases, including COVID-19. Quick and coordinated ac ons, including case
                                                    inves ga on and contact tracing, may lower the need for business closures to prevent
                                                    the spread of the disease.

                                             If Someone Develops Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School
                                             Any student, teacher, or sta who reports COVID-19-like symptoms must be immediately
                                             isolated from others and sent home and referred to diagnos c tes ng as soon as feasible. While
                                             wai ng to leave school, the individual with symptoms must be isolated in a designated isola on
                                             space. They must wear a cloth face covering or mask. Anyone providing care or evalua on to
                                             the isolated individual must wear appropriate PPE.

                                             What to Do if Someone Visited School while Contagious with COVID-19
                                             If someone visited a school while contagious with COVID-19, it is possible that students, sta ,
                                             and/or guests may have been exposed. A person is contagious with COVID-19 star ng two days
                                             before they have symptoms (or if asymptoma c, two days before they test posi ve for COVID
                                             and through the end of their isola on period. Close contacts of a person with COVID-19 should
                                             be iden ed to determine if they must quaran ne. Returning to School Isola on If a person
                                             tests posi ve on a COVID test, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:
                                                     • 10 days since symptom onset, or since posi ve test specimen collec on date if no
                                             symptoms are present (up to 20 days for those for those who are severely ill or severely
                                             immunocompromised), AND
                                                     • 24 hours a er fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medica ons, AND
                                                     • Symptoms have improved.
                                                      This isola on guidance applies regardless of vaccina on status. If a person with
                                             COVID-19 symptoms tests nega ve on a COVID test, they may return to school following exis ng
                                             school illness management policies so long as they are not a close contact of someone with
                                             COVID-19 and subject to quaran ne. If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests nega ve for
                                             COVID, per CDC an gen tes ng guidance, a con rmatory lab-based molecular test is
                                             recommended.

                                             What to Do if Someone is a Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19
                                             Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at
                                             least 15 cumula ve minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of me when the person
                                             11 with COVID-19 was infec ous. The infec ous period of someone with COVID-19 starts two
                                             days before the onset of symptoms or is es mated as two days before the posi ve test
                                             collec on date if someone with COVID-19 is asymptoma c. This de ni on applies regardless of

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whether the case or contact was wearing a mask. If iden                                                                                                                                             ed as a close contact, a person may
                                          need to quaran ne as outlined below.

                                          In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact de ni on excludes students who were at least
                                          three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/
                                          masks and (b) other preven on strategies were in place. This excep on does not apply to
                                          teachers, sta , or other adults in the indoor classroom se ng. The de ni on of a close contact
                                          may vary in some situa ons (e.g., less me spent in close proximity to an unmasked person who
                                          is coughing, direct cough/sneeze spray, or other contact that is more intense like sharing drinks,
                                          ea ng utensils, etc.). The ul mate determina on of close contact is made by the local health
                                          jurisdic on during its inves ga on; it may delegate this determina on if appropriate.
                                          Quaran ne- Quaran ne is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home
                                          and away from others for the recommended period of me in case they were infected and are
                                          contagious. People who may be exempt from quaran ne:
                                          • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms do not need to be
                                          quaran ned but should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with
                                          suspected or con rmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in all public indoor spaces for 14 days or
                                          un l they receive a nega ve test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if
                                          they test posi ve. If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate
                                          themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for COVID if indicated.

                                          The symptoma c fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their
                                          vaccina on status at the me of presenta on to care.

                                          • Close contact who had con rmed COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered and do
                                          not have symptoms, do not need to quaran ne but should watch for symptoms and get tested if
                                          symptoms develop.
                                          There are three op ons for dura on of quaran ne.
                                                  • Quaran ne should last for 14 days a er the last close contact with the COVID-19
                                          posi ve person. This is the safest op on. Monitor for symptoms during this me, and if any
                                          COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 14 days, get tested.
                                                  • If 14 days is not possible, quaran ne can last for 10 days a er the last close contact, 12
                                          without addi onal tes ng required. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10
                                          days, remain in quaran ne the full 14 days and get tested. Con nue monitoring for symptoms
                                          un l day 14.
                                                  • Quaran ne can end a er 7 full days beginning a er the last close contact if no
                                          symptoms have developed and a er receiving a nega ve test result. The test should occur no

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