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Preparation to Open Schools
Preparation to Open Schools
Doug Piper
Friday, August 07, 2020

In an effort to be as transparent as possible as we prepare to open schools, the administration team would like to share with you some of the purchases made and modifications that we are making to our school day. It is our hope that this document will help you make an informed decision on whether or not to participate in on-site learning or remote learning.

 

The following items have been purchased to help ensure the safety of all students and staff during on-site learning.

 

  • We have upgraded our ventilation systems in all classrooms to HEPA filtration. Staff will be instructed to turn the fan on the air handler on to ensure continuous filtration throughout the room.

  • For rooms that do not have central heat or air USD #243 has purchased HEPA stand alone air filtration units.

 

  • We have installed hand sanitizers in every room.

 

  • Purchased handheld contactless thermometers in order to take staff and student temperatures before entering the building.

 

  • Additional tables have been purchased in order to maintain social distancing while at breakfast and/or lunch.

 

  • We have purchased and installed water bottle filling stations in all buildings.

  • Extending hours of custodians that were only part time to full to help with increased cleaning duties.

  • Purchased classroom disinfection machines for the custodians.

The following safety measures have also been taken to help ensure the safety of all students and staff during on-site learning:

  • All non-essential furniture has been removed from classrooms to increase space for social distancing.

  • All classroom furniture with fabric and other hard-to-clean coverings (i.e. rugs, padded chairs, pillows, etc. ) has been removed from classrooms.

  • Students will be placed in seating arrangements that allow all students to face one direction in the classroom. 

  • When appropriate, students will participate in outdoor learning activities.

  • We are currently working with teachers on scheduling transitions to minimize contact between non-grade level students.

  • Turned off the bell system to allow time for student transition rotation.

  • Age-appropriate signage placed throughout the schools, including visual guides for proper handwashing and social distancing.

  • Staff and students will practice proper hygiene practices, such as handwashing, using hand sanitizer and social distancing techniques, including alternatives to handshakes.

  • Employee and student health screening 2x a day.

  • Students will not have access to lockers to eliminate gathering of large numbers. 

  • Students will keep all personal belongings with them at their assigned seat.