Parameters in our Back to School – RCS Health Protocols Plan reflect the elements of health promotion and disease prevention and mitigation of illness as recommended by our local health department. We express our appreciation to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health for their oversight of our plan.
Limited student enrollment on campus, K-12 enrollment < 90 students
- Low teacher to student ratio;
- Enrollment limited to 12 students in elementary classrooms, and 16 students in secondary classrooms;
- Small groups of students stay together in same cohort throughout the school day.
Adaptions to School Classrooms/Education Building that Minimize Spread of Disease
- Newly painted classrooms and furniture, with microban additives;
- Classroom modifications that minimize frequent handling and touching i.e. lid-less trash cans, automatic paper towel dispensers, automated lights, automated hand sanitizer;
- Reduced clutter and unnecessary ‘stuff’ in classrooms;
- Individual student classroom materials – no sharing school supplies;
- Sanitizing floor mats placed in entrance to classrooms to sanitize shoes.
Heightened and More Frequent Professional Janitorial Services
- After schools hours, professional janitorial services sanitize school building;
- Student and staff classroom engage in protocols of cleaning and stewardship in cleanliness throughout the school day.
Safe and Effective Cleaning Solutions and Staff/Student Cleaning Responsibilities
- Using effective cleaners that are safe for children;
- Low fume, safe ingredients (no non-descript alcohol, or methyl alcohol-poisonous to children, or poisonous fumes, no toxins, or known carcinogens);
- Classroom responsibilities in cleaning.
- Required for staff, when 6’ distances cannot be maintained;
- Required for students, when 6’ distance cannot be maintained;
- Required for sick students, or students exposed to sick relatives/friends/visitors at their home;
- Required for students who have traveled to areas of high COVID incidence (greater than 200 cases per 100,000 people) – required wear at all times for 14 days;
- Provided by school or students may provide their own face covering;
- Waivers granted for students with parent’s signature, for students who have health or behavioral issues wearing face coverings.
Daily forehead scanned temperatures
- Staff and student daily forehead scanned temperatures;
- Logged by staff member twice daily (beginning of school day, and before lunch);
- If child’s temp is above 100.4º, child goes to office, and is sent home.
Daily verbal wellness checks for students and staff
- Individually teachers address their students, “How are you feeling today?” and read student body-language as to well-being;
- Sick and unwell students are sent to the office, temp taken, cross-checked with other medical issues or personal issues (allergies, monthly cycle, etc.);
- Student sent home, if symptoms of illness;
- Staff screened daily for health symptoms.
Classroom Air Quality: Fresh Air, Healthy Exchange of Air for Students
- Periodic fresh air, ventilation in classroom;
- Opened doors/windows throughout the day for exchange of fresh air;
- Air purifiers (with HEPA high density filter) operating in classroom, and filters changed/cleaned bi-weekly;
- Live plants in classrooms to provide healthy air and remove pollutants.
Social Distancing Protocols
- Desks spaced out in the classroom to accommodate 6’ distance;
- Assigned student desks, same student in same desk in classrooms;
- Alternate hallway use during dismissals to accommodate spacing;
- Bathroom use one student at a time (girls and boys);
- Designated spots for recess time and outside snack/break time;
- 6′ distance observed in chapel and in lunchroom, and specials (art, music, p.e. classes).
Parent/School Cooperation and Communication
We request that parents inform the school office when:
- their student has had close contact with a person confirmed COVID-19;
- an immediate family member returns home from traveling out of town;
- their student has traveled to an area where the local health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases;
- their student suffers from seasonal allergies; or difficulties with her monthly cycle;
- an immediate family member exhibits cold-like symptoms;
- their student exhibits fever (100.4º or higher), chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, severe headache, new loss of smell or taste sense, runny nose/congestion, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea;
- their student expresses emotional anxiety, fear or apprehension;
- their student is absent.
Parents (and school visitors) will have very limited access to the classroom to serve the school inside the classroom.
Parents should set up back-up transportation to pick up child if sent home sick, and parent is not available for pickup.
Probable or Confirmed Case of COVID-19
We will follow the Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidelines if there is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. Numerous resources are available to parents regarding testing, isolation guidance, and quarantine. These resources are available in the school office in the Open for Learning-Health Protocol Handbook.