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Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, hallways, and transportation)
All touchpoints within the school building will be disinfected nightly with a disinfectant included on the list of CDC recommended chemicals to battle Covid-19. During the day, disinfectant will be available in every office classroom, athletic area and common space to sanitize furniture and equipment between uses. Air filters have been upgraded, where applicable, to MERV filters. The frequency of filter changes through the maintenance team has been increased to bi-monthly in common areas.
Other cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilation practices
Hand sanitizer has been added in all common areas and will be included in every classroom and office before the students return. We changed our soap to antimicrobial in order to better combat the virus between washes.
Classroom/ learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible
Classrooms have been arranged to allow for 6 ft of distancing where feasible. All desks are arranged facing the same direction. Teacher desks are a minimum of 6 ft from student desks.
Restricting the use of cafeterias and other congregate settings, and serving meals in alternate settings such as classrooms
6 ft of distance has been established by removing tables and chairs. Shields have been added to tables where face-to-face seating is unavoidable.
The library has also been rearranged to maintain 6 ft of distance with plastic shields installed on all tables where face-to-face seating is unavoidable.
Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of handwashing and other best practices
Students will be instructed to wash hands frequently, but specifically, prior to and after eating. Staff will be instructed to wash or sanitize hands regularly.
Posting signs in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures, and how to stop the spread of germs
Signs are being acquired to post in visible locations to cover safety protocols and other steps to minimize the spread of germs, symptoms to look for in self-monitoring for signs of infections, and what to do if symptoms are discovered.
Identifying and restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers
Scheduled visitors should be limited to after 3 p.m. if essential and feasible. All non-essential visitors are prohibited from entering the building. All essential visitors are required to sign in at the main office, wear a mask, and are instructed to sanitize or wash hands.
Handling athletic activities for physical education and performance training classes consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports
Signs regarding health and safety will be posted throughout athletic facilities.
As part of their orientation, students will be instructed on proper health and safety precautions including but not limited to:
High-fives, fist bumps, and handshaking are prohibited.
Student-athletes must have their own water bottles. These items cannot be shared.
Student-athletes must refrain from sharing clothing, towels, pinnies, etc., and these items should be washed after each use.
Adequate cleaning schedules will be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.
Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals will be cleaned intermittently as deemed necessary.
Limiting the sharing of materials among students
All sharing of material is prohibited. Lending calculators, ties, belts, and shoes is no longer permitted.
Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students
The daily schedule has been modified (with longer time blocks) to limit the number of interactions per day, both in class and in high traffic hallways.
Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure
Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure
The quarantine room has been set up in the second location. Those able to drive will be sent home after proper parental notification and permission is received.
Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school
Students or staff must have medical clearance from their physician or appropriate healthcare professional, determined to be non-contagious, fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine), improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), no vomiting or diarrhea.
Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school-year changes in safety protocols
An email blast and text messages will be sent out by the administration of the school, informing the entire school community. In addition, the information will be added to the school website when appropriate.
Other monitoring and screening practices
If a positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, contact tracing will be implemented with the assistance of local health professionals and DC Health. Several SJC staff have been certified in contract tracing.
Protecting students and staff at higher risk for severe illness
Special need request for accommodation reported to the administrative office (Principal’s Office for teachers and academic support staff; area supervisors for all other employees). Protective portable structures (plexiglass shields) available for classroom/office use; extra cleaning will be provided. For students, remote learning options are available and isolated spaces available.
Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff
Face masks are required of all employees in all public and common areas with adaptations for teachers and other personnel in oral communications during meetings. Use of mask by sole occupants of school offices/office locations is flexible. Reserve supply kept on hand.
Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by older students (as appropriate)
Face masks are required of all students in all public areas and common areas and in transit on campus. The exception is when eating at table in Cassidy Commons. Reserve supply kept on hand.
Unique safety protocols for students with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals
Need(s) reported to AP for student life and/or nursing staff for students; to principal for all teaching and academic support staff, and to department supervisors for other staff). Accommodations on- or off-site developed in consultation with medical professionals and designated school medical/safety personnel. Teacher accommodations in consultation with the principal.
Strategic deployment of staff
Should there be a high number of staff illnesses, the school will ensure that all classrooms are staffed by using all available personnel per contract. St. John’s will continue to use all available resources to ensure that all students have access to quality learning opportunities. Guidance and mental health staff will partner with our administrative team as well as the classroom teachers to provide the necessary support.