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Covid-19 Mitigation and Re-Opening Plan
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On July 28, 2020, the Rescue Union Board of Trustees voted to offer families the opportunity for full time distance learning or a hybrid model for in person learning.  This plan addresses the on campus hybrid learning option.  It provides actions that will be taken to provide a safe learning and working environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and shall supersede any conflicting language in existing procedures and protocols until such time as the Rescue Union School Board determines that the need for this plan no longer exists.  The Board acknowledges that, due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, federal, state and local orders impacting district operations are subject to change without notice.   In the event that any federal, state or local order may conflict with this plan, the order shall govern.  The Rescue Union School District Board may also adopt resolutions  or take other actions as needed to respond to such orders or provide further direction during the pandemic.
 
Thank you in advance for your involvement and commitment to our school and your child’s education.  We appreciate your grace, patience and flexibility while we do our best to provide a safe learning environment for your children.  


Student Support
 
Green Valley Elementary recognizes that the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, may have had a significant impact on many students.  As our campus reopens, staff shall provide a caring and nurturing educational environment for all students.  Our counselors will provide instruction on social-emotional well-being to all students including information on how to deal with stress and anxiety in healthy ways and the importance of emotional well-being for academic success.
 
Instruction / Schedules
 
Green Valley will offer an A.M in person cohort session from 8:55-11:30 and a P.M  in person  cohort session from 12:35-3:10.  During this time, instruction will focus primarily on Language Arts and Math with some Social Studies and Science integrated into the instruction.  This hybrid model allows for smaller class sizes and the ability for staff and students to observe proper social distancing in accordance with health and safety guidelines.  A portion of instruction will take place virtually through the Fuel Ed program.  Teachers will facilitate learning activities with their students and families through this platform.
 
Health Screening of Students
 
All students shall be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by parents/guardians before boarding a school bus and/or before arrival at school each day. If students have COVID 19 symptoms, they should remain home and not enter the school bus or campus.
 
The Rescue Union School District shall work with local health officials to determine the appropriate means of screening on campus, which may include temperature checks with a no touch thermometer. If the screening indicates a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, or if the student exhibits symptoms at any time during the school day, the student shall be placed in a supervised isolation area until the student's parent/guardian is contacted and the student can be transported home or to a health care facility.
 
Student Attendance
 
Green Valley recognizes that COVID-19 will continue to impact the attendance of students following the reopening of our school campus.  The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians of expectations regarding school attendance.  Such notification shall direct any student who contracts the virus or lives with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home in accordance with state and local directives so as to curtail the spread of the virus.
 
Students who are infected with COVID-19 shall be excluded from on-campus instruction until a medical provider states in writing that the student is no longer contagious.
 
When a student is absent, the student’s parent or guardian shall notify the school of the reason for the absence.  A physician’s verification of a student’s illness or quarantine may be requested.
 
Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene Practices
 
In accordance with health guidelines, students, staff, and visitors are required to wear PPE while on school campuses or school buses, especially in high-traffic areas and/or when social distancing is not possible. The district shall provide PPE to students and staff who do not bring their own personal PPE. Students and staff shall be provided instruction in the proper use, removal, disposal, and cleaning of PPE.
 
Face coverings shall not be required for children in grades Transitional Kindergarten through 2nd grade, but are strongly encouraged.  Students in grades 3 -5 are required to wear face coverings.  Reasonable accommodations shall be made for anyone who is unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons.
 
Green Valley Elementary also encourages students and staff to practice good hygiene, such as appropriate covering of coughs and sneezes and regular hand washing of at least 20 seconds, including before eating and after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing. Green Valley Elementary shall provide adequate time and opportunity for students to wash hands, and shall make hand sanitizer available in areas where hand washing is less accessible. 
 
Follow-Up with Infected Persons/Contact Tracing
 
The Rescue Union School District shall work with county health officials to track confirmed cases of students and staff with COVID-19, including, but not limited to, following up with students, their parents/guardians, and staff who exhibit symptoms while at school and those who report an absence or miss work due to illness. Rescue Elementary shall report any confirmed cases to the Rescue Union School District who will then confirm with local health authorities.
 
If a student, family member of a student, or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, the Rescue Union School District shall assist local health officials in conducting contact-tracing to identify potentially exposed individuals and ask them to self-quarantine, which may include not participating in on-campus instruction. While maintaining the privacy of the infected person, the Rescue Union School District shall inform other students and staff with whom the infected person may have had contact in school.
 
Sanitization of Facilities and Equipment
 
School facilities, school buses, and shared equipment as well as high touch areas such as door handles, light switches and other frequently used supplies shall be cleaned and disinfected daily after each cohort ends with appropriate cleaning agents.
 
Food Services
 
During the AM cohort, students will have access to school breakfast program and will receive a “grab and go lunch” at the end of their day.  Students in the PM cohort will receive a “grab and go” breakfast and lunch for the following day. 
 
Social Distancing
In order to maintain a campus environment that allows for social distancing, Green Valley Elementary shall to the extent reasonably possible:
        • Arrange desks so that students are not facing each other and physically distanced
        • Mark six foot boundaries within classrooms, common areas and places where students are likely to line up, so that students are more readily aware and  able to abide by social distancing requirements
        • Limit the number of students who may use the restroom at a time
        • Minimize the mixing of student cohorts in common spaces
        • Conduct recess in a manner that minimizes the use of shared equipment
Large gatherings (assemblies, athletic events etc) are suspended until the Rescue Union School District determines, consistent with guidance from state and local health officials, that it is safe to resume such activities.
 
Potential Closure of Campus
 
Green Valley Elementary will monitor student and staff absences and data provided by local health officials to determin if there is a risk of resurgence of COVID-19 and a need to close our school campus for the protection of students, staff and the community.  Any confirmed cases will immediately be communicated to the Rescue Union School District and protocols followed in accordance with state and health department guidelines.
 
If any person diagnosed with COVID-19 is known to have been on campus, that area will be closed until cleaning and disinfecting of the area is completed.  The district will consult with local health officials to determine, based upon current information whether an extended closure is necessary.  The district will take all preventative measures as governed by the health department.
 
Specific Plans for Re-Opening Green Valley Elementary School
 
Masks
      • Optional for grades TK-2.  Required for  Grades 3 -5
        • Worn at morning line up and when traveling to other places on campus
        • Do not need to be worn during outdoor recess activity
      • We will have extras on site for those who do not have/ forget/ something happens to their mask
Arrival:
      • Students will line up on black top before school (no playing at this time- this will continually be evaluated based on health and safety of students and staff).
      • TK and Kindergarten students will line up outside their classroom.  Parents should be with their student and properly distanced.  Students who arrive without a parent (bus riders/ walkers) should wait in the Plumb Center.  They will be walked to class.
      • Students should not arrive before 8:40am (accept those having breakfast) and for PM students not before 12:25.
Classrooms:
      • Staff are required to wear face coverings.
      • Desks will all be facing forward- no groups with as much space as possible between desks.
      • A chromebook will be issued to each student.
      • Small group tables wiped down between groups.
      • Students need to have their own materials. (crayons, scissors, glue etc)
      • No sharing of materials unless they can be cleaned between uses.
      • Door handles, sinks and other common areas will be wiped between the am and pm cohort and disinfected daily.
Recess:
      • Recesses will be staggered to provide for further distancing
      • Each recess cohort will have their own equipment to use during their recess.
      • Activities will be monitored for distancing.  (for example:  students can shoot hoops with basketball but no games at this time)
      • Students will wash their hands at the end of each recess.  
      • Classes line up in their designated spot on the blacktop.  Each class will have two lines which will allow for proper distancing
Lunch:
      • Students will sit two to a bench at a table - Maximum of 8 students per table 
      • Tables will be spaced to provide distance 
      • Grab and go lunches only- no salad bar
      • Students will not be entering lunch numbers to speed up the process for serving- workers will do this.
Restrooms:
      • Students will be taught to wait outside when all stalls are in use and that when one person exits then the next student may enter.
      • We will place markers on the ground outside to show students where to wait.
      • Restrooms will be part of the midday cleaning schedule
Dismissal:
      • TK dismissal as usual
        • Parents encouraged to social distance while waiting
      • Kindergarten dismissal as usual
        • Parents encourage to social distance while waiting
        • Students who are being picked up in the front of the school will be walked by a staff member to the front of the school.
      • Bus
        • Students will walk to bus in socially distanced line and board the bus from the back to the front with the exception of TK/K students who always sit in the front for safety reasons
      • Car Pick Up
        • Students will be lined up near the Plumb Center alphabetically and socially distanced until their name is called to walk to their car.
Library
      • Closed before and after school
      • Mrs. V will pull books for students in Kindergarten and 1st grade 
      • 2nd-5th grade can reserve books.  (may be able to go in small groups to check out books)
      • All books will be cleaned when returned to the library
      • Mrs. V. will go to classes to read stories on a rotating basis
Office
      • Limit the number of people in the office (4 maximum).  If maximum number is reached people will wait outside
      • Parents will enter and exit through the front door
      • Students will enter and exit through the side door
      • All deliveries will be left in the office- no parent delivery to classes (snacks, forgotten work etc.)
      • Reduce seating to accommodate 6 ft distance
      • No students should be sent to the office to finish work or for classroom time out without calling the office first.
      • Door handles will be wiped throughout the day.
Health Office
      • The Health Office is available for all student health needs
      • Students may come to take medications, get ice, bandaids etc.
      • All surfaces will be wiped down after each student’s visit
      • Sick students
        • Send to the office for evaluation
        • Call ahead to let us know they are coming
        • Only one student allowed in the health office at a time
        • Containment room or area will be utilized for students who display COVID type symptoms ( outside tent area)
          • Health office nurse will supervise and office staff will cover the health office if this occurs
        • Parent will be notified to pick up their child
Staff Lounge
      • Each staff member needs to wipe down their table space after eating
      • No parent volunteers in teacher workroom
Community Participation and Facility Use
      • No Parent Volunteers at this time
      • No Parents on campus for pickup/drop off except for TK/Kinder and 1st grade students
      • Indoor facilities are not available for community use at this time (Scouts, Good News Club etc.)