Safety Expectations

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Expectations of Students While at School

Masks

Anyone over the age of 5 must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times, unless there is a medical reason for exclusion. When possible, children ages 3-5 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
 

Masks are required in all district buildings. Remember that face coverings should be two-layered and meet CDC guidelines.
 

  1. Masks must cover both the nose and mouth.

  2. Wash or sanitize hands prior to putting on a mask. Place the mask over the nose AND mouth securely. Confirm that the mask is sized correctly and is comfortable for your child to wear.

    • Talk to your child about not touching their mask while wearing it. If they do touch the outside of their mask, they should wash their hands before and after with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  3. Students should NEVER swap or share masks.

  4. When taking the mask off, fold the outside corners together so that the outside contaminated area of the mask is facing in; place aside for washing and wash hands.

  5. When not being worn, masks will be stored in a space designated for each student that  ]is separate from others (for example in an individually labeled container or bag, personal locker, or cubbie).

  6. A spare mask should be sent in a sealed plastic bag, labeled with your child’s name so that masks can be changed during the day if it becomes wet or soiled. Masks should be washed daily.

  7. Write your child’s name inside their mask with a permanent marker.

  8. Masks should only be removed:  if they are soiled and they need to be replaced eating/drinking

 

 

Social Distancing

One of the most effective ways to prevent COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. Research has shown that respiratory droplets can travel at least 6 feet with breathing, speaking, coughing, sneezing and singing.
 

  • To help slow the spread of COVID-19, social distancing will be practiced in all school buildings. Social distancing will be followed in the classroom, hallways, bathrooms, the bus, and on playgrounds.

  • Students will maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and other students and staff throughout the school day.

    • There should be no physical contact between individuals who do not live in the same household. Avoid shaking hands, touching others, or sharing belongings.

  • If interactions closer than 6 feet are unavoidable, limit the duration of close interactions to be as brief as possible to minimize the risk of transmission.

  • Additional prevention measures include:

○ Smaller groups of students within classrooms to decrease the number of contacts

○ Masks

○ Washing hands and cleaning commonly touched surfaces frequently

○ Using physical barriers

○ Holding activities outdoors, spaced apart with masks

○ Staggered pass times in the hallways

○ Staggered times for arrival and departure

○ Arrange classrooms with desks 6 feet apart, facing the same direction. The teacher’s desk will face the same direction as the student desks.

○ Staggered recess and/or sectioned areas for each class to play on the playground.

○ Restrict access to areas that allow large gathering spaces such as cafeteria, staff lounge, libraries, or stagger use and disinfect between groups.

 

Hand Washing

Practice good hygiene, including:

1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an

alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is provided throughout the building.

2. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

and wash hands.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Water Fountains

All water fountains are closed and only the bottle fill stations will be available. Send a water bottle labeled with your child's name. Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet while waiting to fill your bottle. Remind your child not to share their water bottle with friends.
 

Breakfast/Lunch & Students with Allergies

To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, whenever possible, breakfast and lunch will be consumed in classrooms rather than the cafeteria. A school or even grade level’s breakfast/lunch site may vary from others depending on what was determined as the safest plan for that building's needs.
 

Students will maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) per CDC recommendations/guidelines and PHMDC. Classrooms will not be peanut/nut free . Teachers and staff will have a list of students with food allergies in their classroom. There will be no sharing of snacks or food.
 

Parents, teachers and staff should remind students not to share masks to prevent both COVID-19 and food cross contamination.
 

Keeping kids 6 feet apart during breakfast, snacks and lunch can reduce the chances for food sharing and accidental food cross-contamination. Students will stay seated at their desk/table while eating. Please have a conversation with your child that they should not share food, whether brought from home or from food service.
 

With lunch served in the classrooms, empower your child to always read labels to identify food allergens, as manufacturers change their ingredients and food lines frequently. Allergy information can be found on the district nutrition website, https://mcpasd.nutrislice.com .

 

Teachers and staff will also discourage food sharing to prevent both food allergy reactions and COVID-19.

 

Frequent hand washing, before and after eating or touching food is the best practice to minimize the risk of allergic reactions. Teachers and students will wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after eating.

 

Cleaning After Eating In The Classroom

Students should remove all items from the top of their desk or table spot prior to eating. 
 

Students will only handle their own food and will not assist others in cleaning up their area.
 

Teachers will wipe down student desktops and other classroom surfaces with district approved disinfectants.

 

Multi-Stall Bathrooms

Some facilities will be closed in order to maintain 6 ft of space between students in restrooms. Students will be expected to follow signed directions about safe restroom usage. We will provide staff to assist younger students in following these guidelines.