District Reopening Plan

District Reopening Plan
District Reopening Plan

COUNCIL SCHOOL DISTRICT ---2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

RE-OPENING PLAN FOR FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION

UPDATED: 9/01/2020

PREVENTIVE MEASURES AND EDUCATION:

  • School leaders will coordinate with Adams County Health Center (ACHC) to develop prevention and mitigation plans to keep our kids safe and healthy.
  • We will encourage parents to screen students every morning before attending school (i.e. check for symptoms and check temperatures).
  • We will teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as hand washing, covering coughs, and face coverings.
  • All teachers and school leaders will educate and support families on identifying the symptoms that indicate the need to stay home.

TRANSPORTATION: Route and Activity Buses

  • All buses will have signs posted to educate student passengers about safety procedures and protocol.
  • Buses will also be equipped with a thermometer, hand sanitizer and extra facemasks.
  • Bus drivers will be provided masks if they choose to wear them, it is not mandatory.
  • Each student will have their temperature taken with a standard forehead reader thermometer as they enter the bus. Teacher Assistants will ride a route bus, if necessary, to take temperatures
  • Students will sit by family groups on buses and spaced out as much as possible.
  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, and deep cleaned weekly.

ALL CSD FACILITIES:

  • We will use clearly visible signage on entrances to buildings to communicate symptoms, preventative measures, good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols including staying home when sick.
  • All students will have their temperature checked daily upon entering school buildings by walking up to a Temp check stand at the entrance to each building.
  • All Staff will self-check their temperatures upon entering the school building, with temp check stand or in room with thermometer provided.
  • We have installed hand soap or hand sanitizer in all bathrooms, classrooms and hallways for students/staff/visitors to access frequently.
  • The custodial staff will clean/disinfect all commonly touched surfaces at least daily.
  • All student desks will be sprayed and wiped down after each use.
  • Only the bottle filling cooler will be on, the rest will be shut down/covered up.
  • Sneeze guards are available to any staff member who feels they are needed.
  • The custodial staff will conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to students/staff returning; schedule periodic cleanings during weekends or school holidays/breaks (to the extent practicable).
  • Junior High Bathrooms will now have touchless faucets installed for safe handwashing and to eliminate unneeded contact.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT:

  • Wearing masks will be a personal choice by both staff and students and will NOT be mandatory.
  • All staff will be provided masks, shields and other personal protective equipment if they choose to wear them.
  • Visitors will be limited to the front office area only. Masks will be available for visitors if they choose to wear them.
  • If students choose to wear a mask, it must be provided by the parents, and cleaned daily.
  • We will teach students school routines at the beginning of the school year, include routines for wearing cloth face coverings, washing hands, using hand sanitizer and physical distancing.

FOOD SERVICE: Breakfast and Lunch

  • We will NOT have a salad bar and will only allow food service personnel to serve food on student trays.
  • Elementary students will be released for lunch one class at a time, pick up their lunches and go back to their classrooms to eat.
  • Jr. – Sr. High Lunch Procedure: HS students will be release at 12:10 for lunch with junior high students released at 12:15. 7th grade, 8th grade and HS students will eat at separate tables.
  • All students will be encouraged to keep social distancing while waiting in lines.
  • There will be extensive cleaning of cafeterias and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day.

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS:

  • All athletes will have temperatures checked at school.
  • All surfaces and playing equipment will be wiped down repeatedly.
  • All athletes will have their own water bottles.
  • All IHSAA guidelines will be followed.
  • All CHS athletes will dress down at home and will not use visiting locker rooms during away games.

 

 

 

COUNCIL SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Students or Staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at home will be excluded from school if they have:

 

Any one (1) of the following: 

  • Fever – or- 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or - 
  • Loss of taste or smell -or –
  • New or worsening cough 

 

AND/OR

 

 Any two (2) of the following: 

  • Sore throat 
  •  Muscle or body aches 
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache 
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea or vomiting 

 

Note: Any child with any one of these symptoms should consider not attending school regardless of meeting exclusion criteria. If these symptoms are explainable by an underlying condition (such as shortness of breath or cough for an individual with asthma) exclusion may not be necessary. 



 COUNCIL SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINGENCY “WHAT IF” PLANS:

WHAT IF MY CHILD OR HIS TEACHER DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL?

If a student or teacher develops symptoms while at school, the school will have a room identified to isolate students or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 identified during the school day. 

 

  • Students and staff will be moved safely, respectfully, as well as in accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations, to the isolation room for evaluation. The individual should be provided a mask if they are able to use one, and students should be supervised by a staff member who maintains at least six feet of distance and uses appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) if available. 
  • Parents/Guardians will be notified immediately to come pick up their student at school. 

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19? WHAT SHOULD WE DO BEFORE RETURNING MY CHILD TO SCHOOL?

 

  • ALWAYS, first call the Adams County Health Center (208) 253-4242. They are the experts and can help you with all the proper steps to take.
  • They will diagnose the student over the phone, and if necessary, at the clinic. If they determine it is NOT Covid-19, they can write you a note to return to school.
  • If they determine there are enough symptoms to warrant a test, the student will be tested. If the test is negative, they will provide you with a note and the student can return to school.

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD OR TEACHER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

 

  • If a student or teacher tests positive they will need to isolate for 10 DAYS; and, have no symptoms; and, no fever for 72 hours without taking medicine to reduce fever.
  • Once these criteria has been met, the student can return to school with a note from their doctor or ACHC.

 

 

 

WHAT PROTOCOL WILL THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOLLOW IF MY CHILD  IS IN THE SAME CLASSROOM WHERE A STUDENT OR TEACHER TESTED POSITIVE?

 

  • All classrooms and school wide procedures are set up to avoid “close contact*.”

     

     *What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person, (hugging/kissing).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, and got respiratory droplets on you.

WHAT SCHOOL PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE TO LIMIT CLOSE CONTACT?

 

  • All student desks have been spread apart as far as possible.
  • Assigned seating for every grade level.
  • No direct student to student tutoring.
  • Limit student working in close partnerships.
  • Keep each class together and separated from other classes at the Elementary School.
  • Each student assigned their own Chromebook.
  • Lunch times are staggered to avoid large crowds at lunch.
  • No large assemblies will be allowed.

 

WHAT WILL BE THE QUARANTINE PROCESS IF IT WAS DETERMINED THAT MY CHILD OR TEACHER DID HAVE CLOSE CONTACT?

 

  • Student or staff member will be required to quarantine for 10-14 days.
  • Staff at ACHC will determine the length of the quarantine.
  • After the conclusion of the recommended time, the student can return to school with a note from their doctor or ACHC.
  • While in quarantine the student will be expected to continue to complete all schoolwork from home.

 

Council School District

Guidelines for 2020 Athletic Events

 

Council School District (CSD 13) has put in place protective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, CSD 13 cannot guarantee that you or your family will not become infected with COVID-19. Attending athletic activities at CSD 13 could increase the risk to you and your family of contracting COVID-19 and all visitors assume that risk.

 

          Protective Guidelines:

  1. Any person, including athletes, coaches, fans or support staff, who is feeling ill should not attend activities at Council High School.
  2. Council staff will do a simple health screening of all players and coaches, including temperature checks, before arriving at opponents’ facilities.We encourage our visitors to also screen their players and coaches before arriving at our facilities.
  3. We encourage all visiting teams to arrive dressed in game uniforms, but locker rooms will be available for each team.
  4. Student athletes will provide their own hydration source and will not share. We will not provide water bottles, water tanks, and/or jugs.
  5. Hand sanitizer will be provided at various convenient locations for teams and fans.
  6. Children must be under adult supervision at all times and will not be permitted to play in the lobby area, on the gymnasium floor, or elsewhere before, during or after games.
  7. Masks are recommended but not required by Council School District.
  8. We encourage all fans and spectators to maintain and follow all social distancing guidelines.
  9. We encourage fans to bring exact change for admission. Adults & students without activity cards-$6.00, HS students with activity card & Elem students- $4.00, senior citizens (over 55)-$1.00, children under 5 and students with ASB card-free.
  10. We will have limited concessions for athletic events.

 

Council School District will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and modify all plans and guidelines based on the recommendations of Adams County Health Center (ACHC) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will also follow all IHSAA and NFHS guidelines. All of the above guidelines are subject to change for each athletic contest depending the location of each school district and whether they are located in a green, yellow or a red zone, according to the latest Covid-19 information.