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TFSD Operational COVID Protocol

The TFSD is committed to providing a quality education necessary for students to be successful in life. In an era where we must be cognizant of the health and safety of our community, the District has developed a protocol to help guide the challenging decisions we must make.

Levels of Operation 

Twin Falls School District #411 will operate under one of the following designations as long as Coronavirus is a concern in our community. The designation will be determined by the level of community spread utilizing metrics created by South Central Public Health District (SCPHD). Any change in level will be determined in conjunction with SCPHD and announced with as much preparation time for parents, students, and staff as is possible with safety being the highest priority. 

Green: Traditional Schedule (No Community Spread - SCPHD Minimal Risk)
  • Cleaning/disinfection-plan approved by SCPHD (See Maintenance-Cleaning Disinfection Section)
  • Encourage parents to screen students every morning before attending school and keep symptomatic students home.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Plan for vulnerable students/staff
    • Staff:  FMLA and FFCRA guidelines
    • Students:  Online options– K-8 Virtual schoolhouse (Virtual Schoolhouse K-8), 7-12 Online Option–IDLA–See your counselor
      • IEP teams will develop other individual distance learning options for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through the Virtual Schoolhouse or IDLA options. If you feel your student’s needs cannot be met through one of these options please complete this form
  • Protocols for social distancing 
    • Maintain social distancing as much as possible
      • Discuss social distancing with students and teach and reinforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
      • Limit classroom activities that don’t allow for 6 feet of distance between students as much as possible
      • Limit/avoid mixing of student groups to reduce potential exposure

Examples:

        • Lunch schedule
        • Drop off and pick up
        • Library usage
        • Release times (including passing times)
      • Separate desks/tables in the classroom as much as possible
      • Limit/avoid activities with large gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained 
  • Face coverings recommended for employees and students in cases where social distancing is not possible
  • Staff will limit visitors/volunteers from non-school related persons-require face covering for all visitors in cases where social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Sick or symptomatic staff and students (see Separation and/or Sent/Stay Home Criteria) will not be allowed at school until return to school status (see Return to School) is met.  Each site must have a plan in place to allow for the immediate separation of students/staff who present COVID-19 symptoms at school in a designated “health room” until arrangements are made for the person to be picked up
  • An off-site education delivery plan will be available in the event students remain home for extended periods of time and/or schools are closed
  • Post signs in highly visible locations (school entrances, bathrooms, etc.) that promote everyday protective measures. Signs from the CDC can be found here: CDC Coronavirus Print Resources
  • Ensure policies and practices don’t encourage students/staff to come to school sick
Yellow: Enhanced Traditional (Minimal Community/School Spread - SCPHD Moderate Risk)
  • Cleaning/disinfection-plan approved by SCPHD (see Maintenance- Cleaning/ Disinfection section)
  • Encourage parents to screen students every morning before attending school and keep symptomatic students home.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Plan for vulnerable students/staff
    • Staff:  FMLA and FFCRA guidelines
    • Students:  Online options–Virtual schoolhouse (Virtual Schoolhouse K-8), 7-12 Online Option–IDLA–See your counselor
      • IEP teams will develop other individual distance learning options for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through the Virtual Schoolhouse or IDLA options. If you feel your student’s needs cannot be met through one of these options please complete this form.
  • Protocols for social distancing 
    • Maintain social distancing as much as possible–as close to 6 feet of separation as possible
      • Discuss/monitor social distancing with students and teach and reinforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
      • Restrict classroom activities not considered essential that don’t allow for 6 feet of distance between students as much as possible
      • Restrict mixing of student groups to reduce potential exposure

Examples:

        • Lunch schedule
        • Drop off and pick up
        • Library usage
        • Release times (including passing times)
      • Separate desks/tables in the classroom and face students in the same direction as much as possible
      • Restrict activities not considered essential with large gatherings where social distancing cannot be maintained 
  • Staff and students are required to wear a face covering (mask or shield that covers nose and mouth and is made of a material capable of containing droplets) within the school building. Exceptions will be made for breakfast/lunch while eating and other instances designated by school administration where social distancing can be maintained (not less than six feet for 15 minutes). All staff and students will be provided with washable cloth masks for use. Face shields will be provided upon request and availability. In addition, disposable masks will also be made available. Staff will ensure students have the opportunity for a “covering break” every hour with social distancing maintained. Considerations/exceptions will be made for staff and students who provide documentation from a state licensed medical professional stating the wearing of a face covering is a health risk for that individual. Considerations/exceptions will also be made per IEP/504 team recommendation.
  • Restrict visitors/volunteers to essential individuals-All visitors/volunteers must have prior approval from the school administration or designee and are required to wear a face covering at all times.  
  • Sick or symptomatic staff and students (Separation and/or Sent/Stay Home Criteria) will not be allowed at school until return to school status (see Return to School) is met. Each site must have a plan in place to allow for the immediate separation of students/staff who present COVID-19 symptoms at school in a designated “health room” until arrangements are made for the person to be picked up
  • An off-site education delivery plan will be available in the event students remain home for extended periods of time and/or schools are closed
  • Signs will be posted in highly visible locations (school entrances, bathrooms, etc.) that promote everyday protective measures. Signs from the CDC can be found at: CDC Coronavirus Print Resources
  • Ensure policies and practices don’t encourage students/staff to come to school sick
Orange: Modified Schedule (Moderate Community/School Spread - SCPHD High Risk)
  • Cleaning/disinfection-plan approved by SCPHD (see Maintenance- Cleaning/ Disinfection section)
  • Encourage parents to screen students every morning before attending school and keep symptomatic students home.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  • Plan for vulnerable students/staff
    • Staff:  FMLA and FFCRA guidelines
    • Students: Online options–Virtual schoolhouse (Virtual Schoolhouse K-8), 7-12 Online Option–IDLA–See your counselor
      • IEP teams will develop other individual distance learning options for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through the Virtual Schoolhouse or IDLA options. If you feel your student’s needs cannot be met through one of these options please complete this form
  • School schedule designed to limit contact by reducing the number of students in the building at any one time.
    • Orange Hybrid Schedule

        Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

      Elementary 

      K – 5th

      A-Day and B-Day Students will Attend Alternating Mondays

      8-11:30 and will have distance learning alternating Mondays

      A-Day Students in School  

       

      B-Day Students Distance Learning and  packets

      B-Day Students in School  

       

      A-Day Students Distance Learning and  packets

      A-Day Students in School 

       

      B-Day Students Distance Learning  and  packets

      B-Day Students in School  

       

      A-Day Students Distance Learning and  packets

      Secondary    6-12 All Secondary Students Working Online A-Day Students in School & B-Day Students Working Online B-Day Students in School & A-Day Students Working Online A-Day Students in School & B-Day Students Working Online B-Day Students in School & A-Day Students Working Online
    • Students whose last names begin with A-K will be the A group.
    • Students whose last names begin with L-Z will be the B group.
    • Administrators will work with blended families with different last names to keep family members on a common schedule.
  • Protocols for social distancing
      • Maintain social distancing–6 feet of separation
        • Discuss/monitor social distancing with students and teach and reinforce hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
        • Restrict classroom activities not considered essential that don’t allow for 6 feet of distance between students as much as possible
        • Restrict mixing of student groups to reduce potential exposure
        • Separate desks/tables in the classroom to maintain 6 feet and face all students the same direction
        • No large group activities where social distancing cannot be maintained. 

        Examples:

      • Lunch schedule
      • Drop off and pick up
      • Library usage
      • Release times (including passing times)
  • Staff and students are required to wear a face covering (mask or shield that covers nose and mouth and is made of a material capable of containing droplets) within the school building. Exceptions will be made for breakfast/lunch while eating and other instances designated by school administration where social distancing can be maintained (not less than six feet for 15 minutes). All staff and students will be provided with washable cloth masks for use. Face shields will be provided upon request and availability. In addition, disposable masks will also be made available. Staff will ensure students have the opportunity for a “covering break” every hour with social distancing maintained. Considerations/exceptions will be made for staff and students who provide documentation from a state licensed medical professional stating the wearing of a face covering is  a health risk for that individual. Considerations/exceptions will also be made per IEP/504 team recommendation.
  • No visitors/volunteers allowed unless it is determined to be critically necessary by school administration. All admitted visitors/volunteers must have prior approval from the school administration or designee and are required to wear a face covering at all times.  
  • Sick or symptomatic staff and students (see Separation and/or Sent/Stay Home Criteria) will not be allowed at school until return to school status (see Return to School) is met.  Each site must have a plan in place to allow for the immediate separation of students/staff who present COVID-19 symptoms at school in a designated “health room” until arrangements are made for the person to be picked up
  • An off-site education delivery plan will be available in the event students remain home for extended periods of time and/or schools are closed
  • Signs will be posted in highly visible locations (school entrances, bathrooms, etc.) that promote everyday protective measures. Signs from the CDC can be found at: CDC Coronavirus Print Resources
  • Ensure policies and practices don’t encourage students/staff to come to school sick
Red: Full Distance Schedule (Substantial Community/School Spread - SCPHD Critical Risk)
  • Fully remote learning utilizing distance learning delivery strategies
  • No in-person school related activities (including extracurricular) allowed
  • A decision about staff work schedule (home vs school/office) will be made based on factors such as stay at home orders, etc.

COVID Data (Updated 10.21.20)

Number of Positive Cases (students) so far this year: 70

Number of Positive Cases (students) currently out of school (10.21.20): 8

Number of Positive Cases (staff) so far this year (10.14.20): 33

Number of Positive Cases (staff) currently out of school (10.14.20): 12

Number of schools affected so far this year: 14

Schools where staff and/or students are currently out of school due to being confirmed positive (10.14.20): Canyon Ridge High School, O’Leary Middle School,  Perrine Elementary School, Pillar Falls Elementary School, Robert Stuart Middle School, Rock Creek Elementary School, Sawtooth Elementary School, South Hills Middle School, Twin Falls High School

Confirmed COVID Case Protocols

Regardless of the level, the following outlines how the TFSD will respond to a confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 in a school or schools.

Confirmed Positive: This means a student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms (presumed positive).

Confirmed related case(s) in a school (same group of students)
  1. Utilize communication plan 
  2. Notify parents and staff of minimal, moderate, or high exposure while ensuring HIPAA compliance
  3. Potential closure of individual school or classroom (including all in-person activities) for up to 5 days in coordination with SCPHD and on a case by case basis
  4. Contact trace students/staff using the exposure checklist to identify students and staff with minimal, moderate, and high exposure. Staff and students with close contact (high exposure) will be excluded from face-to-face attendance at school (including all in-person school activities) for 14 calendar days from the last contact (or as determined by and in consultation with the CDC, SCPHD, and/or St. Luke’s) and are highly recommended to quarantine. This includes close contacts who may be in other schools. The CDC defines close contact as a person who has been within 6 feet of the infected person for a prolonged period of time (about 15 minutes) within two days prior to the onset of symptoms and thereafter. Wearing a face covering while within 6 feet does not eliminate consideration as a close contact.
    1. The 6 foot for 15-minute definition for high exposure will be reduced to 3 feet for 15 minutes if the following conditions are met:

      1. The infected student/staff member and those in close contact were wearing face coverings covering the mouth and nose at all times, and
      2. The infected student/staff member was not having symptoms likely to spread the virus (i.e. coughing, sneezing, etc.), and
      3. Contact was in a controlled environment where infected the student/staff was not exerting himself/herself (i.e. sitting/working at their desks)
  5. Deep cleaning of the school 
Two or more unrelated cases in the same period of time
  1. Utilize communication plan 
  2. Notify parents and staff of minimal, moderate, or high exposure while ensuring HIPAA compliance
  3. Potential indefinite closure of school building or classroom (including all in-person activities)-no new cases for up to 15 days in coordination with SCPHD and on a case by case basis
  4. Contact trace students/staff using the exposure checklist to identify students and staff with minimal, moderate, and high exposure. Staff and students with close contact (high exposure) will be excluded from face-to-face attendance at school (including all in-person school activities) for 14 calendar days from the last contact (or as determined by and in consultation with the CDC, SCPHD, and/or St. Luke’s) and highly recommended to quarantine. This includes close contacts who may be in other schools. The CDC defines close contact as a person who has been within 6 feet of the infected person for a prolonged period of time (about 15 minutes) within two days prior to the onset of symptoms and thereafter. Wearing a face covering while within 6 feet does not eliminate consideration as a close contact.
    1. The 6 foot for 15-minute definition for high exposure will be reduced to 3 feet for 15 minutes if the following conditions are met:

      1. The infected student/staff member and those in close contact were wearing face coverings covering the mouth and nose at all times, and
      2. The infected student/staff member was not having symptoms likely to spread the virus (i.e. coughing, sneezing, etc.), and
      3. Contact was in a controlled environment where infected the student/staff was not exerting himself/herself (i.e. sitting/working at their desks)
  5. Deep cleaning of the school
Multiple cases in several schools with significant number of contacts
  1. Utilize communication plan 
  2. Notify parents and staff of minimal, moderate, or high exposure while ensuring HIPAA compliance
  3. Potential indefinite closure of district or school (including all in-person activities)-no new cases for up to 15 days  in coordination with SCPHD and on a case by case basis
  4. Contact trace students/staff using the exposure checklist to identify students and staff with minimal, moderate, and high exposure. Staff and students with close contact (high exposure) will be excluded from face-to-face attendance at school (including all in-person school activities) for 14 calendar days from the last contact (or as determined by and in consultation with the CDC, SCPHD, and/or St. Luke’s) and are highly recommended ​to quarantine. This includes close contacts who may be in other schools. The CDC defines close contact as a person who has been within 6 feet of the infected person for a prolonged period of time (about 15 minutes) within two days prior to the onset of symptoms and thereafter. Wearing a face covering while within 6 feet does not eliminate consideration as a close contact.
    1. The 6 foot for 15-minute definition for high exposure will be reduced to 3 feet for 15 minutes if the following conditions are met:

      1. The infected student/staff member and those in close contact were wearing face coverings covering the mouth and nose at all times, and
      2. The infected student/staff member was not having symptoms likely to spread the virus (i.e. coughing, sneezing, etc.), and
      3. Contact was in a controlled environment where infected the student/staff was not exerting himself/herself (i.e. sitting/working at their desks)
  5. Deep cleaning of facilities
What increases the chance of school closures?
  1. Experiencing a positive case or cluster of cases where physical distancing strategies are not in place, or
  2. Experiencing a positive case or cluster of cases where students and staff do not consistently wear face coverings
  3. Not cleaning and disinfecting appropriately
  4. Not washing and/or sanitizing hands frequently
  5. Not limiting the mixing of students
  6. Holding mass gatherings, especially with attendees outside of your local community
  7. Sick staff and/or students on campus when symptomatic
  8. Rapid rise in positive cases in the local community that meet or exceed hospital capacity to manage
Separation and/or sent/stay home criteria
  • Students who exhibit the listed symptoms will not be allowed in school. Should the symptoms develop at school, the student will be isolated until he or she can be picked up. 
    • Any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Sore Throat
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Vomiting or Diarrhea
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea 
      • Fatigue
      • Headaches
  • Following the Illness Decision Tree – If students have been in close contact with someone who has COVID, been in an area that is designated as Category 3 (SCPHD’s Red/Critical Risk Level), or been tested for COVID, students will not be allowed to return to school until:
    • The student is cleared to return to school by the student’s physician, or
    • It has been 10 calendar days since symptoms first appeared with 24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and 24 hours of symptom improvement.

 

Return to School (Staff and Students)-Confirmed Case of COVID-19
  • Follow guidance from SCPHD.  All surveillance of positive cases or probable cases will be done by the Health Department and they will provide guidance.  Presently, the standards for returning are:
    • If student/staff member tested positive or was presumed positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms, they can return to school after:
      • It has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and
      • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication, and 
      • 24 hours of symptom improvement
    • If a student/staff member tested positive for COVID-19 but did not have symptoms, they can return to school after:
      • 10 days have passed since the test date, and
      • No symptoms within those 10 days
    • If a student/staff member has had close contact (high exposure) with a person that has COVID-19, they:
      • Will be excluded from face-to-face attendance at school (including all in-person school activities) for 14 calendar days from the last contact (or as determined by and in consultation with the CDC, SCPHD, and/or St. Luke’s) and are highly recommended to quarantine.
Maintenance--Cleaning/Disinfection (Approved by SCPHD)
  • Cleaning Throughout the Day
    • Check all soap dispensers to make sure they are supplied with soap.
    • Check paper towel dispensers throughout the day to make sure they are adequately supplied
    • Check all hand sanitizer dispensers in hallways and classrooms to make sure they are supplied with hand sanitizer
    • Wipe down door handles and vending machines as much as possible with disinfectant
    • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day as needed in each building. 
  • Daily Cleaning – Classroom
    • Empty all trash and replace liners as needed
    • Clean whiteboards (Use proper whiteboard cleaner)
    • Disinfect sinks, countertops, and all hard surfaces. (approved disinfectant)
    • Teachers and staff – wipe down hard surfaces, manipulatives, supplies, etc. throughout the day with disinfectant. Limit shared items that may be difficult to clean or disinfect.
  • Daily Cleaning – Restrooms
    • Clean toilets and urinals with toilet bowl cleaner. (nightly)
    • Clean and disinfect sinks, walls behind sinks, and stall doors. (nightly)
    • Sweep and mop with disinfectant. (nightly)
    • Clean all mirrors with window cleaner. (nightly)
  • Daily Cleaning – Hallways
    • Clean and disinfect all entryway doors, door hardware, and door glass, as well as all hard surfaces in that area. (nightly)
    • Clean and disinfect all hallway surfaces with disinfectant. (nightly)
    • Sweep or vacuum hallways. (nightly)
    • Clean, polish, and disinfect drinking fountains. (nightly)
    • Wet mop hallways. (nightly with disinfectant)
  • Daily Cleaning – Weight Room
    • Wipe down all equipment after it is used by an individual with disinfectant. 
    • Clean and disinfect weight room and all equipment each evening
  • Daily Cleaning – Gym and Locker Rooms
    • Gym floors and all hard surfaces will be disinfected at least nightly. Disinfectants will be available to the teacher to wipe down hard surfaces and equipment throughout the day.
    • Locker rooms will be cleaned and sanitized each evening and on weekends after use. Floors will be mopped and sanitized nightly. 
  • Daily Cleaning – Computer labs
    • Keyboard and mouse will be wiped down with sanitizer after each use.

*In the case of a confirmed case, impacted school/classroom/area will be cleaned and sanitized. The impacted school/area will be allowed to sit for 24 hours per CDC recommendations before this process begins.

**All classrooms will be supplied with a dispenser full of hand sanitizer for all to use. 

***Disinfectant bottles will be provided for all classrooms to use to wipe down surfaces as needed throughout the school day.

Health Protocols
  • Per CDC recommendation
    • Educate staff and families about when they/their child(ren) should stay home and when they can return to school.
    • Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Encourage staff and students to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in trash and hands washed immediately.
    • Establish a “health room” in each building.
Food Service
  • Cafeteria:
    • Regular hot menu served in the cafeteria
    • Lunch time staggered to reduce occupants in the cafeteria
    • Offer options to eat outside and in other locations to maintain social distancing
    • Hand sanitizer at start of all serving lines
    • Self-service of items of pre-packaged items only
    • Food Service procedures
      • No student servers
      • Masks and gloves will be worn by all food personnel
      • Clean and sanitize between lines
      • Plexiglass at cashier stations
      • Elementary – Student list will be used for point of service. 
      • Secondary – Students will use number or name at point of service
      • Two lines at middle and HS locations
      • No Bar lines
      • Transport containers and/or sacks will be used for all meals (disposable)
  • Schools will need to do the following
    • Develop staggered schedules in order to meet social distancing guidelines
    • Select outside and alternate locations for students to eat when cafeteria seating is not available
Transportation
  • Bus Company.
    • Prior to students riding the bus
    • After each group of students ride the bus
  • All students will be required to wear a face covering while riding on the bus. Students will be asked to provide a personal face covering, however, a supply of face coverings will be on each bus for those students who do not have one.  Exceptions to wearing face coverings are granted only if an IEP team or health plan is developed stating otherwise.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on each bus.
  • Students will be asked to sit one to a seat when possible. No more than two students to a seat for secondary students and no more than three for elementary students.
  • Students will fill the bus from back to front and unload front to back when possible (when picking up at schools in big groups and for delivery of bus loads to school).
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