COVID Mitigation Actions
Effective September 7th, 2021, updated 9/13/2021
SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY REGARDING COVID MITIGATION
The school philosophy is to first implement practical mitigation policies and protocols at varying degrees to allow for effective and positive in-person/on-campus learning as long and as sustainable as safely possible. The following strategies are established in order to implement this philosophy in the current situation and circumstances.
Every Parent/Guardian is expected to monitor themselves and their student(s) for signs of illness every morning. Adults or students are not to come to school if they are ill.
1. Priority Illness Symptoms -Having just 1 (one) of these symptoms requires staying home:
- If within 24 hours one has experienced:
- Fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher)
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
- New or unexplained persistent cough
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Started antibiotics for an illness
2. Additional COVID-19 related Symptoms- Having a combination of at least 2 (two) of these symptoms requires staying home:
- If within 24 hours one has experienced a combination of:
- Muscle Pain
Runny nose or congestion
Students, 9th – 12th Grade, are to wear face coverings when in the classroom and hallways, regardless of vaccination status.
Doing so greatly avoids quarantine situations if the sick individual and the close contacts are masked.
The school will have basic masks available if students forget, soil or damage their mask.
Students are not required to wear masks at lunch, recess, P.E, or during athletic practices or events but may do so if able to safely.
PPCS Staff Members are to wear a face covering at all times when indoors with students, regardless of vaccination status.
Parents and Guardians are encouraged to wear a mask in the building but are not required to unless in a classroom with students, regardless of vaccination status.
According to local Health Department regulations, face shields do not qualify as an effective face covering. Face covering should cover both the mouth and the nose securely.
Exceptions to wearing a face covering are allowed for individuals with medical conditions that prevent safely wearing a face covering.
- Medical Exemption for Face Covering Requirements:
- Please provide a letter/document noting the medical condition and required need not to wear a mask from a licensed practitioner.
- Exemptions that can be applied
- Face Shield (preferred)
- Limited to no mask wearing
- Conditions for Exemption status
- Requires increased symptom checking at home, and at school as needed
- Temperature and symptoms to be taken and evaluated at home in the morning by parent or employee
- Parent/employee is to complete/submit the Symptom Screening Questionnaire each morning.
- Any COVID related symptoms that may be evident during the school day will be require the student/employee to be sent home
- As determined by Administration, if COVID illness is highly prevalent in the school community, the school may require medically exempt students/employees to use the reasonable accommodation of Off-Campus Learning/working for a short duration of time to reduce the risk of spread and quarantining.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Students are to be dropped off and picked up outside at the designated North Entrances.
IN THE CLASSROOM
When possible and appropriate, distancing will be practiced.
Students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands when entering the classroom or moving to the next class.
Classroom surfaces will be disinfected between classes of different student groups.
Specials teachers will spray/wipe down areas in between classes. P.E will be outside as often as weather permits.
Students will be space apart in grade level cohorts with as much distancing as space allows.
Will occur outside in class level cohorts based on playground size regulations.
Every classroom and most common areas are serviced by a regularly maintained HVAC system that will be managed to regulate airflow and temperature control as recommended by the ASHRAE. The gym is service by an outdoor air ventilation system. Outdoor air ventilation will be used whenever possible in the building. Classroom doors will be propped open whenever possible to allow further airflow.
Teachers and staff will take advantage of doing class and other activities as is practical and effective whenever possible.