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COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS (for on-campus learning)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS & STUDENTS

 
To mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 to the best of our ability, the following are the procedures that are planned to be implemented during your child’s school day. Please understand these actions serve to mitigate, not eliminate, risks related to COVID-19. Also, the following procedures are subject to change at any time due to local or state regulations.
 
ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS AND ANYONE OVER 10 YEARS OLD ARE TO WEAR A MASK WHILE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
 
 
 
 
SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY REGARDING MITIGATION VS. CLOSURE
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. As a last option, school closures and/or moves to off-campus learning will be driven by local or state regulations regarding COVID-19 “outbreaks” in school areas, the entire school or in the local community.
 
ILLNESS GUIDANCE
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
  1. 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:
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms
BEFORE SCHOOL HOURS
Masks are to be worn by middle school students while walking through the hallways.  Middle school students are to be dropped off at the Loading Zone/Curb at the North Main Entrance. Students who arrive at school prior to 8:00am will meet in the gym.  Once in the gym, after the end of the Colorado Mandatory mask mandate, they may not be required to wear a mask due to six feet or more distancing.  To avoid congestion and added risks, middle school parents will not be allowed in any part of the building other than the office for school business.
 
LOCKERS
Middle school lockers will be spaced out as much as possible.
 
IN THE CLASSROOM
To best enable practical distancing, student desks will be placed at a minimum distance of 3 feet from each other when possible.
With such desk distancing, the current plan is that masks may not be required in the classroom for middle school students after the end of the Colorado Mask Mandate. The exception to this is if students are working directly in pairs or small groups, then masks would be needed.
Teachers wil wear masks when with students. After the end of the Colorado Mask Mandate, teachers may not be required to wear a mask when presenting lessons if at least 6 feet from the students. When working more closely, or with a small group or an individual a mask will be worn by the teacher.
 
LUNCH
Students will be spread out with the goal of having 3 ft. on all sides. Students will need to make a habit of washing or sanitizing their hands before going to the lunchroom.
Middle and High School lunch will be staggered for proper spacing in the cafeteria and outside.
 
ELECTIVES
Students will wash/sanitize hands before and after classes. Elective teachers will spray/wipe down areas in between classes.
A minimum 3-foot distance between students will be kept to the best of the teacher’s ability.
P.E will be outside as often as weather permits.
 
PARENT VISITATION
Initially, visitors will be discouraged to the building during the school day, with exception to conducting school business in the office.
Parents need to schedule an appointment if they need to speak to a teacher at the end of the day.
 
VENTILATION
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.
 
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
Teachers and staff will take advantage of doing class and other activities as is practical and effective whenever possible.
 
HIGH RISK STUDENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS
Students, and students who live with a family member, who have a documented medical diagnosis that puts them in the high-risk category for COVID-19 have the option to come to school or arrange for special absentee status. PPCS recommends families have their physician review PPCS mitigation steps to help families determine the best decision. Special absentee arrangements (long-term absent work, not full online learning as in the Spring) for high-risk students, or students with high-risk family members, are to be discussed with the school area principal and teacher. Absences by students who are not in a high-risk situation will be managed as a regular absence and are not subject to special arrangements.