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Del Norte County Unified School District – Smith River Elementary School

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Purpose of this Document

The purpose of this document is to provide each school site with clear guidance for reopening in a manner that provides a safer and cleaner environment for students, school staff and any essential visitors. This COVID-19 School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) is based on the template Site-Specific Protection Plan provided by Del Norte County Unified School District and Del Norte County Public Health. They are also informed by the American Academy of Pediatrics “COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry.” It incorporates past and current Del Norte County Public Health Orders and requirements, in addition to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education. It has been modified to meet specific guidance and requirements for schools and school offices and is intended to ensure schools and school/district offices have well developed and thorough plans in place and remain in compliance.

Description of a COVID-19 School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP)

The (SSPP) template below combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Road map and local Del Norte County public health policies. The State of California requires all schools to:


1.         Perform a detailed risk assessment (school site walkthrough) and implement a school site-specific protection plan (SSPP)

2.         Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them

3.          Implement individual control measures and screenings

4.          Implement disinfecting protocols

5.          Implement physical distancing guidelines


Additionally, this SSPP should be incorporated into the Comprehensive School Safety Plan.

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve and new Public Health Orders are issued both at the State and local levels, amendments to individual schools’ SSPPs may be needed in order to incorporate new requirements. The DNUSD website will post and disseminate updated information and tools for you to use in developing any needed amendments. 


Guidance for Developing Your School’s COVID-19 School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP)

1. Perform a risk assessment and school site walkthrough of your campus and office spaces and use the protocols, guidance and best practices detailed in the Public Health Guided Return to Site-Based Classroom Instruction as a guide for conducting your assessment.

2. Use the template below to create your own SSPP by filling in the required details, based on your individual school site/school or district office, to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, along with the accompanying guidance from Del Norte County Public Health.

3.  To assist you in your process, Del Norte County Public Health will provide a nurse liaison to area schools for technical assistance should questions emerge as school plans are developed. You should post the plan on your web site and/or at your school or office at a visible location, near the entrance where students, staff and visitors can easily review it without touching the document. 

4. Signage also needs to be posted at each public entrance of each site to inform all students, staff and visitors that they should:


 Templates for signs can be downloaded for use from CDC


Tools for Developing Your School Site-Specific Protection Plan

1.  COVID-19 School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) Template

The Del Norte County Unified School District is providing this template that can be used by any school in Del Norte County Unified School District to create their own School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP). It contains all of the standard content already written for you to re-open your school or school office and prompts you to “fill in the blank” where unique information is required in order to complete your SSPP. The template has been reviewed and is supported by Humboldt County’s Public Health Officer.


2. School Specific Best Practices

Del Norte County Unified School District is monitoring updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and Del Norte County Public Health to support and promote emerging best practices to share with the school community in Del Norte County. These best practices are based on alignment with local, State and federal guidelines in coordination with the county’s Public Health Officer. There is a section in the Template document that instructs you to cut/paste best practices right into your SSPP.


School or District Site Name

 Smith River Elementary School

Facility Address

564 W. First Street, Smith River, Ca 95567

This COVID-19 School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) was most recently updated on:


The person(s) responsible for implementation of this Plan is:

Name: Nicole Cochran

Title: Principal

I certify that all staff and parents have been provided a copy of this SSPP and that staff have received training as required and described in this SSPP.

Signature: Nicole Cochran

Date: August 12, 2021

Specific Control Measures and Screenings

☐1.  All activities are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable state and local Public Health orders.


☐2.  Health and safety practices and protocols are in place, including hand washing, appropriate face coverings, and access to essential protective equipment.  Describe below:  

 DNUSD has ordered all PPE necessary to protect health and safety.  PPE has been   disseminated to sites. The warehouse has enough supplies on hand to replenish PPE at  sites.

Trainings on hand washing/sanitizing spray/sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer taken  place for staff during professional development time.

Protocols for face coverings (masks and face shields) has been reviewed with staff during professional development time the week of August 26, 2021.


☐3.  Training is provided to all staff and students reinforcing the importance of health and safety practices and protocols.

Describe below:


All staff was trained during the professional development time during the week of August

26, 2021.  Students are trained on protocols by staff on their first day in the classroom, return from winter break and return from spring break, with at least have a monthly review of protocols.

☐4.  A single point of contact will be established and identified at each school site to direct questions or concerns around practices, protocols, or potential exposure. This person will also serve as a liaison to Public Health and participate in the school’s COVID-19 Task Force. The name of this person is:


Nicole Aixa Cochran, Principal

☐5.  Plans are implemented for intensified cleaning and disinfecting, including training for staff and access to cleaning supplies and essential protective equipment, and regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces. Schools are directed to use EPA-approved disinfectants for COVID-19.


 7. Staff and students who are sick are expected to stay home.


☐8.  Schools and districts will cooperate with Public Health to support testing strategies to mitigate transmission of COVID-19.


☐9.  Protocols, actions and template communications are in place for the following COVID-19 related scenarios:

  1. A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, answers yes to a health screening question or has a temp of 100.4 or above.
  2. A family member or someone in close contact with a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19.
  3. A student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
  4. A student or staff member tests negative for COVID-19 after any of the reasons in scenarios a, b or c.

Describe below:


Parents of affected classrooms for scenarios a, b, or c, will be notified in writing by use of district communication templates.


☐10.  Maximize distancing between desks to the extent possible by redesigning classroom space and removing non-essential furnishings. Facial coverings and other measures are intended to support the effectiveness of all levels of distancing.

☐11. For elementary students, stable classroom groups  (up to standard class size at each respective grade level) are maintained throughout each school day, and through each quarter or semester, with an assigned primary group teacher, and systems are in place to prevent the mixing of classroom groups. Prioritize stability of classroom groups over strict physical distancing.


☐12. Where practicable, desks are arranged facing forward to minimize face to face proximity between students.


☐13. School staff are permitted to visit and instruct more than one classroom group, strictly following physical distancing and face covering protocols. 

 Describe below: Staff will maintain social distance, wear proper PPE.

☐14. Routes for entry and exit to the campus will be designated for each classroom group, using as many entrances/exits as feasible.  Describe below:

        Students exiting the buses will enter from the west side of the campus through the  

main entry doors and go directly to their respective classrooms.  Prior to entering their

             classroom they will be monitored for social distancing and using the  hand sanitizing


        Students being dropped off or walking to campus will enter from the east side of the

campus and go directly to their respective classrooms. Prior to entering their

             classroom they will be monitored for social distancing and using the  hand sanitizing


        Kindergarten students will enter from west side of the campus to a designated

entrance for only this grade level. Prior to entering their

             classroom they will be monitored for social distancing and using the  hand sanitizing


Preschool students will enter from the west side of the campus to a designated

entrance only for this grade level.Prior to entering their

             classroom they will be monitored for social distancing and using the  hand sanitizing



☐15. Schedules for arrivals, recess and lunch will be strategically coordinated to prevent mixing of classroom groups.

Describe below:

        Arrival:  Students are required to go directly to their classrooms after arriving on  


        Recess:  Classroom recesses will be in designated areas and monitored.

        Dismissal:  Students will be dismissed at staggered times as listed below:

  1. After School Program 2:20 PM
  2. Bus Riders   2:25 PM
  3. Car Pick Up  - Students are individually called on the radio starting at 2:25 PM  
  4. Walkers - 2:30 PM

           Teachers will walk their students out to the car dismissal area and monitor students as    

they are called for pick up. Walker will wait until there is less traffic to cross at the cross walks.  

           Classified staff will support students in the hallway. Students are staggered to prevent

           comingling of groups.

☐16. Congregate movement through hallways will be minimized as much as practicable.  Describe below:

                Students will not be allowed to congregate outside of classrooms or in the hallways. Students will wear face coverings when moving through the hallways. All adults are required to wear face covering when students are on campus.  


☐18. The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated to ensure students remain in their group.  Describe below:


As feasible, teachers are allowed to use outdoor space as the classroom while not being utilized by students for recess.

19.  Breakfast  will be served in classrooms or outside instead of cafeterias or dining rooms with individually plated or bagged meals as much as practicable. Staff and teachers will develop handwashing schedules for themselves and students. For example, students and staff will wash/sanitize their hands before and after breakfast and snack.


☐20. Use of non-classroom space for instruction such as gymnasiums and multi-use rooms should be considered to support physical distancing with cleaning between uses.


☐22. Routines and schedules will be developed to enable students and staff to regularly wash their hands at staggered intervals. 

Describe below:

Staff and teachers will develop a handwashing schedule for themselves and students.  For example, students and staff will wash/sanitize upon entering the classroom.  Students will wash/sanitize their hands before and after breakfast, snack and lunch.   


 ☐23. Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDPH guidelines (link to document). 

 ☐24. Ongoing training will be provided for staff and students on proper use of face coverings which will include instruction to minimize touching of face coverings.


26.   Sharing of electronic devices, clothing, books and other games or learning aides will be avoided as much as practicable.


☐27.   Use of privacy boards or clear screens will be considered as much as practicable.


☐28.   Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited and essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines.


29.   This School Site-Specific Protection Plan outlining the above measures is completed, posted and shared with all stakeholders and updated as state and local Public Health guidance dictates.  


Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols



Thorough cleaning in high traffic areas is performed regularly. Commonly used surfaces are frequently disinfected.

Sanitizing supplies are provided to promote employees’ personal hygiene. This may include tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, adequate time for hand- washing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and disposable towels.

All shared equipment and touchable surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each use.

Cleaning products are used that meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s- approved for use against COVID-19 list.

All entrances and exits are equipped with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.

School hours and/or other procedures have been modified to provide adequate time for regular, thorough cleaning, product stocking, or other measures.

Hand washing facilities will be made available and will stay operational and stocked at all times and additional soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are supplied when needed. Antimicrobial soaps are not required or recommended.  Sanitizers containing methanol may not be used.

Hands-free devices have been installed, if possible, including motion sensor lights, contactless payment systems, automatic soap and paper towel dispensers, and timecard systems.

Hand sanitizer will be provided where indoor plumbing is not readily available.


Staff is provided adequate time to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts.




Schedule for Cleaning and Disinfecting high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces.

Fill in the fields below with the schedule for how often each area is disinfected.

Mark N/A for all that do not apply to your specific worksite and add any that are missing to “Other”



 Custodians are responsible for disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, door handles, light switches, sink handles, tables, student desks, chairs, etc.

 Custodians will provide disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, door handles, light switches, sink handles, tables, student desks, chairs, etc.



 Custodians are responsible for frequent disinfection of restrooms daily.

 Staff is responsible for disinfecting their phone.

Handrails / door handles / shelving:

Handwashing facilities:

 Custodians are responsible for disinfecting handrails, door handles, shelving in common areas daily.

 Custodians are responsible for disinfecting handwashing facilities frequently during the day.

Copy Machines / Scanners / Faxes:

Common Areas:

 Staff is encouraged to disinfect copiers, scanners and faxes prior and after use.

 Custodians are responsible for disinfecting common areas frequently throughout the day.

Playground Structures:

Outdoor Common Areas:



Indoor Common Areas:

Other: Personal areas

 Custodians are responsible for disinfecting indoor common areas frequently during the day.  Staff is responsible for disinfecting areas before and after use.

 Custodians are responsible for overall cleaning of personal areas.  Staff is responsible for disinfection of personal areas.







Physical Distancing Guidelines

Staff breaks and break rooms are managed to allow employees to eat on premises in designated areas.

Tape or other markings have been placed at least six feet apart on sidewalks or other walkways near public entrances with signs directing students to use the markings to maintain distance.

Staff desks are 6 feet from students. Where practicable, physical distancing of six feet is maintained to the greatest extent possible within a classroom or instructional area.

Meals will be served in classrooms, multipurpose room (with minimal classes) or outside instead of cafeterias or dining rooms with individually plated or bagged meals as much as practicable;

The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated to ensure students remain in their groups;


Notification of COVID-19 Positive Case at School or Office Site

County of Del Norte Public Health is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases.

Employers and employees are aware that they can call Del Norte County Health Department if a suspected exposure has occurred at 707-464-3191.

If a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, Humboldt County Public Health may ask for assistance in the assessment of potential worksite exposures, and will

advise on any recommended testing, quarantine, or isolation instructions.

Protocols, actions and template communications are in place for COVID-19 related scenarios: 

Student Symptom Checklist

Protocols on the onset of Symptoms




Staff have been or will be trained on the following topics:

Information from the California Department of Public Health on COVID-19, how to prevent it from spreading, and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Manufacturer’s directions and Cal/OSHA requirements for safe use of personal hygiene and cleaning products.

Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDPH guidelines.

The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time (see Physical Distancing section above).

The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Proper use of face coverings, including: masks, gaiters, face shields

The importance of seeking medical attention if an employees’ symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC’s webpage.

Face coverings do not protect the wearer and are not personal protective equipment (PPE).

Compliance and Documentation

This school site / office is regularly inspected for compliance with this School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) and any deficiencies are documented and corrected.

All school sites and offices operations will continue to be accessible to students and staff with disabilities, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title III which covers private business entities.

This school site has created a Task Force to support SSPP activities. This group meets regularly.




Resource Documents: