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COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines - Arkansas

Academic Year 2020-2021

Contents

Contents

Health and Safety Priority

Parental Selection of On-Campus or Remote Learning Instruction

Student, Staff, and Visitor Safety Protocols

Screening and Isolation

Screening Before Access to Campus

Isolation Protocols for Students and Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

Face Coverings

Hand Sanitizing

Disinfectants and Campus Cleaning

Classroom Mitigation Practices

Daily Campus Cleaning

Additional Cleaning Measures for Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 On Campus

Learning Environments

Classroom Configurations and Procedures

Common Areas

Water Fountains

Restrooms

Traffic Flow, Transitions, and Campus Logistics

Arrival and Dismissal

Food Service

Recess, PE, and Special Activities

On and Off-Campus Student Activities and Campus Events

Protocols for Campus Visitors

Health and Safety Priority

At ResponsiveEd, we are ready to meet the needs of students through on-campus and remote learning instruction during the 2020-21 school year. We employ full-time and part-time staff to ensure health and safety protocols are in place for our students, staff, and visitors. As we enter the 2020-21 school year, a number of enhanced health and safety protocols will be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ResponsiveEd continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and we receive regular updates, guidance, and/or directives from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson; and other local, state, and federal agencies regarding response, prevention, and mitigation efforts. This guidance has evolved and will continue to evolve based on COVID-19 conditions across the state and within the communities we serve.

As COVID-19 data changes, federal, state, and local guidance and/or directives may change in response to the data. ResponsiveEd will stay informed of these changes and will adjust policies and procedures to reflect the current guidance and/or directives. ResponsiveEd has developed these operational guidelines in consultation with the following organizations:

This document is subject to change as guidance and/or directives are provided by government officials and/or as COVID-19 conditions change.

ResponsiveEd has worked collaboratively to establish guidelines that provide a safe learning environment for students and staff as we enter the 2020-21 school year. The ResponsiveEd COVID-19 Response Team was formed to develop a comprehensive response plan for daily campus operations that utilize strategies to mitigate respiratory illnesses such as  COVID-19 and promote a healthy and safe environment for all ResponsiveEd students, staff, and visitors.

Parental Selection of On-Campus or Remote Learning Instruction

ResponsiveEd campuses will offer both2 on-campus and remote instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Remote and on-campus learning experiences will vary by campus and campus leadership will communicate expectations for both options.

An opportunity to select or change each student's instructional environment will be available prior to each grading period. We will utilize a new parent communication portal called ParentSquare for parents to submit their choice later this week. Families should have received a text or email with an invitation to log into the portal on Friday, July 24. The next opportunity to change each student’s instructional environment will come at the end of each grading period. Remote learning will be required for students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are laboratory-confirmed to have COVID-19, or found to be in “close contact” with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. The CDC defines close contact as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes of accumulated time during a 24 hour period, from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” Close contact occurs regardless of whether the individuals wear face coverings.

Elementary and middle school families have the opportunity to participate in on-campus instruction five (5) days a week. As such, it is unlikely that we will be able to implement an A/B schedule for on-campus instruction (i.e., a schedule that permits two different groups of students to alternatively participate in on-campus instruction 2-3 days each week). After parents select their choice for their student’s instructional environment, we will communicate if an A/B schedule can be offered.

Student, Staff, and Visitor Safety Protocols

Screening and Isolation

All students, staff, and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms regularly. Individuals who exhibit symptoms will be isolated from others and sent home.

Screening Before Access to Campus

Isolation Protocols for Students and Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms

Face Coverings

Protective measures, including the use of face coverings, will be determined by the COVID-19 activity level in the county where the campus is located. We will rely on data from the Arkansas Department of Health (DHS), local county health care services and Center for Disease Control (CDC) to determine the COVID-19 activity level and the appropriate protective measures. The COVID-19 activity level categories below are based on the recommendations of local and state health officials. Each week, the COVID-19 activity level for the upcoming week will be posted and communicated with students, staff, and parents.

See the CDC  guidelines for approved face coverings.  

COVID-19 Activity Levels per campus

PLEASE NOTE: Requests for special accommodations due to certain conditions and/or disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to campus administration.

                     

COVID-19 Activity Levels

Protective Measures

Substantial

Face Coverings

COVID-19 Activity Level is “Substantial” if at least two (2) of the following are true in the county where the campus is located during the most recent one-week period:

  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is greater than 1125.
  • The percent of tests that return a positive result is greater than 9.9%.
  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is INCREASING by 26 or more cases week over week.

OR

Governor Order or County Health Order mandate the use of face coverings.

Students in Grades PK-12 will wear face coverings when it is not feasible to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from other individuals, including in classrooms.

PK-2 Exception: Students in Grades PK-2 may either wear a clear plastic face shield or stay positioned behind a clear plastic divider when doing exercises that require that their face be visible (e.g., reading aloud, phonics practice, etc.).

Staff will wear face coverings when it is not feasible to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from students or when they are serving students who are unable to manage secretions (e.g., special needs, PK-2, etc.). Staff may wear clear plastic face shields or stay positioned behind a clear plastic divider in lieu of face coverings when teaching students at a distance of greater than six (6) feet.

PK-2 Exception: Staff teaching students in Grades PK-2 within six (6) feet may either wear a clear plastic face shield or stay positioned behind a clear plastic divider when doing exercises that require that their face be visible (e.g., reading aloud, phonics practice, etc.).

Visitors will wear face coverings.

Moderate

Face Coverings

COVID-19 Activity Level is “Moderate” if at least one (1) of the following is true in the county where the campus is located during the most recent one-week period:

  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is 26-125.
  • The percent of tests that return a positive result is 6%-9.9%.
  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is INCREASING by 16 or more cases week over week.

OR

Governor Order or County Health Order mandate the use of face coverings.

Students in Grades PK-2 will wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas, and during arrival and dismissal.

Students in Grades 3-12 will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult, including in classrooms.

Staff will wear face coverings when it is not feasible to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from students or when they are serving students who are unable to manage secretions (e.g., special needs, PK-2, etc.). Staff may wear clear plastic face shields or stay positioned behind a clear plastic divider in lieu of face coverings when teaching students at a distance of greater than six (6) feet.

PK-2 Exception: Staff teaching students in Grades PK-2 within six (6) feet may either wear a clear plastic face shield or stay positioned behind a clear plastic divider when doing exercises that require that their face be visible (e.g., reading aloud, phonics practice, etc.).

Visitors will wear face coverings.

Minimal

Face Coverings

COVID-19 Activity Level is “Minimal” if all of the following are true for two (2) consecutive weeks in the county where the campus is located during the most recent one-week period:

  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is 0-25.
  • The percent of tests that return a positive result is 0%-5.9%.
  • The number of new cases per 100,000 people is INCREASING by 0-15 cases week over week.

Students in Grades PK-12 will wear face coverings as feasible in hallways, common areas, and during arrival and dismissal.

Staff and visitors will wear face coverings as feasible, especially when social distancing is difficult.

CDC Guidance

Schools, Administrators, Infection Control

Hand Sanitizing

Frequent hand sanitization will help ensure the health and wellness of students, staff, and visitors. To this end, students, staff, and visitors will be asked to adhere to the following guidance:

Students will be reminded of hand sanitization practices by staff and campus signage throughout the instructional day.

Disinfectants and Campus Cleaning

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will promote healthy learning and working environments for students and staff.

Classroom Mitigation Practices

Daily Campus Cleaning

Additional Cleaning Measures for Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 on Campus

Learning Environments

Classroom Configurations and Procedures

Common Areas

Water Fountains

Restrooms

Traffic Flow, Transitions, and Campus Logistics

Arrival and Dismissal

Food Service

Recess, PE, and Special Activities

On and Off-Campus Student Activities and Campus Events

During COVID-19 “Substantial” or “Moderate” activity level:

Protocols for Campus Visitors

1 ResponsiveEd would like to extend a special thanks to Frisco ISD for the format and certain procedural content used in this document.

2 Unless government officials require or recommend school closure for on-campus instruction.

LAST UPDATED ON 04/23/2021