Del Norte County Unified School District – Sunset High School
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
Sunset High School
2500 Elk Valley Cross Road, Crescent City, CA 95531
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: Tony Fabricius
I, Tony Fabricius, 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.
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 will be disseminated to sites before school begins. All adults on campus will wear face coverings unless eating/drinking or in a room alone unless they have a medical reason not to do so, with accompanied waiver. If fabric face coverings are not possible, plastic face shields with a fabric drape below the plastic will be utilized. Staff and students will wash hands frequently (for a minimum of 20 seconds) with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is also provided, although hand washing is preferred. Trainings on handwashing/sanitizing spray/sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer will take place for staff during professional development time. Protocols for face coverings (masks and face shields) will be reviewed with staff during professional development time the week of August 23, 2021.
3. Training is provided to all staff and students reinforcing the importance of health and safety practices and protocols.
All staff will be trained during professional development time during the week of August
23rd, 2021. Students will be trained on protocols by staff on their first day in the classroom with at least monthly reviews of protocols. Principal and office staff will communicate safety protocols and expectations to students and families prior to students being allowed on campus via: newsletter, email, robo-calls, and postings on website and social media.
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:
Tony Fabricius, Principal, will be the initial single point of contact. However, Cori Allen, School Secretary, will be the next person in-line, in case the principal is unavailable.
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.
6. Health screening for each staff member is conducted daily prior to duty day/contact with colleagues and students. This includes symptoms and, history of exposure and temperature screening. In the classroom, teachers are vigilant for signs of illness in students and follow school protocols when a child becomes or appears ill. Describe process below:
Staff will participate in “passive screening”, meaning they will complete a health wellness check of themselves and submitting the digital form. This check includes temperature and assessing general health and wellness to participate at work that day.
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.
Parents of affected classrooms for scenarios b, c, or d, will be notified in writing by use of district communication templates.
10. Maximize distancing between desks/seating 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 cohorts (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 cohort teacher, and systems are in place to prevent the mixing of classroom cohorts. Prioritize stability of classroom cohorts over strict physical distancing.
12. Where practicable, desks are arranged facing forward to minimize face to face proximity between students.
Since Sunset High School is a multi-subject, secondary school, with students assigned to a 5 period class schedule rotation, students will be mixing throughout the day in sometimes more congested, populated classes than others depending on scheduling. Regardless, all students and staff will be required to adhere to all of the safety protocols and precautions for each class.
13. Where practicable, desks/tables are arranged facing forward to minimize face to face proximity between students. If tables are round, and if possible/practicable, limit students to opposite sides of the circular table to extend the distance between students.
14. School staff are permitted to visit and instruct more than one classroom or group, maximizing physical distancing, and face covering protocols. However, itinerant staff, coming from off-campus must document/record visits to the school site. Describe below:
Staff will maximize social distance (when possible & practicable), wear proper PPE (as applicable). Since certificated staff are mostly stationary in their classrooms at Sunset, and classified staff move from room to room, the logs will only apply to itinerant staff coming from off campus.
15. Routes for entry and exit to the campus and into the building will use as many entrances/exits as feasible. Describe below:
Students and staff will enter through a single entrance, the front (south) doors to the school where there is a touch-less hand sanitizer station. However, there are 2 other doorways that will be in use during the course of the school day. The door leading out to the black top/weightroom will be for student and staff flow to Room 9 or to access areas in the back area (school farm, basketball court, weightroom, Redwood Trail, black top, field, etc). Touch-less hand sanitizer station will be at that doorway. Next, the doorway leading out of the back staff work room to the portable buildings will be for students and staff accessing the tutoring/study room (P1), as well as Early Head Start staff accessing their room (P2), and them accessing the adult bathrooms and staff work area. It will also have a touch-less hand sanitizing station.
16. Schedules for arrivals, recess and lunch will be coordinated to prevent congestion & avoid smaller distancing.
Due to our school’s small size and student population, we will not need to stagger arrivals.
When dismissing into Break, Lunch, and End-of-Day Dismissal, we will stagger releases of classes approximately every 30 seconds to limit congestion.
17. Students and staff may congregate in hallways and common areas, without minimum distancing expectations, only when wearing masks or approved face coverings
18. Large gatherings (i.e., school assemblies) are allowed, only with mask protocols observed.
19. The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated for use for assemblies as well. Describe below:
As feasible, teachers are allowed to use outdoor space as the classroom, including schoolwide assemblies/events since (as of 8/13/21) masks are not required outside. Additionally, this will be encouraged to provide respite from mask compliance.
20. Use of shared recreation/weightroom equipment will be limited to small groups, with other physical activities that require close contact to observe mask requirements. All shared equipment and surfaces will be cleaned daily.
21. Use of non-classroom space for instruction such as our MPR should be considered to support physical distancing with cleaning between uses. We will also utilize these spaces to relieve classes with larger numbers, to allow greater distancing.
22. Meals will be served in the MPR with individually plated or bagged meals as much as practicable. No salad bar.
23. 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 handwashing schedule for themselves and students. For example, students and staff will wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom. Students will wash their hands before and after breakfast and lunch.
24. Face coverings must be used in accordance with CDPH guidelines (link to document).
25. 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 supplies, manipulatives, toys, sports equipment, and other learning and recreational materials will be allowed, with hand sanitizing expected afterwards.
27. Sharing of electronic devices, clothing, books and other games or learning aides will be limited as much as practicable.
28. Use of privacy boards or clear screens will be considered as much as practicable.
29. Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited and essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines.
30. 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, when possible.
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.
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 hand sanitizing devices have been installed at each building entrance.
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 daily
disinfection of frequently touched
surfaces, door handles, light switches,
sink handles, tables, student desks,
chairs, counter tops, etc. Also, custodians will ensure hand sanitizer is refilled, and placed in the same location at the end of each day. Teachers/staff are responsible to clean their personal areas (desk, phone, etc).
Custodians will provide daily disinfection of
frequently touched surfaces, door handles, light
switches, sink handles, tables, student desks,
chairs, counter tops, etc.
Custodians are responsible for frequent
disinfection of restrooms daily, while they are on-site.
Staff is responsible for disinfecting their phone
Handrails / door handles / shelving:
Custodians are responsible for
disinfecting handrails, door handles,
shelving in common areas daily.
Custodians are responsible for disinfecting
handwashing facilities frequently during the day, when on-site.
Copy Machines / Scanners / Faxes:
Staff is responsible for disinfecting
copiers, scanners and faxes prior and
after use. Custodian will ensure a disinfecting spray and cloth towels are in those areas each day.
Custodians are responsible for disinfecting
common areas frequently throughout the day when on site.
Outdoor Common Areas:
Custodians are responsible for disinfecting
outdoor common areas when on site.
Indoor Common Areas:
Other: Personal Areas
Custodians are responsible for
disinfecting indoor common areas
frequently during the day, when on-site. Staff is responsible for disinfecting areas 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.
Where practicable, physical distancing is encouraged to the greatest extent possible within a classroom or instructional area.
Meals (breakfast & lunch) will be served in the MPR with individually plated or bagged meals as much as practicable.
The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated.
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, Del Norte 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:
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 for staff, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC 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.