WSD Covid-19 Protocols and Procedures

Protocols and procedures will be updated as new guidance is released.
The health and safety of all students, staff, and families are our number one priority.

Adults Entering Building

All staff /parents/guests entering the building will use the sign in sheet including staff that travel from building to building during the day.

Parents will be allowed to walk into the building for drop-off/pick-up. 

Unless there is an emergency that requires immediate attention, all repairs and maintenance must occur before or after school hours.

Before/After School Supervision

Adult staff members will be assigned to areas to supervise students for drop-off/ pick-up. 

Parent drop-off/pick-up will occur in the old elementary bus loop in front of the Tech Building.

Students that ride the bus will be dropped off in the new bus loop next to SME. 

Life Skills will be dropped off and picked up in front of the designated building.

Arrival/Dismissal

Students must enter and exit through their assigned door.

Parents will be allowed to walk their students into the building to drop off or pick up.

Athletics

See website for current Fall schedule

Attendance

Teachers will take attendance daily in Skyward.

Attestation

UPDATED: As of August 2021, WSD schools will continue to require visitors to sign in when entering a building. Staff, students and guests must stay home when sick and are expected to check for symptoms daily at home before coming to campus.

Backpacks at WHS & WJHS

Students will be allowed to have a backpack with them at all times. Students should have the following items:

  • School supplies

  • Charged Chromebook

  • Mask

  • Water bottle

Breakfast After the Bell

K-5 Breakfast will be traditional with a second chance grab and go. As well as in the classrooms, served via carts to each classroom. Each building will have a choice of which model works best for them.

6-12 breakfast will be after the 1st bell, served from a hallway cart, and eaten in the cafeteria.

Bus

Students that ride the bus will be dropped off in the new bus loop next to SME. 

Life Skills will be dropped off and picked up in front of the designated building.

Windows will be down to the first latch and the roof vent will be open. Hand sanitizer will be used when entering the bus. Buses will be disinfected after each use.

Students will have an assigned seat on the bus. The school nurse needs a copy of all seating charts.

CARE’s Rooms

Each building  will have a CARE’s  room or designated isolation space.  Parents will be called to come in and pick up their children and encouraged to get tested.

All PPE will be provided to any staff that is assigned to the care room.
Procedures for CAREs Room

Cleaning Supplies

All supplies used for sanitizing/disinfecting are on the CDC approved list.

  • 70627-60 - Oxivir Wipes

  • 70627-56 - Oxivir Tb

  • 67619-32 - CloroxPro

  • 34810-36 - CleanCide Wipes

COVID-19 Screener

Staff and students must stay home when sick and are expected to check for symptoms daily at home before coming to campus. Staff will advise supervisor, either supervisor or staff member will notify the nursing department of the illness. Students will let their school know they are sick and secretaries will contact the nursing depart of the illness.

Disinfecting Procedures

Hand Sanitizer will be provided by entrance doors.

All touch services in classrooms and student spaces will be disinfected nightly. We will be using a UV Light to clean each area at least once per week. If there is a case in any classroom or space the machine will be used.

Restroom cleaning: All restrooms will be cleaned nightly and high-risk touchpoints (faucet knobs, flush handles, partition locks, ADA railings)

Definition: Cleaning vs disinfecting:

  • Cleaning removes matter/debris from a surface such as food remnants or dust;

  • Disinfecting is done to mitigate microbes on a surface. The priority response action will be to focus on ensuring disinfecting is occurring regularly. There may still be some debris noticeable.

Classroom cleaning: To create a safe and healthy environment for staff and students, we will need to take a more collaborative and team approach to sanitize our classrooms. Teachers and staff will be supplied with CDC approved disinfecting wipes to prepare and disinfect classrooms and work stations during the day. At the end of the day or early morning, depending on the area and building the general cleaning and disinfecting will be done then district wide. During the day we will have custodians cleaning the bathrooms in the buildings to keep them as clean as possible. We have UV machines and will use them for areas where we have a positive case and get each room with the UV machines at least once a week.

Handwashing

Hand washing is imperative in stopping COVID transmission.

Proper Hand Washing

If students/staff are unable to wash their hands due to lack of access to soap and water, hand sanitizer can be substituted. Posters have been provided to outline proper handwashing procedures in both English and Spanish. Things to Consider Hand Washing Procedures

All persons, including staff and students, will adhere to these rules when washing their hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  5. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.

  6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Students and staff should wash their hands:

  • Each time they enter a classroom

  • Before and after eating

  • After a student/staff touches their face, sneezes, or coughs

  • Every 2 hours

  • After using the restroom

Lunch

Staff will eat in their assigned area.

Groups of staff are permitted to eat together and try to physically distance themselves as much as possible while eating.

Encourage eating outdoors when applicable.

All students are served on campus and follow all of the state guidelines.

Masks

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MASK MANDATE DETAILS AND NEW COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Please read the important information below regarding the indoor mask mandate lift and COVID-19 isolation and quarantine updates. 

OSPI has distributed new guidelines for our COVID-19 protocols and procedures. Masking will be optional for all staff and students with a few exceptions. Below you will find a synopsis of the changes in our guidelines:

MASKING: Staff and students will have the choice to wear a mask at school, with the expectation that others’ choices will be respected.

There are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Health Rooms are considered to be healthcare facilities and masks are still required to be worn while in them.

  • If a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they will be required to wear a mask. 

  • Teachers cannot require masking in their classrooms, nor will they be responsible for ensuring the use of masks.

  • Parents may choose to have their children continue to wear masks. Please have a conversation with your child about your choice moving forward. School staff and teachers can not and will not enforce mask wear to those who choose to continue wearing them.

Nurse

All of our processes and procedures that will be followed are in the following links.  These will be updated as we get new information from GCHD. 

Outdoor Classrooms

Weather permitting - space is available outside for staff to utilize for learning. Elementary Greenhouses will be utilized. JH/HS Greenhouses will be used by CTE teachers assigned to those classes.

Recess

All TK-5th grade students will be offered recess during their session at school. Teachers will be responsible for taking students outside and following all health guidelines upon return to the classroom.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated will be able to go mask-less while outside.

Restroom Procedures

Students that have access to a restroom in their classroom need to utilize their classroom restroom.

Students that do not have access can be sent one student at a time to the restroom.

  • Three (3) students will be allowed in the restroom at a time. Wash hands with soap and water after bathroom use. Only one (1) person washing hands at a time. No more than two (2) students can be waiting in line. Always maintain social distancing.

All students will be required to follow handwashing guidelines. There will be signage posted in all restrooms.

Link to Shared Folder with Signage

Social Distancing

Physical distancing requirements should not prevent a school from offering full-time, inperson learning to all students/families in the fall.

Attempt to maintain a physical distance of three feet or more between students in classroom settings to the degree possible and reasonable, that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students. A school’s ability to do so will depend on students’ ages, developmental and physical abilities, and available space.

Select strategies to increase physical distancing that will work for your school and the space available. There may be moments, such as passing by others in the hallway or during play at recess when students are not fully physically distanced from each other. Maximize opportunities to increase physical space between students during all scheduled activities and limit interactions in large group settings. Maximize distance between students to the degree possible for the following circumstances:

• For all students when masks cannot be worn, such as when eating lunch. Reference the

CDC’s Modifying School Spaces during Meal Times for strategies to increase distance during meal times.

• In common areas outside of the classroom.

• During high-risk activities when increased exhalation or aerosolization occurs, such as PE or exercise, singing or playing instruments, and cheering or shouting. These activities should be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated spaces whenever possible. 

For information on staff distancing recommendations, refer to L&I directives 1.70 and 11.80.

When it is not possible to maintain at least three feet of physical distance in classrooms (e.g. there is insufficient space compared to students in need of in-person instruction), it is essential schools layer additional prevention strategies to reduce the risk of disease transmission. This could include requiring further improved ventilation, conducting screening testing of students and staff, etc.

Special Education

All services for Special Education students will be in person.

Water/Drinking Fountains

Because of health risks, all water fountains are closed except the bottle filling stations. The fountain feature of each water fountain will be turned off/or blocked off to prevent the spread of germs.

Parents will be encouraged to fill water bottles before coming to school.