Operations for Learning and Work Environments

Transportation

Social distancing is most challenging on a school bus due to the limited space available. However, the district will provide as much space as possible between students, and students from the same household will be grouped together. All students are required to wear a cloth face covering while riding the bus to and from school. 

  • All riders will be assigned seats on the bus.

  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each route.

  • All bus drivers will be trained on appropriate use of cleaning and disinfecting products and procedures and CDC guidelines. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on each bus.

  • Masks will be required on the bus for students and drivers. As such, wearing masks will be enforced like other bus rules, and it will be a discipline infraction if not followed.  

  • For confirmed COVID cases, buses will be taken out of service to be disinfected.  

  • Response protocols are being developed for how to handle sick students at a stop location, and for identifiable illness while students are on the bus. 

  • Students that become sick during the day may not ride the bus home. 

Arrival

  1. Students may not arrive earlier than 7 am at the elementary schools or 8:15 am at secondary schools. Any students dropped off before the building is open will not be allowed inside the building.

  2. Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, and walkers.

  3. All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway cohorts.

  4. Sanitizer stations will be placed at each entrance and students will sanitize hands upon entry. 

  5. Parents will not be allowed to accompany students into the building.  

  6. Students will go straight to the classroom upon arrival and will not wait in a centralized holding area.

  7. There will be bus procedures, based on campus specific needs.

Classroom Configurations and Procedures 

  1. Desks or tables should be placed six feet apart when possible.

  2. Turn desks to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or have students sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.  

  3. Utilize other/larger building spaces to accommodate additional classroom spaces as needed. 

  4. In classrooms where students are regularly within six feet of one another, staff should plan for more frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.   

  5. When possible, eliminate shared supplies.  Shared equipment will be sanitized between use.  

  6. Remove blankets, pillows, and other shared non-essential items from the classroom. 

  7. The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible.  Classroom groups working outside will maintain at least 12 feet of social distance from other classroom groups. 

  8. Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus.  Additionally, supplemental services will be grouped by grade level when possible. 

Restrooms

  1. Students will use hand sanitizer prior to going to the restroom.

  2. Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.

  3. Efforts will be made to limit the availability of toilets, urinals, and sinks to certain times to comply with health agency recommendations and social distancing.

  4. A system to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines. 

  5. After a restroom break, students will be required to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.

  6. Increased disinfecting will occur throughout the school day.

Transitions

  1. Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established. Placing physical guides, such as tape, on floors or sidewalks to create one-way routes. 

  2. In order to create the safest ways for students to walk to and from different locations on a campus, walking pathways throughout the building will be designated “stay to the right.” This includes the entrance and exit doors.  Additionally, students may make transitions outside of the building.

  3. Interior classroom doors will be propped open to reduce the number of high touch areas when possible.

  4. For secondary grade levels that implement departmentalization of subject areas, teachers will move to students for transitions in instruction and students will remain in their homeroom class.  


Meals/Cafeteria

Depending on the number of students in the school, students may have meals in both the cafeteria and classrooms. Signage and staff will reinforce physical distance and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Schools will have students remain with their assigned student groups.

  1. Breakfast on Campus

    1. Students in Pre-K - 8th grade will be served breakfast in the classroom. 

    2. 9th-12th grade breakfast will be packaged as “grab and go” to ensure ease of pickup and transport to the eating location.  

  2. Lunch on Campus

    1. Pre-K lunches will be delivered to classrooms for students to eat in class.

    2. For grades K-12, plans for lunches to be eaten in the cafeteria as well as classrooms will be developed accordingly.  

      1. Six-foot distance around all assigned seats will be provided while maintaining the student’s consistent group for “in person” lunches.

      2. Lunch times will be staggered by class every 10 minutes with sanitation blocks between hallway student groups.

    3. Lunch visitors will be suspended indefinitely.

  3. The district will ensure the safety of children with food allergies.

  4. Disposable food service items will be used (e.g., utensils, dishes).

  5. Meals for Distance Learning Students:
    During the first three weeks of school, in which all students will be distance learners, the district will continue its Grab & Go and meal delivery options. When on-campus learning begins September 14, and we begin using buses to transport students once again, there will be a change in how we provide meals to those continuing distance learning. The school district is exploring how best to do that and will provide additional information prior to September 14. 



Recess

Recess

  1. Students will be required to wear masks during recess.

  2. Campuses will consider limiting the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.  

  3. All students and staff will be required to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.

  4. Brain breaks will be implemented as needed, at the discretion of the campus/teacher.

  5. Brief and occasional outdoor supervised “mask breaks” will be implemented while maintaining social distance protocols.


Collaborative Work and Projects

  1. When possible, technology will be utilized when students are involved in collaborative work. 

  2. Group or pair work can be implemented when maintaining social distancing.

  3. Multiple locations of hand sanitizer, tissues, and trash cans will be available in several locations to limit student and staff movement.

Specialized Classrooms

  1. Emphasize grouping students into assigned groups and limiting the size of groups participating in these communal areas.  

  2. Conduct specials in the classroom or conducted outdoors whenever possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.

  3. Specialized equipment will be sanitized between each use. There will be adequate supplies to minimize the sharing of high touch materials or limit use of supplies of equipment to one group of students at a time. 

  4. Procedures will be implemented in the locker rooms to comply with social distancing.

  5. Career and Technical Education classes, including those at the CTE Center, will follow industry-based safety guidelines as appropriate to the equipment and course content. All CTE courses are eligible to be taught either in person or through Distance Learning.  For students in CTE Work-Based Learning or internship courses, LISD will continue to work with our community partners to determine if opportunities will be available this fall. In the event that students are able to participate in Work-Based Learning opportunities and meet the instructional minutes criteria, they will also continue to be eligible for full weighted funding. 

  6. Special education classrooms and service locations may have additional protective barriers in place to support a safe environment for our students.


Dismissal

  1. Sibling connections will be done outside the building.

  2. Campus will designate staggered dismissal groups. Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders and daycare students will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time.  

  3. Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers and daycares.

  4. There will be bus procedures, based on campus specific needs.

  5. Parents picking up students during the day will call ahead so that students can be sent or accompanied to parent vehicles upon arrival.

Protocols for Campus Visitors

Campuses will utilize virtual meeting options to limit campus visitors when possible.  All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering.  Individuals who proceed beyond the reception area will follow social distancing guidelines and be subject to a health screening, including a temperature check.

Visits to Schools

  1. Assemblies and other activities that bring large groupings of students and/or teachers and staff together will be held virtually or eliminated.

  2. Lunch times/periods are closed to parents, guardians, or visitors indefinitely.

  3. Suspend voluntary/non-essential visitors indefinitely. 

  4. Prohibit deliveries to campus (lunch and non-essential items)

  5. Parent visits:

    1. Are limited to required parent meetings that cannot be held virtually.

    2. Must be held in a designated common meeting area.

    3. Must be scheduled by appointment. 

    4. Require temperature checks and health screenings.

  6. Educational/professional (ex: student teachers, 3rd party support) visits:

    1. As approved by administrator 

    2. Must be scheduled by appointment

    3. Face coverings must be worn at all times

    4. Require temperature checks and health screenings

Common Areas

In order to provide the safest environment possible in our common/collaborative spaces, while promoting disease prevention and mitigation, the following guidelines will be implemented.

 

Meeting Spaces

Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms, and other meeting rooms.

  1. Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. 

  2. Visual reminders will be added and furniture rearranged to help students maintain social distancing. 

  3. Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands upon entering and after visiting common areas.  

  4. Common spaces and supplies in these spaces will be disinfected frequently.

  5. High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly. 

  6. Occupancy will be limited.

  7. All meetings will be done virtually, except for very limited situations requiring in-person interaction.

  8. On-campus meetings will maintain social distancing. Facial coverings will be required.

  9. Limit the sharing of materials/supplies

Administrative Spaces - Reception, Offices, Conference Rooms, Mail Room

  1. Meetings will be conducted virtually, except for very limited situations requiring in-person interaction.  However, if the need arises to meet in person, please follow campus guidelines:

    1. Facial coverings or masks must be worn at all times. 

    2. Please stand behind the shield guard installed at the reception desk.

    3. Hand sanitizer will be provided in front office spaces.

    4. Distances of 6 feet will be provided between all occupied seats and workspaces.

Elevators

  1. Only students and staff with a physical impairment or the need to move large/heavy equipment will be able to use the elevator.

  2. No more than 2 people will ride in the elevator at the same time.

     3. Facial coverings or masks will be worn when on the elevator.

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