ISD COVID Safety Handbook for Elementary Students

Welcome

Dear Elementary School Families,

This COVID Safety Handbook for families has been created to let you know what COVID mitigation procedures will be in place and what the learning environment will be like at school when students return on August 31, 2021. Our district website contains additional resources. These are valuable resources that we hope you take time to look through. They contain specific and detailed information about district-wide expectations, procedures, and protocols regarding COVID safety.

You can access resources described by clicking here

Thank you in advance for taking time to review this Elementary COVID Handbook. You will see that we have put forth great effort to ensure student and staff safety and to comply with Washington State and King County Department of Health guidelines and recommendations. We will continue to monitor updates and recommendations from the State and County Health Departments to stay current on our health and safety procedures and protocols.

Sincerely,

Susan Mundell      Reynvaan.Melinda

Susan Mundell and Melinda Reynvaan
Executive Directors of Elementary Education

Table of Contents

  1. Classroom Environment
  2. Arrival Procedures and Building Entry
  3. Daily Schedule
  4. Recess/Snack
  5. Restrooms
  6. Hallway Spacing
  7. Water Fountain Use
  8. Visitors/Volunteers
  9. COVID Supervisor/Back-up Supervisor
  10. Isolation Room
  11. Mask Refusal
  12. Dismissal

Classroom Environment

Upon return to all in-person learning, students will find that some procedures and physical set up of the classroom may look different than before the pandemic in order to keep everyone healthy. What students and families will find to be the same as they have experienced in the past is a warm welcoming teacher who is eager to greet students each day, develop relationships, promote community building and social emotional learning and provide quality instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math with science and social studies integrated into core content areas.

To keep everyone healthy, below are some of the COVID mitigation procedures students can expect to see, and be asked to follow, in their classroom:

  • Students and the teachers will wear masks at all times in the classroom.
  • The arrangement of student desks may look different than they may have experienced in the past. Desks will be arranged to allow for physical distancing of about three feet between students as is reasonable and feasible and that allows for all students to attend school.
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing will occur.
  • High touch points within the building will receive daily cleaning.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle.  Drinking fountains in the halls will be closed.

Attestation

Daily health attestations and temperature checks for each student will no longer be required. However, parents must monitor students at home for any illness or COVID like symptoms and are asked to keep students at home if they are ill. The best way to ensure that the school environment is free of COVID is to keep students home if they are ill.

Arrival and Building Entry

Each school will have specific arrival procedures designed to assure students start the day in a positive manner. Some schools will have specific line up procedures and designated doors for entry close to the classrooms. If students line up markings will indicate spacing and when walking in the halls arrows and spacing markings will indicate hall flow in order to manage distancing between students.

Restrooms

Restrooms will be closely monitored and sanitized throughout the day. Each school will have a restroom procedure that take into account the limited capacity and waiting in socially distanced designated spots.

Hallway Spacing

When walking through the building, students will follow their walking path marked on the floor and will maintain social distancing.

Water Fountain Use

Hallway water fountains will not be in use. We encourage students to bring their own filled water bottles. If necessary, students may fill their bottles or use a paper cup to get a drink from the classroom sink.

Lunch

ISD will follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health issued on July 28, 2021.  Staff will maximize the distance between students to the degree possible during lunchtime. This may include setting up additional eating spaces on the stage or outside, assigning distanced individual eating spots and walking paths. Students will wear masks at all times in the cafeteria except when eating at their designated location.

Students will wash hands in class prior to walking to lunch. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the cafeteria as well. Recess will occur after lunch to best accommodate hand washing.

Distribution of food will take into account social distancing and be designed to minimize lines. Tables will be cleaned between meal times following all guidance about proper disinfectants and drying time.

Daily Sample Schedule

* Students will have one recess/snack break per day either in the morning or the afternoon depending on their lunch schedule.
† Lunch/recess times will vary and could occur as early as 10:45am and as late as 1:00pm depending on the building schedule.
‡ Specialists times will be determined by individual building master schedules.

Visitors/Volunteers

While we value our volunteers in so many areas of the work we do in the Issaquah School District, we also have to be mindful of our continued efforts to ensure virus mitigation efforts so that our students stay healthy and are able to attend school and learn in their classrooms as much as possible this school year.

To that end, we plan to phase in our volunteers starting with those that support specific academic and social programming first.  These plans are subject to change as we adhere to guidance from the Department of Health for the state of WA and for King County, the Governor’s office and OSPI, for example. Information will be shared when we are able to welcome volunteers and when the phase in begins.

COVID Supervisor/Back-up Supervisor

Each building in the district has a COVID Supervisor. This person's role is to oversee all COVID protocols and to work with district administration on COVID mitigation during school. The COVID Supervisor is either the school principal or the assistant principal. The backup COVID Supervisor may be another administrator or other support personnel.

Isolation Room

An isolation room will be used if a student starts experiencing COVID or COVID like symptoms during the school day. The student will be monitored until a parent arrives to pick the student up. Any areas of contact in the isolation room will be immediately deep cleaned and disinfected.

Proper PPE will be worn by all at all times in the isolation room. The student will be evaluated for exposure, diagnosis, and symptoms. The COVID Supervisor(s) will work with the families around next steps and what needs to occur for a student to return to school.

Mask Refusal

All students and staff are required to wear a mask. However, if a student refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to leave the classroom to discuss the problem with a staff member.

Staff may contact parents to help resolve the issue, if needed. If there is an issue with a student’s mask, a disposable mask can be provided to them. If a student has a documented medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask, please notify the office immediately.

Dismissal

Students will leave the building out of their designated exit and will walk with their class to their designated pick-up area and will follow social distancing markers in waiting areas.

We look forward to a fun productive school year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.