COVID Safety Handbook

Maywood
Middle School

Covid Safety
 Handbook

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021 - 2022

 

Principal Crystal Weik

14490 168th Avenue SE, Renton, WA 98059
(425) 837-6900

 

Issaquah School District, Middle School Education 5150 220th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

(425) 837-7072

 

Dear Maywood Middle School Families,  

 

This COVID Handbook for families has been created using guidance from the Washington State Department of Health to let you know what COVID mitigation procedures are in place and what the learning environment will be like at Maywood Middle School as students return to campus for the 2021-22 school year. Our district website contains additional resources on the 2021-22 school year and Health and Safety Plans. These are valuable resources that we hope you take time to review. They contain specific and detailed information about district-wide expectations, procedures and protocols regarding safety in the hybrid setting. 

You can access the district resources described above at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/covid

Thank you in advance for taking time to review our 2021-22 COVID Safety 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 are dedicated to providing every Maywood student the best possible learning experience while maintaining appropriate safety measures. 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.

We look forward to welcoming all Maywood Chargers back to campus. As always, if you have any questions, please contact our main office for assistance and direction. 

 

Sincerely,  

Crystal Weik, Principal  

John Gardiner, Assistant Principal 

 

Table of Contents

 

  • Overview of Prevention Measures
  • Classroom Environment
  • Attestations
  • Arrival Procedures/Temperature Checks
  • Building Entry
  • Daily Schedule
  • Lunch Procedures
  • Restrooms
  • Passing Time / Hallway Spacing
  • Locker Usage
  • Water Fountain Use
  • Visitors/Volunteers
  • COVID Supervisor/Back-Up Supervisor
  • COVID Care Room (Isolation Space)
  • Mask Refusal
  • Safety Drills 
  • Library Services 
  • Dismissal
  • After School Activities
  • Additional Mitigation Measures to Support Those Too Young to Vaccinate
  • Maywood Teacher Classroom & Hallway Directional Map

Overview of Prevention Measures

 

For the 2021-22 school year, schools must plan to provide full time in-person education for all interested students with the following required mitigation measures: universal face coverings/masks, physical distancing, improving ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, cleaning and disinfecting, staying home when sick and seeking evaluation, testing as indicated, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, responding to cases of COVID-19, and meeting the reporting requirements to public health.

 Universal face coverings/masking means that face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

 According to the WA State DOH, physical distancing should not prevent a school from offering full time, in-person learning to all students/families for the 2021-22 school year. The COVID mitigation strategies regarding physical distancing will be to the extent possible for the capacity of classrooms, hallways, and cafeteria of Maywood Middle School.

Classroom Environment

 Upon return to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, students will find that some procedures and the physical set up of the classroom may look similar to Spring 2021 in order to keep everyone healthy. What students and families will find to be the same 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.

 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 teachers will wear masks at all times while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly recommended for unvaccinated individuals when outdoors in crowded spaces or when in close contact with people from outside their household for a prolonged period of time.
  • The arrangement of student desks will look different than they may have experienced in the past. To assist in setting up classrooms with required physical distancing, our district operations and facilities department used spacing templates in setting up all of our classrooms to ensure the recommended guidance of 3 feet of physical distancing to the extent possible.
  • If there is space in the classroom, the teacher can choose to create a small group space, provided that the small group space still maintains 3 feet between all involved in the small group.  
  • ALL desks and tables will be cleaned by students at the end of each class period. Custodial staffs will be cleaning/disinfecting nightly.
  • Shared materials will be cleaned/disinfected as appropriate and when possible.
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing will occur.
  • High touch points such as doorknobs and railings within the building will receive continuous cleaning throughout the day and night.

***Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle. Drinking fountains in the halls will be closed, but students will be able to fill their water bottles in classrooms and by using the bottle filler located in the cafeteria. Paper cups will be available in classrooms for those who do not have a water bottle.

Attestations/Staying Home When Sick

 Morning attestations for students and staff will not be required as we launch the 2021-22 school year. The Issaquah School District will continue to monitor the frequency/cases of COVID-19 and update processes accordingly based on guidance from WA State & King Co. Departments of Health.

 Staying home when sick is essential to keep COVID-19 and other infections out of school and prevent spread to others. Students and school employees who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and seek medical evaluation. This will greatly reduce the risk of spread in our community and allow for all students and staff to remain safe.

 Symptoms to monitor when considering keeping students home sick:

  • Temperature/fever greater than 100.4 ⁰F or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Testing

 

If your student presents with the above symptoms either at home or during the school day, timely diagnostic testing will be necessary. This also applies to students who were close contacts with a confirmed case regardless of vaccination status. This allows the school and district to limit the possible spread of the virus to others in the Maywood community. If diagnostic testing is required, the building COVID supervisor will provide the appropriate information regarding timelines and testing.


Arrival Procedures/Temperature Checks

 As students arrive, you will notice that temperature checks are not being conducted this year. The reason for this is similar to pre-COVID school years, which is that parents/guardians should be screening their student for symptoms that would require them to stay home when sick.

 Students entering the building in the morning will be directed to their 1st period class. Students will not be allowed to congregate in the commons/cafeteria/hallways/other areas prior to the first bell. This practice is intended to minimize the close contact between students of varying ages and grade levels.

 Late Arrival Students: Students arriving late should enter through the main entrance and present an excusal note for the late arrival. Parents/guardians can also call ahead to the attendance office at (425) 837-6907 to provide a message to excuse the absence/late arrival.

 Early Dismissal Students: Parent/guardian will contact the attendance office at 425-837-6907 to communicate they have arrived to pick up their child from school early. Parent/guardian will remain in their vehicle and office staff will contact teacher of student to communicate the early dismissal.  Office staff member will sign the student out of school noting the date and time of the early dismissal. Staff member will observe student exit the building and into the possession of the parent/guardian.

Building Entry

 Students riding the bus will enter through the closest entrance. Bus riders who are dropped off in the bus loop will enter the courtyard through the back gates and enter the building through the doors by the main gym. Bus riders who are dropped off by the field will enter through the cafeteria doors. Walkers and parent/guardian drop offs will enter through the main entrance doors. Upon entering Maywood, all students will proceed directly to their 1st period class. Attestations will not be required, and temperatures will not be checked for students or staff. 

Daily Schedule

 What will my middle school student’s schedule look like?

Schedules for middle school students will transition back to our pre-covid scheduling model. All students will attend daily Monday through Friday. There will not be a hybrid or remote option. We will maintain our late start Wednesday model. Bell times can be found on the district website. 

Lunch Procedures

 We will follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health issued on August 11, 2021. We will maximize the distance between students to the degree possible during lunchtime. This will be accomplished by providing outdoor eating areas when possible, distancing lunch tables, and designating travel (walking) paths.

Students will be prompted/reminded to wash their hands or sanitize at multiple times throughout the day, including during transitioning (before/after class, lunch, clubs, athletics, etc.). 

 Lunch service will return to normal operations, from a student’s perspective. They will have options for the normal lunch lines, enter their PIN at the POS terminal and have access to the condiment bars. 

 For additional lunch information, please visit the ISD Lunches FAQ webpage.

Students will have access to lunch provided at school and can enter the kitchen in a one-way, single file line. Signage directing students who need a lunch is visible in the kitchen and floor markers promoting social distancing are also present.

 Students will be required to wear their mask when they are not actively eating or drinking.  Students must keep their mask in close proximity (in their pocket or another sanitary location) so they can put it back on when directed to do so.  Students will be reminded when lunch ends to ensure their mask is on before going to their next class.

Restroom Procedures  

 

  1. Before leaving their classroom for any reason, all students will wash their hands or use sanitizer.  
  2. Masks must be worn at all times.  
  3. Students will bring a restroom lanyard with them.  
  4. Students will follow the one-way direction in the hallway to maintain social distancing.  
  5. Upon arrival at the bathroom, students will check to see if there are lanyards hanging on the hook located just outside each restroom’s entrance. Two students will be allowed in the restroom at the same time. If there is one lanyard hanging, student may enter the restroom.  
  6. If two lanyards are hanging, students will wait outside on a dot, socially distanced from any other students.  
  7. There are only 2 waiting spots, if both are full, students must return to class.  
  8. Upon exit of the bathroom, students are required to wash their hands.  
  9. Re-entering classroom the students will wash their hands or use sanitizer.  

Passing Time / Hallway Spacing


While walking in the hallway, students are to:   

  • Follow the one-directional flow for each hallway  
  • wear a mask at all times   
  • maintain a minimum of 3ft of social distancing when possible 
  • go directly to their destination or go directly back to class  

Locker Usage

 

Lockers will not be in use at this time.  Students should plan to access textbooks and other supplemental resources electronically to minimize the number of items the student will carry to and from each location in the building. Students will be allowed to carry a backpack throughout the day to transport laptops and other items students may need. If a lack of access to lockers creates a hardship for your student, please reach out to the appropriate school counselor: Kristin Beasley (A-K) or Carly Nelson (L-Z).

Water Fountain Use

 

Due to current safety guidelines, 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. There is also a water filling station located in the cafeteria for student use.

Visitors/Volunteers

 At Maywood Middle School, we value our volunteers in so many areas of the work we do in our building, however, we also must be mindful of our continued efforts to ensure virus mitigation, so that our students stay in classrooms as much as possible this school year.

To that end, the Issaquah School District will phase in a return of our volunteers by starting with those that support academic and social-emotional 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. Both parties will work together before each phase to discuss current guidance and any COVID impacts to the community before moving to the next phase of volunteers. This year, proof of COVID vaccination will be required as a part of the volunteer application.

For more information on volunteering, visit the ISD Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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 in-person learning. The COVID Supervisor is either the school principal or the assistant principal.  The backup COVID Supervisor may be another administrator or other support personnel. John Gardiner (gardinerj@issaquah.wednet.edu) will serve as the COVID Supervisor for Maywood.

COVID Care Room (Isolation Space)

 

An isolation room may 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 students and staff 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. 

Safety Drills  

  • Safety drills will be conducted monthly. 
  • Pre-planned safety drills will allow for social distancing.  
  • In an unplanned emergency situation, staff will be prepared to make decisions to support student safety.  
  • When exiting the building in a preplanned safety drill, teachers and staff will guide students to maintain safe social distance.  
  • When lined up outside (evacuation), staff will help students to spread apart and follow all regular evacuation expectations.    
  • In a modified lockdown, students will remain working in the classroom, allowing for all social distancing.  
  • In a full lockdown, staff and students will move to a less visible location, using the guidance of safety of lives over distancing in non-drill situations.   
  • In a Shelter in Place drill, students will remain working in the classroom, allowing for all social distancing. Staff will follow Shelter in Place protocols of closing windows and doors.

Library Services

 School libraries will be open but may have occupancy limits, or adjusted times to access the library to maximize distance between staff and students while using the library.

Dismissal

 Before leaving the classroom for the day, students will wash/sanitize their hands. For after school dismissal, all hallways will turn into one-way hallways that lead toward the front of the building or toward the buses. Students will leave the building by walking toward the front of the building and using whichever exit takes them to their bus, the student pick up area, or toward the direction of home or an off-campus destination. Unless students are participating in an after-school activity, they should immediately leave campus.

After School Activities

We plan to offer our typical athletics, clubs, and activities at all middle schools this fall. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Washington State Department of Health and other agencies to provide COVID mitigation strategies while continuing to offer activities.

Additional Mitigation Measure to Support Those too Young to Vaccinate

 Most classes available to 6th grade students consist of only 6th grade students. These include language arts, social studies, PE, and most elective classes. We do offer some classes that will consist of both 6th and 7th graders. These are typically advanced math and science courses. In classes that have both 6th and 7th grade students attending, we will make every effort to separate 6th and 7th graders within the classroom. We will continue to maintain social distancing for all students as required by the guidance from Public Health of Seattle and King County.

 To start the year, students will not be accessing hallway lockers in order to reduce the likelihood of close contacts during passing time. Additionally, 6th grade students will not be accessing the locker room for PE and will not be changing for PE classes. Students will meet their teacher in the proper location (gym) and participate in 6th grade only PE.

 Upon arrival to school, 6th grade students will be either allowed into their classrooms or if they must wait to access their classroom, they will be provided a designated space to wait prior to being sent to their classrooms.

 Additionally, 6th grade students will either be in a 6th grade only lunch or will be separated from other grades during lunch. They will have a designated 6th grade outdoor eating location.

We will continue to monitor and adjust as the school year progresses.

Maywood Teacher Classroom and Hallway Directional Map

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