COVID-19 School Protocols (2021-2022)

Welcome to the 2021/22 School Year!

Together with our health leaders we have worked diligently to research, plan and implement protocols for this school year to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees. While this year will definitely look more “normal,” we have created this document that reflects our guidance as of August 10, 2021. Please note that these protocols may change throughout the year based on health conditions, guidance from medical professionals and any governmental mandates. Being flexible as a community will be key to a safe and healthy school year.

Considerations

Equitable Education: Every student should have access to equitable education to meet the District’s mission of ensuring each student reaches his/her highest personal potential.

Public Health and Safety: Guidance must be rooted in sound medical judgment and driven by health metrics so students, employees, and visitors feel safe.

Fiscal Prudence: The plan should support the highest practical level of operation while maintaining equitable education and public health and safety.

Public Confidence: An effective communication strategy is critical to ensuring public confidence.

COVID-19 General Information

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze. The virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth or eyes, causing infection. That’s why personal prevention practices (such as handwashing and staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important practices covered in this health guidance.

Any scenario in which many people gather together poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4º or higher
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Cough
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

Coping and Resilience

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Schools can play an important role in helping students and staff cope and build resilience to support the well-being of the school community.

Schools are required to provide staff, families, and students (if age-appropriate) information on how to access resources for mental health and wellness.

Best practices:

  • Encourage staff, students, and families to talk with people they trust about their concerns about COVID-19 and how they are feeling.
  • Designate a single staff member to be the COVID-19 point of contact for the school in collaboration with district school nurses. Ensure that staff, students and families know how to contact that individual. If students are old enough, consider a student counterpart for this role to be a source of information for students, thereby supporting student ownership and responsibility for creating a safe and healthy campus.
  • Conduct ongoing regular training among all staff on updated health and safety protocols.
  • Partner with other institutions in the community to promote communication and cooperation in responding to COVID-19.

For more information, please visit our Mental Health and Wellness Portal

COVID-19 Information Center

The District fields questions on our COVID-19 hotline. The hours for the hotline are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hotline #: (239) 356-2800

If a student or staff member tests positive, or is exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that a notification form is filled out.

Incident Notification Form

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

Monitoring for Symptoms

Staff and students should self-monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If a student develops symptoms throughout the day, they must notify an adult immediately.

Parents are expected to screen children prior to sending them to school. Children should be kept home if they display any of the following symptoms: body temperature of 100.4ºf or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle and/or body ache, headache, loss in taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, nausea/vomiting.

Schools are required to follow the guidance of the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) to ensure staff and students stay home if:

  • They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms, until they meet the criteria for return.
  • They are waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • They are not vaccinated and have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, until they meet the criteria for return.

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

Symptomatic Cases

Schools are required to:

  • Immediately isolate symptomatic individuals to the designated area at the school, and send them home to isolate.
  • Establish a dedicated space for symptomatic individuals that will not be used for other purposes. This space must be different from the clinic and have clinic cots and/or chairs to hold students until they are picked up from school.
  • Ensure symptomatic students remain under visual supervision of a staff member who is at least six feet away. The supervising adult should wear a cloth/disposable face covering.
  • Require school nurses or delegated school staff that provide direct patient care to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform hand hygiene after removing PPE.

Families are required to:

  • Keep symptomatic students home from school, school sponsored events and school property until:
    • The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test** and is asymptomatic; or
    • Ten (10) days have passed since the onset of the symptoms, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student’s other symptoms are improving; or
    • The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP)

** If a home test is used it must be have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from, or full approval by, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the test should be used in the same manner specified by FDA’s authorization or approval. Results should be sent to a laboratory, done through a mobile application, or monitored by a medical provider.

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

Positive Cases

Schools are required to:

  • Ensure that if a person with COVID-19 was in the school setting while infectious, school administrators contact the District’s COVID-19 Hotline at (239) 356-2800, where staff will coordinate with local health officials.
  • Follow the cleaning protocols for positive cases.
  • Have employees/families fill out the COVID-19 Incident Notification Form

Families are required to:

  • Keep students home from school, school sponsored events and school property until:
    • The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test** and is asymptomatic; or
    • Ten (10) days have passed since the onset of the symptoms, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student’s other symptoms are improving; or
    • The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor (MD), osteopathic physician (DO), or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP)
    • Fill out the COVID-19 Incident Notification Form

** If a home test is used it must be have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from, or full approval by, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the test should be used in the same manner specified by FDA’s authorization or approval. Results should be sent to a laboratory, done through a mobile application, or monitored by a medical provider.

Students who need to be quarantined will have access to Google Classroom and the teacher’s email for assignments and assistance. “Connect with Lee” (a K-12 after-hours tutoring program) will be available starting August 23rd in the evening if students require additional support. Connect with Lee provides students with specific subject and content support. In addition, “Back on Track” will be offered to all high school students (9th – 12th grades) starting August 23rd for credit recovery.

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

Exposure to Positive Cases

If a student is identified as a close contact of a positive case (exposed) and does not have symptoms, parents have two choices:

  • Parents or legal guardians may allow the student to attend school, school sponsored activities, or be on school property without restrictions.
  • Parents or legal guardians may quarantine their child for a period of time not to exceed seven (7) days from the date of last direct contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19.

NOTE: If a student becomes symptomatic following exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student should follow the procedures set forth in the Positive Case section of the guidance.

Families who choose to quarantine their child will have access to Google Classroom and the teacher’s email for assignments and assistance. “Connect with Lee” (a K-12 after-hours tutoring program) will be available starting August 23rd in the evening if students require additional support. Connect with Lee provides students with specific subject and content support. In addition, “Back on Track” will be offered to all high school students (9th – 12th grades) starting August 23rd for credit recovery.

Student Protocols for Controlling COVID-19 (Flowchart)

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccinations

The District, together with Lee Health and the Florida Department of Health – Lee (FLDOH-Lee), have partnered to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccine to students and employees. These opportunities are completely optional. In every case, a parent/guardian must be present for a student to receive a test, and/or the vaccine. The District will communicate these opportunities to families and employees. Information can also be obtained by calling the COVID-19 Information Center at (239) 356-2800.

General Operational Procedures (Updates 08.25.21)

  • Provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behavior (i.e. soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for safe use by staff and older children, paper towels, and tissues).
  • Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.
  • Encourage staff and students to cough and sneeze into their elbow, or to cover with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Supervise the use of hand sanitizer by students and ensure that children with skin reactions to this product only use soap and water.
  • Reinforce handwashing during key times such as:
    • Before eating food
    • After using the restroom
    • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
    • After touching objects with bare hands which have been handled by other individuals
  • Systematically and frequently check and refill hand sanitizers.
  • Establish a schedule for and perform ongoing and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas (i.e., door handles, stair rails, faucet handles, toilet handles, playground equipment, drinking fountains, light switches, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen countertops, cafeterias and service tables, carts, and trays) with an EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
  • Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including securely storing and using products away from children and allowing for adequate ventilation when staff use such products.
  • Display signage with health and safety reminders.
  • Grab and Go breakfast so students go directly to class and do not congregate (8/25)
  • Grab and Go lunch so students can eat in their classroom or other school areas to accommodate more spacing (8/25)
  • One way hallways and stairwells (8/25)
  • Wiping down of secondary classroom desks before class changes (8/25)
  • Large gatherings (pep rallies, assemblies and dances) are permitted in an outdoor setting. (10/1)
  • Increasing the number of busses for field trips and athletic travel to provide more space (8/25)
  • District sponsored field trips only with school staff chaperoning (8/25)
  • Minimize the number of students in the locker room for PE social distancing to the greatest extent possible (8/25)
  • Athletic Teams may not use the locker rooms at halftime (8/25)
  • Meetings involving large groups (band etc…) held outdoors or in large indoor spaces (8/25)

Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene Supplies

The District will provide each school with personal protective equipment, including, but not limited to, this list. The District will ensure each location is adequately stocked at the beginning of the school year. After that, schools can request additional deliveries as needed.

  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gowns

General Day-to-Day Requirements

General Health

  • Social Distancing of three feet or more will be implemented, when possible.
  • Students will be reminded of personal hygiene recommendations through announcements and posters throughout the building.
  • Hand sanitizer stands will be at high traffic areas for student and staff use. Students will be encouraged to bring personal hand sanitizer.
  • Students will be reminded to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Students will bring their own PERSONAL water bottles to school pre-filled with water. Schools will develop a process for refilling the water bottles. Schools will supply cups for those students who do not have a personal water bottle.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided in the classrooms so middle and high school students who wish to wipe down their desks between class periods may do so. Elementary teachers may wipe down desks at their discretion.

Students who need to be quarantined will have access to Google Classroom and the teacher’s email for assignments and assistance. “Connect with Lee” (a K-12 after-hours tutoring program) will be available starting August 23rd in the evening if students require additional support. Connect with Lee provides students with specific subject and content support. In addition, “Back on Track” will be offered to all high school students (9th – 12th grades) starting August 23rd for credit recovery.

Transportation

The following guidelines are recommended for student transportation vehicles (e.g. buses, vans):

  • Social Distancing will be implemented when possible.
  • Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles regularly. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle (e.g. surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
  • Enforce that if an individual becomes sick during the day, they must not use group transportation (bus/van) to return home.
  • Consider keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce the spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.
  • Keep accurate seating charts for each route.

Seating Charts

Accurate seating charts must be kept for:

  • Every classroom setting
  • Lunch
  • Assemblies
  • Transportation
  • Whenever an itinerant enters the classroom
  • Before/After School Care
  • When meeting with an itinerant in their office area(s)

Social distancing will be maximized to the greatest extent possible with desks facing the same direction. Collaborative learning is permitted with students coming together as appropriate.

Recess / PE

  • Classes should go to recess with the same cohort of students.
  • Students should use hand sanitizer before, and after playing on the playground.
  • Recess equipment and playground equipment is sanitized every day.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided in the locker rooms and equipment rooms (i.e. weight rooms) so middle and high school students who wish to wipe down lockers and equipment may do so.
  • Students should use hand sanitizer before, and after physical education classes.

Contracted Personnel and Volunteer Procedures

  • Volunteers must complete the official volunteer screening process in order to be allowed onto campus.
  • Contracted personnel (ie. speech pathologists, mental health counselors, DCF, etc.) and volunteers must sign the health screening form upon arrival at the main office and accurate information regarding their location, and the students they work with, must be kept.
  • Contracted personnel and volunteers must wear masks and social distance while on campus, per CDC guidance.
  • Contracted personnel and volunteers who have symptoms of infectious illness are asked to remain home, and refer to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • This protocol will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and may change.

Visitor Procedures

Due to the high level of COVID transmission in the community, access will not be allowed to visitors during school hours to start the school year.

Assemblies / Pep Rallies / Field Trips / Class Meetings

Large gatherings (pep rallies, assemblies and dances) are permitted in an outdoor setting.

Before / After School Care and Extracurricular Activities

Before/After School Care and Extracurriculars will follow the procedures outlined in this manual.

Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

Therapies

Therapies should be conducted as specified on the IEP. Any questions about the provision of therapy services should be directed to the ESE Department at (239) 337-8104.

For therapies that require physical contact, PPE may be utilized.

Therapists should keep a log of which students they work with. If they work with multiple students at a time they must keep a seating chart.

Psychological Evaluations

For evaluations that require in-person contact in close proximity, the appropriate PPE may be utilized.

Evaluations will be provided in a dedicated quiet area per standardized procedures in a 1:1 format unless the evaluation can validly be administered via telehealth or online.

Cleaning supplies will be provided in order to sanitize materials that are used for 1:1 administration (ex. shared manipulatives.)

Classroom observations may be conducted in a live-streaming format.

Meetings and Services

Services should be conducted as specified on the IEP/EP. Any questions about the provision of services should be directed to the ESE Department at (239) 337-8104.

Accommodations should be conducted as specified on the 504-plan. Any questions about the provision of accommodations should be directed to the Positive Preventions Department at (239) 939-6858.

For services that require physical contact, the appropriate PPE may be utilized (face mask, gloves, gown).

For services that require the student to be able to see the therapist’s mouth, a face shield may be utilized.

Communications

Stay Connected with FOCUS, School Messenger, Social Media, Website and Peachjar

In the event of a positive case, The School District of Lee County will notify that school’s community via email, text, and a phone call. It is important for families to be connected to their schools in order to receive this communication.

Email / Phone

We provide direct communication through email and phone via our School Messenger application. We use parent emails and phone numbers listed in the FOCUS Parent Portal accounts.

Sign up for FOCUS or verify your information

Texts

School Messenger also gives us the ability to send information via text, but families must opt-in.

To register, please visit the School Messenger page.

Website

The School District is continually updating our website with the latest information.

http://www.leeschools.net

Social Media

Our online social media platforms are constantly being used to share District news and information. Please make sure to subscribe to the District accounts.

FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram

Peachjar

The School District and schools will use the platform Peachjar to regularly share information on school and community programs and events. During emergency situations, such as inclement weather and our current pandemic, the District will also use Peachjar to distribute information.

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Additional resources

In addition to the use of our digital platforms, the District regularly distributes information via our area media agencies through television, radio, and online broadcasts. We encourage families to remain engaged with their local news. We also work closely with community organizations to reach families who may not have regular access to online platforms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the criteria for closing a classroom?

For Elementary Schools (cohort model):

Individual classroom closures in elementary schools may be considered when five percent of the teachers/students/staff in that classroom are positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period. Secondary transmission, and whether the case was in their contagious period while at school, will be considered when making this decision.

Middle / High Schools:

Individual classroom closures are difficult as students/teachers/staff members rotate through multiple classrooms throughout the day. Classrooms with a known positive case will be closed for deep cleaning, but all students within the class of an infected person will not necessarily require quarantine. Quarantine for exposure is based on the CDC guidelines of a person being located within 6 feet of a known positive for longer than 15 minutes (regardless of using a face covering). Therefore, all individuals identified by the FL Department of Health Lee County (FDOH-Lee) with close contact to a known positive will require quarantine for 10 days.

If a classroom is closed, what does that mean for the students and when may it reopen?

If an entire classroom or cohort is closed, students will receive direction from their teacher regarding how to access their classwork. Classrooms may typically reopen after 10 days and the following have occurred:

  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Public health investigation
  • Consultation with the FDOH-Lee

What are the criteria for closing a school?

Individual school closures will be recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of teachers / students / staff that are positive for COVID-19 and whether there is secondary transmission.

Individual school closures may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school, or when greater than 5 percent of the total number of teachers/students/staff are absent within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.

Local Public Health Officials may also determine a school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from a public health investigation or other local epidemiological data. Closure may depend on, for example:

  • The extent of the community-wide spread, and/or
  • Whether the Department of Health is able to confirm the source of an infection was contracted within the school setting.

If a school is closed for in-person learning, when may it reopen?

If a school is closed, students will receive direction from their teacher regarding how to access their classwork. Schools may typically reopen after 10 days and the following have occurred:

  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Public health investigation
  • Consultation with the FDOH-Lee

What are the criteria for closing the School District?

Closure of the School District should be considered if 25 percent or more schools in the District have closed due to COVID-19 within 10 days. If the cases are isolated to one zone (East, South, West) consideration may be given to closing the Zone rather than the entire district. If the District is closed, students will receive direction from their teacher regarding how to access their classwork.

If the School District is closed, when may it reopen?

The District will be in consultation with the Local Public Health Officials to determine the amount of time the District will be closed to in-person learning.

Cleaning Protocols

Overview

The safety of the School District of Lee County students and staff is paramount. Keeping our schools clean and sanitary will help to enhance safety for students, their families, and staff. In order to provide for the safe operations of school facilities, the standard cleaning procedures are to be in use as well as the following protocols for COVID-19.

  • These surfaces are typically cleaned weekly, but are cleaned daily during Flu Season and the COVID-19 Pandemic:
    • Hard surfaces (desks, chairs, shelves, cabinets)
    • Doors, door handles, and push plates
    • Bathroom surfaces (floors, walls, sinks, toilets & urinals)
    • Light switches
    • Telephones, computer keyboards, and attachments
  • Two-Times-Weekly Routine Cleaning- Any other commonly touched area is done once or twice weekly, or more often as use and circumstances require due to unique programs and schedules of use at each school:
    • Lockers
    • Bookshelves
  • Product Exception: Follow all other cleaning procedures as taught in the bi-weekly training class conducted by Building Services. The exception would be using #106 Green Solutions Hi Dilution Disinfectant 256 in place of #105 Industrial Cleaner on commonly touched areas.

School Cleaning Monitoring:

School Administration, School Building Supervisors, and Head Custodians are responsible for monitoring and ensuring that cleaning and disinfection procedures are being followed. District Maintenance staff will be available to assist the school-based supervisors in any area they need assistance with, including the provision of adequate PPE, cleaning standards, procedural protocols, and maintenance schedules.

Symptom-Triggered Cleaning Procedure

In order to provide a safe environment, when a student or staff member develops any symptoms or illness consistent with COVID-19 in a school or child care setting, care of the facility should be provided as follows:

  1. When a student is removed from the classroom with suspected symptoms and the clinic administrator confirms the presented symptoms, the custodian/building supervisor should be called to do the following:
    • Using #106 Green Solutions Hi Dilution Disinfectant 256 to disinfect all surfaces that student may have come in contact with.
    • Use the same protocol for cleaning the isolation room at the end of each day when students/staff with symptoms have been isolated there.
  2. Building supervisor/custodial staff are reminded to take precautions and to use PPE. Wear green chemical resistant gloves.

Positive Case-Triggered Cleaning Procedure

The deployment of this protocol will be reserved for when individual(s) have tested positive, and have been within a district facility or vehicle within the last 24 hours. Any positive cases that exceed that 24 hours will have been sufficiently mitigated by existing surface cleaning protocols and the passage of time that results in the natural expiration of the virus.

Response Mitigation Procedures:

The following response mitigation procedures and products shall be utilized by trained District employees:

  1. The cleaning procedures should be completed by workers trained in proper PPE use (including donning and doffing) and the importance of hand hygiene.
  2. Using disposable full body coveralls, damp wipe common surfaces utilizing a disinfectant product registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is effective on the COVID-19. Bioesque Botanical Disinfectant Solution has been registered with the EPA to be effective on the COVID-19 virus.
  3. The minimum common surfaces that should be cleaned are the following:
    • Hard surfaces (desks, chairs, shelves, cabinets)
    • Doors, door handles, and push plates
    • Bathroom surfaces (floors, walls, sinks, toilets & urinals)
    • Light switches
    • Floors and walls
    • Telephones, computer keyboards, and attachments
    • Air conditioning supply and return grills
  4. The cleaning procedures are meant to clean frequently touched and soiled surfaces prior to the application of a disinfectant product.
  5. After the completion of the cleaning of frequently touched and soiled surfaces, apply a product that is EPA registered as a broad spectrum disinfectant effective against the COVID-19. Throughout the room apply the disinfectant using an airless spray applicator (or equivalent). The application should start at the upper portion of the walls and move down the walls across the contents and the floor area and include the air conditioning supply and return grills. Using a back and forth steady motion apply the disinfectant so that it covers the surfaces without saturating or causing runoff. The disinfectant should remain wet for at least five (5) minutes.

Specialized Areas

Food and Nutrition Services

In order to provide for the safe use of cafeteria facilities and to ensure they have been cleaned with food-safe agents, cleaning and sanitizing chemicals protocols will be used by the Food and Nutrition kitchen staff. Chemicals will be used that are safe for areas where food is prepared, stored, and served and appropriate cleaning procedures and contact times will be used for the COVID-19 virus. The Kitchen Manager will ensure safety protocols are met by training and following up with staff, monitoring the practices, re-teaching when necessary, maintaining inventory of all necessary chemicals and equipment, and visually inspecting all areas and equipment for proper COVID-19 protocols.

Clinics, Isolation Rooms, and Restrooms

In order to provide for the safe use of health clinics, isolation rooms, and restrooms and ensure the health of students and staff, all clinics, isolation rooms, and restrooms must be disinfected at the end of every day with #106 Green Solutions Hi Dilution Disinfectant 256. Specific cleaning protocols that are to be followed for COVID-19 are covered in the Symptom-Triggered and Positive Case-Triggered sections of this manual.

Athletic Facilities, Locker Rooms, and Gyms

Athletics and Activities staff will work closely with cleaning staff to identify specific equipment and facilities usage in order to develop an appropriate cleaning schedule. Thorough cleaning and disinfection of all skin-contact surfaces of equipment will be conducted after final use each day. Specific cleaning protocols that are to be followed for COVID-19 are covered in the Symptom-Triggered and Positive Case-Triggered sections of this manual.

District School Buses

In order to ensure the safety and health of students traveling to and from school on the District’s buses, the following procedures shall be performed daily as part of the AM and PM routes by ALL drivers:

AM Cleaning Procedures:

The following cleaning procedures are to be performed after each AM school run after students have been delivered to the school.

  1. Use the Disinfectant spray on ALL touch areas, such as:
    • Hand Rails
    • Dashboard near entrance
    • Top of all seat backs
    • Seat belts including buckles
    • Bus Operators’ seat

PM Cleaning Procedures

The following cleaning procedures are to be performed at the end of the PM run after the last student from 1st school is dropped off.

  1. Use the Disinfectant spray on ALL touch areas, such as:
    • Hand Rails
    • Dashboard near entrance
    • Top of all seat backs
    • Seat belts including buckles
    • Bus Operators’:
      • Seat
      • Seat belt and buckle
      • Steering wheel
      • Gear shift handle

Transportation staff will ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly, ensure the safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children and the provision of adequate ventilation when chemicals are in use. They must also develop a tracking system to capture the dates of vehicle usage in order to ensure that all utilized vehicles are properly cleaned upon completion of usage.

Outdoor Activity Areas

In order to provide for the safe use of outdoor activity areas like playgrounds, ensure the health of students and staff, all playground equipment must be disinfected at the end of every day taking extra care to treat handrails, monkey bars, slides, play wheels, faux rocks, rock climbs, and all playground moving parts with #106 Green Solutions Hi Dilution Disinfectant 256. Specific cleaning protocols that are to be followed for COVID-19 are covered in the Symptom-Triggered and Positive Case-Triggered sections of this manual.