At Lucerne Elementary School, we are committed in keeping our students and staff safe. We have implemented strategies, procedures and safety protocols to accomplish this goal.
Specific Control Measures and Screenings
- All activities are consistent with and will adjust to changing applicable state and local Public Health orders.
- Health and safety practices and protocols are in place, including hand washing, appropriate face coverings, and access to essential protective equipment.
- Training is provided to all staff and students reinforcing the importance of health and safety practices and protocols.
- A single point of contact will be established and identified at each school site to direct questions or concerns around practices, protocols, or potential exposure. This person will also serve as a liaison to Public Health.
- Plans are implemented for intensified cleaning and disinfecting, including training for staff and access to cleaning supplies and essential protective equipment, and regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
- Health screening for students and staff are conducted daily for symptoms and history of exposure.
- Staff and students who are sick are expected to stay home.
- Schools and districts will cooperate with Public Health to support testing strategies to mitigate transmission of COVID-19.Protocols, actions and template communications are in place for the following COVID-19 related scenarios (Back to School Protocols) Appendix A
- A student or staff member either exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, answers yes to a health screening question or has a temp of 100.4 or above.
- A family member or someone in close contact with a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19.
- A student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
- A student or staff member tests negative for COVID-19 after any of the above scenarios.
- Where practicable, physical distancing of six feet is maintained between adults and students; four to six feet distance is permissible between students within a classroom or instructional area where requirements herein are in practice.
- For elementary schools, stable classroom cohorts (up to standard class size at each respective grade level) are maintained throughout each school day, and through each quarter or semester, with an assigned primary cohort teacher, and systems are in place to prevent the mixing of classroom cohorts.
- For middle and high schools, larger cohorts made up of students from more than one classroom may be arranged as long as accurate attendance data for students and adults is maintained on a daily basis while avoiding school wide mixing of students and staff.
- Where practicable, desks are arranged facing forward to minimize face to face proximity between students.
- School staff are permitted to visit and instruct more than one classroom cohort, strictly following physical distancing and face covering protocols, and must document/record visits to classrooms that are not identified as their primary classroom cohort.
- Routes for entry and exit to the campus will be designated for each classroom cohort, using as many entrances/exits as feasible.
- Schedules for arrivals, recess and lunch will be strategically coordinated to prevent mixing of classroom cohorts.
- Congregate movement through hallways will be minimized as much as practicable.
- Large gatherings (i.e., school assemblies) are currently prohibited.
- The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated to ensure students remain in their cohort.
- Use of shared playground equipment will be limited in favor of physical activities that require less contact with surfaces, and shared equipment will be cleaned between uses. (Play structure closed)
- Use of non-classroom space for instruction such as gymnasiums and multi-use rooms should be considered to support physical distancing with cleaning between uses.
- Meals will be served in classrooms for younger students. The cafeteria will be used for small group dining. Students will remain in their class cohort with physical distancing.
- Routines and schedules will be developed to enable students and staff to regularly wash their hands at staggered intervals.
- All staff as well as all students TK-8th grade are required to wear face coverings while in the classroom and on campus, unless there is a medical or behavioral contraindication. Masks are not required while eating or during outside recreational activities.
- Training will be provided for staff and students on proper use of face coverings which will include instruction to minimize touching of face coverings.
- Sharing of supplies, manipulatives, toys, sports equipment, and other learning and recreational materials will be limited and each student will have separate individually labeled boxes or cubbies.
- Sharing of electronic devices, clothing, books and other games or learning aides will be avoided as much as practicable.
- Use of privacy boards or clear screens will be considered as much as practicable.
- Busses will be disinfected multiple times each day, as feasible. Seating will be limited to two students per seat, with masks and windows open. If a student is not able to wear a mask other means of social distancing will be implemented.
- Non-essential visitors, including parent volunteers will be limited and essential workers will be required to adhere to all health and safety guidelines.
- A School Site-Specific Protection Plan outlining the above measures is completed, posted and shared with all stakeholders and updated as state and local Public Health guidance dictates.
Types of protective equipment provided to employees at this school/office location include:
- Surgical masks are available to all staff. School Health Aide will have access to N95 masks, surgical masks or face shields.
- Maintenance and Custodial staff will have access to surgical masks, eye protection, gloves and any other PPE their duties would require.
Additional control measures you are implementing at this school/office include:
- Informational signage will be posted, plexi-glass partitions, and daily temperature screenings of students will be implemented.
- Portable handwashing stations will be dispersed throughout the school site.
- Air purifiers have been ordered for each classroom/building.
- Merv 13 air filters installed on all HVAC systems
- Outdoor desks have been implemented in several grade levels to support outdoor learning opportunities.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
- Thorough cleaning in high traffic areas is performed regularly. Commonly used surfaces are frequently disinfected.
- All shared equipment and touchable surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each use.
- All entrances and exits are equipped with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
- Hand washing facilities will be made available and will stay operational and stocked at all times and additional soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are supplied when needed.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided where indoor plumbing is not readily available.
- Sanitizing supplies are provided to promote employees’ personal hygiene. This may include tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand soap, adequate time for hand- washing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disinfectants, and disposable towels.
- Cleaning products are used that meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s- approved for use against COVID-19 list.
- School hours and/or other procedures have been modified to provide adequate time for regular, thorough cleaning, product stocking, or other measures.
- Staff is provided adequate time to implement cleaning practices before and after shifts.
Schedule for Cleaning and Disinfecting high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces.
Classrooms: Cleaned and disinfected daily. Additional spot disinfection available if illness occurs. Full disinfection of classroom if COVID19 is found to be present.
Offices: Cleaned and disinfected daily.
Restrooms: Cleaned daily and disinfected daily. High touch areas to be disinfected at least once between cleanings.
Telephones: Individual telephones will not be used by anyone but the user and disinfected daily. The only common telephone (staff room) to be disinfected twice daily. Disinfectant wipes are available near the phone.
Handrails / door handles / shelving: Disinfected twice daily.
Handwashing facilities: Outside handwashing units will be disinfected daily. Indoor facilities to be cleaned daily and disinfected twice daily.
Copy Machines / Scanners / Faxes: Staff will be directed to use available hand sanitizer prior to use. Disinfectant wipes will be available and used after each use. Keypad will be covered with Saran Wrap to allow for spray disinfection.
Common Areas: Staff room cleaned daily and disinfected twice daily.
Playground Structures: Playground structures are currently closed. Any plan for reopening will include regular disinfection.
Outdoor Common Areas: Water fountains disinfected twice daily.
Indoor Common Areas: Multi-purpose room to be cleaned and disinfected after breakfast and after each lunch period.
Other: Isolation room available for ill students, to be sanitized daily and between use.
School will operate on a shortened day to allow for additional cleaning and disinfection. Staff will have limited hours on site to limit contamination of previously disinfected areas.
Physical Distancing Guidelines
- Staff breaks and break rooms are managed to allow employees to eat on premises in designated areas where they can remain 6 feet apart.
- Where practicable, physical distancing of six feet is maintained to the greatest extent possible and distancing may be permissible down to four feet within a classroom or instructional area where requirements herein are in practice.
- Meals will be served in classrooms or in cafeteria with common cohort seating and physical distancing with individually plated or bagged meals as much as practicable.
- All desks or individual workstations within office settings are separated by at least six feet or employees otherwise maintain six feet if workspace is limited.
- The use of outdoor space for instructional purposes is maximized, shared, and coordinated to ensure students remain in their cohort.
Notification of COVID-19 Positive Case at School or Office Site:
- County of Lake Public Health is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases.
- If a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, Lake County Public Health will provide assistance in the assessment of potential worksite exposures, and any recommended testing, quarantine, or isolation instructions.
- Employers and employees are aware that they can call Lake Public Health if a suspected exposure has occurred at ( 707) 263-1090.
- Protocols, actions and template communications are in place for COVID-19 related scenarios (Back to School Protocols)
Staff have been trained on the following topics:
- Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19, how to prevent it from spreading, and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.
- Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
- The importance of not coming to work if employees have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- The importance of seeking medical attention if an employees’ symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC’s webpage.
- Manufacturer’s directions and Cal/OSHA requirements for safe use of personal hygiene and cleaning products.
- The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time (see Physical Distancing section above)
- Proper use of face coverings, including: Cloth face coverings or a face shield with a drape around the neck.
- Face coverings do not protect the wearer and are not personal protective equipment (PPE).
- The vulnerability of older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, and the need to practice particular caution to protect these groups.
- The importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds (or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol when employees cannot get to a sink or handwashing station, per CDC guidelines).
- Face coverings to be washed after each shift.
- Face coverings can help protect people near the wearer, but do not replace the need for physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
- The importance of washing and/or sanitizing hands before and after using or adjusting face coverings.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
Compliance and Documentation
This school site / office is regularly inspected for compliance with this School Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) and any deficiencies are documented and corrected.
All school sites and offices operations will continue to be accessible to students and staff with disabilities, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title III which covers private business entities.
- Lake County Public Health and Human Services: Coronavirus Hub
- Lake County Office of Education: Reopening Schools
- California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School Based
- Center for Disease Control - Schools Decision Tree
- California Department of Education - Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening ofCalifornia’s Public Schools