Lewiston School District Explains 2020/2021 Reopening Plan
News Release | Lewiston Independent School District #1
As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, Lewiston Independent School District No. 1 has developed a plan for schools to open and continue the education of the students while keeping safety at the forefront. At this time they are planning a traditional opening on August 26, 2020. While a traditional opening means all students are attending face-to-face, they will also be adhering to CDC guidelines for the safety of all stakeholders.
The school district has a three level reopening plan to reopen schools this Fall. The level schools will reopen on will be determined and announced approximately two weeks before school starts so that the board can take in current COVID-19 conditions.
Low Level Community Spread - Students will attend with a normal school schedule with added safety precautions according to CDC guidelines and local health officials when and where possible. Added safety precautions are encouraging cloth face coverings and hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be made available in all classrooms and common touch areas. Field trips and assemblies will be limited.
Moderate Level Community Spread - School will operate at a reduced student population dependent upon grade band. K-5 will attend every day for 1/2 days and 6-12 population will be divided in half and will attend alternating days. Added safety precautions are encouraging cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be made available in all classrooms and common touch areas and physical distancing. No fieldtrips or assemblies.
High Level Community Spread - Students will observe remote learning until the spread of COVID-19 is determined to be at a lower risk. Students will be issued mobile technology devices for learning. All buildings will be deep cleaned and sanitized during closure. Meal pickups will be available at specific locations.
In the event of moving levels from green to yellow, yellow to red, or green to red, families should expect to be within each level for a minimum of two weeks dependent upon information regarding community spread.
Face Masks - Appropriate face coverings are encouraged to be worn by all students and staff as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All visitors and volunteers will be required to wear face coverings upon entering the building. School personnel will be sensitive to those with medical issues in which wearing a face covering is inadvisable.
Social Distancing - Physical/social distancing will be practiced when possible. This means keeping a distance of 6 feet ’ between one another, however, when such distancing is not possible, other safety precautions will be in place (face masks, shields, coverings, room configuration, staggered passing periods).
Sanitizing - Hand sanitizers will be available in classrooms and other high touch areas within school buildings. Hand sanitizer will follow CDC guidelines and be at least 60% alcohol.
Cleaning and Disinfecting - Classrooms will be provided with cleaning and disinfectant products. Routines for regular cleaning and disinfecting within each classroom will be established. High touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected during the school day. After hours, custodians will thoroughly clean areas within the building to ensure a safe environment when students and staff return to school the next day.
Symptoms Exhibited by Students and Staff -
- Students who exhibit symptoms or self-report they are not feeling well, will be taken to the office. Office personnel will follow their normal protocols when working with students who are not feeling well, however, during this time, students will be isolated from others while parents/guardians are called to pick up student. Students will also be given a mask to wear until picked up by parent/guardian.
- Office personnel will document the student’s temperature and other reported symptoms.
- Parents/guardians will be given a symptom checker checklist to fill out during the time the student is absent and return such document when student returns to school.
- In the event a student has a fever of at least 100.4, the student will be required to stay out of school for 24 hours after symptoms are gone without the use of fever reduction medication.
- Staff will be given a symptom checklist to fill out during the time the staff member is absent and return such document when staff member returns to school.
- Staff need to self-monitor their symptoms and are asked to stay home in the event symptoms do not show reduction within 72 hours. In the event a staff member has a fever of at least 100.4, they will be required to stay out of school for 24 hours after symptoms are gone without the use of fever reduction medication.
Confirmed Case of COVID-19 - Students and staff who have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the District and School Administration will work with North Central Public Health to determine protocols that need to be addressed. In the event a student or staff member reports a confirmed case of COVID-19, the following steps will be taken:
- The school classroom/school may be closed where the staff or student member work will be closed for 72 48 hours for deep cleaning.
- The staff or student member will be quarantined at home until the conditions for return to school following Positive Test for COVID-19 have been met.
- In collaboration with North Central Idaho Public Health, students or staff members who have been in close contact with the individual will be identified and required to quarantine for 14 days. This will include staff members or students who have been within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or more on a daily basis and without wearing a face covering.
- If a significant number of staff members or students in an IHSAA-sponsored activity are affected by the quarantine, practices and competitions for that activity may be cancelled.
- Students who are quarantined from school will be provided with access to remote learning materials for the duration of their quarantine in order to continue their learning.