COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN: HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

Waterford is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all members of our community. With our return to campus, we have developed the Waterford COVID-19 Response Plan: Health and Safety Measures. These protocols have been developed with the guidance of the local health department and the state of Utah and CDC’s guidelines. This plan is fluid and may change in accordance with the latest advice and research from local, state, and national health experts. Our response plan includes the following strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19, so we can continue to learn on campus, and encompasses:

 

HEALTH SCREENING AND MONITORING

Parents will monitor their students for symptoms of illness and keep their students home when sick. Health screenings are a helpful tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any infectious illness on campus. Faculty, staff, and students will be required to self screen with an app prior to entering campus.

  • Faculty, staff and students should stay home and follow the direction of their provider if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Faculty, staff and students who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should follow the direction of the health department, stay home 14 days and monitor for the development of symptoms 
  • Faculty, staff, and students arriving to campus may be screened for a fever (with a no-touch thermometer) and for other COVID-like symptoms 
  • Students arriving to campus by bus may be screened (with a no-touch thermometer) and use hand sanitizer prior to boarding. 
  • Faculty, staff, and students with a fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 (ie. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pain, new decreased sense of taste or smell) will be given a medical mask to wear over their cloth face covering, separated from others and will be directed to the school nurse.

 

FACE COVERINGS 

Face coverings can help slow the spread of the COVID-19 and prevent individuals who may have the virus and not know it from transmitting it to others (CDC Face Coverings). Face coverings are a necessary preventative measure for faculty, staff, and students to wear at times while on campus. Face coverings will be used in conjunction with distancing practices of 6 feet between others.

In times of elevated risk:

  • Use of personal face coverings should be properly worn during arrival to campus, at dismissal, and whenever inside a building.
  • In order to be effective masks should cover your nose and mouth at all times.
  • Faculty, staff, and students should provide their own cloth (or disposable) masks and wear them to campus. 
  • Cloth face masks should fit snugly, have at least two layers of cloth and be free of holes, tears, and rips; and should be able to be laundered daily. They should not contain an exhalation valve.
  • A limited supply of disposable masks will be available if forgotten at home.
  • Education and instruction on proper face mask use will be provided as needed.
  • More information about Waterford’s mask guidelines can be found here.

 

PHYSICAL DISTANCING 

Limiting close contact with others outside of household members is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing of six feet (2 arm lengths) will be required between individuals on campus. We are fortunate to have, and we will be utilizing all 240,000 sf of building space on our 41 acre campus to maximize student experience.

In times of elevated risk:

  • Students will remain in grade-level cohorts to minimize mixing (LS).
  • Large student group gatherings will be limited in accordance with the most current recommendations.  MS/US Class Meetings and Assemblies will be held virtually.
  • Outdoor rental tents will allow for covered outdoor classroom space in the fall  (one in LS, 2 MS/US).
  • Modification of class sizes, classrooms, and arrival/dismissal procedures will be made to allow for adherence to physical distancing, with attention to possible bottlenecks during arrival, dismissal, and passing periods.
  • Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs will be placed to indicate to students and staff how to maintain physical distancing. Additional cues may be used to indicate 6 ft intervals when standing in a line.
  • Visitors will be limited on campus. 
  • Plexiglass partitions will be installed at high trafficked areas, such as LS and MS/US front offices.
  • LS students will eat lunch in their homeroom classrooms or outside (weather dependent).  MS/US students will eat outside in good weather and in small groups inside in inclement weather.
  • Playground and recess times will be staggered and zoned to allow for safe distancing during play (LS).
  • Buses will continue service on the same schedule, as noted in our parent portal, but we will ensure enough seats for students to occupy one seat, or two in each seat from the same household. Students will be required to wear masks. Buses will be disinfected between each bus ride.
     

HEALTH PROMOTION: HAND HYGIENE & HEALTHY BEHAVIORS

Healthy hygiene is key to preventing the spread of germs, and basic infection prevention measures will be implemented across campus.

  • Consistent scheduled handwashing times will be established throughout the day for hand hygiene (LS).
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available to augment handwashing:
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at multiple entry points on campus and inside of MS/US classrooms.
    • Each LS classroom will have a container of hand sanitizer that can be stored out of reach when not in use.  Teacher supervision will be required.
  • Touchless faucets and touchless paper towel dispensers along with foot door openers have been installed in all shared restrooms.
  • Signage on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures including face coverings are on display in prominent locations in buildings.
  • Faculty, staff, and students will receive instruction on good hygiene and respiratory practices, handwashing technique, proper use of face coverings, and new COVID-related protocols and procedures.  
  • Lower School will be embedding hygiene and healthy behaviors into the curriculum and classroom routines.
     

CLEANING, DISINFECTING, AND VENTILATION

Cleaning and disinfecting are both required strategies for reducing the risk of exposure to viruses and maintaining a healthy school environment. EPA approved products will be used to frequently and thoroughly clean and disinfect campus.

Cleaning - removes dirt and most germs and is usually done with soap and water, while disinfecting - kills most germs, depending on the type of chemical, and only when the chemical product is used as directed on the label. 

  • In classrooms, desks, chairs, and other high touch surfaces ( ie. doorknobs, light switches) will be cleaned and disinfected at least daily and in between class changes.
  • Shared spaces, such as bathrooms and sinks, water bottle dispensers, and high touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • Shared objects will be cleaned  (ie. sporting equipment, toys, games, art supplies) in between uses.
  • Bus seats and railings will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Playground surfaces and equipment will be routinely cleaned. 
  • Drinking fountains will be closed for personal use, but water bottle dispensers will be available for use.

Ventilation- the provision of fresh and filtered air to a room and building.

  • Increased fresh air intake with higher airflow in all classrooms with high grade filters installed in HVAC systems campus-wide. 
  • Individual medical grade HEPA (High-efficiency particulate arrestance) air filtration units added to all classrooms and shared office spaces.

 

NURSING SERVICES

Special considerations are being made for nursing and health office space. Newly designated health office space will help prevent spread of COVID-19 and widespread school closure. 

  • LS and MS/US will have separate health offices to prevent mixing of students. 
  • “Well” and “sick” students will be cared for in separate health office spaces.
  • Students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be provided a medical mask, placed in an isolation room equipped with reverse ventilation while awaiting pick up.
  • Each health office will be stocked with appropriate PPE (ie. N95 & surgical masks, face shields, gowns and gloves).
  • Attendance will be tracked by front office staff, and the school nurse will review for trends, reporting a student body illness greater than 10% to local health department.
  • Parents of students with special health considerations will have meetings conducted with the school nurse to formulate health plans by tele-conference or phone prior to the start of the new school year.

 

SUSPECTED COVID-19 ILLNESS PROTOCOL / POSSIBLE SCHOOL CLOSURES

While schools are not expected to diagnose COVID-19, appropriate safety precautions will be taken on campus when a faculty, staff, or student becomes ill. The school will work closely with the health department when a case of COVID-19 is suspected. 

Students (with parent support), staff, and faculty will self screen each morning at home and share report with the school via Health Shield. A student, staff or faculty member will be excluded from campus with any COVID-19 symptoms (CDC Guidelines):

  • Fever at or above 100.4 
  • New or worsening persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (unrelated to a medical condition)
  • Chills
  • Fatigue/muscle weakness
  • Sore throat
  • New reduced/loss of taste or smell
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting and/or diarrhea)


Students, faculty, and staff with a COVID encounter in the community or household will be assessed for the need to quarantine and symptom watch:

  • When a student, faculty, and/or staff learns of a COVID encounter, they will notify the school nurse.
  • The encounter will be assessed and a quarantine may be required based on the guidance of the health department and school nurse.
  • Faculty and staff will be referred to our testing partner at the end of their quarantine (if quarantine is required), prior to their return to campus.

Students, faculty, and staff exhibiting COVID-like symptoms during the school day will be isolated:

Protocol with students exhibiting signs of illness:

  • When a student begins to feel unwell, faculty or staff will provide them with a medical mask to wear over their cloth mask.
  • Faculty or staff will notify the school nurse by text or phone call in advance of the student's arrival to the health office.
  • In LS an adult will escort the student to the nurse’s office. In MS/US students will be directed to the nurse’s office.
  • The student will be isolated from others.
  • Parents or guardians will be notified for student pick-up and informed to follow up with their healthcare provider.
  • The student must be picked up promptly (i.e., within 90 minutes).
  • A parent should follow the guidance of the student’s health care provider and/or local health department.
  • The school must be notified immediately of a presumed or positive diagnosis.
  • The school nurse will notify administration and the local health department about any positive COVID-19 tests.
  • The school will maintain the privacy of health information, while assisting with contact tracing. The Health Department will guide the investigation. The school is committed to remaining in compliance with FERPA.
  • Protocol for faculty or staff exhibiting signs of illness:

Faculty or staff member must notify appropriate administrators and leave campus promptly (Melanie Battistone (LS), Brandon Bennett (MS/US), Mike Hamideh or Greg Miles (staff).

  • Faculty and staff members needing immediate care should call the school nurse for assistance.
  • Faculty or staff members should seek immediate treatment, and follow the guidance of their healthcare provider and/or local health department.
  • The school must be notified immediately of a presumed or positive diagnosis.
  • The school will maintain the privacy of health information, while assisting with contact tracing. The Health Department will guide the investigation. The school is committed to remaining in compliance with FERPA.

Waterford will follow the guidance of the local health department when a member of the community has tested positive for COVID-19.

School campus exposure:

  • Faculty, staff, and students with close contact (within 6ft for at least 15 minutes) will be assessed for risk by the health department and may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor for the development of symptoms.
  • The room or areas possibly affected including the isolation room will be appropriately cleaned and disinfected per CDC guidelines and the school will contact the local health department for any further guidance.
  • In conjunction with local health authorities, the school may determine a short-term closure is required by division (ie. LS might close, while MS/US might stay open).
  • The school will maintain the privacy of health information, while assisting with contact tracing. The Health Department will guide the investigation. The school is committed to remaining in compliance with FERPA.

Off Campus Exposure (students, parents, and faculty):

  • Families and staff are required to notify the school of off-campus exposure.
  • The school will coordinate with local health authorities to determine the next steps.
  • The school will communicate with faculty, staff, and parents about the situation. 
  • Close contacts may be required to self-quarantine at home for a period of time dependent on details of each case, and monitor for symptoms of illness.
  • The school may make the determination to close by division depending on health and safety risk. The level and duration of school closure will be determined on a case-by-case basis as advised by the health department.
  • The school will maintain the privacy of health information, while assisting with contact tracing. The Health Department will guide the investigation. The school is committed to remaining in compliance with FERPA.

After a period of home isolation, students, faculty, and staff excluded for presumed or diagnosed COVID-19 may return to (Per CDC Guidelines) campus if the following criteria are met:

COVID-19 diagnosis with symptoms

  • If you have been presumed to have COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based off of symptoms, you can return to school if:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
    • Fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND
    • Marked improvement of symptoms.
  • If you have tested positive and diagnosed with COVID-19, you can return to school if:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
    • Fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND
    • Marked improvement of symptoms.

COVID-19 positive diagnosis without symptoms

  • If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can return to school if: 
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test
      ​AND
    • you continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.
  • If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can return to school if:
    • You received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. 

Undiagnosed illness with COVID-19 symptoms

  • Faculty, staff, and students sent home with symptoms of COVID-19 that have not been seen by a healthcare provider or tested for COVID-19 may return to campus after 10 days have passed from onset of symptom AND 24 hours after fever resolves AND symptoms have improved or with a healthcare provider’s note stating symptoms are attributed to another condition.


HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS

The school is implementing the above health and safety measures to ensure the campus is as safe as possible for everyone. 

  • Faculty and staff who are considered high risk may receive reasonable accommodations with a note from their healthcare provider. Faculty and staff should discuss options with their supervisor.
  • Students who are high risk should consult with their healthcare provider and Waterford’s School Nurse, and may always choose to stay home and participate in concurrent learning.
  • High risk individuals should seek guidance from their healthcare provider and the School Nurse to determine when it is deemed safe to return to campus.

 

To view Return to Campus FAQs click here. 

 


 

REFERENCES

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Considerations for Schools
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html

Center of Disease Control and Prevention: When You Can Be Around Others When You Have Had or Likely Had COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fwhen-its-safe.html

Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b4POY_tFcqQiy209qDOc_GXp_mqG9BnJ/view

CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html