Health & safety guidelines
2020-21 school year
- All parents are expected to perform an assessment of their child's health before they leave home, including temperature and other known COVID-19 symptoms.
- Parents to send their child to school with a filled water bottle and clean mask. Masks are available if needed on the bus and at school.
- To provide a safer environment for our bus riders, drivers, monitors and students, everyone is required to wear a mask during transport.
- Each bus is equipped with extra personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment.
- Daily inspection requirements include sanitizing procedures after each school run and at the end of the day.
- Buses are loaded from back to front and unloaded from front to back when possible. Members of the same household are asked to sit together, with kindergartners remaining in front.
- Seating charts are required for all routes.
- Air conditioners are used with a few windows slightly open to allow airflow. Air conditioners are turned to the fresh-air cycle when possible. This will result in an increase in the temperature on the bus on hot days.
- On days students are to be on campus, students and staff must implicitly confirm they are fit to attend school by passing the point-of-entry sign on arrival.
- Students and staff are expected to follow all safety protocols, including wearing masks.
- Students are allowed to remove masks when eating or drinking.
- Frequent hand washing is encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water, and hand sanitizer.
- A curated age-appropriate video library about COVID-19 symptoms, preventing spreading germs, hand washing, etc. has been developed and maintained, with the expectation that a video will be chosen to show during morning announcements and at other opportune times.
- Signage about COVID-19 symptoms, preventing spreading germs, hand washing, etc. is placed strategically throughout school and district buildings.
- The borrowing or sharing of any items is restricted.
- Drinking fountains are available for refilling water bottles only.
- Daily cleaning protocols based on CDC guidance are followed, with an emphasis on frequent cleaning of high-touch/high-traffic areas.
- Classrooms and high traffic areas are stocked with cleaner, paper towels and hand sanitizer
- Hand sanitizer has been provided in every classroom and in key locations throughout every site for the health and safety of our students, staff and community
- HVAC systems have been checked and are monitored for proper airflow and circulation.
- Health offices are managed to provide appropriate isolation of sick students or staff.
- The district takes guidance from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health in the event a student or staff member contracts COVID-19.
- Custodial staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (gloves and face mask).
- Classrooms and school facilities are cleaned and disinfected daily with additional attention to all high-touch surface areas.
- In addition to daily cleaning and disinfecting, every classroom is stocked with disinfectant spray bottles for classroom use. The expectation is that these cleaning supplies will be used in the classroom to wipe down and clean high touch surface areas throughout the day.
- To provide assurance a classroom has been cleaned and disinfected daily, a magnetic sign is placed on the whiteboard indicating the classroom has been cleaned since the previous day.
Health & safety printable resources
How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 (CDC)
Did you wash your hands? (CDC)
English & Spanish
Handwashing is your superpower (CDC)
Don't let your germs go for a ride (CDC)
English & Spanish
Health & safety videos for teachers and students
Videos categorized by topic and age group for classroom viewing.