The classroom looks and feels different than it did before COVID-19. As we reenter school, maintaining physical distance is important to minimize the likelihood of the virus being transmitted from one person to another.
- In classrooms, a minimum of 3’ physical distance is required.
- In hallways, restrooms, cafeterias, playgrounds, drop-off and pickup locations, etc., it is recommended to maintain 6’ physical distance whenever possible.
- Where physical distancing is difficult, masks are even more essential.
When in Hybrid or All In models, multiple strategies have been implemented to increase the physical space between people, including:
- Additional space between desks and workspaces and/or installation of plexiglass dividers for small groups.
- One-way traffic flow through classrooms and hallways with the aid of signage.
- Requiring face masks for all students and staff (exemptions for medical conditions and religious reasons).
- Staggering breaks and class changes.
- Signage and training to remind students and employees of the importance of physical distancing.
- Stickers on floors/walls to remind students of physical distancing protocols.
- Limiting visitors and volunteers; those required to enter will submit to the same screening process as staff.
- Following guidance from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health utilizing virtual activities in lieu of field trips and postponing non-essential events.
- Evaluating whether, and to what extent, external community organizations can safely utilize site and campus resources.
- Establishing protocol for accepting deliveries safely.
Building Entry and Directional Flow
- Directional and physical distancing floor decals, seats in common areas, and painter's tape are used to direct one-way traffic where applicable. Each classroom has painters tape to mark physical distancing.
- Entrances have been designated for student entry.
Personal Face Coverings
Students and staff are required to wear face coverings. The Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued an order on August 14, 2020, requiring the use of facial covering in child education settings in grades K-12 with some exemptions. Staff need to provide their own masks.
Medical exemptions for face coverings must be obtained from a health care provider and submitted to Human Resources for staff or the Clinic for students.
Face shields do not replace masks as facial coverings; however, they can be worn when providing instruction at a 6’ physical distance from students or during certain student interactions such as when teaching phonics or speech.
We all have a part to play and we need to ensure there is not bullying or outcasting happening due to a student or a colleague who does not wear a mask.