COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols: Physical Distancing

  • Physical Distancing for Students

    All schools are required to:

    • Maintain at least 3 feet of distance between students to the greatest extent possible.
    • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between adults and students to the greatest extent possible.
    • Discontinue in-person activities during the school day that involve bringing together large groups of people or activities that do not allow for physical distancing (assemblies, performances, pep rallies, etc.) 
    • At the elementary level, develop and keep students and staff in steady cohort groups that stay together as much as possible throughout the day and from day to day. Limit mixing between cohort groups as much as possible unless to meet students’ educational needs.

     

    It is recommended that all schools:

    • Arrange furniture, such as desks or seating in classrooms, break rooms, and reception areas, so that students, teachers, staff, and visitors are separated from one another by at least 6 feet when feasible. 
    • Use alternative spaces like cafeterias and auditoriums for instruction to allow more space between students. Consider holding classes outdoors, if such spaces are available and safe for student use.
    • Create one-way hallways to minimize congestion. Place physical guides, like tape, on floors and sidewalks to mark one-way routes
    • Teachers will be provided with desk-separating shields for use between their students seated at tables or upon request and based on availability.
    • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors, signs on walls, and seating markings to ensure staff and students remain at least 6 feet apart in lines and at other times. 

     

    Physical Distancing for Staff

    All schools are required to:

    • Minimize opportunities for direct contact between adults during staff meetings, planning periods, lunch, in teacher lounges, and break rooms, and other areas teachers and staff may congregate. Any food provided to employees will be served on a grab-and-go basis. 
    • Prioritize virtual attendance options for all staff meetings and professional development via Zoom or a similar platform. Employees will have the option of attending all meetings and training via ZOOM, Google Meets, or other on-line platforms for the 2021-22 school year. 
    • Provide teachers with desk-separating shields upon request and based on availability.

     

    It is recommended that all schools:

    • Close staff lounges to reduce opportunities for sustained exposure between employees.
    • Strongly discourage staff from eating together, especially indoors. Provide an outdoor break area, if feasible, for staff to eat.
    • Arrange furniture, such as desks or seating in classrooms, break rooms, and reception areas, so that students, teachers, staff, and visitors are separated from one another by at least 6 feet when feasible.
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