Recommendations & Requirements

  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    PHase 4: The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus. Note: there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. Decisions about these situations should be made on a case-by-case basis with local public health officials.

    Phase 5: The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, should wear facial coverings while on the bus.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.

    Phase 5: Clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route. Children should not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Clean, sanitize, and disinfect equipment including items such as car seats and seat belts, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools daily.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: If a student becomes sick during the day, they must not use group transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above.

    PHases 5: If a student becomes sick during the day, they should not use group transportation to return home and should follow protocols outlined above.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Phase 4: If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and must not return to drive students.

    Phase 5: If a driver becomes sick during the day, they should follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and should not return to drive students.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Weather permitting, keep doors and windows open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Busing and Student Transportation

    Weather permitting, consider keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Required
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Systematically review all current plans (e.g. Individual Healthcare Plans, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Family Service Plans, or 504 plans) for accommodating students with special healthcare needs and update their care plans as needed to decrease their risk for exposure to COVID-19.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Create a process for students/families and staff to self-identify as high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 and have a plan in place to address requests for alternative learning arrangements or work reassignments.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Pertaining to medically vulnerable students, revise the school’s remote learning plan to incorporate feedback and input from teachers, families, students, and school leaders and improve its effectiveness. Share it with all involved stakeholders.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Staff caring for children and providing any medical care that include aerosol generating procedures (e.g., nebulizers) should have N95 masks.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Safety Protocols
    Medically Vulnerable Students and Staff

    Phase 4: Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities that limit exposure risk, or to telework if possible. Meaningfully engage and consult with local bargaining units.

    Phase 5: Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities that limit exposure risk, or to telework if possible.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Phases 1-3: Schools should implement a mental health screening for all students by a trained professional, if possible. Any screening should be compliant with HIPAA and FERPA policies. Screening instructions (offered verbally to younger students) should provide age-appropriate and transparent disclosure of protocols in place to protect confidentiality while adhering to mandated reporting guidelines.

    Phases 4 and 5: Encourage schools to implement a mental health screening for all students by a trained professional, if possible. Any screening should be compliant with HIPAA and FERPA policies. Screening instructions (offered verbally to younger students) should provide age-appropriate and transparent disclosure of protocols in place to protect confidentiality while adhering to mandated reporting guidelines.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Communication and Family Supports (Before Schools Reopen)

    Implement any additional communication systems needed to reach every family and student in their home language through multiple modes (e.g., text, call, email, home visit) to share:

    • Expectations around the duration of the closure and reopening; (Phases 1-3: Strongly Recommended, Phase 4: Not Applicable, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Decisions about grade-level proficiencies, modes of assessment and feedback, daily instructional time, and estimated workload. This should be done in collaboration with local bargaining units; (Phases 1-3: Strongly Recommended, Phase 4: Not Applicable, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Supports and resources for families to use at home, such as grade-specific activities and strategies for teaching and helping their child; and (Phases 1-3: Strongly Recommended, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Training on accessing and using the school’s digital systems and tools, and workshops for families to build digital literacy. (Phases 1-3: Strongly Recommended, Phase 4: Not Applicable, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Expectations around their child’s return to school; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Clear information about schedules and configurations, if hybrid; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Information about modes of assessment, details on curricula used in each of the core subjects, and grade-level proficiencies; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Plans for each of the different school opening scenarios. (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Communication and Family Supports (Before Schools Reopen)

    Provide resources that demonstrate schools value parents as partners in their child’s education. Offer family supports that provide families with:

    • Training about how to access and use the school’s chosen digital systems and tools; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Supports and resources for families to use at home, such as grade-specific activities and strategies for teaching and helping their child; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Not Applicable)
    • Opportunities to build their digital literacy; (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Strategies to support their child’s learning at home. (Phases 1-3: Not Applicable, Phase 4: Strongly Recommended, Phase 5: Recommended)
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Audit necessary materials and supply chain for cleaning and disinfection supplies.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Coordinate with Local Emergency Management Programs (LEMP) for support with procurement of cleaning and disinfection supplies.

    • Advocate for ISDs to coordinate with LEMPs.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Audit any additional facilities that the district may have access to that could be used for learning.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Provide school-level guidance for cleaning and disinfecting all core assets including buildings and playgrounds. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned several times a day.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Alert school-based custodial and infection control staff of any changes in recommended cleaning guidelines issued by OSHA and/or CDC. It is expected that this guidance will be updated in real-time based on the status of community spread across local geographies.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Encourage schools to convene custodial and facilities staff to review and make actionable district guidance regarding cleaning and disinfection.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Encourage schools to provide advanced training for custodial staff.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
  • Operations
    Facilities

    Custodial staff should continue deep cleaning over the summer.

    Note: In phases 4 and 5, this is strongly recommended before school reopens.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Strongly recommended
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