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COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 PREVENTION STRATEGIES
UNIVERSAL AND CORRECT USE OF MASKS
Core principle for masks: Require consistent and correct use of well-fitting face masks with proper filtration by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets. Masks should be worn at all times, by all people in school facilities, with certain exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating or drinking. Masks should be required in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including hallways, school offices, restrooms, etc.
Mask policies for all students, teachers, and staff set the expectation that people will use masks throughout the school.
The most effective fabrics for cloth masks are tightly woven, such as cotton and cotton blends, breathable, and in two or three fabric layers. Masks with exhalation valves or vents, those that use loosely woven fabrics, and those that do not fit properly are not recommended.
If visitors are permitted inside, they should be required to wear masks at all times and should maintain physical distance from others.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Core principle for physical distancing: Establish school policies and implement structural interventions to promote physical distance between people.
Between students in classrooms
  In elementary schools, students should be at least 3 feet apart.1
  In middle schools and high schools, students should be at least 3 feet apart.
Maintain 6 feet of distance in the following settings:
  Between adults (teachers and staff), and between adults and students, at all times inside.
Face desks in the same direction, where possible.
Eliminate or decrease nonessential in-person interactions among teachers and staff during meetings, and other situations that could lead to adult-to-adult transmission.
Visitors: Limit any nonessential visitors. Require all visitors to wear masks and physically distance from others.
HANDWASHING AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE
Core principle for handwashing and respiratory etiquette: Through ongoing health education units and lessons, teach children proper handwashing and reinforce behaviors, and provide adequate supplies. Ensure that teachers and staff use proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among students, teachers, and staff. If handwashing is not possible, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol should be used.
Encourage students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue when not wearing a mask and immediately wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Adequate supplies: Support healthy hygiene behaviors by providing adequate supplies, including soap, a way to dry hands, tissues, and no-touch/foot-pedal trash cans. If soap and water are not readily available, schools can provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).
CLEANING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHY FACILITIES
Core principle for cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities: Make changes to physical spaces to maintain a healthy environment and facilities, including improving ventilation. Routinely and consistently clean high-touch surfaces (such as doorknobs and light switches).
Ventilation: Improve ventilation to the extent possible to increase circulation of outdoor air, increase the delivery of clean air, and dilute potential contaminants. This can be achieved through several actions.
  Bring in as much outdoor air as possible.
  Ensure Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) settings are maximizing ventilation.
  Filter and/or clean the air in the school by improving the level of filtration as much as possible.
  Use exhaust fans in restrooms.
Modified layouts: Adjust physical layouts in classrooms and other settings to maximize physical space, such as by turning desks to face in the same direction.
Cleaning: Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces (for example, playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, toilets, drinking fountains) within the school at least daily or between use as much as possible.
Shared objects: Discourage sharing items, particularly those that are difficult to clean.
Visitors: Limit any nonessential visitors. Require all visitors to wear masks and physically distance from others.
CONTACT TRACING IN COMBINATION WITH QUARANTINE
Core principle for contact tracing: Schools should collaborate with the health department, to the extent allowable by privacy laws and other applicable laws, to confidentially provide information about people diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Students, teachers, and staff with positive test results should isolate, and close contacts should quarantine. Schools should report positive cases to the health department as soon as they are informed. School officials should notify families of close contacts as soon as possible after they are notified that someone in the school has tested positive (within the same school day).
Staying home when appropriate: Educate teachers, staff and families about when they and their children should stay home and when they can return to school. Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
Quarantine should be used for students, teachers, and staff who might have been exposed to COVID-19. Close contacts, identified through contact tracing, should quarantine unless they are fully vaccinated, or have tested positive in the last 3 months, and do not have any symptoms. Students, teachers, and staff who are in quarantine should stay home and follow the direction of the local public health department about when it is safe for them to be around others.
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