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COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan

April 11, 2022

Introduction

The Holtville Unified School District is dedicated to providing a safe learning environment which promotes academic success and equity for all students. Our community of dedicated professionals is here to provide a world-class education to the children of our community. HUSD has a rich history of ensuring that each child is given every opportunity to experience academic, social and emotional growth that will help them to become productive, positive contributors to society.

In the 2021-2022 school year, HUSD has returned to a full schedule, in-person instructional model. HUSD is also providing independent study according to the state’s modified guidelines in effect for this school year only.

To ensure that HUSD schools remain open to in-person instruction, the District will actively monitor students for COVID-19 related symptoms. It is expected that parents monitor their child/ren for COVID-19 symptoms (including, but not limited to temperature above 100.4° Fahrenheit, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, nausea, diarrhea, headache, and body aches) prior to sending their child/ren to school every morning. If the child/ren exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (fever, excessive coughing, vomiting), the child/ren must remain at home, seek medical attention, and the school site must be notified.

II. Health and Safety

  1. Local Conditions to Reopen
    1. HUSD will follow state and local public health department clearance.

  2. Equipment
    1. Each school site will have a sufficient amount of screening equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE).
      1. Facemasks, face shields, gloves, gowns, sneeze guards, thermometers, nursing equipment, etc.
      2. PPE/equipment will be restocked as needed.
    2. Disposable face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, plexiglass sneeze guards and thermometers are available for classrooms.
      1. Gowns and face shields are available for added protection, or as needed.

  3. Cleaning/Sanitizing Supply
    1. Adequate cleaning/sanitizing supplies will be available at each school site.
      1. Disinfectants, soap, hand-sanitizer, UV lamps, paper towels, facial tissue, etc.

  4. Address Positive COVID-19 Cases and Community Surges
    1. Students and staff who were potentially exposed and/or tested positive for COVID-19 will follow the quarantine and isolation protocols survey (link in the additional resources section of this document).
    2. Temporary school closures due to COVID-19 will be considered as a last resort and considered only after all available resources have been exhausted in an attempt to preserve in-person education. Temporary school closures will be considered only after conferring with ICPHD.

  5. Address the School’s Role in Identifying, Documenting, Tracing, Monitoring and Reporting COVID-19 infections:
    1. Identifying: Self-screening
      1. Students and families are encouraged to self-monitor and self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
    2. Documenting, Tracing and Monitoring:
      1. The district will document, trace and monitor individuals within the school district.
      2. The COVID-19 Team and Human Resource Department will review employee sick calls/symptoms.
    3. Reporting protocols
      1. HUSD will follow the Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD) reporting protocols.
      2. All positive cases will be reported to ICPHD.
        1. Anyone exposed/in close contact (as defined by the CDC) to the positive individual will be reported to ICPHD.
        2. All outbreaks (3 or more positive cases within a 14 day period) will be reported for further guidance from the ICPHD.
      3. The COVID-19 Team will keep an open line of communication with the local health department school liaison.

III. Campus Access

  1. Student
    1. Any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at school (i.e. 100.4° Fahrenheit or above temperature, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, chills, head or muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) will be sent to the nurse’s office.
      1. The parent/guardian will be notified and instructed to pick the student up.
      2. Parents are advised to have their child tested for COVID-19 and maintain home isolation until cleared by medical personnel for return to school.
    2. While on campus students will be monitored throughout the day for signs of illness.
      1. Teachers/aides will receive training on symptoms of COVID-19 and how to properly report to the nurse/health clerks if a student develops symptoms.
    3. Students who exhibit symptoms at school will be removed from their class and placed in a designated isolation area to wait until a parent/guardian arrives.
      1. Designated isolation rooms or areas will be assigned at each school site.
      2. Staff assigned to an isolation room will wear appropriate PPE while monitoring a suspected positive COVID-19 student.

  2. Staff
    1. Staff will self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms prior to leaving home.
    2. Any staff member exhibiting signs of COVID-19 symptoms at school (i.e. 100.4° Fahrenheit or above temperature, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, chills, head or muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) will be sent to the district nurse.
      1. The staff member may be tested for COVID-19 and maintain home isolation until cleared by medical personnel for return to school.

IV. Hygiene

  1. Staff Training and Family Education (age-appropriate)
    1. Staff will be required to complete the “COVID-19 School Based Guidelines” online training upon offer of employment.
    2. Staff will receive training by the district nurse on COVID-19 safety and prevention measures covering the following areas:
      1. What is COVID-19?
      2. How is COVID-19 transmitted?
      3. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
      4. When to seek medical care?
      5. What should you do if you are COVID-19 positive?
      6. What are the risk factors for COVID-19?
      7. What are effective safety & prevention measures?
    3. Staff will receive education and video demonstrations as-needed on the following:
      1. Proper hand washing/disinfecting techniques.
      2. Proper respiratory etiquette.
      3. Proper use of a face mask.
    4. Teachers will educate their students as to COVID-19 Guidelines, proper hand washing/disinfecting techniques, respiratory etiquette, and recommend proper face mask use.
    5. Signage is posted throughout campuses recommending the use of face coverings indoors, and encouraging hand washing, proper respiratory etiquette, and social distancing.
    6. Families will be educated via the following: HUSD website, signage throughout all campuses, flyers that are sent home, school social media accounts, online meetings and other communication platforms.
    7. HUSD will continue to inform all stakeholders of the latest updates regarding Imperial County Public Health Department COVID-19 Guidelines on a regular basis.

  2. Equipment
    1. Hand-washing stations/hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus.
    2. Hand sanitizer is available in the classrooms and students have access to wash their hands when needed.
    3. Teachers will implement a daily hand hygiene routine in their classroom.

V. Physical Distancing

  1. Classrooms
    1. Rearranged furniture and play spaces to create distancing when and where possible between students.
    2. Masks are optional in classrooms.
    3. Open windows & doors if possible to allow for increased circulation of outdoor air.

  2. Food Service
    1. Food service staff will wear PPE during food preparation and the serving of meals.
    2. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria/lunch area utilizing:
      1. Staggered lunch periods.
      2. Limited physical interaction during meal service.
      3. Suspended self-service.
      4. Additional picnic tables and tents to accommodate outdoor seating.

  3. Staff
    1. Workspaces will be rearranged and ‘distancing’ information will be displayed.
    2. Face coverings will be recommended during staff development meetings when indoors.
    3. Adjust staff schedules as necessary.

VI. Cleaning/Disinfecting

The Holtville Unified School District will maintain high standards of cleanliness.

  1. Custodial staff involved in disinfecting and cleaning should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and follow supervisor instructions when disinfecting COVID-19 exposed areas.
  2. Classroom staff will disinfect surface areas routinely throughout the day, such as:
    1. Desks and tables, chairs, keyboards, phones, headsets, and other high-touch areas.
  3. Daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will be performed by custodial staff, such as:
    1. Door handles, desks, chairs, phones, sneeze guards, drinking fountains, sink handles, restroom surfaces, and floors.
    2. Daily use of UV light to disinfect classrooms.
  4. HVAC systems will aid in circulating outside air into the classrooms. Maintenance of HVAC systems will be conducted frequently.
  5. Ensure restrooms are maintained, stocked and sanitized frequently throughout the school day.

VII. Communication with Students, Parents, Employees, Public Health Officials, and the Community

  1. HUSD will engage stakeholders of the COVID-19 Safe Reopening School Plan.
  2. HUSD will communicate COVID-19 Safe Reopening School Plan to stakeholders as well as community members.
  3. All stakeholders will be informed of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

VIII. Instructional Programs


The Holtville Unified School District will start the 2021-2022 school year with the following instructional models.

  1. Regular Schedule: students attend school in-person on a daily basis with teachers.
  2. Independent Studies: available to students who choose not to or are unable to attend in-person instruction. All HUSD parents were notified to contact their child’s school individually for the modified independent study program for the 2021-2022 school year.

IX. Mental Health and Well-being of All

  1. Support and promote student wellness on a regular basis (i.check-ins, etc.).
  2. Promote daily routines in the classroom setting and include mindfulness strategies.
  3. Support and promote staff wellness (trainings, techniques, strategies, etc.).
  4. Continue targeted intervention of students and staff.
  5. Inform community of local resources (food banks, Medi-Cal, child care, etc.).

X. School Services

  1. Transportation will follow COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines as well as social distancing guidelines.

  2. Food Service will follow COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines as well as social distancing guidelines and the following procedures:
    1. Signage is posted on how to stay healthy in the food service area and cafeteria.
    2. Meals will be individually plated and produce will be individually served (no self-serve).
    3. Entrees will be individually wrapped.
    4. Seating will be rearranged to allow distancing inside and outside of the cafeteria.
    5. Signage is posted to encourage social distancing.
    6. Food Service staff is implementing a touchless point of service system for students.
    7. Grab-and-go meals for students not on campus will continue to be made available.


COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan

October 15, 2021



XI. Additional Resources