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COVID-19 Safe Reopening Plan

October 15, 2021


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 morninIf the child/ren exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms, 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. Classrooms will be equipped with disposable face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, plexiglass sneeze guards and thermometers.
      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 attached 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: Active screening
      1. Daily COVID-19 Symptom Check-In/Questionnaire for all staff and students.
      2. Daily temperature check for staff and students.
      3. Additional staff will be hired and trained to assist with, but not limited to the following: screening process, monitoring outside classroom movement, and supervising isolation rooms.
      4. Screening staff will be trained on screening protocols, use of screening equipment and 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
    4. HUSD will follow the Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD) reporting protocols.
    5. 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.
    6. The COVID-19 Team will keep an open line of communication with the local health department school liaison.
III. Campus Access
  1. Student
    1. Students will enter and exit campus at designated access points throughout campus to facilitate enhanced screening protocols.
    2. All students will be screened daily prior to entering campus. Permission to enter campus will not be granted if the check-in is not complete.
      1. Daily COVID-19 Symptom Check-in/Questionnaire
      2. Temperature check
    3. Any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of screening (i.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 not be permitted on campus.
      1. The symptomatic student will be separated from the other students.
      2. The parent/guardian will be notified and instructed to pick the student up.
      3. Parents may be advised to have their child tested for COVID-19 and maintain home isolation until cleared by medical personnel for return to school.
    4. 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.
    5. 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. Staff must complete the HUSD Daily COVID-19 Symptom Check-In/Questionnaire prior to coming to campus.
      1. Permission to enter campus will not be granted if the check-in is not completed.
    3. Each staff member entering campus will have his/her temperature taken at the designated location.
    4. Any staff member exhibiting signs of COVID-19 symptoms at the time of screening (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 not be permitted on campus.
      1. The staff member will be responsible to notify their supervisor and instructed to go home.
      2. The staff member may be advised to get tested for COVID-19 and maintain home isolation until cleared by medical personnel for return to school.
    5. Staff who display COVID-19 symptoms at school must immediately inform their supervisor and will be sent home to await guidance from the COVID-19 Team.
    6. Students in the class will be removed from the potentially exposed environment.
  3. Outside Visitors and Groups
    1. Visitors will not be permitted on campus.
    2. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, use of facilities requests must include additional safety measures and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
    3. Site administrators will establish protocol for accepting deliveries and communicate those protocols to their staff.
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.
    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 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 the proper use of a face mask.
    5. Signage is posted throughout campuses requiring 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. On Campus
    1. Physical distancing will be encouraged when and where possible for all individuals on campus.
      1. Signage will be posted throughout campus to encourage social distancing.
    2. Classrooms will be arranged to maximize as much distance as possible between students and staff.
      1. Sneeze guards will be utilized in class for added protection.
    3. The movement of students outside of the classroom will be minimized and monitored.
    4. Face mask guidance shall follow the California Department of Public Health at: CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  2. Outdoor Recreation Areas
    1. Physical distancing is encouraged when students are outside.
    2. School outdoor recreation areas will not be used until advised otherwise by state or local health officials.
    3. Only contactless Physical Education will be allowed, as well as activities, in which equipment is not shared.
  3. Classrooms
    1. Rearranged furniture and play spaces to maximize distancing when and where possible between students.
    2. Masks required in classrooms.
    3. Open windows & doors if possible to allow for increased circulation of outdoor air.
  4. 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.
  5. Staff
    1. Workspaces will be rearranged and ‘distancing’ information will be displayed.
    2. Face coverings will be required during staff development meetings when indoors.
    3. Adjust staff schedules as necessary.
    4. Staff engaging in screening students, parents, and employees must wear facemasks and use hand sanitizer.
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.
    1. Students who fail the daily COVID symptom questionnaire will not be allowed to board the bus or come on campus.
    2. Possible two students per seat wearing masks at all times.
  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 wrapped (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.
XI. Additional Resources