When will schools reopen?
What will be the bus transportation guidelines?
In accordance with the Utah State Board of Education, Utah Department of Health, and the Center for Disease and Control, we will be operating school buses under the following guidelines:
School Bus Driver and Attendant Expectations:
Thank you for your support as we evolve and adapt our transportation practices to protect the well-being of our staff and students. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Office at 435-833-1916.
What type of equipment and cleaning materials will be used in the schools?
TCSD is providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all employees.
The following has been ordered and we will continue to order what is deemed necessary (as of August 1, 2020)
-disposable gloves for janitorial staff
-20,000 cloth masks
-5,000 Face shields
-1000+ plexiglass barriers. They are being installed at schools over the summer in front offices, libraries, and other areas of the school. Every classroom will receive a plexiglass barrier as well.
Environize Chemical System- TCSD can create Anylote on site and distribute to all buildings. This will allow us not to have any supply shortages. This is a safe disinfectant that can also be used as a hand sanitizer.
Anolyte- is commercially available as neutral electrolyzed water. It is a natural disinfectant liquid solution that has been proven more effective than bleach against a broad range of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, mycobacterium, viruses, etc. Poses no threat to humans. (Hypochlorous acid)
Ozone generators- An ozone generator is a device that turns regular are into ozone, which is capable of removing contaminants in the air.
Electrostatic Sprayers- It positively charges chemical particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects
Foggers/Misters- Efficient and effective way to sanitize large areas quickly
EPA registered Quat Disinfectants
EPA registered Sanitizers
What are the enhanced cleaning protocols that are being done in each school?
Daily cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing will occur at every building in TCSD. Custodians will be using more efficient equipment, EPA registered cleaners, disinfectants, and sanitizers. Restrooms will be sanitized frequently throughout the day. Restrooms will be stocked with adequate soap and paper products for increased hand washing.
Custodians will be using electrostatic sprayers using a powerful EPA registered hypochlorous acid with a kill claim for COVID-19 and other viruses.
For a more detailed list, please refer to the question: "What additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols will take place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus?"
What additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols will take place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus?
COVID- 19 CLEANING AND DISINFECTING GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOLS
Cleaning- Removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing- Lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting- Kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Routine cleaning and disinfecting-Clean and disinfect at least daily (or more, depending on use patterns) frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Frequently Touched surfaces and objects include:
*Shared computers should have signs posted instructing proper hand hygiene before and after using them to minimize disease transmission. It is not necessary to routinely apply disinfectants to surfaces that are not high-touch or high-risk
(e.g., floors, bookcases, tops of filing cabinets, etc.).
Cleaning cloth face coverings and face shields
Clean and disinfect at least 4 times (or more, depending on use patterns) all Critical touch points such as:
Check All soap and paper dispensers
Has there been any additional training for our custodial staff to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
There has been demonstrations on new equipment, chemical, and best practice training during the summer and will continue to train custodial staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cleaners will be starting a week before students return to receive additional training on how to clean in a Covid-19 environment.
Will the custodial staff need to train faculty and staff on these cleaning practices?
Yes, Head Custodians will be the building expert on cleaning practices. They will direct the cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of each building in accordance to the district and health department guidelines and protocols. The Operations Team will also provide continued guidance and support to all buildings.
Has increased ventilation inside schools been taken into account?
Yes. TCSD will take extra measures to improve ventilation. Each building will be properly ventilated during the school day. TCSD will increase outside airflow throughout buildings, installing higher efficiency filters in HVAC equipment and running HVAC equipment several hours before and after building occupancy each day. TCSD will increase the frequency of changing filters throughout the school year.
What does the state health order say about face masks?
Are face masks or face coverings required in the schools?
Additional face mask related FAQs provided by the State.
Is there a requirement on what type of mask or face covering is allowed in school?
Will schools provide students and employees with face coverings?
When is it appropriate for a student or employee to not wear a face covering?
Is there a Face Mask Accommodation Form I can take to my child's physician?
Are there hand-sanitizing stations in the school? How many? Where are they located?
There will be sanitation stations widely available throughout the buildings. Every classroom that does not have a hand-washing area will have a hand-sanitizer station. Hand-sanitization stations will also be placed at each building’s main entrance, main office, and cafeteria. We have over 1,000 hand sanitizer dispensers installed and continue to add more each day. Faculty and staff will also have a spray bottle with sanitizing solution on hand to wipe down desks and other items, as needed. Hand sanitizer will contain at least 60% alcohol to meet the CDC recommendation.
What precautions will be taken to keep students safe in the classroom?
How will classrooms be set up to help with social distancing?
What will happen when a student is showing symptoms at school?
Will large school-associated gathering be canceled?
We are limiting large gatherings of students until further notice. This includes events such as assemblies, recitals, dances, etc. For the approved events, patrons will be required to wear face covering when physical distancing is not possible.
If schools close for an extended amount of time, will schools have to continue into the summer?
Our contingency plans allow for learning to continue through distance education. As such, we do not anticipate the lengthening of the school year.
What is expected of teachers and students if a school or class needs to close for a certain amount of time?
Are school-sponsored trips going to be allowed?
What options are available for returning back to school in the Fall of 2020?
Should special education students choose in-person learning or online/remote learning?
Can I see a copy of the school reopening plan submitted to the Utah State Board of Education?
What about school meals if a student enrolls in a full-time online school?
How will students and staff be screened for COVID-19 symptoms?
What social and emotional supports will be available to students and staff?