Daily cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing will occur at every building in the school district. 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.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) A variety of PPE will be on-site at all TCSD schools and administration buildings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is a look at some of the requirements and protocols for the district.
MASKS AND FACE SHIELDS
Face masks for students and staff will be required for the 2020–21 school year. Face shields will also be available for teachers to allow for comprehension during classroom instructional time.If needed, teachers can implement mask “breaks” throughout the day. (More information about masks can be found under student and family expectations: https://www.tooeleschools.org/apps/pages/studentexpectations
TCSD will provide one or two free reusable masks for students and staff. Students will need to supplement any additional masks.
Masks exceptions include:
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
- Any students with health conditions that makes the wearing of a face covering a risk to their health, (An individual may need to provide a medical directive verifying the need for an exemption to a face mask or face covering).
- When students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering (eating, drinking, etc.).
- When students are too young or unable to remove their own mask. (This refers only to physically disabled students and preschool students.)
- 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. We will ensure that all schools and District buildings are routinely cleaned and disinfected: All district buildings to include schools will be cleaned and disinfected daily or multiple times throughout the day if they are frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Frequently touched surfaces and objects include:
- Door knobs and handles
- Stair rails
- Classroom desks and chairs
- Lunchroom tables and chairs
- Light switches
- Handles on equipment
- Athletic equipment
- Push-buttons on vending machines and elevators
- Shared toys
- Shared remote controls
- Shared telephones
- Shared desktops
- Shared computer keyboards and mice
- Water Fountains
- Other critical touch points
CHEMICALS AND EQUIPMENT 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.
-20,000 cloth masks
-5,000 Face shields
-1000+ plexiglass barriers. They are installed 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 and can even be used as hand sanitizer.
Anolyte- A 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
Schools: All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfectant and paper towels. Teachers and custodians will be responsible for cleaning common contact surfaces, such as desks and tables/counters, at regular intervals throughout the day. Daily disinfecting will occur throughout the school with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting on Fridays.
Buses: Buses will be disinfected immediately after all students have been dropped off at their destination for each route and will be deep cleaned at the end of each school day. Masks are required on all school buses and hand sanitizer will be available for student use.
Restrooms: Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at least four times per day (or more depending on use patterns). Critical touch points include:
- Soap Dispenser
- Hand Towel Dispenser
- Toilet Tissue Dispenser
- Door knobs and handles
- Light Switches
- Feminine hygiene receptacles
- Other critical touch points
- Custodians will check all soap and paper dispensers during each cleaning
VENTILATION PROTOCOL: Extra measures will be taken to improve ventilation. Each building will be properly ventilated during the school day. Outside airflow will be increased throughout buildings, installing higher efficiency filters in HVAC equipment and running HVAC equipment several hours before and after building occupancy each day. The frequency of changing filters throughout the school year will be increased.
SHARED CLASSROOM MATERIALS: To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus it is highly discouraged to share any classroom materials.
- Every effort will be made to reduce the amount of materials, supplies and personal belongings going to and from school. The same consideration should be given to reducing student exposure to high-touch, shared resources at school.
- Schools will discourage sharing items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
- If supplies must be shared, a use limit will be placed on supplies and equipment to one group of children at a time — with cleaning and disinfecting between use.
- Sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids will be avoided. (Exceptions include if materials can be cleaned between use.)
SOCIAL DISTANCING: While in TCSD schools and administrative offices, students and staff will be asked to social distance. However, we know in many instances social distancing simply will not be possible. We will do everything we can to maximize the space we have available.
- Buses: Students will be assigned seating. Seats will be adjusted to achieve maximum social distancing and assigned to sit with their siblings.
- Athletics: Appropriate social distancing must occur in addition to following all safety protocols. All Utah High School Association Activities will follow UHSAA rules and guidelines.
- Extracurricular activities: TBD
- Lunchtime: Based on individual school resources, meal service may take place in the classroom or in the cafeteria. Please contact your school for more information.
- Recess: Recess will still occur for elementary students. Social Distancing will be implemented during recess.
COMMON SPACES: Custodial staff will clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, commonly touched surfaces, and shared electronic equipment routinely and frequently.
CAFETERIA: Meal service is recommended in the cafeterias due to food safety, staffing, and lack of proper equipment to transport meals to classrooms or other locations. Social distancing is required during lunch-time and/or whenever a mask cannot be worn by students or staff. Additional menu options have been added to include individually wrapped/packaged food and food that is less messy if a student needs to eat in an area outside of the cafeteria.
GYMS: Social distancing guidelines must be followed, and stationed or shared equipment must be cleaned prior to and after each use.
- Physical training: exercising, running/walking, jump roping and non-contact activities can be explored.
MUSIC ROOM/LARGE GROUP INSTRUCTION/BAND ROOM: Physical education, choir, band, orchestra and other large classes may be reorganized to allow for smaller classes, or be relocated to accommodate social distancing, and other precautions.
HALLWAYS: Many TCSD schools will designate certain hallways as one way — using colored taping or marking, or directional arrows — depending on the width of the corridors. Additional signage will be placed on walls for visual referencing. Schools must limit non-essential movement. The congregation of students is discouraged and will be monitored and minimized. Doors will be propped open to reduce touching. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected after transition periods.
WATER FOUNTAINS: Water fountains will be available for use and sanitized often throughout the day. However, students are encouraged to bring a water bottle for personal use.
HAND-WASHING: Hand-washing breaks will be included at schools throughout the day. Signs about proper hand-washing techniques will also be placed throughout district schools and administration buildings.
HAND SANITIZER: TCSD schools and administration buildings have been equipped with hand-sanitizing stations. Hand sanitizer is available in every school classroom, office, and in high traffic areas throughout the school.
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS: Due to COVID-19, TCSD is limiting all non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups. This policy will be in place until further notice. Only TCSD staff and students assigned to your child’s school will be permitted in your child’s school. Exceptions will include:
- Outside vendors or contractors whose services are required for the safe provision of school services.
- Scheduled meetings with parents or guardians that must be by appointment only. These should take place in areas where students are not present.
- District employees who must be on-site as part of their responsibilities to school.
- Essential volunteers to the school.
As much as possible, all meetings should move online. Parents or guardians who pick up students from school will be restricted to the front office, where they will be expected to maintain social distance between themselves and TCSD staff. For additional information, please contact your school for their school-specific plan.
Non-essential furniture and equipment will be moved out of the classroom and furniture in classrooms will be moved to maximize space between desks. Each class will have assigned seats for students. Students will face the same direction. If needed, and available, large spaces such as auditoriums, gyms, outdoors, will be used to maximize distance. Surfaces inside the classroom will be wiped down and sanitized between classes, (this includes materials and commonly touched surfaces).