PERSONAL HYGIENE/COVID-19 MONITORING AND REPORTING: Families are expected to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. Children with symptoms of COVID-19 must be kept home and should not board a TCSD school bus, attend school, athletics, or extracurricular activities. It is imperative parents or guardians have current contact and emergency contact information updated in the Aspire Student Information System, https://sis2000.tooele.k12.ut.us/Login.aspx. (If you need help logging into Aspire SIS, please contact the TCSD Help Desk Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 435-884-7799 or via email at email@example.com.)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC
), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the symptoms below may have COVID-19, and as such, parents should check for any combination of these symptoms prior to sending children to school and contact a health professional if symptoms arise and/or persist.
- Fever (100.4 F or higher) or chills.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
Parents may also consider, has the student been exposed to a family member or any member of the household who has experienced any of the symptoms above or been diagnosed with COVID-19? Ultimately, The CDC
advises that students who are sick, have demonstrated any of the symptoms listed above, or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 stay home and seek medical attention.
We encourage families to reinforce
- Proper handwashing
- Use of hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face
- Wear a mask in public
- Regularly clean reuseable face masks or face coverings
- Stay home when sick
- Practice physical distancing
FACE MASKS: On July 17, 2020, the Governor's office mandated all students, faculty, staff, and visitors in K-12 school districts and charter schools wear a mask or face covering in buildings and on buses. This health order applies to all individuals. Statewide health conditions will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis, and as such, this order will be updated and may be extended.
Accommodations will be made for staff and students on a case-by-case basis, (medical documentation may be requested and IEP and 504 plans should be updated as needed). TCSD will provide a limited supply of free reusable masks for students and staff. Students will need to supplement the reusable mask they are receiving from TCSD with additional face masks or face coverings. In some instances, face shields will be used as needed for special education, language immersion and an approved requested accommodation.
Face Mask Requirements
- Face covering means a cloth mask or plastic face shield that covers both the nose and mouth
- A cloth face covering can be made of synthetic or natural fabrics
- The covering fits snugly against your face without gaps
- You don’t have difficulty breathing while wearing the mask
- The mask is secure and doesn’t slip once it’s on
- If a face shield is worn, a face mask still needs to be used
This order does not apply to
- An individual outdoors that maintains a physical distance of at least 6-feet from another individual.
- An individual who is eating or drinking while maintaining a physical distance of at least 6-feet from another person.
- Children younger than 3-years old
- An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
- An individual who is deaf or hard of hearing or communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, in which case a face shield or alternative protection should be used.
- An individual with an IEP or 504 that would necessitate exempting the individual from wearing a face covering.
- An individual who is receiving or providing a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face-covering may be necessary, (e.g. speech therapy).
Violation or non-compliance with a health order may be punishable as a class B misdemeanor. Under Utah Code §§ 26-1-30(3), (5), and (6), the Department of Health has the power and duty to promote and protect the health and wellness of the people within the state; to control the causes of epidemic, infectious, communicable, and other diseases affecting the public health; and to prevent and control communicable, infectious, acute, chronic, or any other disease or health hazard that the Department considers to be dangerous, important, or likely to affect the public health.
The Governor's office has stated each LEA (school/district) is required to develop administrator, teacher, and staff education and training on their school’s reopening protocol and action plans, including compliance with the face mask order. Students can be sent home for not wearing a face covering. Existing behavior policies and procedures at all schools should be updated to reflect the circumstances and to support teachers and staff in their response to student behaviors related to mitigating the spread of Covid-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Utah Department of Health recommend the use of face masks or other face coverings to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in addition to physical distancing of a minimum of six-feet when possible and regular hand washing. We know that the virus is often spread through droplets that we expel when we breathe, talk, laugh, sing, cough, or sneeze. People can have the virus and not know it because they might not feel sick. A mask prevents the accidental spread of the virus by catching droplets.
It is the responsibility of families to ensure that student immunizations are updated before each new school year. To access the required and recommended immunizations for the 2020–21 school year go to the annual student registration site: http://sites.tooeleschools.org/RL
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 number 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.