Coronavirus Resources for Schools

ACSA School Reopening Comparison Document

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Summary of Guidance for Reopening Schools California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) California Department of Education (CDE) Industry Guidance for Schools Considerations for Schools; Reopening Decision Tree Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools Key Recommendations Evaluating Local Conditions for Reo- pening Districts urged to collaborate with local public health offices to consider the unique needs and circum- stances of the local community. The CDC provided a "Reopening Decision Tree" to ensure a school can (1) protect higher risk employees and students, (2) screen students/staff, and (3) implement the safety proto- cols in this document. The CDE provided a 10-part checklist to evaluate whether to reopen, emphasizing: "the final decision to reopen will be made by each LEA working in close collaboration with local health officials and community stakeholders, including families, staff, and labor partners." Hygiene Hand washing, face coverings Teach and reinforce handwashing and healthy hygiene practices among students and staff. LEAs should also consider portable handwashing stations throughout schoolsites and near classrooms. The CDC adds that children younger than two years old should not wear masks. Teach students to wear cloth face coverings. All staff should wear masks. Masks are essential when physi- cal distancing is not practicable. Employers should provide and ensure staff wear masks and required pro- tective equipment. The CDE notes that bus drivers should have surplus masks to distribute to symptomatic students on the bus. The CDPH and CDE adds that teachers can use face shields, if available, which enable younger students to see their teachers' faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. While CDC and CDPH recommends that students be "encouraged" to wear masks, the CDE states that all students "should" wear masks. Daily Operations Screening and mon- itoring Implement screening and other procedures for all staff and students entering the facility. Conduct visual wellness checks of all students and take students' temperature with a no-touch thermometer. Actively encourage staff and students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home. Document/track incidents of possible exposure and notify local health officials, staff and families immedi- ately of any positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality, as required under FERPA and state laws. Monitor staff and students throughout the day for signs of illness; send home students and staff with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough or other COVID-19 symptoms. The CDC adds that parents should be instructed to screen students before leaving for school. Physical Distancing Classroom and non- classroom settings Classroom. Students, staff, and teachers should remain in the same space and in groups as small and consistent as practicable. Consider ways to establish separation of students through other means if practi- cable, such as six feet between desks, desk partitions, floor markings to promote distancing, or arranging desks in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact.

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