Coronavirus Resources for Schools

CDC K-12 Schools Readiness and Planning Tool

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2 Considerations for Schools: General Readiness Assessment Use the following tool when making initial preparations to promote healthy behaviors, environments, and operations that reduce the spread of COVID-19. Policies and Procedures Point Person(s): _________________________________ Review relevant local/state regulatory agency policies and orders, such as those related to events, gatherings, and travel. Consult local health officials about the school's approach to planning for COVID-19. Designate a staff person responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Make sure other staff, parents, and students know how to contact this person. Develop policies that encourage sick staff members to stay at home without fear of job loss or other consequences and protect their privacy, particularly for those with underlying medical conditions and at higher risk for severe illness. Offer options (e.g., telework or virtual learning opportunities) for staff and students at higher risk for severe illness. Offer flexible sick leave policies and practices. Offer options for flexible worksites (e.g., telework) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts). Develop a plan to monitor absenteeism of students and staff, cross-train staff, and create a roster of trained back-up staff. Monitor absenteeism of students and staff, cross- train staff, and create a roster of trained back-up staff. Develop a plan to conduct daily health checks (e.g., temperature screening and/or symptom checking) of staff and students, as possible, and in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations. Facilities and Supplies Point Person(s): _________________________________ Obtain supplies including: soap hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) paper towels tissues cleaning and disinfection supplies cloth face coverings (as feasible) no-touch/foot pedal trash cans no-touch soap/hand sanitizer dispensers disposable food service items other: __________________________________ Develop a schedule for increased routine cleaning and disinfection in collaboration with maintenance staff, including areas such as the following: buses or other transport vehicles frequently touched surfaces (e.g., desks, door handles, railings) communal spaces (e.g., restrooms) shared objects (e.g., gym equipment, art supplies, games) other: __________________________________ Assess the ability of staff, students, and families to obtain cloth face coverings for everyday use. Education and Training Point Person(s): ____________________________ Educate staff, students, and their families about when they should stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case, and when they can return to school. Educate staff on flexible work and leave policies that encourage sick staff members to stay at home without fear of job loss or other consequences. Teach the importance of handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Teach the importance of social distancing and staying with small groups, if applicable. Identify who should wear cloth face coverings, and communicate the importance of wearing them. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on: Children younger than 2 years old Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without help Provide information on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings. Train staff on all safety protocols. Conduct training virtually or maintain social distancing during training. Other: _________________________________

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