Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 12 • Provide face coverings for students and staff who lose their face coverings or forget to bring them to school. • Face shields are not recommended as a replacement for face coverings given concerns over their ability to minimize droplet spread to others. Teachers may consider using face shields with an appropriate seal (cloth covering extending from the bottom edge of the shield and tucked into the shirt collar) in certain limited situations: during phonological instruction to enable students to see the teacher's mouth and in settings where a cloth face covering poses a barrier to communicating with a student who is hearing impaired or a student with a disability. 2. Handwashing and Other Hygiene Measures Requirements • Teach and reinforce proper handwashing technique, avoiding contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes. • Post signage in high visibility areas to remind students and staff of proper techniques for handwashing and covering of coughs and sneezes and other prevention measures. • Ensure adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, tissues, no-touch trashcans, face coverings and hand sanitizers (with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol) for staff and students who can safely use hand sanitizer. • Minimize the sharing of supplies and equipment among staff and students to the extent feasible. When items must be shared, clean and disinfect items between uses. • Minimize staff's and students' contact with high-touch surfaces (e.g., propping open building or room doors, particularly at arrival and departure times). Recommendations • Model, practice, and monitor handwashing, particularly for lower grade levels. • Develop routines to ensure students wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to campus; after using the restroom; after playing outside and returning to the classroom; before and after eating; and after coughing or sneezing. • Have students and staff wash hands at staggered intervals to minimize congregation around handwashing and hand sanitizer stations. • Proper handwashing is more effective at preventing transmission, but hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative if handwashing is not practicable. • Provide hand sanitizer in each classroom, in any other indoor space used by students or staff, at building entrances/exits, and at locations designated for students or staff to eat. o Students under the age of 9 should use hand sanitizer only under adult supervision. • Suspend or modify use of site resources that necessitate sharing or touching items. For example, consider suspending use of drinking fountains and installing hydration stations; encourage the use of reusable water bottles.

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