Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 8 maximize physical distancing while minimizing scheduling challenges for students and families. 3. Classroom Settings Requirements • Elementary schools o Ensure students and staff remain in stable classroom cohorts by keeping the same students and teacher or staff together for the entire school day. 1 Students should not mix with other stable classroom cohorts. • Middle schools/junior high schools and high schools o Reduce disease transmission risk by maximizing the space between student desks. • All schools o Distance teacher and staff desks at least six feet away from students to minimize adult-to-child disease transmission. o Assign stable seating arrangements for students to ensure that close contacts within classrooms are minimized and easily identifiable Recommendations • Elementary schools o Prioritize stability of stable classroom cohorts over physical distancing or face covering use. Given the social and educational needs of this age group, physical distancing and face coverings may be difficult to enforce for this age group. Therefore, strict maintenance of a stable classroom cohort, which minimizes the total number of contacts, is the primary mechanism of risk reduction. • Middle schools/junior high schools and high schools o Space students at least six feet apart, if possible in existing facilities. If that is not possible, consider placing barriers between students. o Establish stable classroom cohorts for the entire school day, if feasible. • In all settings o Class sizes should be as small as practicable. o Ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of high-touch materials (art supplies, equipment, electronic devices, etc.) to the extent practicable, or limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of students at a time and clean and disinfect between uses. o Keep students' belongings separate so that students do not come in contact with other students' belongings. o Reduce the amount of furniture and equipment in the classroom to facilitate distancing and reduce high-touch surfaces.

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