Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 9 o Increase ventilation by increasing outdoor air circulation (e.g., by opening windows) or using high-efficiency air filters and increasing ventilation rates. 1 Considerations • Use non-classroom space for instruction (including regular use of outdoor space, gyms, or cafeterias), if doing so will allow for greater distancing between students. • Place markings on classroom floors to facilitate physical distancing. • For middle schools/junior high schools and high schools, stable classroom cohorts can be facilitated by having different teachers rotate into the classroom to teach different subjects. 4. Non-Classroom Settings Recommendations • Restrooms: Stagger restroom use by groups of students to the extent practicable, and/or assign certain groups of students to use certain restrooms. • Libraries: Stagger group use of libraries. • Cafeterias: Serve meals in classrooms or outdoors, instead of cafeterias or group dining rooms, wherever practicable. • Playgrounds and Recess: Consider holding recess activities in separated areas designated by class and/or staggered throughout the day. Limit use of shared playground equipment in favor of physical activities that require less contact with surfaces and allow for greater physical distancing. • Physical Education: Conduct physical education classes outdoors whenever possible, maintaining separation of classes and with appropriate physical distancing within groups to the extent practicable. Face coverings should not be worn during exercise. • Lockers: Minimize use of lockers to avoid unnecessary mixing and congregation of students in hallways. • Hallways: Minimize congregate movement through hallways as much as practicable. For example, establish more ways to enter and exit a campus, stagger passing times when necessary or when students cannot stay in one room, and establish designated one-way walking/passage areas. • Staff Break Rooms: Consider closing break rooms or limiting the number of staff who can be in the break room at a given time (particularly rooms that are small) to allow for physical distancing. Encourage or require staff to eat meals outdoors or in large, well ventilated spaces. 1 Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, unless doing so would pose a health or safety risk to individuals using the facility (e.g., allowing in pollen or smoke or exacerbating asthma symptoms). If opening windows poses a safety or health risk, maximize central air filtration for HVAC systems (ideally with a targeted filter rating of at least MERV 13).

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