Coventry Local School District
and Safety FAQs
Q. What is the most recent guidance from the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about schools reopening?
there is a COVID-19 diagnosis in a school building, what will happen?
A: If a CLSD student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19,
the district will work with local health officials to determine the appropriate
next steps. In general, these steps may include the following:
Impact: Quarantine vs. Isolation (See handout)
If an individual tests positive with COVID-19, they will need to be “isolated” for 10 days from the positive test. If an individual is in direct contact with a person, who tests positive and had symptoms, the direct contact person will be quarantined for 14 days. If someone comes into contact with a direct contact person, that secondary contact is not impacted and will not be quarantined. Direct contact is anyone who is within 6 feet or in a contained environment (e.g. school bus), with the positive case, for more than 15 minutes. Face masks should be worn to help prevent the spread. A face mask will not preclude someone from being in contact, but if worn will help the health department determine the level of contact between the individuals. If a staff member is quarantined, due to a positive case at school, they will need to stay at home for the duration of the 14 days. This time in quarantine is not considered sick time. Therefore, the staff member does not use their sick days during this timeframe.
Impact: This may require a building to temporarily shift to a
remote learning environment. Because each case is unique, we will communicate
through our all-call phone system, email, and Facebook with any time-sensitive
announcements regarding any needed changes for a school day.
Information: In this
situation, we will maintain the privacy of individuals, but will share
extensive communication regarding exposure or potential exposure to allow families
and staff to make informed decisions. Key
details, such as names and contact information will be shared with the Summit
County Health Department so they can complete the required contact-tracing
steps and procedures.
Areas: The district will
take immediate action to deep-clean and disinfect any areas impacted.
Q: Will Social Distancing be expected?
A: Students and staff are encouraged to maintain six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings as much as possible. Classrooms have been set up to follow the health and safety guidelines in our approved plan. Classroom seating has been revised to maximize distancing between students. Desks have been rearranged so that students are all facing the same direction.
Schools will use signage to remind students and staff to maintain appropriate social distance throughout the building and when interacting.
Q: Will Handwashing
and Sanitizing be a priority?
A: Yes. Students will participate in observed handwashing/sanitizing at regular intervals. Schools will have supplies of hand sanitizer stations to allow for frequent sanitizing. These stations have been placed throughout the building. In addition, every classroom and office area will also be supplied with hand sanitizing supplies.
Personal Protective Equipment be provided for staff and students?
A: Coventry Schools has purchased several different items to help keep the staff and students safe. These items include masks, face shields, thermometers, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray to help maintain a safe environment. We will to continue to monitor the PPE needs throughout the year to ensure schools have an appropriate supply to maintain a safe environment.
Students will receive at least two cloth masks. In addition, disposable masks will be on hand to give to any student who forgets or does not have a mask. Students will be required to wear masks on the bus. So, disposable masks will also be available on the school buses for any student who does not have one.
Will students or staff who have a medical reason to not wear a mask still be
required to wear one?
A: Students who have medical exemptions regarding facial coverings will not be expected to wear masks. These students must have a completed exemption form on file, along with proper medical documentation. A exemption request form and information can be found on the in-person webpage.
it okay to wear the same mask daily? Or do children & teachers need a
different mask each day?
A: Yes, if it is washed and dried after each
day. Masks should be laundered on a daily basis (this
can be in a sink with soap and water or in a washing machine).
Does the district have a Facial Coverings policy?
A: Yes. At this time, all adults and students are required to wear masks (cloth face coverings) when on school grounds, with the exception of time for eating or other designated “mask breaks” that would take place during the day. Masks will also be required for students riding the bus to/from school and while participating in clubs/after school activities. (Please see the district’s Facial Coverings policy for more details and guidelines).
Face masks are an additional step to help
slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and
social distancing in public settings.
Please follow these rules from the CDC when wearing a mask:
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face, while making sure you can breathe easily
- Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead
- Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect?
How to safely remove a face covering:
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties
- Fold outside corners together
- Place covering in the washing machine
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
For more information, view the CDC‘s guidelines for wearing masks.
What will health self-assessments look like for students?
A: Families are asked to take temperatures and check for symptoms such as headaches, cough, and sore throat, of students before leaving the house for school in the morning. The district strongly encourages families to keep their children home when they are not feeling well. white'>Teachers will also complete health assessments of students each morning in homerooms/first period class. These assessments will include a scan of students’ temperatures, as well as a quick symptoms check. Teachers will not be held accountable for false readings or for any missed symptoms. This is in no way a replacement for a health care provider assessment or evaluation. This step is intended to help mitigate the spread of the virus, by catching the early onset of symptoms. Students or staff who show any signs of COVID-19, including a temperature that registers a 100.0 degrees or higher, will refer the student to the nurse’s office immediately.
How is CLSD keeping buildings clean?
A: CLSD’s custodial crews are following touch-point cleaning schedules to clean and applying disinfectant on a daily basis. They will also deep-clean any district buildings impacted by a positive case. In addition, the district will be using a medical-grade disinfectant fogging system to add an additional layer of sanitizing throughout the buildings. This process will take place approximately every 3 weeks. In addition, the district is looking at products that provide protection over time and disinfecting agents that can be applied and prohibit spread.
How will classroom desks and heavily touched surfaces be kept clean?
A: Teachers will be provided a disinfectant spray and wipes (if supply is available) to use on surfaces between students. The disinfectant spray only needs to be sprayed onto the surface. You wait a few seconds and the spray will dry. It should not be wiped off from the surface. In addition, students should be washing their hands throughout the day and hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
Q. Will CLSD’s ventilation systems filter out COVID-19? Does outside air get cycled into buildings?
A. To help mitigate viruses, including COVID-19, the Operations Department has worked with a HVAC company to determine each building’s level of effective air flow and quality. Through this review process, it was determined that Coventry Elementary and Coventry High School have effective ventilation and quality systems.
The middle school’s system meets the modern standards for efficiency, but does face a unique challenge. This challenge involves an opportunity to improve classroom’s air flow. The classrooms, and areas with uninvents, are fully equipped to bring fresh air into the rooms. However, the vents that provide opportunities for air to exit the rooms were covered up during a previous renovation. To correct this issue, the district’s maintenance team has equipped each room with proper ventilation. This will allow the stale air to exit the rooms.
In addition, utilizing COVID Care funding, the district
is purchasing and installing ionization systems. These systems will be installed in key
locations throughout the building. The
ionization systems are not required, but will provide the best opportunity to
mitigate viruses, and allow us to for clean and recycle air within the building.
Note: This FAQ Informatin will be updated as additional questions and important information needs to be shared with all stakeholders. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by emailing your building principal.