Health and Safety - Personal Protective Practices
Leon County Schools will use Leon County Department of Healthy guidelines and the CDC Considerations for schools to protect the safety of our students and staff. The Florida Pediatric Association Letter to Governor DeSantis will also inform our work.
People with COVID 19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported- ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID 19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
- Muscle or Body aches
- New Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Staff and students will be instructed to either wash hands or use hand sanitizer when moving between spaces within campus. Process includes but is not limited to:
- Using hand sanitizers in the hallways upon entering the building
- After placing personal items in a place designated by the teacher, students will use the hand sanitizer in the classroom or the hand washing station prior to the beginning of instruction.
- Student will wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds after using the restroom
- Since student will need to touch door handles, students will use hand sanitizer or hand washing stations inside the classroom once returning from the restroom
- Prior to leaving the classroom, teachers will give each student some hand sanitizer upon walking out of the classroom
- Students will use the hand sanitizing stations set up by the cafeteria before picking up their lunch
- Students will use the hand sanitizer in the classroom when returning.
- As students leave the building, students will use the hand sanitizer provided in the hallways before exiting and getting into cars, buses, or walking/riding bikes home to reduce the chance of spreading germs.
The school district will provide students with lessons on proper hand-washing techniques. Students are encouraged to use hand washing stations or hand sanitizer every time they change physical spaces within campus (to include recess and outdoor activities).
Face Covering Procedures
Rationale: EVERYONE on campus always has a shared responsibility and expectation to protect the safety and health of ALL occupants. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, cloth face coverings have been proven to reduce the spread of Covid-19 when used by people in public settings. Cloth face coverings worn over the nose and mouth, serve as a protective barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when a person wearing the cloth covering coughs, sneezes, talk or raises their voice. To protect the SAFETY and HEALTH of ALL students, faculty and staff on campus, face coverings will be required, and the following Covid-19 Face Covering Policy will be implemented and enforced during the 2020-2021 school year.
Students and staff are expected to wear face coverings during school hours whenever social distancing is not possible. THIS REQUIREMENT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON RELEASE OF NEW CDC GUIDELEINES. Face coverings include medical-grade masks such as surgical face masks and N95 respirators, and non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings with ear loops or ties. Neck gaiters, bandannas and scarves are NOT allowable face coverings. All face coverings should go over the nose and mouth. Full-face shields are not a replacement for face masks or coverings but can be used as an additional barrier.
- Students will not be required to wear face coverings while eating, but will be distanced six feet apart.
- It may be impractical for students to wear face covering while participating in some athletic activities.
- Mask storage procedures will be developed by schools to ensure that masks stay clean and separate when not on the student.
- Individual needs regarding face coverings will be addressed on a case by case basis. Requests for accommodations should be submitted to school administration.
- Additional protective equipment will be provided to the school clinic for use in the clinic or designated isolation location.
FACE COVERING ZONE IS CAMPUS-WIDE Hallway Transitions Main Office Restrooms Student Services Office OFI Classroom Guidance Office Area Clinic New Horizons Program Office COVID-19 Isolation Room School Bus Before School
Mass Gathering Locations
(Cafeteria, Picnic Area, Gym,
After School Dismissal Locations
(Parent Drop-Off, Bus Ramp,
Flag Pole Gate Area)
Face coverings will be required in all classrooms. Face covering breaks will be determined and supervised by teachers. Face Covering Breaks will be conducted as per current CDC physical distancing guidelines.
Breakfast & Lunch Policy
Face coverings may be removed for the consumption of food and beverages during breakfast and lunch. Face coverings will be placed back on when food consumption is complete. Seating will be assigned and limited to adhere to recommended CDC physical distancing guidelines.
TYPES OF FACE COVERINGS
Types of face coverings can include a cloth mask with ear loops or ties, or medical-grade masks (e.g., surgical face masks, N95 respirators). A face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. Any mask that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released from the mask. Other non-allowable mask examples include gaiters and bandannas.
Non-Compliance Procedures: Face Coverings & Healthy Habits
1st Offense – Failure to comply with established requirements forstudent health, safety and welfare, including dress code and safety protocols.
Step 1: Teacher/Staff Member will notify Student Services
Step 2: Student will be escorted to Student Services
Step 3: Parent/Guardian Contact and/or Conference will be conducted by Administration (Dean of Students, Assistant Principal or Principal)
Step 4: Assigned Disciplinary Consequence: In accordance with School Board Policy 5500, consequences are informal. Analyze the situation to determine the appropriate informal consequence. Informal consequences include but are not limited to a written warning or reprimand, school detention, privileges withdrawn, or referral to New Horizons and encouragement to participate
* Special Notes: If the student continues to be non-compliant, they will be placed in the NonCompliance Isolation Area until parent/guardian pick-up or until they comply with the face covering policy.
2nd Offense – Repeated failure to comply with established requirements for student health, safety and welfare, including dress code and safety protocols.
Step 1: Teacher/Staff Member will notify Student Services
Step 2: Student will be escorted to Student Services
Step 3: Parent/Guardian Contact and Notification of 2nd Policy Violation will be conducted by Administration (Dean of Students, Assistant Principal or Principal) to inform parent of the student’s failure to correct repeated misconduct.
Step 4: Assigned Disciplinary Consequence:
In accordance with School Board Policy 5500, consequences are informal. Analyze the situation to determine the appropriate informal consequence. Informal consequences include but are not limited to a written warning or reprimand, school detention, privileges withdrawn, or referral to New Horizons and encouragement to participate
* Special Notes: At the discretion of the principal or the principal's designee, a request may be made to the Superintendent to temporarily reassign a student to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and staff.
Employees - Reporting and Testing Protocol
Screening for COVID 19 Symptoms: Staff
All LCS staff will be advised to self-screen for COVID 19 symptoms including performing a temperature check, prior to reporting to work each day. Teachers and staff must report to their LCS supervisor if they themselves have COVID 19 symptoms or are lab confirmed with COVID 19 and must remain off campus until they meet the re-entry criteria.
COVID-19 Reporting and Testing Protocol for Employees:
STEP 1. If an employee is sick or has been contacted by the Department of Health to quarantine, they took a COVID-19 test on their own and are awating test results, or they suspect they have come into close contact with someone such as family member, friend or co-worker that has tested positive for COVID-19 then they should not report to work. Before going for COVID-19 testing, an employee needs to contact their supervisor.
STEP 2. The employee's supervisor will ask questions to determine if any other employees or students may be affected. That information will be forwarded to the Health Department who will then contact the employee for contact tracing and investigation. The employee will need to remain at home while awaiting contact by the Health Department.
STEP 3. The Health Department will contact the employee and determine their level of potential exposure and with whom, and advise the employee of their length of self-quarantine and whether testing is needed. If testing is advised by the Health Department, the supervisor will provide information about how to obtain free PCR testing through Risk Management. The Health Department will provide a letter explaining if quarantine is required or a release to return to work, which should be immediately shared with the employee's supervisor.
STEP 4. An employee is responsible for keeping their supervisor informed of the outcome and dates provided by the Health Deparment for his/her return to work.
Students - Reporting and Testing Protocol
Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms: Students:
- Parents must ensure they do not send a child to a school campus if their child has COVID-19 symptoms or is lab confirmed with COVID-19.
- Teachers will monitor students and refer them to the appropriate COVID location for screening if symptoms are suspected or are present.
- Any student who is determined by the school nurse to have COVID-19 symptoms while in a LCS facility will be immediately placed in a supervised isolation room until the student can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
COVID-19 Reporting and Testing Protocol for Students:
When a student or parent informs school administration of having positive Covid-19 test or possible exposure the following protocol will be used:
STEP 1. School Administrator sends the name of the student, parent contact information, and potential exposures (closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes) to the Health Department (Leon School Covid) and LCS Health Services.
STEP 2. The Health Department contacts the positive case and provides guidance and a release date. Note: At the December 2020 Leon County Schools Board Meeting, it was decided that LCS would NOT adopt new CDC shortened quarantine protocols.
STEP 3. The Health Department will provide School Administrators with letters for all exposure cases indicating release dates. School Administrators will give the letters to families.
STEP 4. Based on the Health Department determinations, the student will stay out the prescribed length of time or until released to return to school.
Quarantine Information for Households
If a member(s) of a student's household tests positive (parent, siblings, etc.) and live under the same roof, the student must quarantine for 14 days after the last person in the household is cleared.
Students or Staff Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms While at School:
- Students who report feeling ill will be given an immediate assessment including a temperature check, to determine if they are symptomatic for COVID-19.
- Any student who is determined by the health monitor to have COVID-19 symptoms while in a LCS facility will be immediately placed in a supervised isolation room until the student can be picked up by a parent/caregiver/guardian.
- Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow district protocols, including isolation from students and other staff members and quarantining at home.
Students or Staff Confirmed or Suspected of COVID-19:
- Any individuals who themselves are
- lab confirmed to have COVID-19 or
- are identified as a confirmed exposure are required to stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until clearance from the health department is provided.