HEALTH AND SAFETY

SCREENING

Screening for COVID-19 symptoms at the Caledonia Area Public School District will require all students, employees, contractors, and visitors to self-screen utilizing the MDH self-screening checklist. In most, if not all cases, visitors will not be allowed to enter buildings during the pandemic without prior administrative approval.

MDH requires people to be screened when entering the building. The MDH screening tool will be posted at building entrances to remind people who enter the building the symptoms of COVID-19.

Caledonia Area Public School District will implement the following screening process:

• Parents/Guardians will be asked to go through the MDH screening tool. Individuals with symptoms or exposure should stay home from school and contact their health care provider.

• It will be critical for parents/guardians to diligently check their children for symptoms so we have the best chance of keeping students on site for scenarios 1 and 2.

Home Screening Tool



CLEANING AND SANITIZING

CAPS District has prepared in-depth cleaning practices to prevent the exposure of COVID-19.

  • Our district will provide disinfecting spray and paper towels in each classroom.

  • The custodians will be disinfecting areas that are touched multiple times throughout the day.

  • Hand sanitizer and portable hand sanitizer stations will be available for use.

  • Hand washing stations will be provided at recess for the elementary.

  • Proper hand washing practices are very important to reduce the spread of any viruses. Posters will be placed at all sinks to remind everyone of good hand washing practices.

  • Custodial staff will check mounted hand sanitizer and handwashing supplies during each daily cleaning of the area.

 

FACE MASKS
  • All individuals, staff and students, five years of age and older are required to wear a mask at school, including playgrounds, and on CAPS transportation. Only exceptions are those documented by building or district office staff.

  • Staff may remove face coverings when working alone, including alone in an office, alone in a classroom, alone in a vehicle, alone in a cubicle with walls and plexiglass, when social distancing is maintained, or other enclosed work area. If others approach your work area, mask-up

  • Elementary schools as all in person do not have to follow the strict 6 feet guidelines at this point for direct instruction times

  • All masks must adhere to school dress codes.

  • School supply lists now include masks. A limited supply of masks will be available if students forget theirs.

  • Exceptions to mask use will be determined on an individual basis, based on medical, developmental, or behavioral health needs. Medical documentation may be required for anyone in such situations.

  • Breakfast/Lunch - masks may be removed for eating and drinking once students are seated.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Physical Education - masks will not be required as long as social distancing is maintained, which is six feet in most situations. When cardio activity is occurring, social distancing must increase to 12 feet.

It is not recommended that masks be worn by anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. They are also not recommended for children who cannot manage them on their own and are not to be used on children under the age of two years old.

The CDC does not recommend that N95 respirators be used by individuals at this time, other than healthcare workers with direct exposure to patients; however, employees may choose to wear these. When respirators are used voluntarily in the workplace, OSHA requires that an Appendix D form with information about respirator use be signed by that individual. This form is located in Appendix D of this plan.

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
  • In an effort to socially distance as much as possible, students are advised not to congregate at school prior to 7:50 AM.

  • Students and staff will use the MDH screening tool at home prior to arrival. Individuals with symptoms or exposure should stay home from school and contact their health care provider.

  • Buildings will identify specific entrance and exit procedures to encourage social distancing.

  • Signage will identify traffic flow and social distancing requirements.
     



HANDLING SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED CASES

CAPS will proceed as follows with suspected or confirmed cases:

  • Signage will identify traffic flow and social distancing requirements.

  • The person will be separated and held in the designated isolation area until they are able to be picked up by a parent or guardian

  • While waiting they will be under visual supervision of a staff member

  • The staff member and person waiting will be requested to wear face masks, unless either person is unconscious, has trouble breathing or is incapacitated.

  • Cleaning steps outlined in the cleaning section will be followed, ensuring that communal spaces such as restrooms and copy rooms the person used are included

  • MDH will be notified of confirmed COVID-19 cases of students or staff. It will be reported by emailing

If it is determined that the person is in need of transportation home the district will contact parents or guardians of the student to transport an ill student home. If medical care is needed, 911 will be called.

 

REPORTING METHODS

In the event a student, staff member, or district employee should have COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 you are encouraged to self-report such instances to Danielle Newman in the Elementary Office: Her contact information follows (email) 507-725- 3389. All cases will be handled according to HIPPA and FERPA laws.