After much work, our school reopening plan has been approved. This will help you make an informed decision as to what type of learning you want to request for your child. What follows is a condensed version of the Full School Reopening Plan .
Magna Elementary Condensed Reopening Plan
Communication and training
- Educate and train students and caregivers on school’s protocols and action plan; post and/or make accessible to school community
- Make materials available to families in their respective preferred/primary language
- The homepage of the Magna Elementary website has been modified and now includes a large section at the top of the page called “COVID News and Plans.” Parents will be directed to the website for updates via Facebook, ClassDojo, Blackboard, and the Thursday Note.
- All materials will be translated by the communications department into Spanish.
Accommodating Individual Circumstances (e.g., High-Risk, Personal Decisions)
- Families with a student who is identified as high risk will mark at registration and before the end of term whether they wish to have their student participate in distance learning or face-to-face learning.
- Families with high risk students who are not able to participate in distance learning may contact the office to further discuss individualized mitigation risks for face-to-face learning.
- Staff members identifying as high risk will discuss with school administration about various protocols to be implemented to help with mitigation.
- Staff members with additional needs beyond the school’s control will be encouraged to contact the Granite School District Benefits Office (385-646-4528).
- The Student Support Team will meet weekly to review Individual Healthcare Plans and 504 Plans.
- The Special Education Team will meet weekly to review Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
Enhanced Environment Hygiene and Safety
- Teach, review, and monitor protocols for an increased cleaning and hygiene.
- Faculty and staff wear face coverings when physical distancing is not feasible.
- Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to staff/students/visitors in controlled environments to ensure safe use.
- Parents will be directed to the Granite District website for a list of possible school schedules via Facebook, ClassDojo, Blackboard, and the Thursday Note.
- Train/Educate teachers about protocols for symptom monitoring at opening faculty meeting and reinforce/reteach at ongoing monthly faculty meetings.
- Train/Educate parents about protocols for symptom monitoring via posters hung in the office, Magna Elementary website with links to local Health Department, Facebook, ClassDojo, Blackboard, and the Thursday Note.
- Train/Educate students about protocols for symptom monitoring frequently via classroom instruction, MTV News videos, morning announcements, etc.
Containing Potential Outbreaks
- Train/Educate teachers about protocols for containing potential outbreaks at opening faculty meeting and reinforce/reteach at ongoing monthly faculty meetings.
- Train/Educate parents about protocols for containing potential outbreaks via posters hung in the office, Magna Elementary website with links to local Health Department, Facebook, ClassDojo, Blackboard, and the Thursday Note.
- Train/Educate students about protocols for containing potential outbreaks via classroom instruction, MTV News videos, morning announcements, etc.
Transition Management Preparation
- Faculty will receive communication regarding a temporary dismissal via the emergency phone tree. Teachers will be training on the emergency phone tree at the opening faculty meeting.
- Parents will be reminded every week on the Thursday note to keep their contact information up to date.
- Parent contact information will be updated in Discovery within 24 hours of receiving it by the office staff.
- Parent contact information is pulled from Discovery by Blackboard to send home messages via email, text, and phone call.
Mitigating Tactics for Specific School Settings
- A thorough room cleaning/sanitation will take place nightly.
- Students and teachers will always wear face coverings (exceptions will be made for eating, playing outside while maintaining social distancing, etc…).
- Students will be assigned specific desks to help ensure contact tracing can be implemented if needed.
- Student desks will be spaced apart from each other to the maximum extent possible. Students and desks will be positioned so they all always face the same direction.
- Eliminate the use of community shared items within the classroom. Students will be assigned and/or given items as needed. Learning materials not stored at student desks will be sanitized after each use (ex: math manipulative, small group materials, etc…).
- Teacher will collect student work while wearing gloves and allow the papers to sit for two days before handling to grade.
- If a student reports or shows symptoms of COVID-19 they will be discretely sent to the office and placed in an isolation room. Parents will be contacted immediately.
- Whole class carpet seating will be eliminated. Carpet work will be conducted in small groups only. Giant classroom rugs will be stored until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
- Nonessential furniture and equipment will be removed from the classrooms to increase distance between student desks (essential furniture includes student desks, teacher desk and small group table).
- Classrooms desks and high touch points will be sanitized before or after students return from an out of classroom transition (ex: lunch, recess, etc…).
- Each student will be given multiple cleaning rags. Teachers will be supplied with a district approved disinfectant for student use. Rags will be laundered at the school each day.
- The school will provide each student with their own personal water bottle. Classroom drinking fountains will be turned off, but classroom faucets will remain to allow for handwashing and refilling of water bottles.
- Teachers will be required to hand students food items for eating breakfast in the classroom.
- Grade levels will be assigned different doors to enter and exit the building and will enter/exit the building one classroom at a time.
- Large group congregation/gathering between grade levels will be eliminated (ex: assemblies, combined classroom activities, etc…)
- All inside doors will be continuously propped open to minimize touch.
- High touch surfaces will be cleaned/sanitized regularly.
- Students and staff will wear face covering during transitions.
- Students will be monitored during transitions to help mitigate contact/exposure.
- Entry/Exit points will be correctly marked to created flow paths to minimize congestion (ex: 1st grade doors, 2nd grade doors, etc…).
- The playgrounds will be closed before and after school.
- Non-essential personnel must receive prior approval from the school administration before entering the building (i.e. volunteers, vendors, etc…).
- In the event district transportation is needed, face coverings for all passengers will be required and additional busses will be ordered to maximize space between seating.
- Proper restroom hygiene usage will be reinforced to students regularly (ex: cleanliness, proper handwashing, etc…).
- Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized by custodial staff regularly to ensure proper sanitation.
- Grade level teachers will work with each other to schedule individual classroom usage time. Students will always have access to the restroom for emergency use.
- Student numbers in a restroom will be monitored by teachers to ensure capacity does not exceed 4.
- Outside each restroom an additional portable handwashing station will be available to help to help minimize congestion within the restroom.
- Floor markings will be present inside the bathroom and waiting areas to allow for space between students.
- Lines will be marked on the floor to designate serving line flow paths and to maximize space between students while waiting.
- Food normally distributed in the self-serve bar will now be distributed by lunchroom workers to eliminate exposure.
- Students will be given time to observe proper hand hygiene before eating (washing hands with soap and water and/or hand sanitizer).
- Inside lunchroom tables will be marked with red tape that indicates where students can sit to maximize distance between students.
- Seating charts will be developed to aid in contract tracing.
- One grade level will eat at a time and the distance between tables will be increased by opening the gym doors. Upper grade students will also have the option to eat in the courtyard weather permitting.
- Lunch period will be extended to allow for proper cleaning between each grade level use. (ex: time between grade levels will be extended from 10 minutes to 20 minutes).
- Students will be required to line up in alphabetical order to speed up lunch number entry. Only the lunchroom manager will enter a student’s lunch number. Number cards and keypad will not be used.
- Home lunch students will line up in ABC order but once they reach the lunchroom, they will go directly to their assigned table to reduce congestion and group size.
- Entrance and exit to lunchroom will be separate and clearly marked.
- Students will wear lanyards to lunch and be taught how to attach their face coving to the lanyard while eating.
Large Group Gatherings (e.g. assemblies, performances)
- Cancel or limit nonessential assemblies.
- Record assemblies to be viewed in classrooms/at home.
- Hold virtual meetings when possible.
Unique Courses with Higher Risk of Spread
- Build in time for sanitation between sessions (10 minutes minimum).
- Art, Library, Computers and PE teachers will provide instruction in the classroom and/or outside weather permitting.
- Assign “spots” on the floor to maximize distance between students when PE is held in the gym.
Recess and Playground
- Alternate use of outdoor spaces/class assigned to designated area of play such as field, playground equipment, blacktop.
- Disinfect playground and equipment between use.
- Require use of face covering when social distancing is not possible.
- Walkie talkies and megaphones will be sanitized after each use.
Special Education, Related Services, or School Counseling (e.g. School Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist, etc.)
- Plexiglass, face shields, or auxiliary aids for one-on-one close contact (Speech, Psychologist, Social Worker, SPED teacher, and Paraprofessional).
- Offer reasonable accommodations for students who are unable to wear face coverings.
- Desk and table surfaces will be cleaned after each group.
- Employ the use of social distancing during faculty meetings or staff professional development.
- Conduct virtual meetings when possible/effective.
- Require staff to wear face covering.
- Provide hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting.
- Sanitize touch surfaces after meeting.
Before/After Student Supervision
- Before school, each class will be assigned a designated waiting area. Teachers will escort classes into the building one class at a time.
- Playgrounds and equipment are closed for use before and after school.
- Parents may wait with their student until the bell rings and must also stay in the designated waiting area and wear a face covering at all times.
- Starting five minutes before the end of the school day, one class per grade-level will be released at a time in one-minute intervals.
- Extra supervision will be on hand before and after school to enforce these guidelines.
Drop Off/Pick Up Areas
- Encourage parents to stay in cars when dropping off or picking up students.
- Signage will be posted reminding parents to stay in their car.
- Parents who pick up their student on school grounds must always wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Parents should only enter the building through the front doors and form a socially distant line when entering before and after school.
- Number of patrons in the main office area will be limited to two at a time to establish proper social distancing.
- Require wearing of face covering in office area.
- Provide social distancing markers in foyer to establish a waiting line to the main office.
- Provide hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.
- Prop open entry door to minimize touch.
- Scheduled regular sanitation of touch surfaces in office.
- Use gloves when handling materials delivered to the office (student work/materials, notes, donations, etc.).
- A traffic pattern will be established to show proper flow for entry and exit of the main entrance and office area.
P/T or SEP Conferences
- Staggered schedule that allows for virtual or in-person conference time.
- Require wearing face covering during in-person conferences.
- Provide hand sanitizer upon entry/exit of meeting.
- Sanitize touch surfaces after each in-person conference.
- Prop open ALL exterior doors and communicate and encourage parents to enter and exit the doors closest to the classrooms they are visiting.
Safety and Fire Drills
- Schedule fire drills and inform teachers of date/time.
- Use PA and bell system for fire drills instead of fire alarm.
- Classes will exit building staggered and will follow the same schedule used to dismiss students at the end of the day.
- Classes will line up outside in the same designated staging area that are used in the morning before school.
- If the fire alarm sounds when it is not a scheduled drill, teachers/students exit building quickly (priority is fire safety vs COVID).
- Lockdown and earthquake drills will be conducted as normal.
- Patron meetings with staff/administration by appointment only.
- Practice social distancing where possible.
- Provide hand sanitizer upon entry/exit meeting.
- Require face coverings.
- Sanitize touch surfaces after meetings.
- Hold virtual patron meetings when and where possible and appropriate.
- Student will be taught how to search from books in our collection from the classroom using technology.
- Students will place holds on books they want to check out.
- The librarian will pull the books from the shelf and deliver them once a week to the class.
- The librarian will visit the classrooms to provide Storytime and/or instruction once a week.
- Separate totes will be used for each class to distribute and collect books.
- Scheduled sanitization of touch surfaces during day.
- Returned books will be quarantined for at least four days upon return.
- Library circulation desks will be equipped with plexiglass shields.
- Students needing a new book before the end of the week can visit the library with teacher permission and will be taught to look for books with their eyes and be required to check-out any book they touch.
IEP/Special Ed Meetings
- IEP/Special Ed meetings with staff/administration by appointment only.
- Practice social distancing where possible.
- Provide hand sanitizer upon entry/exit meeting.
- Require face coverings.
- Sanitize touch surfaces after meetings.
- Hold virtual patron meetings when and where possible and appropriate
- Maximize social distancing when using multi-purpose room.
- Schedule single-class use of room when available.
- Follow district guidelines/plans for service of PE/BTS.
- Schedule one class for PE/BTS at a time to the maximum extent possible.
- Require wearing of face coverings for staff and students.
- Sanitize surfaces and equipment between classes.
- Hold PE outside whenever possible. The Library will be used as a back-up facility for PE during lunch time.
- BTS specialist will push into the classroom on a cart.
- Transition time will be increased from five minutes to ten minutes to allow for extra sanitation of supplies and touch surfaces.
- Teach “Single-file, second tile, on the dot” protocol for walking in hallways.
- Limit number of classes in hallway at a time.
- Adult supervision/monitoring of students when transitioning in hallway to new location.
- Red arrows will be taped to the floor throughout the hallways indicating the direction of student traffic.
- Markings will be placed on the wall to give a visual indication of where to stand/walk in relation to the person in front of them (markings will be placed three feet apart on every wall surface to serve as a constant visual reminder to students).
- All hallway drinking fountains will be turned off (water bottles can be refilled in the classroom sinks).
- Disposable one-time-use paper hall passes will be used instead of traditional hall passes.