- Rolling Re-Entry FAQs
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- Cleaning Questions
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- General Questions
- Gifted Program Questions
- Health Related Questions
- Instruction Questions
- Junior High Questions
- Social-Emotional Questions
- Special Education Questions
- Transportation Questions
- Virtual Classroom Questions
Please describe the enhanced cleaning measures the District will be taking.
Approved School Cleaning Products:
- A one-step, disinfectant cleaner concentrate providing broad spectrum disinfection used in healthcare and other facilities designed to kill viruses, is being applied by staff, utilizing electronic sprayers, to disinfect all touchpoints* and surfaces in our schools.
- A pre-mixed version of the same disinfectant in a labeled spray bottle, along with disposable microfiber towels or clothes will be available for each area of the building as needed. The spray bottle is provided to be used by staff as necessary for personal area cleaning and students/staff to wipe down desks between classes.
- The District will remove extra furniture, equipment and personal items from the classroom ( fridge, microwave, coffee pots, etc.) to facilitate social distancing and reduce high-touch surfaces and items that need to be cleaned on a daily basis.
Daily Cleaning Routines
- The day and night (day) custodians will perform the daily disinfecting per cleaning document. Daily cleaning tasks will be done on a regularly scheduled basis by district custodial staff assigned to that building or area. Custodians are performing their regular daily cleaning, including wiping down tables, chairs and other surfaces, emptying trash, cleaning restrooms, vacuuming, cleaning floors and other building based tasks.
- Daily disinfecting of classrooms utilizing the electronic sprayers will be accomplished by the Lead custodians arriving one hour before start of school and the 2nd custodian will arrive after breakfast. Night custodians will be given a list of duties and areas prior to the start of school.
- Each school and district facility will have all touchpoints (*listed below) disinfected at least daily in addition to daily cleaning of door handles, push bars, etc. The special daily disinfecting process will continue during the flu and virus season.
- Door handles & push bars & push plates everywhere
- Light switches
- Classroom door windows
- Classroom sinks and faucet handles, counters
- Classroom tables/chairs
- Elevator push buttons
- Bottle filling stations
- Restroom doors, handles and push plates
- ADA Bars and stairway handrails
- Toilet and urinal handles
- Sanitary napkin dispensers
- Sink and faucet handles
- Toilet paper, soap, and paper towel dispensers and handles
- The Custodial Supervisor will make a daily checklist to be filled out.
- Minimum of six additional free standing touchless hand sanitizing stations are being supplied to the schools and two wall-mounted for nurses station and health room.
- Each classroom will have a bottle of hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizing product being used meets the minimum 60% alcohol threshold recommended by the CDC.
- Adults should always supervise the use of hand sanitizers by children.
If there’s COVID exposure or COVID suspicion in a classroom:
When a room does not have a COVID case:
- Wipe down high touch and spray daily
When a room has a suspected case of COVID:
Mister spray (called pre-kill), let dry, wipe with disinfectant high touch areas, let dry and spray the room again (final kill)...then the room can be open the next day.
Outdoor areas and playgrounds:
- Normal routine cleaning of playgrounds, although playgrounds will not be open for play during school hours.
- High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings should be cleaned routinely.
- Cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (play structures, benches, tables) or groundcovers (mulch, sand) is not recommended.
- Virex® II 256
- Sani Professional Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
- PURELL hand sanitizer
- GOJO Green certified hand foam
- Final Step 512 Disinfectant for Food Area
Is the District installing HEPA filters on its HVAC units?
Not at this time. The District will be cleaning each HVAC unit prior to school beginning on Aug. 17, 2020.
Information about ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here:
Improving ventilation in District 15 buildings is just one part of a system of procedures in place that will safeguard the health and safety of students, teachers, and school staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. While improving ventilation is not necessarily the most effective tool for reducing transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 (maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings are far more effective), some studies suggest that adjustments and attention to proper ventilation can reduce the viable virus load in indoor spaces.
In addition, we know that providing good ventilation in schools is important even outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, because it has been shown to improve student and staff performance in educational settings. This document provides the actions the Facilities Department will take to ensure that our ventilation systems are performing optimally.
The goal is not to invest in costly upgrades and add-ons to existing mechanical systems. Rather, understand what our current mechanical systems are capable of and how they can be adjusted to function optimally based on the current capabilities.
Prior to school opening:
- Utilizing in-house and outside contractors to ensure all systems are functioning properly and there are not outstanding work orders associated with HVAC.
- Operate all ventilation systems at full occupied mode for one (1) week prior to the reopening of school buildings.
- Discuss with the entire facilities team and school staff the importance of not making any adjustments to the mechanical systems inside school buildings (thermostats, fan speeds, etc.) without input from the facilities department.
During the school year:
- Flush the air inside the building for a minimum of two (2) hours prior to occupancy and one (1) hour after occupancy (after the night-shift custodians leave), with the dampers open as fully as possible (i.e. to maximize fresh air intake) during this flushing period.
- Program and lock fan schedules to align with the building occupancy schedule (i.e. provide flushing ventilation starting two (2) hours before building occupancy and one (1) hour post occupancy).
- Notify the facilities department if the building needs to be open longer than usual so that the fan schedule can be altered for that day.
- Keep the ventilation system running during all hours that the building is occupied.
- The district will install the highest Merv rating filters in the HVAC units that allows them to meet ASHRAE fresh air requirements and equipment capabilities.
- Do not allow staff to make changes to ventilation system controls in their respective rooms. If temperature, noise, or other issues exist in certain areas, staff/custodians need to contact the facilities department to try to identify a suitable fix that does not negatively impact ventilation.
- Keep bathroom exhaust systems running all day, every day (24 hours a day/7 days a week).
- For isolation rooms to be used for holding sick students and nurses' offices prior to dismissal add supplemental filtration, such as a portable air cleaner. This is particularly important if the ventilation serving those rooms cannot be run at 100% exhaust at all times.
- The supplemental filtration should contain HEPA filters only without ionizers, ozone generators, UV light, or other add-ons.
- Correctly size for the space, with an appropriate CADR (clean air delivery rate).
- Located for greatest efficiency within the space.
- Turned on at all times that the space is occupied.
- Perform routine inspections and maintenance of mechanical systems including frequency of filter change outs.
- For areas in the building not served by the central systems:
- At a minimum, where temperature allows and no other means of ventilation is available, windows should be opened to allow for some minimum level of fresh air exchange into occupied spaces.
- Window air conditioning units should be adjusted to maximize fresh air intake into the system. Air conditioner blower fans should be set on low speed and pointed away from room occupants to the extent possible.
- Ceiling fans should be adjusted so that fins are rotating in a direction that draws air up toward the ceiling rather than down onto occupants.
- Window fans that blow air into a room or free-standing fans that only serve to circulate existing air around a room should not be used.
- In addition, we do not recommend separate, free-standing air cleaner or HEPA filter units for individual classrooms. These units are highly variable in their effectiveness in larger open spaces such as classrooms and in general, any effect on indoor air quality is likely insignificant and greatly outweighed by the additional costs to school systems.
Is the District installing air filters in every classroom?
The District is not installing air filtration systems or fans in every classroom. This would be cost prohibitive with the large number of rooms we have district-wide. Additionally, research suggests fans are only effective if they are blowing the air to an outdoor window which would not be possible in all instances.
What type of cleaning product will be used in the school buildings and buses?
The District is using Virex II 256 (EPA Covid-19 list) made by Diversey for disinfecting all schools and also for buses. We use sprayers and microfiber towels to wipe all high touch points such as handrails, door knobs, and push bars.
What will a hand washing schedule look like at school?
Each school will handle hand washing differently, as they all function on slightly different schedules. Please contact your child’s teacher and/or main office to learn about hand washing at your child’s school.
Can my child bring his/her own sanitizer to school?
Yes. Personal sanitizer bottles will be permitted for children to take to school, and have been added to each school supply list.