As students come back to in-person learning, the district has put several health and safety procedures in place to help keep our students and staff healthy. First, all families and staff are asked to conduct symptom checks each day. If a student or staff member has any symptoms, they should stay home. Staff will also conduct temperature checks each morning on all students.
All students and staff will be required to wear masks when 6′ of social distancing is not feasible, including on school buses and in hallways.
Schools will be disinfected regularly. Custodians will conduct a deep sanitization each night using E-MIST machines to disinfect the entire building. During school hours, the custodians will be disinfecting touch points throughout the school. Each teacher has disinfectant/cleaner in the room to use as needed throughout the day; scheduling will provide for multiple opportunities for teachers to spray frequently touched surfaces (desks, door handles, etc); for example, when students are at recess or lunch, during passing periods.
Staff will also encourage hand sanitizing and hand washing on a regular basis, including each time students enter new classrooms, before & after recess and lunch, and after using the restroom.
Pathways and signage in all schools remind students and staff to maintain 6′ of social distancing, wear masks, and stay on the right side of the hallway. Transitions/hallway traffic will be limited as much as possible. HMS & HHS have adopted block schedules with only three passing periods within the day. At McEowen, pod teachers will rotate between classrooms instead of the students.
Students will not share supplies and all students in grades 1-12 will be assigned a Chromebook for use. Elementary students will leave their Chromebook at school in the charging unit each night, but HMS & HHS students will be able to take their device home.
No visitors will be allowed in buildings during the school day to limit exposure.
Each building is creating a procedure video for their families to show and explain protocols. These videos will be posted on their webpage (see links above) and Facebook page.
To read the district’s full Back-to-School Plan, go to www.harrisonvilleschools.org/backtoschool2020.