Bus transportation in Phase II involves a minimal number of students per bus to ensure physical distancing and reduce potential contacts. Routes are school-specific routes, requiring less time on the bus per ride/route. Transfer points have been eliminated to ensure that students utilize only one bus and ride only with students enrolled at the same school.
In Phase II, staggered practices will be utilized for entry/exit of school buildings. Elementary schools will utilize a practice of lining-up classes to enter the building at different times. Entry will be appropriately distanced by cohort. To minimize entry/exit congestion, schools will utilize multiple sets of doors with classes/cohorts assigned to specific points of entry/exit.
The use of specific cohort groupings will be a regular practice as part of our Phase II protocols.
To the greatest extent possible, students must have their own school supplies to reduce the need of shared materials. In situations where shared materials cannot be avoided (textbook sets, instructional manipulatives, etc.), students are required to sanitizing their hands prior to and after use. Library books may be checked out to students but upon return, books/materials will be quarantined for twenty-four hours before re-shelving.
Each school operates an identified COVID-19 related isolation space that effectively separates any symptomatic individual from other students/employees. Care will be provided by the school nurse and/or other trained personnel until that student can be signed-out by a parent/caregiver. Identified isolation/care spaces are equipped with needed supplies including protective equipment, sanitization/disinfectant supplies and needed barriers for isolation and privacy.
COVID testing is available for symptomatic employees via an off-campus site managed by HSD School Nurses. Employees should contact their school nurse (or direct supervisor) to schedule an appointment. At this time, COVID testing is not available for symptomatic HSD students. Additionally, asymptomatic screening is not an available service within the school system and general community.