NEW JULY 31: Are face coverings required?
Yes. Students and staff are required to wear a face covering (mask or shield) at school. Our staff will work with and support PK-12 students with strategies to safely wear face coverings. As you prepare for the start of the school year, please purchase several face coverings as they will need to be cleaned daily. Please put your student’s name inside the face covering with a permanent marker. We encourage students to practice wearing a face covering now to prepare for the start of school. Note the following PVCSD guidelines for face coverings. Please consider visiting the CDC site on face coverings.
*We know some students will not be able to wear a face covering all day and we will evaluate this on a case-by-case basis.
NEW JULY 31: What if families do not want their student to wear a mask?
The District will provide a mask for any student who needs one. On July 14, the CDC called on all Americans to wear face coverings as research shows masks protect not only the person wearing the mask, but those around him or her. If you have concerns about your student wearing a mask, please contact your building principal.
NEW JULY 31: What about social distancing?
Because we are choosing a hybrid model, we are very comfortable with the ability to provide 6 ft distancing both in the classrooms and at lunch. Extra lunch tables have been added at the elementary and junior high level. The junior high will also use part of the gym adjacent to the cafeteria. At the high school, students will sit four to a table separated by plastic dividers. All schools will have posted traffic patterns in hallways and on staircases.
Preschool and T2K: Class size and staffing allows for reasonable social distancing while keeping best learning practices in place for students.
What cleaning procedures are in place?
Custodial and maintenance staff will frequently disinfect highly touched surfaces, like door handles and railings as much as possible. Classroom electronics, tables/desks, and other shared items will be cleaned by custodians and staff. Restrooms and locker rooms will continue to be cleaned with hospital grade disinfectants and cleaners.
How will proper hand washing be maintained?
Additional hand washing time will be built into the daily schedule. Teachers and staff will monitor students to ensure proper handwashing techniques. When hand washing is not feasible, hand sanitizer will be available. Teachers will be issued a spray bottle of hand sanitizer and will spray students hands before entering or exiting the classroom. Please consider the CDC site on handwashing to help your student learn best practices.
What other mitigation efforts are in place in buildings?
Plastic barriers will be put in common stop points, such as the main office, library, nursing office, and food service lines. Automatic paper towel dispensers will replace hand dryers where feasible. Classroom electronics and tables will be cleaned frequently. Water fountains will not be available for use, but water stations that allow students to fill bottles will be operational. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to fill.
NEW JULY 31: What about air movement or bringing in outside air during the school day?
Each morning the HVAC units will be turned on early to ensure air movement and classroom temperatures are at a comfortable level upon arrival. Throughout the day, we will increase the amount of outside air being pulled into the classroom without impacting the comfort level of the classroom. During the summer our maintenance staff has adjusted, cleaned, and replaced filters in all our HVAC units to maximize the efficiency of the units.
UPDATED JULY 31: Will students be able to use their lockers or shared cubby spaces?
PK-6: Teachers will release students in small groups to go to their lockers for coats, etc. Students will have their own locker or cubby space.
7-12: While in the hybrid model, students will not use hallway lockers to allow for social distancing. Students will be able to keep their backpacks with them throughout the day.
UPDATED JULY 31: When should a student be kept home from school?
Go through the following symptom checklist with your student every day before school. If your student exhibits symptoms with no known cause such as seasonal allergies, keep your student home and call your healthcare provider and the school attendance office. As parents, you know your students best and whether their symptoms are normal for them. Here is a printable checklist to record symptoms daily. Please place this checklist on your refrigerator or in a binder at home for easy access each morning.
If you have one of the following HIGH RISK symptoms:
- New cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- Fever greater than or equal 100̇
OR at least two of the following LOW RISK symptoms (with no other confirmed cause, like seasonal allergies):
- Muscle and body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
What happens if a person presents symptoms at school?
A student or staff member who has a temperature or is presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in a special area of the nurse’s office and assessed. If the student has a fever, the parent will be contacted to pick up the student as soon as possible and asked to call their healthcare provider. Custodial staff will be informed to clean workspaces used by the symptomatic person. Siblings of the symptomatic student will also be assessed.
What happens if there is a positive COVID-19 case?
Administration will coordinate with local health officials to determine the course of action. This will allow local health officials to help PV determine appropriate next steps, including whether extended dismissal of all students and staff is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19. These decisions will be on a case-by-case basis.
UPDATED JULY 31: How will the District alert the community of a COVID-19 case at a school?
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the District will immediately contact the Scott County Health Department who will help guide our decision and conduct contact tracing as required. We must also be cognizant of student privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
UPDATED JULY 31: What are the procedures for allowing a sick student or staff member to return?
For a chart of these guidelines, click here.
If a student, staff member, or visitor is sent home with symptoms of COVID-19 and tests positive, they will isolate until the following criteria have been met:
- No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers AND
- Symptoms have improved AND
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If a student, staff member, or visitor is sent home with symptoms of COVID-19, tests negative and has not been in close contact (within 6 feet of a case for more than 15 minutes) with a positive case, they may return to school when the following criteria have been met:
- No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers AND
- Their symptoms have resolved.
If a student or staff member has had close contact (within 6ft for more than 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will quarantine with the following criteria:
- At least 14 days after the last contact
- Temperature checks twice a day and watch for symptoms of COVID-19.
*Those who have tested positive for COVID within the prior three months and have been in close contact with a case do not need to quarantine.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and does not have symptoms (asymptomatic), they will isolate until the following criteria have been met:
- At least 10 days have passed from their first positive test AND
- They continue to have no symptoms since the test.
*If the person develops symptoms during the time they are isolating, the 10 day period starts again.
If a student is treated with antibiotics for any illness (such as strep throat, pink eye, pneumonia), they may return to school when the following criteria have been met:
- 24 hours after start of treatment AND
- No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
What if my student is high risk or immunocompromised?
Students who are considered high risk or immunocompromised should consult their health care provider regarding school re-entry. Discuss concerns with your building principal to determine the appropriate learning model.
Should I quarantine if I’ve traveled?
If you have traveled, especially to a ‘hot spot’, consider following CDC Guidelines. Consider the ability to begin school on Monday, August 24 if your student is required to quarantine for fourteen days prior to their return. (Note: 14 days prior to the 24th would be Monday, August 10th)
Will my child be allowed to bring treats to his or her classroom?
No. To minimize exposure, students, staff, and the PTA will not be allowed to bring food/snacks to share, including birthday treats.
Will family members be allowed in the building?
No. We will limit family members entrance to buildings.To encourage social distancing and to minimize outside exposure, families will not be allowed to eat lunch with their students.
What is the procedure for picking up my child during the school day?
If a student needs to leave school during the day for any reason, families will remain outside in their vehicle and phone the office. Students will be escorted out of the building.
NEW JULY 31: What can I do to keep schools open?
We are asking that all families follow CDC guidelines -- wear a mask in public, social distance, and wash your hands. Know that your actions outside of the school setting could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Our goal is to return to on-site learning and to remain in on-site learning. By avoiding large groups and following the CDC guidelines, we will reach our goal. Consider limiting your child’s in-person out-of-school interactions to children in the same A/B group or to activities where physical distancing can be maintained.The CDC has also released this checklist for families, so you can help prepare your students.