Health and Safety in Shared Spaces

  • Classrooms

    • Classrooms will be arranged so that students are six feet apart in all directions when sitting at their desk or table.
    • Desks will be placed facing the same direction to reduce potential transmission of disease by droplets produced by talking, coughing, or sneezing.

    Cafeterias

    • Cafeterias, when in use, will be arranged so that students are six feet apart in all directions.
    • Disinfection will take place between each group use.
    • Students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating.

    Gymnasiums

    • When engaged in physical activity, twelve feet of space in all directions will be provided.
    • Disinfection of shared objects will occur between each use.
    • Students will perform hand hygiene before and after using shared objects.

    Special Area Rooms (e.g., Music, Art, Dance)

    • Special area rooms, when in use, will be arranged so that students are six feet apart in all directions.
      • If required by the activity, twelve feet of space in all directions will be provided.
    • Disinfection will take place between each group use.
    • When possible, students will have their own supplies.
    • Disinfection of shared objects will occur between each use.
    • Students will perform hand hygiene before and after using shared objects.

    Libraries

    • Librarians will select books and take them to classrooms for students to make selections.
    • When books are received back, they will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours prior to return to circulation.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE) Rooms

    • Classroom areas will be arranged so that students are six feet apart in all directions when sitting at their desk or table.
    • Tool and workstation sharing will be limited. When necessary, disinfection will take place between each group use.
    • Students will perform hand hygiene before and after using shared items.

    Playgrounds

    • Playground use will be limited, when possible, to one class (cohort).
    • Hand hygiene will take place before and after playground use.
    • Social distancing will be maintained as much as possible.
    • Activities will be limited to cohort groups.
    • Face coverings will be worn whenever six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

    Restrooms

    • Restrooms will not be occupied by more people than stalls.
    • Six feet of space will be maintained unless in a stall.
    • Signs will be posted to wash hands before and after using the restroom. 
    • Paper towels will be provided in restrooms.
    • Open top trash containers will be provided whenever feasible.
    • Supervision of students will occur as needed and required by adults for compliance to social distancing rules.

    General Office Areas

    • Tasks requiring large amounts of people to be in one area will be reduced or performed virtually when possible.
    • Staff will be encouraged not to linger or socialize in common areas.
    • Floor plans will be reviewed. When necessary and possible, seats, workstations, and furniture will be reconfigured to preserve recommended physical distancing in accordance with guidelines.
    • When necessary and possible, workstations will be reconfigured so that employees do not face each other, or partitions will be placed if facing each other cannot be avoided.
    • Employees will be encouraged to use virtual meeting tools, including phone and virtual teleconference, in lieu of in-person meetings, whenever possible.
    • If in-person meetings are essential, consider limiting meetings to 50 people or less depending on local, state, and federal guidelines.
      • Face coverings must be worn.
      • Social distancing requirements will be adhered to, six feet of space.

    Conference Rooms

    • If a conference room is used by multiple people, six feet of space is required in all directions or face coverings must be worn.
    • In-person meetings are limited to State size restrictions on gatherings in place at the time of the meeting.
    • Wear of a face covering is encouraged throughout the meeting.
    • If meetings are to occur in person, they will be conducted in a quick manner.
    • Lingering and socializing before and after meetings will be discouraged.

    Breakrooms and Lunchrooms - Adults

    • The use of breakrooms and lunchrooms will be discouraged.
      • When a breakroom or lunchroom is used, it will have cleaners and disinfectants available to wipe down before and after items are used.
      • Hand hygiene will be encouraged before and after use.
      • Signage will be posted.
      • Some frequently touched items include:
        • Water coolers
        • Coffee makers
        • Shared small kitchen appliances
        • Refrigerator handles
        • Vending machines
    • Communal meals and shared food will not be allowed (e.g., bagels, donuts, candy and fruit bowls).
    • When necessary, lunch breaks will be staggered to minimize occupancy in breakrooms and allow for social distancing.
    • Congregating in breakrooms or lunchrooms will be discouraged.

    Copier Rooms/Areas

    • No congregating in copier rooms will be allowed.
    • Copiers are difficult to clean due to the sensitivity of the hardware to liquids.
      • Users will be provided hand sanitizer and gloves.
      • Signs will be posted regarding proper hand hygiene before and after using the copiers to minimize disease transmission.

    Elevator Use

    • Whenever possible, only one person should ride an elevator at a time
    • Riders in an elevator cannot exceed 50% of the elevator capacity. This will be posted on the outside of the elevator at each call button.
    • Staff must wear a face covering whenever riding in an elevator.
    • The use of stairs will be encouraged.

    District Vehicles (other than buses)

    • Vehicle occupancy will be limited to one person.
    • If it is necessary for more than one person to occupy a vehicle, all occupants must wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose.

    Shared Objects and Surfaces

    • Touching of shared objects and surfaces will be discouraged.
    • When in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, employees will be encouraged to wash hands before and after contact.
    • Some commonly touched shared objects include:
    • Door handles and push plates
    • Handrails
    • Kitchen and bathroom faucets
    • Light switches
    • Handles on equipment
    • Buttons on vending machines and elevators
    • Shared telephones
    • Shared desktops
    • Shared computer keyboards and mice
    • Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be cleaned and disinfected several times a day to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects.

    Shared Toys, Classroom Supplies and Other Items

    • Efforts will be made to minimize the use of shared or communal classroom items.
      • If an item must be used by more than one person, it will be disinfected between each use.
      • If an item cannot be disinfected, proper hand hygiene will take place before and after using the item.

    Computer Keyboards

    Computer keyboards are difficult to clean due to the spaces between keys and the sensitivity of its hardware to liquids. When shared, they may contribute to indirect transmission.

    • Locations with community use computers will have:
      • Hand sanitizing stations and gloves.
      • Posted signs regarding proper hand hygiene before and after using the computers to minimize disease transmission. 

    Shared Tools and Equipment - Adults

    • Cleaners and disinfectants will be provided to be used to wipe down before and after items are used. Hand hygiene will be encouraged after use. Signage will be posted. 

    Water Fountains

    One working water fountain is required for everyone hundred building occupants.

    • Water fountain use will be limited to bottle fillers whenever possible.
    • When a bottle filler is not available, a water fountain must remain in use to meet building code requirements.
    • Disposable paper cups will be provided.
    • Signage will be provided at water fountains and bottle fillers on safe use.