Safety Protocol Plan

Flowing Wells Safety Protocols

NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and FW's Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan and Safety Protocol will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, guided by local, state, and national authorities.
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The safety of FW students, families, and employees is the primary consideration of the Flowing Wells School District in reopening schools. FW has developed a comprehensive Safety Protocol Plan to mitigate risk of exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible. This plan contains information about FW’s safety and health measures for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Safety Protocol Plan will expand as additional safety and health measures finalize. Protocols are aligned to the extent possible with guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Education, and feedback provided by families and employees.

FW recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation and local, state, or national guidelines and/or restrictions may alter FW’s Safety Protocol Plan at any given time.

Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread

o Hand washing and District-wide preventative wellness measures

o Additional time for student hand-washing

o Access to hand soap and hand sanitizer

o Requiring all staff, visitors, and students ages five and older to wear masks or shields

o Adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer, wipes, paper towels, and tissue

o Emphasizing the importance of hand washing and physical distancing.

o Emphasizing the importance of students and employees staying home when sick

o Communicating with the Pima County Health Department about known cases, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, while maintaining confidentiality

o Messaging about health and safety with signage 

o Training teachers and staff on proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures

Maintaining Healthy Environments

o Frequent disinfecting of classroom and bathroom high-touch areas

o Taking temperatures of students boarding buses

o Disinfecting buses between routes

o Providing materials to avoid students sharing school supplies

o Additional access to water in lieu of water fountains

o Encouraging students and employees to bring own water

o Serving breakfast and lunch with distancing protocols

o Allowing students outside to play with distancing protocols

o Installation of plastic barriers for specific small group instruction

o Maintaining proper ventilation systems and increasing infusion of outdoor air

o Health and safety signage and messaging on reducing the spread of viruses

o Training on proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures

Safety and Health Measures Still Under Review

o Social/physical distancing in schools, offices, and on buses
   
o Taking temperatures of staff and students each morning

o Events and field trips

o Volunteers/Visitors