Facilities and Transportation

Paschal Sherman Indian School

 front view of Paschal Sherman Indian School 

PSIS Health and Safety Protocols

PSIS Health and Safety Protocols
Student Transportation
For transportation to be successful, we need the full support of the parent/guardian when it comes to:
• Social distancing at the bus stop.
• Mask wearing (at the bus stop and on the bus).
• Keeping student(s) home if not feeling well/showing signs of sickness.
• Reminding student(s) to keep their personal items with them and not sharing food/drink.
Riding the Bus
We encourage parents to deliver students to school when possible to reduce the number of bus riders and to help
reduce the potential of COVID transmission on the bus.
• Students temperatures will be checked on the bus.
• Students will load from back-to-front / unload front-to-back.
• Members of the same household are encouraged to sit together.
• Students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while on the bus.
• Students must ride their assigned bus
• We will follow guidance from local, state and/or federal health departments; the CDC and EPA when
choosing the type of disinfectant and the degree and frequency for cleaning and disinfecting our fleet.
We will clean/disinfect:
• All high/commonly touched surfaces (handrails, seat tops, etc.) between runs.
• The entire bus after morning and afternoon runs.
• Windows and roof vents will remain open to allow for the circulation of outside air, when feasible and
weather permitting.
In addition:
• Plexiglas installed behind the bus driver.
• Students cannot board the bus without a face covering.
• Masks or shields will be handed out to all students before they board the bus.
• Temperature checks will be taken for all students before they can go to their assigned seat on the bus.
• The bus monitor will walk the student back to their home if the student’s temperature is 99 degrees or
• Students will sanitize their hands before going to their seat.
• Students will be sitting every other seat in assigned area for the school year.
• Transportation staff will follow required CDC regulations for sanitizing the bus after each bus run.
Hallways and Classrooms
• Staff will ensure students walk directly to their classroom in the morning following 6ft space markers on
the floor.
• ALL employees and students will wear face coverings (masks or shields).
• School will be thoroughly cleaned every Wednesday to meet all CDC requirements for a safe learning
• As much as possible students and staff will maintain a six-foot distance between people. Elementary and
middle school students will be in cohorts with limited movement between spaces for students.
• Students will use every other stall in the restrooms during scheduled restroom breaks (stalls will be
locked to ensure social distancing). Touchless soap dispensers and hand towel devices are now installed
in the restrooms.
Hand Hygiene & Start of Day
Enter classroom, deposit items at desk and begin handwashing. Sink will have running water and soap.
Teachers and staff supervise children when they use hand sanitizer and handwashing, as necessary. After
assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands. If soap and water are not readily
available alcohol - based hand gel with at least 60 percent alcohol will be used.
All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
• Arrival to the facility and after breaks
• Before and after preparing food or drinks
• Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
• Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
• After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
• After encountering bodily fluid
• After playing outdoors or in sand
• After handling garbage
Cleaning and Disinfecting
• Increased cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of school buildings following CDC guidelines. After
student use of restroom, staff will wipe down surfaces.
Separate those with Symptoms.
If someone develops symptoms while at school they will be separated from others, asked to keep a mask on,
and sent home. Communication plan in place that includes staff, families, and the local health jurisdiction.
Screening Questions
As part of the screening process, visitors will have a temperature check and be asked if they are experiencing
any of the following:
• Cough, Shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
• A fever of 100.4 or higher, or a sense of having a fever.
• A sore throat
• Chills
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle or body aches
• Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
• Congestion/runny nose-not related to seasonal allergies.
• Unusual fatigue
• Does anyone in your household have any above symptoms?
• Has anyone been in close contact with someone suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
• Have you had any medication to reduce a fever in the last 24 hours?
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When someone develops COVID-19 symptoms at school
If a student or staff member develops signs of COVID-19 at school, they will be separated away from others in
the nurse / isolation room, with supervision at six feet, until the sick person can leave. While waiting to leave
school, the individual with symptoms should wear a cloth face covering or mask. The area where the
symptomatic person waited will be aired out, cleaned, and disinfected after they leave. The local health
authority will advise the school on next steps, and it is likely that many of the other students or staff who were
in close contact with the infected individual will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have symptoms,
please contact your healthcare provider to know what next steps to take. If a student or staff member is
diagnosed with COVID-19, their family should notify the school.
If your child develops symptoms of illness during the day (any symptom above), parents/guardians will be
called to pick up their child and we will ask you to contact your healthcare provider to know what next steps to
Emergency Protocol
In the event a student or teacher tests positive for the Covid – 19 virus, anyone within close contact will return
to 100% online instruction until quarantine period is over. If the teacher tests positive, Students will continue
instruction online with a substitute teacher for the duration of the quarantine. Contact tracing will then occur.
For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at
least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.
Returning to school after having suspected signs of Covid-19
A staff member or student who had signs of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 can return to the program when:
At least 24 hours have passed since recovery – defined as no fever without the use of medications and
improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath; AND At least 10 days have passed since
signs first showed up OR it has been at least 24 hours since recovery AND a health care provider has certified
that the student does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If a person believes they have had close
contact to someone with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, but they are not sick, they should watch their
health for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days after
the last day they were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. They should not go to work,
childcare, school, or public places for 14 days.
The following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided by the school to students and staff.
• 3-ply disposable face masks, cloth masks, and shields as needed.
• Gloves, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies widely available
Face Coverings
All students, staff, and visitors are expected to wear face coverings in the PSIS building. Masks may be brought
from home or one will be provided at the building. Students may remove face coverings to eat and drink and go
outdoors for recess, physical education, or other outside activities when they can be physically distanced.
Cleaning Procedures When Cleaning
• Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
• Clean surfaces using provided cleaner and disinfectant. Cleaning reduces number of germs, dirt, and
impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
• Focus on routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
• More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
• Surfaces and objects in public places should be cleaned and disinfected before each use. Disinfecting High
Touch Surfaces
• Each day custodians will disinfect high touch surfaces, which include tables, doorknobs, light switches,
countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. Safe and Sanitary Disinfecting
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• On Wednesdays, custodians will use large area spray technique. Every day they will disinfect high touch
surfaces and conduct “safe and sanitary” cleaning.
Seating and Signage
• Various tools will be used to help students remember to maintain 6-foot social distancing. These tools may
include Velcro dots for classroom carpets, Hola hoops on classroom floors, etc.
• Signs will assist in establishing migration patterns throughout each space.
• Appropriate Covid-19 signs will be placed throughout school buildings, at entry and exits. Classrooms /
• Mandatory seating charts for every class will help should contact tracing be necessary.
• Elementary recess will be structured with all outdoor areas used, cohorted groups with spacing between
groups and students.
Ventilation and outdoors
Ventilation including windows, fans, and HVAC settings will be used to maximize the amount of outside air
entering program areas. Outdoor learning and activities will be encouraged as possible.