PDE requires the monitoring of students for symptoms and history of exposure. Student Symptom screening will be done by all parents/guardians at home each morning before the school day. Parents/guardians will be asked to check their child’s temperature and for signs and symptoms of illness prior to leaving for school. If child has a fever (≥100.4), or is symptomatic, parents/guardians will be advised to keep student at home and follow routine call out process. No children with symptoms will be sent on a bus or brought to school. (Bucks County Health Department, Dr. David Damsker)
For more information on what happens if students show signs or symptoms during the school day, please visit the HEALTH ROOM PROCEDURES.
PDE requires the use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff.
MASKS & PPE:
All students and staff must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth (as the term is defined in the attached Pennsylvania Face Covering Order dated July 1, 2020 as may be amended from time to time) on all school district transportation and on all school district property.
- Students are required to wear a face covering at all times at bus stops.
- Students are required to wear a face covering on all district transportation.
- Students and staff are required to wear a face covering at all times in hallways and in transit to and from classrooms.
- Students and staff may remove face coverings indoors or outdoors when seated or standing provided there is both 6 feet of social distancing and approval for a break has been given.
- Students and staff may remove face coverings to eat or drink, when social distancing is 6 feet or more.
The only exceptions to the mandatory face covering requirements are as follows:
- Any student who has a medical condition, mental condition, or disability, with pertinent supporting medical information and documentation in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA.
- Any staff member who has a medical condition, mental condition, or disability, with pertinent supporting medical information and documentation in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Any student who does not have a valid excuse for not wearing a face covering and who refuses to wear a face covering upon request of a Building Administrator shall be subject to immediate exclusion from school and/or school district transportation. Should that student subsequently not wear a face covering and again refuse to wear a face covering upon request of a Building Administrator, such student shall be transferred to a remote learning environment in order to protect the health and safety of staff and students in the school. Any staff member who does not have a valid excuse for not wearing a face covering and who refuses to wear a face covering upon request of a Building Administrator shall be subject to discipline, including but not limited to, exclusion from school and/or school district transportation.
Sharing of Materials/Equipment
PDE requires that we limit the sharing of supplies/materials to the maximum extent possible. All staff will request supplies/materials from home so students do not need to share materials or will be assigned most supplies/materials. In special area classes, shared equipment will be minimized to the greatest extent possible and cleaned between student use.
PDE requires that hygiene practices for students and staff include the manner and frequency of hand-washing and other best practices. Hand washing upon entry to the building is recommended for all. Hand washing is also required after restroom use, prior to/after eating, when hands are soiled, after recess, etc. Hand washing lessons will be provided at the elementary level by nursing staff.
All hand washing supplies and hand sanitizer dispensers should be periodically checked by the facilities department and refilled on a regular basis.
PDE requires that we post signs in highly visible locations to promote everyday protective measures and how to stop the spread of germs. At every entrance and in highly visible locations throughout district buildings, we will have signage that will promote protective measures regarding how to prevent the spread of germs/infection.
What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others
How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering
Please wear a cloth face covering
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Stay healthy. Wash your hands.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Wash Your Hands!
Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19
EPSD Visitor COVID-19 Symptom Signage
The safety and health of the East Penn School District is of utmost importance to us. All district facilities will be cleaned and ready for students and staff prior to the start of the school year. The facilities and technology department has utilized CDC recommended disinfecting supplies during our school closure and will continue to do so as our district re-opens. EPSD will follow all guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing as put forth by the CDC. Our cleaning and disinfecting protocols ( facilities and technology department ) will also abide by the CDC recommendations. To accomplish our goals the district will purchase additional equipment such as Halosil foggers/misters and Electro Atomizing Sprayers. In addition to these cleaning supplies and protocols, signage, wellness screens, and hand sanitizing stations will be installed at designated locations in the facilities.
The East Penn School District is procuring these disinfectants, PPE, and personal hygiene supplies through various vendors to ensure supplies are capable of meeting demand. The district is also capable of switching to different manufacturers of disinfectants, PPE, and personal hygiene supplies through our various procurement vendors.
The frequency of cleaning, sanitation, and disinfecting will be determined by the occupancy load of the facilities. To ensure a safe environment, in addition to the daily cleaning and sanitizing that takes place, we will incorporate utilizing the Electro Atomizing Sprayers on high touched surfaces and restrooms at different intervals while the students and staff are in class or offices.
High touch areas (ie: door handles, sink handles, stair handle/rails, light switches, bottle filling stations, etc…) will be sanitized often in accordance with facilities sanitization guidelines. Locker handles/areas will be sanitized at least once daily; and at the conclusion of each day.
CAFETERIAS: In the cafeteria, tables and surfaces will be sanitized between use according to facilities sanitization guidelines.
HEALTH ROOMS: Each Health Room has a designated area where symptomatic individual(s) shall be separated until departure from the building. This area shall be sanitized between ill individuals in accordance with guidelines established by the facilities team. Nurses will be able to identify areas used by symptomatic individual for cleaning.
WATER FOUNTAINS: It is recommended that water fountains not be utilized and that students bring in water bottles. Bottle filling stations may be used.
BUS SANITATION: During the day/between transportation runs
- Touch points of each school bus/vehicle will be cleaned and sanitized (all handrails, tops of student seats, window ledges, etc.)
- End of school day/after school activities: Thorough sanitation of all buses/school vehicles.
- Sanitization of buses: All cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting will be conducted using products that meet the CDC requirements for COVID-19.
Hot Water and Ventilation
The domestic hot water system will be inspected, tested and maintained to ensure that there is tempered water for proper hand hygiene. In an effort to provide this service a new water boiler will be installed and EHS, the return loops will be balanced for proper flow in all facilities and mixing valves will be repaired if necessary.
The heating, venting and air conditioning systems (HVAC) will be maintained throughout the district in a manner that will provide the highest percentage of outside air without jeopardizing the integrity of the indoor environment. This will include:
- install filters with the highest MERV rating that does not compromise the volume of air flow, or overall performance issues
- reprogram CO2 monitors to ensure the outside air dampers remain open as outdoor conditions permit
- replace all UV emitters in all air handlers that have them
- keep the HVAC system running in occupied mode to maintain a constant exchange of air
- sanitize the coils
- maintenance frequency will be increased to insure all systems are operating at optimal performance
- maintain indoor relative humidity between 40-60 percent whenever possible
Confirmed Case Protocol
We will close off areas of the building used by a sick person. We will wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
All guidelines from the Department of Health will be followed if we have a confirmed case