Social distancing of 6’ is the recommendation of the Health & Safety Planning Team based on CDC guidelines, and capacity in our classrooms. When possible, we will increase the distance between students to meet the PDE recommendations, “Classroom/learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible.”
Unnecessary furniture will be removed from classrooms to allow for maximum spacing. Desks will be organized with all students facing in one direction with the maximum extent of social distancing.
Communal Spaces and Hallways
PDE requires that we stagger the use of communal spaces and hallways. We will create one-way traffic patterns in the hallways as allowable to the extent possible. Hall monitors, teachers, administrators, and staff may assist with coordination of traffic flow, and social distancing as required, and where feasible. Appropriate signage will also be in the hallways when possible. The committee also recommends that we institute class schedules that limit transitions for staff and students.
At the elementary level, students will remain in the same classroom with teachers switching classes instead of students switching classes to the greatest extent possible.
To reduce the number of interactions between groups of students, specialists may report to student classrooms to limit movement, instead of having students go to different rooms.
No large gatherings or group assemblies until social distancing restrictions can accommodate desired events.
Lobby areas will be marked with appropriate social distancing and mask requirement reminders. All public facing staff personnel will have clear barriers installed along with visual floor signage to instruct staff and visitors on proper social distancing.
PDE requires that we restrict the use of cafeterias and other congregate settings, and serve meals in alternate settings such as classrooms. Cafeterias, including areas designated as multi-purpose/gym/cafeteria, may be utilized for breakfast/lunch/meals in accordance with proper social distancing guidelines of 6 feet and facing in one direction. Students properly distanced may remove their masks to eat.
To maintain distancing, Grab and Go meals will be available for all students.
Elementary students: grab and go meals will be delivered to classrooms. Students will be required to wash their hands prior to eating.
Secondary students: various eating and distribution stations for grab and go meals will be provided.
Non-Essential Visitors and Volunteers
PDE requires that we identify and restrict non-essential visitors and volunteers (Refer to: EPSD VISITOR PROTOCOL)
All visitors will be screened according to the EPSD Enhanced Visitor Guidelines during time of pandemic. Visitors who present with fever, or symptomatic will be masked accordingly, and medical referral advised, and dismissed as soon as possible.
There will be a CDC poster placed at the building entrance instructing visitors on preventive measures to control spread of Covid-19: CDC: Stop the Spread of Germs. This poster will be hung in the vestibule with instructions that if the individual is experiencing any of these symptoms that they may not enter the building.”
East Penn specific poster:
EPSD Visitor COVID-19 Symptom Signage
*All non district activities (rentals) will be curtailed during pandemic period.
Recess and Physical Education
PDE REQUIREMENT: Handling sporting activities for recess and physical education classes consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports.
RECESS – Teachers may take students outside to recess if a schedule is created by the building principal to stagger classes and all language in our Health & Safety Plan is followed.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Traditional physical education classes will be held if all aspects of this plan are followed.
PDE requires that we adjust transportation schedules and practices to create social distance between students.
Our buses can operate with a maximum of two students per seat, with the understanding that masks will be required of students while on the bus. All high-touch surfaces on buses will be disinfected at least daily. Bus drivers will also be required to wear face shields and/or masks when students enter/exit the bus. Drivers must wear a mask at all times when students are present, unless specifically prohibited by the bus company/school entity policy. (Bucks County Health Department, Dr. David Damsker)
For students utilizing district transportation: all students will be required to wear a cloth mask provided from home while on the bus/van. According to Governor’s orders on 7/1/2020, everyone shall wear a mask; a “face covering”, defined as: “covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears, or is wrapped around the lower face” while on district transportation.
Bus windows shall remain, open weather permitting, to allow for circulation of air.