Student Safety Protocols

September 2020

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Student Safety Protocols Regarding Covid-19

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  • Parents are expected to screen their children daily prior to school entry for a fever >100.4 and symptoms of Covid-19 which include cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, fatigue, loss of taste or smell.
  • Students with any of the above listed symptoms are not permitted on district buses or in school district buildings.

  • Students with a known Covid-19 exposure within the previous 2 weeks are not permitted on district transportation or in school district buildings.

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Screening at School

  • Every student will be screened daily by ESD staff for symptoms of Covid-19 and including a fever check prior to entering classrooms.

  • Staff will utilize a touchless thermometer and ask a series of questions during this screening.

  • Any student that is identified as having symptoms will be moved to an Isolation Room and parent/guardian will be required to pick the student up immediately. Students will not be transported home via district transportation.

  • Teachers will ask the following questions during the screening process:

    1. Do you have any symptoms today (cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat. fever, diarrhea/vomiting, loss of taste or smell)?

    2. Have you been around anyone that has been diagnosed with Covid 19 in the last 2 weeks?

Face Coverings

  • Students are required to wear a face mask, covering both the nose and mouth on buses and in school district buildings at all times. Students are responsible for supplying their own face coverings (face masks will be available to those in need).

  • Alternatives to face masks are only an option in rare situations. These include students with disabilities, students under the age of 5, or students with medical conditions which prevent the use of masks. Medical verification will be required and questions should be directed to their student’s principal or the Student Services Department.

  • Students will be given the opportunity to remove masks during meal times and occasionally outdoors.

Social Distancing

  • Students will be spaced out 6’ throughout the day with only infrequent and intermittent contact within 6’.

Contact Tracing/Exposure

  • Families will be expected to immediately report suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 to school staff.

  • Contact tracing will be conducted for close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of a confirmed case of Covid-19 for at least 15 minutes) of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients under the direction of state and local public health officials.

  • Families will be informed via standard district communication channels if a student was exposed to a confirmed case of Covid-19. Notification of possible exposure will take place as soon as possible.

  • All identified contacts should self-quarantine at home for 14 days from their last exposure (i.e., close encounter with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case).

  • Testing should be considered for all close contacts of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

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Cleaning and Sanitization

  • Conduct additional disinfecting and cleaning, utilizing Environmental Protection Agency-rated cleaners.

  • Ensure sanitization of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles and light switches.

  • Classrooms, offices, and restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day and as needed.

  • Encourage frequent hand washing throughout the day and prior to mealtimes.

How We are Adapting our Classrooms

  • Students will wash their hands and/or use alcohol based hand sanitizer upon entering/exiting the classroom.

  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks and physically distance.

  • Separate supplies and manipulatives to limit sharing of items.

  • Assigned seating in each classroom.

How We are Adapting our Transportation

  • Reduced ridership expected.

  • Riders will be kept as far apart as possible in assigned seats.

  • Siblings/household members will be permitted to sit together.

  • Students and bus drivers will be required to wear face covering while being transported on the bus.

  • Lowering windows and allowing fresh air in during routes as weather permits.

How We are Adapting our Playgrounds

  • Students will remain in their cohorts while at recess.

  • Social distancing will be maintained and masks required while on our playground equipment.

  • Masks will not be required if students are on the track and able to socially distance.

  • After recess, students will be required to use hand sanitizer upon building entry.

Food Service

  • Elementary students will be delivered meals to the classroom in disposable containers.

  • Daily grab and go meals will be provided to secondary students and elementary students who are not attending in-person.

  • Elementary students will eat at their desks in their classrooms. Secondary students will maintain social distancing guidelines during lunches.

  • Desks and tables will be wiped down before and after eating.

  • Students will be required to wash/sanitize hands before and after meals.

  • No sharing of lunches between students.

Health Rooms and Isolation Spaces

  • Each school has a designated Isolation Space to host any person with suspected Covid-19 symptoms. These spaces will be thoroughly disinfected after each use.

  • Standard health rooms will provide routine health services for any non-Covid related issue.

Staff and Visitors

  • All staff and visitors are required to sign into district buildings and complete the health attestation form.

  • Any staff showing COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home immediately and directed to work with Human Resources and their healthcare provider, following the Washington State Dept of Health guidelines.

Stay Well

  • Wash your hands (regularly for 20 seconds).

  • Watch your distance (maintain social/physical distancing).

  • Monitor for symptoms of Covid-19.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

What if my student develops symptoms or is tested for Covid-19?

Per Washington State Department of Health:

IF PCR TESTING FOR COVID-19 IS POSITIVE, stay home for a minimum of 14 days from symptom onset, and at least 72 hours after fever has resolved (without the use of fever reducing medications).

IF PCR TESTING FOR COVID-19 IS NOT PERFORMED OR NEGATIVE, stay home for at least 10 days from symptoms onset, and at least 24 hours after fever has resolved (without the use of fever reducing medications). People with severe disease or that are immunocompromised may need to be isolated at home longer.


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District Communications

  • Please direct all Covid-19 related questions or concerns to

  • Refer to the Eatonville School District School Reopening Plan - Fall 2020 located on our district website for more information.


*These guidelines have been drafted in alignment with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Guidance to ensure safety of students and staff.

Health Department Information

What are the key metrics to safely re-open schools for in-person learning? We’ve added a dashboard to our schools information page to show our county’s progress toward reopening thresholds.

Additional Covid-19 Information

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