Springville Health & Safety Update

9/1/21

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Principal and Assistant Principal's Message

Dear Springville Families,


We are very excited to welcome our students for the first day of school next week. And, we also know that this is a difficult time for parents with the current Delta variant. We have worked hard to share below the health and safety protocols that will be in place to keep students and staff safe at Springville. We appreciate your help in talking with your students about these protocols because while not all of them are "fun", they will help ensure the safest possible return to school. Additionally, it would be helpful to have your student practice hand washing and wearing a mask prior to coming to school next week.


Please continue to check the school district's Back To School website which is continually updated with new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington County Health. Many thanks for your support and partnership in implementing these important health and safety protocols.


With Appreciation,

Robin Kobrowski and Ellen Arnold

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BSD Back-to-School Information & FAQ

Click here for BSD-specific information and answers to commonly asked questions

Oregon COVID-19 Resiliency Framework for 2021-2022

Click here for Oregon's guidelines for operating schools for the 2021-22 school year

Safety Protocols at Springville

All students and staff will wear masks inside and outside during school hours.


Classrooms
at Springville will be set up with the recommended 3 feet spacing between student chairs. Staff will maintain 6 feet from students. Teachers will have assigned seats for students in order to minimize contact with other students. Students will have their own set of school supplies. Other mitigation strategies will also be used: mask wearing, hand washing and classroom cleaning protocols. Our building has increased ventilation and improved air filters as well.


Recess

Students will go to recess in classroom cohorts in specific playground zones that will rotate weekly. For example your child's class may be under cover for a week and then out on the bark chips area the next week. Masks are to be worn outside and students will be encouraged to maintain the recommended 6 feet of distance to the greatest extent possible.


PE Classes will be held outdoors for a minimum of six weeks.


Music and Choir will be meeting outside if they will be singing.


Lunches

Based on guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington County Health, we are making adjustments to our lunch plans. Classes will be divided so that some are eating in the gym and some are eating in the cafeteria. This will allow for 6 feet between each student. Students will also be sitting in assigned seats for lunch so that we minimize contact with other students throughout the day. Doors and windows will be opened for increased ventilation.


Buses

Spacing on buses will be dependent on how many students are present during a given ride. There will be no mandatory 3-foot or 6-foot distancing requirement.


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognize that many Oregonians are asking why there are differences between buses and school facilities with respect to distancing. There are important public health distinctions in these environments, and these distinctions require diverse solutions:

  • Time spent: While students ride the bus for different amounts of time, generally, these trips are shorter than time spent inside school buildings, making bus rides safer.
  • High seat backs act as barrier. Like plexiglass or other dividers, seat backs offer some protection from droplet transmissions.
  • Frequent door opening/closing and open windows help fresh air circulate in the buses, which lowers the risk of infection.


Other Bus Safety Measures include:

  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available from the driver
  • A minimum of four windows per side will be kept open to ensure ample airflow. Roof hatches also may be opened depending upon weather conditions.

  • High-touch areas on buses will be disinfected each day between the morning and afternoon routes with EPA-approved products.

  • Buses which have transported a student with a positive or presumptive case of COVID-19 will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to returning to service.

  • At the elementary level (and K-8), students will have assigned seats to help with possible contact tracing.

Too Sick for School?

Parents/guardians should perform a daily health evaluation before sending students to school. If a student is exhibiting a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, a new loss of taste or smell or any of the symptoms on our Too Sick for School - Keep Ill Students Out of School, the student should stay home.


A staff member will do another visual check as students arrive at school.


If a student exhibits or complains of any COVID-like symptoms, an adult will accompany the student to the school isolation room. A designated staff member will then take the student’s temperature. If the student presents with COVID-like symptoms or symptoms warranting exclusion, the student will be instructed to wait in the isolation room until a parent/guardian can pick up the student. The student will be encouraged to see a health care provider for evaluation.
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Mask Guidance

Please visit the Back to School Information page for the most recent mask guidance and answers to questions. The most recent update requires students to wear face masks both indoors and outdoors during recess and PE.


Visit the CDC Guide to Wearing Masks below for more information on how to select a mask, the proper fit, washing and storage.

CDC Guide to Wearing Masks

Click here for a guide to selecting, wearing and taking care of masks

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Universal and correct use of face coverings keeps kids learning in-person, which is best for students. Face coverings mean more days in school for students.


When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.


Without face coverings and at least three feet of distance, students in close contact to someone with COVID-19 will need to quarantine and miss school days. This could include all members of the stable small group (cohort).


If no face coverings are worn and students do not distance, it becomes more difficult to track down close contacts. Exposure to a confirmed case can compound when students shift to new classrooms or visit other indoor spaces in the school, such as the library or gym. This could lead to quarantining of full grades or full school closure.

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How to Wash Your Hands and Wear a Mask

Click this button to access a slide deck for reviewing these safe practices with your child(ren)

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