COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

The St. James R-1 School District has taken steps to prepare for the health, wellness, and safety of students and staff participating in summer school.  This guide is a living document and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.  Please see the information below for a set of general guidelines and expectations. Decisions will be made in coordination with local and state guidelines.

Transportation

  • Students will be separated on the bus where feasible
  • Buses will be appropriately disinfected after each use
  • Buses will have hand sanitizer available  
  • Bus drivers have been properly trained in COVID safety measures

Arrival

  • Parent drop off will be car lane only to reduce the number of people entering the building
  • Students will use hand sanitizer or hand washing upon arrival into classrooms
  • Common areas will be restricted where feasible  

Dismissal

  • The use of the car line will be for student pick-up only. No in-person parent pick-up to avoid parent gatherings in the school lobby or in front of the school.
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizing will be available at dismissal.

Breakfast and Lunch

  • For K-12th grades, breakfast and lunch will be bagged (grab and go) and will be eaten in classrooms. 
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizer will be available before and after lunch.

Classrooms

  • Multiple social distancing strategies will be implemented based on the feasibility of the unique space and needs of each school.
  • Students will be encouraged to maintain distance from each other in the school and taught appropriate hygiene/COVID practices: COVID 19 Do the 5!
  • K-8th grade students will keep their own supplies for use in the classroom.
  • Personal water bottles will be encouraged as drinking fountains will have limited availability.
  • There will be built-in time during the day for frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing.
  • Class sizes will in most cases be smaller than usual and based on the square footage of the classroom space.
  • Appropriate measures will be taken for cleaning school devices for K-8th grade use. 
  • Students will be observed for illness prior to starting class and students will be referred to the nurse.

Passing Periods

  • Face masks will be required during passing periods and movement throughout the buildings.
  • Passing periods will be limited by schedule and students will be monitored while walking in hallways.  
  • Movement throughout buildings will be limited or reduced.
  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be available.

Visitors/Volunteers

  • All visitors will be required to wear face masks.
  • Nonessential visitors will be limited.
  • No volunteers will be utilized during summer school.

Playgrounds

  • Students will be monitored for social distancing while on playgrounds.
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizer will be utilized upon re-entry to the building.
  • Frequently used playground hard surfaces will be cleaned routinely.

Cleaning/ Hygiene

  • Cleaning with COVID and EPA approved products will target cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched hard, non-porous surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, stair rails, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, drinking fountains, and any other surfaces that are visibly necessary will be utilized.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed at various locations throughout the building, including classrooms.
  • Students and families will be provided with best practices for hygiene during the school day and upon arriving at home.

Health Services

  • School nurses will provide COVID safety training/materials to the faculty and staff.
  • If you have medication for your child, please schedule a time with the school nurse to drop it off.
  • Encourage staff self-screenings. 
  • Encourage parents to screen students at home prior to sending them to school.
  • Students or staff demonstrating symptoms will be referred to a physician or virtual clinic – Prior to returning to school, they must consult the school nurse or provide documentation from the physician. 
  • Exclusion procedures will follow best practices. Students or staff reporting “direct contact” with someone positively tested will be immediately sent home until further notice. If there is validity to such report, the county health department will then provide instructions to quarantine. For privacy concerns, individual identifying information will not be disclosed under any circumstances. The health department will monitor the situation per MO Department of Health and Senior Services and CDC guidelines in regards to quarantine and isolation precautions. Which are as follows: the student or staff is to quarantine until the positively tested “direct contact” is discontinued from isolation (which is dependent upon symptoms) and 14 days beyond that point.

PPE

  • Students will be required to wear face masks upon arrival, in shared spaces outside of classrooms, and during dismissal. Disposable masks will be available to students in limited quantities. Reusable face masks will be available for purchase, or students can bring their own
  • The use of personal masks will be required for all summer school staff. 

Precautions may change as safety directives are adjusted through state and local agencies.  If recommended by local and state agencies, there is a possibility of using touchless thermometers to monitor our students and staff.  Updates will be announced.