Health & Safety

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Health Requirements

Health & Safety of Staff

All Washington school districts must adhere to the Department of Health (DOH) and Labor and Industries (L&I) guidance. It is important for all Finley school staff to familiarize themselves with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of high-risk employeesand to understand they have the right to identify themselves to the Finley School District as a high-risk individual. Any staff member with questions or concerns about workplace accommodations, leave expectations, and other employee rights is encouraged to contact Bryan Long at 509-586-3217 or blong@finleysd.org.

Screening & Attestations

Students and staff must attest they are healthy and free of COVID-19 symptoms before they enter the building each day. Parents/guardians are expected to screen their students for any signs of illness each morning and must submit a signed attestation form to their child’s school at the start of each quarter.

Additionally, all students will have their temperature taken by trained Finley school staff prior to entering any school building. Identified school staff screeners will be stationed at specific sets of doors for each building. Any student or staff member found to have a fever will be required to go home until the person is not symptomatic or has completed the suggested quarantined timeline. (For students with a fever, their parent/guardian will be called and the student will wait in a separate room away from other students until the parent/guardian arrives.)

Symptom Screening

Parents must confirm:

  1. My student is not currently waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  2. Since my student’s last day of school, he/she has not experienced one or more "More Specific Symptoms" or 3 or more "Less Specific Symptoms" (see definitions below):
  3. Within the last 14 days, my student has not been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

"More Specific Symptoms" are defined as:

  • Fever (100.4 or over)
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

"Less Specific Symptoms" are defined as:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools in 24 hrs)

Source: Benton-Franklin Health District, COVD-19 School Screening Guidance Updated 10/30/2020 |(en Español)


Handwashing

Students and staff will be reminded regularly about the importance of proper handwashing. Teachers may allow for more breaks to give students the opportunity to wash their hands, either at a classroom sink or in a restroom.  In addition, we will place hand sanitizer units throughout our buildings. Students and staff will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer regularly.

Masks and PPE

All students, staff, volunteers, and guests must wear face coverings at all times, consistent with DOH and L&I requirements. School districts are required by law to provide face coverings for all school employees as part of Washington employer requirements. Finley School District will provide 2 face masks for each student. Families are asked to provide at least one washable mask for their student as well. The district also will maintain an adequate supply of face coverings on our premises to accommodate students who arrive at school without a face covering. Each school, district building, and bus will have disposable face coverings readily accessible for students, staff, and/or guests who arrive without a covering.

Prior to their first day of hybrid learning, all students will receive a “care package” that will include:

  • 2 masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disposable temperature sticks
  • Instructions on health and safety expectations for how to return to school safely

If your child is unable to wear a face mask due to a medical reason or a disability, we will work with you to find a safe alternative.


Cleaning & Disinfecting

Our custodial staff will significantly increase the wiping down and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces across our buildings and throughout the school day, consistent with DOH guidance and the Infection Control Handbook 2010. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they can clean and disinfect spaces, as needed. Each Wednesday, our custodial team will conduct a thorough deep-cleaning of our spaces, again disinfecting high-touch surfaces like sinks, drinking fountains, door handles, tables, and desks.

Physical Distancing

We will alter our indoor classroom and common spaces and reconfigure our processes to ensure six feet of physical distance between all persons in our school facilities as a planning framework. Classrooms will be laid out with the 6-foot physical distancing recognized to the extent possible.  Pair-share tables, carpet centers, group think centers have been changed to individual workstations for students.  Physical Education classes will be outside as much as is reasonable considering weather conditions with required hand washing at the end of each class.  Band classes will occur with physical distancing required within the classroom.
OSPI Reopening Guidance recognizes that there will be limited times when students and/or staff may need to be within six feet for short periods of time. This includes the accommodation of students with disabilities or others who meet the exceptions in order to deliver equitable services.

Safety Training & Orientation

Safety training and orientation will be provided to building administrators prior to the all staff professional learning days. The protocols given will be used through the start of the school year and adjusted as needed based on current requirements and guidance. Principals will highlight the safety protocols at building staff meetings prior to the start of the school year. These protocols will be communicated and provided to the community utilizing the district’s various communication platforms. All education stakeholders will have a part to play in contributing to make education successful in Finley.