Health Protocol Springer Schools will follow guidance from the State Dept of Ed, the State Department of Health and/or the CDC as appropriate to each unique situation. All classrooms have been provided with additional hand sanitizers and any student and staff member can be provided with a mask if requested. Springer Cardinals masks will also be for sale to those who wish to purchase one. Teachers will be given additional PPE such as gloves and/or face shields. The school building will still be sanitized frequently to disinfect frequently touched areas. Older HVAC units will be replaced to improve ventilation. All classrooms have removed unnecessary items to allow students the ability to use social distancing. Desks have been separated to provide additional space and students will be encouraged to use “individual use” items. Additional time will be allotted to go over new procedures. Classroom air purifiers will be used where appropriate. Cohort groups will be used in the elementary to allow students limited exposure to the entire student body. The cohort groups will be PreK & K, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, and 5th & 6th. Junior high and high school students will have assigned seating in each class. In the event that a student or staff member tests positive for Covid19, the administrators will initiate contact tracing and begin notifying the students and staff of the positive case and any potential exposure and quarantine measures. We will work with our DHS Liaison to ensure appropriate contacts are made with individuals. Typically, a quarantine will only affect those who have been in close contact with the positive case. Masks Masks are not required at this time. Masks can be worn by students or staff as they choose. Please be respectful to those who choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask. Those with medical conditions may be exempt. Students or staff who exhibit symptoms of illness or fever, will be provided with a paper mask to wear until leaving the building. Instruction on appropriate mask wearing will be provided along with paper mask. Remote Learning While remote learning in COVID19 quarantines or school closures remains an opportunity for extended learning, students who desire to continue with Virtual Instruction full time will need to apply and meet certain learning criteria in order to remain virtual. Visitors and Service Providers Currently, visitors to the building are not allowed. Service Providers will still be allowed into the building to serve students. We will allow parents to come in to check out a child for illness or injury. Events like “Back to School” night or Parent Teacher Conferences will be in person if the risk of illness remains low. Vaccinations and Screening A vaccination clinic will be provided at enrollment for anyone who would like to receive the COVID19 vaccination. Screenings will be done when appropriate to reduce exposure to others. Extra-Curricular Activities and Group Assemblies Students will still be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities as long as it is deemed safe. We will ask that students and staff practice a “Wash In-Wash Out” method with either soap and water or hand sanitizer any time students or staff are in a common use area such as copiers, computers, recess or physical education. At this time Athletic programs still have a green light to compete. We may receive additional guidance at a later date. In the event of school closure or quarantine, we will consider participating in extracurricular activities or events on an individual basis. Transportation We will still be transporting students and they will have assigned seating. Students will sit with siblings and family groups will be separated by bus seats (when possible). Drivers will ensure that windows are open (when possible) and fans are on to ensure circulation. Buses will be sanitized after routes to disinfect the bus seats and frequently touched areas. Food Service Meals will be provided in the safest environment possible. Students will have assigned seating and will be spaced away from those students outside of their cohort group. Some meals may even be served in the classroom. If you need meals during quarantine, speak with your administrator or cafeteria manager.