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Health and Hygiene Practices

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Health and Hygiene Practices 

On-campus in-person learning will occur with the health and safety guidelines outlined in this document.

Krum ISD cannot be held liable should a staff member, student, or visitor become sick with COVID-19.

While every reasonable effort will be made to maintain proper social distance, Krum ISD cannot guarantee that a distance of six feet will be maintained between students and/or staff for the duration of the day.

Each campus may have precautions in place that are additional to what is outlined in this document. Campuses will communicate directly with parents with a campus-specific plan.

 

Students participating in in-person learning will be expected to follow all Krum ISD safety procedures, put in place for the safety of both students and staff.

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Important Terms and Phrases

There are several important terms and phrases used throughout this document. These terms and phrases are defined below:

Re-Entry Criteria:

Individuals who were unable to be on campus due to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 may re-enter the campus when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared, or ten days have passed since the positive test if asymptomatic

Close Contact:

Close contact with individuals who are test-confirmed to have COVID-19 for the purposes of this document is defined as:

  • Being directly exposed to infectious secretions ( e.g., being coughed on ); or
  • Being within 6 feet for a total of approximately 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this determination. 

Either of the above defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are test-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirming lab test. 

 

Masks:

For the purpose of this document, masks include non-medical and medical grade disposable facemasks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: General

  • Krum ISD staff must complete provided training on COVID-19 safety protocols.  
  • Signage will be posted at all campuses encouraging students to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds.
  • Students will observe social distancing whenever possible. Desks and other seating will be arranged to provide for as much space between students as possible.
  • While every reasonable effort will be made to maintain proper social distance, Krum ISD cannot guarantee that a distance of six feet will be maintained between students and/or staff for the duration of the day. 
  • Water fountains in each facility will be inaccessible. Students should come to school prepared with more than one bottle of water daily, based on their needs. 
  • Teachers will restrict the sharing of school supplies as much as possible.

 

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 Health and Hygiene Practices: Pre-Screening

  • Each student’s temperature will be taken using an infrared thermometer upon entering the campus. Students who register a fever greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will be taken directly to the nurse’s office or a separate, specially designated room. Parents/guardians of students with a recorded fever will be contacted by the campus nurse.
    • Students with fever will not be allowed to reenter the campus until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Students who rode the bus will enter the campus at a different entry point than students dropped off by their parents. Bus riders will not have their temperature taken a second time
    • Students in athletics will have their temperatures checked upon entering the athletic facility.
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to campus if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are test-confirmed to have COVID-19. Should a student be quarantined due to COVID-19, the student shall receive remote instruction.
  • Students who have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed should receive remote instruction for a 14-day period following the contact.
  • Visitors are only allowed on campus in limited circumstances and are subject to screening prior to entry. If they have symptoms or are test-confirmed to have COVID-19, they may not enter campus until the criteria for re-entry are met. Krum ISD will also screen visitors to see if they have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19; if this is the case, visitors will not be allowed on campus for 14 days. 
  • Employees are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus each day. Self-screening should include employees taking their own temperature. Employees must notify Krum ISD if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or have been test-confirmed to have COVID-19; if this occurs, employees may not return to campus until re-entry criteria are met. If employees have close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, they must remain off campus for 14 days.
 
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Health and Hygiene Practices: Cafeteria and Meals

  • Campus meals will be served in the cafeteria. 
  • Cafeteria tables will be sanitized between each lunch group.
  • Students will have assigned seating at every other seat in the cafeteria at the elementary level
  • At the secondary level, lunch will be served in the cafeteria, as well as designated areas.  Students will have assigned seats.  
  • Students will not manually enter their ID#/Lunch Code in the lunch line.
    • Elementary cafeteria staff will utilize a binder roster of students with personalized barcodes that will be scanned to purchase meals.
    • Secondary students will use a barcode ID card to go through the meal line. Each student will be provided with their card at the start of school. Students will be provided one replacement card free of charge. Additional replacement cards will be provided with a fee of $5.
  • Milk cartons will be distributed to students at the elementary level.
  • The cafeteria will continue to use pre-wrapped disposable utensil packs.
  • Parents are encouraged to use MealTime online to apply payments to their child’s account.
  • Snack items will not be available for purchase.
  • No parents/visitors will be allowed during lunch; all lunches must be brought by the student or purchased from the cafeteria. 
  • Meals will be available for remote learning students. Additional information on this is available under Krum ISD’s Remote Learning Considerations.

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Masks

  • Masks include non-medical and medical grade disposable facemasks and cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). Full-face shields may be used in place of a mask to protect eyes, nose, and mouth whenever a mask is not feasible or whenever the education context may benefit from the ability to see an individual’s full face.
  • Schools are required to comply with the governor’s executive order GA-29 regarding the wearing of masks.
  • All staff and students in grades 4 and above are required to wear masks on campus.
  • Students who are actively exercising or participating in other extracurricular activities where wearing masks or face shields would be impractical are not required to wear masks or face shields as long as they maintain six feet of distance from other students or staff who are not wearing masks or face shields. Students and staff are required to wear masks or face shields as they arrange themselves in positions that will allow them to maintain safe distancing. 

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Handwashing

  • Krum ISD will have hand sanitizer/handwashing opportunities readily available for everyone on campus. 
  • Everyone on campus is encouraged to sanitize/wash hands frequently.
  • Elementary students will engage in supervised handwashing for 20 seconds at least twice a day.
  • All students will be encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating. 
  • Students will be educated on proper handwashing techniques. 
  • Additional times will be added to transitions for handwashing. 

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Facility Sanitation

  • An electrostatic sanitation sprayer that uses a heavy-duty, quaternary cleaner, disinfectant, and sanitizer that remains on surfaces for 7-10 days will be sprayed on every surface in the facility twice weekly.
  • This includes but is not limited to classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms, event spaces, band and choir halls, gyms, athletic facilities, and the Performing Arts Centers.
  • Desks, doorknobs, and restrooms will be sanitized multiple times throughout the day. Each classroom will have sanitizer available for students that wish to sanitize their desk upon entry of the classroom.
  • Cafeteria tables will be sanitized between each lunch group. Students will have assigned seats in the cafeteria.
  • Playground equipment will be sanitized weekly. 
 
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Health and Hygiene Practices: Transportation   

  • Parents/guardians are recommended to provide transportation for their child to and from school.
  • Bus monitors will provide the hand sanitizer for each student upon boarding the bus.
  • Each student’s temperature will be taken with an infrared thermometer upon boarding.
    • Students who register a fever greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will be seated separately from other students. Upon arriving at campus, students with a registered fever will be taken directly to the nurse’s office or a separate, specially designated room. Parents/guardians of students with a recorded fever will be contacted by the campus nurse. Students with fever will not be allowed to reenter the campus until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • Staff and students of all ages will be required to wear masks while on the bus.
  • Students will have assigned seating for each time they are on the bus. Siblings or members of the same household will be seated together. 
  • An electrostatic sanitation sprayer that uses a heavy-duty, quaternary cleaner, disinfectant, and sanitizer that remains on surfaces for 7-10 days will be sprayed on surfaces of each bus after each trip.
  • When possible, windows will be open during bus transportation for additional ventilation and airflow. 
  • To promote social distancing between students as much as possible and to avoid commingling of grade levels at the EEC, the Eaglechase/Saddlebrook Crosstown Route will be discontinued. Students that need to walk from the Eaglechase/Saddlebrook neighborhood to Dodd, KMS, or KHS should utilize the provided walkways and crosswalks shown below.highlighted satellite image shows walking path
  • Bus transportation will use the same routes as the 2019-2020 school year for the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 school year (August 19, 2020-September 4, 2020). At the conclusion of these two weeks, routes will be adjusted based on rider occupancy and usage. Parents/guardians of any student who will need to begin riding the bus must provide one-week advance notice to the Department of Transportation.

 

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Cases of COVID-19 on Campus

 

  • Parents must ensure they do not send a child to campus if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are test-confirmed to have COVID-19, and instead should opt to receive remote instruction until the criteria for re-entry have been met.
  • Students who have had close contact with an individual who is test-confirmed should receive remote instruction for a 14-day period following the contact.
  • Should a student be quarantined due to COVID-19, the student shall receive remote instruction.
  • Krum ISD must immediately separate any student who shows COVID-19 symptoms while at school and require the student to be picked up by a parent or guardian as soon as possible. 
  • Individuals who report feeling feverish will receive an immediate temperature check to determine if they are symptomatic. If a fever is recorded, they may not return to campus until the criteria for re-entry has been met.
  • If an individual, employee, or student, who was on-campus for learning becomes test-confirmed to have COVID-19 Krum ISD will notify the local health department in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations including confidentiality requirements of the American’s with Disability Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  
  • The areas heavily used by the individual will be closed off until the non-porous surfaces in the area are disinfected, or until 7 days have already passed since that individual was on campus. 
  • Consistent with school notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, Krum ISD will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students in the campus of the test-confirmed case of COVID-19.  

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Health and Hygiene Practices: Symptoms of COVID-19

 
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: 
  • Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting 
Last Updated:  November 6, 2020