Personal Protective Equipment

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes protective clothing, gloves, face shields, face masks or other equipment to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.

    Students 

    • Every K-12 student will receive one cloth face covering. When on site, students are expected to wear a face covering. For more information view the FAQ section.
    • Every school will receive three disposable face masks per student.
    • A parent/guardian must complete a daily student health screening at home prior to coming on-site:
      1. Students must be healthy and symptom free for the last 10 days and have a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
        • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
      2. Students who have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days cannot attend.
      3. Students who appear ill may be removed from school.  Returning to the school will be determined on a case by case basis.
      4. If a student is diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, please contact your site immediately.

        To the best of my knowledge, my child is healthy and well enough to participate in school today.
    • For students on site, student temperature will be taken during phases 1, 2 & 3. Temperatures must be under 100.4 in order to access the school. If the student's temperature is 100.4 or higher they must be picked up.

    Staff

    • Every school staff member will receive one cloth face covering. When on site, staff are expected to wear a face covering when in the presence of others. 
    • Every school will receive face shields for all staff.
    • Staff are required to enter designated doors and use the temperature kiosks
    • Plexiglass barriers have been installed in the main offices at each school
    • Gloves are available for all staff to use for cleaning
    • For more information refer to the COVID-19 Staff Preparedness Plan available on the HeightsNET.

Hand Hygiene

    • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings.
    • Hand washing and/or sanitizing is required upon arrival at school, before and after meals, before and after recess and throughout the day.

Physical Distancing

  • Social distancing (also called physical distancing) means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Social distancing is a critical tool in decreasing the spread of COVID-19. Here are things we will be doing:

    • Ensuring sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people at all times when in school facilities.
    • No large group gatherings or events.
    • Limit the number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy. 
    • Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations will be restricted.
    • Implement contactless pick up and/or delivery of meals and school materials for days that students and staff are not in the school building.
    • Physical spaces maintained at 50 percent capacity or less and physical distancing of at least 6 feet
    • Entrances and exits will be modified as necessary to regulate traffic flow and access.
    • Hallways may be made one way to create traffic flow patterns that maximize physical distancing
    • Classroom and school schedules will limit physical interactions beyond a student’s classroom and team.
    • Floor markings will reinforce physical distancing requirements in waiting areas.
    • Student seating will be arranged to ensure there is at least 6 feet between students.
    • Safety signage throughout the building will reinforce protocols (hand washing, physical distancing)
    • Drinking water will be available through filling stations (water bottles to come from home) and single use cups; No drinking fountains will be available.
    • Learning and other activities will take place outside as appropriate.

Cleaning & Ventilation

    • Enhanced cleaning protocols follow recommendations from Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • At routine times throughout the school day, there will be cleaning/disinfecting of highly touched surfaces, including student desks/chairs, door handles, light switches, counters and faucets.
    • Cleaning will include, but is not limited to, before and after lunch, anytime a class grouping is going to switch classroom spaces, and at the end of the school day.
    • Each evening, there will be additional cleaning of floors and disinfecting of communal spaces.  
    • Building ventilation in our school buildings meets Indoor Air Quality standards
    • NO VISITORS unless pre-approved through building principal.

Health Screening Expectations

    • All students/guardians and staff must self-screen before coming to school each day.
    • Stay home if there are any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Report symptoms to the school.
    • Students will use designated triage  areas to wait for a ride home if symptoms develop during the day.
    • Students/Families and staff are to notify the school if they have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine.
    • Symptoms include:
      • New onset of cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
      • Chills
      • Muscle Pain
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of sense of smell or taste
      • Gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or nausea

Procedures for Exposure and Illness

  • CHPS will work with the Minnesota Department of Health on any positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 and follow their direction for contact tracing, notification and other critical actions.

    Exposure is defined as being near a COVID-19 positive person closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

    Working with MDH, school or district staff will notify students/families and/or staff if they have been exposed and need to stay home.

    Illness -- If students, staff have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or symptoms:

    • The individual must stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms began AND until no fever for at least 24 hours without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.
    • Siblings and household members stay home for 14 days.
    • Other staff and students exposed to the individual will also stay home/quarantine for 14 days.
    • During the 14 days, students may continue learning through Heights from home if they are able.

    View the Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms.

    Notifications: Exposure and Illness

    • We will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health on any positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 and they will guide us on the notification process to ensure individual health privacy.
    • Generally, the school or District will communicate with any individuals/families of individuals who had contact with any positive case as recommended and directed by MDH.
    • Notifications of exposure and notifications with direction to self-isolate will include recommendations from MDH for next steps.
    • Notification scope depends on the breadth of exposure and interaction with others.
    • Elementary (K-4) – Families of the entire classroom group; all staff that worked directly with student or staff that tested positive and building and district leaders.
    • Intermediate/Middle School and High School – Families of the impacted learning team, families of other students that may have been in elective classes with the student of staff that tested positive; all staff that worked directly with the student of staff that tested positive and building and district leadership.

Transportation

    • Buses will transport students at 50 percent capacity.
    • Students and drivers will wear face coverings on the ride. Drivers will reinforce expectations verbally and involve school administration if there is an issue with compliance.
    • All riders will maintain 6 feet of distance from the bus driver.
    • Seating charts will be used; Students from the same household may sit together.
    • Loading and unloading procedures will maximize physical distancing to the greatest extent possible; School loading and unloading zones may be reconfigured to accommodate distancing requirements and additional parent drop off/pick up.
    • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected between routes.
    • Windows will be open, as weather permits, and ventilation systems maximized to promote air flow throughout the bus.

Meal Services

    • Breakfast and lunch will be available to students when they are at school. There will be added precautions when eating at school in a Full Hybrid model:
    • PreK 4-Grade 4: Meals will be eaten in classrooms.
    • Grades 5-12: Meals will be eaten in classrooms or cafeteria with designated cohorts/pods and protocols for maximizing physical distance and precautions for allergies.
    • Meal purchases will be made using a touch-free system.
    • Meals will be individually plated/packaged; there will be no self-serve food stations.
    • Meals will be available for at home learning days.
    • Meal distribution will also be available for any student doing full-time distance learning.
    • Free and reduced lunch applications have been mailed to district families and can also be completed online.

School Start Times

  • We anticipate school start times to remain the same.

    As we plan the details now of transportation routes based on the information families have shared, modifications may be needed.