Health Mitigation Strategies

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The District is committed to providing a safe, healthy learning environment for all our students and staff.  While we acknowledge that we can not completely eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, we have taken extensive precautions and measures to greatly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission, based on specific mitigation guidance from the CDC and both state and county Health Departments.  

Healthy Hygiene PracticesRoutine healthy hygiene practices are a foundational measure to protect against COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Parents should perform temperature and symptom checks of their children each day prior to sending them to school. 
  • Students and staff should wash hands for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, before eating, and upon entering classrooms. Breaks will be provided for hand washing, as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol will be provided and readily available.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up and strategically placed around all school buildings.
  • Signage will be posted throughout the building regarding hygiene routines.
     

Face CoveringsAs of July 1, 2020, Governor Wolf has ordered that everyone must wear an appropriate face covering outside of their homes.  Staff and students will wear face coverings while inside CVSD facilities and while using CVSD-provided transportation. Face coverings may be cloth or disposable and will be provided for individuals who are unable to provide their own. Exceptions will be made for individuals with a health condition, a communication impairment, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
 

Intensified Cleaning and DisinfectingCVSD custodial and facilities staff utilize CDC cleaning and disinfection measures to ensure the physical spaces, equipment, and materials students and staff come into contact with remain safe.

  • Frequent sanitizing will be implemented for high-touch areas (doorknobs, handles, fixtures, etc.) with a medical grade sanitizing solution multiple times per day.
  • Restrooms will be monitored and cleaned more frequently throughout the day. 
  • The District has an extensive supply of cleaning and disinfecting products and materials which meet OSHA and CDC requirements for COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer stations, towelette wipes, and bottle filling stations/fountains have been installed to further reduce contamination.
  • Custodians and facilities employees have been trained on CDC cleaning and sanitizing measures.  All District staff will be trained on what they can put in place to reduce contamination and follow CDC cleaning guidelines. 

     

Social Distancing PracticesSocial distancing and other protocols will be practiced through the ongoing monitoring of classroom sizes, the implementation of procedures on classroom organization, the application of instructional strategies that ensure student and staff distancing, and the use of alternate spaces for instruction.

  • All non-essential furniture will be removed from the classrooms to create the ability for increased space in classrooms and to accommodate the need for social distancing.
  • Schedules for student movement within buildings will be adjusted to align to social distancing practices, for example, distance markings in cafeterias, and hallways. Fortunately, our communal spaces are quite large. In most instances the population is only at 40% capacity of the space.
  • The Chartiers Valley School District buildings have multiple areas for outdoor learning and discussion. These spaces will be encouraged to be utilized to the fullest extent possible and applicable.
  • District transportation will be reduced to the maximum extent possible regarding student ridership and masks will be strongly encouraged while riding on the school buses.
  • Visitors and volunteers will be restricted.
  • Student desks can be spaced apart in all classrooms ranging from four to six feet.  Recess and playground procedures have been put into place to maintain student “centers” and organized small grouping.  Physical distancing will be implemented to the fullest extent possible for all grade levels. However, it may be more difficult in some areas than others.
  • All staff will be trained on social distancing and other safety protocols. This training will take place over the summer of 2020 and at the staff professional development upon the start of the school year.

     

Ongoing Monitoring PracticesCVSD will regularly communicate and monitor developments with local health department authorities regarding cases, exposures, hospitalizations, and any other relevant metrics that may require a change in school operations. In the event of an elevated number of cases in local health data or in the event of presumed or confirmed cases directly impacting schools or central offices, CVSD will collaborate with Allegheny County Health Department authorities to implement all necessary health and safety protocols. This could include short-term closure of one or more CVSD facilities until health officials deem it safe to reopen. 

  • Those who have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive should follow the 14-day quarantine requirements and requirements and guidelines provided by the Allegheny County Health Department
  • Parents will be expected to monitor student’s temperature each morning and keep students home if exhibiting any symptoms. Parents will report to the school nurse if a student is ill.
  • Staff will be expected to self monitor and be cognizant of symptoms in their students. Any student exhibiting symptoms will be sent to the nurse's office for a temperature check and parent contact.
  • Isolation and quarantine will follow CDC and ACHD guidelines. If there is a need for isolation at school, staff, visitors, or students will report to the health office to quarantine in a designated isolation room in each building.
  • Nurses will be responsible for all decisions regarding isolation. Return to school and work will be determined by following ACHD and CDC guidelines. Any students or staff who are unable to return or uncomfortable in returning will have their case reviewed by the Pandemic Crisis Response Team so that accommodations and planning can be made for the individual case needs.
  • A member of the Pandemic Team will reach out to any student or staff who are ready to return to the district to obtain the documentation needed to ensure that the individual is cleared by a doctor to return to the district. All documentation for a return to the district will follow ACHD and CDC guidelines.
  • If a staff or student has a confirmed illness or exposure to the virus, the district will notify local health officials, staff, and families of exposure or confirmed cases while maintaining confidentiality. 

More information and details can be found in the District's Preliminary Reopening Plan.
IMPORTANT: As new data, guidance, and directives are provided to CVSD information provided in the reopening plan may change, upon School Board approval.