COVID-19 Precautions

We at St. John Bosco High School are committed to the health of our students. For the 2019-20 school year, we closed in the Spring when required by the State of Oregon. We submitted our Blueprint for Opening for the 2020-21 school year in line with the Oregon Health Authority. We remained open for in-person learning during that entire year. We will continue our safety precautions and be open for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. We are very careful about handwashing and sanitary cleaning. Our students each have their own 6 foot table for distancing. Be assured we will continue to monitor temperatures and protect our students as much as possible. We are keeping a close eye on Oregon's Ready Schools Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year and receiving regular information from our Local Public health Authority.

 

Contact Person Barbara Hettwer

Phone Number 503-873-2282

Email bhettwer@gmail.com
 

Local Public Health Office:

Marion County Health and Human Services

3180 Center St. NE, Suite 2100 Salem, OR 97301

503-588-5357 www.co.marion.or.us
 

Person Designated to Establish, Implement and Enforce Physical Distancing Requirements:

Kathleen Carlson, counselor and Leah Brockman, Dean of Students
 

Effective Date: September 7, 2021

 

Communicable Disease Management Plan

With small class sizes and large classrooms we can easily deal with social distancing on our 8 acre campus.

Barbara Hettwer will notify the local public health authority of any confirmed cases among the students or staff.

Doorknobs, desks and chairs will be sanitized when a classroom change occurs. Bathrooms will be sanitized after each use by the user. The office will be cleaned at the end of each day. The staff room will be cleaned twice a day and only used for making copies. Students will bring their own lunch and eat at their desk/table.

 

Students, staff and any others will have their temperature taken upon entry. Only the main entry will be used and kept locked during the school day. Someone needed to enter will call the school number posted on the door and be admitted if necessary.

 

Any student or staff member who has been exposed will be required to stay home.

Isolate if sick: If a student gets sick during the day, schools must have a space for that student to rest and be monitored by staff until they are able to go home.

Wear a face covering: The Oregon Health Authority’s statewide rule for 2021-22 school year requires face coverings in all indoor school settings, both public and private, for all individuals two years and older, including all students, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

 

Communicable Disease Management Plan for COVID-19

With small class sizes and large classrooms we can easily deal with social distancing on our 8 acre campus.

Barbara Hettwer will keep updated on Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) protocols.

Any exposed person will not be allowed on campus. Any person who develops symptoms during the school day will be isolated in the small room near the front door until arrangements can be made for them to be taken home.

The teachers and principal will notify parents and Board Members by text or phone call of any confirmed cases and any exposure (closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer).

 

Attendance will be carefully kept by each teacher and the registrar. Students all arrive and leave at the same time. The exceptions are required to sign in or out with time noted.

Others will not be allowed in the building. Many student drive themselves. Parents who drop off and pick up their child do so outside. Anyone who must enter the building will sign in and out just as students who arrive late or leave early.

In the event of an outbreak, the school will go online.

Physical Distancing

Each student will have 35 square feet of space as will the teachers. Each student will have their own table and chair.

The schedule will be planned to minimize students changing classrooms. Lockers will be assigned with spacing in mind.

Each teacher will encourage and remind students to maintain physical distancing. Students who do not comply will be subjected to our standard disciplinary action: warning, reporting to parents, detention, probation, expulsion.

Staff meetings are for 2 or 3 people and can easily maintain social distance

Those who have come into close contact with a confirmed case (6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) will be texted or phoned.

Our school community will be emailed and texted if a new case of COVID-19 is diagnosed. In our Friday notes we will notify families of our response to a COVID-19 case.


Entry and Screening

We will direct students and staff to stay home if they, or anyone in their homes or community living spaces, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if anyone in their home or community living spaces has COVID-19.
 

  • Primary symptoms of concern: cough, fever (temperature greater than 100.4°F) or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

  • Muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19.

  • In addition to COVID-19 symptoms, students should be excluded from school for signs of other infectious diseases.


 

Emergency signs that require immediate medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to awaken

  • Bluish lips or face (lighter skin); greyish lips or face (darker skin)

  • Other severe symptoms

 

Each person entering the building will be screened for symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms will be sent home as soon as possible and wait in the quarantine room near the front door.

We will follow LPHA advice on restricting from school any student or staff known to have been exposed.

 

Visitors/Volunteers

We will restrict all visitors. The door will be locked and they must call the school phone to gain entry if they are necessary and do not have a fever or symptoms.

All visitors will be screened by a temperature check and symptom questions. No visitor who has been exposed to COVID-19 will be admitted.

All visitors will wash or sanitize their hands upon entry.

Visitors/volunteers must maintain six-foot distancing, wear face coverings, and adhere to all other safety provisions.


Face Coverings

When working in an enclosed room with others, staff will wear face coverings.

Face coverings will be worn by students when enclosed indoors.

A student who needs to remove his/her face covering will be provided a space away from others for a 15 minute sensory break.

Students will not be discriminated against or disciplined for an inability to safely wear a face covering during the school day.

If any student requires an accommodation to meet the requirement for face coverings, the student’s proximity to other students and staff will be limited to the extent possible to minimize the possibility of exposure.

For students with existing medical conditions and a physician’s orders to not wear face coverings, or other health related concerns, we will not deny any in-person instruction.

Isolation and Quarantine

Students or staff arriving with a fever or symptoms will be sent home. If transportation is not immediately available, they will wait in the quarantine room near the front door.

Recommended protocols for screening will be followed as listed above.

Students or staff who develop a fever or symptoms will be sent home. They may wait in the quarantine room near the front door.

Staff and students who are ill must stay home from school and must be sent home if they become ill at school, particularly if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Attendance

Attendance will be taken at least once for each scheduled class each day for all students enrolled in school.

 

Technology

Students and staff will refrain from sharing devices whenever possible. The school phone will be sanitized after each person if done with its use.

Special School Functions

  • Handwashing: All people on campus will be advised and encouraged to wash their hands frequently.

  • Events: School events and field trips will follow careful Covid guidelines and take place outdoors whenever possible..

  • Transitions/Hallways: Transition times will be monitored to maintain social distancing.

 

Arrival and Dismissal

Physical distancing, square footage, and cleaning requirements will be maintained during arrival and dismissal procedures.

Any late arrivals or early departures must sign in or out with time noted. There will be a container of “clean” pens and one of “used” pens for signing or students may use their own.

 

Classroom

  • Seating: Students will each have their own table.

  • Materials: There will no sharing of materials. Hand sanitizer and tissue will be provided.

  • Handwashing: Students will be reminded with signage and regular verbal reminders from staff of the utmost importance of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Respiratory etiquette means covering coughs and sneezes with an elbow or a tissue. Tissues should be disposed of in a garbage can, then hands washed or washed or sanitized immediately.

 

Breaks and Restrooms

After using the restroom students will wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

We have no outdoor equipment except one picnic table which will be sanitized after each use.

 

Meals

Each student and teacher will bring their own lunch.

Students must wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an approved sanitizer before and after meals.

All meal items will be taken home to be cleaned there.

Students will eat at their own assigned table in their classroom.

 

Transportation

A staff member will meet and greet at the entrance and screen students upon arrival and check for face coverings.

 

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation

To reduce the risk of asthma, disinfectant products will be chosen that are on the EPA List N with asthma-safer ingredients (e.g. hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, or lactic acid) and products avoided that mix these with asthma-causing ingredients like peroxyacetic acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), or quaternary ammonium compounds.

Whenever possible we will increase ventilation by opening windows and doors before students arrive and after students leave, and while students are present.
 

Emergency Procedures and Drills

In accordance with ORS 336.071 and OAR 581-022-2225 Students will be instructed in emergency procedures and participate in regular practice drills so that students and staff can respond to emergencies.

Due to our small size, drills can be conducted without compromising physical distancing.

Prevention and Planning

We will continue to monitor LPHA to follow current transmission levels.

 

Response

We will remain ready to implement Comprehensive Distance Learning.

 

Recovery and Re-entry

We will clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) and follow CDC guidance for classrooms and restrooms.