Physical distancing, sometimes referred to as social distancing is an effective way to limit spread of contagion by simply keeping people separated. As noted in the guidance from the AAP, “There is a conflict between optimal academic and social/emotional learning in schools and strict adherence to current physical distancing guidelines. The CDC recommends schools “space seating/desks at least 6 feet apart when feasible. In many school settings, 6 feet between students is not feasible without limiting the number of students.”
MUSD employees, students, parents, and visitors should practice staying approximately 3-6 feet away from others and eliminating contact with others when feasible.
This plan is subject to change and updates will be made based on latest information provided by the officials and other applicable federal, state, and local agencies as well as negotiations.
Arrival and Departure
- MUSD has designated routes for entry and exit, using as many entrances as feasible, as well as other protocols which limit direct contact with others as much as practicable, e.g. parents remaining in their vehicles or at designated gate areas.
- Minimize contact at school between students, staff, families, and the community at the beginning and end of each school day.
Students are asked to perform a self-screening test prior to arriving at school each day. In addition, students may receive a temperature reading upon campus/classroom entry by their teacher or designee using a touchless thermometer.
Classrooms will consider the following strategies as thoughtful safeguards when in shared spaces, and will include sanitizing wipes in each classroom in case teachers/staff need to provide assistance with a student’s device, materials, or supplies.
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Schools will consider the following strategies as a thoughtful safeguard when in shared spaces:
- Serve meals in classrooms or outdoors instead of cafeterias or multipurpose rooms where practicable.
- Minimize congregate movement through hallways as much as practicable.
- Consider holding recess in separated areas at staggered times designated by class.
- Ad-hoc Interactions/Gatherings – Non-essential/informal meetups and visiting should be avoided.
- There will not be rallies, assemblies or other large events until the County Health Officer deems it safe.
- Identify a health/isolation/isolation room for students who are not feeling well to minimize contact with others until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility.
- Holding essential onsite meetings will be necessary, as such physical distancing should be implemented and PPE must be worn.
Personal Workspace / Classroom
All teachers and students are asked not to visit another classroom outside of their team or grade level (as part of reopening phases 2 and 3). Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own personal workspace (teacher desk, phone, etc.) throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces. Cleaning sprays and wipes are also available to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.
Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own workspace multiple times throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces. MUSD has alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes are also available to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards. The MUSD custodial teams as part of the Facilities/Operations Dept. will clean all workspaces at their designated cleaning time.
Please note that proper equipment such as acceptable disinfectant and PPE should be used when cleaning individual workspaces.
There will be limited access to certain workspaces to reduce exposure to risks and ensure employee safety. Workspace usage is as follows:
- Capacity– MUSD will be monitoring the number of employees in the offices while the risk of infection exists.
- Conference Rooms– Certain conference rooms/meeting spaces may be closed until further notice. Signage indicating closure/capacity limits will be placed on conference room doors. All meetings are encouraged to use Microsoft Teams as a virtual option even for employees in the office or school.
- Breakrooms or Teacher Lounge/Multipurpose Room–These spaces could be closed or altered until further notice. However, the use of appliances (microwave, refrigerator, etc.) will be permitted.
Triggers for Partial or Total Closure
Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with the San Joaquin Public Health Officer.
Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when there are at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff within a 14-day period.
The Local Health Officer may also determine school closure is warranted for other reasons, including results from public health investigation or other local epidemiological data.
The District will close all schools if 25% or more of schools have closed to due to COVID-19 within 14 days of each other, and in consultation with local public health department.
If a partial, total school closure, or District closure is warranted, families will be contacted via email and/or phone and a swift transition to Phase 1: Off-Campus Learning will occur for the school(s) affected. The email and/or phone call will disclose as much information as possible relating to the events. MUSD will maintain confidentiality as required under HIPAA and FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records.