District Health Mitigation Plan
The Marana Unified School District is committed to the health and safety of each student and staff member in MUSD. As a community, if we participate in best health practices in school, at home and in our daily lives, we can reduce the spread of the disease.
This plan is based on guidelines and recommendations from local and state health departments as well as regulations from the Governor and State Legislature. These requirements are subject to change as additional information about the spread and prevention of COVID-19 becomes available.
Risk Reduction Strategies and Minimizing Exposure
- Face coverings are optional for all staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers.
- Face coverings are available at all district sites.
- Students and staff are encouraged to maintain physical distancing when feasible.
- Students arriving and leaving campus will be monitored to discourage congregating and ensure students report directly to their designated area, as well as leave promptly upon completion of the school day or scheduled after school activities.
- Students will have assigned seating when feasible.
- Physical distancing in classrooms is encouraged to the extent it is possible.
- The use of student cohorts is encouraged to the extent it is possible.
- Staff and students will receive education to reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Staff and students will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is unavailable. Handwashing is preferred over the use of sanitizer.
- Adequate supplies will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors (e.g. paper towels, tissues, soap, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for safe use by staff and age-appropriate children.
- Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be available to all school campuses and district offices.
- Supervised use of hand sanitizer by students age 6 and younger.
- Children with skin reactions to hand sanitizer should use soap and water.
- Handwashing will be reinforced during key times such as, before and after eating, before and after recess, after using the toilet, after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing, and when deemed necessary.
General Cleaning and Disinfection
- Cleaning of school buildings and district offices will be performed daily followed by disinfection where appropriate.
- Disinfection will be performed with the use of a disinfectant that is safe, low odor, and a non-respiratory irritant.
- Disinfectant and paper towels will be available for every classroom and learning space.
- Where possible, high-touch surfaces will be reduced. For example, doors will be left open during passing periods so students won't have to touch the door handle.
- Frequently touched surfaces and/or shared objects in classrooms and common areas are encouraged to be wiped down daily using approved products.
- Bathrooms will receive daily cleaning and disinfection.
- Safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing and using products away from children, and allowing adequate ventilation when products are used.
- Water bottle filling stations are available on school campuses. Drinking from water fountains is allowed, but use of water bottles are preferred.
- Staff who are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting will be trained how to use disinfectants safely and effectively.
- All HVAC systems have received thorough cleaning and maintenance; all mechanical rooms have been deep cleaned.
- HVAC filters across campuses throughout MUSD have been upgraded to number 11 filters for enhanced removal of microscopic pollutants.
- Classroom HVAC systems have been designed to continuously bring outside air into classrooms and other workspaces across the district, meeting standards from the Mechanical Code and ASHRAE.
- Hand sanitizer is available for use by students boarding the bus.
- Buses will be disinfected after morning and afternoon runs at and additionally if deemed necessary.
- Select windows are encouraged to be open on buses when feasible to allow for additional ventilation.
- Physical distancing of students riding the bus will be encouraged to the extent it is possible.
- Parents are encouraged to provide student transportation if feasible to decrease the number of students riding the bus.
Food and Nutrition
- Meals will be served in the cafeteria or via kiosks.
- Lunch times may be staggered, additional tables may be utilized, and outdoor seating will be encouraged to allow for physical distancing.
- Tables will be cleaned frequently.
Ongoing Operational Considerations
Communication, Health Education Strategies and Training
- Information will be provided to all employees, students, and parents/guardians on the expected safety protocols, use of PPE, and COVID-19 transmission prevention strategies.
- Staff, parents and students will be encouraged to obtain information from reputable and reliable sources such as https://www.cdc.gov/, https://azdhs.gov/, or https://webcms.pima.gov/government/health_department/.
- Parents and staff will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms daily related to COVID-19 and self-report.
- People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Daily home screening form for students: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/Daily-Home-Screening-for-Students-Checklist-ACTIVE-rev5A.pdf
- Communication and updates will take place via email and district webpage.
- Age-appropriate tools will be shared such as videos, posters, flyers, banners, social media posts and other resources to educate students about COVID-19 best practices and information.
- Staff, students and their families will be educated about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, when they should stay home and when they can return to school.
- Staff and students will be required to follow structured procedures to access services from the health office.
- A dedicated space has been established for symptomatic individuals that will not be used for other purposes.
- Illness-related concerns will be addressed separately from injuries and non-illness related concerns.
- Staff and students will be encouraged to cough and sneeze into their elbows, or to cover with a tissue.
- Used tissues are thrown in the trash and hands are washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaned with hand sanitizer.
- Symptomatic individuals will be isolated to the designated area at the school and subsequently sent home.
- Symptomatic students will remain under visual supervision of a staff member who is at least six feet away.
- The supervising adult will wear appropriate PPE.
- Symptomatic individuals will be expected to wear a cloth face covering or a surgical mask while waiting to leave the facility when age and health appropriate.
Monitoring and Evaluating Suspected, Presumptive and Confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Staff and students are encouraged to stay home when not feeling well.
- CDC and ADHS guidelines will be followed with regard to necessary isolation and return to work or school protocols. Click here to read the ADHS Guidelines
- Health Services and school staff responsible for attendance will work in collaboration to manage the tracking of student absences and ensure adherence to ADHS guidelines.
- Health Services will notify local public health officials of all confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff.
- An MUSD designee will coordinate with local public health officials to notify staff and families of COVID-19 outbreaks, while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and all other state and federal laws.
Potential School Closures
- In the event of an outbreak, the Superintendent or Designee will consult with local public health officials regarding the closure of school areas or entire schools.
- Parents will be promptly notified via previously listed methods of communication in the event of a school closure.