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
- Effective August 23 through September 28, 2021, face coverings are required for all students, staff, volunteers and visitors when indoors.
- Students and staff shall be provided with frequent reminders 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 will take place to the extent possible.
- The use of student cohorts will be encouraged to the extent possible.
- Specific entrance and exit points may be designated when feasible to reduce face-to-face meetings, and will have appropriate signage indicating traffic flow.
- 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 at entrances, exits, classrooms, cafeteria and throughout school campuses.
- 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.
- Hand washing or sanitizing will be encouraged when entering each classroom or designated learning area.
General Cleaning and Disinfection
- Cleaning of school buildings and district offices will be performed daily followed by disinfection where appropriate. Additionally, Day Porters will perform the following duties:
- Clean and disinfect Restrooms
- Disinfect Cafeteria and Library after use – primarily disinfect tables and high touch points.
- Disinfect playground equipment after scheduled recesses
- Disinfect high touch points throughout campus, i.e. outside the classroom, external door handles, rails, etc.
- Disinfection will be performed with the use of a disinfectant that is safe, low odor, and not a respiratory irritant.
- Disinfectant and paper towels will be available in 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 will be wiped down daily using approved products.
- Bathrooms will receive frequent cleaning and disinfection.
- Sharing of school supplies will be minimized.
- Handwashing or hand sanitizing will be promoted before and after touching any shared equipment.
- 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 will be 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.
- In the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school building, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- 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.
- Plexiglass dividers have been provided for areas such as reception desks, SpEd classrooms, SLP work spaces, and where staff may work closely with individual or small groups of students.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for use by students boarding the bus.
- Buses will be disinfected after morning and afternoon runs at minimum, additionally if deemed necessary.
- Select windows will be open on busses when feasible to allow for additional ventilation.
- Physical Distancing of students riding the bus will take place to the extent possible.
- Parents will be 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 disinfected between uses.
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 required 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, email graphics, newsletters and other resources to educate students about COVID-19 best practices and information.
- Signage will be posted at the main entry points requiring that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not to enter.
- Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed on campus if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms.
- 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, students, and families will be informed of the importance of collaborating with local health department in response to case investigation and contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases.
- 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 required to stay home when not feeling well.
- CDC and Pima County guidelines will be followed with regard to necessary quarantine, isolation and return to work or school protocols.
- 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 immediately of potential exposure to COVID-19, while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and all other state and federal laws.
Potential School Closures
- In the event of an outbreak, 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 previous listed methods of communication in the event of a school closure.