Work and Learning Environments 2

Classroom Configurations and Procedures 

  • Each classroom will be outfitted with the following:
    • Visual reminders of distancing requirements will be in all classrooms, marking off areas for common spaces and distancing best practices.
    • Refillable alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations.
    • Access to disinfectant to sanitize working surface.
  • Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible. 
  • Group or pair work can be implemented while maintaining physical distancing. Facial coverings will be worn in grades 3-12 if group gatherings occur.
  • Student materials and supplies will be placed in close proximity to students to reduce movement in the classroom.
  • When possible, eliminate communal supplies. Shared supplies will be sanitized between use.
  • When possible, technology can be utilized when the use of manipulatives are needed. Teachers will consider assigning cohorts of student’s specific manipulatives in order to reduce the possibility of exposure or consider creating individual bags of supplementary aids and/or manipulatives for student use that could also be sent home in the event of school closure.
  • Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus. 
  • The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education services locations when possible and appropriate. Students’ individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Common Areas

  • Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms and other meeting rooms.
  • Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas. 
  • The use of virtual meetings will be considered when possible.
  • After a restroom break, students will be required to use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.  

Restrooms

  • Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.
  • The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks is recommended to eliminate co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines.
  • A system will be implemented to identify the number of occupants utilizing each restroom to mitigate the chance of exceeding. maximum occupants per social distancing.
  • After a restroom break, students will be required to use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom. 

Campus Protocols

  • Houses will decide on scheduled restroom breaks and periods for each teacher throughout the day. AMS will still adhere to the “10:10 rule”; however, teachers will use discretion for students who immediately may need to go to the restroom.

Transitions

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • One-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established. 
  • Walking pathways throughout the building will be designated with appropriate signage. This includes the entrance and exit doors.

Campus Protocols

  • Students will be grouped in houses. Core teachers’ rooms, within the same house, will be grouped very close to each other. Grouping rooms within the house will allow students to minimize transition distance and time in the building.

Arrival

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Early bird arrivals are strongly discouraged. Any students dropped off before the building is open will not be allowed inside the building. Any exceptions would need to be specifically arranged with campus administration.
  • When possible, separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers and daycares (procedures may vary based on the number of campus entry and exits).
  • All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of hallway.
  • Students arriving at campus start time will go straight to the classroom upon arrival and will not wait in a centralized holding area.
  • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.
  • There will be bus procedures, based on campus specific needs.

Campus Protocols

  • 6th grade students will go to the cafeteria for arrival (Overflow from social distancing will be in the library).
  • 7th and 8th grade students will go to the competitive gym (Overflow from social distancing will be in the non-competitive gym). Staff will enter the front “Staff Entrance” door. This door is located in the hallway next to the restrooms by the DP Clerk Office. Staff will be able to enter the building by 7:20 AM daily for temperature checks. 
  • The Athletic Director will be deputized to take temperatures of staff and students who show up for morning practice.

Dismissal

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Campus will designate staggered dismissal groups. Staggering the groups of walkers, car riders, bus riders and daycare students will help manage student movement in the building and decrease the risk of potential crowding outside at dismissal time.  
  • There will be bus procedures, based on campus specific needs.

 

Campus Protocols

  • Austin MS has a high percentage of student walkers. In addition to staggered times, students who congregate after school will be asked to go home.

Breakfast

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Students that need breakfast will be able to purchase a “grab and go” meal to eat in their classrooms.
  • Teachers will monitor in the cafeteria and hallways to ensure social distancing.

Campus Protocols

  • There will also be a 7th and 8th grade breakfast cart in the competitive gym and the non-competitive gym for overflow.

Lunch

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  •  Students who choose in-person learning will grab their meals and either eat in the classroom, outside or socially distanced in the cafeteria. Due to limited spacing as we ensure the safety of students, parents/guardians will not be permitted to eat lunch with their child until further notice.
  • Students who choose remote learning will pick up meals in a “grab and go fashion” via a drive-through lane each week. More information will be forthcoming on remote lunch pick-ups.

Campus Protocols 

  • Teachers will drop off their students at their designated tables. Students will be structured in a zig zag fashion, 9 students per long table (long table equals a table of 3). AMS has calculated that approximately 160 students can fit in the cafeteria with effective social distancing as mentioned above. Overflow for lunch will be in the library and the choir room.

Recess

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Campuses will consider limiting the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.  
  • All students and staff will be required to use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
  • “Mask breaks” will be implemented as needed.

Campus Protocols

  • Austin Middle School does not have recess.

Specials

  • Students will not share art supplies.
  • Music equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use. 
  • Having specials in the classroom or outdoors is recommended. 

PE

When possible, the following protocols should be implemented:

  • Physical education classes will be held outside to allow for maximum physical distance between students.
  • Any activities bringing students into close physical contact will be avoided.
  • Visual markers will be on the gym floor as reminders of social distancing rules.
  • Equipment will be disinfected after each use.
  • Activities requiring multiple students to touch or handle the same equipment will be avoided.