• Maricopa Unified COVID19 Safety Plan
     

    Safety and Wellness Measures for All Three Options:

    The following guidelines will be implemented to support the health and safety of students, staff and community members. These precautions and measures will be implemented for all three options unless noted. Training of all safety precautions (and information sent out) for staff, students and families in advance of opening with additional instruction during the staff training week and the first weeks of school operation.

     

    • DEALING WITH COVID19 SYMPTOMS:
      • Staff and student self-wellness/symptom checks before and during school hours. COVID-19 symptom information will be distributed
      • Students, staff, and community members must stay home and away from campus if sick or has any COVID19 symptoms
      • Staff, students, family members who receive confirmation of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis from their doctor or the Public Health Department, will be asked to notify the school and self-quarantine for 14 days according to KPHD instructions
      • The District will fully cooperate with the KPHD regarding contact tracing
      • If multiple cases are found, the District will close for 3-5 days or more as directed by KPHD for additional cleaning/disinfecting of the full campus
      • Students that are coughing and/or sneezing will be sent home
      • Room 6 will be set up as a Health Room with four separated bays as a “sick room” with isolation and ventilation (window, fan, air circulation, sink and close access to restroom) and a separate room for “first aid station” will be in the Elementary Office

     

    • WEARING MASKS:
      • District will provide four cloth masks per student and five masks for all staff members be to be used while on campus in general areas, in classrooms, on buses, and walking to/from schools. Masks will be laundered at school and a fresh mask will be provided each day when class starts.  Students will use the fresh laundered mask until the next day
      • Classroom use will be enforced unless students/teachers are 6ft distancing. Students can remove masks when sitting in desks that have been located 6ft apart
      • Students and staff will wear masks outside of classrooms while on campus
      • Students in PE classes will be spread out in our gyms and outdoor settings on grass and blacktops and will only wear masks when closer than 6ft apart
      • Students will wear masks on all buses to/from school, since students will not technically be 6ft away although only one student per seat
      • Please note that students not adhering to the mask requirements will not be able to continue with the in-person format and will be asked to move to the “School @ Home Online” education program option. The District understands that some of our younger students (TK/K) may have difficulty keeping the mask on at all times and special circumstances will be made on a case by case basis

     

    • CHECKING TEMPERATURES:
      • Each day (AM/PM sessions) the school will take the temperatures of all staff, students and guests for high temperatures (above 100.4 degrees)
      • Additional thermometers and/or special cameras have been ordered
      • Strict enforcement of illness policy including sending home those having a temperature or any other symptoms. The District is discontinuing the use of perfect attendance awards and incentives. Although attendance is very important, it is more important to stay home if anyone is not feeling well during this pandemic

     

    • CLEANING/DISINFECTING:
      • Additional equipment and supplies have been purchased to support all disinfection and sanitation efforts
      • Training will be conducted for all MOT staff, food service, office staff, classified staff, and teachers on use of disinfection products
      • Increased daily disinfection and sanitation of all surfaces by custodial staff and classroom teachers
      • Restrooms faucets will be set for 20 sec. water time so students can wash hands with soap for the correct amount of time
      • All older students and staff will be provided with an individual hand sanitizer that can be refilled as needed
      • Additional hand-sanitizing stations added in classrooms, offices, and at each outside drinking fountain location
      • Extra precautions for office staff and nursing station (Room 6) have been put into place, including PPE equipment
      • All classrooms, restrooms, and general meeting areas (offices, library, etc..) will be disinfected each day between AM/PM sessions, and in between HS periods
      • Wednesdays will be campus-wide mid-week deep cleaning and disinfection of all locations
      • All facility use permits will be suspended to maintain sanitized campus

     

    • SERVING MEALS:
      • All meals (breakfast/Lunch) will be served in individual “Grab ‘n Go” sacks
      • All county guidelines for the number of students in the lunchroom will be adhered to
      • No leftover items will be shared between students
      • In order to keep students in small groups, most meals will be served in classrooms or enrichment rooms, with the exception of elementary students staying for afternoon enrichment sessions, in which, the primary students will be served the sack lunch at the cafeteria tables (separated) and the intermediate grades students will be fed in the Auditorium
      • Plexiglas and/or barriers installed as required when you have less than 6 feet between students in the cafeteria and students will be seated using distancing in the auditorium
      • To keep distancing safety measures in place, breakfast will be served in classrooms for AM students and those students will take home a “Grab n’ Go” sack lunch upon dismissal at 11:00 a.m. PM students will eat lunch served in classrooms and those students will take home “Grab n’ Go” sack breakfast for next morning upon dismissal at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, all students will take home both meals for Wednesday “instruction at home” session
      • For Elementary Enrichment students on campus full day, meals will be served on campus with primary students (TK-2nd grade) in the cafeteria and intermediate students (3rd-5th grade) in auditorium with needed precaution as stated above

     

    • HOLDING BREAKS/RECESSES:
      • Ensure yard duty personnel take needed first aid items (ice pack, band aids, etc.) items to the playground to reduce office visits
      • Playground equipment will be sprayed with sanitizer in between recess periods
      • Restroom usage will be limited to two students at a time. Bathroom trash cans will be placed by the exit door to encourage the use of a paper towel to open doors
      • Additional cleaning of restrooms will be conducted by staff in between breaks/recesses
      • For Option #3: Recess/Breaks: One 15 min Elem. recess per Ind. classroom-one class on the playground at a time // MS & HS 5 min passing periods between classes

     

    • TRANSPORTATION:
      • Additional bus/transportation precautions in place to consider safety measures needed
      • The buses will carry 50% student load of a normal bus run (about 26 students)
      • All students that ride the “flats” bus will be placed on the PM schedule to allow one bus run per day due the timeframe needed to complete the bus run
      • One student per seat and each student will be seated in opposite sides of seats to create the largest gap between students. Students will be placed in every other seat when possible
      • Students/parents at the bus stop will be asked to social distance themselves while waiting on the bus to arrive (adults can help with this if waiting with students at the stop)
      • Students will use hand sanitizer before boarding buses
      • Students will wear masks on all buses to/from school, since students will not technically be 6ft away although only one student per seat
      • Buses will be loaded from the back of bus forward, so students are not passing by each other in the aisle and buses will be unloaded from the front of bus back.
      • All buses will be disinfected in between each trip

     

    • MENTAL HEALTH:
      • Attention to social-emotional wellness is part of health and safety of our students and staff
      • Students have access to our District Counselor and she along with our classroom teachers and staff will screen students to determine mental health needs at all three schools. Parents can contact the school office or student teacher to request needed support

     

    • GENERAL ITEMS:
      • Per recommendations, most students will “stay together” in the same group for most of the time while at school, except HS students who will change classrooms each period to access needed special content classroom materials (i.e. Sci. lab materials, art materials, and CTE Pathway equipment)
      • Keep classroom doors open when possible to minimize door handle usage and for better ventilation
      • The District has purchased a Backpack for all students to take the Chromebook back/fourth to school daily. Please limit personal Items to school-related items (Computer/Textbooks/Learning tools) and all items need to be kept in backpack (HS-No lockers will be use). Backpacks will be place on back of desk chair and materials will not be shared by others
      • Teachers will distribute individual learning materials (i.e. pencils/crayons/whiteboard/textbooks, etc.) for all students. Materials will not be shared by others
      • Substitute teachers and classified staff will be trained in the new procedures. Staff are asked to stay home when sick
      • Plexiglas has been installed where the public interacts the most, in the office. Parents and guests are asked to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and limit in-person visits to the school. Only escorted parents/guest will be allowed on the campus past the parking area and front offices
      • Office staff will ensure each teacher/classroom has health and first aid items (Band-Aids, etc.) for use to limit office visits
     
     
     
     
     
    Maricopa Unified Safety Plan

     
    Per California Education Code, the District's Board Approved safety plan includes the following areas; Fire, Explosions, School Crime & Child Abuse Reporting, Dress Code, Safe Ingress & Egress, Campus Evacuation, Earthquake, Intruder Threat, Disturbances & Riots, Lockdown, Bomb Threat, Notice of Dangerous Pupils, Grounds for Suspension & Expulsion, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, Anti-Bullying.

    The format is in a flip chart and is displayed in all classrooms and campus areas. The plan is reviewed and updated each year by the first responders, staff, school site council and Board of Education. The district conducts monthly Fire Drills, Earthquake Drills, and Intruder Drills.  Staff members are training annually. The district is implementing a Positive Behavior Intervention Program (PBIS) to support our anti-bullying program.
    Maricopa Unified School District is proud to safety transport students to and from home/school and to many off-campus events each year.