• General Health Procedures and Protocols



    • Detailed mask guidance and protocols are provided in, but in general, everyone – employees, students K-12, contractors and visitors – is required to wear a mask at all times while in the building or on the bus, with the exception of those who have a medical exemption or ARC-determined exemption. All families need to be aware that there could be students in their children’s classroom or on the bus who have a mask exemption. Medical exemptions must be submitted to the school or department head in writing on the official letterhead of the physician, pediatrician or psychologist’s office, and signed by a medical professional. Students and staff should only lower their masks while actively eating or drinking. Masks will be provided for students or staff members who do not have one. Staff members who work with students that have a medical waiver for wearing a mask will be provided with a protective face shield in addition to their cloth mask.  The Fayette County Public Schools Guidance on Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) outlines role-specific recommendations for additional PPE employees should be using.
    • Gaiters and bandanas do not provide enough protection and are not considered an adequate face covering for FCPS facilities.
    • If a student refuses to put his/her mask over his/her mouth and nose the teacher should do the following
    • Reteach
    • If student still refuses, the teacher should contact the office
    • An administrator will reteach in the hall
    • Continued refusal will result in an office referral

    Clean Hands/Gloves: 

    • Frequent hand washing will be expected and encouraged, and hand-cleaning supplies including hand soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be readily available on buses, in classrooms and throughout the school grounds.
    • Students and staff will apply hand sanitizer as they arrive at the building. Hands must be washed using soap and water after using the restroom.  Students must apply hand sanitizer as they enter the classroom and before leaving the classroom.
    • Gloves are required for the following: 
    • Food handling
    • Bathroom accidents/changing
    • Temperatures
    • Room cleaning - gloves for teachers
    • School health procedures (catheterization, tube feeding, etc.)


    Health Screenings:

    • All staff are required to sign and return an “Employee Assurance of Personal Health Agreement” and complete a daily health screening at home in accordance with district procedures. 
    • Prior to sending their children back to campus for the first time, families will sign and return a “Family Assurance of Student Health Agreement” attesting that they will monitor their child’s health each day and not send them to school if they have a temperature of 100.4° or greater or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Students and staff should not be on any FCPS property for at least 10 days if they have been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have COVID-19, or if they have travelled out of the country or to one of the states on the governor’s travel advisory list at https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-travel-advisory. Students and staff who have a member of their household test positive for COVID-19 should not be on any FCPS property until they have been released from quarantine by the health department.


    Temperature Check: 

    • Everyone – employees, students, contractors and visitors – who enters a Fayette County Public Schools facility will have a temperature check in accordance with district protocols and individual procedures determined by each building. Student temperatures will be taken as they board the school bus if that bus has a monitor. If a bus does not have a monitor, a red sign will be placed in the bus window to alert school staff and those students will need to be screened upon entry to the building by school staff. Walkers and car riders will also be screened upon entry. A temperature of 100.4°F or greater will be considered a fever. If a student has a temperature greater than 100.4 they should be escorted to the sick room, and the parent should be called to have them picked up immediately. 


    Social Distancing:

    • Everyone – employees, students, contractors and visitors – should attempt to maintain at least six feet of space between themselves and others whenever possible. This mitigation measure is known as social distancing and will be supported by modifications in hallway traffic patterns and furniture placement. If the physical space in the school does not allow for spacing students’ desks 6 feet apart, desks will be arranged to leave as much space as possible between desks. All desks will be arranged so students’ seats face the same direction. Hallway traffic patterns for class changes, arrival and dismissal will be modified to maximize physical distancing. Floors will be marked to indicate safe distancing. Students will remain six feet apart or as much as possible in line, in the hallways, in common areas, in classrooms and on school buses.
    • All people need to stay at least six feet from one another at all times
    • When in the hallway students must stand on social distancing markers and follow arrows
    • If a student refuses to social distance the teacher should do the following:
      • Reteach
      • If student still refuses teacher should contact the office
      • An administrator will reteach in the hall
      • Continued refusal will result in an office referral 

    Healthy Habits: 

    • Students and staff will be expected to stay home when sick, and encouraged to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.