Visitors and Student Pick Up

    • To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, entry points to buildings will be restricted and access to schools will be limited to students and staff as much as possible. (Volunteers and guest speakers are not permitted at this time.)
    • Individuals representing essential agencies are exempt from access restrictions.
    • All visitors must use the front entrance on the football side of the building.
    • Visitors to the building will need to press the exterior button to notify the office of their presence.
    • A staff member will greet the visitor at the front door.
    • When appropriate, visitors will be asked to remain in the vestibule.
    • Families will not be permitted to accompany students into the building or eat with students.
    • Any visitor who enters a school building or school-sanctioned event must wear a mask with the exception of those who have a medical or ARC-directed exemption. Detailed mask and PPE guidance and protocols are provided in Appendix B.
    • Visitors will be subject to temperature checks.
    • Visitors must follow all safety and mitigation measures while on campus.
    • Students will wait until they are called before coming to the office for pick up.
    • Whenever possible, virtual meeting opportunities will be used instead of in-person meetings.

Sick Room

    • Families will be contacted to come pick up any student who has a temperature of 100.4°F or greater, or displays symptoms of COVID-19:
      • Sore throat
      • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
      • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
      • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
    • Families are expected to ensure that an adult will be available to pick up any student who has a fever or displays symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day.
    • Families must have a “Pick Up” plan in place before they send their child to school.
    • Families are responsible for ensuring the phone numbers listed in Infinite Campus are correct and that everyone who could be asked to pick up the child is registered with the office.
    • Each school will work with its Lexington-Fayette County Health Department nurse and Healthy at School Team to determine where students who have a fever or display symptoms of COVID-19 during the day will wait until they can be picked up to go home and follow the “What To Do If a Student Becomes Sick at School” protocol outlined in the Fayette County Public Schools Guidance on Isolation, Exposure, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing document (Appendix R).
    • Fayette County Public Schools Guidance on Isolation, Exposure, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing document (Appendix R):
      • Staff members will call the SAFE room to report that a student is ill and showing symptoms of COVID-19.
      • SAFE staff will contact administration to notify them that a student needs to be escorted to the sick room.
      • Administration and support staff will go to the student’s classroom and escort them to the sick room.
      • Upon arrival to the sick room, the student will be documented on a manifest and temperature will be taken.  Actual temperatures must not be recorded.
      • Only 3 students at any given time can occupy the sick room.
      • Families will be notified by a member of the front office staff to inform them that their student needs to be picked up.
      • If students are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, families will be encouraged to take their child to a local testing center.  
      • Isolation and quarantine protocols will be reviewed with families prior to picking up their child.
      • If a family member does not respond to calls or does not pick their student up, the student will be held in the sick room for the day and be placed on the bus last at dismissal.  
      • If the family chooses not to seek medical guidance from a physician, the student may not return to school the next day after experiencing symptoms at school and must be symptom and fever free without the aid of medication for 24 hours.
      • If the student tests negative for COVID-19, school personnel will notify the family that the student may not return to school until they are fever and symptom free for more than 24 hours without the aid of medication or cleared by a physician.  
      • If the student tests positive for COVID-19, they must follow the guidelines set-forth by the Lexington Health Department and may not return to school until cleared by the health department.
    • Waiting areas must be supervised by an adult in a designated location, separate from the school health clinic or front office.
    • The nurse’s office/health clinic at each school must remain open for routine student needs, such as dispensing medication.

Cleaning Protocols

    • Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be implemented in all FCPS classrooms, schools, facilities and buses in accordance with district procedures.
    • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
    • Time for deep cleaning will be built into the school schedule.
    • Cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff are already in stock to ensure availability. The Fayette County Public Schools Guidance on Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) outlines role-specific recommendations for staff. 
    • Schools should use the warehouse ordering system to request needed cleaning supplies and PPE, which will be delivered to their school. 
    • Daily cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, gymnasiums, restrooms, locker rooms, cafeteria seating and other facilities is critical to preventing the spread of all illness, including COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal influenza. Special attention should be given to high touch areas, such as water fountains, doorknobs, light switches, desks, computers, phones, toilets, faucets, sinks, handrails, etc. It is recommended that high touch surfaces be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
    • All staff should be trained on cleaning protocols that include cleaning first then disinfecting and adhering to time on contact requirements in accordance with district provided, EPA approved disinfectants. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. Victory sprayers may also be used.
    • Teachers and administrative staff should assist janitorial staff by routinely disinfecting frequently touched items in the classroom/office such as desks, doorknobs, crafting equipment, pencil sharpeners, staplers, markers, and white boards.
    • Special Education classroom teachers must ensure guidance specific to special education classrooms is followed.
    • Disinfectants and cleaning materials kept in classrooms and areas accessible to students are required to be kept out of the reach of students and locked, depending on the chemical label and the age group of the students in the classroom.
    • Custodial staff must wear disposable gloves for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash. Gloves should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used. Gloves should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area. Be sure to clean hands after removing gloves.
    • Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products used and whether there is a risk of splash.
    • All areas where cleaning supplies and toxic items are stored must be kept locked, including janitor closets. All bottles containing toxics/liquids must be clearly labeled.

Large Group Gatherings

    • Assemblies, pep rallies, field trips and other group gatherings will not be permitted at this time.