• Hallway Protocols


    • All students K-12 and staff are required to wear a mask at all times, 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.
    • School hallways should be marked with floor stickers to designate social distancing requirements.
    • Hallway Procedures
      • Students will always walk on the right-hand side of the hallway following the red arrows while practicing social distancing. 
      • Students will follow stanchions and will not cross the stanchions till the end of the hallway

    Restrooms


    • All students K-12 and staff are required to wear a mask at all times, with the exception of those who have a medical or ARC-directed exemption. Detailed mask guidance and protocols are provided in Appendix B.
    • Signage will be placed in bathrooms illustrating proper handwashing techniques and marking appropriate social distancing.
    • Facilities will be cleaned and disinfected every 30 minutes. Staff members will follow proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures and document completion.
    • Each school must develop plans to ensure decreased traffic and social distancing in school restrooms. Elementary schools should coordinate bathroom breaks accordingly. Plans must include:
    • Age-appropriate supervision/monitoring will be provided to enforce social distancing and proper handwashing. Restrooms will be open during transitions. \
    • Restroom breaks will be coordinated by teachers.
    • Individual bathroom breaks will be allowed as needed, with proper precautions and supervision.

    Water Breaks


    • Water fountains and bottle filling stations will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the school day.
    • Students and staff will not be allowed to drink directly from water fountains.
    • Students will be allowed to bring individual reusable water bottles from home.
    • Students may fill their water bottles at water fountains or bottle filling stations.
    • Water bottles will be provided for students and staff who do not have one.
    • Water bottles will be labeled with each student’s or staff member’s name.

    Meal Service


    • Students will wash their hands before and after meal service.
    • Surfaces will be disinfected regularly.
    • Child nutrition staff follow standard operating procedures regarding food safety and COVID-19 safety procedures (including masks, social distancing, plexiglass barriers, and additional disinfecting of surface and high contact areas).
    • Breakfasts and lunches will be single-serve meals, with disposable containers and plastic ware.
    • Self-service food stations and condiment stations will be removed.
    • Share tables will be eliminated and students will be discouraged from sharing food.
    • Each school will work with its cafeteria staff to determine modifications to meal service that will maximize social distancing.
    • Breakfast: Students will be served “grab and go” style in each morning. There will be two kiosks set-up for students to get breakfast and report to their Commodore Time Classes. 
    • Lunch: Classes will be assigned times at staggered intervals, enter a serving line, grab a boxed lunch, and report to their assigned table. All students will be assigned a seat while providing as much social distancing as possible. Students will remain seated until their teacher arrives, at which point they will exit out a different door and escorted back to their classroom. 

    Administrative Spaces


    • The use of masks is a safety expectation for all students K-12, staff and visitors at all times, 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.
    • Floors will be marked for social distancing.
    • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in the reception area; this does not change the requirement that office staff wears a mask.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in the reception area.
    • Workspaces will be at least six feet apart or employees will stagger work times to ensure proper distancing.
    • If workstations are shared or individuals relieve co-workers to provide breaks, areas will be sanitized between uses, including keyboards, computer screens, telephones, and writing utensils.
    • Meetings should be held virtually if at all possible. If face-to-face meetings must take place, they should be held in large areas with good ventilation where social distancing can be maximized and sharing of materials or supplies is discouraged.

    Gymnasiums


    • The use of masks is a safety expectation for all students K-12, staff, and visitors at all times, with the exception of those who have a medical or ARC-directed exemption. Masks should be worn by staff at all times and by students except when engaged in strenuous physical activity. Detailed mask and PPE guidance and protocols are provided in Appendix B.
    • Locker rooms will be closed. Encourage students to come to school dressed in clothes that are appropriate for participation in physical education, whether indoors or outdoors. Keep each student’s belongings in a separate, safe, and clean space such as individually labeled areas.
    • If gyms will be used for physical education instruction, plans should be made to mark off areas (e.g., floor tape, floor stickers, poly spots, cones, visual aids, signs) to ensure physical distancing among students and reduce cross-contamination.
    • Each school will inventory physical education equipment at the school to identify which pieces of equipment can be easily and effectively sanitized. Cloth or porous materials are more difficult to sanitize than vinyl or plastic materials.
    • For equipment that will be touched or handled by students, assign each student their own piece of equipment for that class period.
    • Teachers will sanitize all equipment between class periods using FCPS approved supplies. Consider cleaning recommendations from manufacturers to ensure equipment is not damaged when cleaning/sanitizing.
    • Staff will be properly trained on how to safely apply disinfectant and have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment needed.

    Computer Labs


    • The use of masks is a safety expectation for all students K-12, staff and visitors at all times, 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.
    • Computer labs should only be used for classes that require the use of the lab, such as digital art, computer programming, business applications, Computer-aided design, etc.
    • The teacher is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing the computer lab between classes with appropriate cleaning supplies.
    • Seating assignments should maximize space between students with students seated at least every other computer.
    • Computer labs cannot be used for MAP or Access Testing. Both of those tests should be administered on student Chromebooks, with assurances for cleaning headphones between usage.
    • Teachers will not be allowed to schedule the lab for individual class periods.