Health & Safety Guidance

Wash your hands often

  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Foam in/Foam Out-hand sanitizers will be provided in every classroom and throughout each building/facility.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands often throughout the day.

Avoid close contact

  • Keep social distance from others especially important for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick.
  • Alternate or modified schedules, adjustments to use of common areas, use of outdoor spaces and other actions that increase physical separation may be considered.
  • The sharing of instructional materials should be limited as much as possible.
  • Physical separation on busing, one student per seat, will be recommended but cannot be guaranteed.
  • All outside visitors will be required to wear masks when entering a school building.  Parents will be allowed in the office area only.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw tissues away and wash hands or use hand sanitizer to prevent spread.

Clean and disinfect

  • School staff should clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Students will be responsible for cleaning their workspaces.
  • Shared materials (not recommended) should be cleaned.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned nightly by custodial staff.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • The wearing of masks will be applied in phases based on the phases within the ND Smart Restart Guidance.
  • Educators need to teach students how to properly wear a face covering so they are prepared to use them on school buses or other situations in close proximity with others.
  • Resources from NDDPI and MPS will be provided to teachers.
  • All staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings at all times to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  Face Coverings will be put on the school supply list and staff will be asked to provide their own face coverings, which may be available for sale. (Check with your school office.) All outside visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times.

Monitor your health daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for a fever (100.4 or higher), cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Parents are asked to screen their children each day before sending them to school. Use the screening guidance provided (see appendix).
  • Staff and students who are sick should stay home.
  • Temperatures of symptomatic students or staff may be taken at the school office.
  • Symptomatic students will be isolated, and their guardians contacted.