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Summary of COVID Safety Measures for 2021-2022

 
Safety Measures

The health and safety of our students and employees are of paramount importance to the San Marino Unified School District and every effort is being made to meet or exceed state and county health guidance. To that end, the District has developed a plan that incorporates many safety measures, protocols and procedures. A summary of the District's COVID safety measures is provided below. Updated 8/12/21.
 
                  LACDPH Protocol                     SMUSD Protocol
1 Required Indoor masking Following the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, SMUSD requires all employees, students and visitors to mask indoors regardless of vaccination status unless eating or alone in a closed room. Outdoor masking is not required, but highly recommended, in crowded settings.
2 Required Containment, Response, and Control Plan SMUSD maintains a Containment, Response, and Control Plan (per LACDPH for Employees and Students) and COVID Safety Plan (per CalOSHA requirements).
3 Required Report on-campus positive cases SMUSD reports all on-campus COVID cases to LACDPH to determine if an outbreak response is needed.
4 Required Contingency plans for closure SMUSD monitors LACDPH and LACOE updates regarding COVID should a regional or outbreak closure be required. SMUSD provides an Independent Study option for medically at-risk students. SMUSD also has contingency plans to shift to distance learning (continued use of a LMS, access to devices, remote support tools and infrastructure) when necessary.
5 Required
Plan for testing of symptomatic 
students or employees
SMUSD will provide daily on-site rapid-antigen testing to all staff, students and volunteers for anyone who develops symptoms during the school day. Exceeding LACDPH requirements, SMUSD also provides weekly on-site asymptomatic PCR testing to all staff, students and volunteers to screen for individuals who may have COVID but are asymptomatic. Testing is strongly recommended and will require employee or student/parent consent.
6 Recommended Employee screenings and temperature checks Per LACDPH, Self-screening via an online form is optional at all SMUSD schools. Temperature stations will be available for self-checks. SMUSD employees, students and visitors shall NOT come to work or school when sick. SMUSD provides outreach and will continue to educate employees, staff and visitors on recognizing COVID symptoms.
7 Recommended Student, staff, visitor symptom screening before entering school; create a log. Per LACDPH, Self-screening via an online form is optional at all SMUSD schools. Temperature stations will be available for self-checks. SMUSD employees, students and visitors shall NOT come to work or school when sick. SMUSD provides outreach and will continue to educate employees, staff and visitors on recognizing COVID symptoms. A log of students or staff is recorded via an attendance system.
8 Required Unmasked (exempt) employees must test at least twice per week unless vaccinated. SMUSD employees who are not fully vaccinated and are exempt from masking must test at least twice per week. SMUSD currently has no employees exempt from masking.
9 Recommended Physical distancing SMUSD students will distance optimally when feasible.
10 Recommended Physical distancing and reduced crowding of students during hallway transitions, lunch, recess. SMUSD provides several operational strategies to physically distance and to reduce crowding: students and staff will follow guided traffic flow directions in hallways and stairways, stagger serving or eating times for lunch, physically distance students during meal times, stagger school start times/dropoff/pickup and post elevator capacity limits.
11 Recommended Measures in classrooms - distanced furniture, improved ventilation SMUSD uses several strategies to provide distancing and ventilation: furniture is optimally distanced, a dedicated air purification system installed in every classroom, upgraded HVAC filters, doors and windows are open when feasible.
12 Recommended Distancing in locker rooms, staggered access. SMUSD provides several strategies to reduce crowding and improve ventilation for locker rooms: students physically distance while in locker rooms, signage posted to remind masking is required while indoors, open doors and windows when feasible and stagger access when feasible.
13 Recommended Distancing during meals while students are unmasked - avoid mingling of groups, eat outside, floor markings, staggered schedule in a cafeteria, maintain distancing while students are eating, use barriers when distancing is not possible. SMUSD provides several operational strategies to optimize distancing during meal service, improve ventilation and encourage hand washing. SMUSD Elementary students utilize outdoor facilities, follow a staggered schedule to reduce crowding; students will also eat their lunch in stable groups (classmates) to reduce mingling. SMUSD Secondary students will take advantage of outdoor eating areas in addition to indoor areas (upgraded filters, distancing, staggered schedules). All SMUSD students are encouraged to wash their hands using all restrooms and handwashing stations.
14 Recommended Sharing of equipment and supplies is avoided. SMUSD students are assigned individual equipment and supplies whenever possible. For certain equipment that must be shared (ie., science lab apparatus), that equipment will be sanitized in between uses.
15 Required Provide PPE to staff or students. SMUSD requires all staff and students to mask indoors and encourages all staff and students to bring an extra mask to school. SMUSD also offers various PPE to all staff and students, including disposable face masks in adult and child sizes, face shields (to be used along with mask) and hand sanitizer in all classrooms and office areas.
16 Recommended Optimal Ventilation - HVAC is optimal, air cleaners, doors/windows open, upgraded HVAC air filters SMUSD optimizes ventilation by providing air purification systems in all classrooms, upgraded HVAC air filters, and keeps doors and windows open when feasible.
17 Recommended Appropriate cleaning throughout school SMUSD disinfects and cleans classrooms, offices and meeting spaces at an increased frequency. Disinfection involves the use of safe chemicals and e-mist sprayers in high-touch surfaces. Cleaning generally involves wiping down desks, vacuuming and mopping of all surfaces. TK-2, 6-12, and Special Education classrooms are disinfected and cleaned daily. Grades 3-5 classrooms are disinfected daily and cleaned every other day. Hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray and/or wipes are provided to all classrooms for disinfecting between use. Restrooms are cleaned three times a day and disinfected daily.
18 Recommended Water fountains available. SMUSD inspects and operates water fountains for safe use. Students and staff are encouraged to bring and use refillable water bottles.
19 Required Measures to ensure face mask use - students provided 2 masks. SMUSD requires all staff and students to mask indoors (and outdoors at elementary schools) and encourages all staff and students to bring an extra mask to school. SMUSD also offers PPE to all staff and students, including disposable face masks in various sizes, disposable gloves in various sizes, face shields and hand sanitizer in all classrooms and office areas.
20 Recommended Handwashing encouraged - provide time for students, portable stations, ethyl based sanitizer. SMUSD encourages frequent handwashing throughout the day for staff and students. SMUSD offers portable handwashing stations in addition to opening all restrooms and sinks. All classrooms and meeting spaces have access to hand sanitizer.
21 PERFORMING ARTS Music classes - maskless activities will be outdoor (indoor allowable if alone), distance, limit sharing of instruments, use bell covers. SMUSD will comply with LACDPH guidelines for all performing arts activities.
22 PERFORMING ARTS Theater classes - masked indoors, distance, limit sharing of props, outdoor rehearsals and performances. SMUSD will comply with LACDPH guidelines for all performing arts activities.
23 PERFORMING ARTS Dance classes - mask indoors, distance, outdoor practice and performance SMUSD will comply with LACDPH guidelines for all performing arts activities.
24 Recommended Communicate isolation and quarantine policies SMUSD follows all LACDPH isolation and quarantine policies for staff and students and includes this information in various locations.
25 Required Post T1 at entrance and provide to all employees SMUSD posts a copy of Appendix T1 at all school entrances and on the SMUSD COVID Compliance Team website which is made available to all employees, students and visitors.
26 Required Signage posted to remind staff, students. SMUSD posts signage reminding staff, students, visitors regarding masking, hand washing.
27 Required Communication plan in case of full or partial closure due to COVID-19 cases. SMUSD posts and follows the LACDPH K-12 Exposure Management Plan which includes communication templates.
28 Required Employees told not to come to work if sick. SMUSD employees who are sick do not come to work.
29 Required Information sent to parents and students prior to the start of school re COVID prevention. SMUSD maintains a COVID compliance website. SMUSD parents and students receive regular communications regarding COVID from the District and School.
30 Required A plan for updating IEPs and 504s ensures that education can continue without undue risk to student. SMUSD follows a plan to update IEPs and 504s to ensure education continues without undue risk to students.