Health and Safety
Wiseburn USD's all-encompassing health and safety plan draws on the best practices and recommendations of our local health district and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community at large. In this guide, you'll find our plans for safe and healthy practices for in-person services and learning, sorted by the following topics:
Our Commitment to Safety
Per our district pillars, we are prioritizing safety for all stakeholders coming back to campus, and have heightened safety protocols. These include enhanced cleaning protocols and monitoring, on-site symptom monitoring, providing of protective equipment, desktop plexiglass shields, hand sanitizer stations, and more. We will require health screening protocols and other safety measures for any staff, student, or essential visitor, and our site administrators continually send information to our families about ongoing safe and healthy practices at each site.
- Ensure that all staff members share responsibilities and respond in a consistent manner.
- Follow Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) protocols for notifying exposure of confirmed cases.
- Secure protective equipment to comply with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for students and staff, appropriate for each classification or duty; meet relevant California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) requirements; and have a plan for an ongoing supply of protective equipment.
- Secure enough thermal scan thermometers for health offices.
- Consider the differing requirements of PPE for the differing populations of students with disabilities.
- Frequently disinfect high traffic areas.
- Expeditiously disinfect space visited by suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Have staff and students wear face coverings throughout the day.
- Maintain cleaning supplies to continuously disinfect the school site per CDPH guidance.
- Ensure sufficient supplies of hand sanitizers, soap, hand-washing stations, tissues, no-touch trash cans, and paper towels.
- Follow established physical distancing protocols and sanitation protocols.
Adjustment Prioritizing Health and Safety
- Create markers to indicate the expected distance between students; especially in high-traffic areas.
- Limit educational activities with high student contact.
- Orient students with a new landscape of school and provide health education around minimizing germ spread, covering sneezes/coughs, washing hands, and physical distancing.
- Communicate that students may not bring items that are not easily disinfected.
- Inform students not to bring personal items from home, other than snacks/lunch, school assignments, devices, or items specifically required by the school.
- Inform staff, parents, and students to refrain from bringing disinfecting supplies into the classroom.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer, at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water are unavailable (frequent handwashing is more effective than the use of hand sanitizers). Children under age nine should use hand sanitizer under adult supervision.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection protocol.
- Teach and remind students of hygiene practices necessary to ensure personal health and safety in school facilities and vehicles.
- Per CDPH and Cal/OSHA guidance, and consultation with local public health officials, provide opportunities for students and staff to meet handwashing frequency guidance and provide sufficient access to handwashing and sanitizer stations.
- Train staff and students on proper handwashing techniques and PPE.
- Advise staff and students to use paper towels (or single-use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.
- Share hand washing protocol to wash hands when: arriving and leaving home; arriving at and leaving campus; after playing outside; after having close contact with others; after using shared surfaces or tools; before and after using the restroom; after blowing the nose, coughing, and sneezing; and before and after eating and preparing foods.
- Apply CDC guidance on proper PPE use by teaching staff and students to use tissues to wipe the nose, cough and sneeze inside a tissue, and not touch the face or face covering.
Counseling and Social-Emotional Support
- Prioritize a focus on social-emotional learning to provide support for students as they re-enter school; identify students in need of additional support and build a safe and inclusive classroom community.
- Provide lessons that discuss the impact of not being physically close, being able to read emotions or social cues with faces covered, and how to share thoughts and feelings so that others understand what is needed.
- Establish counseling support plans for crises related to infectious disease stress.
- Offer individual counseling, group counseling, and group education support to overcome anxiety and fear, and various other stresses.
- When a problem behavior is intensified, due to the stress of infectious diseases added to already existing psychological difficulties, provide counseling team support.
- Continue to identify students with social-emotional needs and offer counseling and therapeutic support.
- Provide routine communication (in-person or virtual) to staff members to encourage self-care and promote staff cohesion and coping skills.
- Provide staff with resources from their Employee Assistance Program (EASE).
- Frequently assess and evaluate supports that are currently in place to assist students with mental health issues, with support from school counselors, administration, and wellness center staff.
It is extremely important that health and safety screening takes place before students or staff enter buildings. Staff members are accustomed to filling out a daily symptom screening each day prior to entering campuses. Parents/guardians will receive directions from their school Principals regarding protocols for student and essential visitor symptom screening entering campuses which will include a temperature check (requires temperature below 100 degrees to enter campus).
Creating and Providing Isolation Space
- Create an isolation area for triage for student illnesses or injuries.
- Use the isolation room to manage students with fever and respiratory symptoms.
- Any student exhibiting potential symptoms will wait to be picked up in a designated isolation space.
- Designate a staff member to monitor the space (i.e., health aide, secretary, or clerk).
- Disinfect space after usage.
Plan to Address Positive COVID-19 Cases or Community Surges
Per CDPH guidance, when a student, teacher, or staff member, or a member of the household, tests positive for COVID-19 and has exposed others at the school, WUSD will implement the following steps:
- In consultation with the local public health officials, the Superintendent and the Board of Education may consider whether school closure is warranted, and determine the length of time for the closure, based on the risk-level within the specific community.
- Per standard guidance for isolation at home after close contact, the classroom or office where the COVID-19-positive individual was based will typically need to close temporarily as students or staff isolate.
- Additional contacts at school, outside of the classroom/s, should also isolate at home.
- Additional areas of the school visited by the COVID-19-positive individual may also need to be closed temporarily for cleaning and disinfection.
- During the isolate at home period the school site will provide a plan for continuity of education, social services and meal program as needed, and establish alternate mechanisms to support student in quarantine.
Communication Flow — Exposure Management Chart
Wiseburn Unified School District
If you are symptomatic, exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19 you must contact via email and phone the School Site Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
Managing Exposure to 1 COVID-19 Case at School
1. Human Resources contacts School Nurse to begin investigation
2. Employee placed on 10-day home isolation
3. CBO works with M&O to sanitize and disinfect impacted areas
4. Nurse identifies close contacts at school
5. Nurse consults with DPH
6. Principal notifies close contacts of school exposure and places on 10-day home isolation
7. Principal sends general notification to inform school
Managing exposure to 2 COVID-19 Cases at School
1. Follow steps 1-7 for 1 confirmed case
Managing exposure to 3+ COVID-19 Cases at School
1. If cluster of ≥ 3 cases within 14 days, Nurse notifies DPH
2. Follow steps 2-7 for 1 confirmed case
3. DPH investigates if outbreak criteria met & works with school
If symptoms of COVID-19 illness occur at school
4. Nurse provides updates to DPH until outbreak resolved
Symptoms of COVID-19
Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
- Continue to deliver high cleanliness and disinfection standards at school sites prior to reopening and sustain this standard during the school year.
- Remove stuffed animals and any other toys that are difficult to clean, sanitize, and disinfect in the school facilities.
- Remove soft furniture from school sites that are difficult to clean, sanitize and disinfect.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in offices, classrooms, restrooms frequently - at least daily - items such as, door handles, switches, handrails, desks and tables, chairs, office equipment, etc.
- Use disinfecting products approved for use against COVID-19.
- When cleaning, ensure sufficient ventilation is provided before staff and children arrive, and disinfect the space when children are not present.
- Isolate areas used by any sick person and do not use the space before cleaning and disinfection.
- Cover all drinking fountains and add water bottle filling stations (where possible).
Sample Cleaning Log
- Continue to ensure physical distancing among staff in their work environment to reduce the spread of the virus by:
- Avoiding staff congregation in work environments, break rooms, staff rooms, and bathrooms.
- Avoiding grouping staff together for training or staff development by conducting the training virtually or, if in-person, ensure distancing is maintained.
- Evaluate all workspaces to ensure that employees can maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.
- Rearrange workspaces to maximize the space between employees and students, whenever possible.
- Add physical barriers that cannot be moved to separate workspaces If physical distancing between workspaces or between employees, students, and visitors is not possible.
- Place desks with the maximum distance between students, according to physical distancing guidelines.