Health and Safety
Schools will schedule time for frequent hand washing throughout the day. Arrival at school, before and after meals or snack time, and other times throughout the school day. Washing at regular intervals is helpful in illness prevention and will become a regular part of the school day. The Center for Disease Control outlines handwashing as a critical way members of the public to protect themselves and others in this challenging time.
All staff and students (3 years and older) will be provided and required to wear face coverings at all times, unless in a defined space for eating. When sufficient physical distancing is difficult or impossible (students entering/leaving the bus, pick up/drop off areas, etc.), all individuals, including staff and students, should wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose consistent with public health guidance. To be clear, face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing, but they should be used to mitigate virus spread when physical distancing is not feasible.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
As recommended by the CDC and CDHP, all staff shall wear approved face coverings. Per CDPH guidance, teachers could use approved face shields, with approved clear face masks which enable students to see their faces and to avoid potential barriers to phonological instruction. NMCUSD will provide any protective equipment required as appropriate for work assignments. For employees engaging in symptom screening, provide surgical masks, face shields, disinfectant and disposable gloves.
For front office and food service employees, they will be provided face coverings, and face shields and/or where appropriate plexiglass will be installed, and disposable gloves. Cal/OSHA requires that PPE be provided and worn to effectively protect employees from the hazards of the cleaning products used and training be provided to staff on the hazards of chemicals. For custodial staff and any other staff who may engage in cleaning or disinfecting, will be provided with specific supplies equipment and PPE with specific directions/training. All products must be kept out of children’s reach and stored in a space with restricted access.