COVID-19 School Reopening Plan
This plan will continue to be updated as state, county, and district guidelines are updated.
- Hygiene Etiquette
- Stay Home When Sick
- Cloth Face Mask
- Physical Distancing
- Clean and Disinfect
The following pages will provide additional details regarding South Davis Junior High’s plan to implement the Davis School District’s “Big Five” approach to operating while COVID-19 exists in the community. The district’s five aspects are: Hygiene Etiquette, Stay Home When Sick, Cloth Face Mask, Physical Distancing, and Clean & Disinfect.
Please be aware there is no such thing as a “COVID-free zone” in our schools. COVID-19 exist everywhere and, at this time, no vaccine has been developed. However, the Davis School District and Davis County Health Department continue to meet at least weekly. Please refer to this district plan to safely open schools in the fall that was emailed out on July 5, 2020 to all guardians.
- Frequent hand washing/sanitizing will be encouraged prior to each class change. Additionally, basic instruction in physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, and proper hand-washing techniques will be provided as part of our Thunder Academy advisory period.
- The school will have free-standing sanitizing stations positioned throughout the school in high traffic areas. Students are asked to sanitize their hands as they enter the building. Our staff will encourage students to sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.
- Other signage with health recommendations will be posted for bathrooms, drinking fountains, and common spaces.
- Two drinking fountains will be equipped with water bottle refill stations.
- Students and staff are asked to stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, sore throat, persistent cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, congestion or runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- High-risk students (or those with high-risk family members) will be given the option of attending the district’s online school. More information about the online school, Davis Connect, can be found here.
- The school will have a dedicated health room in the counseling office for symptomatic students. This room will not be used for other purposes. Students exhibiting symptoms after arriving at school will wait in the health room with a facial mask while arrangements are made for them to be picked up by a guardian or emergency contact as soon as possible.
- Face masks are to be worn when individuals are less the six feet apart. The school district will provide each staff member and student with a Centennial Junior High mask. Students should wash their mask at home frequently.
- If a student forgets or loses their mask, a replacement may be available from their classroom teacher or the main office. If a student refuses to wear a mask or if a replacement mask is not available, a student may be sent home until the student can wear a mask. Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks at school activities such as athletic events and concerts.
- Visitors and volunteers will be required to have a temperature check, complete a symptom checklist, and wear a mask upon entry into a school building. The school will have an item drop off area in the front vestibule, so visitors do not need to enter the building if preferable.
- Classroom furniture will be moved where possible to provide additional spacing. However, some classrooms are limited in size. Some classes such as band, orchestra, and choir may use other spaces (when needed) to provide spacing.
- Students will not be assigned lockers (storage space for musical instruments will be available). Students can have a backpack of reasonable size to reduce congestion during passing periods.
- Hallway flow will be designated “stay to the right.”
- Lunch will be coordinated with Thunder Academy to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria and hallways at the same time. This schedule will allow for three lunches (assigned by grade) and reduce the number of students in the cafeteria to about 200 per lunch instead of 500.
- Electronic devices will be issued to each student for the year. We will have enough devices for each student.
- Any shared equipment will be disinfected after each class.
- Students will have assigned seating in each classroom and will sanitize their own space upon arrival and again when leaving the classroom.