Face coverings are required for all staff and students. Face coverings must be worn on the bus and throughout the school building as directed. Families are directed to program leaders or school principals for those students who need special consideration for this policy.
Physical Distancing (e.g. use of cohorts/podding)
Physical distancing guidelines will be followed with 6' separation and/or at least 3' separation in classrooms with face coverings. There will be one student per seat on all school bus routes. Capacity has been determined to comply with social distancing guidelines.
All meals will be packaged as “grab and go.” All meals will be eaten in the classroom. Secondary students will have a meal prepared for them to take home each day.
There will be no volunteers permitted in school buildings. Essential visitors must make an appointment with the school office. One-way traffic will be strongly encouraged and enforced by signage in all school buildings. There will be no large group school activities unless social distancing can be maintained. All extracurricular committees and groups must submit a safety plan to their school leader for approval.
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
All classrooms are equipped with personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, face shields (for adults) and gloves. Every student should bring their own mask each day. Program leaders or school principals will assist students with obtaining a mask if needed. Cleaning supplies to sanitize work areas and materials will be available for each classroom.
Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities, including improving ventilation
UV producing, disinfecting robots (Adibots) have been delivered to their respective schools and the custodial staff have been trained on operation.
We have contracted with 3 of our 4 A/E firms to begin the design work to renovate the HVAC systems at Brader ES, Shue-Medill MS, and Jones ES. We are currently defining the scope of work and negotiating the fee for the replacement of the HVAC equipment @ Kirk MS. Additional schools will receive HVAC work through the ESSER III grant.
We are starting the installation of the Group III (12 schools) Sterionizers. Additionally, Bio-Protect has been used to treat all hard surfaces to eliminate the spread of the virus.
Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine in collaboration with the state, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments
The Christina School District school nurses work closely with the Delaware Department of Health to determine close contacts of students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our school nurses follow the guidance of DPH and CDC when contact tracing and making determinations with potential quarantining staff and students.
Diagnostic and Screening Testing
The Christina School District has placed an emphasis on testing as one of our major mitigating strategies. For SY2021, our school nurses administered 7,066 antigen tests to staff and students. It’s worth noting that with the 7,066 tests administered, there were ONLY 15 positives. This is proof that the implementation of our mitigating strategies have worked! Additionally, we have held 18 Christina School District testing events for our District staff, students, families and community members. During those events, our partner, Mako Medical, conducted 5,775 COVID-19 PCR tests. Overall, the Christina School District facilitated 12,841 COVID-19 tests from December through June, an average of 2,140 tests per month. These mitigating strategies will continue in the 2021-22 school year.
Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible
The Christina School District planned and implemented two vaccinations clinics during the final five weeks of the 2020-21 school year. In all, over the course of two clinics, the Christina School District fully vaccinated 449 students in just five weeks, administering a total of 926 shots in arms. The Christina School District will continue to put an emphasis on providing opportunities for our students and staff to be vaccinated during the 2021-22 school year.
Students with Specific Needs
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
Students with disabilities are expected to follow CDC, DPH, Christina School District, and building level policies. However, specific student needs will be addressed at the building level and each building/program will develop instructional foci to address health and safety needs. All staff will receive training specific to health, safety, and wellness as it relates to implementing accommodations in relationship to the pandemic.
Continuity of Services
Continuity of services including but not limited to services to address the students' academic needs, and students' and staff members' social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services
The Christina School District will systematically assess students using on-going Universal Screening as part of the Multi Tier System of Support framework (MTSS). Universal Screening will be administered for both academic and non-academic areas. Our MTSS framework will also routinely monitor student growth in K-12 and provide timely and targeted student support as needed. This may include small group support, remediation, acceleration, tutoring, counseling, and other available resources/services.
Each K-12 school has adopted a Social Emotional Learning curriculum and will continue implementation and professional learning. The SEL program is evident in the master schedule and provides students with reflective and engaging topics.
Each K-12 school has a guidance counselor and access to a school psychologist to help meet the needs of our students.