Health & Safety Related Questions:
- What developments would it actually take for the district to seriously consider opening schools fully in Sept? You began by saying it's unlikely - realistically is it off the table without a vaccine?
- Do you think that even half capacity, you can achieve social distancing? Are there schools/countries doing it well that have kids back more in full capacity we can look at. Or have you considered temperature checks/tracing models, especially as camps are opening, etc.
- If it is every other day school-doesn’t the teacher still get exposed to all the kids and therefore all the kids will be exposed to everyone?
It is our current understanding that a full opening is unlikely without an available vaccine. While opening on a reduced capacity may present unique challenges, we will be following the CDC recommendations as far as safety procedures and measures (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html). This will most likely include the wearing of masks, social distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures, reduced sharing of materials and equipment, availability of hand sanitizers throughout buildings, and other new policies. The CDC refers to “stacking” training, practices, and policies to amplify the protections from infection and spread. Testing and contact tracing are important details where we are still currently seeking guidance. In all, these measures will reduce the risk of infection and spread.
However, our first survey shows we have not reached consensus as a community to this important question: “What constitutes an acceptable level of risk for our students, our staff, and our families?”