Guidelines and Protocols
Bringing students back to school campus must be done safely and strategically. The District is obligated to follow the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines which include the development of small stable cohorts to decrease the possible viral spread in the educational setting.
Enhanced Health & Safety Measures
The safety of employees and students is the district’s number one priority. This section summarizes mitigation measures, PPE and related equipment, cleaning protocols, wellness screening procedures, and other safety considerations that are currently in use throughout the district, or whenever students return to campus or other work sites. Murrieta Valley USD will continue to adhere to all necessary safety protocols, precautions, and best practices.
Overview of Safety Measures
Recommended: Students in grades TK-2. Face Shields will be provided for students in these grades. All staff regardless of grade level are mandated to wear face covering.
Mandatory: Students and staff in grades 3-12 must use face coverings in accordance with CDPH public health guidelines. Students may not attend school in person if they fail to comply with California State face covering guidelines. If a student/family is unwilling to comply with the public health directive regarding the mandate to wear face coverings, the student must only register in virtual only instruction.
Information Regarding Medical Exemptions for Face Coverings: A medical note from a licensed medical practitioner shall be required for exemption of the face covering requirement. Notes from medical professionals must be submitted to the school Health Office prior to student attendance. Only the following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering: Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication and Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
Social distancing is a state requirement and will limit the spread of the virus. All schools will adhere to the following strategies to maintain social distancing:
- During student arrival and dismissal, schools will establish procedures to minimize contact.
- Classroom space will be arranged allowing maximum space for students and staff.
- Student desks will be arranged and spaced six feet from one another whenever possible.
- Routes will be designated for school entry, exit and transition times.
- Staff will practice social distancing.
- During regular school hours, there will be limited visitors, volunteers, and activities involving outside groups.
- No large group activities (e.g., assemblies, awards ceremonies, gatherings).
- Staff and students will be trained on the proper hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of sanitizer.
- Students will be instructed to wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival to the campus, after using the restroom, before and after school.
- Students and staff will be reminded to wash or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been placed located all school campuses and district sites.
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Enhanced Maintenance, Operations and Cleaning
District Maintenance and Operations staff will follow guidelines developed by the CDC, CDPH, Cal/OSHA for cleaning, sanitization, disinfection, and ventilation of school sites. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been verified through an independent environmental consultant as effective in addressing COVID-19 concerns. All maintenance and custodial staff are trained on procedures for cleaning and sanitizing including but not limited to:
- Bathrooms will be cleaned and stocked with soap throughout the day.
- Cleaning and disinfectant products align with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved list.
- Common touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly by custodial staff (e.g., countertops, door handles, restrooms, desks, chairs, handrails, etc.). Playground equipment and shared objects (e.g., classroom school supplies) will be restricted.
- Disinfectant carts have been supplied at all sites, each with disinfectants, sprayers, cleaning cloths, hand sanitizers, and hand soap. These carts will be in use throughout the day. Each school is equipped with multiple fully loaded carts.
- Drinking fountains will be turned off, and users will be encouraged to bring refillable water bottles instead.
- Electrostatic Sprayers, Chemical Cleaners (e.g., plug-in and portable misters/sprayers).
- HVAC systems will be serviced and inspected across the district to ensure proper operation and circulation of outside air. Regularly cleaning and inspecting air vents in classrooms and workspaces is part of our COVID-19 protocols. CDC guidelines include adjusting HVAC equipment to increase the outdoor/indoor air mixture to pull in more fresh air from the outside. Filters have been a inspected and/or upgraded as needed to meet or exceed current requirements. HVAC schedules will be set to run within prescribed hours. The District follows a monthly maintenance schedule for HVAC filter replacement.
- Signage has been installed throughout campuses and district sites as reminders for social distancing, hand washing, the use of facial coverings, and staying home when ill to avoid community spread.