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2021-2022 COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Masks & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Students and staff are required to wear masks inside of schools, administrative buildings and on school buses, regardless of vaccination status. Extra face masks, hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper and soap will be available throughout the day. Nurses, paraprofessionals and other staff who will have close contact with students, along with staff working with students with disabilities, will receive additional PPE such as gloves, face shields and disposal gowns. 

Social Distancing

At least 3-feet of social distancing will be maintained in classrooms and other areas where possible. 

Visitors

Visitors must make an appointment with the school prior to arrival and will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Conferences with parents and other meetings that do not need to be held in-person will be held virtually to limit the number of visitors entering school buildings.

School Buses

Face masks are required while riding the school bus. To improve airflow, windows may be open to the maximum extent possible when weather permits. Buses will be cleaned and sanitized at the conclusion of each run, in between morning and afternoon routes and at the conclusion of the day. 

Cleaning & Disinfection

Buildings will be thoroughly cleaned using Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved disinfectants at the end of every school day. Cafeterias and other meal locations will be cleaned and disinfected daily. All touch points, door knobs, sinks, health rooms and locker rooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Restrooms will be inspected twice per day and sanitized when necessary.

Air Quality

Airflow in buildings will be increased by opening classroom windows, running exhaust fans before/after occupancy and increasing HVAC hours of operation by four hours before and after occupation and /or increasing the intake of outside air where possible. MERV-13 filters have been installed in HVAC systems per CDC guidelines. PGCPS will continuously replace HVAC equipment and clean ductwork and coils throughout systems to remove contaminants and improve airflow.

Vaccinations

PGCPS recommends COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone age 12 and up to help mitigate school and community spread. All staff are required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

Quarantines

Schools will provide written notification to staff or families following exposure to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case. If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at a school or in a classroom, the infected individual will be required to quarantine at home for at least 10 days and be symptom-free before returning to a PGCPS building. Employees or students who were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual must quarantine for at least 10 days if not fully vaccinated; fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine following exposure to a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

In the event a single positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, PGCPS will close the exposed area of the facility. If multiple positive cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in one site within three days (minimum), PGCPS will close the entire facility to clean and sanitize all areas. 

For additional details and information, please view our reopening plan at www.pgcps.org/reconnect-pgcps.