What to Expect at School

The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our priority. When in-person instruction resumes,  school will look much different than previous years due to new health and safety measures. IUSD's planning efforts to open schools are based on current guidance from public health officials and state agencies and will be updated as the situation evolves.

To help families prepare for school, once in-person learning resumes, please see the information below.  Given the unique facilities and communities at each school site, this day-at-a-glance may vary.  You will receive detailed information from your neighborhood/assigned schools directly.  

 

Before Leaving Home

 

Families should take the temperature of their child/children, ask how they are feeling and assess symptoms.  Click here for a list of COVID-19 symptoms

 

If your they are not feeling well or have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, your child/children must stay home.  When in doubt, please keep your child at home and do not send students to school sick. This will help prevent the spread of illness to others.     

 

IUSD understands that missing school, for any reason, can cause concern and stress for our families and students.  Schools and teachers will work with students to ensure they have access to assignments from home.

 

When Arriving at School

 

Students, siblings and any adults accompanying them to school must be wearing face coverings, except those who are exempt in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidelines.  Parents and visitors will have limited access to the school campus. School sites will designate routes for entry and exit in order to limit direct contact with others. School sites will have signage throughout campus to remind students and staff about social distancing, hand washing, and other healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs..  More information will be provided by your neighborhood/assigned school.  Please follow your school's directions.  

 

During the School Day
 

This information will vary based on school and grade level but the following provides a snapshot of what to expect in general.  

 

Limiting Visitors and Suspending Group Gatherings

During regular school hours, school sites will restrict non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups. In accordance with state and local guidelines, group activities such as assemblies, award ceremonies, athletics, etc. are not allowed.  Should this change, we will inform our students and families. 

Maximize and Configure Available Space and Utilize Staff When Possible 

As outlined in the academic models, IUSD schools will maximize available space on school campuses for in-person learning.  At the Elementary level, schools will utilize instructional aides and other classified and certificated personnel to reduce the number of students in a single space.  However, in the traditional model, there will be times when the full class will be together in the classroom with the goal of 30 or less students total.  When this occurs, appropriate safety measures will be implemented, including the use of three paneled desk guards.

To the extent possible:

  • Classroom space will be arranged to remove non-essential furniture, allowing maximum space for students and staff.  
  • Student desks will be arranged to face the same direction (rather than facing each other) and spaced six feet from teachers.
  • Routes will be designated for entry and exit to lunch, recess, and other transition times.

Staff will be asked to practice social distancing, including but not limited to, when working indoors or outdoor areas, before and after the work shift, coming and going from vehicles, entering, working, and exiting physical buildings or other structures and during breaks and lunch periods.

Lunch

Nutrition Services will serve  food items that are individually wrapped  or bagged.  Students are also encourage to bring their own lunches and reusable water bottles when possible. Students will eat lunch in designated lunch areas with physical distancing measures in place to the extent possible.  Staggered lunch times may be in place as determined by the local school site.

Recess/Breaks

Local school sites will determine recess activities and guidelines for breaks in accordance with social distancing guidelines to the greatest extent possible.    

Dismissal 

Students, siblings and any adults picking up from school must be wearing face coverings, accept those who are exempt in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidelines.  Parents and visitors will have limited access to the school campus. School sites will designate routes for entry and exit in order to limit direct contact with others. School sites will have signage throughout campus to remind students and staff about social distancing, hand washing, and other healthy habits to prevent the spread of germs..  More information will be provided by your neighborhood/assigned school.  Please follow your school's directions.  

 

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