Health Mitigation Plan

Compass High School is committed to the health and safety of each student and staff member.  As a community, if we participate in best health practices in school, at home and in our daily lives, we can reduce the spread of the disease.

Due to the fluid nature of the pandemic, the requirements in this document are subject to change as additional information about the spread and prevention of COVID-19 becomes available. Additionally, new directives from Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, and/or public health officials may evolve prior to the start of on-site support services as well as during on-site in-person learning throughout the school year.

Risk Reduction Strategies & Minimizing Exposure

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required for any person while on CHS property.  This applies to all individuals, including students, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors in compliance with Pima County Health Department (PCHD) public health protection resolution and by order of the City of Tucson.

  • All staff, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, shall wear a face covering. Review the Face Covering regulation.
  • Face coverings can be any cloth or paper mask that covers the nostrils and mouth.
  • Face coverings will be made available to staff, students, vendors, and visitors if they do not have one available for use.
  • Cloth face coverings shall not be placed on:
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
    • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance; and/or
    • Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering because of developmental, medical or behavioral needs
  • EXCEPTIONS may be available for individuals with a relevant medical condition or disability for which the Pima County Health Department does not recommend the use of a face covering. For students, these exceptions shall be documented in a Section 504 Plan, Health Care Plan, or by an IEP Team.  For students, medical documentation will be required as part of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Students who refuse to wear a face covering will be provided an opportunity for remote learning at home. Staff will make reasonable attempts to contact the parent(s) or guardians to take the student home as soon as possible. Parents shall pick up the student, or arrange for the student to be picked up, immediately. If the student is not picked up within two hours, staff may take other necessary measures to protect the health and safety of students and others at the site.
  • Physical Distancing
    • Students and staff shall be provided with frequent reminders to stay at least six feet apart from one another.
    • Only essential personnel will be permitted on the campus.
    • No visitors, including parents/guardians, will be allowed to enter the campus beyond the main office, except those with an appointment.
    • Students arriving and leaving campus will be monitored to discourage congregating and ensure students report directly to their designated area, as well as leave promptly upon completion of on-site support services.
    • Students will be provided with adequate space for on-site support services to ensure sufficient social distancing with at least six feet between students.
    • Specific entrance and exit points may be designated when feasible to reduce face-to-face meetings.

Directional Traffic Flow

  • Due to required face coverings, directional hallway traffic is not mandatory, but may occur at the discretion of the CHS Administration. 
  • If CHS chooses to implement directional traffic flow, the site administration shall coordinate paint, tapes or other signage affixed to the building walls or floors.

Hand Hygiene

  • Staff and students will receive education to reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol by staff and age appropriate for children.
  • Adequate supplies will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors (e.g., paper towels, tissues, soap, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) for safe use by staff and age appropriate children.
  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for will be available at entrances, exits, classrooms, cafeteria and throughout school campuses.
  • Students with skin reactions to hand sanitizer should use soap and water.
  • Handwashing will be reinforced during key times such as, before and after eating, after using the toilet, after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing, and when deemed necessary. 
  • Hand washing or sanitizing will be required when entering each classroom or designated learning area.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be routinely checked and refilled as needed.

General Cleaning & Disinfection

  • Cleaning will be performed daily per established protocols followed by disinfection when appropriate.
  • Spaces will be sanitized between groups. Equipment (including playground equipment) will be cleaned after each group’s use.
  • Where possible, high-touch surfaces will be reduced. For example, doors will be left open during passing periods so students won’t have to touch the door handle.
  • Drinking fountains will be disabled, but water bottle filling stations will still be available.
  • Bathrooms will receive frequent cleaning and disinfection.
  • Shared technology will be disinfected frequently. Students should bring their school-provided Chromebook.
  • There will be no shared school supplies. Students will be supplied with individual items as needed.
  • Handwashing or hand sanitizing will be promoted before and after touching any shared equipment.
  • Spaces will be sanitized between groups.
  • Safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing and using products away from children, and allowing adequate ventilation when products are used
  • Staff who are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting will be trained how to use disinfectants safely and effectively.

Ongoing Operational Considerations

Communication, Health Education Strategies and Training

  • Training will be provided for all employees, students, and parents/guardians on the expected safety protocols, use of PPE, and COVID-19 transmission prevention strategies.
  • Staff, parents and students will be encouraged to obtain information from reputable and reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Pima County Health Department.
  • Parents and staff will be required to self-monitor for symptoms daily related to COVID-19 and self-report.
    • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
    • Daily home screening form for students 
  • Communication and updates may take place via email, robo-calls, personal phone calls, TylerSIS Announcements, Canvas, social media and school webpage.
  • COVID-19 signage will be posted and visible throughout campus.
  • Signage will be posted at the main entry points requiring that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough not to enter.
  • Staff, students and their families will be educated about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, when they should stay home and when they can return to school.

Health Concerns

  • Staff and students will be required to follow structured procedures to access services from the front office.
  • A dedicated space has been established for symptomatic individuals that will not be used for other purposes.
  • Illness related concerns will be addressed separately from injuries and non-illness related concerns.
  • Staff and students will be encouraged to cough and sneeze into their elbows, or to cover with a tissue.
  • Used tissues are thrown in the trash and hands are washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaned with hand sanitizer.
  • Symptomatic individuals will be isolated to the designated area at the school and subsequently sent home.
  • Symptomatic students will remain under visual supervision of a staff member who is at least six feet away.
  • The supervising adult will wear an appropriate PPE.
  • Symptomatic individuals will be required to wear a cloth face covering or a surgical mask while waiting to leave the facility.

Monitoring & Evaluating Suspected, Presumptive & Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Sick Individuals

Sick individuals will be refused entry into the school or buildings to reduce the risk of transmission.

  • Students presenting with sickness, symptoms, or answering “yes” to any of the Daily Home Screening questions shall not be permitted to enter facilities. If symptoms develop after a student reports to school, the student must immediately notify a supervisor in a manner that limits exposure to others.
  • Parent/guardians presenting with sickness symptoms or answering “yes” shall be denied entry into facilities.
  • Students who show symptoms of sickness shall immediately be referred to the front office for evaluation and, if indicated, placement in a Wellness Room apart from the general school population. Staff will make reasonable attempts to contact the parent(s) or guardians to take the student home as soon as possible. Parents shall pick up the student, or arrange for the student to be picked up, immediately. If the student is not picked up within two hours, staff may take other necessary measures to protect the health and safety of students and others at the site.

Re-Entry Waiting Period

Individuals who have been sent home with COVID-19 like symptoms or believe they have COVID-19 or have a positive test result will isolate at home for ten (10) calendar days since the first day of identified COVID symptoms before being permitted on campus. Persons who test positive without symptoms will isolate at home until ten (10) calendar days have passed since their COVID-19 test.

If symptoms have improved before the 10 days have elapsed and the individual is fever free for 24 hours, the individual may return to the school campus facilities with evidence of two negative tests conducted at least 24 hours between, or present a medical provider’s order that the individual is not contagious.

If a parent or staff member reports a positive COVID-19 close contact in the home, all individuals in the residence will be required to remain quarantined for 14 days unless otherwise directed by a health care provider (per PCHD).

Record keeping for the waiting period will be managed by CHS front office staff responsible for attendance. COVID-19-related symptoms and positive cases must be coded appropriately in TylerSIS.

Individuals with a positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

For those students or staff members who receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis as identified by the person, medical provider, or PCHD, Compass High School will defer to the PCHD’s notification and contact tracing protocols in order to assess the individual’s site for a possible COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition, the person designated by the Director may reassess a student or staff member who is excluded from school or the school site because of a COVID-19 diagnosis before the individual may return to the site.  Compass High School may require a physician’s written medical release as a condition for the student’s return to campus.

Confidentiality & Reporting of COVID-19 Diagnoses

All confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall be reported to Compass High School by the identified COVID-19 point of contact. A Point of Contact will be the front office staff of the school.  Compass High School Administration will then contact PCHD for direction. A parent or guardian shall notify Compass High School’s front office if they are aware that their child(ren) have tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon identification of an individual with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Compass High School will communicate case information and trends to PCHD to determine next steps.

Recommendations will be communicated to the site Point of Contact.

While there are public health exceptions to the privacy rules under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and, to the extent applicable, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) shall apply. Students are not to take it upon themselves to notify staff, students, parents or any other person of a student or student’s personal health information except to report to the Point of Contact as provided in this regulation.

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