The health and wellness of students and staff remains a top priority of the DeKalb County School District.
Everyone must wear a face covering in our buildings.
CDC recommends a reusable or disposable face covering to prevent spreading germs or virus to another person
Parents are asked to supply their child with their own masks/face coverings; however, if a mask/face covering is needed, the school will provide a mask/face covering as appropriate
Face coverings must comply with the dress code (must not contain Inappropriate language or symbols)
All students and staff should practice distancing whenever possible and avoid prolonged close contact
Students and staff must also monitor their health daily. This includes monitoring temperature, watching for COVID – 19 symptoms, and following CDC and Department of Health recommendations if symptoms develop
Students and staff should stay home when sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19
Schools should contact Business Services to order additional face coverings or other COVID-19 related supplies
The DeKalb County School District will provide schools with Signage to promote Health and Safety Practices.
District-approved signage (i.e., banners, posters, signs, stickers, etc.) should be posted in highly visible locations to promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of COVID-19
Signage locations include:
Common entry doors
Ends of hallways
Cafeteria, front office, lobby, library and other high traffic areas
Exterior of elevator
Top and bottom of stairwells
Signage templates can be obtained from the Communications Department and additional District provided signs can be ordered through the Business Services Department Print Shop
Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting is important to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in schools and facilities. While our custodians are responsible for the daily routine of cleaning and disinfecting our buildings, they cannot be expected to do this alone. We all have a responsibility to do our part and keep the work areas and schools clean and safe.
Custodial staff will enhance their cleaning practices to include a focus on frequent disinfecting of high touch areas
Staff will be provided with cleaning supplies to clean their workspaces and classrooms after their use
High touch areas are the priority and must be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. These high touch areas include areas such as doors, door handles, counter tops, light switches, desks, water fountains, sinks, toilets, etc.
Day custodians conduct high touch common area wipe downs throughout the day.
Night custodians will do a full facility wipe down and cleaning. On the non-Face to Face day, custodians will do a deep clean of the facility.
Day Custodians will check common areas and group restrooms throughout the day to ensure supplies are replenished, conduct touch-point cleaning (faucets, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) and do thorough cleaning/disinfecting once students leave for the day
District guidance will be provided to appropriate school custodial staff identifying appropriate chemical products, disinfecting practices and techniques, and cleaning schedules to adequately clean surfaces in schools and facilities
Additional cleaning supplies may be requested through the Business Services Department ordering system
To reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, DCSD will increase outdoor air flow rates to dilute contaminates. We will do this while maintaining indoor temperature and humidity design criteria for our systems.
Increased fresh air introduced in accordance with CDC and industry recommendations to the extent possible with our current systems
The facilities and maintenance department will implement quarterly filter changes for HVAC units
We will use a higher level of MERV rated filters targeting MERV 11 and MERV-13 if the filter level does not adversely impact system operation
Quarterly preventative maintenance schedules for all HVAC systems which includes system cleaning, filter changes and mechanical inspection and service
HVAC corrective maintenance will be a priority with the Facilities and Maintenance Department
Custodians will check common areas and group restrooms frequently through the day to ensure supplies are replenished, conduct touch-point cleaning (faucets, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) and do thorough cleaning/disinfecting once students leave for the day.
Limit the number of individuals allowed in a restroom at one time based on the number of stalls or urinals.
School staff should monitor social distancing protocols in the building. Provide physical guides as necessary, such as tape on doors or signs on walls, to ensure that staff and students maintain the maximum distance possible, recommended 6 feet, from others in lines and at other times.
Schools should post directional reminders on the floor and/or walls to manage traffic flow during transitions
Corridor traffic flow should mimic traffic flow on our streets while driving
It will be necessary for school staff to monitor the corridors and enforce correct flow patterns
Schools should identify specific entry and exit points to school buildings
Schools should stagger class periods by cohorts, when practical, to limit the number of students in the hallway when traveling in the hallways