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To reopen schools that have been shuttered since March, districts across Pennsylvania are required to craft COVID-19 health and safety plans. Plans must be approved by school boards and the state Department of Education before classes can resume for the 2020-21 school year.

The Twin Valley School District approved its plan Monday. It includes procedures for how the district will operate in each of the state's three reopening phases: green, yellow and red. All of Pennsylvania is in the green phase.

Here's what Twin Valley's plan looks like for the green phase:

First day of classes

• Aug. 27

Type of reopening

• Scaffolded

• Students will have the option of five-day-a-week in-person classes or to live-stream lesson from home.

• A district-run cyberschool option is also available.

Cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation plan

• Frequently touched surfaces inside schools will be cleaned and disinfected frequently. That includes desktops, chairs, electronic devices, door handles and sink handles.

• Students will be provided with wipes to clean desks.

• Ventilation systems will operate with circulation of outdoor air of at least 10%.

• Water fountains will be disconnected and touchless water bottle filling stations will be installed. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles from home.

• Frequent hand washing will be encouraged. Classrooms with sinks will be supplied with soap and paper towels.

• Sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms and cafeterias.

Social distancing and other protocols plan

• Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in compliance with the state Department of Health’s order.

• Parents will be responsible for providing their child with a face covering.

• All nonessential furniture will be removed from classrooms, including carpets in elementary school classrooms. Small group gathering spaces will be minimized to allow for maximum separation of desks.

• Students desks will face forward and be physically distanced to the maximum extent possible.

• In classrooms with tables, students will be physically distanced to the maximum extent possible.

• In cafeterias and other congregate settings, students will be physically distanced to the maximum extent possible.

• Students will be expected to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before and after eating and after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

• Hands-free sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout buildings.

• Equipment will be sanitized between classes, to the maximum extent possible.

• Elementary students will have their own pencil boxes filled with writing utensils and other supplies.

• Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria using social distancing.

• To the extent feasible, hallway traffic will be minimized. Some hallways will be designated as one-way, and classroom dismissals will be staggered.

• Students will not be allowed to congregate or loiter in hallways or common areas.

• There will be no class assemblies.

• The use of restrooms will only be permitted during class periods, to the extent feasible.

• Staff meetings will be conducted in small groups or virtually.

• Plexiglass shields will be installed in main office welcome areas, at office counters, at cafeteria checkout areas, in nurses offices and any other area where appropriate.

Transportation plan

• Students will wear face coverings on buses.

• Plans will be developed to support physical distancing on buses to the maximum extent possible.

• The district’s bus contractor will deep clean and sanitize all buses prior to students using them.

• District staff will deep clean and sanitize all district-owned vehicles.

• High-touch areas such as bus seats and handrails will be sanitized daily between morning and afternoon bus runs.

• Maximum ventilation will be used on buses, to the extent possible.

• After arrival, students will report directly to class.

• Bus staff will self-certify and monitor their health status, reporting any COVID-19 exposure to their supervisor.

Monitoring health

• An isolation area will be created for use by sick individuals.

• Staff and students are expected to self-monitor for symptoms at home.

• The district will investigate taking temperatures of everyone entering buildings.

• Anyone with symptoms should not report to school.

• Students who develop symptoms will be picked up by their parents.

• Any student or staff member sent home with symptoms may not return without a note from a doctor.

• State and federal quarantine protocols will be followed.

• Staff and students’ families should notify the district if an absence is due to COVID-19 or influenza.

Other

• Nonessential visitors and volunteers will not be allowed to enter schools.

• Visitors must make an appointment, report to the main office and practice physical distancing.

• Visitors will be required to wear face coverings.

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