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COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Guidance

Safeguarding the health and wellness of students, teachers and staff is fundamental to our ability to offer in-person instruction. 
 
Mead School District has developed a robust reopening plan with clear protocols to help keep staff and students safe. On this page you will find links (click icon below) to reopening protocols organized around key safety themes.
 
To keep everyone safe we need staff, parents and students to take responsibility in learning, understanding and following these safety protocols. 
 
COVID Coordination Committee Roles and Responsibilities
 
Jared Hoadley, Assistant Superintendent
Carrie Dinwoodie, RN
Ruth Erb, RN
Brian Liberg, Director of Transportation
Todd Zeidler, Public Information Officer

The COVID Coordination Committee (CCC) was developed in response to the requirement from the state (Department of Health Document #820-113) to have a District COVID-19 Coordinator that ensures consistency in its adherence to the health and safety protocols required by Washington Department of the Health (DOH), Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD), Labor & Industries and Office of the Governor. This committee receives proposals for activities, events or classroom procedures and provides feedback to keep all students and staff as safe as possible. This process includes review of the safety protocols that apply to the proposal. Suggestions are given, in accordance with requirements and protocols set forth by DOH, SRHD, L&I and Governor’s Office, to ensure students and/or staff are safe.

This committee also maintains consistent communication channels with Spokane Regional Health District on revisions to and application of local health and safety guidance. Changes and updates are then communicated with staff, families and students as needed.

This committee does not deny or approve proposals. It also does not create the rules set forth by state or local health officials. This committee ensures these rules are followed. However, if the committee cannot find a safe way to do something, we work with the proposing group on alternate activities, events or classroom procedures.
 
This committee meets weekly to update inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), review district case counts, review proposals, and write staff and family communications.
***Information is subject to change at any time based on guidance from the Spokane Regional Health District or Washington Department of Health***
 
Will daily health attestations be required?
No, daily health attestations are not required this year for staff or students.

Will masks be required inside school buildings?
In mid-August, Gov. Inslee announced that all K-12 students and staff are required to wear face coverings in schools this fall, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks will be required inside school buildings and on the school bus. Masks are not required during eating times or when students are outside (i.e. at recess).
 
As of Monday, November 4, masks are now mandated state-wide at large outdoor gatherings of more than 10,000 people and indoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
 
If my student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, who should I notify?
Keep your student home from school, and please call your student's school office if your student shows any of the following symptoms, which may appear up to 14 days after exposure:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If my student is quarantined, how will they receive school instruction?
Teachers will work with students to determine a learning plan that may include take-home packets.

Will Mead School District contact trace and quarantine students and staff?
Yes, click here for information on quarantine and exposure.

Can I find out if my student’s teacher is vaccinated?
Staff vaccination status is private health information and cannot be shared with families.

How will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?
High touch surfaces and  equipment will be cleaned at the end of the day. Students/staff will be encouraged to wash their hands at regular intervals.
 
Extra-curricular: Athletics and Performing Arts
Athletics: All coaches, athletic trainers, and other support personnel involved with sporting activities must wear face coverings indoors in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status. Universal masking is required by all athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and support personnel in weight rooms, regardless of vaccination status.

Are masks required for fully vaccinated athletes competing in indoor high-contact sports?
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated athletes practicing or competing in high-contact indoor sports.

Are masks required for unvaccinated athletes competing in indoor high-contact sports?
Masks are not required for unvaccinated athletes during active practice or competition in high-contact indoor sports if they participate in screening testing. Masks are encouraged when practicing indoors. Universal masking is required indoors when not actively practicing or competing.

Are masks required for indoor low-contact sports?
Masks are not required for athletes while competing in low-contact or moderate-contact sports indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are encouraged when practicing indoors. Universal masking is required indoors when not practicing or competing.

Are masks required for outdoor sports?
Masks are not required for outdoor sports of any contact level but are recommended in settings where unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and/or support personnel are in close proximity, such as standing on the sidelines, in a huddle, or sitting in a dugout.

Extracurricular Performing Arts Performances & Activities
Students, teachers, and support staff must follow these requirements when participating in school-sponsored performing arts activities and performances, even if they're not in a K-12 classroom setting.

Performances: Audience members should be seated in “family units” and those small groups should be spaced at least 3 feet apart. All audience members must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Universal masking is required during performances for participants, including appropriate face coverings and bell covers on woodwind and brass instruments.

What are the health and safety protocols for students in the performing arts?
Aerosol-producing musicians, e.g., singers, woodwinds and brass, speech/debate, and theater performers are required to wear appropriate masks/face coverings and/or use appropriate bell covers while performing. Physical distancing of a minimum of 3 feet between and in front of students; and between students and instructor, and/or conductor. Group size is subject to maintenance of 3 feet of physical distancing. Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required by all singers (general music when singing, choir students, musical theatre).
 
What are the health and safety protocols for woodwinds and brass for grades 6-12?
Woodwinds and brass performers may remove their face coverings/masks when performing on their instrument and must replace their face coverings/mask during non-performance time. Face coverings/masks with slits are recommended but not required. Students should switch to regular, unmodified face coverings without openings as soon as they are done rehearsing. Flutes should use a tightly woven cloth material over the end of the barrel.

What will general music look like in grades K-5?
Students can be seated on the floor or in chairs. Students will wear masks at all times. Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required in general music and elementary classrooms when singing. Teachers may provide students with singers’ masks to replace their cloth masks in these settings. When not singing, students should wear cloth masks as required in other classrooms.

How will students take part in choir and musical theater class in grades 6-12?
Students must wear universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask – when singing. Teachers should provide students with singers’ masks to replace their cloth masks in these settings. When not singing, students should wear cloth masks as required in other classrooms.