We understand our community’s concerns regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 and want to keep our school families updated on how Cobb Schools is responding. We also want our school community to have access to the most updated and reliable information. As always, our top priority is the safety and health of our students and staff.

Disinfecting Procedures

In the event a CCSD facility or classroom has reported a positive case, CCSD Maintenance will support the school’s custodial staff in the disinfecting procedure. CCSD has adopted a fogging and disinfecting system that will allow students and staff to safely return immediately after the fogging procedure is complete.

All CCSD facilities will have a fogging system in place before students re-enter face-to-face classrooms. We are in the process of supplying all CCSD schools with their own fogging equipment and disinfectant.

 

Daily Cleaning (Administrative Office)

  • Spot clean and disinfect horizontal surfaces of desks, tables, Plexiglas shields, cabinets, credenzas, etc.
  • Mop, disinfect and sweep all hard surface floors in office areas.
  • Wipe down and disinfect all high touch points, door handles, light switches, push plates, etc.

 

Daily Cleaning (Student Restrooms and Staff Restrooms)

  • Empty trash bins and disinfect.
  • Disinfect all door handles, light switches and partition handles.
  • Clean and disinfect all sinks, urinals, toilet seats and toilets.
  • Properly sweep floors and use Kaivac machine to disinfect entire restroom.

 

Daily Cleaning (Teacher Breakrooms)

  • Clean and disinfect waste receptacle touch points.
  • Wipe clean and disinfect tables and chairs.
  • Wipe clean and disinfect countertops, sinks and drawer facings.
  • Wipe clean and disinfect coffee machines and high touch areas on vending machines.
  • Clean and disinfect interior and exterior of microwaves.
  • Wipe clean and disinfect exterior of refrigerator.

 

Daily Cleaning (Café Area)

  • Prep trash cans with liners.
  • Wipe down tables and seats with disinfectant after each class departs the café.
  • After lunch, remove all trash cans and place in an area that all can be washed and disinfected.
  • Run floor scrubber over entire café floor.

 

Daily Cleaning (Classrooms)

  • Empty trash and recycling receptacles, clean and disinfect waste receptacle touch points and replace liners.
  • Clean and disinfect sinks and sink counter space.
  • Mop, disinfect and sweep all hard surface floors.
  • Vacuum all carpet areas with HEPA filtration vacuums (being sure to vacuum under desks).

 

Daily Cleaning (Gym and Misc.)

  • Wipe clean and disinfect all high touch points, door handles, push plates, water fountains, etc. throughout the day.

Food & Nutrition Services

  • Handwashing before and after meals
  • Some students will eat in the classroom (SpEd units, PreK, etc.)
  • Conduct cleaning of cafeteria and high-touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Starting on September 14, parents will be able to pick-up free meal kits for the entirety of the week. Meal kits are available to all students ages 0-18
  • Masks will be worn at all times by FNS staff
  • Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures will be implemented in addition to regular stringent cleaning measures for food safety
  • Applications for Free or Reduced-Price meals can be completed online at mealapps.cobbk12.org
  • Parents will be encouraged to pay for meals online via MyPaymentsPlus.com
  • Modifying serving lines to eliminate students touching the line or food products while choosing meals
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed for student dining areas to the extent possible
  • No parents/guests will be allowed in cafeteria
  • Student Meal Information

 

Students who continue virtual learning:

FNS will continue to provide weekly meal pick-up service for those students not attending class on campus. We will reduce the available pick-up sites along with the phased reopening. When elementary schools reopen, we will limit pick-up locations to middle and high schools. Once middle schools reopen, we will further limit pick-up locations to our high schools. Once all sites are reopened, we will have 1-2 pick-up sites per feeder pattern for weekly meal pick-up depending on area demand.

 

Students who attend face-to-face classrooms:

FNS will provide meal service from the café serving lines or on pre-existing breakfast carts where appropriate. Individual schools will determine where meals are served.

 

Parent Communication:

Questions and concerns are currently addressed via phone and email with our office team. We will continue that method. For parents who come to the school site with questions, we will ask the cafeteria manager to follow their local school guidelines on working with parents.

 

FNS Communication Plan:

We have a plan for communicating the changes we are implementing to keep our staff and our customers safe during this time. It will highlight items such as additional cleaning routines, general information about food safety, ways we can help parents over the phone or via email, etc.

 

FNS continues to review all processes against current USDA regulations, USDA waivers, CDC guidelines, Georgia Food Code, and Georgia restaurant regulations to determine appropriate changes needed in order to provide meal service that complies with these guidelines and regulations.

Instructional Day

  • Use of scheduling measures to balance class size to promote physical distancing to the extent possible
  • Limit physical interaction through partner or group work
  • Consider classroom arrangement to maximize physical distancing
  • Large group gatherings will be eliminated
  • Non-essential visitors will not be allowed
  • Volunteering opportunities will be limited
  • Eliminate activities that involve sharing of communal items
  • Separate student’s belongings from others’ in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or designated areas

Masks/PPE

  • Mask Guidance
  • Mask Guidance - Spanish
  • Social distancing will be required of all students and staff in every possible circumstance
  • In accordance with Federal, State, and local public health recommendations, masks are required for students and staff to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 when social distancing is not possible during school or related activities
  • Additional PPE in clinics

Practicing Prevention

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at building entrances and throughout the building
  • Teach, practice and reinforce good hygiene measures (frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, use of face coverings)
  • Restricted use of high traffic areas with additional safety protocols (i.e. water fountains)
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles
  • Avoid shared classroom supplies between students
  • Avoid shared food/snacks
  • Require students and staff to follow CDC/DPH recommendations to wear face coverings (sensitive to needs of students/staff with medical issues that make wearing a face covering inadvisable)
  • Implement social distancing measures as possible
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented (high touch surfaces, restrooms, etc.)

Protective Barriers

  • Protective partitions placed in select locations in school buildings

Public Health Signage

  • Post signage in classrooms, hallways, office spaces, and entrances to communicate the following: Covid-19 symptoms, how to stop the spread, and preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school and district specific protocols
  • Provide physical guides to promote social distancing (tape on floors, signs, one-way routes in hallways, lanes in hallways)

School Clinics

  • Encourage staff/students/families to self-screen before work/school for fever, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, congestion, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, body aches, etc.)
  • Maintain ongoing contact with Cobb and Douglas Public Health, report COVID-19 cases (confirmed or suspected) per reporting protocol, follow Cobb and Douglas Public Health guidance and protocols for sick students and personnel, and review relevant local/state regulatory agency policies and orders for updates
  • School Nurses/Clinic Substitutes will triage sick students/staff during School Clinic visit (assessment, temperature check, etc.) and follow district procedures for when students show signs of illness or injury
  • Designated isolation area for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Educate and inform staff and students/families to stay home, not come to school/work, and notify school officials if they have COVID-19 symptoms, are diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for test results, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case per CDC/DPH guidance
  • Staff/students return to work/school per CDC/DPH guidance after COVID-19 illness or exposure
  • School Nurses/Clinic Substitutes will use standard and transmission-based precautions when providing care to students/staff

Transportation

  • Require masks for school bus drivers.
  • Require masks for students while riding the bus.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the door of each bus.
  • Students will continue to be assigned seating so loading and unloading is as safe as possible and to support effective contact tracing
  • Ventilation and fresh air will circulate weather permitting.
  • Buses will be disinfected after routes have been completed.
  • Bus routes will run as scheduled and stops will remain the same (visit https://www.cobbk12.org/page/310/bus-route-finder to find your bus stop and time).
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