Health and safety

Daily health screenings
Meals and recess
Getting to and from school
Cleaning and ventilation
At school
In classrooms
FAQs and full health and safety plan
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Daily health screenings: What parents and guardians need to do

  1. The health screening with a unique link for your child will be emailed or texted to you on mornings that your child is scheduled to attend school in person. Complete the screening to confirm that your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms. If you did not receive a link, please contact your child’s school.
    • The email will come from vps@qemailserver.com and the text will likely come from 855-276-7139. If you don’t get an email, check your junk folder.
  2. After completing the health screening, you will receive an email indicating whether your child is eligible to come to school.
  3. If a student is not eligible to come to school, the absence will be excused. A separate absence notification is not required.

If your child develops symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) later on, please keep them home and contact the school to inform them that your child will not be attending in-person learning that day.

Daily health screenings: What happens at school

  • Students and staff will have their temperature checked as they enter the school.
  • Students and staff with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be shown to a designated safe space, away from other people, until they can be retested. If a student’s temperature does not decrease, they will remain in that space until they are picked up by a parent, guardian or designated emergency contact person.
This is a daily symptom check. Based on your responses, you will either be approved to come to school, or you will be directed to follow other procedures. By completing the survey and submitting your responses, you agree that the information collected can be used by Vancouver Public Schools to provide a safe environment for all. The data will be used solely to determine if you should attend / come to school at this time and will be kept confidential.

Getting to and from school

  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected each evening.
  • Elementary buses will be supplied with hand sanitizer and clean cloth masks.
  • Secondary buses will be supplied with hand sanitizer and disposal masks for students who forgot their personal cloth mask.
  • Schools will have marked designated drop-off and pick-up locations allowing for physical distancing.
  • If you choose to park and walk your child to the door or walk your child to school, you must wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance between yourself and others while on school grounds.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot have any visitors (parents included) on campus at this time.

At school

  • Physical distance of six feet or greater will be maintained in classrooms, offices, hallways, restrooms, shared space and outdoor areas.
  • Face coverings required:
    • Face masks or clear shields are required for all staff and students per Washington State Department of Health, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis.
    • The district will provide cloth face masks for all students and staff, although students and staff may wear a cloth mask of their own if it is appropriate for a school setting.
    • Students and staff must wear face coverings on the bus, on school grounds and inside the building.
  • Transition and movement through hallways and common spaces will be limited and/or staggered when practical to avoid crowding.
  • Hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer will be available at all times.

In classrooms

  • Desks will be arranged to allow six feet of distance between students.
  • Each student will have a labeled container of school supplies.
  • Shared learning materials will be minimized as much as possible and will be sanitized between uses.
  • Students will bring their iPads to school.
  • Some arts classes will continue but will be modified based on school staffing schedules.

Meals

Small group in-person learning:

  • Grab-and-go meals are available at eight school sites.
  • School buses will go to one of the sites on the way home so students can pick up lunch and breakfast for the next morning.

When the district transitions to hybrid learning:

  • Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to students in schools on days that they are attending in-person learning.
  • Elementary students will eat in their classrooms.
  • On days that students are learning remotely from home, grab-and-go meals will be available. These meals will be offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They are free to all children 18 years old or younger. Students, parents or guardians can pick up meals at these locations.

Recess

  • Students will have outdoor recess time.
  • Masks and physical distancing will be required outside.

Cleaning

  • All staff will have access to cleaning and disinfecting products for daily use.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting will take place each night.
    • Use of EPA-registered disinfectants from List N (Vindicator, Vital Oxide disinfectant, electrostatic sprayers and disinfecting wipes)
  • On Wednesdays and Fridays, schools will be deep cleaned.
  • In the event of a positive COVID case:
    • Thoroughly disinfect the classroom, including all desks, chairs, sinks and counters
    • Use the electrostatic sprayers to apply Vital Oxide non-toxic disinfectant
    • Clean and disinfect any common or shared areas
    • Follow any additional sanitation guidelines from the Clark County Health Department

Ventilation

Heating and cooling systems will be set to allow for maximum airflow. Windows will be opened to allow for natural ventilation to enter spaces. Buildings will be flushed daily in the early morning to let in outside air.

Frequently asked questions

We will send notifications when:

  • A VPS staff member or student tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19
    AND
  • The individual was in a VPS building or on a VPS bus during their infectious period (48 hours before they began showing symptoms)

¿El Distrito Escolar “VPS” notificará a los miembros del personal y a las familias si hay un caso confirmado?

Enviaremos notificaciones cuando:

  • Un miembro del personal de “VPS” o un estudiante dé positivo o se asume positivo al COVID-19
    Y
  • La persona estuvo en un edificio de “VPS” o en un autobús de “VPS” durante el período de contagio (48 horas antes de que comenzaron a demostrar síntomas, ver lista de síntomas aquí)

Будет ли Ванкуверский школьный район (VPS) уведомлять сотрудников и семьи в случае наличия подтверждённого случая заболевания?

Мы будем посылать уведомления, когда:

  • Сотрудник VPS или учащийся получил положительный результат при тестировании на COVID-19, или если он(-а) предположительно заражен(-а) COVID-19,
    И
  • Сотрудник или учащийся находился в здании VPS или на автобусе VPS в период, когда он(-а) мог(-ла) заразить других (48 часов до появления первых симптомов)
  • Close contact: You will be notified if you are a close contact of the person with the confirmed case. “Close contact” means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes or more total over a 24-hour period. Close contacts cannot work or go to school onsite. They may be able to work or learn remotely.
  • Not a close contact: General notifications also will be emailed to staff members and families who are not considered close contacts. By law, we can’t identify the individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you are not a close contact of the person with the confirmed case, you do not need to isolate or quarantine. Your risk of exposure is considered low.

Not receiving emails from VPS or your child’s school? Find out how to get them.

¿Si alguien asociado con la escuela da positivo, tendré que ponerme en cuarentena o aislarme?

  • Contacto cercano: Usted será notificado si es un contacto cercano de la persona con el caso confirmado. “Contacto cercano” significa estar a menos de 6 pies de alguien infectado por 15 minutos o más durante un periodo de 24 horas. Los contactos cercanos no pueden trabajar o asistir a la escuela en persona. Ellos podrían trabajar o aprender remotamente.
  • No es contacto cercano: Notificaciones generales serán enviadas por correo electrónico a los miembros del personal y las familias que no se consideren contactos cercanos. Por ley, no podemos identificar a la persona con el caso de COVID-19 confirmado. Si usted no es un contacto cercano de la persona con el caso confirmado, usted no necesita aislarse o ponerse en cuarentena. Su riesgo de exposición se considera bajo.

¿No recibe correos electrónicos del Distrito Escolar “VPS” o de la escuela de su hijo? Favor de hacer “Click” aquí.

Если кто-либо, связанный со школой, получил положительный результат при тестировании на COVID-19, нужно ли мне будет находиться на карантине или самоизолироваться?

  • Близкий контакт: Вы будете уведомлены, если Вы находились в близком контакте с кем-либо, кто получил положительный результат при тестировании на ковид. «Близкий контакт» означает нахождение в пределах 6 футов (2 метра) от человека, заражённого COVID-19, в совокупности в течение примерно 15 минут или более в течение суток. Лица, находившиеся в близком контакте с заражённым, не могут работать или учиться в здании школы. Возможно, они будут иметь возможность работать или учиться дистанционно.
  • Отсутствие близкого контакта: Общие уведомления будут отсылать по электронной почте сотрудникам и семьям, которые, как считается, не имели близкого контакта с заражённым лицом. По закону мы не можем указывать имя человека с подтверждённым случаем заражения COVID-19. Если Вы не были в близком контакте с заражённым лицом, Вам не нужно самоизолироваться или находиться на карантине. Ваш риск заражения считается низким.

Не получаете электронные сообщения из VPS или из школы Вашего ребёнка? Выясните, как их можно начать получать.

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