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Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward


(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 06.25.2020.)

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There are several key practices that should be implemented in each building to help maintain a safe learning environment.


A foundational premise when designing a safe learning environment are the concepts of maintaining cohort, social distancing and frequent cleaning. The use of these practices is recommended by the CDC and other health agencies to help control the spread of any viruses and also manage any possible outbreaks.


  1. Limit the admission of visitors to the school.
  2. High touch surfaces should be cleaned frequently, such as door knobs, remotes, and light switches.
  3. Signage should be in each classroom and throughout the building reminding students to practice good hygiene.
  4. Hand sanitizer should be available in the hallways near entrances and in other strategic areas.
  5. It is recommended that each school, during group prayer time, remind students to social distance and wash their hands.
  6. Each student is encouraged to provide their own supplies to reduce the need to share supplies.
  7. Group singing should be discouraged unless appropriate increased social distancing is possible.
  8. Computer class – use own devices when possible. Investigate the price of infrared wands.
  9. When possible, special teachers and departmental teachers should go into the students’ classroom, rather than the children traveling to other classrooms.
  10. No outside food for sharing should be available.
  11. Ventilation is important.  Windows should be opened if possible.
  12. Field trips are experiences that break cohorting and expose students and staff to risk of exposure to COVID-19.  In person field trips are highly discouraged.


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Other Considerations

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