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General Principles for Buildings

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(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 08.11.2020.)


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


Foundational premises when designing a safe learning environment are the concepts of maintaining cohorts, 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 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 sanitizers should be available in the hallways near entrances and in other strategic areas.
  5. It is recommended that each school make part of its group prayer time a reminder to social distance and to wash hands.
  6. Each student is encouraged to provide their own supplies to reduce the need to share supplies. It is recommended to label student’s materials with their name.
  7. Group singing should be discouraged unless. Refrain from singing.
  8. Computer class – use own devices when possible. Investigate price of infrared wands.
  9. When possible, special teachers and departmental teachers should go into the students’ classroom.
  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. Filed trips should be prohibited.
  13. Any faculty, staff or child traveling to a location designated as a “Hot Spot” will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon return.  If a state becomes a hot spot while they are there, the faculty, staff or child must quarantine for 14 days.  Students may attend school virtually.  This includes international travel, especially in countries in Level 3 – the high risk category.  These links will help you determine if a state or country is a hot spot: