Pandemic Prevention Plan for TEA
Plan Disclaimer: This plan is a good faith effort, and in no way can a guarantee be made to any person(s) to eliminate risk of Covid-19 transmission. This plan and its enforcement and supervision are subject to change.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that makes people sick with flu-like symptoms. The illness spreads easily. People can catch coronavirus from others who have the virus. This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs, sending tiny droplets into the air. These can land in the nose, mouth, or eyes of someone nearby, or they can be inhaled. People also get infected if they touch an infected droplet on a surface and then touch their own nose, mouth, or eyes.
Some signs of coronavirus are cough, fever and shortness of breath. Washing hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like COVID-19 from spreading. Our students, faculty and staff may have onsite exposure to COVID-19, whether on campus or in the field (off site location). We have implemented this written plan to reduce our community’s risk of catching and spreading these infections and to respond in a timely manner when exposure incidents occur.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC EXPOSURE PLAN
Tahoe Expedition Academy has developed this plan to help prevent student, faculty and staff exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan was created on 7/1/2020 and will be continually reviewed and updated. Our plan will be updated based on operational needs and/or safety and health agency updates.
DESIGNATION OF RESPONSIBILITY
Ken Martin, Finance & Operations Director 615-308-5017; firstname.lastname@example.org has the overall authority and responsibility for implementing this plan.
Tahoe Expedition Academy will consider how best to decrease the effect of COVID-19 on its campus. Some of the key considerations when making decisions on prevention measures will include:
- Learn how the coronavirus has affected our community and communicate that with our community.
- Consider how the coronavirus can cause some people to become seriously sick.
- Prepare for a larger number of people not coming to school due to being sick or their family members being sick, schools closures, etc.
- Evaluate what job duties are necessary and how we will be able to continue them during the pandemic.
- Discuss and plan how we will respond in the event of an outbreak and ongoing changes.
- Considering flexible schedules, work hours and working from home to increase social distancing..
- Different ways to reduce the spread of germs among the community.
- Different ways to hold school related meetings and events.
- Reviewing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
SUPERVISOR AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
All supervisors and managers will be familiar with our plan. The plan includes how to recognize the coronavirus illness. What to do if an employee or student becomes sick. Preventing the spread of germs. Review and use of coronavirus personal protective equipment. Instructions on cleaning and disinfecting the campus.
Prevention measures will include:
- Knowing what coronavirus (COVID-19) is and how it spreads, and communicating that to employees, students and families.
- Use of a daily parent survey tool in ParentSquare for faculty, staff and students to flag potential increased risk of exposure off campus.
- Encouraging sick employees and students to stay home.
- Sending employees and/or students with cough, fever and/or shortness of breath home immediately.
- Providing information and training to our community as identified in the training section of this plan.
- Keeping things clean that we touch on campus like equipment and furniture.
- Advising community members to check CDC’s Travelers Health Notices to travel.
WORKER AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
In order to minimize the spread of the virus in our community we are asking our workers and students to help with our prevention efforts while at work. Workers and families will review our plan. The plan includes how to recognize the coronavirus symptoms, what to do if someone becomes sick, practices to prevent the spread of germs including review and use of coronavirus personal protective equipment and instructions on cleaning and disinfecting the workplace.
If workers have any questions, please contact your supervisor directly. If parents have questions, please contact Taylor Simmers or Mara Morrison.
Prevention measures will include:
- Knowing what coronavirus (COVID-19) is and how it spreads.
- Staying home if you are sick and/or have cough, fever and shortness of breath.
- If you are infected with COVID-19 stay home and follow CDC’s guidelines.
- Information and training as identified in the training section of this plan.
- Keeping things clean at work like equipment and furniture.
- Checking the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices to travel.
COVID-19 ILLNESS AND PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
- Cough, fever, and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Early symptoms may include chills, body pains, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, lack of appetite, runny nose, and loss of taste and smell. If you show any symptoms, contact your employer and DO NOT GO TO WORK. Stay home.
- Practice good hygiene. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands.
WORK CONTROL MEASURES
Physical Distancing is maintaining a six-foot distance from others and shall be practiced at all times.
- Access to our campus will be limited to only those necessary for work.
- Meetings/staff training shall be conducted virtually when possible.
- Enforce contact-free deliveries by establishing a location to receive packages away from high traffic areas.
- Temperature testing: TEA has touchless thermometers to test student temperature daily and staff temperature on request. Staff whose temperature is above 100.4 degrees F should contact their manager immediately and return home.
- If someone is diagnosed, everyone should be notified of potential exposure, but they should not be told who is sick (ADA rule). Then we should follow current health department guidance on cleaning/disinfecting and quarantine. The sick individual can return based on health professional guidance. Currently, that means 72 hours since recovery (resolution of fever without fever-reducing medicine) AND 10 days since symptoms first appeared. Current guidance on whether exposed people need to quarantine is if there was “close contact for a prolonged period of time”. Current guidance about closing facilities=> not necessarily close, but clean & disinfect. Increase ventilation. People without close contact can return immediately after disinfection.
- Use a mask whenever indoors and outside whenever social distancing is not possible, at a minimum.
- Washing hands / Hygiene: Washing hands thoroughly and frequently is one of the most important defenses to Covid-19. Wash hands / use hand sanitizer upon campus arrival and frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is not to replace washing hands, but to supplement when washing hands is not possible. Proper hand washing and glove removal
- Post signage regarding hand washing, social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting, throughout the workplace.
- Pre-screen all visitors to ensure they are not exhibiting symptoms.
- Ask all personnel (parents, employees, contractors, and visitors) to leave the workplace and return home if they are showing symptoms.
- Provide training on personal protective equipment (PPE) to address pandemic exposure.
- Communicate your response plan with other business partners
- Do not share tools, water bottles, PPE or any other equipment with your co-workers.
- Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROCEDURES
- Use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
- Clean shared spaces such as break/lunchrooms after use but no less than once per day.
- Clean and disinfect restrooms regularly.
- Ensure hand washing supplies in restrooms are fully stocked.
- Trash must be removed frequently by someone wearing disposable gloves.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
- Select PPE based on function, fit, and availability.
- Explain to all employees when and why PPE is necessary.
- Train employees on the proper procedure for putting on and removing PPE.
- Employees required to wear a respirator in the workplace (N95, ½-face elastomeric APR, etc.) must abide by the Respiratory Protection Program.
- Face masks, such as surgical masks and homemade masks/face coverings, are not respirators and do not fall under the Respiratory Protection Program.
LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Placer County Public Health 530-889-7141
FREE COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS
Truckee: lhi.care/covidtesting or 888-634-1123
There are programs available to help workers affected by Covid-19 including Paid Leave Programs TEA may participate in. If you, or someone you care for has Covid-19, or you are unable to work because you have to care for children who no longer have school or daycare these programs may apply.
TEA FACILITY SITE PLAN
It is important for families to understand that we cannot entirely eliminate the risk of COVID-19 infection in our community; our goal is to minimize the risk, and, if infection occurs, contain the infection, recover, and resume school as soon as it is safe to do so.
Decluttering: Dispose of magazines and similar collateral like newspapers, brochures, coupons, etc. Student artwork should be sent home with students. Digital pictures of student artwork could be uploaded to a class website.
Cleaning / Disinfecting: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces multiple times weekly including workspaces (keyboard & mouse), doorknobs, cabinet pulls, light switches, etc. Cleaning & sanitizing supplies should be available in every space, including the following: paper towels, disinfectant wipes, CDC-compliant disinfectant.
Hand sanitizer: Every space should have hand sanitizer present.
Classrooms: Conduct class outdoors when possible. When indoors, provide maximum ventilation by opening windows when possible. Use masks indoors at all times and outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Student seating should be arranged with 6’ of distance between each other and the teacher. Remove any carpets and rugs as they are more difficult to sanitize.
Large gatherings: Should be avoided.
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN
For student safety, we have adopted the following best practices for school transportation:
- The bus shall be disinfected after every trip. There is time built into transportation schedules to allow drivers to disinfect.
- All occupants of the bus will use face coverings at all times.
- All riders will use hand sanitizer on entering the bus.
- Temp checks will be conducted at all bus stops before boarding. Our transportation schedule was built with extra time to allow for this.
- To the extent possible, students in the same class will be grouped in the same section of the bus.
- Students from the same household will be grouped into the same seats.
- Students will follow entry and offloading procedures to include loading all the way to the back of the bus and unloading from front to back to maximize social distancing.