Plan de prevención de pandemias para TEA

¿Qué medidas preventivas estamos tomando para asegurarnos de tener los espacios interiores y exteriores más seguros posibles?

Descargo de responsabilidad del plan: Este plan es un esfuerzo de buena fe, y de ninguna manera se puede garantizar a ninguna persona(s) la eliminación del riesgo de transmisión de Covid-19. Este plan sigue los mandatos federales, estatales y las directrices del condado, y su aplicación y supervisión están sujetas a cambios según la situación.

PANDEMIA IDENTIFICADA

Coronavirus (COVID-19)es una enfermedad que hace que las personas enfermen con síntomas similares a los de la gripe. La enfermedad se propaga fácilmente. Las personas pueden contagiarse del coronavirus de otras personas que tienen el virus. Esto ocurre cuando una persona infectada estornuda o tose, enviando pequeñas gotas al aire. Éstas pueden caer en la nariz, la boca o los ojos de alguien cercano, o pueden ser inhaladas. Las personas también se infectan si tocan una gota infectada en una superficie y luego se tocan la nariz, la boca o los ojos. 

Algunos de los signos del coronavirus son tos, fiebre y dificultad para respirar. Lavarse las manos a menudo con agua y jabón puede ayudar a evitar la propagación de virus como el COVID-19. Nuestros estudiantes, profesores y personal pueden estar expuestos al COVID-19, ya sea en el campus o en el campo (ubicación externa). Hemos implementado este plan por escrito para reducir el riesgo de nuestra comunidad de contraer y propagar estas infecciones y para responder de manera oportuna cuando se produzcan incidentes de exposición.

PLAN DE EXPOSICIÓN A LAS PANDEMIAS

La Academia de Expedición Tahoe ha desarrollado este plan para ayudar a prevenir la exposición de estudiantes, profesores y personal al Coronavirus (COVID-19). El plan fue creado el 7/1/2020 y será continuamente revisado y actualizado.  Nuestro plan se actualizará en función de las necesidades operativas y/o de las actualizaciones de las agencias de seguridad y salud.

DESIGNACIÓN DE RESPONSABILIDAD

Ken Martin, Finance & Operations Director 615-308-5017; kmartin@tahoeexpeditionacademy.org tiene la autoridad y la responsabilidad general de implementar este plan.

Consideraciones de planificación

La Academia de Expedición de Tahoe considerará la mejor manera de disminuir el efecto del COVID-19 en su campus. Algunas de las consideraciones clave a la hora de tomar decisiones sobre las medidas de prevención serán:

  • Aprender cómo el coronavirus ha afectado a nuestra comunidad y comunicarlo a nuestra comunidad.
  • Considerar cómo el coronavirus puede hacer que algunas personas se pongan gravemente enfermas.
  • Prepárese para un mayor número de personas que no acuden a la escuela por estar enfermaso sus familiares enfermos, cierre de colegios, etc.
  • Evaluar qué funciones del trabajo son necesarias y cómo podremos continuar con ellas durante la pandemia.
  • Discutir y planificar cómo vamos a responder en caso de brote y cambios continuos.
  • Considerar la flexibilidad de horarios, las horas de trabajo y el trabajo desde casa para aumentar el distanciamiento social..
  • Diferentes formas de reducir la propagación de gérmenes entre la comunidad.
  • Diferentes formas de celebrar reuniones y eventos relacionados con la escuela.
  • Revisar los equipos de protección personal (EPP) que pueden ayudar a reducir la propagación del coronavirus.
  • Por ejemplo, el equipo de protección personal (EPP) puede ayudar a reducir la propagación del coronavirus.
  • https://www.fieldingintl.com/six-back-to-school-space-planning-dos-and-donts/

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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:

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:

CHECK IN PROCEDURES

  • All faculty, staff and parents will be required to complete a daily health screen survey on Parent Square. If you answer “Yes” to any questions, then please do not come to school until after 48 hrs of no symptoms.
  • Daily Temperature Checks @ Drop Off Stations.

ON CAMPUS PROTOCOLS

  • Wear a Mask at all times, except when eating / drinking / taking breath breaks.
  • Watch Your Distance. Please maintain 3 ft distance at all times.
  • Wash Your Hands. Use designated bathrooms and/or hand sanitizer to regularly clean hands.
  • Designated bathrooms for each grade level / crew. 

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.

INDOOR CLASSROOM SPACES

  • We have limited numbers of students in indoor spaces to ensure social distancing of 3 ft can be met.
  • See cleaning protocols.
  • Seating arrangements have been planned and organized to ensure social distancing.
  • Enhanced air filtration with MERV 13 filters for the modulars, ECE and Building Oneas well as these Air Filtration Units for Modulars, with more permanent air filtration units in the works for the ECE and Building One.
  • Windows and doors will remain open, with a fan to provide even more air circulation
  • Mask breaks will be provided any time a child needs one – we have paved areas outside that they can go to as needed
  • Snacks and lunches will be eaten outdoors with ample spacing between students if the weather permits- it is VERY rare we would ever eat inside. 
  • Outdoor classrooms will be used frequently. 

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. 

Control Measures and Practices

  • Temperature testing: TEA has touchless thermometers to test student temperature daily and staff temperatures. 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 with Daily Health Screening Survey for all students and 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.

PERSONNEL

  • Risk Mitigation Team: Brain Collier, Dennis Griffiths, Ken Martin, Taylor Simmers, Eric Martin, Dr. John Swanson (TEA Medical Advisor)
  • Full Time Custodian and Operations Personnel will perform daily cleaning duties of high touch surfaces, with deep clean twice per week for indoor spaces.
  • Check In / Check Out Teams have been assigned to coordinate 
  • On Campus Medical Personnel are in place for addressing first aid needs
  • Michael Schrantz, Environmental Analytics, serving as expert for our Risk Mitigation Team.

FACILITIES INFORMATION

  • PPE worn by staff and students at all times while indoors.
  • Upgraded the air filters for the ECE, Building One and Modulars with MERV 13. 
  • For Building One, the ECE and the modulars, there is sufficient air circulation and will be ventilated by opening doors and windows to increase air flow.
  • High End Air Filtration Units will be purchased and installed in each room for the ECE, Building One, 6 Learning Cottages and Modulars. The product we have chosen comes recommended from our Environmental Air Quality expert. IQAir HealthPro Plus https://www.iqair.com/us/room-air-purifiers/healthpro-series. Our environmental consultant conducted a podcast with the CEO of this company for reference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXlmQOMNKU8&feature=youtu.be These units are programmable(time/speed) and do have “Hyper HEPA” which offers superior air filtration. It also has a V5 Cell which can help remove odors.
  • Decluttering indoor spaces. The fewer surfaces there are in an indoor space, typically the better the indoor air quality can be. Place a special focus on minimizing porous items.
  • Optimized seating/work locations, to put staff and students in areas with the best air quality near windows and doors. This may vary depending on whether the building is closed up, opened up (fully or partially).
  • Hand sanitizing when transitioning between activities following CDC guidelines.

CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROCEDURES

  • Full time custodian to conduct deep cleaning every other day and, along with operations team, clean high touch surfaces daily
  • Use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface.
  • We have increased cleaning using Nixall, which is safe for everyday use and will continue to follow CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
  • 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.

RESOURCES

EPA:

CDC: 

ASHRAE