While we’re all eager to get back into the classroom, there’s also a lot of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year.
District administrators and state officials are working on plans to reopen schools in the safest and most effective manner for students and staff. The majority of these plans are not yet finalized, however, we thought it would be beneficial to share some general guidelines and tips for returning to school during COVID-19.
Please utilize the safeguards below to ensure the health and safety of you and your students.
- Wear a face covering whenever possible, especially when social distancing is difficult. Your face covering should cover your mouth and nose. It should not be inappropriate or distracting in any way.
- Practice physical distancing. Always strive to be at least six feet apart from others.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces (e.g., phones, computers, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, desks, etc.)
- Self-monitor for symptoms and stay at home when you’re ill. Contact your ESS manager or regional support center if you need to cancel an assignment due to personal illness.
During assignments, always adhere to proper protocols that comply with district, local, and state regulations.
- Prior to accepting assignments, please review the specific COVID-19 guidelines implemented by the school districts you serve.
- Check in daily with the school’s main office staff to educate yourself on the building protocols developed for all employees.
- Be aware of guidelines posted in the classrooms and throughout the building that provide information about important safety and health measures.
- Adhere to all school district protocols, as well as local and state regulations.
- Immediately contact the school nurse or administrator if you observe a student who shows symptoms of illness.
- If you need cleaning supplies for your classroom, ask the main office staff or custodian upon arrival at the school.
- Consider bringing your own “safety kit” that contains a face covering, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. for your personal use.
- Discourage students from sharing objects, materials, and food.
- Maintain an organized, safe, and clean classroom environment.
Focus on the importance of your self-care, wellness, and managing stress.
- Take care of your mind and body. Try to eat healthy and well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
- Communicate with family members, friends, and colleagues. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.
- Make time to unwind. Partake in hobbies and activities you enjoy.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and enthusiasm in the classroom to help you and your students enjoy the learning process.
- Consistently compliment students when they comply with directives to ensure a healthy school environment for everyone.
- Monitor your own health.
Visit the links below for additional information regarding safety and health as you return to school.
- School FAQs for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents from the CDC
- Return to School Amid COVID-19, a Cleveland Clinic Guide for Educators
- Smart Classroom Management: How to Thrive During the Upcoming COVID-19 School Year
Thank you for your attention to this important matter. The safety of our staff and students is always top priority. We will continue to communicate with you as we learn more information about the upcoming year.