The three grade levels are the first to return in Chandler USD's plan, with the remainder of elementary school grades set to resume classes Sept. 21 in a staggered approach. Junior high and high school students are expected to resume in-person learning at the end of the first quarter, in October.
During a governing board meeting Sept. 2, district spokesperson Terry Locke outlined how the district is preparing to keep students and staff healthy as they return to classrooms.
Here are some of the safety and health precautions the district highlighted.
- Increased daily cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic area, doors, counters, sinks and other horizontal surfaces
- Twice-daily disinfection of restroom and health office touch-point areas
- Guidelines and supplies for cleaning desks and tables provided to each classroom teacher
- Use of hydroxyl/ozone machines to disinfect larger areas
- Signage for safe hygiene and hand washing posted by all classroom sinks and restrooms
- All water fountains closed off
- Students sanitize hands before boarding buses
- Buses loaded back to front and siblings will sit together
- Face coverings required for students and staff
- Minimal access to campuses for anyone who is not a student or staff member
- Predesignated entry and exit plans with all non-staffed gates closed and locked
- Strict enforcement of district policy of staff wearing identification badges
- Hand sanitizer available in all classroom spaces, multipurpose rooms and cafeterias
- Extra face shields and coverings ordered
- Plexiglass barriers in place to force social distancing in areas that need it
- Floor markers as reminders to socially distance
Additionally, parents and guardians will have to sign a COVID-19 parental acknowledgement and disclosure form that stipulates a child must be free of COVID-19 symptoms to enter school buildings. The district is asking that parents conduct daily self-screenings of their child to ensure that they do not have a temperature and are not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.