Safety & Cleaning Protocols

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School Cleaning, Sanitizing and Ventilation
Personal Protective Equipment
Bus Safety

School Cleaning, Sanitizing and Ventilation

Daily Protocols

Custodians will perform daily cleaning/sanitizing of bathrooms, fixtures, office counters, and entryway touch surfaces following the typical morning visitor traffic. Throughout the day, custodians will sanitize other identified/prioritized common touch surfaces such as door push plates, door handles, sinks, water fountains, hand railings, etc. 

Wednesday and Friday Cleanings Between Student Cohort Groups

Intensive cleaning and sanitizing of desks and chairs between A and B cohort groups will occur on Wednesdays and Fridays as part of the regular custodian routine. 

Cleaning When There Is A Report of Illness

If a staff member or student leaves due to feeling ill, their workspace will be sanitized. An isolation room is provided for students while they wait to be picked up by a parent/guardian. Once empty, the isolation room will be fogged/sanitized. Staff members will leave the campus if they are feeling ill. 

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning and disinfection protocols for a probable case of COVID-19 will comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Access to areas visited by a probable case of COVID-19 will be restricted until cleaning and disinfection is completed.

Building and Classroom Ventilation 

All outside air dampers are set to bring in the maximum amount of outside air. Office and health rooms have UV sanitizer lights in ducts, and similar UV sanitizer lights are installed in the isolation room return ducts. Isolation rooms also have freestanding air filtration units with internal UV lights. The health rooms and isolation rooms have ozone generators that will be initiated when the spaces are unoccupied.

Classroom Tools and Materials 

Schools will develop protocols for limiting shared teaching materials to those that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning Supplies

Every building in the district is being equipped with ample PPE and cleaning supplies for staff and students to return to hybrid learning. The district has a plan in place to restock supplies when necessary. 

Available school PPE includes:

  • Plexi-glass shields for all public-facing /walk-up secretary service windows 

  • Disposable masks at building entry points for individuals in need of face coverings

  • Hand sanitizer station close to the walk-up service window(s)

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in the office area, health room and isolation room

  • Hand sanitizer stations placed at multiple locations throughout the school buildings, including dry portable classrooms. 

  • Every classroom will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, and spray bottles with neutral cleanser available. 

Restocking Classroom Supplies

If a classroom teacher needs to replenish their classroom supplies, the teacher will contact the designated building secretary or administrator. Each building has a stock of gloves, disinfectant wipes, sanitizer and spray to replenish classrooms. When a building needs to replenish their building stock, the building secretary will contact the district purchasing manager. The district maintains a stock of items in the warehouse and continues to order stock as needed. 

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Bus Safety

Kennewick School District is implementing the following guidelines from the Washington Department of Health for bus transportation and COVID-related safety:

  • Keep riders as far apart as possible on the bus.

  • Require assigned seating. 

  • If possible, seat students with household members or members of their school group/cohort. 

  • Maximize outside air flow and keep windows open as much as possible. 

  • Encourage walking or biking where safe.

  • Have caregivers drive students to school, if possible. 

  • Riders and staff members must wear a cloth face coverings or acceptable alternatives.

  • Encourage students to wash or sanitize hands when they leave their home or classroom immediately before boarding the bus. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including the tops and backs of seats. Use an EPA registered product and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

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