Work & Learning Environments

Classroom Configurations and Procedures

  • Desks or tables will be socially distanced as much as instructionally possible. Tabletop dividers will be utilized when necessary for reduced exposure.
  • Teachers will consider assigning classes of students specific manipulatives in order to reduce the possibility of exposure or consider creating individual bags of supplementary aids and/or manipulatives for student use that could also be sent home in the event of school closure.
  • The use of outdoor space for learning will be considered when possible.
  • Whenever possible, students and staff will maintain consistent groupings of people to minimize the spread of the virus. Additionally, supplemental services will have consistent grouping as much as possible.
  • The recommended procedures will be applied to all classroom settings, including special education services locations when possible and appropriate. Students' individual needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Instructional work in small student groups will utilize safety precautions. Students will be required to wear a mask in grades K-5.

Common Areas

  • Common areas include spaces that are used for meetings and collaboration. This includes computer labs, flexible spaces, campus libraries, conference rooms and other meeting rooms.
  • Campuses will develop schedules and protocols for the use of common areas, including how to sanitize space between use. When needed, students will bring personal supplies from the classroom. All students and staff will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting common areas.
  • The use of virtual meetings will be considered when possible.
  • In-person meetings will maintain social distancing. Facial coverings will be required when social distancing is not feasible.


  • Proper handwashing technique will be taught to all students and consistently reinforced.
  • The scheduling of whole class restroom breaks will be implemented to eliminate the co-mingling of students across various classes and to ensure teacher monitoring of social distancing guidelines.
  • A system will be implemented allowing 2-3 occupants utilizing each restroom to mitigate the chance of exceeding maximum occupants per social distancing.
  • After a restroom break, students will be required to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before reentering the classroom.


  • Where possible, one-way traffic throughout campus corridors will be established.
  • Walking pathways throughout the building will be designated "stay to the right." This includes the entrance and exit doors.
  • Where appropriate, the floor will be marked for six-foot social distancing. (outside bathrooms, cafeteria, etc.)
  • For grade levels that implement departmentalization of subject areas, teachers will move to students for transitions in instruction and students will remain in their homeroom class. Campuses will re-evaluate at a later date for possible student transition.


  • Early bird arrivals are strongly discouraged. The building will open at 7:40 am. Any students dropped off before the building is open will not be allowed inside the building. Separate entrances will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers, and daycares.
  • All staff will be utilized for duty to maintain a line of sight in hallways and distancing of students.
  • Students will go straight to the classroom upon arrival and will not wait in a centralized holding area.
  • Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms, eat breakfast with their students, or deliver breakfast for the student.
  • There will be bus procedures, based on campus-specific needs.


  • Students will primarily remain in their classroom, based on campus-specific needs for reducing student crowding in common areas.
  • Separate exits will be utilized for car riders, bus riders, walkers, and daycares.
  • There will be bus procedures, based on campus-specific needs.


  • Students that need breakfast will be able to pick up a "grab and go" meal to eat in their classrooms at their designated point of entry to the campus.
  • Staff will monitor entrances and hallways to ensure social distancing.


  • Parents/guardians will not be allowed to eat lunch or deliver lunch to front offices for students due to increased safety protocols.
  • Depending on the number of students attending on-campus in grades PreK - 5, plans for lunches to be eaten in the cafeteria as well as the classroom will be developed accordingly.
  • Six-foot distance around all occupiable assigned seats will be provided while maintaining the student's consistent class for "in-person" lunches.


  • Campuses will limit the number of students per recess group. Staggered schedules can be utilized when needed.
  • All students and staff will be required to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the playground and upon exiting the playground.
  • Multiple play areas will be designated and assigned for individual classes.
  • Masks will not be required in the play areas.

Activity Period/Specials

  • PE classes will be conducted in the gym and outdoors as possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will be followed.
  • Fine Arts and PE equipment will be sanitized and wiped down after each use.
  • Students will use their own art supplies as appropriate.
  • Computer Lab settings will be configured to allow for six-foot social distancing. When social distancing is not possible, dividers will be installed between computer workstations and students will be required to wear a mask.
  • All library procedures for elementary campuses are outlined in the following document:
                                          Smart Restart Library Procedures