We are excited to begin welcoming students back into our buildings in a safe and healthy manner! Maintaining a safe and healthy school environment requires all of us to do our part. As we continue to navigate a global health pandemic, students will return to a different school environment than the ones they left in March 2020. This page is designed to provide information on:

  • Student Requirements
  • School Day Protocols
  • Facilities Protocols
  • Response Protocols

We will continue to provide updates on this page as questions emerge and we learn of more efficient and effective ways to keep students and staff safe. Some information will be site specific if it is related to a specific building layout, but the vast majority of processes and protocols are consistent across schools.

Student Requirements

School Day Protocols

Facilities Protocols

Response Protocols

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

Face Coverings
  • All students, staff and visitors are required to wear masks at all FPS district facilities. This includes buses.
  • Students and staff may remove face coverings to eat and drink.
  • If students, staff, or visitors forget to bring a mask one will be provided.
  • Students and staff who wish to be exempt from wearing a mask due to a medical condition will be assessed by FPS COVID Supervisors on a case-by-case basis. In rare circumstances, some students and staff may be cleared to wear a clear face covering or a face shield in consultation by FPS COVID Supervisors.
  • Student should not wear a KN95 mask.  Staff who are in the medium risk category per Labor and Industries Which Mask for Which Task guidance should wear the KN95 masks. 
  • What happens if a student is not exempt from wearing a face covering chooses not to wear one? 
    • Level 1: verbal warning-document personally.
    • Level 2: Offer student solutions and discuss options- document in Skyward.
    • Level 3: Phone call home or e-mail with conformation of receipt.
    • Level 4: Meeting with Administration and family.
    • Level 5: Proposal and possible switch to full remote learning with re-entry plan and timeline.
Social Distancing
  • All students and staff are required to adhere to 6-foot social distancing guidelines.
  • District facilities (hallways, classrooms, cafeterias, etc.) will be designed to facilitate 6-foot social distancing.
  • In many cases, there will be assigned seating and structured movements to reduce congregating and the need for additional sanitization.
  • What happens if a student chooses not to adhere to social distancing guidelines? 
    • Level 1: verbal warning-document personally.
    • Level 2: Offer student solutions and discuss options- document in Skyward.
    • Level 3: Phone call home or e-mail with conformation of receipt.
    • Level 4: Meeting with Administration and family.
    • Level 5: Proposal and possible switch to full remote learning with re-entry plan and timeline.
Health Screening
  • All students and staff will monitor symptoms carefully.
    • Fever (100.4) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny note
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • All students, staff and visitors must complete daily health attestations to confirm the status of their health and potential COVID-19 exposure. Please click here for detailed information regarding daily attestations.
    • Student attestation should be completed 1 hour before arrival so reports can be pulled, organized, and ready to go a minimum of 20 minutes before arrival.
    • If attestation forms have not been completed prior to arrival, students will go to an identified attestation station so that a staff member can complete a written or verbal check and take the student's temperature.
    • If a student fails attestation or is displaying symptoms, they will be escorted to isolation room after morning bell.
  • Each school has a designated isolation room for students that cannot pass the health screening process.
    • Staff in the isolation room will adhere to strict PPE and sanitization protocols. 
    • Students will sign in to the isolation room in the event that information is required for contact tracing.
    • Students will  be monitored if their symptoms are worsening or they have not completed the daily health screening.
    • Parents or guardians of students in the isolation room will fill out proper documentation at the front office. Students will be escorted to meet their parent or guardian at the nearest exit.
  • All students, staff and visitors must offer accurate information on the health attestation form
    • If you or someone in the immediate family has tested positive, awaiting test results or has been in close contact with a positive case …Report It.
    • Employees should notify their Supervisor or a COVID-19 Manager immediately.
    • Students and families should notify the school nurse or school administrator immediately
  • Visitors are welcome in facilities by appointment only and should call ahead to ask about COVID-19 protocols and hours of operation. All visitors will be required to fill out a health attestation form with office staff outside  before entering the building. There temperature will be taken and information will be documented in a visitor log.  
Hygiene and Sanitization
  • Students will receive multiple opportunities throughout the day to incorporate handwashing for the recommended time of 20 seconds. Students are will be able to wash their hands when accessing restrooms or upon request throughout the day. Hand sanitizer should be used upon any entry into a room.
  • Each classroom will include a soap and water mixture that meets public health guidelines. Students and teachers will be asked to sanitize high touch surfaces (desks/tables, doorknobs, etc.) at least one time per class period.
    • Each classroom will have 2 spray bottles with soapy water solution and 2 rolls of paper towels.
    • Teacher will spend 4-8 minutes of each class on students cleaning desk, chair, and/or learning space.
    • Custodial staff will re-stock cleaning supplies daily as a part of routine classroom cleaning protocols.
  • The sharing of supplies and materials will be limited to reduce spread and minimize required sanitizing
    • Students will be provided protective envelopes or laptop case upon request.
    • Students will take computers to and from school and are expected to charge the device the night before and bring the charger each day.
  • The use of restrooms will be adjusted to reduce congestion.
    • All students will be required to have a bathroom pass or lanyard with school ID and it will act as pass and marker to restrooms.
    • Occupancy will be posted outside of restrooms and students and staff may not exceed capacity on signage.

 

SCHOOL DAY PROTOCOLS

Transportation Guidelines
  • Masks are required for students and driver.
    • Drivers are required to always wear a mask when not alone on the bus.
    • Students are required to always wear a mask (unless medical exemption)
    • Students under 5 are required to wear mask with adult supervision.
    • Additional masks will be available on each bus.
  • Seating
    • Siblings/Households can sit together.
    • Students will enter the bus with a face mask and sit in a designated seat with sibling.
    • All siblings are required to sit together based on youngest student.  Ex. If there is a kindergarten student, then the 5th grade sibling will need to ride up front with the kindergarten student.
    • Upon arrival at school, students will remain seated and wait for instructions from driver for dismissal. Driver will coordinate dismissal with school staff.
    • Students will be social distanced as space allows.
  • Windows will be lowered to allow for ventilation as weather allows.
    • Students are encouraged to dress for the weather.  Driver may open the windows for ventilation and/or turn up the heat if necessary.
  • Cleaning of high touch surfaces will be done after each AM and PM route.
    • In between schools, and only if time permits – Drivers will wipe down high touch areas. Handrails, driver compartment, etc.  
    • After each AM and PM route drivers will wipe down all high touch areas.
Arrival, Departure and Transitions
  • During student pickup and dropoff, parents and guardians will be required to remain in their vehicle.
  • Students will not be allowed to enter school facilities more than 10 minutes prior to the start of the school day.
  • Each school will have designated staff members to direct students to/from their classroom to/from the bus and family transport locations.
  • Each school will have a central health checkpoint for students that have not filled out an attestation form.
  • A supervisor in the front main entrance will monitor students and ensure social distancing while students wait to be picked up. If necessary, students will be asked to wait in the cafeteria if they are picked up late.
  • Students must walk six feet apart and adhere to directional arrows in hallways and passing areas. Students are required to wear face coverings correctly on school grounds.  
  • Transitions between classes and at the the end of the day will be staggered to reduce congestion.
Breakfast and Lunch
  • Breakfast
    • Breakfast will be sent home with students each day to be eaten the following morning.
    • Students will pick up breakfasts from assigned locations at the end of the school day prior to leaving campus.
  • Lunch
    • Students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria and must be  social distanced and facing the same direction as the current guidance recommends.
    • Students will be asked to sit in assigned seats. Students will remain seated until given permission to go outside or to their next assigned classroom.
    • Students will be allowed to remove mask when eating.
    • Hand washing will occur before and after meals.
    • No payment is required for breakfast or lunch.
Outdoor Time Guidelines
  • Schools will allow different opportunities for students to get fresh air. Depending on the school, it may occur during lunch or during class times. Students are required to stay in designated zones, adhere to social distancing guidelines. Masks are required.
  • Students will be required to wash hands before returning to class. 
 

FACILITIES PROTOCOLS

Facilities Changes
  • Ventilation has been increased per Washington State Department of Health guidance. The Franklin Pierce Maintenance Team has increased the amount of outdoor air coming into each facility to the extent permissible to maintain thermal comfort.  The Franklin Pierce Maintenance Team has replaced filters with the standard MERV 10 designation. MERV 13 filters are on order and will be installed when they are received.
  • We have restricted the use of water fountains. Staff and Students are encouraged to use refillable water bottles or the provided paper cups. Where the student can re-fill water bottles will be determined by the school.   
  • School hallways will be taped with markers to indicate six feet of distance for travel through the buildings. Some hallways are marked with directional arrows to limit contact. When middle school and high school students return to school, they will be encouraged to maintain six feet separation during brief passing periods between classes.
  • Restrooms will be taped with markers to indicate six feet of distance, and some stalls are closed off entirely. In very small restrooms, capacity will be limited to one person at a time.
  • During recess, schools may use different forms of social distancing for students, including staggering recess times to reduce the number of students outside at once and assigning classes to a certain playground zone.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned routinely throughout the day using soap and water. These surfaces include door handles, light switches, etc.
  • Cleaning during COVID-19 will be a team effort.  Teachers and students will be assisting with cleaning desks and chairs between classroom activities.
  • Nightly disinfection process involves wiping desks, chairs, and other common touch points with Vindicator.
  • Franklin Pierce School District is using products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Franklin Pierce School District has sought input from Washington State Department of Health and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on cleaning procedures.

RESPONSE PROTOCOLS

Student Response Protocols
Student exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to school
All students and staff will monitor symptoms noted on the health screening closely. Students and staff exhibiting signs or symptoms should indicate this on the attestation form and not report to the school building.
 
Student exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at School
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor will ensure student is isolated. 
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor will facilitate notifying the parent or guardian.
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisors will notify COVID-19 District Managers. 
  • COVID-19 District Managers will contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for guidance on closing/cleaning of building and notifications.
  • COVID-19 District Managers under guidance from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will initiate the building response team to isolate, increase PPE, and disinfect surfaces.
Student tested for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor notifies COVID-19 District Managers immediately.
  • Human Resources or COVID-19 District Mangers will find out why staff was tested?
    • Contact
    • Symptomatic
    • Other (pre-procedure, random, required… etc.)
  • COVID-19 District Managers will work with COVID-19 Site Supervisors to follow appropriate steps for a positive or negative test result. 
Student receives positive COVID-19 result
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor will gather the needed information and provide that information to the COVID-19 District Managers.
  • COVID-19 District Managers contacts the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department conducts a case investigation: Notify contact list to arrange testing and monitoring for quarantine. Ongoing communication with COVID-19 District Managers. If advised by Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, COVID-19 District Managers will facilitate notifying close contacts of potential exposure.
Student Quarantine Protocols
Quarantine Students:
  • Stay home.
  • Monitor symptoms.
  • Contact a health care provider.
  • Continue distance learning if feeling well enough to do so. 
Franklin Pierce School District will follow required health department contact tracing and quarantine measures in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This could result in students and some staff moving in and out of on-campus and distance learning environments as we are directed by the health department.
 
School Classrooms: As required by the health department, when a student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a close contact investigation will be initiated. Parents of students determined to be in close contact will be notified by phone and students will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
 
School closure will only occur if advised by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
 
Staff Response Protocols
Staff exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to school
All students and staff will monitor symptoms noted on the health screening closely. Students and staff exhibiting signs or symptoms should indicate this on the attestation form and not report to the school building.
 
Staff exhibiting signs/symptoms of COVID-19 at work
  • Employee should notify their supervisor.  Staff should be sent home; Supervisor will notify the COVID-19 Site Supervisor.
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor will notify Human Resources or COVID-19 District Managers. 
  • COVID-19 District Managers will contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for guidance on closing/cleaning of building and notifications.
  • COVID-19 District Managers under guidance from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will initiate the building response team to isolate, increase PPE, and disinfect surfaces.
Staff tested for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor notifies HR 253-298-3085 or COVID-19 District Managers immediately.
  • Human Resources or COVID-19 District Mangers will find out why staff was tested?
    • Contact
    • Symptomatic
    • Other (pre-procedure, random, required… etc.)
  • COVID-19 District Managers will work with COVID-19 Site Supervisors to follow appropriate steps for a positive or negative test result. 
Staff receives positive COVID-19 result
  • COVID-19 Site Supervisor notifies HR 253-298-3085 or COVID-19 District Managers immediately.
  • Human Resources or COVID-19 District Managers will gather the needed information to notify the health department.
  • Human Resources or COVID-19 District Managers contacts the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department conducts a case investigation: contacts contact list to arrange testing and monitoring for quarantine. Ongoing communication with COVID-19 District Managers.
Staff Quarantine Protocols
Quarantine Staff:
  • Do not report to District Facilities.
  • Monitor symptoms.
  • Contact a health care provided if needed.
  • Use appropriate leave.
  • Contact Human Resources with questions or accommodation.
Franklin Pierce School District will follow required health department contact tracing and quarantine measures in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This could result in students and some staff moving in and out of on-campus and distance learning environments as we are directed by the health department.
 
School Classrooms: As required by the health department, when a student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a close contact investigation will be initiated. Parents of students determined to be in close contact will be notified by phone and students will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
 
School closure will only occur if advised by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.