COVID-19 Prevention

FPS COVID-19 Prevention 
 
Franklin Pierce Schools will continue to follow updated guidance of state and local health care authorities as we plan for students' return to school. 
  • Face Coverings
  • Social Distancing
  • Vaccinations
  • Facilities Changes
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting

Face Coverings
  • Universal masking is required by all students, staff and guests regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Accommodations may be requested for those that qualify. Students request an accommodation through Teaching and Learning Services Department (253) 298-3048.
  • 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 may be cleared to wear a clear face covering or a face shield in consultation by FPS COVID Supervisors.


Social Distancing

Under current guidance, the following scenarios outline social distancing guidelines.

Distancing Scenarios:
  • Students in a classroom setting: Minimum 3 feet
  • Students in commons settings or participating in high-risk activities*: Minimum 6 feet
  • Staff to student: Minimum 6 feet
  • Staff to staff: Minimum 6 feet
  • Staff to visitors: Minimum 6 feet
  • In many cases, there will be assigned seating and structured movements to simplify contact tracing.

*High-risk activities may include yelling, singing, increased exhalation, and eating or drinking.

Classrooms should remain in the configuration they were placed in prior to the start of school. Our custodial and maintenance teams worked through the summer to maximize our capacity to serve our students in-person in as safe and healthy environment as possible.  Please contact your building administrator if you have concerns about how your classroom is configured.

Breakfast and Lunch are organized and managed at each school to accommodate number of students, capacity, and social distancing requirements, with a primary goal towards health and safety for everyone. If you have questions about how lunch is managed at your school, please contact your COVID-19 Site Supervisor.

 

Vaccinations

On August 18, 2021, Governor Inslee announced a directive (Proclamation 21-14.1) requiring all employees working for public and private K–12 schools to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical exemption by October 18, 2021. This course of action was taken to protect the health and safety of students, school employees, and families as school buildings reopen for full-time in-person learning this fall. A safer school environment without virus spread provides for a continuity of learning for students and minimizing disruptions due to quarantine or school building closures.
 
Students are not required to be vaccinated but are encouraged to if eligible.
 

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 have been installed when possible.

  • We have maximized the outside air/recycled air as much as systems allow. Facilities will have continuous airflow two hours before and after occupancy.

  • 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.


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.