Three-Level Plan Being Worked Out by Shelby County R-IV

July 14, 2020
Pictured above is a flow chart for the Shelby County R-IV COVID-19 plan. Pictured above is a flow chart for the Shelby County R-IV COVID-19 plan.

By Thad Requet

The Shelby County R-IV School District has been working hard on a COVID-19 plan for going back to school this fall. The district has worked hand in hand with the Shelby County Health Department. This is an outline of what the three-phase plan looks like. Superintendent Troy Clawson said this could change in the upcoming weeks leading to the start of school.

Green Level

(Low to no spread)

● Establish and maintain communication with local and State Department of Health officials.

● Participate in contact tracing efforts and specimen collection efforts as directed by local health officials (if feasible)

● Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread. COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols

● Establish a protocol for students/staff who feel ill/experience symptoms when they come to school (see When a Child, Staff Member, or Visitor Becomes Sick at School )

● Consider ways to accommodate needs of children, teachers/staff, and families at higher risk for severe illness (see Protecting Vulnerable Populations for considerations).

Yellow Level

(Minimum to

Moderate Spread)

● Establish and maintain communication with local and State Department of Health officials

● Participate in contact tracing efforts and specimen collection efforts as directed by local health officials (to the extent feasible).

● Implement enhanced social distancing measures (see Transitioning, Large Group Gatherings, and Teaching and Learning )

● Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread. COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols.

● Establish a protocol for students/staff who feel ill/experience symptoms when they come to school (see When a Child, Staff Member, or Visitor Becomes Sick at School ).

● Isolate and deep clean impacted classrooms and spaces.

● Consider ways to accommodate needs of children, teachers/staff, and families at higher risk for severe illness (see Protecting Vulnerable Populations for considerations).

Red Level

(Substantial Spread)

● Coordinate with local and State Department of Health officials.

● Participate in contact tracing efforts and specimen collection efforts as directed by local health officials (to the extent feasible)

● Schools that are closed, remain closed. Implement distance/remote learning.

● Close off affected areas and if possible, wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.

● Consider ways to accommodate needs of children, teachers/staff, and families at higher risk for severe illness (see Protecting Vulnerable Populations for considerations)

For additional guidance on addressing community spread, see the CDC’s Considerations for Schools.

Shelby County R-IV Schools have the authority and flexibility to close school buildings and utilize distance/remote learning as needed.

The entire plan will be available on the Shelby County R-IV School website.