COVID-19 School Plan
This plan will continue to be updated as state, county, and district guidelines are updated.
Looking for district online learning options? Check out Davis Connect here.
- Hygiene Etiquette
- Stay Home When Sick
- Cloth Face Mask
- Physical Distancing
- Clean & Disinfect
- Computers and Digital Learning Tools
- Spartan Academy Adjustments
The following pages will provide additional details regarding South Davis Junior High’s plan to implement the Davis School District’s “Big Five” approach to operating while COVID-19 exists in the community. The district’s five aspects are: Hygiene Etiquette, Stay Home When Sick, Cloth Face Mask, Physical Distancing, and Clean & Disinfect.
Please be aware there is no such thing as a “COVID-free zone” in our schools. COVID-19 exist everywhere and, at this time, no vaccine has been developed. However, the Davis School District and Davis County Health Department continue to meet at least weekly. Please refer to this district plan to safely open schools in the fall that was emailed out on July 5, 2020 to all guardians.
The following information provides additional details specific to South Davis Junior High. The school will continue to share information with you through the school’s website under the “Parent and Student” tab. The web page is: https://southdavisjr.davis.k12.ut.us. The school will also post updates through social media and emails to guardians. Additionally, the school district will continue to share information with you through the district web page: davis.k12.ut.us
- Frequent hand washing/sanitizing will be encouraged prior to each class change. Additionally, basic instruction in physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, and proper hand-washing techniques will be provided as part of our Spartan Academy advisory period.
- The school will have free-standing sanitizing stations positioned throughout the school in high traffic areas. Students are asked to sanitize their hands as they enter the building. Our staff will encourage students to sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.
- Other signage with health recommendations will be posted for bathrooms, drinking fountains, and common spaces.
- Two drinking fountains will be equipped with water bottle refill stations (main office and vending machines).
- Students and staff are asked to stay home from school if they have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, sore throat, persistent cough, temperature of 100.4 or higher, congestion or runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
- High-risk students (or those with high-risk family members) will be given the option of attending the district’s online school. More information about the online school, Davis Connect, can be found here.
- The school will have a dedicated health room in the counseling office for symptomatic students. This room will not be used for other purposes. Students exhibiting symptoms after arriving at school will wait in the health room with a facial mask while arrangements are made for them to be picked up by a guardian or emergency contact as soon as possible
- Face masks are to be worn when individuals are less the six feet apart. The school district will provide each staff member and student with a SDJH mask. Students should wash their mask at home frequently.
- If a student forgets or loses their mask, a replacement may be available from their classroom teacher or the main office. If a student refuses to wear a mask or if a replacement mask is not available, a student may be sent home until the student can wear a mask. Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks at school activities such as athletic events and concerts.
- Visitors and volunteers will be required to have a temperature check, complete a symptom checklist, and wear a mask upon entry into a school building. The school will have an item drop off area in the front vestibule, so visitors do not need to enter the building if preferable.
- Classroom furniture will be moved where possible to provide additional spacing. However, some classrooms are limited in size. Some classes such as band, orchestra, and choir may use other spaces (when needed) to provide spacing.
- Students will not be assigned lockers (storage space for musical instruments will be available). Students can have a backpack of reasonable size (18 L x 16 W x 6 D) to reduce congestion during passing periods.
- Hallway flow will be designated “stay to the right.”
- Lunch will be coordinated with Spartan Academy to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria and hallways at the same time (see schedule attached). This schedule will allow for three lunches (assigned by grade) and reduce the number in the cafeteria to 350-370 students per lunch instead of 560+.
- Students will enter the cafeteria from main office side (south) and exit to the gym (north). Students will be able to eat in the cafeteria, gym hallway, and outside courtyard (weather permitting). Additionally, students will be encouraged to go outside or participate in intramural activities when they finish eating.
- Assemblies will be presented in classrooms through a video format.
- Electronic devices will be issued to each student for the year. We will have enough devices for each student (please see additional information about computers below).
- Any shared equipment will be disinfected after each class.
- Students will have assigned seating in each classroom and will sanitize their own space upon arrival and again when leaving the classroom.
- Devices will be issued to each student for the year. We will have enough devices for each student.
- Devices will be issued by the Spartan Academy teacher. Students should bring their device each day and care for the device throughout the year. Students will be encouraged to place devices in backpacks and “sleeves.”
- The school will provide each student with a SDJH neoprene computer sleeve (students may keep these). Students are encouraged to bring their own backpacks, earbuds, and water bottles. The school will have a limited supply of these items, as well as school clothing, available for purchase.
- We will have 10% reserve (100-150 devices) for daily checkout if: a) device is unusable and needs repair, b) student forgets his/her device. The reserve will be issued from the media center.
- If a student frequently forgets a device, an administrator or counselor will contact and plan with the guardian and student.
- Many departments may have additional “specialty” devices needed for curriculum programs and strategies (iPads, desktops, Microsoft Go).
- If any equipment is shared, the device will be disinfected after each use.
- Teachers will load course materials and activities to Canvas and link any external digital tools. We will prepare and use digital textbooks, resources, activities, and assessments to blend face-to-face instruction with digital tools.
- Issuing devices and utilizing online curriculum will prepare for any remote learning that may occur. Additionally, if students (or the teacher) miss days due to illness, learning can continue.
There will be a computer insurance available to purchase (if a parent/guardian chooses) for $25. Repairs will then have a $15 copay per incident or a $50 copay if the entire device must be replaced. This insurance will need to be purchased within two weeks being issued the device. Please review the Discretionary Protection Plan and the Device Checkout Agreement. Digitally sign these documents in MyDSD and pay for the protection plan through MyDSD or our main office.
- This mentoring/tutorial period will shift to the middle of the day to organize the structured lunch period. The length of Spartan Academy will increase to 50-55 minutes (a change from 35 minutes).
- Announcements and the pledge will be delivered through audio/video recording and presented at the beginning of each Spartan Academy period.
- A common Canvas course will be delivered to each teacher. Some grade specific modifications may be made to the curriculum. The curriculum will be simple and include three key areas: School Procedures and Safety, Digital Learning Support, and Social-Emotional Learning.
- The increased time and basic curriculum will provide 1 elective graduation credit for 9th graders (increased from .25 credit).
- Spartan Academy will function as a learning period for all students (just like last year). Term grades of a pass/fail will be issued as well as a citizenship grade.
- Teachers will be asked to facilitate and direct the provided curriculum with short weekly instruction (10-15 minutes). Absent students will be able to access the lesson/material through Canvas.
- Students will have 30-40 minutes each day to complete schoolwork during Spartan Academy. Teachers will still “summon” specific groups of students on assigned days.
- Spartan Academy will now be held on Fridays to facilitate lunch and provide more opportunities for electives to “summon” students.
- Teachers may “summon” students to attend a face-to-face learning activity or an individual or group “digital summons” through Microsoft Teams.
- One grade level will be at lunch while the other two grades are in Spartan Academy. Teachers will take lunch at the same time as their Spartan Academy class.
- How will I know if my student on quarantine?
- What teaching and support will my student get when they are quarantined?
- Instruction and assessment will be available digitally (Canvas).
- The instruction and assessments will pace with in-person learning.
- Teachers will check-in once a week by digital conference or phone call.
- Teachers will set up opportunities for digitalized personalized follow-up on Fridays for quarantined students.
- The school day will follow the bell schedule (A-day and B-day) with classes starting at our current bell times.
- Teachers will provide at least 15-20 minutes of direct instruction through a digital format each class period. The remaining activities or assessment will be an additional 30-50 minutes.
- Attendance will be taken for each period.
- Course materials and instruction will be available on Canvas.