UPDATED JULY 28, 2021
Contact Department: Office of the Head of School
Oversight Executive: Head of School
Scope: These required protocols apply to anyone on an International School of Indiana campus, including but not limited to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors.
Definition of Terms:
Social distancing (also called physical distancing): is keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Social distancing is a critical tool in decreasing the spread of COVID-19.
Until the COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to advise a multifaceted approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
International School of Indiana’s health and safety protocols have been guided by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable, and are tailored to the needs of our school community as we work to protect students, employees, vendors, and ISI families from the spread of COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any existing policies or procedures that inform health and safety protocols at ISI.
Reason for Policy:
1. Personal prevention practices and environmental prevention practices including cleaning and disinfecting can help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread during school sessions and activities.
2. This policy provides guidance on how public health and safety measures will be implemented until International School of Indiana is able to return to normal operation in accordance with all public health and governmental orders.
All individuals are encouraged to assess if it is appropriate to attend school or work before proceeding to campus, utilizing the Health Screenings Questionnaire. Though ISI no longer administers regular health screenings on campus for students and employees, random screenings are permitted and visitors may be required to participate in a screening before entering facilities.
Should a School-Based Screening occur it shall:
- utilize the Health Screening Questionnaire
- be conducted with touchless thermometers by school personnel
- be administered at entry to a facility or event
A Health Screening may be used to delay or deny entry to an ISI facility or event.
The ISI school nurse is a trained contact tracer with the ability to interview people who've been diagnosed with COVID-19, to identify their close contacts, and apply public health knowledge necessary to support our school community.
To aid in contact tracing efforts, and minimize needs for quarantines and closures, students are assigned seats in facilities when possible. Assigned seating is not used in outdoor spaces.
Additionally, the school nurse maintains a list of fully vaccinated employees and students, as these individuals so long as they have no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from school or work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.
Additional information about contact tracing can be found in the Student, Faculty or Staff Illness Policy.
As face masks are intended to prevent the unintentional spread of COVID-19, students, staff, faculty, coaches, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors are required to wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Some exclusions apply and are outlined in the COVID-19 Face Mask Policy.
HAND WASHING AND SANITIZING
- Employees and students will wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
- Hand sanitizer will contain at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Students are permitted to bring lotion to school, in case they choose to apply throughout the day due to cracked skin from frequent hand washing.
- Employees and students are advised to wash or sanitize hands at the following times:
- start of the school day
- before eating
- after using the restroom
- after blowing nose, coughing or sneezing
- after using shared equipment
- movement to and from the classroom
- additional times throughout the day as determined necessary
Students are assigned to cohorts in accordance with the Cohort Model Policy for the school day as well as for before and after school activities. Cohorts are utilized in combination with other risk-reducing strategies such as masks and social distancing, and intended to help reduce transmission and aid contact tracers.
PHYSICAL BARRIERS AND GUIDES
- Physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls may be used to ensure that employees, students, and guests maintain appropriate social distance in lines and in high-traffic communal areas.
- Prescribed procedures for entering and exiting classrooms, offices, or other facility spaces will be regularly communicated.
- individuals exiting have the right of way, and individuals entering should yield to them.
- Physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, can be used as a strategy to reinforce physical distancing requirements at reception or other high-traffic areas, but they are not required.
Though many student belongings are separated from others’ and remain in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or lockers, the sharing of school supplies and shared objects is permitted.
Air quality has been analyzed in each ISI facility and ventilation filtration systems are modified as needed.
Staff and students have been asked to bring their own water bottles to school daily to minimize the use of water fountains. Additional information is posted in the Meals, Snacks, Water Fountains, and Food Services policy.
- Use of shared spaces is permitted, but with some restrictions. Restrictions include but are not limited to, capacity limits that allow for appropriate social distancing, limit of cohort(s) at a single time, and staggered timing of arrivals and departures from such spaces to mitigate clusterings of individuals in lines, hallways, entrances, etc.
- Limited quantities of students will be permitted in bathroom facilities based on the capacity of the bathroom so that social distancing can be practiced.
- Locker rooms are open for student use during the school day and for Athletics, and adherence to social distancing guidelines and the mask policy is required.
- Faculty lounges and break rooms are open but with limited capacity, and adherence to social distancing guidelines.
Food service is permitted in cafeterias and employee lounges, but with some restrictions in adherence to procedures outlined in the Meals, Snacks, Water Fountains, and Food Services policy.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT
Thorough building cleaning is provided by Coverall Service Company. Coverall is one of the few vendors nationally prepared for COVID-19 Precautionary and Outbreak cleanings. Coverall uses a health-based cleaning process, which combines advanced disinfecting chemistry and proprietary cleaning protocols. This helps reduce the risk of illness and ensure a clean facility throughout.
Every ISI facility receives a precautionary detail cleaning to prepare the buildings for a safe working environment for all. These cleanings use thorough disinfection (CDC approved hospital grade chemicals for eliminating COVID-19 and other concerning pathogens). When and where necessary atmospheric air fogging is capable of disinfecting microorganisms but not damaging to any surfaces, it will be used.
During the school year, nightly cleaning crews will maintain all three facilities. In addition, each facility will have one to two day porters appointed to consistently sanitize high-touch points throughout the entire school day. These day porters are able to take direction from the Facility Directors at any time. Otherwise, they will be actively busy working to sanitize the space before, during, and after the school hours, including restrooms, high-traffic areas, classrooms, offices, high-touch points, etc.
Faculty and staff will have access to products to clean surfaces in their classroom/office spaces as needed.
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, ISI strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for the continued protection of our staff, students, and community.
In general, individuals are considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated may be afforded fewer restrictions, specifically with required quarantine procedures. See the Student, Faculty or Staff Illness policy for additional detail.
FACULTY AND STAFF TRAINING
Faculty and staff orientation for the 2021-2022 academic year will include training on all COVID-19 safety protocols. Should policies or procedures be modified throughout the school year, employees will receive training during regularly scheduled training sessions or staff meetings.