Safety Protocols




Schools and districts must allow for social distancing to the maximum extent possible. Face coverings will be required at all times and the use of shared objects will be kept to a minimum.


  • Social Distancing will be enforced to the greatest extent possible. Extra furniture has been removed from classrooms to create extra space wherever possible.
  • Signage and markers will be placed on floors, in corridors, near restrooms and through other key areas of school buildings to aid in maintaining social distancing.
  • Students will be assigned staggered entrance and exit times when applicable and multiple doors will be used for entering and exiting the schools.
  • Staff, Students and Visitors MUST wear masks at all times.
  • The Garfield District will provide each staff member and student a cloth, washable, Boilermaker mask.Masks with political and social messages will be banned, however, staff and students can wear any appropriate mask/face covering of choice.
  • Accommodations regarding masks/face coverings will be made if possible, for individuals with medical conditions.
  • Additional PPE, such as N95 masks, disposable gloves, and face shields will be provided to staff as needed.
  • Teacher and staff desks will be surrounded with a plexiglass barrier to ensure distance and safety while assisting students in proximity.
  • Temperatures of staff and students will be taken upon entry to the schools and visual screening will take place.
  • Every school will have an isolation room for the sole purpose of keeping a sick individual separate and apart from others.
  • Staff and students with a temperature of 99.6 or higher or anyone presenting symptoms related to a virus will be placed in isolation room.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in every classroom and instructional room as well as offices in every school.
  • Schedules will include designated times for handwashing and sanitizing.
  • Communications and meetings with parents should be held remotely when possible; no visitors will be permitted to the buildings without a previously scheduled appointment.
  • Use of shared objects will be limited and disinfected between use.
  • Windows will be kept open to the greatest possible extent (weather permitting)
  • Bathroom schedules will be arranged for each class to include limited usage and cleaning of bathrooms.
  • Middle School and High School will have a staff member monitoring the bathrooms to ensure that they are not overcrowded at any time.

    Symptom Response - Procedures for staff and students presenting symptoms: 

  • 1.Detain staff member/student in designated isolation room
  • 2. School Nurse will conduct an assessment and document symptoms: temperature above 99.6 degrees, fever chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s):\,cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.


  • 3.Individual with symptoms is sent home immediately and Garfield Health Department is contacted .
  • 4.Covid test is taken to determine positive or negative results.
  • 5.If results are positive, the individual must remain home for a minimum of 14 days and cannot return to work until the following conditions are met:

    There is resolution of fever, without use of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours

    • There is complete Improvement in respiratory and all constitutional symptoms.
    • A doctor’s note is required upon return to work.
    • If initial results are negative, individual must remain home until fever free for at least 24 hours and no symptoms of Covid 19 are presented.

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