Coronavirus Guidance for Schools

COVID-19 Guidance for Essential Employees and Volunteers

Operation of Meal and Device Distribution Sites

Executive Order 121 defines public schools as an essential operation, which may remain open, provided that the social distancing requirements are observed to the greatest extent possible. Members of the general public (e.g., parents, guardians, and students) may access public schools in order to obtain “goods and services” provided by the schools. The order goes on to state that it “is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior Executive Orders regarding the closure of public schools.” We understand that last part to mean that this latest order does not alter the provisions of the earlier orders allowing meal distribution and facilitation of distance learning. Therefore, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will continue to offer meals to students at various sites across the district and operate the necessary sites to distribute technology to families to enable distance learning.

Effective Social Distancing Practices

Consistent with Executive Order 121, all Cumberland County Schools employees and worksites are hereby directed to implement the following social distancing requirements to the greatest extent possible when employees, volunteers, or permitted visitors (e.g., parents, guardians, or students picking up meals, or parents/guardians picking up packets or electronic devices) are on site:

  1. Maintain at least 6 feet between individuals and allow no direct physical contact;
  2. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer as frequently as possible;
  3. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces, using CDC and other public health guidelines; and
  4. Facilitate remote, rather than in-person, interactions to the extent possible.

Additionally, all employees and volunteers reporting to work sites are reminded to use proper hygiene and etiquette when coughing or sneezing.  Individuals who must cough or sneeze should turn away from others (while also maintaining social distance), cough or sneeze into a tissue if possible (or into their elbows if a tissue is not immediately available), properly dispose of tissues, and immediately wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before touching any high-touch surfaces.

Finally, no employee or volunteer may report to a CCS worksite if he or she has a fever, regular cough, or shortness of breath or knows that he or she has been directly exposed to COVID-19.  All employees or volunteers who are sick must reach out to the appropriate supervisor or site contact and not show up to work.

Published by Angel Hoggard on April 1, 2020

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