Physical Distancing Requirements

  • Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

    • Ensure at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) of distance between students and teachers/staff and between teachers/staff, unless safety or core function of the activity (e.g., instruction) requires a shorter distance. The CDC recommends that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  When masks cannot be worn, (e.g. eating), 6 feet of physical distance should be maintained.
    • If physical distancing is not possible, staff must wear acceptable face coverings; excluding students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering.
    • Post physical distancing markers using tape or signs that denote 6 feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas.
    • Ensure that student and staff groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of students stay with the same staff.
    • All administrators are encouraged to think creatively about all opportunities to increase social distance between office staff, teachers and students in the following areas:
      • Main Office
      • Nurse’s Office
      • Hallways
      • Bathrooms
      • Classrooms (i.e., desks, cots, carpet times)
    • Due to the inability to maintain physical distancing the following activities will occur in the classroom. Cohort system will be utilized:
      • Art
      • Library
      • Music
      • Physical Education
    • Ensure 6 feet between individuals while participating in activities that require projecting the voice (e.g. singing), playing a wind instrument, or participating in aerobic activity (e.g. gym classes).
    • Restrict facility use by outside groups. For the short term, the agency will not consider sharing program occupied space with outside groups.
    • Strictly limit gatherings where physical distance cannot be maintained
    • Pursue virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, if possible, and promote social distancing of at least 6 feet between people if events are held. Limit group size to the extent possible: athletic practices/events, clubs/co-curricular activities, faculty meetings, field trips, Parent-Teacher Conferences, school-wide parent events, specials performance, student shows/concerts, student spirit nights, Superintendent’s Conference Day, Skills USA, Transition Expo and work-based learning/internships.
Last Modified on August 30, 2021