Overview of Health and Safety

  • Individual School Health and Safety Protocols

    Each school is different, therefore each school leadership team collaborated with Clay County Emergency Management and the Health Department - Clay County to create plans for the arrival/dismissal of students and faculty, lunch in the cafeteria, hallway movement, safety and security, and classroom layout and routines. Each individual school plan will address the following topics in detail:


    • Compliance with CCDS Health and Safety Protocols 
    • Maximize Table Spacing
    • Assign Seating
    • Staggered Arrival/Dismissal Times
    • Lunch Line Procedures (new health and safety protocols)

    Classrooms/Learning Spaces

    • Compliance with CCDS Health and Safety Protocols 
    • Desk Spacing
    • Assigned Seating
    • Removal of Furniture
    • Updated Classroom Procedures (new health and safety protocols)

    Health Rooms (Clinics) and Isolation Rooms

    • Compliance with CCDS Health and Safety Protocols 
    • Identify Locations 
    • Identify and Train Staff 
    • Identify Procedures

    Large Learning Environments

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Music
    • Media Center
    • PE/Gym/Locker Rooms
    • Computer Labs/STEM Spaces
    • Compliance with CCDS Health and Safety Protocols 
    • Develop arrival/dismissal, scheduling, spacing, cleaning, and updated health/safety protocols 

    Shared School Spaces/Transitions

    • Bus Loop
    • Parent Pick-Up
    • Bike Rack
    • Before/After School Care
    • Athletic Fields/Playgrounds
    • Recess/TDPE
    • Hallways (stairs, elevators)
    • Transitions to Classes
    • Athletics/Extra-Curricular Activities
    • Compliance with CCDS Health and Safety Protocols
    • Develop staggered arrival/dismissal, updated scheduling, cleaning procedures, and updated health/safety protocols


    CCDS Health and Safety Protocols

    Clay County District Schools will have the following health and safety protocols in place: 


    • Prior to sending children to school via the bus, walking, or parent drop-off, it is highly recommended that families and staff take temperatures daily prior to coming to school or work. Any person with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher should not go to a school site or office.
    • Students and adults should also screen themselves for respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath prior to coming to school each day. Students and adults experiencing those symptoms should not attend school.

    General Facilities 

    • Schools will create plans for stagger the arrival and dismissal of students to maintain social distancing to as close to six feet as possible.
    • Schools will run a “Monitored Campus” model. Click here to view the guidelines for a Monitored Campus. 
    • Hallways and stairwells should be one way where possible and/or utilize signage with “keep right” on the floor to keep traffic moving in one direction. The district has purchased signage for reminding students and staff about social distancing, hygiene, and directions for movement on campus.


    • Schools will have social distancing signage floor stickers in the cafeteria lines to promote distancing. 
    • The cafeteria will provide food options that reduce the risk of contamination by minimizing buffet-style serving, increasing the use of foods easily transported safely to other areas (sandwiches, fruits, salads, packaged goods) while remaining sensitive to food allergies. Students will no longer serve themselves from the lunch line but will be done strictly by the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) staff. 
    • School staff will sanitize high-touch areas to include serving lines, silverware containers, and door handles. High-touch areas, such as serving lines, will be cleaned and sanitized by FNS staff throughout the meal service and at the end of the meal service. 
    • Student identification cards will be used to allow minimal contact at the point of sale. 
    • Schools will utilize a variety of strategies including staggering procedures to limit the amount of contact between students in the cafeteria.
    • Students will be encouraged to utilize outdoor areas to eat lunch per allowable space per individual school. Students eating indoors will be spaced apart to as close to six feet as possible as allowed per individual school. School will increase spacing by implementing strategies such as utilizing the stage with tables, the bleachers in the gym for some secondary students, etc. Elementary students sit in cohorts at lunch with seating charts. Secondary schools will implement increased spacing between tables and social distance to as close to six feet as possible. 
    • Schools will schedule the use of the intercom system to remind students and staff of social distancing and the importance of hygiene practices.


    • All unnecessary furniture will be removed from classrooms to allow for social distancing as close to six feet as possible. Unnecessary furniture includes couches, bean bags, reading nooks, half-empty book shelves, etc.
    • Desks/tables will be arranged in a fashion to allow for social distancing to the maximum extent possible. 
    • Each teacher will review procedures for classroom procedures and hygiene including the following:
      • Limit the sharing of materials.
      • Limit access to pencil sharpeners and other commonly touched items
      • Increased time for handwashing, hand sanitizer 

    Health Rooms

    • Send out “When to Visit Health Room” guidance to teachers and staff (prevent non-needed visits to the Health Room) to minimize the number of students in the health room at one time.
    • School health staff will use standard precautions (mask, face shield, gloves, and gowns) and frequent hand washing with soap and water. 
    • Designate a separate room for students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Sick and wellness policy - 24 hours symptom and medication free for returning to school. 


    • Additional drivers are being hired to assist with the reduction in number of students currently utilizing bus services. 
    • All buses will have sanitizer on the bus and the protocol for riders will be to sanitize their hands while entering and exiting the bus. 
    • Students and drivers will wear a face covering (cloth mask) while on the bus unless social distancing is in place. 
    • Students will be in assigned seats. 
    • Drivers will clean the bus after each route and at the end of the day. Additionally, drivers will clean the bus again at the start of each day. 

    Hygiene and Cleaning

    Routine cleaning and disinfecting is always key to maintaining a safe environment for our faculty, students and staff.  Cleaning removes dirt and most germs and is best done with soap and water. Principals will ensure that there are adequate and approved supplies to support the increased cleaning and disinfection of facilities when returning to school.

    • Intensify daily cleaning and disinfection efforts throughout the facility.
    • Each school and facility will utilize Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in a thorough and efficient manner. 
    • Throughout the school day, custodial staff will move through common travel spaces and spray/disinfect high touch items such as door handles, push plates, door jambs, railings, etc. 
    • Hand sanitizer stands and desktop pumps for the following locations: main office, classrooms, health room, media center, gymnasiums, cafeteria entrances, and extra that can be moved to high traffic areas.
    • Common restrooms will be restocked, cleaned and disinfected throughout the school day. 
    • At the end of instructional day, routine cleaning procedures will be followed, including disinfecting surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.  
    • Vacuum all permanent carpeting.
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