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    Parents pick up students from Pioneer Elementary School in 2019 on the first day of school. This year with COVID-19 restrictions each campus will have specific plans and exits for student cohorts (car riders, bus riders, walkers) and a sanitizer station will be placed at each exit which students will be encouraged to use. (Leader file photo)

GISD implements new disinfection, hand sanitation policies with return to school plan

Graham ISD has implemented new disinfection and hand sanitation policies in their return to school plan released Friday which follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Education Agency and state and local health officials protocols.

Each classroom in the district will be cleaned and disinfected daily with all high-touch areas being disinfected throughout the day. Custodians will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (masks and gloves) during work hours. Cafeterias will be disinfected daily between lunch periods.

“Frequent cleaning and disinfection will support a healthy learning and work environment for students and staff,” the district wrote in the plan.

On the first day of school students will receive training on appropriate hygiene practices and other COVID-19 mitigation practices which were adopted in the return to school plan. The students will be trained on COVID-19 screening, identification of symptoms, prevention of spread and the sanitation of work areas. All GISD staff will be trained on the appropriate hygiene practices and other COVID-19 mitigation practices and will monitor students if they exhibit symptoms.

Staff will be required to notify a nurse on campus if the student is showing symptoms of COVID-19, according to the plan.

Car riders, bus riders, walkers and other cohorts will utilize separate entrances to each campus when possible upon arrival to the campus. All staff will maintain a line of sight in hallways to help maintain social distancing upon the arrival of students. Students will be required to go straight to the designated area set by each campus. Parents will not be allowed to walk students to classrooms.

For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 5 edition of The Graham Leader.

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