Schoolhouse
Daily Attendance Model

This model represents a return to the school campus and the classroom where students will interact directly, but safely, with their teacher(s) and classmates. The school day will follow the standard schedule that includes all the core classes and other subject areas. In short, it represents a return to the traditional school environment – with several significant changes involving enhanced health and safety precautions.

What to Expect from a Schoolhouse Model

By providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff, this model can create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience. Though schools are not designed to easily allow for social distancing of 6 feet, every effort will be made to maintain as much distance as possible. Reopening schools requires certain procedures be in place to ensure safety as students, teachers and staff return to school campuses.

Additional Considerations

  • Establish protocols for expanded entry areas in compliance with State mandates for safety and security
  • Assess staggered arrival and dismissal times for students
  • Establish parent pick-up/drop off protocols
  • Evaluate emergency drill procedures (active shooter, fire drill, etc.)
  • Stagger classroom release, when feasible
  • Create protocols for transitions during passing times
  • Strategically place signage to reinforce safety protocols
  • Require parents to perform temperature checks on students prior to school arrival

Require face coverings for staff and students

  • Perform routine sanitization of general facilities throughout the day
  • Create sanitation logs, checklists and procedures for routine deep cleaning
  • Require face coverings for students, staff, and visitors
  • Set screening protocols for all visitors
  • Set capacity limitations for restrooms and elevators
  • Require hand sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas (e.g. building entrance, etc.)
  • Monitor student attendance for increased chronic absences
  • Establish protocol for reporting symptoms and initiate contact investigation/ tracing in collaboration with the Miami-Dade FLDOH
  • Continue replacing quality air filters for HVAC systems
  • Increase frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas with hospital-grade germicide throughout the day and after school in preparation for next day
  • Manage class size to maximize social distancing
  • Require face coverings for students and staff
  • Cohort students to minimize exposure and allow for contact tracing
  • Create in-classroom meal service options to reduce exposure
  • Designate handwashing breaks throughout the school day
  • Remove non-essential shared items from the classroom
  • Creatively repurpose alternate spaces (cafeterias, gyms, media centers, courtyards) for instructional use
  • Encourage use of digital resources for instruction
  • Determine feasibility of singular platform to facilitate parent engagement during distance learning
  • Require face coverings for students and staff on the bus
  • Create bus route models to accommodate reduced occupancy
  • Intensify cleaning protocols for transportation
  • Increase the number of bus stops to facilitate social distancing 
  • Evaluate options for screening and requirement of face coverings
  • Install barrier to prioritize health and safety of school bus drivers
  • Re-evaluate availability options for courtesy bussing
  • Recruit additional drivers to support reduced occupancy per bus

Encourage social distancing at pick-up/drop-off points

  • Minimize crowds by deploying alternative meal service options
  • Provide Grab-and-Go Meals to be eaten in the classroom
  • Design classroom delivery models for younger students
  • Use signage and other social distancing strategies in cafeteria
  • Adjust lunch service options to utilize alternative space for meal consumption (i.e. cafeteria service line, meal delivery to classroom or use of outdoor space)
  • Adopt cashless, touchless point-of-sale transactions for cafeteria service line
  • Stagger meal schedules to limit students in the cafeteria at one time

Maximize social distancing as much as possible during mealtimes

  • Implement a phased approach for participation in activities and athletic programs, starting in July
  • Monitor and follow guidance from Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA)
  • Conduct extracurricular activities virtually when possible
  • Establish sanitization procedures for shared equipment

Evaluate before/after school program models to accommodate reduced adult/ child ratio, which may include adjustment of operational hours

  • Administer wellness survey to families to identify priority supports for reopening
  • Provide a blended model of support, inclusive of in-person and virtual deployment of mental health services
  • Enhance partnerships with network of mental health professionals to provide services
  • Continue operating Mental Health Parent Assistance Line to support families with their needs - (305) 995-7100
  • Implement trauma-informed practices by training school-site administrators and staff to identify warning signs