safety protocols • 2020-2021

For Parents and Students, Grades K4-8

Safety First

The physical and social-emotional safety of our students and staff is a top priority. ICS will follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Franklin Health Department and Milwaukee Public Health officials, as we plan for a safe return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Given the challenges and uncertainty that COVID-19 presents, we will do our best to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff. To that end, we developed these guidelines for parents and students to follow. As we move forward, we will be sure to communicate any changes made with regard to safety protocols and encourage you to reach out if you have any concerns at any point during the school year.

Safety Protocols 

  • All ICS staff will wear a facemask or face covering while at the school. Educators that can maintain a six-foot distance with students and determine that removing their facemask is critical for instruction, can consider removing their facemask. 
  • Students attending In-Person Learning are required to wear facemasks at all times on the school bus, inside the school and anytime students are close to other students or staff. Students can wear their own facemask from home or the school can provide one for them. Cloth facemasks must be cleaned each day before use; paper facemasks should replaced each day. Instructions for the use of facemasks will be reviewed with students and are available here at the school and from the CDC. In addition, Governor Evers’ Emergency Order dated July 30, 2020, calls for the mandatory wearing of facemasks in the state of Wisconsin. Families who do not want to comply with the requirement for facemask should opt for our enhanced Remote Learning.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet will be maintained whenever possible. There are times when social distancing may not be possible, in these circumstances, appropriate facemasks must be worn such as direct work with the teacher and students, small group work where social distancing is not possible, walking in the halls, etc. Teachers will maximize spacing in their classrooms and learning spaces by arranging seating, changing the direction that students are facing, spacing in lines and spacing in Community Main (lunch times). 

Teaching and learning spaces and common areas will be reconfigured to allow for best social distancing practices. We will maintain social distancing practices in high traffic areas to the best of our abilities by rerouting traffic flow, providing signage and verbal reminders. Restroom use will be monitored. Recesses will be staggered to keep students in classroom cohorts (small groups of students that stay together throughout each school day). Activities will be planned for safe play. Locker use/student storage will be minimized to limit congestion in hallways.

  • Water fountains will be turned off so students will need to use their own personal water bottle from home. Water bottles can be refilled as needed during the school day.
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing is mandatory for all students and staff.
  • Students will stay with their assigned classroom cohort group throughout the school day to limit the amount of exposure to other children and adults.
  • Rotating classroom cohort groups of students into a variety of areas to limit exposure between students.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures will be implemented per CDC guidelines including:
    • Disinfection of student materials after their use and deep cleaning and disinfection at the end of each school day. Buildings will be cleaned and disinfected daily, with deep cleaning and sanitization scheduled in the evenings and over the weekends. For more information, please see our Cleaning & HVAC guidelines.
    • Teachers and staff will be provided supplies to monitor cleanliness of spaces.
    • Classroom supplies and equipment will be cleaned between each cohort class.
    • Learning materials will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in each classroom and in common area spaces.
    • Time will be built into schedules for frequent handwashing.
  • Students will be given their own materials to use to avoid sharing of items.
  • Community school supplies will not be shared in classrooms.  Students will use only their own personal school supplies throughout the school day.
  • Student areas, including bathrooms and play equipment will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • High contact areas such as door handles, desks, tables, etc., will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • No visitors, including family members, will be allowed inside the school building unless requested in advance and only if Daily Health Survey, temperature reading and safety protocols are followed.

Bus / Transportation Safety

Transportation will be provided for ICS students by First Student buses who will clean and disinfect the bus twice each day following bus runs. To further ensure the health and safety of our student passengers, we are also requiring the following:

  • Bus drivers and students are required to wear a facemask at all times. Facemasks will be provided if students do not have one of their own. Students must wear their facemask correctly (covering both nose and mouth) prior to boarding the bus and while riding as a passenger. 
  • Students will be assigned seats to provide appropriate social distancing. Students must remain in their assigned seats for the duration of their ride and follow seat assignments for the remainder of the school year.  No more than one student seated per seat, unless they are from the same household (siblings will be assigned to sit together).  
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided on each bus.
  • Windows will be opened whenever possible to improve air circulation and ventilation.
  • Food may not be eaten while riding the bus.
  • Students that do not follow these rules will lose their riding privileges and will have to find alternative transportation.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding these protocols, please contact Mr Dropik. Questions about the bus route can be answered by First Student at (414) 649-2620.  If parents choose to drive their child(ren) to school, they may do so but for safety reasons, we are asking that parents not enter the school unless it has been pre-approved or is an emergency.