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Return to School Plan 2020-2021

Building Procedures

School/Academic Plan

  • PK-12 Continue to attend regular classes with accommodations made for those who are not able.  
  • Increased social distancing where possible.  Remove extra furniture in rooms (chairs, couches, bean bags, etc.) and arrange furniture to maximize social distancing.

Temperature Checks

Staff Temperature Check:

  • Staff will take their own temperature at home every morning.  They will take their temperature in a timely manner in order to get a substitute if one is required.

Student temperature checks will be conducted once per day at the beginning of the school day.  

  • 100.4 threshold 
  • Temperatures for tardy students are taken in the office prior to going to class. 

Two-step process when a student has a temperature: 

    • Temperature check in classroom 
    • Temperature check then taken 10 minutes later in the office.  If they still have a temperature over 100.4, the student will be sent home.


  • Custodians will provide heightened disinfection of touchpoints or areas of specific concern in student attendance centers identified by the Facilities Director.
  • Director of Operations will communicate with Custodial Supervisor to identify areas of specific concern and communicate to custodians of affected student attendance centers the specific area(s), surface(s), schedule, procedure and product to be used for heightened disinfection. 
  • Director of Operations will determine routine cleaning schedules at each building and will require modification to meet heightened disinfection needs.   

Lunch and Breakfast

  • Breakfast in the cafeteria or classroom as determined by building principals. 
  • Lunch in the cafeterias will encourage physical distancing and assigned seats.  Additional locations for lunch may be utilized.  Schedules may also need to be adjusted. 
  • Extra sanitation procedures will be used. 
  • Some food items may be limited (no fresh fruit and vegetable bar).   
  • Visitors will be limited in terms of eating lunch with students in the cafeteria.  Visitors will need to use alternate locations to promote social distancing. 


  • Schedules will be modified to reduce the number of students (only one grade level if possible) on the playground at one time.  
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.

Field Trips

  • No off-site elementary or preschool field trips until further notice.


  • Classes transition to specialist teachers. 
  • Precautions will be taken for specials that follow health guidelines (i.e. cleaning of shared items, etc.).
  • Specialist teachers will utilize larger classrooms/spaces (outside) when appropriate and possible.

Hand washing / Hand sanitizing

  • PK-5 scheduled 3 times a day (i.e. at the beginning of the day, before and after lunch and recess, before and after specials, etc.)
  • 6 - 12 Announcements supporting hand washing and hand sanitizing (hand sanitizing stations available in every classroom). 


  • 6-12 Students will be encouraged to limit their time in the hallways (passing periods are 5 minutes or less).  Students will be encouraged to travel on the right side of the hallway.

Lockers / Locker Rooms

  • Buildings will implement a limited and/or staggered use of lockers. 
  • Students are encouraged to wear face coverings while in the locker rooms.
  • Limit and/or stagger the use of locker rooms when possible.
  • Limit the amount of time spent in the locker rooms when possible.

Beginning of the Day: Staff


  • Each building will create arrival procedures to encourage social distancing.
  • Teachers schedule taking temperatures, hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.

Beginning of the Day: 



  • Parents will screen students at home for common COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Students should socially distance as much as possible while waiting outside before the school day.
  • Students will report to their classrooms for temperature checks and hand washing/hand sanitizing.

End of the Day

  • Students are encouraged to leave the school grounds as quickly as possible unless they are involved in a school activity.

Building Access 

  • Visitors are limited due to COVID-19 concerns.  Special situations need to be approved and scheduled with the building principal in advance.
  • Masks required for all visitors. 

Face Covering

  • Face coverings required for all staff and K-12 students when possible.  
  • HPS will provide face coverings but students and staff are welcome to bring their own.  
  • Face coverings need to meet dress code.
  • Teachers can establish breaks for students from the face coverings while using social distancing.


  • Heightened disinfection procedures will be used in all restrooms.  
  • Restroom use during passing periods will be monitored to avoid crowding. 

Water Fountains

  • Students are encouraged to bring individual water bottles.
  • Drinking fountains will be open with frequent cleaning and sanitizing.  Use will be discouraged.

Classroom Seating/Materials Usage/Sanitization

  • Desks separated into rows and not in pods. (Avoid face to face seating options) 
  • Individual student supplies when possible.
  • Minimize furniture (chairs, couches, bean bags, etc...). 
  • PE and other equipment is cleaned between classes when possible


  • Face coverings required when possible.
  • Bus monitor will take temperatures prior to students boarding.
  • If they have a temperature over 100.4, the student will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Seating charts with social distancing to the greatest extent possible.


  • K - 5 devices assigned to each individual and will be left in the classroom.  
  • 1-to-1 devices sent home daily grades 6-12.
  • Technology fee will be waived for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19.

6-12 Activities

  • Activities and athletics will be conducted in accordance with the Nebraska State Activities Association guidelines.

Student Attendance

  • All students in grades PK-12 will attend school in person with accommodations made for those who are not able. 
    • For Preschool, only special education students will be able to have accommodations.
  • Accommodations will be made for students in PK-12 who are unable to attend in-person to utilize online learning.  
    • Students will only have this option with parental/guardian request with a commitment of at least one quarter.  

Staff Attendance

  • All staff will report as directed unless prior arrangements have been made with the Human Resources Director.  
  • Any questions or concerns relative to work expectations should be directed to the Human Resources Director.

Potential Tiered Responses/Consultation with Health Department

Look for symptoms of COVID-19.  Common symptoms include:  f
ever, dry cough, sore throat, and/or tiredness. 
Have symptom documentation ready: including those who have been sent home with fevers.


1 confirmed case* in the building of a student or staff member.

  • Follow the guidance provided by SHDHD, including heightened sanitation of specific location(s)

1 confirmed case* of immediate household member of a staff member or student.

  • Follow the guidance provided by SHDHD