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School Readiness Checklist


​​​​​​​​​The School Readiness Checklist is provided to the building leadership teams to ensure all aspects of the school day have been considered and planned as students return to each site. Supporting documents and plans have been provided by communications, transportation, health services, nutrition services and the facilities department to assist in the planning process.​

​Communication and Messaging

  • Post signs in highly visible locations to promote everyday​ protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs.
  • Signage locations include entrances, cafeteria, restrooms, classrooms, offices, multipurpose rooms, custodial work areas.
  • Develop a plan for frequent communication regarding the spread of COVID-19 (ex.handwashing & social distancing reminders during morning announcements).
  • Develop and communicate expectations for visitors (ex. parents, volunteers, vendors).
  • Ensure communication is developmentally appropriate and accessible for all students (ex. Students with disabilities and ELL).​
  • Presentations will be given to students regarding these safety measures and expectations for the school.​ These presentations may include the nurse, counselors, and administrators.
  • Develop communication protocol for teachers when sending students to nurse to reduce capacity in the health office.
  • Standard protocols will be used from classroom to classroom in each individual building.​​

Disinfecting and PPE​

  • Ensure all staff members have access to necessary PPE (ex. Reusable mask, gloves, hand sanitizer).
  • Ensure additional masks are available for students arriving without them or who misplace them throughout the day.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is placed in all instructional spaces, in common areas, outside of bathrooms, in offices and at each entrance.
  • Ensure each instructional and common space has been supplied with appropriate and safe disinfecting supplies (spray bottle with disinfectant and paper towels).
  • Develop a plan to ensure that lunchroom spaces are properly sanitized.
  • Develop a plan to teach and reinforce frequent and proper handwashing.
  • Develop a plan to ensure routine cleaning and sanitizing is taking place as scheduled (end of each class period).
  • Monitor and restock supplies to ensure availability at all times.
  • Ensure crisis teams are prepared with needed PPE to potentially intervene with students in crisis.


  • Designate an isolation room or area to separate for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Designate a team responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Make sure staff, parents and students know how to contact team members.
  • Develop a plan to monitor absentee staff and create a roster of trained back-up staff (ensure all CAs have ZOOM accounts).
  • Designate and confirm Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (ie., secretary and/or admin) to work with the nurse when needed.
  • Develop and communicate the plan for when there is no nurse in the building.


  • Plan for the school nurse and administration to train staff on all safety protocols (ex. medical triage plan).
  • Plan for the school nurse, administration and teachers to train students on all safety protocols and procedures (ex. protocol videos from nurse).
  • Communicate safety protocols to families.
  • Ensure staff are prepared to support students' social and emotional needs.

Social Distancing - General

  • Eliminate large assemblies/gatherings of students when possible.
  • Identify isolation space in the nurse's office or other areas of the building for students being sent home (separate area for suspected COVID-19 cases).
  • Keep passing periods 5-6 minutes. Students who are masked and not in close proximity (less than 6 feet) of someone infected for less than 15 minutes (accumulative) are not considered close contacts.

Restrooms and Drink Stations

  • Develop a plan for limiting the number of students in the restroom.
  • Place physical guides, such as tape and floor stickers, on floors to create routes and designate spots for social distancing.
  • Establish protocol for use of water bottle filling stations. Water fountains will not be in use.
  • Bathrooms will be designated separately for student use and staff use.


  • Establish traffic patterns in the hallways and common areas to the extent possible. This may include outside walkways and one-way hallways.
  • Place physical guides, such as tape and floor stickers, on floors to create routes and designate spots for social distancing.
  • Remove or block off furniture that encourages students to gather (couches, lounge chairs, etc.).
  • Lockers should be secured shut and should not be used by students (exceptions may be made for some students).

Breakfast and Lunch

  • Place physical guides, such as tape, on floors to create routes and designate spots for social distancing.
  • Utilize assigned seating within cohorts to minimize cohort crossover. When social distancing is not possible consider alternate locations (ex. Classrooms or oth​​er available spaces).
  • Develop a schedule to stagger use of cafeteria or group dining areas, and clean and disinfect them between groups.
  • Establish protocols for PPE for cafeteria monitors.
    • Documentation of seating charts should be kept on file to assist with contact tracing when needed.
    • Limit the amount of movement within the lunch period beyond food gathering needs. Ideas to consider: method for using restroom, need to seek permission to leave the cafeteria space, etc.


  • Classroom seating should be placed at least 3 feet apart and ideally 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Create a map for each classroom and seating chart for each class period. Admin should keep a master file of all seating charts and classroom maps.
  • Ensure classroom seating is facing forward to the extent possible.
  • Develop a protocol  ​to monitor and ensure adequate supplies to minimize sharing of objects or limit use to one group of students at a time, and clean and disinfect daily.
  • For tracing purposes, establish procedures for when students leave the classroom.
  • Identify indoor and outdoor spaces that can be used for instruction if needed.
  • Identify an area(s) for students/classes to relocate in the event substitute teachers are not available.
  • Doors to common spaces should remain open to minimize touching of door handles when feasible. Classroom doors can be opened and closed by the teacher during instruction if desired.


  • Develop a plan to minimize exposure (ex. when possible, 1 student per seat or row, seat siblings together)
  • Buses should load back to front.
  • Develop a plan for windows to ensure adequate airflow.
  • Ensure adequate cleaning and sanitizing between uses.
  • Masks are required for all people throughout the duration of the trip.
  • Develop a plan to communicate “NO guest riders”.
  • Develop protocol for students needing cab transportation.
    • Hand sanitizer dispensers are mounted inside the bus door and all students are expected to use the sanitizer as they enter the bus.
    • All students will wear face coverings on the school bus. If the child does not have a mask, one will be provided by the bus driver.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • When carpooling, students should wear face coverings while traveling together.
  • Designate routes to classes (ex., utilize multiple entrances)
  • Develop a system for staggered arrival/dismissal.
  • Develop procedures for students staying after school for clubs/academic assistance and activities.
  • Designate time when building is open for student arrival.