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School Readiness Checklist


​​The School Readiness Checklist was 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 and 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).

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 that misplace them throughout the day.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is placed in all instructional spaces, common areas, offices and at each entrance.
  • Ensure each instructional and common space has been supplied with appropriate 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 (ex. Nurse videos).
  • Develop a plan to ensure routine cleaning and sanitizing in taking place as scheduled.
  • 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 anyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Designate a staff person responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. Make sure staff, parents and students know how to contact this person.
  • 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. nurse videos).
  • Communicate safety protocols to families.
  • Ensure staff are prepared to support students' social and emotional needs.

Social Distancing - General

  • Limit the use of spaces that do not allow for social distancing.

Restrooms and Drink Stations

  • Develop a plan for limiting the number of students in the restroom to minimize cohort crossover. ( restroom schedule).
  • Develop a plan for students using the restroom outside of scheduled restroom breaks.
  • Place physical guides, such as tape, on floors to create routes and designate spots for social distancing.
  • Establish protocol for use of water fountains and water bottle filling stations.


  • Establish traffic patterns in the hallways and common areas to not mix cohorts to the extent possible.
  • Place physical guides, such as tape, on floors to create routes and designate spots for social distancing.
  • Utilize designated outdoor spaces for instruction when possible (ie. outdoor classrooms, fields, etc).

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.


  • Classroom seating should be placed at least 3 feet apart and ideally 6 feet apart when feasible.
  • Ensure classroom seating is facing forward to the extent possible.
  • Assigned seating; if possible assign seats by cohort (same students sit near one another each day).
  • 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.
  • Develop a plan to ensure cohorts stay together during “Specials” classes to the extent possible.
  • Establish procedures for when students leave their general education cohort to receive personalized services (sped, ELL, RI, etc.).
  • Develop a plan to have teachers move between classrooms, rather than students when feasible to minimize cohort crossover.
  • Identify indoor and outdoor spaces that can be repurposed for instruction if needed.


  • Limit play to cohorts to the extent possible to reduce the number of contacts.
  • Develop a plan to divide outdoor space and stagger usage to the extent possible (multiple cohorts could have recess at the same time, as long as they are playing in separate areas of the playground).
  • Develop a plan to separate recess equipment by cohort if possible.


  • Develop a plan to minimize cohort crossover (ex. load by grade level, when possible 1 student per seat or row, seat siblings together).
  • Develop a plan for windows to ensure adequate air flow (transportation).
  • Ensure adequate cleaning and sanitizing between uses.
  • Ensure seating is assigned on all buses (generated by transportation).
  • Masks covering mouth and nose being required throughout the duration of the trip.
  • Communicate plan for no guest riders.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Designate routes to classes (ex. Utilize multiple entrances to minimize cohort crossover).
  • Develop a system for staggered arrival to minimize cohort crossover.
  • Develop a system for staggered dismissal to minimize cohort crossover.​