LSH Activities Covid-19 Preparedness Plan

 COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for LeSueur-Henderson MS/HS Activities Program

LeSueur-Henderson Schools are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, staff, visitors, and community members . To ensure we have a safe and healthy environment, LeSueur-Henderson school district has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our workers and management. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our communities.

The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for activities is administered by Jeff Christ, LSH Activities Director , who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, management and workers are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. LeSueur-Henderson’s managers and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this plan.

Our students and staff are our most important assets. LeSueur-Henderson is serious about safety and health and protecting our community. Worker involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our workers in this process through weekly Command Advisory meetings that also include state and local health officials.

LeSueur-Henderson’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, rules and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:

  • ensuring sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;

  • social distancing – workers must be at least six-feet apart;

  • worker hygiene and source controls, including face coverings;

  • workplace building and ventilation protocol;

  • workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol;

  • drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocol; and

  • communications and training practices and protocol.

LeSueur-Henderson Schools have reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our business provided by the state of Minnesota for the development of this plan. This includes guidance from the Minnesota Dept. of Health (MDH), Minnesota Dept. of Education (MDE), and the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).

Ensure sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons

Workers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. All workers experiencing symptoms or testing positive for Covid-19 will report to the District Covid-19 Coordinator, who will follow up with any necessary contact tracing and/or quarantine procedures.

LeSueur-Henderson school district has implemented leave policies that promote workers staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. Accommodations for workers with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions have been implemented.

LeSueur-Henderson school district has also implemented a policy for informing workers if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time.

In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of workers’ health status and health information.

Social distancing/Hygiene/Health Practices

Social distancing of at least six feet will be implemented and maintained between workers as much as possible in the workplace through signage placed throughout the building.

Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at our workplaces at all times. Workers are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom. Hand-sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol) are at entrances and locations in the workplace so they can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled

Workers are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and to avoid touching their face, particularly their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. Workers are expected to dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all workers and other persons entering the workplace.

Workplace building and ventilation protocol

Operation of the building in which the workplace is located, includes necessary sanitation, assessment and maintenance of building systems, including water, plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air  conditioning (HVAC) systems.  The maximum amount of fresh air is being brought into the workplace, air recirculation is being limited, and ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. Steps are also being taken to minimize air flow blowing across people.

Workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting rooms, checkout stations, fitting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting is being conducted of high-touch areas, including phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, credit card readers, delivery equipment, etc.

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product

Drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocol

A system has been put in place to address all deliveries (drop-off or pick-up) to limit social contact.

Communications and training practices and protocol

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to all workers on and necessary training was provided at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.  Additional communication and training will be ongoing through district staff development. Training will be provided to all workers who did not receive the initial training and prior to initial assignment or reassignment.

Instructions will be communicated to all workers, including employees, temporary workers, staffing and labor-pools, independent contractors, subcontractors, vendors and outside technicians about protections and protocols, including:  1) social distancing protocols and practices; 2) drop-off, pick-up, delivery and general in-store shopping; 3) practices for hygiene and respiratory etiquette; 4) requirements regarding the use of face-coverings and/or face-shields by staff and visitors. All students, staff, and visitors will also be advised not to enter the workplace if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19.

Managers and supervisors are expected to monitor how effective the program has been implemented through regularly scheduled command advisory meetings. All management and workers are to take an active role and collaborate in carrying out the various aspects of this plan, and update the protections, protocols, work-practices and training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by the LeSueur-Henderson school district management and the plan is posted on the district activities website. It will be updated as necessary.

Certified by:

Jeffrey T. Christ

1/4/21

LSH Dean of Students/Activities Director

 

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