REOPENING SCHOOLS DURING COVID-19

In many cases, schools are where students feel safe, eat healthy meals, enjoy active play and receive critical health services. By putting in place resources and programs to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC), schools can reopen with a strong start. We know, as school leaders, you are on the front-line of this crisis.

Well-Ahead is here to help by connecting you to a curated set of resources, training opportunities, and technical assistance to support the whole child during COVID-19.

Strategies to Support the Whole Child While Reopening

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Schools

LDH COVID-19 Resources

 

Children's Hospital of New Orleans Tools

 

health messaging for children to prevent the spread

Frequently Asked Questions from School Systems

Please check the Louisiana Department of Health FAQs and LDOE's Strong Start FAQ’s frequently. Please note that the school related questions on the Louisiana Department of Health FAQs is located half way down the FAQs page. Please are two of hte top questions that have been submitted by school sytems. 

How can my school safely assess students and staff for COVID-19?

According to the LDOE Strong Start Guidance, whenever possible, schools should ensure a school nurse or health care professional is available to support screening and isolation procedures. Consistent with the CDC's recommendation, individuals who have a fever of 100.4°F or above or exhibit other signs of illness must not be admitted to the facility. Screening steps:

  • Ask the student or parent/guardian to confirm the student has not taken fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours and does not have shortness of breath, sore throat or a cough.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, particularly shortness of breath or cough.
  • If a student registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, their temperature should be taken a second time 5 to 10 minutes later

What are the procedures for isolating sick individuals?

According to the LDOE Strong Start Guidance, it is important to establish a space to isolate students who become sick, and to be prepared with a cleaning and disinfecting process. Schools should create an area that can be used to isolate a sick student and ensure proper adult supervision of an isolated child as needed and based on age. If a sick child has been isolated in the facility, clean and disinfect surfaces in the isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home. School systems can use an assurance statement to ensure parents are aware of their obligation to immediately pick up sick students from campus. 

In the event that a student, staff member or visitor to the school is or is presumed to be positive for COVID-19, contact regional or local public health officials to determine any additional steps related to communication, quarantining practices, enhanced cleaning or disinfection processes, or school facility closure. State of Louisiana contact tracers will conduct contact tracing activities, including school-based contacts. The LDOE Guidance for Staff and Student Monitoring One Pager provides information on symptom monitoring. For more information on symptom monitoring, you can view LDOE’s list of FAQs or read page 10 and page 15 of the LDOE Strong Start Guidance.

Safe Schools for Students with Chronic Health Conditions and Special Healthcare Needs

Keep Kids Safe and Active: Physical Activity and Physical Education During COVID-19

PE TEACHER RESOURCES

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCES

  • SHAPE America COVID-19 Resources page includes school systems to create a plan for physical education, take home resources, at home fitness, distance learning resources and more!
  • FitnessGram: The Cooper Institute is compiling a list of free resources for physical education and physical activity for students, parents and teachers who are practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • GOPHER: Teachers share how they are using Gopher’s My PE Packs provide students of any age and ability level their own set of equipment to use in any setting.
  • OPEN PhysED: Resources, training, lesson plans for teachers. All resources are free, but an account login is required. 
  • Fit Five: The Special Olympics provided Fit 5 videos and Fitness Cards to support programs looking to expand their fitness programming and initiatives.This is a great way to support inclusion in PE!
 
  • For classroom physical activity, visit Go Noodle. This program provide free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are. Schools can also purchase GoNoodle Plus for a school wide subscription. It is important to note that Go Noodle does not serve as a replacement for physical education.
  • Playworks provides tips for recess in 2020 – 2021 school year. In addition, the Peaceful Playground has developed a suite of free and for purchase resources to support Covid-19 6′ Distancing Playground.
  • ASPEN Project Play: Youth sports are ordinarily a gathering place for millions of people at thousands of sites across the country. Project Play, an initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, is continuing to develop resources that help leaders, coaches, and parents adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

More than Education: Social, Mental, and Emotional Health

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

RESOURCES FOR CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS AND STAFF

Need Help? Connect with COVID-19 Support Contacts

Virtual Training

Emily Pineda, Well-Ahead Louisiana

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)

Support Students with Chronic Conditions

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Safe Practices for Physical Activity and Physical Education

Stephen Guccione, LDOE

Support the Emotional Well-Being of Students

LDOE, Behavioral Intervention Support

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

LDOE, Division of Nutrition Services

Virtual Trainings for Reopening During COVID-19

Self-Paced Trainings

Well-Ahead Louisiana, in partnership with Louisiana Department of Education and Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, has launched a self-paced virtual training to help your school open safely. Click here to register for the trainings on Moodle!

Registration Instructions:

  1. In the white box labeled Is this your first time here?, click Create new account.
  2. Follow the prompts to read and accept the MoodleCloud Policy and MoodleCloud Cookies Policy. (Click “Next” at the bottom of each page and check the boxes when prompted.)
  3. Complete your profile, username and password. Usernames must be lowercase and can only include the following punctuation: underscore (_), hyphen (-), period (.) or at symbol (@).
  4. You will receive an automated email from Well-Ahead Louisiana with a link to confirm your new account.
  5. When enrolling in new courses, use "JOIN" as the self-enrollment key.
Course Date and Time

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools

  • Objective: Learn strategies for how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as assessing and isolating students, faculty and staff.
  • Audience: School system lead for COVID-19

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Register Here

September 2020

Safe Schools for Students with Chronic Health Conditions & Special Healthcare Needs

  • Objective: Learn how to plan for the safe return of students with chronic health conditions and special healthcare needs.
  • Audience(s): School nurse supervisors, school system nursing program leads, or school-based health clinics leads

Registration is opening soon!

September 2020

Keep Kids Safe and Active: Physical Activity and Physical Education During COVID-19

  • Objective: Learn how to incorporate physical education and physical activity in school while implementing social distancing practices and in the event of school closures.
  • Audience(s): School system for physical education and physical activity leads

Registration is opening soon!

Fall 2020

More than Education: Supporting Students’ Social, Mental and Emotional Health

  • Objective: Learn how to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of faculty, staff and students.
  • Audience(s): School system lead for COVID-19, School system social, mental and emotional health leads

Registration is opening soon!

Fall 2020

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

  • The LDOE Nutrition Services leads training for Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs. For more information, contact childnutritionprograms@la.gov.
  • Audience(s): School food service professional

On-going

Stronger Together: Examples from Louisiana Schools 

 

Creative Ways Schools are Supporting the Whole Child

  • Prevent the Spread: Livingston Parish Public Schools developed a fact sheet for temperature check and isolation.
  • Physical Education: Lukeville Elementary is planning physical education activities.
  • School Meals: Calcasieu Parish keeps the school community updated by their Facebook page.
  • Chronic Conditions: Webster Parish shared steps for supporting students with special needs in their reopening plan.
  • Social Emotional: Natchitoches Parish included a mental health checklist for teachers in their reopening plan.

Louisiana School Systems' Strong Start Plans 

Caddo Parish | Calcasieu Parish | Jefferson Parish | Lafourche Parish | LaSalle Parish | Lincoln Parish | Livingston Parish | Natchitoches Parish | Orleans Parish | Plaquemines Parish | St. Bernard Parish | St. Charles Parish | Webster Parish