Health & Safety Plan

Health & Safety PlansIn accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, SASD developed a Phased School Reopening Health & Safety Plan

Use the following link for the full Phased School Reopening Health & Safety Plan (PDF).

The 2020-2021 Health and Safety Plan is broken into the following areas:


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  • All cleaning will follow EPA, CDC and manufacturer guidelines
  • All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected at least twice a day (door handles, light switches, etc.)
  • Water fountains will be turned off and not be used
  • Single use bottles will be permitted
  • Desks will be cleaned frequently
  • All individuals will be required to sanitize/wash hands on frequent basis
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all common areas and classrooms where sinks are not available
  • Common meal areas will be disinfected between each meal service
  • Recess, playground and physical education equipment will be sanitized daily or more frequent basis when feasible
  • School buses and other transportation vehicles will be disinfected between each run
  • Utilize ventilation practices in classrooms, in common spaces and in isolated spaces when possible


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  • Students on school buses and vans will be limited to two (2) students to a seat
  • Siblings will be required to sit together
  • All students will wear masks while riding the bus
  • Students and drivers will be educated on the importance of passengers facing forward on the bus (not sideways or backwards)
  • All drivers required to wear masks/shields when the students are entering or exiting the bus
  • Bus windows and roof hatch will be opened when feasible
  • Buses will be disinfected after each run

Social Distancing
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  • Classroom/learning spaces will allow for 6 feet of separation among students and staff when feasible
  • Assigned seating will be utilized in classrooms, congregate settings and buses, where feasible
  • Faculty rooms and other congregated areas will operate with restricted capacity levels
  • Schedules and hallway traffic patterns will be adjusted
  • Stagger the use of the Health/Nurse offices
  • Meal schedules and seating areas will be modified to maximize social distancing
  • Recess and physical education activities will continue as long as those activities limit physical contact and touching, when feasible
  • Bus arrival/dismissal schedules will be modified
  • Small group field trips for college/career readiness and instruction are allowable.
  • Job mentorships, job shadows, and job experience (STARR) are allowable following the social distancing guidelines of the job site.

Classroom Strategies
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  • Use of face coverings by students and staff
  • Separation of personal belongings
  • Good hand hygiene techniques
  • Develop procedures for movement in the room
  • Use of electronic responses from students (EdPuzzle, Nearpod, and others) and whiteboard, response cards
  • Central drop-off bin for returning materials/papers
  • No sharing of items, paper, materials
  • Procedures for lining up, staying socially distanced, etc.

Health and Safety
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  • Hygiene education for all faculty, staff and visitors will be conducted frequently with regular reminders on proper hygiene practices
  • Signs will be posted in highly visible locations that promote protective measures and how to stop spread of germs.
  • All students and staff will wash/sanitize hands before and after eating as well as after physical education classes
  • Identifying and restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers
  • Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff
  • Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by students
    • Face coverings provided by the District for students who need them
    • Mask breaks provided periodically for students
  • Unique safety protocols will be developed for students with complex need or other vulnerable individuals
  • Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure
    • Daily Symptom Screening for students and staff
    • Families: perform symptom screening before sending students to school
    • Staff members: conduct symptom screening before departing to work
  • Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure
  • Contact tracing will be conducted by the Montgomery County Department of Health
  • Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school
  • Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school-year changes in safety protocols

Materials and Belongings
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  • Supplies, including special areas materials will be sanitized after use
  • Eliminating or limiting use of shared materials in specials areas
  • Food should not be shared in the classrooms or cafeterias, food classes and labs
  • Musical instruments will be taken home and cleaned per instructor guidelines

School Nutrition
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  • Breakfast in the classroom (elementary) or hallway kiosks and cafeteria (secondary)
  • Lunch will be in the cafeteria or other open spaces
  • Meals will be pre-packaged to allow for contactless serving
  • Contactless checkout
  • Student dining areas will be thoroughly cleaned between lunch periods
  • Seating charts/assigned seats in the cafeteria for contact tracing

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The decision to resume sports-related activities, including conditioning, practices and games, is within the discretion of a school entity's governing body. Accordingly, Souderton Area School District has developed and adopted an Athletics Health and Safety Plan aligned with the PDE Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools. Please use the link link below for the District's athletics plan.