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EMS Health and Safety Protocols

School Preparedness | Student Preparedness | COVID-19 Containment

The School is taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protocols will continue to change based on local, state, and national guidelines.

Information below as of on July 30, 2020 and subject to change.

School Preparedness and Routines for Health and Safety

  • Landmark will regularly monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and consult with medical professionals and the local board of health.
  • The school will follow guidelines from Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
  • A team of 28 members representing administrators, nurses, faculty, and staff meet throughout the week to continually discuss the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and its impact on education. 
  • The campus is being retrofitted and repurposed to follow guidelines and maintain physical distancing:
    • Designated entrances and exits
    • Signage to designate the direction of traffic flow
    • Air purifiers added to strategic locations
    • Installation of hand-sanitizer dispensers
    • Installation of hand-washing stations
    • Removal of extra furniture in buildings
    • Signage with reminders about  proper hand-washing and hygiene, social distancing, and face coverings
  • In the Health Center, physical adjustments have been made to adhere to new protocols, including separate examination and isolation rooms, a private hallway entrance, as well as  other modifications to ensure social distancing. 
  • The Health Center has a dedicated bathroom for patients’ use exclusively. 
  • The Health Center will use an EPA-approved disinfectant recommended by Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Masks or face coverings will be required of students and adults at all times while on campus with the exception of being outdoors and six feet apart, during remote tutorials, or during structured mask breaks.
  • Locations on campus will be identified as safe areas for taking needed "mask breaks," where safe social distancing can occur. Procedures for mask breaks will be incorporated according to guidance from the DESE.
  • The primary prevention strategy is for students and staff to wash hands upon arrival to school and as needed through the day; the importance of good hand hygiene will be emphasized and routines will be built into the students’ day.
  • All buildings will have hand sanitizer dispensers prominently located and students will be asked to sanitize hands as they enter and exit each building when hand washing is not feasible. 
  • Additional daily routines for students and faculty will be adjusted with health and safety precautions in mind (e.g., morning drop-off, all-school meetings, mealtimes, milkbreak and recess, afternoon pick-up).
  • Comprehensive procedures are being developed for all cleaning and disinfecting routines throughout the campus. 
  • Desks and high-contact classroom surfaces will be disinfected at the start of each class. 
  • There will be an liberal dismissal policy for ill students. If a student is not feeling well, the decision to dismiss them will be made at the discretion of the Health Center nurse. The student will be isolated and the Health Center will work with the student’s family to transfer care. Symptoms prompting dismissal may include:
    • Fever (100°F or higher), chills, or shaking chills
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms.
  • Parents and guardians will need to arrange for their students to be picked up within one hour. Parents are encouraged to identify an alternative emergency contact if they are unable to collect their child in a timely manner. 
  • Families will need to be in touch with the EMS Health Center for evaluation before returning to school.
  • Teachers are instructed to limit sharing of objects and manipulatives.
  • Walking meetings and outdoor learning will be encouraged.
  • Where appropriate, Landmark will employ the use of electrostatic disinfecting.

Student Preparedness and Routines for Health and Safety

  • All students will be required to sign Landmark’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct, Pledge, and Agreement.
  • During orientation and throughout the year, students will receive training regarding best practices for COVID mitigation.
  • Clean masks or face coverings will be required at all times while on campus with the exception of being outdoors and 6 feet apart, during remote tutorials, or during structured mask breaks.
  • Everyone should come to school each day with two clean face coverings; Landmark will provide one “LMK” face-covering per student to start the year. There will be a sufficient supply of extra disposable masks in the health center, available to students who may need them. 
  • Bandanas, neck gaiters, "buffs," and one-way valve face coverings will not be permitted due to safety concerns. 
  • Locations on campus will be identified as safe areas for taking needed "mask breaks", where safe social distancing can occur. Procedures for mask breaks will be incorporated according to guidance from the DESE.
  • The No. 1 prevention strategy is for students and staff to wash hands upon arrival to school and as needed through the day; the importance of good hand hygiene will be emphasized and routines will be built into the student’s day.
  • Students or a parent will be expected to use MyMedBot each morning at home before they arrive on campus to conduct a daily health screening.
  • Landmark's Health Center will receive an electronic report with all screening data each morning.
  • Screening questions will include assessment for:
    • Fever (100°F or higher), chills, or shaking chills
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms will be isolated and the Health Center will work with the student’s family to transfer care. 
  • Landmark School will cover the cost of the MyMedBot application subscription. 
  • MyMedBot can be run on any mobile device (smart phones and tablets) with iOS and Android operating systems.
  • Students and faculty must stay home if ill, and follow up with their PCP for evaluation.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students and faculty to get an influenza vaccine this fall.
  • Landmark School is strongly encouraging all students and faculty to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available in order to contribute to the health and safety of the school community

COVID-19 Case Containment

  • As of August 1, 2020, a new Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Order will go into effect. Please read the order as it may affect students arriving to campus from certain states. In some instances, testing or 14-day quarantine may be required. 
  • The EMS Health Center has three separate rooms with doors and an additional entryway space. These areas will be used for triage of student symptoms. There is a wellness and first aid/ treatment room, and two separate illness/isolation rooms for COVID-19-like symptoms. 
  • Students with signs of illness will be further assessed, isolated, and then dismissed home as needed in a timely fashion. 
  • Any ill students will be dismissed through a separate exit door from the Health Center. 
  • Any potential COVID-19 testing will need to be arranged with a child’s primary care physician.
  • If a positive COVID-19 case is identified on the EMS campus, the nurse will begin contact tracing and notification in collaboration with the appropriate local Board of Health under currently established Department of Public Health protocols.