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School Bus and Recess Protocol

Transportation

SCHOOL BUS PROTOCOL

Bus capacity will be reduced as a result of CoVID-19. Students who ride the school bus will wear masks and will have assigned seats. Students will be reminded to keep hands to themselves and face forward.

 

Decisions are still in progress regarding the ways in which we will manage lowered bus capacity. This may include walk zones and requests for parents to assist us with transportation of their children.

 

Parents will receive bus information and related options prior to the start of school.

Recess

RECESS BREAKS

ZCS believes that play and outdoor activity are crucial to our students’ wellbeing.  As such, recess will continue to be encouraged throughout the school day and will take place outdoors except during inclement weather.  Recess guidelines for the elementary and middle school levels are in place to mitigate the spread of CoVID-19 among our student population. 

 

Elementary

 

  • Students will be encouraged to wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after recess activity.
  • Each class will be assigned a total of 30 minute recess each school day.  This may occur in one setting or in two fifteen minute increments.  The playground area will operate at 50-60% capacity of the normal recess schedule.
  • Recess periods may be scheduled for the morning (before lunch) and the afternoon (after lunch).
  • Students, teachers, and staff will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after recess periods.
  • Students will be encouraged to social distance during play (play games and use equipment without touching another person). 

Examples of games:

 

  • Jump Rope
  • Slides – one at a time
  • Swings – no pushing
  • Four Square
  • Monkey Bars – one at a time
  • Sanitation of equipment will occur daily.

 

Middle School

 

  • Each grade level will be allotted their assigned amount of recess; approximately 10 minutes of outdoor time. 
  • Students will be encouraged to social distance across the outdoor area. 
  • Sanitation of equipment will occur daily. 

 

Indoor Recess

 

  • Elementary
    Students stay inside with their classroom group and will be supervised by their teacher.
       
  • Middle School
    Students stay inside with assigned classroom group.

    If games and indoor recess materials are shared by students, those materials will be sanitized on a regular basis.