Sweetwater Community School's 2020-2021 Re-opening Plan

Monday, October 12, 2020


This document is intended to provide guidance on operating procedures for in-person instruction. While schools should follow the requirements listed, the considerations provide schools with the flexibility to create procedures and routines that meet the unique needs of each campus.

In general:

  • Cloth masks and hand-washing are key strategies to our mitigation plan.

  • Schools should attempt to reduce student contact as much as possible.

  • School leadership teams should be involved in the problem-solving process.



  • Establish locations for students based on grade level, entrances, etc.

  • Consider staggered arrival times (e.g. A-L dropoff at east entrance, M-Z dropoff at west entrance).

  • Buses dropping off students prior to your scheduled start time.

Established Routine

  • All students will enter through the north gate located by the staff/student parking lot.

  • Students have the choice of social distancing in the cafeteria, common room, and designated areas outside.

  • Busses drop off 60% of Sweetwater students and bus arrival and dismissal times vary.

  • 20% of students drive personal vehicles and arrival times vary based on distance traveled.

  • 20% of students are parents drop off and times vary.

Inside the Classroom


  • Assigned seats will be required to ensure students are limiting their interactions with others as well as to help with contact tracing.

  • Masks for all students, staff, and visitors.

  • Maximize distance between students.

  • Eliminate sharing of materials, supplies, textbooks, and technology as much as possible. Encourage parents to supply their student with the necessary daily supplies (pencils, notebooks,  markers, etc.).

  • Students and staff will wash/sanitize hands when entering a room.

  • Volunteers will not be allowed in classrooms.

  • Encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing, especially prior to transitioning away from desks or to another area of campus.

  • If a classroom only has tables, students should be seated facing the same direction or as far apart as possible limiting the number of students at each table.

  • Maintain neutrality regarding opposing opinions with COVID-19 students may share.

  • Adhere to FERPA privacy guidelines regarding students that are sick, or at home (students may ask).

  • Use disposable Health Office Passes only.


  • Mask breaks will occur during passing periods.

  • Prop classroom doors open, if possible, to increase airflow.

  • Encourage students to bring their own water bottles.

  • When pulling small groups, attempt to maintain distance as much as possible.

    • Limit small groups within the classroom to 3-4 students.

    • Limit time with small groups to no more than 10 minutes.

  • Teachers can wear face shields in addition to a cloth mask.

  • Flexible seating will be limited to only seats that can be sanitized between use.

  • Classrooms will social distance with tables/desks when possible.

   This is an example of how one of our classrooms are set up for social distancing.   This is an example of how one of our rooms are set up for social distancing


  • Masks will be required at all times while inside the classroom.

    • If a student is not wearing a mask:

      • Ask if they have one to wear. If not, provide the student with a school mask.

      • Is this a consistent issue, relating to forgetfulness? Email/call parents to notify them of the problem. Ask for their support in ensuring their student wears a mask when needed. 

      • Is this a choice, or defiance? If the student refuses, refer to administration. Administration will remove the student from the area and will follow the code of conduct to determine consequences. Parents will be contacted. 

      • View the Student Dress Code Addendum - Face Cloth Mask.

Signs are mosted throughout the campus reminding students and visitors that masks must be worn while on campus



  • If urinals are close to each other, consider closing specific urinals.

  • Classrooms should only send one student at a time to the restroom.

  • Eliminate the use of restroom passes.

  • Only 3 students at a time in the restrooms.

  • Encourage students to us the hand washing stations located outside.

Posters are around the campus reminding students to wash their hands      A handwashing station with four faucets was installed right outside of the cafeteria for student use



  • Place directional markers in the hallways.

  • Teachers will educate students on the importance of following directional arrows  and lines in the halls, as well as keeping distance between students while in line.

  • Teachers will emphasize the need for students to keep their hands to themselves, and to not touch nearby surfaces while passing by (walls, desks, etc.).


Arrows On Ground In Hallway To Direct Foot Traffic      

To help with the flow of traffic students will exit out one door and then enter through another one on the other side of the building



  • Encourage all students to wash their hands prior to eating lunch.

  • All tables will face the same direction when possible.

  • Day custodian will disinfect/clean between each lunch period.

  • Limit the number of students moving about the cafeteria, when possible.


  • Establish entry and exit routines to reduce students standing in line/spacing and to allow for sanitizing.

  • No visitors during lunch/recess.

  • Encourage students to wash hands after eating.

  • Open additional areas for students at lunch to assist with social distancing.


  • Security and administration will support social distancing during dismissal.

  • Sweetwater busses arrive at dismissal at different times. This allows for a staggered dismissal.