VIII.    Operations    

In consultation with Somerville’s Health and Human Services, Department of Public Works, Infrastructure and Asset Management Department, and the District Management Group, we are working on multiple environmental and safety measures to reduce exposure. Some of the safety measures SPS has established over the summer include the purchase of personal protective equipment, mandating masks for all PK-12 students, adult learners and staff, developing consistent hygiene protocols of handwashing and sanitizing, a minimum 6-foot social distancing requirement for all students and staff in school buildings and on school campuses, and identification of isolation rooms for school nurse use. 

Additionally, SPS is partnering with the City on the development of a surveillance testing system with contact tracing for students and staff, a full inspection of all school buildings’ ventilation and HVAC systems, and the identification of metrics needed relative to Covid-19 for a safe return to our school buildings. These last three efforts are ongoing and still in process.

Preparing our Buildings

  • Ventilation and HVAC Systems
  • Protective dividers
  • School cleaning and disinfecting
  • Signage

Engaging in Health Conscious Practices

  • Daily health assessment
  • CDC Guidelines
  • Masks/Face coverings
  • Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing
  • Physical Distancing
  • Sharing Materials
  • Bathrooms
  • Visitors
  • Flow of traffic in school buildings

Supporting Safe and Healthy Schools - Preparing for Illness

  • School Nurses and Covid-19 protocols
  • Medical Waiting Room / Isolation Room

Food and Nutrition Services

  • Food Preparation
  • In-person Meals
  • Food Waste
  • Water Fountains

Preparing for the Future

  • SARS-CoV-2 Testing
  • Community Monitoring and Contact Tracing