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St. James School preparing fall return to building

A sign hangs on the door of St. James School in Washington on Wednesday, June 22. The building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but school is expected to take place in the building this fall. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
A sign hangs on the door of St. James School in Washington on Wednesday, June 22. The building is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but school is expected to take place in the building this fall. (Gretchen Teske/The Union)
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WASHINGTON — Students at St. James can expect to return to the classroom this fall.

In a newsletter sent to parents the school explained the guidelines have been outlined by the Diocese of Davenport Pandemic Plan, the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Due to the class size, the school is able to accommodate social distancing and sanitizing guidelines, the letter states.

In order to protect students, the school will focus on three main areas: sanitizing, illness and visitors.

Handwashing techniques will be taught and posted in all restrooms, and hand sanitizer will be available as well. Students and staff will limit the sharing of supplies, and custodians will focus on cleaning for health, emphasizing disinfecting surfaces where the virus could be transmitted.

Health sensitive areas, such as bathrooms and door knobs, will be disinfected once per day, and water fountains will be turned off. Parents are asked to send their children with refillable water bottles daily. The filling station will be turned on.

Before entering the classroom, temperatures will be taken, and students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will need to return home immediately. Children who become sick at school will be social distanced, and parents will need to pick them up as soon as possible.

Staff and students experiencing symptoms will be required to stay at home, and children whose family members test positive for COVID-19 will need to stay home as well.

In order to keep the building capacity low, visitors will be limited and must obtain approval before entering the building. Masks will be required, and social distancing practices will be expected while they are in the building.

All staff will wear shields, and face masks are encouraged for students. The school plans to adopt the practices of the Washington Community School District with regard to students being required to wear masks.