District Epidemic/Pandemic Plan

Royal School District (RSD) No. 160 Epidemic/Pandemic Plan

Preliminary Preparation

  • Prepare for a possible communications platform to relay important information to parents, staff and community (e.g. website, email, phone messenger, social media).
  • Prepare an education information campaign for students (e.g. “Cover the Cough,” hand-washing, general information about preventative measures).
  • Ensure sufficient cleaning supplies such as gloves, anti-bacterial and waterless hand soap & dispensers, are available.

The next steps are identified as Stage responses.

Stage One

This stage would be initiated if/when an epidemic/pandemic virus mutates to person-to-person transmission and arrives on the West Coast of the US.
  • RSD officials consult with local health department on preparation and response plans.
  • Custodians emphasize classroom and hard surface disinfecting techniques.
  • Initiate communications platform to relay important information to parents, staff and community (e.g. website, email, phone messenger, social media).
  • Implement education information campaign for students (e.g. “Cover the Cough,” hand-washing, general information about preventative measures).
  • Distribute to parents and staff information regarding personal preparedness and prevention strategies.
  • Develop continuity of operations protocols to ensure critical functions remain intact (e.g. life-safety, payroll, facilities, technology, communications).

Stage Two

This stage would be initiated when a presumptive positive case appears in eastern Washington.
  • Begin outreach and consultation with medically-fragile students/faculty and those with serious
    underlying health conditions.
  • RSD officials consult again with local health department on preparation and response plans.
  • Begin “Social Distancing” practices in school and classroom settings.
  • Continue education information campaign with students and families.
  • Postpone select assemblies/gatherings where higher-risk circumstances (e.g. food being served or close physical contact conditions of guests are present) or when it necessitates higher-risk population attendance (e.g. elderly or those with severe underlying health conditions).
  • Prepare for the possible closure of schools and subsequent recovery actions.
  • Consider nutrition service, 504, and IDEA coordination and implications for fragile families/students should schools be closed. 

Stage Three

This stage would be initiated when a presumptive positive case appears in a Royal Community Member and probability of person-to-person transmission is likely to occur in the local area.
  • Continue outreach and consultation with medically-fragile students/faculty and those with serious
    underlying health conditions.
  • RSD officials continue consultation with local health department on preparation and response plans.
  • Ensure robust “Social Distancing” practices occur in school and classroom settings.
  • Continue education information campaign with students and families.
  • Postpone all assemblies, events, and outside use of district facilities.
  • Prepare for the possible closure of schools and subsequent recovery actions.
  • Consider nutrition service, 504, and IDEA coordination and implications for fragile families/students should schools be closed.

Stage Four

This stage would be initiated when either state or the county officials instruct one or more schools to close, or a confirmed positive event occurs involving a student, staff or school volunteer that necessitates school and/or district closure.
  • Schools and all school activities are closed/cancelled.
  • Deep cleaning of sites in accordance with County Health recommendations.
  • Depending on the length of closure, mitigating measures to support limited educational experiences may be deployed. 

Recovery Stage

This stage begins when schools are re-opened.
  • RSD works with OSPI regarding make-up day guidance resulting from school closure and lost instructional time.
  • Communication with unions, parents, and community regarding implications stemming from school closures.

This initial plan will be reviewed and modified as new information and guidelines become available. Agencies and circumstances beyond the District’s control will determine many of the District’s responses.