What Educators Can Do to Prepare
As an educator, what should I be doing to help my students get through this?
Continue to provide your students with the quality education and supports that they deserve and expect from their BPS community. In addition, reinforce the importance of hand hygiene and cough etiquette, lifelong skills that will benefit all members of the BPS community.
What should I do to protect myself?
Take care of yourself. If you have cold-like symptoms:
- Stay home from work and take sick leave consistent with procedures established by district policy or your union's collective bargaining agreement.
- Avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or arm) when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch to avoid infection.
What do I do if my students tell me they feel sick?
Follow the standard of care by sending to the office those students who do not feel well. The student’s parent or guardian will be notified. Students will be isolated and monitored until they are picked up.
How can I support the other educators and school leaders in my building?
Using provided cleaning supplies, engage your students as appropriate to sanitize frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, desks, etc.) In addition, report to your school leader and custodian any lack of soap, sanitizer or other necessary cleaning products so those materials can be restocked immediately.
What should I do if I have questions regarding absences related to this situation?
Please reach out to the Office of Human Capital Leave of Absence Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for support with managing the absences and to ensure a safe reentry into the school community.