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Maintaining Physical Separation

Current guidance seeks to maximize the benefits of in-person school while providing science-based minimum safety requirements. Schools will provide 3 feet of physical separation between individuals and will utilize outdoor spaces whenever feasible. Within classrooms, desks will be positioned facing the front of the classroom and following this guidance.  

Homeroom Classrooms

  • Students and staff will wear masks while in the classroom.
  • Markings and signage will be posted on floors and walls to ensure that students and employees remain six feet apart when waiting to enter the building, standing in line for elevators, walking in hallways, etc.
  • Adjustments will be made to seating and desks, when necessary, to allow for employees to maintain a three-foot distance when completing work.
  • In-person class size will be reduced and adjustments to seating/desks will be made in support of social distancing practices when feasible.
  • During transitions from classroom to classroom, building administration will control the dismissal of classes using a staggered release.
  • Public health guidelines will be followed for the assembly of students in common areas (e.g. gymnasium, cafeteria, library, labs and playgrounds).


Other considerations must be made to ensure physical separation and limit the amount of movement within the building daily.  These considerations are made for Specials classes, IRR, ESOL and EIP students. 



  • All specials’ classes will resume as normal where students transition to their specials teacher's classroom. 

Interrelated Services

  • Students with an IEP, who are not in the SPARK Autism Unit, will be scheduled accordingly to receive support. 
  • Students with an IEP for Speech Services and/or OT/PT will receive their Speech services virtually. 


  • All ESOL classes will be scheduled accordingly to provide support for our ESOL students. 


  • Students identified for EIP support services will receive those services accordingly.  Teachers may pull students from the classroom to provide support or teacher may push in to provide support.


SPARK Admin will develop passing protocols to maintain this distance when students are entering and exiting the building and moving through the school (including to and within restrooms) as best feasible. Specifically, staff and students will be educated about not mixing or lingering in hallways, and following one-way traffic patterns to minimize respiratory air exchange between groups.

Educators and other employees who work with students who require closer proximity will be provided with additional protective equipment including eye protection (e.g., face shields), a mask/face covering, and gloves. Disposable gowns will be readily available, and must be used in any instance in which educators or staff may come into contact with bodily fluids.  


Entry Points 

1st Grade - Turf Patio Stairwell entrance

2nd Grade - Cafeteria Entrance

3rd Grade Entrance - Cafeteria Back Stairwell Entrance

4th Grade Entrance – Briarcliff Back Entrance (Next to Tulloch’s Classroom)

5th Grade Entrance – Gym Side Entrance

Hallway through traffic - One way traffic through each hallway.  We understand that this may not be the most efficient way but teachers will be required to travel in hallways in one direction at all times. 


Exit Points 

Same as entry points. More time will be given to grade levels to get to their final destination.


K Center Entry Points

Bus ramp to side door (one way upstairs and one way down main hall) Directional signage will be placed throughout the campus.


K Center Exit Points 

Side door to bus ramp (downstairs classrooms-one way)

Front door (upstairs classrooms-one way)