Campus Procedures

List of 5 items.

  • Indoor Air Quality

    The majority of Indian Springs School’s classroom spaces have individual HVAC units that do not recirculate air with other classrooms. Indian Springs School utilizes high-quality pleated air filters in its HVAC units, which capture a wider array of air contaminants and smaller particles than standard fiber filters. Additionally, the school is in the process of installing Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Devices (NPBI) on all of its HVAC units, including in the classrooms, Kayser Academic Center, administrative building, gym, Town Hall, and dining hall.

    According to Global Plasma Solutions, “GPS’ NPBI technology works to safely clean the air inside industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. The patented technology uses an electronic charge to create a plasma field filled with a high concentration of + and - ions. As these ions travel with the airstream they attach to particles, pathogens, and gas molecules. The ions help to agglomerate fine sub-micron particles, making them filterable. The ions kill pathogens by robbing them of life-sustaining hydrogen. The ions break down harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with an Electron Volt Potential under twelve (eV<12) into harmless compounds like O2, CO2, N2, and H2O. The ions produced travel within the air stream into the occupied spaces, cleaning the air everywhere the ions travel, even in spaces unseen.”

    GPS’ NPBI technology has been certified by UL 867 and UL 2998 to be ozone free. The combination of high-quality pleated air filters along with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Devices provides an equivalent of a MERV 13 air filtration rating, which is comparable to those used in general hospital settings.
  • Dining

    Indian Springs School partners with Sage Dining Services to provide delicious and nutritious meals for the school community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sage rethought and reconfigured elements of the dining experience to minimize the spread of illness. Sage team members will complete Sage’s ServSafe COVID-19 training before resuming work this fall. Additional measures such as temperature checks, questionnaires, and reporting guidelines have been put in place for Sage team members to help promote a healthy environment. CDC self-quarantining and return to work guidelines will also be followed.  

    Team members will also be required to wear face masks/shields, gloves, utilize proper hand-washing procedures, and practice social distancing when possible. Work surfaces will be sanitized in the kitchen with greater frequency. Sage will require their vendors to monitor the health of delivery personnel, coordinate with suppliers to ensure goods are sanitized before delivery, streamline the number of deliveries, and utilize touchless deliveries when possible.
     
    Indian Springs School is also implementing a new schedule for fall which includes three lunch periods, allowing for reduced numbers and greater social distancing during lunch. In order to streamline traffic flow, the dining hall food service lines will be reconfigured to utilize auxiliary doors, provide complete meals (entree, sides, salad, dessert) at each station, and offer grab-and-go options. Menus will be available in advance on the Sage app and will also be displayed in the dining hall to help further streamline traffic. Self-serve options and shared dispensing equipment will be eliminated to decrease the possibility of cross-contamination, and frequently touched areas in the dining hall will be disinfected multiple times per day.

    To further promote social distancing during meal times, the school will be installing a new food trailer outside of the dining hall. The food trailer will feature kid-friendly fares such as burgers and street tacos. Schedules will be alternated between indoor and outdoor dining options to allow for proper distancing. Because there will be no indoor seating, shade gardens with outdoor seating will be installed outside of the dining hall to provide ample outdoor dining areas. Classrooms and other satellite dining locations will be made available on inclement weather days. Hand-washing and/or sanitizing stations will be placed throughout all indoor and outdoor dining areas.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection

    Indian Springs School will follow CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy school environment. The CDC recommends a two-step cleaning process for nonporous surfaces consisting of cleaning with soap and water followed by the use of an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19. While normal routine cleaning with soap and water can reduce the number of germs and dirt on surfaces, disinfecting with EPA-approved disinfectants can help further reduce the spread of COVID-19. Frequently touched nonporous surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks, and touchscreens) within the school will be cleaned and disinfected daily or between use as much as possible. Soft, porous surfaces will be cleaned periodically with soap and water or other cleaners appropriate for use on the surface. When possible, EPA-approved disinfectants will be used on soft, porous surfaces. Soft, porous surfaces will be removed where possible.
  • Transportation

    Indian Springs School will operate its normal morning and afternoon bus routes. Temperature checks, questionnaires, and face masks will be required for both drivers and all passengers before entering the bus. Parents must remain with their children at the bus stop until their student has successfully completed the pre-boarding process. Seating will be limited to every other seat to promote social distancing. The bus will be cleaned and disinfected before every route.

    COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. While we anticipate some changes to our activity bus process/schedule (including limiting passengers and destinations), that information is forthcoming as the details of the underlying events (athletics, Tuesday/Thursday activity bus) become known.
  • Visitors

    Visitors to the school campus will continue to be limited and will not be granted entry without prior permission. Temperature checks, questionnaires, and masks will be required for all visitors. Hand sanitizer will be made available to campus visitors as they enter buildings. There will be designated restroom areas for visitors. Maintenance vendors and visiting workers will use maintenance building restrooms.