Pilgrims to resume educational pilgrimage in-person

New Plymouth High School is seen in this undated photo. New Plymouth School District will open under ‘normal with precautions’ protocol on Aug. 24.

NEW PLYMOUTH — When students in the New Plymouth School District resume classes on Aug. 24, it will be in person and on-campus, as announced by the School Board on Aug. 10. Despite COVID-19, the Board announced through the District’s website that school will open on Level 1 of its leveled operation plan.

In Level 1 of the plan, which the District refers to as ‘Normal with precautions,’ measures taken by school staff and officials include:

- Increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, including desks

- Masks provided for students and staff, which are required when social distancing is not possible. Exceptions provided for the deaf or hard of hearing.

- Informational posters will be posted throughout campuses

- Students won’t be allowed to share supplies like pencils, scissors, crayons, glue and so on

- Hand sanitizing stations will be available in each classroom

- Release times will be staggered at the end of the day

- Staff and students will be sent home if they exhibit symptoms consistent with or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19 would be sent home. The District further urges individuals to monitor their symptoms and not come in if they don’t feel healthy and symptom-free

- Individuals suspecting exposure would need to wear a mask at all times. All individuals are urged to wear masks, required to if 6 feet of physical distance is not possible

- If a student or staff member tests positive, the school would work with Southwest District Health to establish a list of possible contacts and may assist with reaching those exposed.

The District will work with Southwest District Health to coordinate school operations and make changes if necessary.

A request for comment from members of the Board was not returned before press time.

Southwest District Health has identified Payette County with a ‘red’ health alert, although New Plymouth presently has a seven-day average incidence rate of 1.62 cases per 10,000 people as of Aug. 11.

School begins Aug. 24 for all New Plymouth students.

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