In order to ensure schools are safe for students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mill Valley School District has met and exceeded all safety requirements. The Maintenance, Operations, & Safety department has been working hard to ensure that all sites are safe and prepared. A video featuring this department's staff members is available on our YouTube channel, including Julio Arroyo who joined as our Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Safety in August 2020.
Prior to reopening, we completed safety walkthroughs of all of our sites with staff, ordered and installed EPE, air purifiers, and more. Each school site has prepared a School Site Specific Protection Plan, which has been approved by the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin Department of Health and Human Services. During the summer, MVSD hired Patrick McLaughlin from the Marin County Office of Education's "Rethinking Schools Task Force" to collaborate with our school sites and engage in walkthroughs with staff. We had an Interim Director of Maintenance, Operations, & Safety, Judge Taylor, with us all summer.
Essential Protective Equipment
The following EPE and safety measures have been provided for all staff:
- Disposable face masks for staff and students
- Cloth face masks for staff and students
- Face shields for staff members
- Humanity shields for staff members
- Touchless thermometers
- Outdoor hand washing stations at each site
- Hand sanitizer dispenser in each classroom
- Plexiglass shields in school offices and one-to-one education spaces
- High-efficiency MERV-13 filters installed in HVAC systems
- Food-safe sanitizing spray for all classrooms
- Outdoor learning areas
- Floor and ground markings for physical distancing
- Regularly cleaning procedures
- Signage posted for required face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing
- Daily health screenings for staff and students
- HEPA Air Purifiers in each classroom
HEPA Air Purifiers have been provided in all district classrooms to ensure adequate ventilation even during days with poor air quality. This is in addition to each classroom across the district having at least one exterior door and window or two exterior windows for ventilation and new MERV-13 filters installed in our HVAC systems. All HVAC systems have been inspected district-wide.
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the classroom or workspace will be disinfected 24 hours after the person who tested positive was last present.
Classrooms or work areas’ frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned including but not limited to:
- light switches
- faucets and sinks
After disinfection is completed, the space is safe to use.
Staff Safety Videos
Below are video tutorials from our Maintenance, Operations, & Safety department depicting how to use Covid-19 safety equipment.
Staff Sani-Q Food-Safe Sanitizer Spray Tutorial
Staff Air Purifier Tutorial
Sani-Q Fogger Tutorial for Custodians
COVID-19 Prevention and Response Health and Safety Protocols
View the Mill Valley School District's COVID-19 Prevention and Response Health and Safety Protocols, including the following documents:
- Marin County School Guidelines - 30 Point Plan
- COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist
- All Mill Valley School District's School Site Specific Protection Plans (SSSPPs)
- MOU with Teachers
- MOU with Classified Staff
- Injury, Illness, & Prevention Program (IIPP)
- COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA requirements go into effect February 1, 2021. On January 14th when Governor Newsom announced the launch of the Safe Schools for All Hub, the CDPH released updated COVID-19 and reopening in-person instruction guidance. Under the updated guidance, all local education agencies (LEAs) must complete and post to their website a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) prior to reopening for in-person instruction. For LEAs that are currently offering in-person instruction, they must post their CSP on their website by February 1, 2021. Mill Valley School District posted our plan on 1/29/21.