DoDEA schools 100% COVID-free since reopening

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DoDEA set up plexiglass barriers on all desks and tables, with students carrying their barriers if transferring from one class to the next.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools have remained 100 percent COVID-free since reopening in late October.

Gail Wiley, Community Superintendent of DODEA, notes that since their school has been doing face-to-face instruction, they haven’t had a single COVID-19 positive case.

“We have had symptomatic kids that have been tested. They have been screened and they have not tested positive,” Wiley said.

DODEA’s preparations for face-to-face instruction started in late June and since opening in October, Superintendent Wiley says their face-to-face instruction has continued to do well in remaining COVID-free.

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“The teachers and administrators have been working diligently to ensure that the students are safe. They are social distancing, they are washing their hands, they’re wearing their face masks, so this is vigilance. We had to restructure the schools. We had to have entrances changed, we had stairs, they had to go in a different direction so we had to put all of the signages up from the directions for the kids to go up the stair s and come down the stairs. We had to put up lines down for 6 feet distancing through out the school as well as the cafeteria,” Wiley said.

She added: “Now, can you say that happens 100% of the time? Maybe not 100% but we’ve been very consistent because our staff members are very vigilant, very conscientious and you know, they want the kids safe and we want them to be safe.”

DODEA also implemented the policy of parents screening their children first before going to school and the following:

= Providing hand sanitizers inside and outside classrooms and school buildings;
= Setting up plexiglass barriers on all desks and tables, with students carrying their barriers if transferring from one class to the next;
= Daily and intermittent sanitization of classrooms;
= New signs following the social distancing guidelines; and
= Re-routing of student drop-offs and pick-ups.

Last week, Wiley spoke with GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez and sent pictures, operational procedures, and other information about DODEA schools in hopes it will help GDOE with their face-to-face school preparations.

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