Conway Public Schools
COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
District Protocols and Procedures
Conway Public Schools has received guidance from the Arkansas Departments of Health and Education regarding our response to having positive cases of COVID-19 inside the school district.
Decisions for quarantine of a student, group of students, classroom, school, and/or district are made in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health and not by the school district independently.
Our COVID response procedures can be found on this page and throughout this section of our website.
School Nurse Notes
Top 5 things our school nurses want you to know:
- If your child has fever or symptoms of illness, please do not send them to school.
- Your child must be fever free without medication for 48 hours before returning to school after an illness.
- Students should carry their own hand sanitizer along with extra face masks (if desired) to school each day.
- Please make sure your child's school has your updated contact information, as well as multiple emergency contacts in case they are needed.
- Continue to make sure your child is up-to-date on all required immunizations, and get the flu shot!
Please call your child's school ASAP if any of the following occur:
- Your student tests positive for COVID-19
- Someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19
- Your student was exposed to someone outside of school who tested positive for COVID-19
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Conway Public Schools Maintenance Department and Custodial Services will maintain our standard, rigorous cleaning procedures for each school building every night. These are sufficient to kill bacteria and viruses.
By definition, disinfecting means killing the germs on a surface, using a chemical that must remain on surfaces for a minimum amount of time (usually 10 minutes.). The chemicals must be rinsed or removed from the surface in many cases, such as cafeteria tables. Our disinfecting procedures, for the most part, will take place when students are not present in the school building.
In addition, extra cleaning measures will be taken to ensure all areas are disinfected daily. All touch surfaces- including desks, countertops, doorknobs and door "pushbars," keyboards, phone receivers, and hand sanitizer dispensers- will be wiped down and disinfected.
Every school will also be "fogged" nightly with an electrostatic fogging machine. Custodians will use the foggers throughout the building- in classrooms, restrooms, offices, common areas, etc. This sprays a disinfectant mist on all surfaces that, when allowed to dry undisturbed for ten minutes, has a 30-day "kill claim" on all virus particles, including those associated with COVID-19.
Each teacher will also be equipped with a spray bottle of disinfectant for spot cleaning.
By definition, sanitizing means lowering the number of germs on a surface to make things safer. Sanitizing will not kill all the viruses and bacteria, but it will help lower the risk. CPSD will continually sanitize surfaces and areas throughout each school each day.
Throughout the school day, custodians will do additional cleaning/wiping down of frequently-touched surfaces throughout each school.
CPSD will sanitize classrooms while students are not present (ex. students are at lunch, activity period, etc.) when there are opportunities to do so.
Cafeteria tables will be sanitized between each lunch group.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in every classroom and bathroom throughout the district.
Teachers will teach and encourage students to use proper hand washing hygiene.