Campus-Wide Safety Expectations

Updated on September 18, 2020

Watch our Sycamore Procedures Video so you’ll be ready for the first day of in-person learning!  You can find it here!


Campus Wide Precautions:

  • Staff and students will need to complete the Daily Home Health Screening Checklist before arriving at school.
  • Temperature checks for all students and staff will be implemented upon arriving at school.
  • Increased handwashing on campus and hand sanitizing stations in each classroom and throughout the campus.
  • Frequent handwashing will be completed by staff and students throughout the day.
  • Staff and students will wear face coverings in the classroom and during transitions on campus.
  • Staff will wear face coverings when interacting with the community.
  • Classrooms and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized nightly.
  • Community drinking fountains will be closed. Water bottle filling stations will remain open. Students will need to have an individual water bottle.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.



  • Students will remain in classroom cohorts without mixing with students from other classes. Teachers will rotate between classrooms if applicable.
  • Staff will wear face coverings.  
  • Students will wear face coverings. We will support students who may have difficulty wearing face coverings.
  • Students will have individual seats, maintaining a safe distance apart. 
  • Students will only use their individual supplies in the classroom. Teachers will replenish supplies when necessary.
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizing routines will be taught and encouraged throughout the day.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
  • Specialists will conduct classes in your child’s classroom (when available). 
  • Students will bring a personal reusable water bottle.
  • Desks will be positioned to face the same direction rather than facing each other. At multiple student tables (common in kindergarten classrooms) partitions or dividers will be used between each student.


MPR: Meal Times

  • Lunch tables will be set-up to maintain a safe distance apart from each other. 
  • Only 1 cohort/class at each grade level will be eating in the MPR at a time. The remaining classes will eat under the solar shade structure, amphitheater (weather permitting), or in the classroom. Classes will alternate between locations. 
  • Lunches will be delivered to those classes not eating in the MPR.
  • Kindergarten will eat outside (weather permitting) or in their classroom. 
  • Place markings on the MPR floor indicate where students should stand to maintain social distancing. 
  • Cafeteria lunches will be individually packaged. 
  • Students will not share food items with one another.
  • Tables will be cleaned and sanitized between grade level lunches.


Morning Drop Off 

  • Drop off times for all students is from 7:25 a.m.-7:40 a.m.
  • Temperature checks for all students and staff will be implemented upon arriving at school. Temp checks will be completed at the front gate, Kindergarten playground gate, and the bus bay gate.
  • Parents are respectfully asked not to enter campus in efforts to limit opportunities of exposure.
  • Parents will drop off students at the front loop of the school, kindergarten playground gate or the bus bay gate (which will be used primarily by walkers and bus riders). Parents are asked not to leave their cars during drop off.
  • Designated areas are established for kindergarten drop off. Kindergarten students will be met by staff and walked to their classrooms.
  • Once on campus, students will go directly to their classrooms. Daily entering and exiting routines will be taught to students by their teachers.
  • Students, staff and parents will wear face coverings during drop off times. Face coverings must be worn once students walk on site.
  • Students will complete the Daily Home Health Screening Checklist before arriving at school. Parents will have their child stay home if they are experiencing fever of 100 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • A copy of our Parking Lot Procedures, along with a map of the parking lot can be found here.

Afternoon Pick Up:

  • Designated areas are established for each grade level.
  • Parents picking up by car will stay in the vehicle and the staff will bring your child to you.
  • Kindergarten students will be sectioned in an area in the front of the school on the inside of the fence near the Community Room sidewalk. Kindergarten staff will release students to parent pick-up from this area.
  • A designated area for each grade level will be established around the front loop. Teachers will walk students to each pick-up area. These areas will be coned off. Students are to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings.
  • Siblings of CFMS students will stay within their grade level sections and will wait to be picked-up there.
  • CFMS staff students will be released to outside entry areas of the Sycamore library.
  • Placards will be shared with parents to write their child’s name and grade level to be easily viewable by staff. Parents, place this placard in the passenger window or rearview mirror.
  • Parents walking home with their child will wait for students at the front of the school or kindergarten playground gate practicing social distancing.
  • Students and staff will wear face coverings during pick up times.
  • A copy of our Parking Lot Procedures, along with a map of the parking lot can be found here.


Bus Riders

  • Click here for some frequently asked questions for our students who are riding the school bus to and from school.
  • Click here for bus route information and to find where your child will be picked up in the morning or dropped off in the afternoon.


Hand Washing

Students will be required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer:

  • Upon arrival at school (use hand sanitizer if there is no sink in the classroom)
  • After being outside for physical activity
  • When entering a classroom
  • Before and after eating
  • Prior to leaving school for home
  • After sneezing, coughing, or blowing nose


Student Belongings/Materials

  • For younger grades and where possible, student belongings will be kept in individual supply boxes or cubbies labeled with each student’s name. Please limit belongings sent to school.
  • Whenever possible, schools will be limiting the sharing of supplies. However, when this is not possible, items will be sanitized. 
  • Students are not required to bring a backpack to school, yet may bring backpacks with essential items such as a water bottle and lunch. 
  • Students are expected to bring their school device back and forth to school safely in their backpack or protective case.


Office and Campus Visitors & Volunteers:

  • Volunteers are an important part of our culture but during the hybrid phase of in-person learning, we will not be receiving visitors or volunteers on campus.
  • Volunteers can support teachers from home.



  • The playground fields will be open for students to play.
  • When students are able to maintain a safe social distance from one another, no masks will be required while at recess. 
  • Face coverings will be worn when physical distancing is not possible (ie basketball).
  • Class cohorts will be assigned recess zones on the playground: basketball court, soccer (west), soccer (east), upper playground area, and kickball.
  • Recess equipment will be sanitized throughout the day.
  • Playground structures will be closed.
  • Students will maintain safe distances in their recess zone when lining up to return to class. 
  • Teachers will pick up students from their recess zone.


Daily Screening

Students and staff will be required to go through the following checklist each morning before coming to school, self-report symptoms, and stay home if any symptoms are present.  Temperature checks will be completed on all staff and students prior to entering campus using a non-contact thermometer.




  • Please contact Neva Jorgensen, Sycamore Site Director for Community Programs for information about Childcare.  She can be reached at 520-879-2579 or by emailing
  • More information about Community Programs can be found here.


Vail School District’s Face Covering Policy

  • Click here to read Vail School District’s Face Covering Policy.

*Please keep in mind that these guidelines may change throughout the course of the school year as necessary.