Please click here to view a one-page document outlining our mask protocols.
All students and staff will be required to wear masks. The District has and will maintain an inventory of face masks for students, staff, and visitors that arrive without one. Face maks are required all times, except for meals. During instruction, the District will allow time for brief (less than 8 minute) “mask breaks” for students when they can maintain social distance, such as times when there is six feet between individuals or when seated six feet apart and positioned between desktop barriers.
To maximize the safety of students and staff, we will initially reopen with this conservative mask protocol. The mask policy will be reevaluated on 30-day intervals based on events and any updates to CDC or NYSDOH guidance.
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Students, staff, and visitors will be required to maintain a social distance of 6 feet to the fullest extent possible.
All classrooms have been measured to determine the capacity of each room based on social distancing guidelines. The number of students in each room varies based on total square footage, layout of the room (i.e. doorways, built-in cabinetry, etc.), and furnishings.
- All instructional spaces have been redesigned so that students can maintain a social distance of six-feet from one another.
- Furniture placement in the classrooms has been adjusted accordingly.
- Changes to foot-traffic flow through buildings have been identified to limit the amount of close contact between students in high-traffic situations.
- Desk partitions will be used as an additional social-distancing precaution.
- Staggered arrival and/or dismissal times may be implemented.
- Multiple entry/exit points will be utilized rather than funneling all students through the same space.
- Bathroom usage may be monitored by staff to ensure social distancing.
- Signage, floor markings and visual aids (e.g., tape, stickers, posters, cones etc.) will be used to illustrate traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing indoors and outdoors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that one of the best ways to protect yourself against the virus is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Students and staff will be trained on proper hand-washing techniques.
- Handwashing breaks are built into the school day.
- Touch-free paper towel and soap dispensers installed in all restrooms.
- Touch-free faucets, paper towels, and soap dispensers have been installed in the newly renovated bathrooms.
- Hand-sanitizer dispensers available in every classroom.
- Portable handwashing stations have been deployed at all schools.
- Practice of “no sharing” of personal items has been implemented throughout the school community.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Monitor Your Health Daily
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature daily. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms and how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.