Reopening Plan

Afton Central School District Plan

29 Academy Street

Afton NY 13730

607-639-8200

Timothy J. McNamara; Superintendent & CEO

Gregg Winn; District COVID 19 Safety Coordinator (SED Assurance; Health and Safety 20)

Introduction

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. 

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the district is also planning for remote/distance learning as well as a for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. Parents have the option to remote into real time instruction or review class instruction on our website.

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Afton Central School for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

Afton Central School District www.aftoncsd

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Greg Winn will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator. Timothy McNamara, Superintendent will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for all communications and adjustment to the plan. He will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff, and other school community members and will ensure the district is complying and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. Contact information will be placed on the school website, Facebook page and letters sent home.

The district has a committee of nearly 26 members that include staff, parents, students, Board of Education members, administration, and the Chenango County Department of Health. We just had our third virtual on July 28th.

The district was charged with creating a plan for how we would reopen school in the fall. As you can imagine, this has been a huge undertaking. I want to personally thank everyone that has helped put this plan in motion.

After receiving the Guidance from NYS last Thursday, the district immediately began dissecting the plan and the requirements to safely bring students back to campus in some configuration of in person learning or remote learning.

We believe that we have developed the best possible plan focused on instruction and safety for all those involved. I would like to thank the Afton Central School Reopening committee for there dedication to the entire Afton Central School Community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afton Central School COVID-19 Reopening Planning Committee Members

Meetings – July 28, July 21, July 15 and June 17, 2020

 

Timothy J. McNamara; Superintendent

Greg Winn; Assistant Principal; COVID-19 Safety Coordinator

Laura Zanrucha; MS/HS Principal

Tracy Caezza; Elementary Principal/CSE

MaryAnn Palmetier; BOE President

Tracy Simmons; School Nurse

Ken Beames; Head Custodian

Lynn Bradley; Head Bus Driver

Ken Howard; Business Manager

Stacy Huyck; Technology Coordinator

Jilene Nordberg; HS School Counselor

Cindy Bostelman; Athletic Director

Connie Babino; Cafeteria Director

Connie Beames; BOE clerk/Secretary to Superintendent

Sarah DeLarco; Techer

Katelyn Moody; Teacher

Stacy Parks; HS/MS Secretary

Martin Kimble; Aide

James Guerriere; School Resource Officer

Stephanie Ives; Receptionists

Frances Baciuska; Aide

Sharon Jaindl – Bus Driver

Kim Knapp-Moravik; Custodian

Jeffrey Hillis; Parent

Brenda James; Parent/Childcare operator

Trevor Beames - Teacher- ATA – VP

Patricia Sperry - Parent

Madelyn Lucchese- Student

Zach Swislosky- Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

Content Outline

=       Communication/Family and Community Engagement                                                Page 5

=       Health & Safety                                                                                                                   Page 7

o   Health checks

o   Social distancing, face coverings & PPE

o   Infection control strategies

o   Management of ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring

o   Health hygiene

o   Cleaning and disinfecting

o   Vulnerable populations/accommodations 

o   Visitors on campus

o   School safety drills

=       Facilities                                                                                                                                 Page 17

=       Child Nutrition                                                                                                                      Page 21

o   Meals onsite

o   Meals offsite/remote

=       Transportation                                                                                                                     Page 23

=       Social Emotional Well-Being                                                                                              Page 25

=       School Schedules                                                                                                                 Page 27

=       School Activities                                                                                                                   Page 33

o   Extracurriculars

o   Childcare

=       Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism                                                                             Page 30

=       Technology and Connectivity                                                                                             Page 34

=       Teaching and Learning                                                                                                        Page 34

o   In-person Instruction 

o   Remote/Hybrid Instruction 

=       Special Education                                                                                                                 Page 38

=       Bilingual Education and World Languages                                                                      Page 39

=       Staff                                                                                                                                        Page 40

o   Teacher and Principal Evaluation System

o   Certification, Incidental Teaching and Substitute Teaching

 

 

 

 

Communication/Family and Community Engagement

To help inform our reopening plan, the district has sought feedback and input from stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students, local health department officials and health care providers, employee unions and community groups. Engagement efforts included online surveys, virtual meetings, and one-on-one conversations.

The district remains committed to communicating all elements of this reopening plan to students, parents and guardians, staff, and visitors. The plan is available to all stakeholders via the district website at www.aftoncsd.org  and will be updated throughout the school year, as necessary, to respond to local circumstances. The link to the plan appears on the website homepage and our FACEBOOK page Spotlight on Afton. Every effort has been made to ensure that the plan is accessible to all individuals in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A/AA.

As part of its planning for the reopening of schools and the new academic year, the district has developed a plan for communicating all necessary information to district staff, students, parents/guardians, visitors and education partners and vendors. The district will use its existing communication channels – including the school website, school announcements, robocall system, FACEBOOK page, e-mail as well as appropriate signage and training opportunities to support the dissemination of consistent messaging regarding new protocols and procedures, expectations, requirements and options related to school operations throughout the pandemic.

The district is committed to establishing and maintaining regular channels of communication and has reviewed and determined which methods have proven to be the most effective in communications with our school community. The district will rely on school website, school announcements, robocall system, FACEBOOK page, and school e-mail to communicate news, requirements and updates related to reopening and in-person instruction, including social distancing requirements, proper wearing of face coverings and proper hand and respiratory hygiene. The information that we will share will be based on state guidance and Department of Health, CSA member and our reopening committee

In support of remote learning, the district will provide devices to students and teachers. Grades 4-12 will use one-one devices to attend regular schedule classes from their home on alternating days in person instruction. The district is in the process of training teachers on the platform Microsoft teams. Surveys were distributed and placed on our school website and Facebook page to determine whether students will have internet connectivity. The district will provide students and their families with multiple ways to contact the school, and teachers during remote learning, including school e-mail, teacher pages, FACEBOOK page and through the telephone.

The district will use existing internal and external communications channels to notify staff, students, and families/caregivers about in-person, remote and hybrid school schedules with as much advance notice as possible. The district will use the schools robocall system, FACEBOOK page, and website. The Superintendent and Principals will be sharing the instructional schedules.

The district will follow its existing engagement and communication protocols with parents regarding the provision of special education services for their child.  

All Committee on Special Education meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams. Special Education teachers will be in regular communication with parents via email, telephone, and regular mail through the UPS in the preferred language. Progress notes will be sent quarterly.

In addition, the district will make every effort to ensure that communication to parents/legal guardians is in their preferred language and mode of communication.

English Language learners will receive communication in their preferred language via Google Translator or a translator provided by Afton Central School.

The district is committed to ensuring that all its students and their families are taught, and re-taught new expectations related to all public health policies and protocols. As part of this continuous training, the district will assess the best approach to communicating the information for each students’ age group and will provide frequent opportunities for students to review these policies and protocols. This targeted education will help ensure that all students and their families know what is expected of them as they successfully return to the school setting. These trainings will cover:

=       Proper handwashing videos will be shown to all students and staff in the morning in classrooms as part of our training. Our school nurse will also visit classrooms to reinforce. Signs will be posted in each restroom. Signs will be posted at each sanitizer stations located in each classroom that is not supported by a sink. Announcements will be made during the day on our schools’ announcement system. Information on proper handwashing will be on our school website. www.aftoncsd.org Superintendent conference day will have training as well.

=       Proper face covering videos will be shown to all students and staff in the morning in classrooms as part of our training. Signs will be posted in hallways. Announcements will be made during the day on our schools’ announcement system. Information on proper wear of face coverings will be on our school website www.aftoncsd.org and on posters in the hallway. Superintendent conference day will have training as well.

=       Social distancing - Proper social distancing videos will be shown to all students and staff in the morning in classrooms as part of our training. Signs will be posted in hallways. Announcements will be made during the day on our schools’ announcement system. Information on proper social distancing will be on our school website Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org and on posters in the hallway. Letters will be sent home with proper guidance on social distancing. Superintendent Conference day will also provide training on proper social distancing.

=       Respiratory hygiene Proper respiratory hygiene videos and teacher led guidance will be shown and taught to all students and staff in the morning in classrooms as part of our training. Signs will be posted in hallways, bathrooms and classrooms. Announcements will be made during the day on our schools’ announcement system. Information on proper social distancing will be on our school website Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org. Letters will be sent home with proper guidance on social distancing. Superintendent Conference day will also provide training on proper social distancing.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The following protocols and procedures will be in place in the Afton Central School District including all before school and afterschool activities for the 2020-21 school year should in-person schooling resume. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator at gwinn@aftoncsd.org  or 607-639-8210.

For more information about how health and safety protocols and trainings will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section at  www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

 

Health checks

The district as developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening measures that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. The resources include the requirement for any student or staff member with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection to not come to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of Coronavirus symptoms was used to develop these resources.

The Afton Central School District will implement the following practices to conduct mandated health screening.

COVID-19 HEALTH SCREENINGS 

§ It is essential that the Afton School Community work together to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the school environment and in the community while providing a quality education program as school reopens.

  • The Afton Central School District will routinely conduct daily health screenings for COVID-19 for all students and staff under the direction of its Medical/Nursing staff. All will be expected to:

o   Maintain a proper social distance of 6 feet

o   Wear a protective face covering

o   Engage in frequent handwashing

  • The school requires parents to take their student’s body temperature at home prior to coming to school (temperature must be below 100.0 degrees) and to complete a student entry ticket that will be turned in to the school upon arrival. (See Appendix)
  • Follow-up random temperature checks at school, along with visual health inspections of students as they arrive, may occur to screen for COVID-19.
  • A negative employee health questioner will be required of staff before beginning work. (See Appendix)
  • School security cameras will be used to contact trace every worker and will be maintained on the ACS camera system for one month that details hours worked, buses utilized and other necessary daily activities.
  • The Afton CSD will ensure that all health screenings will be conducted safely and respectfully, and in accordance with privacy laws and regulations.

Social distancing, face coverings & PPE

The district has developed a plan with policies and procedures for maintaining social distancing of all students, faculty, and staff when on school facilities, grounds, and transportation.

The following are district social distancing policies and procedures the district has developed. The district has directional arrows in hallways, maximum capacity signage for smaller spaces based on 6 ft. requirement on bathroom doors and elevators, proper face mask signs throughout the building, The district also sent the following in our school calendar, newsletter and will be sent via a robocall.

 

 

Superintendent’s Written Directive

All people who enter school property, which also includes school vehicles, or attend school sponsored events are directed and required to follow the District’s Re-opening Plan and written protocols. The Plan and written protocols can be found at www.aftoncsd.org  of plan and protocols... This includes, but is not limited to, any requirements to wear face masks, wash hands, maintain social distancing, permit temperature checks, and answer screening questionnaires. Failure to follow the Plan or protocols, as well as failure to follow the directive of an appropriate school official relating to following the Plan or protocols, may result in a person being refused entrance, or an administrator directing the person to leave the school property or event. It may also result in further consequences as follows:

 

=       for all people, the District may contact law enforcement for trespass where the person refuses to leave school property as directed, as well as for any other violations committed.

=       for students, discipline pursuant to the District’s Code of Conduct for insubordination, endangering the health, safety, or welfare of others, as well as other applicable violations of the Code of Conduct.

=       for parents and other visitors, ban on attending school events as well as consequences pursuant to the Visitors’ Code of Conduct.

=       for school personnel formal discipline, up to and including termination.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

If social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, proper face coverings must be worn in common areas such as hallways or school buses. For those medically unable to wear face coverings, healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering will not be required to do so.

Students, staff, and visitors to our schools will be expected to wear face coverings indoors and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction, and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one.

Because students and staff will need to be prepared to wear a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance, they will be required to wear a face covering in all common areas (e.g., entrances and exits) and when traveling around the school.

Two Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.

An employee is allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose. Employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering will not be required to do so.

Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school, so there may be periods of time when masks are not worn.

Face coverings should not be placed on:

=       Children younger than 2 years old

=       Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction

=       Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious

=       Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

The district will instruct students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors, and vendors on:

=       The proper way to wear face coverings

=       Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering

=       Proper way to discard disposable face coverings

PPE training –

=       The district will rely on DCMOBOCES to supply the training and sizing for proper PPE fitting and wearing.

Infection control strategies

Every classroom is set up with desks and furniture spaced six feet apart.

Class sizes have been reduced to maintain social distancing.

Class sizes were reduced through a hybrid model of in person and remote instruction.

Teachers will rotate classrooms in order to keep students in similar cohort groups throughout the day, to the best of our ability.

 Arrows will be posted in the hallway to indicate one flow of direction and to maintain social distancing in the hallways.

Cafeterias and gymnasiums spaces have been marked off so students can socially distance while eating lunch.

=       Each classroom will have an alcohol-based hand rub dispenser or a sink for students to wash their hands during sanitizer/handwashing breaks.

=       All classrooms and cafeterias will adhere to the 6ft rule.

Facility Alterations and Acquisition

The district will utilize the cafeteria, gyms, and libraries for section as classroom space and storage.

CODE COMPLIANCE PROTOCOL

?       In the event of a need to renovate or add to the existing facilities, ACS will continue to comply with all requirements of the 2020 NYS Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the NYS Energy Conservation Code. All changes will be submitted to the Office of Facilities Planning at the NYS Education Department, as required.

?       ACS will ensure compliance with the 2020 Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection regulations, where applicable.

?       All new alcohol-based hand rub dispensers for sanitation purposes, which are installed throughout ACS, will be done so in accordance with NYS Fire Code Section 5705.5.

?       In the event that ACS determines the need to install dividers in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, doors, and other points of congregation, detailed floor plans will be submitted to the Office of Facilities Planning for review.

?       Any plans to construct, lease, or utilize portable structures (including tents) will adhere to the Building Code of NYS. All plans will include a preliminary review and/or a full code review with the Office of Facilities Planning.

?       Any use of plastic separators will comply with the 2020 Building Code of NYS Section 2606.

?       Submitted plans dedicated only to COVID-19 Reopening will be labeled as such.

?       All existing HVAC systems will continue to be operated and maintained in accordance with applicable codes and standards. Any proposed changes will be addressed with the ACS architect and provided to the Office of Facilities Planning for review.

?       ACS has 13 fountains in the Middle/High School Elementary school and 525 enrolled and 100 staff. This exceeds the number of fountains required for the facility.

?       The existing number of toilet and sink fixtures in all ACS-operated facilities meets or exceeds the minimum standards of the Building Code of NYS.

Plumbing Facilities and Fixtures

Restrooms

=       All restrooms will be open and available for staff and students. Single use restrooms will have locks on the doors. Multiple use restrooms will have urinals six feet apart. Students bathroom breaks will be supervised to maintain social distancing. And to insure proper cleaning throughout the day. A routine schedule has been taking place weekly ensuring all water systems are being run and checked for any problems. (all inspections are being logged)

 

=       Hand Dryers in Restrooms/locker rooms
Powered air hand dryers in restrooms can atomize moisture from the surface of hands which can carry viruses and germs, paper towel dispensers are being replaced with easy to tear pull down sheets and/or senor units. All push powered hand dryers are being put out of commission.

Water Systems

=       The building water distribution system and all outlets shall be flushed for at least 10 minutes before buildings are reoccupied. Consider documenting flush times.

=       Taking steps to ensure that all water systems and features (i.e., drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water

=       A routine schedule has been taking place weekly ensuring all water systems are being run and checked for any problems. (all inspections are being logged)


Bubblers/Drinking Fountains
 

As of now we have two hydration station that comes equipped with a bottle filler.

Looking to install at least two more.

We also have 24 bubblers in classrooms.

And 13 bubblers located throughout the building.

Restrooms

=       All restrooms will be open and available for staff and student. With the students being supervised to maintain social distancing. And to insure proper cleaning throughout the day.

Ventilation

HVAC System

=       Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (i.e., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility

Occupied areas shall be provided with mechanical ventilation of at least 15 cfm per occupant of outside air during periods of occupancy.

=       Ventilation and air filtering capacity may be increased, within design parameters, as needed.

=       Verify that systems can handle changes such as:

o   All air filters have been replaced with MERV-8

Routine inspections and maintenance will be performed throughout the day.

MAU units are scheduled for nighttime flush from 8pm to 6am daily.

 

Management of ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring

The district requires students, faculty, or staff members who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day to report to the nurse’s office. If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, students must wait at least 6 feet apart. The district has designated areas to separate individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 from others until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of illness. One area will be used to treat injuries, provide medications or nursing treatments, and the other area will be used for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. Both areas will be supervised by an adult and have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies.

Afton Central School District, High School faculty room. There is a sink and bathroom in the facility.

PPE requirements for school health office staff caring for sick individuals includes both standard and transmission-based precautions. In areas with moderate to substantial community transmission, eye protection (e.g., goggles or face shield) should be added. When caring for a suspect or confirmed individual with COVID-19, gloves, a gown, eye protection, and a fit-tested N-95 respirator will be used, if available. If an N-95 respirator is not available, a surgical face mask and face shield will be used.

School health office cleaning will occur after each use of cots, bathrooms, and health office equipment (e.g., blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, stethoscopes). Health office equipment will be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions.

Disposable items will be used as much as possible (e.g., disposable pillow protectors, disposable thermometers, disposable thermometer sheaths or probes, disposable otoscope specula).

Aerosol Generating Procedures

Respiratory treatments administered by nurses generally result in aerosolization of respiratory secretions. These aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) potentially put healthcare personnel and others at an increased risk for pathogen exposure and infection. The district requires the following PPE to be worn during AGPs: gloves, N-95 or a surgical mask with face shield, eye protection and a gown. PPE will be used when: suctioning, administering nebulizer treatments, or using peak flow meters with students who have respiratory conditions.

Treatments such as nebulized medication treatments and oral or tracheostomy suctioning will be conducted in a room separate from others with nursing personnel wearing appropriate PPE. For nebulizer treatments, if developmentally appropriate, the nurse will leave the room and return when the nebulizer treatment is finished.

Cleaning of the room will occur between use and cleaning of the equipment should be done following manufacturer’s instructions after each use.  

If Students or Staff become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

  • Afton school nurse is trained and responsible for dealing with suspected COVID-19 cases during the school day.
  • Students/staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 illness while at school should be referred to ACS Health Office.

§ Suspected COVID-19 cases will immediately be isolated/separated from others and placed in an isolation room.

  • Nursing staff will medically triage suspected cases.
  • The COVID-19 Coordinator and building principal will be notified once the student/staff is isolated.
  • The ACS Pandemic Response Team will be mobilized.
  • Parents will be notified and will be called to transport symptomatic cases home. If parents are not available to transport the district will.
  • Any symptomatic COVID-19 student/staff member sent home should be seen by a healthcare provider.
  • The Chenango County Health Department will be notified of all suspected COVID-19 cases.
  • ACS will await direction from the Chenango County Health Department.
  • All school areas occupied by suspected COVID-19 cases will be immediately deep-cleaned by school custodial staff.
  • School district administration will communicate plans for continuing or dismissing school in accordance with Chenango County DOH and federal CDC guidelines.
  • Parents of suspected COVID-19 symptomatic students will be advised to keep child home until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.

Return to School after Illness

The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. This protocol includes:

1.       Present Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation

2.       Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result

3.       Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation

The district will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The district requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

COVID-19 Testing

In the event that a large-scale testing will need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will work with the following providers:

 Lourdes Hospital – Utsav Hanspal MD, MPH, CAQSM – 65 Pennsylvania Avenue Binghamton, NY 13903 – 607-723-5393.

Contact Tracing

The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district.

To assist the Chenango County health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.  

Afton will assist with contact tracing by:

1.       Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members

2.       Ensuring student schedules are up to date

3.       Use the ACS camera system to trace persons footprint during the day

4.       Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited

5.       Assisting Chenango County health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program

If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered in the school, in consultation with the local health department, the district will do the following: Afton Central School District will implement the following:

=       Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using these areas until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred.

=       Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.

=       Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.

=       Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common areas.

o   Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected it can be reopened for use.

o   Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection.



Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department.

For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the School Reopening  www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

School Closures

A closure refers to contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in- person education and/or closing the school. The district will collaborate with the local health department to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level.

=       Afton Central School District will close if the regional infection rate rises over 9% after Aug. 1. Afton will close if the 7-day rolling average of the infection rate is above 9%.

=       Schools in regions in Phase 4 can reopen if the daily infection rate remains below 5 percent using a 14-day average, unless otherwise directed from the Chenango County Health Department.

=       If the infection rate rises about 9%, schools ACS will wait until the 14-day average is below 5%

=       Once Afton is open at Phase IV below 5% for a 14-day rolling average, ACS can remain open even if the rate continues to rise about 5% until it reaches 9% for the 7-day average.

=       Afton will be notified by Chenango County Health Department on the situation.

=       School administrators should consider closing school if absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely.

=       ACS may choose to modify operations prior to closing to help mitigate a rise in cases. If infection rates are rising above 5%; ACS will consider modifying school operations for medically vulnerable students and staff if they are participating in in-person activities. For example, fully remote instruction and instruction.

=       Afton Central School will consult with our medical director and/or the Chenango County Health Department when making such decisions.

=       ACS and administrators will determine which operations will be decreased or ceased and which operations will be conducted remotely; include process to conduct orderly closures which may include phasing, milestones, and involvement of key personnel.

For more information about how school closure information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section,   www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

Health hygiene

The district will emphasize healthy hygiene practices for students and staff by providing initial and refresher education in hand and respiratory hygiene, along with providing adequate supplies and time for frequent hand hygiene. Signs will be posted throughout the school (e.g., entrances, restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, administrative offices, auditorium, custodial staff areas) and regular messaging will be shared with the school community. Signage will be used to remind individuals to:

1.       Stay home if they feel sick.

2.       Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering when unable to maintain social distance from others or in accordance with any stricter policy implemented by the school.

3.       Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.

4.       Adhere to social distancing instructions.

5.       Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19.

6.       Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

7.       Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff must carry out the following hand hygiene practices. 

=       Wash hands routinely with soap (any kind) and water for at least 20 seconds.

=       Dry hands completely after washing. Use paper towels to dry hands if available instead of a hand dryer if they are available.

=       If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer should be rubbed on the hands until it is completely absorbed. DO NOT dry hands if sanitizer is used.

Hand washing should occur:

=       Before and after eating (e.g. snacks and lunch).

=       After going to the restroom or after assisting a student with toileting.

=       After using a tissue.

=       Before and after using shared materials.

=       Before and after putting on or taking off face masks.

=       After coming in from the outdoors.

=       Anytime hands are visibly soiled.

Respiratory Hygiene

The COVID-19 virus spreads from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. Therefore, the district will emphasize the importance of respiratory hygiene.

Students and staff must carry out the following respiratory hygiene practices.

=       Cover a cough or sneeze using a tissue. If a tissue is used, it should be thrown away immediately. 

=       If you do not have a tissue when sneezing or coughing, sneeze into your elbow.

=       Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing.

=       Face coverings are protective. Wearing a face covering will keep the respiratory droplets and aerosols from being widely dispersed into the air.

For more information about how hygiene information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

Cleaning and disinfecting

The district will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD” poster, as applicable. Cleaning and disinfection logs will be maintained that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

The district maintenance workers will be cleaning, and disinfection frequency include.

=       Bathrooms

=       Athletic training rooms, locker rooms

=       Health offices, isolation rooms

=       Administrative offices (main office, reception area)

=       Frequently touched surfaces in common areas (door handles, elevator buttons, copy machine keypads, etc.)

=       Breakrooms

=       Cafeterias/Kitchens

=       Computer labs

=       Science labs

=       Classrooms

=       Maintenance offices and work areas

=       Bus Garage

=       Buses, school vehicles

=       Libraries

=       Large meeting areas (auditoriums, gymnasiums, music rooms)

=       Playgrounds (cleaning only)

=       Outdoor seating areas

Students, faculty, and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and such information will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians on ways to reinforce this at home.

The district will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the school, as follows:

=       For handwashing: soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.

=       For hand sanitizing: an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol for areas where handwashing facilities may not be available or practical.

=       Accommodations for students who cannot use hand sanitizer will be made.

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. This will include desks and cafeteria tables, which should be cleaned and disinfected between each individual’s use. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed. 

The district will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms should be cleaned and disinfected more often depending on frequency of use.  

For more information about how cleaning and disinfection information will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section at www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.                    

Vulnerable populations/accommodations

 

We recognize that some students and staff members are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, live with a person who is at an increased risk, or simply do not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment. It is our goal that these individuals are able to safely participate in educational activities. Online learning will be available at real time, on our Microsoft team platform or on our website.

Visitors on campus

No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on school campuses, except for the safety and well-being of students. Parents/guardians will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child. Essential visitors to facilities will be required to wear face coverings and will be restricted in their access to our school buildings.

Visitors must follow all safety protocols as listed above.

School safety drills

The district will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by education law and regulation and the fire code without, exceptions. Schools must continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies.

Training, Drills, and Exercises

=       The Afton CSD will provide annual multi-hazard school safety training for all staff and students. The components of this training will be consistent across the district while the means of dissemination will likely be varied due to the specific needs of program participants involved. Staff training will be routinely conducted at the beginning of the school year (Superintendent Conference Day) and will be followed by drills that include the entire school population if socially distance is possible.

The Afton CSD will conduct drills and exercises to test the components of the Building-Level Emergency Response Plan. The use of tabletop exercises to accomplish this task in coordination with local and county emergency response and preparedness officials may be considered when live drills are impractical or not sufficient to meet training goals. At a minimum, eight evacuation drills (fire drills) and four lockdown drills will be conducted each school year. Due to COVID-19, lockdown drills in classroom setting will be conducted while maintaining social distancing/using masks. Drills will include each group of alternate days students.

 

--------------------------------------------------

Facilities

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently touched spaces regularly. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces. Plans for changes or additions to facilities that require review by the Office of Facilities Planning (OFP), will be submitted to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code.

The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged.

The district plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Visual Inspections on time. In addition, lead in water sampling will be carried out upon the reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”

Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.

Department: Custodial – Maintenance

Develop a mandatory schedule for increased, routine cleaning and disinfecting.

(These sheets will be located on the back of all doors. (offices, classrooms, restrooms etc.)

(Attached is a sample of the mandatory cleaning log for all cleaners to complete daily)

Cleaning/Disinfecting Protocols 

Supervisor

?      Create weekly/bi-weekly plans per guidance

?      Inventory necessary materials and supply chain for cleaning, disinfecting, and preventing spread of disease

?      Conduct a facility walkthrough to ensure that the classrooms, offices, common spaces, and the exterior are ready for staff and students 

?      Provide training to staff members on operating procedures, proper cleaning techniques, proper use of chemicals and personal protective equipment

?      At this time, we have an additional BOCES training class scheduled

?      Provide ongoing communication and feedback to staff on a weekly basis

?      Participate in planning meetings as needed

Cleaning & Maintenance Staff

?      Maintain social distancing as much as possible

?      Wear face coverings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

?      Use all chemical cleaners and disinfectants in the manner recommended by the manufacturer and your supervisor

?      Wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when cleaning and using chemicals

?      Follow US CDS Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

?      Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

 

General Cleaning 

?        Ensure all cleaning staff have been trained on any new PPE, cleaning products and techniques

?        Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children 

?        Ensure the facility has been cleaned/disinfected as per current NYSDOH/CDC protocols and that all high touch surfaces are routinely cleaned/disinfected (document and define frequency)

?        Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces

Frequently touched surfaces in common areas shall be cleaned and disinfected at least daily. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Handrails
  • Faucet handles
  • Drinking fountains

DAY SHIFT

=       Two cleaners will be assigned to the daytime school schedule to ensure proper routine cleaning and disinfecting is taking place. As well as being available for any needs.

Break rooms

  • Temporarily remove amenities that are handled with high contact frequency, such as water coolers, coffee makers, toasters, refrigerators, and bulk snacks and replace them with alternatives
  • Use of these items by multiple people should be discouraged. If they must be used then each person should wipe the touch surfaces with disinfectant wipes or use a cleaning spray to wipe them off, before and after use
  • Stagger lunch breaks to minimize occupancy in break rooms and allow for social distancing
  • Congregating in areas should be discouraged

Classrooms 

?      Teachers may be responsible for general cleaning within the classrooms and should be provided with appropriate cleaning supplies

?      Keep cleaning supplies out of reach of children

?      Schedule (at least daily) cleaning and disinfecting of touched surfaces during the regular school day. Cleaning and disinfecting should include frequently touched surfaces (PE equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) and shared objects (toys, games, art supplies) between uses. Consider scheduling this task late morning and early afternoon, ensuring adequate contact time for the disinfection

?      In order to facilitate cleaning and disinfection, classroom materials should be removed to the greatest extent possible

?      Trained Custodial staff should be responsible for heavier cleaning and disinfecting within classrooms 

?      Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces (but not limited to):

o   Classroom desks and chairs

o   Door handles and push plates

o   Bathroom faucets

o   Light switches

o   Shared telephones

o   Shared desktops

o   Shared computer keyboards and mice

?      All trash receptacles emptied, and trash removed from the room

?      Floors swept and dust mopped

?      Floors spot mopped or full mopped

?      Wipe clean: Tables, furniture, and counter tops

?      Window in the classroom door is cleaned at minimum once per week

?      Walls are spot cleaned

?      Carpets are spot cleaned

?      Make sure all windows are locked

?      Clean/Disinfect classroom sink and toilet area (if applicable)

?      Vacuum carpet daily if applicable

?      Re-stock all paper and soap products

?      Clean Baseboards - Weekly

?      Clean Light Fixtures - Weekly

?      Replace Lights (Notify Custodian or Maintenance)

 

Restrooms and Locker Rooms

?      Clean and disinfect toilets, sinks and shower areas

?      Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces (but not limited to):

o   Drinking Fountains

o   Door handles and push plates

o   Light switches

o   Handrails

?      All trash receptacles emptied, and trash removed from the room (all trash cans will be no touch)

?      Floors full mopped

?      Clean Doors and Partitions in Restrooms and Locker Rooms

?      Walls are spot cleaned

?      Check that toilets, faucets, and drains are working

?      Check Sanitary Napkin Boxes

?      Clean Exterior of Dispensers

?      Make sure all windows are locked

?      Restock all toilet paper and soap products

HVAC System

=       Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (i.e., allowing pollens in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility

Occupied areas shall be provided with mechanical ventilation of at least 15 cfm per occupant of outside air during periods of occupancy

=       Ventilation and air filtering capacity may be increased, within design parameters, as needed.

=       Verify that systems can handle changes such as:

=       All air filters have been replaced with MERV-8

=       Routine inspections and maintenance will be performed throughout the day.

=       MAU units are scheduled for nighttime flush from 8pm to 6am daily.

Hand Dryers in Restrooms/locker rooms

=       Powered air hand dryers in restrooms can atomize moisture from the surface of hands which can carry viruses and germs, paper towel dispensers are being replaced with easy to tear pull down sheets and/or senor units. All push powered hand dryers are being put out of commission.

Water Systems

=       The building water distribution system and all outlets shall be flushed for at least 10 minutes before buildings are reoccupied. Consider documenting flush times.

=       Taking steps to ensure that all water systems and features (i.e., drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water

=       A routine schedule has been taking place weekly ensuring all water systems are being run and checked for any problems. (all inspections are being logged)


Bubblers/Drinking Fountains
 As of now we have two hydration station that comes equipped with a bottle filler.

Looking to install at least two more.

We also have 24 bubblers in classrooms.

And 13 bubblers located throughout the building.

Restrooms

=       All restrooms will be open and available for staff and student. With the students being supervised to maintain social distancing. And to insure proper cleaning throughout the day.

LEAD TESTING

=       Any outlet that is currently or potentially being used for drinking and cooking purposes including but not limited to a bubbler drinking fountain or faucets.

=       Testing will be performed the first week that school is in session.

=       Lead-In-Water Testing will continue to be performed, as required by NYS DOH regulation 67-4.

Hand Sanitation

=       We will be following the rules and regulations according to the NYS Fire Code, chapter 57 Flammable, and combustible.

=       All units that have 70% or higher of alcohol are placed in adult supervised areas.

=       Additional unit are being installed throughout the building.

=       All offices/classrooms will be provided with personal hand sanitizer dispensers.

=       Along with EPA approved disinfectant.

=       Soap dispensers are installed at every sink location as well.

 

 

Polycarbonate Guards

=       Units will be installed at every desk where social distancing cannot be controlled.

?       The existing number of toilet and sink fixtures in all ACS-operated facilities meets or exceeds the minimum standards of the Building Code of NYS.

 

--------------------------------------------------

Child Nutrition

School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.

For information about how meal information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section at www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

Meals onsite/ Meals offsite remote

 

For students onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating so long as they are appropriately socially distanced. 

The district will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. If not feasible, meals may be served in alternate areas (e.g., classrooms) or in staggered meal periods to ensure social distancing and proper cleaning and disinfection between students.

The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.

Child Nutrition – Mandatory Assurances

The District will continue to provide free breakfast and free lunch to all students. This will be done by a combination of “grab and go” meals, delivery to the classrooms, and pre-prepared trays of food in the cafeteria for students in attendance. For students that are in school every other day, and learning remotely on the other days, meals will be sent home with them at the end of their days of attendance. For any students that may only be doing remote learning, meals will be delivered to their homes, and/or available for pickup.

The District will continue to follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the Department of Health. Training will also be provided to staff regarding proper use of gloves, handwashing, and when not to come to work.

=       The Cafeteria workers will communicate with administrators and school nurses to obtain a list of any students with allergies, and food will be provided accordingly. The register system used by the District also triggers a notification of any allergies.

=       Classroom teachers or aides will help implement hand hygiene activities before and after meals. Handwashing will be done as practicable, as well as hand sanitizer will be used if hand washing is not done. 

=       Appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted by the teachers, administrators, and nurses, as well as posters in the building.

=       Students will be six feet apart during mealtimes, which will discourage any sharing of food and beverages. There will also be training, posters and adult supervision which will also discourage sharing.

=       The custodial staff will clean all tables and desks in between lunch periods with a detergent and cloths. The tables and desks, if utilized, will be disinfected with the electrostatic sprayer at the end of each day.

=       The district will continue to meet or exceed the Child Nutrition Program requirements.

=       The district will utilize its website, Facebook page and School Messenger system to communicate with families. As needed, paper copies of information will be sent to families. 

Students will be six feet apart while consuming meals in the classrooms, cafeterias, or gymnasiums.

--------------------------------------------------

 

 

Transportation

The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. Students and school staff must wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) and should maintain appropriate social distancing to the extent practicable. 

Students who are able will be required to wear masks and social distance on the bus to the extent practicable; however, students whose physical or mental health would be impaired are not required to wear a face covering, but must be appropriately socially distanced. Members of the same household may be seated within 6 feet of each other. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to drop off or walk students to school to reduce density on buses.

All buses that are used every day by districts and contract carriers will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. High contact spots will be wiped down after the morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) run depending upon the disinfection schedule. 

School buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district. School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses. 

Wheelchair school buses will configure wheelchair placement to ensure social distancing of 6 feet.

Whether school is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in in-person sessions.

All students are entitled to transportation by the district to the extent required by law. Transportation departments do not have the ability or the right to deny transportation for children who are in foster care, homeless or attend private or charter schools. Parents who may have missed the due date to request out of district transportation due to a reasonable excuse may file a 310 appeal with the Commissioner of Education.

School Bus Staff

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants, and mechanics are required perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work. If personnel are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will notify their employer as per the reporting policies and seek medical attention. 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants, and mechanics must wear a face covering along with an optional face shield. 

Transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics, and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Transportation departments/carriers will provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages. 

Drivers, monitors, and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

TRANSPORTATION

General Practice

The Transportation Department will be following policies and procedures set forth by the Afton Central School District related to illness of staff, cleaning and disinfecting of all school buses/school vehicles and other high-touch areas such as washing stations, fuel pumps etc.

=       All drivers will maintain social distancing (6-foot) and face coverings will be required when unable to maintain that distance.

=       “Occupancy Limits” will be posted in break areas with one-way arrows placed on floor in hallways. Signage will be posted for Entrance/Exits, Personal Hygiene, Personal Responsibility to Protect Against the Virus.

=       Any special training and or testing for the drivers and aides will be evaluated before implementing and if able, will maintain social distancing and wear face coverings. If person to person contact is inevitable, both persons will wear proper face coverings and sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.

=       All drivers will conduct a daily screening process prior to coming to work.

Cleaning

=       Drivers will be responsible for the daily cleaning of their bus which consists of:

=       Removing trash

=       Cleaning floors, windows, and walls

=       Bus seats (both seats and seat backs)

=       Seat belts

=       Handrails/Emergency Door handles

=       Driver compartment

=       All spare buses and vehicles will be cleaned/disinfected by our bus washer.

=       Daily cleaning/disinfecting will be done after the morning runs and after the afternoon runs. All buses will be disinfected with a spray (EPA approved) at the end of the day by our trained bus washer and grounds personnel. While cleaning and disinfecting (EPA approved), all drivers and cleaners will wear Personal Protective Equipment appropriate for the chemicals being used and all windows and doors will be open for ventilation.

=       Students/drivers/aides will be prohibited from eating or drinking on the bus.

=       Frequent inspections will be performed by Supervisor/Head Bus Driver to ensure cleaning/disinfecting protocols are being followed. All cleanings/inspections will be logged.

Training

=       All personnel will be trained on how to properly clean/disinfect their buses by the Supervisor/Head Bus Driver.

=       They will also be trained on proper handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer use.

=       All drivers and authorized personnel that will be associated with transportation will be trained on the following: Prevention of disease spread (when ill, they are to stay home), social distancing, proper cleaning, use, removal and discarding of face covering and gloves, proper etiquette including coughing/sneezing in elbow or tissue and disposal of such tissues, proper disinfection procedures including but not limited to desks, offices, computers, phones, chairs or other work tools and equipment.

=       All drivers will be trained/updated by Supervisor/Head Bus Driver on new policies/procedures adopted during COVID-19 pandemic.

=       All other training (OSHA, BBP, Right to Know, PPE, COVID Awareness) and 19A Testing will take place ensuring all guidelines are met.

Bus Capacity

=       We will be implementing 1 student per row with all students wearing masks. Siblings or those that reside in the same household will sit together. We will provide a mask for any student that does not board with their own face covering. Bus aide and drivers will be equipped with the proper PPE.)

Routing

=       Throughout the course of this pandemic, drivers will be assigned a route which they will remain on with limited change, students assigned this route will also remain without movement between bus routes, students pickup and drop off locations will be one location and students shall load in sequential route order for both morning and afternoon runs.

=       Arrival and dismissal times may be staggered to promote social distancing.

=       Transporting to/from BOCES will follow the same protocol as bus routes.

=       We will collaborate with special education staff to determine best practices for transporting special needs students.

=       All buses will be equipped with proper PPE (i.e.: face coverings/masks, gloves, face shields) for driver and monitor.

=       Only one pick up and drop off location will be allowed for the school year. No changes can be made to this location.

For more information about training protocol for students and staff and how transportation information will be communicated, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section at www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

--------------------------------------------------

Social Emotional Well-Being

We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important. The district has made available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instructions. This has done this by:

1.       Our plan is posted on our website and updated annually.  Here’s the elementary link:  https://www.aftoncsd.org/Guidance.aspx and the MS/HS link:  https://www.aftoncsd.org/GuidanceOffice.aspx

2.       Our School Counseling Advisory Council was established last fall and met in person.  For the end of year “meeting,” documents were emailed to all members and we requested feedback (this was within the last two weeks).

3.       We make referrals through our PLC discussions, through the Student Support Team, and also in our meetings with the Chenango County Behavioral Health School-Based therapist.

4.       Our counseling/psychologist group is readily available to work with teachers and staff regarding concerns.  Our plan is to continue to meet to address individual student concerns throughout the school year.  We also developed a website with numerous resources for students, parents, and staff regarding stress management, coping skills, and resiliency.  We will also continue to provide curriculum (Second Step and lessons developed for middle school) as much as possible in the classrooms.

The district has established an advisory council that involves shared decision-making and is comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers. The advisory council will inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan. This program plan has been reviewed and updated to meet current needs.

The district has provided ongoing support and referrals to services throughout school closure. Students have been referred and have had access to Chenango County health services. Returning in the fall the following actions will occur to support students having difficulty with transitioning back into the school setting:

=       The student support team will meet to discuss students of concern based on data and information collected in the spring and prior referrals.

=       Counselors will meet with both the middle school and high school teams at the start of the year to establish a system of notifying counselors of students in need or concern.

=       The student support team will provide a tiered approach to supporting student’s social emotional wellbeing. Students in tiers will receive different supports. This will be monitored for effectiveness during bi-weekly meetings.

=       Access to counselors will continue to be provided in person as well as remotely.

=       Referrals and access to Chenango County mental health services will continue to be made available.

=       Data will be collected and tracked to ensure students have contact and communication regularly with counselors and adults as needed to support social emotional wellbeing.

=       A mentor program will be utilized to help provide additional support to students who request or are recommended for this support.

=       A student survey will be sent out prior to the school year to collect information on needs of students. Counselors will utilize this as a baseline to address needs for the start of the school year.

The district addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as provide support for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff. This is addressed by:

The district has provided ongoing support and referrals to services throughout school closure. Students have been referred and have had access to Chenango County health services. Returning in the fall the following actions will occur to support students having difficulty with transitioning back into the school setting:

=       The student support team will meet to discuss students of concern based on data and information collected in the spring and prior referrals.

=       Counselors will meet with both the middle school and high school teams at the start of the year to establish a system of notifying counselors of students in need or concern.

=       The student support team will provide a tiered approach to supporting student’s social emotional wellbeing. Students in tiers will receive different supports. This will be monitored for effectiveness during bi-weekly meetings.

=       Access to counselors will continue to be provided in person as well as remotely.

=       Referrals and access to Chenango County mental health services will continue to be made available.

=       Data will be collected and tracked to ensure students have contact and communication regularly with counselors and adults as needed to support social emotional wellbeing.

=       A mentor program will be utilized to help provide additional support to students who request or are recommended for this support.

=       A student survey will be sent out prior to the school year to collect information on needs of students. Counselors will utilize this as a baseline to address needs for the start of the school year.

School Schedules

 

In September, all elementary students in grades Pre-K-5 will be in attendance in person four days a week. If needed, Afton Elementary has a hybrid schedule where Pre-K – 2 students would be in attendance on days 1. 3 & 5 and Grades 3-5 would be in attendance on days 2, 4 &6. Students would go to a remote learning plan based on teacher schedule classes during the day.

       ……………AFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL……………
Information Sheet:  REOPENING PLAN


Based on Parent Survey results, guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the Chenango County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department,
the following learning model appears to best address the health and safety of our students and staff.

*************************************************

What to expect (Elementary):

=      All students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade will have in-person instruction Monday through Thursday.

=      Friday will be a non-instructional planning day for teachers.

=      Each classroom can accommodate 7 – 10 students based on social distancing guidelines.

=      All teaching staff including Special Area teachers, Response to Intervention (RTI) teachers & Special Education teachers will have a group of students daily.

=     

IN ORDER TO REOPEN
All NYS Schools must:



                                                                     

   

      

  

Because the majority of teachers are being utilized for groups of students, they will be unable to provide specials such as Art, Music, Pool, and Computers. Special Area teachers will prepare digital lessons on Friday to be given during the week to each classroom. PE will be provided once a week per class at minimum.

=      ELA & Math Instruction will be taught by the grade level teachers and synchronized with all the classrooms via Microsoft Teams. Special Area teachers, RTI teachers and Special Education teachers will supervise and assist students during these lessons.

=      Students who require Response to Intervention (RTI) and Special Education services will continue to receive those services as recommended.

 

Ensure
educational
equity

Provide daily teacher/ student interactions

 

 

 

Maintain appropriate social distancing

Establish a process for health checks

Require face coverings for staff and students

Regularly clean and disinfect schools and buses

Promote correct hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



   Arrival

=      The elementary building will not be open to students prior to 8:30 a.m.

=      Buses will be unloaded one at a time.

=      Students will pick up a breakfast as they enter the building and head straight to class.

Lunch

=      Every afternoon, students will be asked in the classroom what choice they would like for lunch the following day.

=      Lunch choices will be individually prepared on carts in the cafeteria by class.

=      Paraprofessionals supervising lunches will deliver lunches to each student’s desk.

=      Desks will be set up in the cafeteria adhering to the 6-foot guidelines for social distancing.

=      Students will eat with their grade levels in staggered lunch groups.

 

 

 

 

=      Students will enter and exit the cafeteria by grade level six feet apart.

=      Cleaning will take place between each lunch group.

=      Students will enter and exit the cafeteria wearing their masks. All supervising staff will wear masks in the cafeteria.

=      Breakfast and Lunch for Friday will be sent home with the students on Thursday.

Recess

=      The playground will be cleaned daily.

=      A rotating schedule will be set up for each grade level.

Dismissal

=      Only one pick-up and drop-off location will be allowed for the school year.

=      Changes will not be able to be made to that location at any time.

=      There will no longer be bus passes.

=      Students will dismiss by class.

=      Students will wear masks in the hall and when loading the buses.

=      There may have to be more than one bus run daily.

=      Parent pick up dismissal will be staggered…more details to follow.

*** Please let us know ASAP if you DO NOT plan on sending your students back to school.
*** Also, please let us know ASAP if you WILL BE transporting your students to school.

Afton Elementary Office *** 607-639-8234 agraves@aftoncsd.org

 

 

 

 

Regularly clean and disinfect schools and buses

Promote correct hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



………AFTON MS/HS SCHOOL………
Information Sheet:  REOPENING PLAN

Based on Parent Survey results, guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the Chenango County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department, the following learning model appears to best address the health and safety of our students and staff.

What to expect (MS/HS):

=      Students will be split into two groups: Group A and Group B.

=      Group A will attend in person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays.

=      Group B will attend in person instruction on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

=      Friday will be an all remote day for all students 6-12.

=      On days when students are not scheduled to be here in person, classes will be attended remotely. Teachers will be utilizing Microsoft Teams so there is a consistent platform among the teachers and grade levels.

=      During the first week of school we will work with students on understanding and utilizing this platform. We will also provide videos and tutorials for parents and guardians on this platform.

=      Students and teachers will follow their schedule whether in person or remote Monday through Friday.

=      Schedules will be mailed out in August.

=      Student groups were created based off what courses they wanted to take.

=      Each classroom can accommodate 9-10 students based on social distancing guidelines.

=      Students will remain with a cohort group throughout the day per guidelines. Teachers will travel from classroom to classroom to reduce groups mixing, to the best of our ability.

=      Special Education services will continue as those services are recommended.

=      Guidance on grading and our communication plan during the hybrid model will be sent out at a later date.

=      Lockers will not be available for use at this time.

=      Those with limited or no internet access will still be provided with instructional materials.

Arrival

=      Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:30 a.m. (They will not be able to gather in the cafeteria prior to this time).

=      Buses will be unloaded one at a time.

=      Students will pick up a breakfast as they enter the building and head straight to their classrooms.

Lunch

=      Lunch time will be indicated on their schedule.

=      Every morning, students will be asked in the classroom what choice they would like for lunch the following day. They will complete an electronic survey to get this information.

=      Desks will be set up in the cafeteria and old gym adhering to the 6-foot guidelines for social distancing.

=      Students will eat their lunch in the cohorts they have been with during the day.

=      Students will enter and exit the cafeteria six feet apart in a staggered schedule to limit the amount of students in line and entering and exiting together.

=      Cleaning will take place between each lunch group.

=      Students will enter and exit the cafeteria wearing their masks. All supervising staff will wear masks in the cafeteria.

Dismissal

We are currently working on a dismissal schedule by class to limit the number of students in the hallway. Teachers will receive a document with the order in which classes will be dismissed at the end of the day.

 

 

*** Please let us know ASAP if you DO NOT plan on sending your students back to school.

*** Also, please let us know ASAP if your students WILL BE transported/transporting to school.

Afton MS/HS Office *** 607-639-8201 or sparks@aftoncsd.org

 

The MS/HS has crafted specific student schedules for each student that can be used in a hybrid situation, remote situation, or in person model of schooling. Students will follow a two day in person schedule with a three-day remote schedule. While on remote learning students will still be able to follow their daily schedule and remote into classrooms and instruction occurring while learning remotely from home. The student’s daily schedules can be transitioned to full remote or full in person as well. Students will have access to mandatory courses, electives, as well as college courses throughout the school year. Each student will be mailed home their specific schedule with which days they are in person and what days they are remote learning. This will be shared and sent before the start of the school year. This information will also be made accessible by contacting the guidance office.

For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

 

The MS/HS has crafted specific student schedules for each student that can be used in a hybrid situation, remote situation, or in person model of schooling. Students will follow a two day in person schedule with a three-day remote schedule. While on remote learning students will still be able to follow their daily schedule and remote into classrooms and instruction occurring while learning remotely from home. The student’s daily schedules can be transitioned to full remote or full in person as well. Students will have access to mandatory courses, electives, as well as college courses throughout the school year. Each student will be mailed home their specific schedule with which days they are in person and what days they are remote learning. This will be shared and sent before the start of the school year. This information will also be made accessible by contacting the guidance office.

 

For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

--------------------------------------------------

School Activities

Extracurriculars

Provide a description of policies regarding extracurricular programs and which activities will be allowed, considering social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., interscholastic sports, assemblies, and other gatherings). Refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” to assist in development of these policies. 

 

Childcare

A written a plan is in place for all before and aftercare programs run by the district. The district will follow the Afton Central School reopening Plan.

Harpursville Central School afterschool swim program will be placed on hold until we have guidance from the Governor of New York on reopening indoor swimming pools.

--------------------------------------------------

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

 

With Afton Elementary School being in school for in person instruction four days a week, attendance will be taken in the classroom as it always has. If students are participating in classroom instruction remotely, their attendance will be marked accordingly via Microsoft Teams log in and participation/ engagement will be monitored.

HS/MS Attendance will be tracked by teachers for in person learning on the day’s students are scheduled for in person learning. Teachers will also note attendance for students who remote into the classroom via utilizing Microsoft Teams. Attendance will also be tracked utilizing learning opportunities available for students and amount of learning opportunities the student completed. This will then help calculate an attendance percentage for remote learning. Chronic Absenteeism will be tracked and monitored through the student support team. The student support team will track attendance data. The student support team will then provide tiered support based on different levels of student’s attendance. Tier 1 through Tier 3 will receive staggered and scaffolded supports and needs.

--------------------------------------------------

 

Technology and Connectivity

The district has provided a survey for parents and guardians to complete both via in the mail and online. The information from the survey has been tracked and recorded. The survey information includes how many devices are at home and if there is reliable internet at the house. The school district has provided one-to-one devices for all students 6-12. All students 6-12 will be able to have devices and access again in the fall. A survey was given to the teachers to find out how many teachers also needed devices. Devices have been provided to staff who have indicated needing them to help continue to provide instruction and complete job duties. In addition, a map with highlighted areas of internet connectivity issues has been provided in an effort to support those families with connectivity issues.

 

If Afton Elementary should go to a remote model, students in grades 3-5 will be provided with a device if needed. Devices would not be available for students in grades Pre-K- 2, so instructional materials will be sent home if students do not have devices to access or internet service.

Students will have multiple avenues and options to demonstrate learning and mastery of learning standards. Specific students with insufficient access to devices or internet will have specific plans created with the team of teachers and school counselor to ensure the student can still demonstrate an understanding of the materials.

 

--------------------------------------------------

Teaching and Learning

The school calendar typically includes two staff-only days before students arrive at school. Acknowledging the challenges that our teachers and staff have faced this spring delivering remote instruction under stressful circumstances, the district will focus these in-service days on providing support to staff in the areas of social-emotional health and technology integration.

These days will also be utilized for student orientation. This time will allow small groups of students to meet with their new teacher and begin to establish the relationship necessary for a successful school year.

As we enter the new school year, teachers will be encouraged to spend time building relationships, supporting students with the transition back to school, and teaching social distancing etiquette at developmentally appropriate levels.  

When a remote or hybrid learning model is necessary, certain groups of students will be prioritized for in-person learning to the greatest extent possible. This includes, but is not limited to, special education students, English language learners, students who did not engage in remote learning during the spring of 2020, and students with technology or connectivity needs.

Assessing student learning gaps or areas of need will be critical. Formative assessment before a unit of instruction to assess student understanding of pre-requisite skills will be common practice. 

Acknowledging that the typical content in a given grade level or course may need to be adjusted, content will be prioritized to ensure that students receive instruction for the prioritized learning standards, key understandings, and skills necessary for students’ success in future study. 

Grading practices will follow a standards-based framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content.

Afton Elementary has two half- day Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. Any adult coming into the building to provide therapies or special education services will follow all health and safety protocols provided by Afton Central School.

For information relating to teaching and learning in BOCES special education and Career and Technical Education programs, please see the BOCES website  www.dcmoboces.com

1.     In September, all students in grades Pre-K-5 will be in attendance four days a week. If we should have to move to a remote schedule, specific information regarding opting in or out of remote learning will be sent to parents via email and USPS.

2.       HS/MS Parents who decide to have their student remain on remote learning will receive an expectation of full-time remote learning document. This document will have a sign off in which parents agree to meet the expectations of having a student on full time remote learning. This includes participating in learning opportunities provided, joining remotely to class sessions, completing a weekly required check in with a counselor to monitor social emotional needs, and completing a weekly required check in with a teacher to monitor academic needs for the students. Students who complete a hybrid model will also receive the expectations that when students are not in person, they are completed learning opportunities and remoting into classroom sessions and instructions provided and offered.

In-person Instruction

 

Upon reopening, the number of students in each of our classrooms will be reduced to adhere to CDC guidance regarding proper social distancing. Class size will reflect the need to ensure that students’ desks/seats are positioned no less than six feet apart.

Accommodating a six-foot radius around students will necessitate the identification of additional rooms and common-area spaces that can be converted into elementary classrooms.

Current staffing levels may be insufficient to accommodate the expanded number of classrooms needed to ensure social distancing.

At the present time we are fully staffed, if needed we will hire substitute teachers to fill vacancies.

All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

Our schools will minimize the movement of students. This potentially means having students eat lunch in their classroom instead of the cafeteria and eliminating assemblies, field trips and other large-group activities. Special-area subjects (e.g., art, music, physical education) may be pushed into the classroom. Whenever possible students will utilize outside space for physical education instruction. We will adhere to 12 feet between students when engaging in physical activity.

To the extent possible, students will remain in small cohorts if/when leaving the classroom, such as for recess or any necessary transition, so as to reduce their exposure to additional students.

For information on school schedules, visit the School Schedules section www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

Grades Pre-K-5 plan “A” is set for a Monday through Thursday model with Friday set aside for planning and cleaning, allowing for social distancing in classrooms and hallways. In addition, the district will keep an open mindedness to other instruction models that could reduce the number of in-person students should conditions change, and the need arise. All elementary teaching staff will be utilized in classrooms to meet the social distancing guidelines. Classroom teachers will teach via Microsoft Teams and lessons will be broadcast in classrooms where special area teachers, RTI teachers and Special Education teachers are the supervising teacher.

Grades 6-12 plan

=       Students will follow their regular class schedule with teachers rotating from classrooms. Students will have interactions every period with their teacher or a supervisor monitoring rooms where remoting into the classroom is needed to maintain social distancing.

=       Teachers will have scheduled times for students to interact and receive feedback from teachers.

=       Communication systems will be set up to ensure that parents and students are receiving updates on how students are doing during instruction at school, including, progress report updates and notes.

Classroom instruction and curriculum will be aligned to state standards at the start of the year.

=       Professional Learning Communities will meet regularly to assess student learning and alignment to state standards of curriculum and instruction.

=       Schedules for each student to follow for in person instruction will be mailed home and sent to each family. Expectations will be mailed home to each student and parent/guardian as well as discussed with teachers and students in person during the first week of instruction.

Remote/Hybrid Instruction

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, which may prompt short or long-term school closures, our district has developed a hybrid/blended learning model and schedule that can continue as is in a fully remote environment.

Instruction will not only focus on “core” subject areas to the exclusion of elective courses. Consideration has been given to prioritizing hands-on and lab-based activities while students are onsite in school buildings. All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

As noted previously, student schedules will remain the same whether instruction is in person or remote so that students do not encounter conflicts wherein synchronous lessons for different subjects are offered simultaneously.

Remote learning opportunities for secondary students will include a greater emphasis on synchronous instruction, with teachers finding ways to provide live instruction and lessons to students. While recording of live lessons is still essential for students unable to attend at a scheduled time, teachers will ensure that their students are directly engaged with them and their class peers in experiential learning on a regular basis.

To ensure high-quality remote learning experiences, we will standardize the use of a single online learning platform, to the extent possible, and develop a common, coordinated set of guidelines for teachers to follow when using the platform with students.

Grading practices will follow a standards-based framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content. We will use a five-scale grading rubric based on levels of competency/mastery, which can then be aligned to numeric bands (for GPA purposes).

For information on school schedules, visit the School Schedules section www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

=       Should Afton Elementary school need to move to a remote/hybrid schedule, teachers will be teaching via Microsoft Teams and students will be able to remote in from home. Teachers will also be available via telephone, email, classroom Facebook pages, Teacher web pages to support students with instruction.

Grades 6-12

=       Students will be able to follow their schedule for classes remotely. During each scheduled class time students will have the opportunity to remote into the classroom and watch the instruction occurring.

=       Teachers will provide regular feedback on student progress during remote instruction.

=       Weekly check ins for remote learning with students and parents will occur to monitor student success.

=       Students on remote learning or hybrid learning will have learning opportunities aligned to state learning standards.

=       Students will be able to follow their schedule for classes remotely. During each scheduled class time students will have the opportunity to remote into the classroom and watch the instruction occurring.

=       Teachers will provide regular feedback on student progress during remote instruction.

=       Weekly check ins for remote learning with students and parents will occur to monitor student success.

=       Students on remote learning or hybrid learning will have learning opportunities aligned to state learning standards.

For information about how remote/hybrid instruction information will be communicated to students and families, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.

 

--------------------------------------------------

Special Education

=       All students that require special education services will continue to be provided those services regardless of the model of instruction.

=       Special Education teaches will document how they are providing services to students with IEP’s as per their individual needs. Accommodations and modifications will continue to be provided and communication with parents will continue via email, telephone, USPS, and Microsoft Teams.

=       Collaboration between committees on preschool special education/committees on special education and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on/individualized education programs, plans for monitoring and communicating student progress and commitment to sharing resources.

=       CPSE Chenango and Broome county providers will provide documentation on a regular basis to the Director of Special Education through progress notes, attendance documentation, emails, and reports. All CPSE meetings will continue via Microsoft Teams.

=       Access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability-related needs of students.

=       Teachers will continue to provide the individual modifications and accommodations based on the type of instructional model being presented. Assistive technology will be provided to students if required per the IEP.

For information about meaningful parent engagement regarding the provision of services to a child to meet the requirements of the IDEA, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org of our reopening plan.


--------------------------------------------------

 

Bilingual Education and World Languages

 

=       Districts that plan to reopen using in-person or hybrid instruction must complete the ELL identification process within 30 school days of the start of the school year for all students who enrolled during COVID-19 school closures in 2019-20, as well as all students who enroll during summer of 2020 and during the first 20 school days of the 2020-21 school year. After this 20-day flexibility period, identification of ELLs must resume for all students within required 10 school days of initial enrollment.

=       Required instructional units of study to all ELLs should be provided based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level during in-person or hybrid instruction.

For information about regular communication and engagement with parents/guardians of English-language learners, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section www.aftoncsd.org  of our reopening plan.

 

--------------------------------------------------


Staff

Teacher and Principal Evaluation System

All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan.

Certification, Incidental Teaching and Substitute Teaching

All teachers will hold valid and appropriate certificates for teaching assignment, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or education law.

Key References

=       State Education Department Issues Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools (July 16, 2020)

=       State Education Department Presents Framework of Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools (July 13, 2020)

=       Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, NYS Department of Health (July 13, 2020)

Additional References

=       Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
(June 26, 2020)

=       Interim Guidance for Food Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
(June 26, 2020)

=       Interim Guidance for Office-Based Work during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
(June 26, 2020)

=       Interim Guidance for Public Transportation Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (June 26, 2020)

=       New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

=       New York State Education Department Coronavirus (COVID-19)

=       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19)

=       Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Website

Once finalized, reopening plans must be posted on the district’s website. By July 31, 2020, districts will need to complete a survey through the Portal, providing NYSED with:

=       A link to the public website where each school plan has been publicly posted

=       A set of mandatory assurances that the reopening plan includes all of the mandatory elements outlined in the NYSED guidance

NOTE: Information submitted through the Portal will not include detailed narratives or descriptions of specific actions to be taken by a school or district as part of their reopening Plan; those details must be articulated in the materials that are publicly posted on the school/district website.

Also by July 31, 2020, districts must complete a short companion Department of Health survey that includes a link to the publicly posted plan on the district/school website.

© 2020. 29 Academy Street, P.O. Box 5   •   Afton, NY 13730   •   P 607.639.8200   •   F 607.639.1801
View text-based website