Facilities Guidance

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the school, 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 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 school plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Occupational Safety Inspections on time.

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

The school will revisit Emergency Response Plans, protocols, and procedures and make modifications in light of COVID-19.   

Describe the facilities reopening plan and activities, which will occur including:

Infection Control Strategies

Cleaning and Disinfection Following Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Immediately, all areas where the individual (who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19) traveled will be closed for at least 24 hours, and may not reopen until approval is given to do so by the main office. If anyone is currently occupying that space, they should be relocated while cleaning and disinfecting occurs. This applies to all areas of the school building.

 School administration will consult with the local health department to determine when these areas may reopen (these areas will be closed for at least the remainder of that day), or if further action is needed (i.e. sending certain students, a cohort, or faculty and staff members home).

Outside doors and windows (not interior classroom doors) should be immediately opened to increase air circulation to the area

Custodial staff should wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting the space whenever possible. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.

 All areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 must be cleaned and disinfected

Once these areas have been cleaned or disinfected, they may be reopened for use

 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

 If more than seven days have passed since the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary, but routine cleaning and disinfecting should continue.

Coordination and Phased Reopening

The COVID-19 Safety Coordinator will be the Principal of the school. In the Principal’s absence, the Parish Manager will assume this role.

This Safety Coordinator will ensure continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels.

LIMITING CONGREGATION IN COMMON AREAS

Students will receive instruction in one classroom throughout the day (exception: it is possible that students in 7th and 8th grade may cycle between the Science Lab and one other classroom). During arrival, dismissal, and lunch time, when groups of students need to move through the hallways, the teacher will supervise the cohort’s movement through the hallway, ensuring social distancing and proper protocols. When students enter the hallway to use a restroom or bottle-fill station, teachers should limit the number of students in the hallways so that only one student is present in the hallway from their classroom at a time. Teachers with line of sight from their classroom doors to the bottle-fill stations or restrooms should check to see if there are other students waiting to use these areas, and if so, should wait until these areas are clear before sending students into the hallway. Faculty members moving through hallways should always be mindful of reminding students about bi-directional traffic flow, adhering to markers regarding social distancing, use of hand sanitizer or practicing hand hygiene, and using a mask at all times while in these common areas.

CLASS SIZES

Class sizes are capped in each classroom to ensure that all classrooms are in compliance with NYSED guidance on square footage per person. The guidance requires 20 square feet of space per person. Pre K 3 classes will be capped at 18 students, Pre K 4 classes at 21 students, K-4 classes at 20 students, and middle school classes at 20 students.

Facility Alterations and Acquisition

Space Expansion

The school, as of the publishing of this plan, is able to satisfy all social distancing requirements without the expansion of additional square footage. 

Tents for Additional Space

The school does not plan to use tents for additional space.

Plumbing Facilities and Fixtures

Ventilation

School Safety and Emergency Drills

The school will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by education law and regulation and the fire code without exceptions. The school 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. 

The school modifications to Evacuation Drill protocols may include, but are not limited to:

The school modifications to Lockdown Drills protocols may include, but are not limited to: 

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