Respiratory Hygiene Plan

Fayetteville-Manlius will incorporate the following respiratory hygiene strategies to include:

  • All students and staff should cover their mouths or noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue appropriately. Fayetteville-Manlius provides tissues in each classroom and common areas;
  • No touch/floor pedal trash receptacles are available in each room and common area;
  • If no tissue is available, using the inside of the elbow (or shirtsleeve) to cover the mouth or nose is preferable to using the hands; and
  • Students and staff should always perform hand hygiene after sneezing, coughing and handling dirty tissues or other soiled material.

Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.

If students are fully remote, social distancing is only an issue for staff in a building and should be easy to accomplish based on the size of the district’s buildings. In a hybrid model, all students will be spaced six feet apart in the classroom, and social distancing will be taught to all students so that when common spaces are unavoidable (i.e., hallways, bathrooms), social distancing will be practiced as much as possible. When in common spaces, all students will wear masks. Similarly, in the hybrid model, all students will be socially distanced (and will wear a mask) if they ride school transportation.

If fully reopened, and the Department of Health (refer to the New York State Department of Health Guide for Reopening) clarifies that social distancing measures are not mandated, then masks will be required for all students and staff at all times with the exception of lunch (which will then need to be socially distanced) and mandated mask breaks (when social distancing can occur).

Social distancing will be accomplished by means of signage, training, floor markings, and informing students of what constitutes proper social distancing.