School health office cleaning must occur after each use of:
- Bathroom; and
- Health office equipment (e.g. blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, stethoscopes, etc.) should be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions.
Disposable items should be used as much as possible, including:
- Disposable pillow protectors; or
- Disposable thermometers, or disposable thermometer sheaths or probes, and disposable otoscope specula.
Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons.
Modifications to evacuation drill protocols may include, but are not limited to:
Conducting drills on a “staggered” schedule where classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once and appropriate distance is kept between students to and at the evacuation site. Staggered schedules will help to minimize the contact of students in hallways, stairwells, and at the evacuation site. If conducting drills using a modified procedure, it is required that the drill be conducted with all students in the school building on that school day. It may be necessary to do so during a class period that is extended for this purpose; and if schools reopen with a “hybrid” in-person model, such as one where some students attend school on certain days of the week to reduce the occupancy of the school building, schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures and participating in drills. Modifications to lockdown drills may include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct lockdown drills in a classroom setting while maintaining social distancing and using masks;
- Conducting lockdown drills on a “staggered” schedule with smaller numbers of students present to maintain social distancing; however, schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures and participating in drills while they are in attendance in-person; and
- Conduct lockdown drills in the classroom without “hiding” or “sheltering” but provide an overview of how to shelter or hide in the classroom.
- Students will be instructed that in the event of an actual emergency that required evacuation or lockdown, the most imminent concern is to get to safety; maintaining social distancing in an actual emergency that requires evacuation or lockdown may not be possible and should not be the first priority.
Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written plan for district/school-run before and aftercare programs (or, for charter schools, as required by the school’s charter).
Fayetteville-Manlius does not conduct any before- or after-school care programs. After school clubs and activities will not begin in September. Instead, they will be reviewed later in the first semester to determine which may proceed and adhere to the safety protocols contained in this document.
Each school and/or district reopening plan must designate a COVID-19 safety coordinator (administrator) whose responsibilities include 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.
Until such time when it may be modified by executive order, the building administrator, with assistance from the school nurse, will be the individual building’s Covid-19 Safety Coordinator. However, serious consideration is being given to employing a medical professional (nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or medical doctor) to be the 2020-21 COVID-19 Coordinator who will be responsible for ensuring protocols are functioning correctly at all buildings, serving as a liaison for all matters requiring communication with the Onondaga County Health Department, communicating with parents/guardians and staff, and assisting the district in determining next steps and modifications to program and protocol based on evolving trends in the pandemic. This position would be a one-year position expiring on June 30, 2021.