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 have been flushed and routine service in buildings that have been unoccupied have been completed.
The school will revisit Emergency Response Plans, protocols, and procedures and make modifications in light of COVID-19.
The school will remain in compliance with Fire Code Requirements: The construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of every building or structure, and every appurtenance connected or attached to any building or structure, must comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC), except as specified in 19 NYCRR 1221.2(d). Such activity may require building permits and review by local municipalities and/or code enforcement officials to ensure such compliance. Schools should consult their local authority that have jurisdiction for code enforcement. At the time of this plan, there have been no changes or additions to facilities that may require review by local municipalities and/or code enforcement officials to ensure such compliance.
Classroom Doors will be left open: To reduce the spread of the virus from touching door levers and knobs, doors may be fixed in the open position. This is only permitted at doors without door closers and doors which are not fire rated.
Schedules will limit student use of the corridors. The traditional practice of changing classes between periods will be paused at this time since this may result in congested hallways and may make social distance challenging. Student schedules will allow only one class at time to be in the hallways. There will be signage to help students keep their 6 feet social distance. Students will not move from their homerooms except to go to an enrichment class, Spanish class, restrooms, or recess. Enrichment classes will have a maximum of 11 students per class. .
Marine vinyl and flame retardant PVC piping will be used to create our separation barriers. The marine vinyl is made from a flame-resistant fabric and complies with Building Code Section 2606 and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Fire resistant certificate is available upon request..
Alcohol-Based Hand Rub Dispensers:
Our school’s bathroom facilities meet state guidelines and will be used as a hand washing facility whenever possible. When there is a need to use alcohol-based hand rub dispensers, it will be in limited quantities in accordance with the 2020 Fire Code of New York State (FCNYS) Section 5705.5. All classrooms will have hand sanitizing units.
Dividers at Doors and Other Points of Congregation:
There will not be dividers at doors or points of congregation. Arrival and departure from the school buildings will be staggered to avoid any overcrowding.
All spaces to be occupied by school students and staff will meet the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Code.