Reopening Training Videos - Part 2 Social Distancing and Hand Washing
August 31, 2020
Good Afternoon. I am sending the second tutorial today. I thought I would give you all a break on Sunday! Here's a bit of a progress report - We have only four more classrooms that need barriers! They should be complete tomorrow!
Also a clarification for orientation: Elementary Orientation includes grades 1-5.
Learn when it’s most important to keep 6 feet of space from other people. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/keytimes/socialdistancing.pdf
Video download link: https://www.cdc.gov/wcms/video/low-res/coronavirus/2020/23942394socialDistance.mp4
Learn when it’s most important to wash your hands to stay safe from COVID-19. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/keytimes/wash-hands.pdf
Video download link: https://www.cdc.gov/wcms/video/low-res/coronavirus/2020/1533015330wash_hands.mp4
Social Distancing - https://www.mcsalbany.org/Page/169
The school 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.
All students will wear masks when social distancing of 6 feet or protection from barriers is not possible. Each student will have an area with his/her desk or table and supplies crate. This area will be either 6 feet social distance or will be protected by barriers. These barriers are appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk. These barriers are in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
All staff will wear masks at all times unless they are safely seated at a desk that is shielded by a barrier. Teacher desk areas will be protected by barriers. These barriers are appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk. These barriers are in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. All students, faculty and staff will wear masks whenever social distancing is not possible, ie: entering/exiting the building, walking the halls, using the restroom.
The school will ensure that a distance of twelve feet in all directions is maintained between individuals while participating in activities requires projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity resulting in heavy breathing (e.g., participating in gym classes).
Classroom spaces have been reconfigured with social distancing of 6 feet and appropriate barriers when the 6 feet is not possible. Areas for storage in hallway cubbies will be replaced by individual containers near the student’s work area. Rooms including the library and cafeteria have been repurposed. There will be no workstations, desks, tables, or other shared surfaces. The cafeteria has been repurposed for classroom use. Students will eat lunch in their classroom or socially distant in the school field. The lunch program will be phased in as deemed appropriate by responsible parties and with proper health guidelines as the school year progresses. The library and STREAM classrooms will not be used by students during the initial stage of reopening and will be reopened to student use as directed by the department of health, local and state agencies, etc.
There will be signs with arrows in hallways, or spaces throughout the school, and post signage and distance markers denoting spaces of six feet in all commonly used areas and any areas in which lines are commonly formed or people may congregate. The school building will be closed to the public. The school has worked with the school parish to provide additional spaces to maximize capacity for in-person learning and extended day programs.
There will be staggered arrival and pick-up times which will facilitate proper social distancing. Upon arrival, students will be instructed to hang up their coats using proper social distancing in the hallway cubbies. At pick up time, students will exit the classroom and get their belongings one at a time and exit the building.
Signs will be posted throughout the school consistent with DOH COVID-19 signage regarding public health protections against COVID-19. Signage will be consistent with the Department’s signage. Signage will be used to remind individuals to:
- Stay home if they feel sick.
- 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.
- Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.
- Adhere to social distancing instructions.
- Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19, and how they should do so.
- Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
- Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
All students, faculty, and staff will use proper PPE protection. Modifications will be made for certain student or staff populations, including individuals who have hearing impairment or loss, students receiving language services, and young students in early education programs, ensuring that any modifications minimize COVID-19 exposure risk for students, faculty, and staff, to the greatest extent possible. The wearing of masks for younger students will address developmental appropriateness and feasibility. This policy will be implemented in a safe and consistent manner. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering, including students where such covering would impair their physical health or mental health are not be subjected to the required use of a face covering. These students may choose to wear a face shield if a face mask cannot be tolerated.
The availability of safe transportation and local hospital capacity in consultation with local department of health officials were considered in the development of this reopening plan.
Hand Hygiene - https://www.mcsalbany.org/Page/205
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 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.
All classrooms will have hand sanitizing units.
Clean and Sanitize Toys
Learn when to clean and sanitize toys to protect children and staff from COVID-19. Transcript: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/videos/keytimes/clean-sanitize-childcare.pdf