Health & Safety Procedures

STAYING HEALTHY & SAFE IN SCHOOL

Face Coverings: Anyone entering a DOE building is required to wear a face-covering that covers their mouth and nose. In the event that a student loses or breaks their mask we have child and adult size masks to distribute.

Hand Hygiene: Clean hands help make healthy bodies. Students will use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom and must wash their hands thoroughly after using the restroom. See this video from the CDC with helpful information on hand-washing.

Physical Distancing: Students will remain six feet apart at all times in the courtyard and in the school building. Markets have been placed in the courtyard to help students know where to stand while waiting for their teacher to bring them into the building. Furniture in all classrooms has been arranged to ensure at least six feet of distance between students.

Ventilation: To ensure proper ventilation classroom windows & hallway windows will be open. Classroom doors will also remain open to allow for air circulation. Because the windows will be open we recommend that students dress in layers on the day that they come to school.

Limited Movement Through the Building: Students will remain in their classrooms for the two hours that they attend school on Small Group Instruction days. One-directional signage has been placed to ensure that groups of students do not pass each other as they move through the building. 

Bathroom Capacity: No more than two students can be in the restroom at a time, 

Health Screening: All students and staff will complete a daily health screening prior to entering the building.  Families who selected blended learning will be given a thermometer for use at home. Starting in October 2020, in-person students will be randomly tested for COVID-19 in school. In-person students must fill out a Consent Form.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL SICK AT HOME?

Anyone who is feeling sick with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 must stay home, and contact the school. Please report your absence and the reason for your absence to Ms. Marcy Duran at mduran22@schools.nyc.gov.

For a complete list of symptoms associated with COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
  • Isolated for 10 days AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving. 

OR

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test AND 
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

 OR 

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL SICK AT SCHOOL?

Students who develop symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 while at school, will be escorted to our designated isolation room. The area/classroom where the student was showing symptoms will be cleaned as soon possible, and a deep-cleaning of the area/classroom must be performed at the end of the day.

Please see NYS Department of Health Guidance on how to assess a student's or staff member's health status.

When the ill student is placed in the Isolation Room, the building nurse will be contacted and will come to the Isolation Room and assess the student. 

Once the student is in the isolation room, school staff calls the student’s guardian for pick up. The student will be released to the guardian once the health assessment is completed.

Students and staff who develop symptoms at school are advised to visit a doctor and get tested for COVID-19, at the closest testing site. Families are asked to keep the school informed of any changes in symptoms or test results

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
  • Isolated for 10 days AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving. 

OR

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test AND 
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

 OR 

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
  • The individual has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.