COVID-19 Reopening Plan

COVID-19 Reopening Plan

OBJECTIVES

  1. To keep students and staff healthy and safe
  2. To maintain continuity of instruction
  3. To communicate with stakeholders
  4. To ensure access and equity for all students

BUILDING PROCEDURES

  1. Class size will be reduced to decrease school density where feasible.
  2. Students will attend classes in re-purposed spaces.
  3. Classes will be held outside where possible.
  4. Classes will be separated into smaller cohorts where feasible.
  5. Cohorts will remain together for the duration of the school day where feasible.
  6. Social distance (six feet) between students will be maintained where possible.
  7. Visual markers will be utilized to remind students and staff to socially distance.
  8. Windows will be opened and fans utilized when possible to increase ventilation.
  9. A robust "Stop the Spread Campaign" will be conducted to educate staff and students.
  10. "Stop the Spread Campaign" signage and good hygiene reminders will be displayed throughout the school building.
  11. Respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene (not touching one's eyes, nose, and mouth) will be reinforced daily along with health instruction.
  12. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in all classrooms, entrances, high traffic areas, and high touch point areas.
  13. Cleaning solution, protective gloves, and paper towels will be available in each classroom to clean high touchpoint areas.
  14. A comprehensive review of attendance and safety policies will be conducted to be supportive of students, families, and staff.
  15. Band, art, music, and physical education classes will be reviewed and modified to follow NYS DOH guidelines.
  16. The sharing of supplies is generally prohibited. If sharing does occur, cleaning must immediately follow along with handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer.
  17. Staff, students, contractors, and visitors shall always wear a face covering while on campus unless medical conditions prevent them from doing so.
  18. Some stairwells will be designated "up" and "down" to curb stairwell density and to limit bi-directional foot traffic patterns where necessary and feasible.
  19. Students will be discouraged from gathering in large groups before and after school.
  20. No field trips, assemblies, athletic events, practices, special performances, school-wide parent meetings, and other large gatherings based on state/federal guidance will be permitted.
  21. Extracurricular activities and athletics will undergo a comprehensive review to determine whether it is safe for staff and students to participate in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.
  22. Bathroom capacity will be limited and monitored to provide for social distancing.
  23. Chaminade must notify the Nassau County Department of Health when a student or staff member has a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.
  24. Students must wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom, eating, coughing, sneezing, etc. Signage will be in the bathrooms reminding them of this.
  25. Student hallway movement will be monitored to ensure students and staff are properly maintaining social distancing where feasible. Signage will be utilized.
  26. An isolation room will be designated for those students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  27. Faculty/staff workspace will be modified to ensure the health and safety of all employees.
  28. Remote work practices will be evaluated where feasible.
  29. The time between classes has been increased to allow for staggered bathroom usage, hand washing, and density reduction in the hallways and bathrooms.
  30. The Health Office will be expanded and re-configured to allow for isolation areas and social distancing.
  31. Directional routes will be evaluated in hallways and classrooms to reduce bi-directional foot traffic. Signage will be utilized.
  32. Students will all face the same direction in class desks where possible.
  33. High traffic area workspaces have been modified and reconfigured with barriers.
  34. Auxiliary areas have been re-purposed to accommodate students so social distancing and density reduction can be achieved (gym, activity rooms, etc).
  35. The distance between teachers and students in classrooms has been increased by reconfiguring spaces.
  36. The mechanical systems will be inspected regularly to ensure they are operating properly.
  37. Bathrooms have been outfitted with touchless technology.
  38. In the event of a positive case, the administration, in conjunction with the Nassau County Department of Health, will determine the scope of student isolation and whether the school may remain open.
  39. Remote and hybrid learning will be utilized when necessary.
  40. Emergency drills will be conducted in accordance with all NYS laws.
  41. Chaminade will not keep a health record of any student, staff member, contractor, or visitor.
  42. PPE will be used by everyone on campus, including the school nurses.
  43. The school nurses/staff members will maintain the visual supervision of ill students at all times.
  44. Chaminade High School designates Mr. Thomas Dillon and Mr. Alex Basile as COVID-19 safety coordinators whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the school's reopening plan.
  45. Students, staff, and faculty who are denied entry will be directed to monitor their symptoms and seek the advice of their health care provider.
  46. If presenting signs or symptoms during the day, a student will be directed to the isolation room and the nurse will make a determination if the student should be referred to a healthcare provider for testing.
  47. If the healthcare provider recommends a COVID-19 test for the student: Until a test result arrives, the student should remain quarantined at their domicile along with their siblings.
  48. Students will be advised to stay home when sick and not to return until they have met CDC criteria, NYS DOH criteria, and their healthcare provider's criteria to return to in-person instruction. If exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, a diagnostic test demonstrating negative results will be required to return along with, a medical release from a healthcare provider, and symptom resolution.
  49. Chaminade will not keep a record of specific student, faculty, staff, contractor, or visitor health data.

CAFETERIA

  1. Alternate locations will be implemented in various areas of the school building to allow students to eat lunch in smaller groups for density reduction and safety.
  2. Students will be reminded not to share food or drinks.
  3. Students must bring a brown bag lunch to school each day.
  4. Cafeteria food services will not be provided at this time.
  5. Mealtimes will be staggered
  6. Multiple locations for lunch will be utilized to reduce density.
  7. Lunch locations will be cleaned and disinfected after each lunch session.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

  1. Water fountains will not be used to help mitigate community spread.
  2. Students may bring their own refillable water bottles to refill at bottle-fill stations.
  3. Lockers will not be used to prevent close contact and reduce density.
  4. All personal property (lunch bags, etc) will be labeled with the student's name.
  5. The dress code will be relaxed to allow for more frequent cleaning of clothes.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

  1. Students will utilize multiple entrances and exits for arrival and departure.
  2. Hand sanitizer stations will be at each student entrance.
  3. Students will use designated entrances and exits so the same students use the same exits and entrances every day.
  4. Additionally, arrival and departure will be staggered to further reduce density at these points
  5. A health screening will be conducted for staff and students every day at arrival, including temperature checks for all individuals. Students will be monitored for overtly visible symptoms as they enter the school.
  6. Students exhibiting COVID symptoms must visit the Health Office and will only use one exit for pick-up by a parent or guardian.
  7. Students experiencing symptoms will be placed in the designated isolation room.
  8. Parents/guardians will pick up an ill child at the main entrance. The parent/guardian will be asked to wait outside for their child to exit the building. The parent/guardian may be screened if waiting inside the main entrance.
  9. Every student, teacher, and staff member will have their temperatures checked prior to entering the building at arrival and denied access if they are over 100.0 F. If a person has a temperature equal to or exceeding 100.0 F, a second temperature will be administered no more than fifteen minutes later to confirm body temperature.
  1. Parents are encouraged to utilize the parent/guardian health check for their son(s) before he leaves for school every day (Appendix C). Parents should assess their son(s) every day for signs/symptoms or exposure to infectious diseases. The CDC and NYS DOH should be consulted for the most recent guidance on symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. Students, staff, and faculty will enter and leave our school through several separate entry points to reduce foot-traffic density.

SCHOOL VISITORS

  1. Visitors are prohibited from entering the school building unless they are deemed essential by the administration.
  2. All parent-teacher conferences will be held as a phone/virtual meeting.
  3. The school building will not be used by any outside groups (CYO, Boy Scouts, etc.)
  4. Chaminade will continue with the electronic sign in for essential visitors only (Raptor).
  5. Hand sanitizing will be required before the entry of all essential visitors.
  6. Temperature checks will be required for all essential visitors and contractors.
  7. Essential visitors must wear face coverings when in the school building.
  8. A supply of PPE will be maintained in accordance with NYSDOH laws.
  9. Essential visitors and contractors must complete a self-screening health checklist and have their temperature checked. Any individual with a temperature of 100.0 F or greater will be denied access to the building.
  10. Deliveries will be made to the Delivery Entrance/Main Entrance where feasible.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

  1. A distance learning plan is already in place and operational for continuity of instruction. We have instructional plans for in-person learning, remote learning, and hybrid learning.
  2. Distance learning will continue using iPads and the learning management platform called Canvas. All students have an iPad (1:1) and have wifi/broadband access.
  3. Students will be permitted to participate in online virtual extracurricular activities.
  4. Students may be allowed to participate in in-person extracurricular activities based on safety factors, best practices, and local, state, and federal guidelines.
  5. All extracurricular activities will be reviewed before commencing to make sure they are safe to resume in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  6. Consideration will be given to children and families at risk for COVID-19.
  7. A comprehensive review has been undertaken to address learning gaps and student/family needs. This review is ongoing.
  8. Students already have iPads and access to the Canvas ( the learning management system).
  9. A robust "Stop the Spread" campaign will be instituted with signage, in-class education, and messaging via the PA system and morning announcements (social distance, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc).
  10. The number of person-to-person interactions will be reduced as feasible.
  11. Chaminade is ready to conduct learning in person, in a hybrid model, or remotely depending on the situation. Plans have been developed for these contingencies.
  12. Our school has a robust remote learning plan that can be enacted overnight if necessary.
  13. Our school has guaranteed that each member of the school community will have access to this remote learning.
  14. Students who do not have internet access at home can contact the school, and we will communicate with our service provider to provide the student with internet. Internet service providers are providing needy students with internet access for little to no cost during the current pandemic.
  15. Since March we have improved our remote model to provide for the highest standard of online learning achievable.
  16. Teachers will deliver instruction through a combination of live and even asynchronous means if necessary.

STAFFING CONSIDERATIONS

  1. A plan is in place to ensure there is sufficient staff to carry out school operations.
  2. The attendance policy has been reviewed and amended as necessary.
  3. Mental health resources are readily available through our guidance department and school psychologists.
  4. A review of staff members who may be vulnerable will be implemented.
  5. A significant supply of PPE is in stock for staff members and students.
  6. A return-to-work protocol has been developed via NYS DOH guidelines (Appendix A).
  7. A self-screening questionnaire has been developed for use via NYS DOH guidelines (Appendix B).
  8. Staff must have temperature checks and complete a health screening. If an individual has a temperature greater than 100.00 ° F, the individual must be refused entry into the building and referred to their healthcare provider.
  9. Absenteeism will be monitored closely.
  10. All staff have iPads and access to wifi/broadband for remote/hybrid work (if needed).
  1. Staff members will be advised to stay home when sick and not to return until they have met CDC criteria, NYS DOH criteria, and their healthcare provider's criteria to return to work. If exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, a diagnostic test demonstrating negative results will be required to return along with meeting the criteria of the CDC and DOH, a medical release, and symptom resolution for 24 hours without medications.
  2. A continuity of business operations plan is already in place in the event of an emergency or school closure.
  3. CDC signage will be placed throughout the building, including in employee-only areas for social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  4. Staff will be trained in the new COVID-19 operating plan, disinfection procedures, and syndromic surveillance.
  5. Chaminade will rely on the DOH's "Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure" regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff returning to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  1. All staff and students will wear face coverings when in the building.
  2. A significant supply of PPE is in stock in the school building and ready for distribution.
  3. Staff and students will be allowed to bring masks/face coverings from home to wear.
  4. If a staff member/student doesn't have a face covering, one will be provided.
  5. Chaminade encourages its staff and students to keep an extra mask with them.
  6. Face masks should be cleaned or replaced regularly and must not be shared.
  7. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based face coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and the nose.

CLEANING/DISINFECTING PROTOCOLS

  1. Surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected routinely.
  2. Soap,( and warm water), hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are readily available and in stock.
  3. A comprehensive review has been undertaken of the inventory and cleaning protocols of the school building, cafeteria, and classrooms, common areas, etc.
  4. Any items that may have been shared will be cleaned after each use.
  5. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection will occur every evening after student and faculty dismissal.
  6. Frequent cleaning will take place during the school day.
  7. The Health Office will be provided with cleaning and disinfectant supplies as well as PPE to care for sick students.
  8. The Health Office will have an isolation room for sick students. It will be supervised by a school nurse/staff member who will maintain social distance. It will be cleaned as per DOH and CDC guidelines.
  9. Receptacles are located throughout the building for disposal of soiled items, including paper towels, and PPE.
  10. Products approved by the DEC and EPA will be used for cleaning and disinfecting.
  11. UV lights will be utilized to sanitize the building during after school hours.
  12. Cleaning and Disinfection following a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19 will follow applicable CDC and NYS DOH guidelines.

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Chaminade High School is a private Catholic school and relies on the surrounding school districts for bus transportation for students.
  2. As this is the case, we do not operate a fleet of busses for student arrival and departure.
  3. The individual public school districts are responsible for providing transportation and for the cleaning and disinfection of those busses as per the district's policy.
  4. Students must follow all of the district's health and safety protocols.

EDUCATION TOPICS

  1. COVID-19 symptoms
  2. COVID-19 transmission
  3. Basic safety practices (PPE, removal of PPE, etc)
  4. Self-monitoring of symptoms
  5. An overview of the reopening plan will be shared via the school website for all stakeholders.
  6. Parents, teachers, and staff have been engaged regarding reopening plans.
  7. A COVID-19 task force has been established to monitor and make recommendations.
  8. Should there be a positive COVID-19 case, all communication to faculty, parents, students, staff, and stakeholders will be made by Bro. Joseph Bellizzi, S.M., in cooperation with the Nassau County Department of Health.

MENTAL HEALTH

  1. A comprehensive review of mental health services has been undertaken for staff and students.
  2. Guidance counselors and school psychologists have developed plans for the safety and well being of the students and staff.
  3. Referrals will be made for students and staff who desire counseling services.

TRACING AND TRACKING

  1. Chaminade will coordinate with the Nassau County Department of Health and follow all DOH requirements for testing, tracing, and tracking.
  2. Chaminade will notify the Nassau County Health Department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.
  3. Chaminade will rely on state and local health departments to implement monitoring and movement restrictions of COVID-19 infected or exposed persons, including isolation or quarantine.
  4. Chaminade will rely on the Department of Health regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff returning to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

NOTE: All of these practices will be thoroughly reviewed and modified as necessary to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters the school building.

APPENDIX A | COVID-19 Employee Protocols

Purpose: to provide employees with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19.

A. Physical Distancing

    1. At least six feet of social distancing must be observed among individuals.
    2. When individuals must be within six feet, a face covering must be worn.
    3. Non-essential desk items must be stored in enclosed cabinets or drawers
    4. Non-essential visitors are restricted from the campus.

B. Personal Protection

    1. Employees will be issued face masks as PPE but may provide their own.
    2. The employee should limit the sharing of any equipment/objects/supplies.

C. Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

    1. Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water (or hand sanitizer).
    2. Observe proper respiratory etiquette (cover the cough/sneeze, etc)
    3. Stay home when sick.
    4. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    5. Know the symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include, but are not limited to the following: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

D. Screening and Testing

    1. Employees must complete a daily health-screening questionnaire.
    2. If there is a change in COVID-19 status, the employee must notify the principal immediately. A medical release from a physician will be required to return to work as well as a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test.
    3. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether the employee is symptomatic or asymptomatic, the employee may return to work after completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms or 10 days of isolation after the first positive test if they remain asymptomatic.
    4. If an employee has had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time AND is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, the employee may return to work upon completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms. NYS DOH defines close contact as within six feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the person was isolated.
    5. If an employee has had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time AND is not experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, the employee may return to work upon completing 14 days of self- quarantine.
    6. If an employee is COVID-19 symptomatic upon arrival at work or becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms while at the workplace, absent close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, the employee must be separated and sent home immediately, and may return to work upon completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms OR upon a receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.

APPENDIX B | Employee Health Screening for COVID-19

APPENDIX C | Parent/Guardian Health Check for Student Screening for COVID-19


APPENDIX D | Contact Tracing

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, it is imperative that proper contact tracing occurs. COVID-19 is transmitted at a significantly higher rate than most communicable diseases and these measures must be taken to limit its spread. For aftercare programs, sports, clubs, and any environment with changing classes, contact tracing is critical so that an exorbitant amount of students are not forced into isolation.

  • Close contact is currently defined by the CDC as somebody who:
    • Lives with the case.
    • Was within 6 feet of the contact for at least 15 minutes.
    • Had direct physical contact with the case.
    • Had direct physical contact with a case's secretions, like used tissues.
  • All close contacts must be ascertained and contacted as quickly as possible and told to quarantine and self-monitor for signs and symptoms for fourteen days.
  • To provide quick and reliable contact tracing, each environment will have mandatory and enforced seating chars or stations.
  • If a sign or symptom of COVID-19 manifests in a close contact, he or she should receive a COVID-19 test.
  • When communicating with a close contact, the contact tracer may not disclose the identity of the positive case.

For each close contact, a contact tracer should follow these steps to maximize the effectiveness of their calls.

  • Introduce yourself and provide the following information
    • That you are working with their school.
    • Make sure that they are aware that they are at risk of becoming sick themselves.
    • Explain that the call will probably last between ten and twenty minutes.
  • Walk them through the symptoms of COVID-19 and have them make sure they aren't experiencing any. Symptoms to ask about include:
    • Fever (or temperature over 100 degrees F if a thermometer is handy.
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle pain and aching
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell.
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
  • If the contact is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they should immediately seek emergency care:
    • Bluish lips or face.
    • Faster breathing.
    • Trouble drawing breath.
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
    • New confusion.
    • Difficulty waking up.

If any of these symptoms are present, the contact should immediately seek a COVID-19 test.

  • If no symptoms are present, the contact must still quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days. Make sure the contact understands the rules of quarantine completely. These include:
    • Staying alone as often as possible, even apart from family members.
    • If a case must be around people, even family, they must wear a mask.
  • Make sure the contact can identify any problems that might arise in quarantine and provide potential solutions to those problems.
  • Once the individual understands how to properly quarantine, ask if they have any questions. They probably will.
  • Remind them to seek a COVID-19 test and isolate if they experience any symptoms.
  • Check-in with cases and contacts regularly to keep tabs on their condition.