Health & Safety Protocols
The District will maintain protocols and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and other individuals to ensure appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus when on school grounds and in school facilities. Specifically, appropriate PPE means, at least, an acceptable face covering is required to be worn at all times except when eating breakfast, lunch, and during mask breaks. Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. The District will provide information to staff and students on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
According to Executive Order 202.17, any individual who is over age two (2) and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
The District must allow students, faculty, and staff to use their own acceptable face coverings, but cannot require faculty and staff to supply their own face coverings. Further, this guidance shall not prevent employees from wearing their personally owned protective coverings (e.g., surgical masks, N-95 respirators, face shields), as long as they adhere to the minimum standards of protection for the specific activity. The District may otherwise require employees to wear more protective PPE due to the nature of their work. If applicable, employers should comply with all applicable OSHA standards.
The District will provide students and staff with acceptable face coverings at no cost and will maintain an adequate supply of face coverings in case of replacement. Face coverings must be cleaned or replaced after use or when damaged or soiled, may not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded. Personal cloth face coverings should be washed frequently. Disposable surgical masks should be discarded in the trash. Face coverings are strongly recommended at all times, except for meals and instruction with appropriate social distancing. The District will train all students, faculty, and staff on how to adequately put on, take off, clean (as applicable), and discard PPE, including but not limited to, appropriate face coverings.
Masks or Cloth Face-coverings Must be Worn at All Times
- Exceptions to mask/face covering requirements will be made for those for with medical conditions, disability impact, or other health or safety factors. Mask breaks should occur throughout the day. Breaks should occur when students can be six feet apart, ideally outside or at least with the windows open. Further guidance on mask breaks including duration and frequency will be forthcoming, as well as more information about properly removing and putting on masks. Transparent face coverings provide the opportunity for more visual cues and should be especially considered as an alternative for younger students, students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and their teachers. All individuals in school facilities and on school grounds must be prepared to put on a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance; and for this reason, individuals – including students – must wear face coverings in common areas, such as entrances/exits, lobbies, and when traveling around the school. However, whether this plan indicates a mask does not need to be worn in a given scenario, all employees reserve the right to wear a mask in a situation when they are not required. They also have the right to request those they are interacting with to wear a mask along with them. All employees should be considerate of those who are wearing a mask and those who request that they put a mask on for their interaction. The district may use alternate PPE (i.e., face shields or coverings that are transparent at or around the mouth) for therapies or interventions that require visualization of the movement of the lips and/or mouths (e.g. speech therapy). These alternate coverings may also be used for certain students (e.g. hearing impaired) that benefit from being able to see more of the employee’s face.
- Teachers and support staff will reinforce proper hand hygiene and cough/sneeze covering with all students. Educational videos regarding handwashing, facemask protocol and other public health measures should be made available to students and staff. Times should be designated on the schedule to take students out of the classroom to wash hands with soap and water, including, at a minimum:
- at the start of the day when children enter the classroom and before snacks and lunch,
- after using the toilet or helping a child use a toilet,
- after sneezing, wiping, and blowing noses,
- after snacks and lunch, particularly if hands are sticky, greasy or soiled when students come in from outdoor play or recess.
- The district will provide and maintain adequate supplies to support healthy hand and respiratory hygiene, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older students who can safely use hand sanitizer), paper towels, tissues, and lined trash receptacles.
- Active surveillance for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus will be essential to informing school policy and public understanding over time. It will not be possible to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools to zero.
- A fever is technically defined as a body temperature of 100.0° F or higher, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fever temperature is consistent for both children and adults. Faculty and staff are required to stay home if they are sick.
- Parents are required to keep sick children home. Employees shall self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 daily (see BUILDING ACCESS section).
- Per the CDC, a wide range of symptoms associated with COVID-19 have been reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
- People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- If employees believe they are experiencing symptoms, stay home. Call in to use a sick day, following your normal call-in procedures and notify your supervisor. Signs will be posted throughout the facilities and school buildings reminding employees of the COVID-19 symptoms and to frequently self-monitor.
Daily Employee Health Screening Questionnaire
- Clyde-Savannah CSD COVID-19 Self Check Assessment
- The safety of the employees, students, families, clients, partners and visitors remains Clyde-Savannah CSD's top priority. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, we will closely monitor the situation and will periodically update our guidance based on current recommendations from New York State. If you are concerned about underlying medical conditions, please consult with your personal medical health care provider.
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce, we are conducting a simple screening.
- Your participation is important to help us take precautionary measures to protect you and everyone in this facility. We request you complete this screening every day prior to entering our facility. Based on your response, you will be informed if you should report to work or if you can enter our facilities:
- Which location are you visiting today?
- Clyde-Savannah Elementary Building
- Transportation Building
- Clyde-Savannah Middle School/High School/ District Office Entrance
- Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Which location are you visiting today?
(This applies to travelers arriving from states that have a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Please check the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory page for the most up-to-date restricted state listing before and after traveling.)
- Are you returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19?
- Employees that do not pass this health screening are expected to leave the building immediately and contact their supervisor for further instructions. Any employee who has symptoms of COVID-19, who reasonably believes s/he may have been exposed to COVID-19, who lives with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, shall immediately report this information to his/her supervisor and/or seek proper medical attention. Individuals exposed to the COVID-19 virus must quarantine, even if they have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. Discharge from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the Wayne County Health Department.
- If any of the scenarios listed above apply to you, stay home. Call in to use a sick day, following your normal call-in procedures and notify your supervisor. The District will work with each individual employee who sets forth this information to determine use of leave and return to work protocols, in accordance with guidance and directives that have been issued by the federal, state and local public health authorities and governmental agencies. The District will report to the Wayne County Department of Health and assist, as directed by them regarding any tracking of students/staff.
- The District will report to the Wayne County Dept. of Health and assist, as directed by them regarding any tracking of students/staff.
Positive Screen Protocols
- Any individual who screens positive for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, if screened at the school, must be immediately sent home with instructions to contact his/her healthcare provider for assessment and testing.
- Students who are being sent home because of a positive screen (e.g., onset of COVID-19 symptoms) must be immediately separated from other students and supervised until their parent/legal guardian or emergency contact can retrieve them from school.
- Responsible Parties should provide such individuals with information on health care and testing resources, if applicable.
- Responsible Parties must immediately notify the state and local health department about the case if diagnostic test results are positive for COVID-19. Responsible Parties must require individuals to immediately disclose if and when their responses to any of the aforementioned questions changes, such as if they begin to experience symptoms, including during or outside of school hours.
Plan for When a Staff Member, Student, or Visitor Becomes Sick
- Each school will identify an area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms during hours of operation, and ensure that children are not left without adult supervision.
- Procedures will be established for safely transporting anyone sick to his/her home or to a healthcare facility, as appropriate Health officials, staff, and families will be notified of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
- Areas used by any sick person will be closed off and not used until they have been disinfected. Sick staff members or children will be advised not to return until they have met CDC and/or DOH criteria to discontinue home isolation. Those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be informed to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC or DOH guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, s/he should follow appropriate CDC or DOH guidance for home isolation.
- Any employee or student who screens positive for any of the above criteria (i.e., symptoms, test, or close contact) is prohibited from entering the school. S/he will be sent home with instructions to contact healthcare providers for assessment and testing.
- The District will refer to NYSDOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for individuals seeking to return after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.
- The District will cooperate with the Wayne County Department of Health on contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as employees or students who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.
- The health office will have an isolation area for suspected sick students until such time as the student can be transported home or to the hospital. If necessary, the District will have ready a plan for deep cleaning, disinfection, and temporarily closing as ordered by the DOH, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
Cleaning & Disinfection Following Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Case
- The District will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, with such cleaning and disinfection to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces.
- If someone is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, the following measures will be implemented:
- Close off areas used by the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
- The District does not necessarily need to close operations, if it can close off the affected areas (e.g., classroom, restroom, hallway), but it should consult with local health departments in development of their protocols.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours to clean and disinfect, unless waiting 24 hours is not feasible, in which case, wait as long as possible.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common areas.
- Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected, it can be reopened for use.
- Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection.
- If more than seven days have passed since the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary, but routine cleaning and disinfection should continue.
Plan for Returning to School
- If a staff member or student is diagnosed with COVID-19, with or without positive test and/or symptoms, the District will refer to CDC/DOH protocol for return to school or work. This may need to be considered for family and/or household members who are positive of COVID-19, as carriers can be asymptomatic.
- 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
- Completing at least 10 days of isolation after the first positive test if s/he remains asymptomatic. 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 after completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms.
- “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the person was isolated. 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.
- If an employee is deemed essential and critical for the operation or safety of the business, as determined by the employee’s supervisor and a human resources representative in consultation with appropriate state and local health authorities, the exposed, asymptomatic employee may return to work if the employee complies with the following practices:
- Regular monitoring: The employee must self-monitor for a temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit every 12 hours and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
- Wear a mask: The employee must wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after the last exposure.
- Social distance: The employee must comply with social distancing practices, including maintaining, at least, six feet of distance from others in the workplace when possible.
- Clean and disinfect workspaces: The employer must continue to regularly clean and disinfect all areas, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment.
- Maintain quarantine: The employee must continue to self-quarantine and self-monitor for temperature and symptoms when not at the workplace for 14 days after the last exposure.
Compliance Will be Monitored and Documented by the District and Employee
- If an employee is symptomatic upon arrival at work or becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms while at work, the employee must be separated and sent home immediately and may return to work after completing at least 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms OR upon receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.
- The District will develop a process for the provision or referral of diagnostic testing for students, faculty, and staff for COVID-19, in consultation with the Wayne County Health Department officials, when needed, which will include plans for testing of symptomatic individuals, close contacts of COVID-19 suspected or confirmed individuals, and individuals with recent international travel or travel within a state with widespread transmission of COVID-19 as designated through the New York State Travel Advisory, before allowing such individuals to return to in-person to the school.
- The Clyde-Savannah Central School District will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
- In the case of an individual testing positive, the Clyde-Savannah Central School District must develop plans to support local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual, in accordance with the protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations. Responsible Parties must cooperate with state and local health department contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine efforts.
- The District will partner with local health departments to train older students, faculty, and staff to undertake contact tracing efforts for populations in school facilities and on school grounds, where feasible.
- The school nurse coordinates school health services with the school physician and medical director to manage, prevent, and/or reduce health issues. The team will coordinate with the student's family and health team and include trauma informed education practice to address the behavioral health needs of students.
- The school nurse will establish community behavioral health referral agencies, and coordinate with school health professionals, counselors, social workers, school psychologists. The school nurse will identify students with pre-existing medical or mental health conditions to determine if treatment has been interrupted, medication or supplies have run out, or important appointments or procedures have been missed.
- School nurses must develop protocols for asthma-related acute respiratory treatment care using up to date standard of care:
- Nebulizer treatments and suctioning are identified by the CDC as aerosol-generating procedures requiring a N-95 mask fitted to the healthcare worker,
- Consult with students’ health care providers for alternate asthma medication delivery systems, and
- Consult with the school maintenance and facilities department for environmental controls.
- The school nurse will coordinate with the student’s special education teacher to address current health care considerations by:
- Revising IHP’s,
- Determining the special healthcare needs of medically fragile students,
- Communicate with parents and health care providers to determine return to school status and modify IEP’s as indicated.
- School nurses must develop protocols for asthma-related acute respiratory treatment care using up to date standard of care:
- Faculty and staff need to ensure at least six feet of distance between individuals, unless safety or core function of the activity (e.g., instruction) requires a shorter distance. However, any time that staff or faculty are less than six feet from one another or students, they must wear acceptable face coverings. Each classroom will create a new layout to determine its capacity within parameters of proper social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- Strict adherence to a specific size of student groups (e.g., 10 per classroom, 15 per classroom, etc.) should be discouraged in favor of other risk mitigation strategies given what is known about transmission dynamics, adults and adult staff within schools should attempt to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other persons as much as possible, particularly around other adult staff.
- Seating/desks will be spaced at least six feet apart or if the size of the classroom is not indicative, seating will be spaced to the greatest extent possible and masks will be worn by students and staff.
- Desks should be turned to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or students should sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart. Extra/ unnecessary furniture will be removed from rooms to create the maximum space possible between individuals in shared spaces.
- Students will be seated at individual desks to the maximum extent possible. All student furniture will be positioned to face in the same direction. Individualized seating from other buildings will be used to replace multi-student seating such as tables and chairs to the maximum extent possible.
- If tables must be used, only two per table sitting on the same side with a polycarbonate barrier in place. Students at tables must wear masks. In a circumstance where sufficient physical distancing is difficult or impossible, such as when students enter or exit a school bus in proximity to the bus driver, all individuals, including staff and students, should wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose consistent with public health guidance.
- To be clear, face coverings are not a replacement for physical distancing, but they should be used to mitigate virus spread when physical distancing is not feasible. Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, will keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.
- Alternative spaces in the school (e.g., cafeteria, library, and auditorium) may be repurposed to increase the amount of available space to accommodate the maximum distance possible.
- In these larger spaces, establishing consistent cohorts/classes with separation between the cohorts/classes provides another option to maximize these spaces safely. Social distancing markers will be posted using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site.
- Elementary Student groups: To minimize the number of students who would potentially be exposed in the event of a COVID-19 event, to the extent feasible, elementary schools should aim to keep students in the same group throughout the day and middle and high schools are encouraged to minimize mixing student groups to the extent feasible.
- Our initial requirements and related guidance are as follows:
- Cohorts: Schools should divide students into small groups that remain with each other throughout the day, with smaller cohort sizes preferred. Schools should look for ways to isolate cohorts of students and prevent inter-group contact to the extent feasible.
- Capacity: There are no required maximums on cohort or group sizes, so long as schools adhere to the physical distancing requirements above. (This guidance for the fall will replace previous summer guidance at the start of the school year, assuming positive health metrics hold.)
Gatherings, Events, and Extracurricular Activities
- Gatherings, events, and extracurricular activities are limited to those that can maintain social distancing, support proper hand hygiene, and restrict attendance of those from higher transmission areas. Communal spaces such as dining halls and playgrounds will be closed if possible; otherwise, use will be staggered, and the area will be disinfected between use.
- Whenever possible, extracurricular activities will be conducted remotely (non- athletics) via video conferencing. All extracurricular/interscholastic after school activities will require students to provide their own transportation home.
- In order to reduce student density in a cafeteria, meals can be served in classrooms. Individually plated meals can be served and activities can be held in separate classrooms.
- Arrival and drop-off times can be staggered, or other protocols can be put into place that limit direct contact with parents as much as possible.
- Each child’s personal belongings should be kept separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas. If possible, avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids.
- Place communal materials in special areas.
- Classrooms should have adequate supplies in order to minimize sharing of high touch materials to the extent possible (art supplies, music equipment, general classroom supplies) or use of supplies and equipment should be limited by one group of children at a time and cleaned and disinfected between use.
- Each building will need to create traffic patterns that best adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Such rerouting must address accessibility issues.
- Signs will be posted throughout the school buildings in order to regularly share messages with the school community, consistent with DOH COVID-19 public health protections against COVID19. Signage will be used to remind individuals to:
- Stay home if one feels sick.
- Cover one’s 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.
Closure Contingency Plans: Closure includes contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in- person education, and/or closing the school.
- Closure triggers: The District will identify conditions that may warrant reducing in person education or closing the school, in consultation with state and local health departments, and plan for an orderly closure.
- Operational Activity: The District will determine, in consultation with the Wayne County Department of Health, which operations will be decreased, or ceased and which operations will be conducted remotely. The closure process may include phasing, milestones. The Superintendent will make the decision to close and key personnel will follow the emergency closure plan.
- Communication: The District will utilize its communication plan to notify individuals internally and externally throughout the closure process.
Building Procedures: This section explains building access, classroom layout, cafeteria, personal property rules, playgrounds, hall traffic, arrival and dismissal, and extracurricular procedures.
- All Building Access Any student, parent, caregiver, visitor, or staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 (reference CDC and DOH guidelines for COVID-19 symptoms) will be excluded.
- Parents will be asked to screen students before leaving for school (check temperature to ensure temperatures below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, observe for symptoms outlined by public health officials) and to keep students at home if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or if they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, and that they did not travel to a state or country with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average (passive screening).
- Parents will receive a weekly text message/email that contains building access questions for each of their children who attend school. Unless parents contact the school nurse to report an issue with a child, receiving the email/text message is indicative of passive agreement on the school screening procedures.
- Staff will be instructed to self-screen before leaving for work (check temperature to ensure temperatures below 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, check for symptoms outlined by public health officials) and to stay home if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or if they have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, and that they did not travel to a state or country with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average.
- School personnel will screen visitors in secure entryways utilizing the (EduTech developed monitoring system). Screening procedures will include basic health screening questions and a temperature check before allowing a visitor into the school.
- Use of building requests will be vetted to conform with proper social distancing protocol; evaluate whether and to what extent external community organizations can safely utilize the site and campus resources; and ensure external community organizations that use the facilities also follow the school’s health and safety plans and CDPH guidance.
Building Traffic Patterns: The District will design measures to reduce bi-directional foot traffic using tape or 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 (e.g., outdoor spaces, libraries, classrooms, cafeterias, health screening stations)
Considerations for All Schools:
- Student Flow, Entry, Exit, & Common Areas
- Minimize interaction of students between drop-off and entrance to school facilities.
- Stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts and direct contact with parents as much as possible.
- Establish separate entrances and exits to school facilities where possible.
- Require visitors and parents/guardians use their own pen for signing in/out.
- Maintain social distancing in hallways and common areas.
- Minimize the number of non-essential interactions between students and staff throughout the school day.
- Create student cohorts as an effective strategy to limit exposure and contact.
- Limit commingling between classes or other district-set groups of students.
- Minimize large group gatherings.
- Create a system that allows for physical distancing.
- Provide hand sanitizer at school entrances.
- Put signage around school buildings to provide hygiene advice and reminders (CDC offers printable resources and handwashing posters).
- Increase frequency of cleaning all surfaces, including walls (to the appropriate height based on age of students).
- Limit the number of students in the hallway at the same time by staggering release from classrooms.
- If feasible, install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart (e.g., reception desks).
- Consider a schedule that limits access, if at all, to lockers to keep traffic in the hallways within social distancing protocols.
Small Spaces: The District will limit gathering in small spaces (e.g., elevators, supply rooms, faculty offices) by more than one individual at a time, unless all individuals in such space at the same time are wearing acceptable face coverings or are members of the same household. However, even with face coverings in use, occupancy should not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the space, unless it is designed for use by a single occupant.
Faculty & Staff Meetings: The Clyde-Savannah CSD will make all efforts to use video or teleconferencing for faculty and staff meetings and conferences in order to reduce the density of congregations, per CDC guidance. When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not preferable or possible, the District may choose to hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces and ensure that individuals maintain appropriate social distance (e.g., leave space between chairs, have individuals sit in alternating chairs).
Ideas for Reducing Density
- To maximize in-person instruction, Responsible Parties should consider measures that can be implemented to decrease density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds, when possible, such as:
- finding alternative spaces in the community to allow for more in-person instruction;
- adjusting class or work hours, where appropriate and possible;
- limiting in-person presence to only those staff who are necessary to be at the school during normal school hours;
- maintaining or increasing remote workforce (e.g., administrative staff) to accommodate social distancing guidelines;
- staggering schedules and allowing more time between classes to reduce congestion in hallways, walkways, and buildings; and/or
- shifting design of class schedules to accommodate social distancing guidelines, including cohorts (e.g., alternative classroom schedules, full-time in-person learning for younger students, and part-time distance learning for older students).