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Reopening Update from Dr. Washington

Dear Washingtonville Community,

I want to make you aware of a change in the Washingtonville Central School District 2021-2022 Reopening Plan. Effective Friday, August 27, 2021, all students, staff and visitors in P-12 schools, over the age of 2, must wear masks indoors, according to the New York State Department of Health. 

This mandate is a change to the WCSD Reopening Plan previously released; we anticipate this document may be subject to further change based on evolving guidance and local conditions. 

As always, the primary goal of WCSD is to safely keep schools open for in-person instruction as we begin a new school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Larry Washington
Superintendent of Schools


Washingtonville Central School District 2021-2022 Reopening Plan Health & Safety Protocols & Procedures 

Introduction 

The purpose of the plan outlined here is to ensure the collective health and safety of Washingtonville Central School District students and staff in the 2021-22 school year. The health and safety of our students, staff and their families is our top priority and we remain committed to doing our part to minimize the potential health and safety impact of COVID-19. 

This plan incorporates the latest guidance, recommendations and requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED), as well as the Orange County Department of Health. It is a living resource and is subject to change based on new and evolving guidance. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making throughout the school year. 

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Washingtonville Central School for the 2021-22 school year, related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools: 

  • Washingtonville High School - Principal Brian Connolly - bconnolly@wcsdk12.org 
  • Washingtonville Middle School - Principal Teresa Thompson - tthompson@wcsdk12.org
  • Round Hill - Principal Steve Kiel - skiel@wcsdk12.org 
  • Taft - Principal Christine Williams- cwilliams@wcsdk12.org 
  • Little Britain - Principal Christopher Barrie - cbarrie@wcsdk12.org 

The Washingtonville Central School District will offer in-person instruction to all students five days a week, per the regular school schedule, in the 2021-22 school year. Since we will be offering 5 days of in-person instruction, a remote learning option will not be offered. 

Mrs. Lynn Imperato, our Director of Human Resources, and Mrs. Maryke Troast, the WCSD Nurse Practitioner, will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinators for the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Imperato and Mrs. Troast will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for following all health protocols to ensure the health and safety of all members of the Washingtonville School Community. They will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. Mrs. Imperato can be reached at limperato@wcsdk12.org and 845-497-4000 ext. 27011. Mrs. Troast can be reached at mtroast@wcsdk12.org and 845-497-4000 ext. 21532. 

In order to provide a safe environment for our learning community, we are implementing the following mitigation strategies: 

  • Masks will be required to be worn inside while on school property, including school buses, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Mask breaks will occur within the classrooms while students are sitting at their desks.
  • Social distancing of three (3) feet indoors (to the extent possible).
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting and hand washing protocols and procedures.
  • Temperature screenings and screening questionnaires are required prior to entering any school building. The self-screening app can be found on the District website or as a QR code at the entrance to each building. Faculty, staff and students must stay home if they answer yes to any of the screening questions. 
  • Collaborate with our local health department to contact trace and to make quarantine and isolation decisions. 
    • The CDC guidance document defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 
    • Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the "close contact" definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. 
    • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. 

Please note that our Health and Safety and Instructional Plans are subject to change based on any new guidance that we may receive from CDC, AAP, local health departments, New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the NYSDOH. 

Content Outline 

  • Instructional Plan 
    • Overview 
    • Instructional Hours 
    • Vulnerable populations/accommodations 
  • Technology and Connectivity 
  • Health checks & Screenings 
  • Social Distancing, Face Coverings & PPE 
    • Facility Entry 
    • Section 9 Guidance for Sports 
    • Training Protocols 
  • Infection Control Strategies 
  • Management of ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring
    • If Students or Staff become ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School
    • Return to School after Illness 
    • COVID- 19 Vaccinations 
    • Contact Tracing 
    • School Closures 
  • Health Hygiene 
    • Hand Hygiene 
    • Respiratory Hygiene 
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting 
  • Visitors on Campus 
  • School Meals 
  • Transportation 
    • Protocols 
    • School Bus Staff 
  • School Activities (e.g., athletics, extracurriculars) 

Instructional Plan 

The instructional model that will be implemented in the 2021-2022 school year will be five (5) days of in-person instruction with no remote learning. All students will return to school on a daily basis following the recommended safety measures provided by the federal and/or state government or health agencies. Where there is a documented medical condition prohibiting the safe return for students to in-person instruction the District will work with families on alternative instructional programs (ie: home instruction, accommodations following an asynchronous/synchronous instructional program, etc.) as needed. 

In the event we are ordered by state or local agencies to close school due to emergency reasons or we decide to close school due to emergency reasons, the District will shift to remote instruction. All students will livestream with their teachers following the schedule provided to them by their teacher. 

If any other models need to be implemented that are different from the above models, the District will provide timely notification regarding the model that will be implemented. 

Instruction will be provided for any students who are required to quarantine by the local health department due to contact tracing. 

  • Secondary students (Grades 6-12) will be able to livestream into their classrooms for instruction for each day they are in quarantine. This temporary remote instruction is only for those individuals in a mandated quarantine. 
  • At the elementary level, students in grades 3-5 will be able to livestream into their classrooms for instruction for each day they are in a mandated quarantine.
  • For students in grades UPK-2 students will receive (1) hour of remote instruction by a certified teacher for each day in quarantine. In addition, students who are required to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous work (work that students will complete independently at home) by the classroom teacher when applicable. 

Remote instruction will not be provided to students who are absent due to any other illnesses/reasons. Remote instruction is only for those in quarantine due to a positive COVID 19 test or a required quarantine due to exposure to a confirmed case. Notwithstanding this, students will have the opportunity to make-up work in accordance with the District’s Attendance Policy. 

We will no longer be offering hybrid or fully remote instructional options to all students. However, we recognize there may be exceptions needed due to specific medical concerns. With these cases, decisions on instructional programs will be made on a case-by-case basis to ensure that students' needs are being met. 

Instructional Hours:

Listed below are the instructional hours for our school buildings. Please refer to individual building plans for specific information regarding arrival and dismissal procedures. 

HS and MS School Hours: 

7:28 am - 2:11 pm 
*Arrival begins at 7:15 am. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 7:28 am. *Dismissal begins 2:11 pm 

Elementary School Hours: 

K-5: 8:40 am - 2:55 pm 

*Arrival begins at 8:20 am and parents/guardians can drop off until 8:30 am. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:40 am.
*Dismissal begins at 2:55 pm 

AM Pre-K: 8:40 am - 11:10 am 

*Arrival begins at 8:35 am and parents/guardians can drop off until 8:40 am. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:40 am.
*Dismissal is at 11:10 am 

PM Pre-K: 12:10 pm - 2:40 pm 

*Arrival begins at 12:05 pm and parents/guardians can drop off until 12:10 pm. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 12:10 pm. 
*Dismissal is at 2:40 pm 

Technology and Connectivity: 

During the 2021-2022 school year, we will assign Washingtonville High School students a new Chromebook and protective case on the first day of school. Each High School student will bring their Chromebook to and from school daily. 

In addition, we will provide all students in Grades K through 8 with a Chromebook to use at school and be charged and stowed in their classroom. Devices will be available to quarantined students, if needed, to receive instruction when at home. 

The District will utilize Google Classroom (Gr. 3-12) and Seesaw (UPK-Gr. 3) for our learning management systems and other approved instructional technology applications. 

The District will continue to provide professional development for all administrators, teachers, staff, and families to design compelling learning experiences and best practices for utilizing technology. 

As in the past, students and parents/guardians can access online technology and tutorials, available and posted on our website. 

The District will continue to identify and work with families and teachers in need of internet access. Don't hesitate to contact our technology department to determine internet access eligibility by submitting a Help Desk request. Directions to access our new helpdesk are available by visiting www.wcsdk12.org/familyhelpdesk. If you have any issues creating a helpdesk account please call 845-497-4000 ext: 24412 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Health Checks & Screenings 

The district has developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19. 

Visitors to the District must complete the COVID Self-Screening as found on the District website. It is imperative that any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19 stay home. 

Social Distancing, Face Coverings & PPE 

The district has developed a plan with policies and procedures for maintaining social distancing to the extent possible of all students, faculty, and staff when on school facilities, grounds and transportation. 

To ensure employees and students comply with communication requirements, WCSD will:

  • Post signage throughout the buildings to remind personnel to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning/disinfecting protocols.
  • Establish a communication plan for employees, visitors, and parents/guardians with a consistent means to provide updated information. This will be accomplished through:
    • Website 
    • Email 
    • Social media 
    • Print copy mailings 
    • Voice and/or video messaging 
    • Traditional media outlets 
  • Maintain a continuous log of every person, including staff, workers, and visitors, who may have close contact with other individuals at the work site, school, or area; excluding deliveries that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means. 
  • If a worker or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school district must immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations

Facility Entry 

  • Where feasible, entry and egress in and out of all buildings will be limited to a single location. If applicable, a single point entry and single point egress will be identified to minimize cross traffic. All entry to the buildings will occur through the main entrance to a check-in point at the security station. 
  • All individuals in district buildings will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This decision is based on recommendations and guidance from the school district physician, Orange County Department of Health (DOH), NYS Education Department (NYSED), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy for Pediatrics (AAP). Universal indoor masking in schools will greatly reduce the need for quarantine. 
  • Masks outdoors are optional. The CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised. 
  • Pursuant to the CDC's Order, physical distancing is not required on school buses, however, masks must be worn.
    CDC: Mandate for Masks on Buses 
  • Those medically unable to wear face coverings should complete Medical Exemption for Mask Wearing form with medical documentation and submit to the COVID Resource Officers limperato@wcsdk12.org and mtroast@wcsdk12.org. Face shields and/ or other accommodations, including frequent mask breaks and increased distancing, will be considered for those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering. 
  • Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. 
  • Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. 
  • An employee is allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose. Masks will be available in the Health Office for anyone who has forgotten one. Those medically unable to wear face coverings should complete Medical Exemption for Mask Wearing form with medical documentation and submit to the COVID Resource Officers limperato@wcsdk12.org and mtroast@wcsdk12.org.

The district will instruct students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors and vendors on:

  • The proper way to wear face coverings 
  • Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering
  • Proper way to discard disposable face coverings 

Section 9 Guidance for Sports (as of 8/12/21) 

  • Indoor sports are required to wear masks (unless in the pool). This includes players, coaches, site personnel and officials. Indoor sports will allow spectators. Spectators will be required to wear masks. Social distancing is encouraged. 
  • Outdoor sports will not require masks for players, coaches, site personnel and officials. Outdoor sports will allow spectators with no mask requirements. Social distancing is encouraged. 

Training Protocols 

  • The District-wide nurse practitioner and the Director of Human Resources will provide a training document that addresses proper hygiene, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, social distancing, proper use of PPE, and respiratory hygiene for all stakeholders of the Washingtonville Community. 
  • The District-wide nurse practitioner and the Director of Human Resources will assist with any in-person training that is required throughout the year. 

Infection Control Strategies 

Ongoing safety protocols, such as maintaining a social distance of three feet when possible, regular cleaning and disinfecting, hand washing procedures, enhanced ventilation and keeping students home when ill, combined with the wearing of masks, will help reduce the transmission of COVID. 

Management of ill persons, contact tracing and monitoring 

The district requires students, faculty, or staff members who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day to report to the nurse’s office. If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, students must wait appropriately socially distanced. The district has designated areas to separate individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 from others until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of illness. One area will be used to treat injuries, provide medications or nursing treatments, and the other area will be used for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. Both areas will be supervised by an adult and have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies. 

PPE requirements for school health office staff caring for sick individuals includes both standard and transmission-based precautions. When caring for a suspect or confirmed individual with COVID-19, gloves, a gown, eye protection, and a fit-tested N-95 respirator or surgical face mask and shield will be used. 

School health office cleaning will occur after each use of cots, bathrooms, and health office equipment (e.g., blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, stethoscopes). Health office equipment will be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions. 

If Students or Staff become ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School 

The district requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least 6 feet. Students will be escorted from the isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students or staff will be referred to a healthcare provider and provided resources on COVID-19 testing. 

Instruction will be provided for any students who are required to quarantine by the local health department due to contact tracing. 

Secondary students (Grades 6-12) will be able to livestream into their classrooms for instruction for each day they are in quarantine. 

At the elementary level, students in grades 3-5 will be able to livestream into their classrooms for instruction for each day they are in quarantine. 

For students in grades UPK-2, they will receive (1) hour of remote instruction by a certified teacher for each day in quarantine. In addition, students who are required to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous work by the classroom teacher when applicable. 

This temporary remote instruction is only for those students in an official quarantine.

Return to School after Illness 

The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s) and the New York State Department of Health about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. 

The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department. 

This protocol includes: 

  • Students and Employees who tested positive may return to school/work following the 10 day quarantine as long as they have been symptom free for at least 24 hours and have either the release from quarantine from the DOH or a release from their doctor. 
  • Students and employees who are out sick with COVID 19 symptoms but test negative for COVID 19, may return to school/work as long as they have been 24 hours symptom free and have a negative test result or a doctor’s note. 
  • Students and employees out sick with non-COVID symptoms, may return once symptoms have improved. 
  • Non-vaccinated employees who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus must complete quarantine. They must not have developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. If symptoms occur they must follow protocol above. 
  • Vaccinated individuals exposed to COVID 19 may continue to attend school/work as long as they are symptom free. They need to remain masked for 14 days and they are encouraged to get a COVID 19 test within 3-5 days of the exposure. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Washingtonville CSD will promote vaccination of all stakeholders by providing information about COVID-19 vaccinations and establishing supportive practices that make being vaccinated as easy and convenient as possible. The Orange County Department of Health website has information on where to get vaccinated including sites for school aged students - vaccinations. 

Contact Tracing 

The district will notify the local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the district. 

To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the district has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program. 

Districts may assist with contact tracing by: 

  1. Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members.
  2. Ensuring student schedules are up to date 
  3. Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited 
  4. Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program 

If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered in the school, in consultation with the local health department, the district will do the following: 

  • Notify the DOH and follow all recommendations in regards to closing classrooms or buildings. 
  • Contact trace any close contacts to notify them of the exposure. Exposed individuals (even those vaccinated) are recommended to wear a mask for 14 days or until they have received a negative COVID Test 3-5 days following the exposure. 
    • The CDC guidance document defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 
    • Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the "close contact" definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. 
    • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. 
  • Follow all cleaning & disinfecting protocols 

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department. 

School Closures 

A closure refers to contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in-person education and/or closing the school. The district will collaborate with the local health department to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level. The District will make a determination for the continued operation of a school, after being notified of a positive case of COVID in the school community, on a case by case basis. 

If at any point we need to return to full remote instruction, students will receive synchronous instruction via live streaming following their class schedule. More detailed information will be provided if/when the district needs to shift to this instructional model. 

Health Hygiene 

The district will emphasize healthy hygiene practices for students and staff by providing initial and refresher education in hand and respiratory hygiene, along with providing adequate supplies and time for frequent hand hygiene. Signs will be posted throughout the school (e.g., entrances, restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, administrative offices, auditorium, custodial staff areas) and regular messaging will be shared with the school community. Signage will be used to remind individuals to: 

  1. Stay home if they feel sick. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE. 
  4. Adhere to social distancing instructions. 
  5. Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19. 
  6. Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
  7. Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. 

Hand Hygiene 

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 they are available. 
  • 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. 

Respiratory Hygiene 

The COVID-19 virus spreads from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. Therefore, the district will emphasize the importance of respiratory hygiene. 

Students and staff must carry out the following respiratory hygiene practices:

  • Cover a cough or sneeze using a tissue. If a tissue is used, it should be thrown away immediately. 
  • If you don’t have a tissue when sneezing or coughing, sneeze into your elbow. 
  • Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing. 
  • Face coverings are protective. Wearing a face covering will keep the respiratory droplets and aerosols from being widely dispersed into the air. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting 

The district will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD” poster, as applicable. Cleaning and disinfection logs will be maintained that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection. 

Examples of facility types where cleaning and disinfection frequency will be distinguished include: 

  • Bathrooms 
  • Athletic training rooms, locker rooms 
  • Health offices, isolation rooms 
  • Administrative offices (main office, reception area) 
  • Frequently touched surfaces in common areas (door handles, elevator buttons, copy machine keypads, etc.) 
  • Breakrooms 
  • Cafeterias/Kitchens 
  • Classrooms 
  • Maintenance offices and work areas 
  • Bus Garage 
  • Buses, school vehicles 
  • Large meeting areas (ie. auditoriums, gymnasiums, music rooms) 

Students, faculty, and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and such information will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians on ways to reinforce this at home. 

The district will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the school, as follows: 

  • For handwashing: soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.
  • For hand sanitizing: an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol for areas where handwashing facilities may not be available or practical. 
  • Accommodations for students who cannot use hand sanitizer will be made. 

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed. 

The district will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms should be cleaned and disinfected more often depending on frequency of use. 

Visitors on Campus 

At this time, outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on school campuses on a very limited basis, however, this is subject to change based on the level of infection in our community or any new guidance from our local department of health. Visitors will be required to take the COVID screener prior to entrance to our school grounds and buildings. Parents/guardians will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child. Visitors to facilities will be required to wear face coverings and will be restricted in their access to our school buildings. 

Visitors must follow all safety protocols as listed above. 

School Meals 

For all students, all meals served will be in compliance with Child Nutrition requirements. Meals will be served in the cafeterias daily while maximizing social distancing between students as much as possible. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating but should return to masking after they have eaten. 

At the secondary level, students may choose where and who they sit with in the cafeterias and then they will be asked to stay in those seats. We will be providing alternative lunch rooms for those students that wish to eat lunch in a smaller group setting. Alternative lunches will be held in designated classrooms and will be available to those students that request it. Students will have the option to eat their lunch outside, weather permitting. 

At the primary level, students will be divided into cohorts and eat either in the cafeteria or their classrooms. Weather permitting, classroom teachers may take students outside to eat. 

The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household. Signs will be posted to remind students of these protocols. 

Students will have access to bathroom facilities and sinks prior to eating. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available upon entering and exiting the cafeteria. A flow of traffic will be created in each cafeteria that will be marked with directional arrows and social distance reminders. Barriers are installed on the serving lines to help protect the health and safety of the staff and students. 

Transportation 

The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. Students and school staff must wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses. (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) Students that do not have a mask will be provided a mask upon entering the bus. Students will be assigned seats when they board the bus and are to remain in that seat until they arrive at their destination and depart the bus. Members of the same household will be required to sit in the same seats. 

Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to drop off or walk students to school to reduce density on buses. 

Weathering permitting, school buses will transport passengers with roof hatches or windows slightly opened to provide air flow. 

All buses that are used every day by districts and contract carriers will be cleaned/ disinfected once a day. 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and students may carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses. 

Wheelchair school buses will configure wheelchair placement to ensure social distancing of 3 feet. 

Whether school is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of district. 

School Bus Staff 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering. 

Transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Transportation departments/carriers will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages. 

Drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child are required to wear gloves. 

School Activities 

Extracurricular Activities: The District is currently offering extracurricular activities which will be in alignment with the regular school’s day COVID-19 guidance. 

Interscholastic Athletics: The school district is currently offering interscholastic athletics in accordance with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), Section IX, MHAL, Orange County Department of Health and CDC guidelines.