In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently touched spaces regularly. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces. Plans for changes or additions to facilities that require review by the Office of Facilities Planning (OFP), will be submitted to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code.
The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged.
The district plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Visual Inspections on time. In addition, lead in water sampling will be carried out upon the reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”
Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible.
- The district currently uses MERV 8 filters. These filters have a 90 percent efficiency on particles that are 3 to 10 micrometers in size.
- There is a procedure for changing filters, which will happen, every three months. The procedure changing entails staff will wear masks and gloves during the changing. The old filter will be bagged and the gloves used will be discarded with the bag. Hand sanitation will occur and a new filter will be installed.
- When the outside air is at 45 degrees or higher, all uni-ventilators in the district will be set a t 45 % fresh air intake.
- When the temperature goes below 45 degrees, fresh air intake will range between 20% and 45% dependent on the code requirements and the date of installation.
- Building Exhaust fans will be at 100% when the building is occupied.
- Classroom door will be partially/or fully open to increase airflow and exhaust effectiveness.
- Classroom windows will be partially or fully opened.
- When the outside temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees, fresh air intake will be at 100%. When above or below 65 degrees, the system will revert back to 45%
Water systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.
The district has contracted with Hillyard Inc. to secure all needed COVID-19 cleaning products, create an evaluation of staffing and current practices to increase the cleaning/ sanitization programs from a Level 3 cleaning to Level 2 cleaning protocol.
- Fully disinfect tables and desks daily using Arsenal -1 Re-Juv-nal allowing for 10 minutes of dwell time. Wipe dry
- Clean and disinfect horizontal surfaces with trigger sprayer using QT 3 disinfectant daily
- Wipe down all light switches, push plates, door handles, and knobs with QT 3 disinfectant on a per use basis.
- Clean and disinfect chairs using Arsenal -1 Re-Juv-nal allowing for 10 minutes of dwell time. Wipe dry
- Clean restrooms prior to building being occupied on a daily basis with Arsenal -1 Re-Juv-Nal 10 minute dwell time and wipe dry. Disinfectant will be sprayed with Electrostatic sprayer to ensure complete disinfection.
- Use QT-3 disinfectant on all restroom surfaces. All restrooms will have QT-3 disinfectant and will be used on all surfaces including doorknobs, handles, and faucets with a 10 minute dwell time and then wiped dry. This will be done a minimum of 4 times per day.
Additionally, the following protocols will take place:
- The district has purchased multiple ElectroStatic Sprayers that will be utilized to sanitize large areas and the hallways/stairwells/lobbies each evening.
- All students and employees will be trained on back to work and back to school procedures through BOCES.
- Commonly used surfaces (e.g. keyboards, desks, remote controls) will be wiped down before and after each use, followed by hand hygiene.
- Water fountains will be shut off and only the bottle fill stations will be available.
- Leaving doors open: We will follow the recommendation of NYSED to leave classroom doors (and other doors that do not have closers on them) open to reduce the spread of the virus from touching door levers and knobs.
- Disinfection and cleaning of the building will be more frequent for high risk areas such as frequently touched surfaces including desks and cafe tables. These surfaces will be disinfected between each use.
- Heavy cleaning and disinfection will be done immediately following a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.
- Purchase/Construct barriers to separate staff that must interact with visitors including secretaries, counselors and administrators, etc.
- District is working with Engineered Solutions to assess the ventilation systems. This will inform the district of air exchanges and the district will then be able to know how much the fresh air dampers can be opened to increase the flow of fresh air to the buildings
- Soft items such as rugs and inflatable chairs will be removed from buildings. These items are too difficult to clean and sanitize.
Community use of indoor facilities is currently postponed. When further guidance is released through the CDC, DOH, and NYSED, the district will reevaluate this position. Community organization use of school parking lots for food drives or enrichment events will have to be approved through the district use of facilities process. All requested activities must adhere to CDC, DOH, and School Health and Safety protocols.