• Great Neck Public Schools

    SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:

    Facilities

    School Reopening 2020-2021

Summary

  • When students and adults return to their school buildings for in-person instruction, it will be vitally important that the physical spaces they occupy are configured and maintained in a way that provides the maximum possible protection from spreading the coronavirus. The District will follow health guidance related to social distancing and other safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. To meet the requirements of that guidance, schools may need to rearrange or re-purpose physical space within their buildings or make changes in programming or operation. Our overarching theme is to follow "The Three W’s" (1. Wear Masks, 2. Wash Hands, 3. Watch Distance) and to establish protocols to support these considerations.

Topics

    1. Cleaning/Sanitizing During the Day while Building is Occupied
      1. Personal Hygiene: Face covering, Social distancing, Hand washing/sanitizing
        1. Students/staff wear face coverings when present in school facilities/while working - encourage use of personal face masks, but District will provide masks as needed.
        2. Wash or sanitize hands upon entering a new space.
        3. Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed (e.g., main entrance, auditorium, cafeteria, gym, library, particular hallways, other common areas, etc).
        4. Partner with parent organizations (PTOs and the UPTC) to provide students/staff with personal hand sanitizer.
        5. Implement hand-washing routine for younger grades (e.g., upon entering/exiting, before/after eating, after working in groups).
      2. Classrooms
        1. Clean during periods/between classes, as feasible.
        2. Provide spray bottle cleanser and wipes (e.g., Everwipe).
        3. Add additional and larger trash receptacles for meals/snacks eaten in classrooms.
        4. Ventilate rooms with air conditioning, windows and/or unit ventilators, as applicable, and put air conditioners on fan/exhaust setting for outside air.
        5. Ensure ventilation systems operate properly; increase circulation of outdoor air; maintain filters and replace according to manufacturer recommendations.
        6. Remove/store rugs, mats, blankets and other plush/fabric items.
      3. Common/Large Areas (e.g., auditorium, cafeteria, gym, hallway, library, multi-purpose rooms, etc.)
        1. Repurpose large areas as classrooms only if needed.
        2. Clean during periods/uses, as feasible.
        3. Add additional and/or larger trash receptacles for meals with same group.
        4. Ventilate rooms with air conditioning, windows and/or unit ventilators, as applicable, and put air conditioners on fan/exhaust setting for outside air.
        5. Ensure ventilation systems operate properly; increase circulation of outdoor air; maintain filters and replace according to manufacturer recommendations.
        6. Secure/ziplock student lockers to prevent usage.
        7. Install small devices to open certain doors for no touch entry/exit (e.g., stairwells).
      4. Bathrooms
        1. Increase cleaning schedules throughout the day.
        2. Install flushometers to toilets/urinals and sensors to faucets/soap dispensers, as needed.
        3. Install paper towels dispensers (versus air dry), when available and as applicable.
        4. Ventilate bathrooms through exhaust systems; maintain filters and replace according to manufacturer recommendations.
        5. Staff will monitor bathrooms initially until social distancing and hygiene protocols are understood.
      5. Equipment & Technology
        1. Provide spray bottle cleaning products and/or wipes (e.g., Everwipe) to staff, as needed.
        2. Provide hand sanitizers by all commonly used technology.
        3. Use 1:1 devices instead of shared computers and laptops where possible.
      6. Quarantine Room
        1. Designate an area where students and/or staff are temporarily detained when exhibiting COVID symptoms, preferably by the nurse’s office.
        2. Nurse and/or building administrator will notify Buildings & Grounds staff for immediate cleaning protocols.
      7. Nurse’s Office
        1. Ongoing disinfection of hard surfaces within Nurses’ offices with DOH approved solutions.

    2. Cleaning/Sanitizing After Hours
      1. Revise cleaning and sanitizing shifts/responsibilities
        1. Day shift, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm: Revise duties and increase staff to clean/sanitize during the day, including bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces (e.g., push plates, door handles, railings, etc.), empty trash (e.g., food waste), assist at meal times.
        2. Split PM staff to two shifts: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm to clean building; implement additional shift M-Th 11:30 pm - 7:00 am for sanitizing, and additional garbage removal /cleaning.
        3. Create, maintain and review cleaning schedule and logs.
      2. Increase of sanitizing equipment and products
        1. Provide electro-static misting equipment for each school location.
        2. Purchase and implement BioProtect AntiMicrobial Technology Surface Protection Systems, which can protect surfaces for 60-90 days.

    3. Signage & Markings
      1. Signage throughout all locations, as applicable (e.g., “Help Prevent the Spread”, “Protect Yourself”, “Wash Your Hands”, “Confined Spaces/ Limited Occupancy”, “Clean/Sanitized”, “No Entry”, etc).
      2. Markings, as applicable (e.g., one way directional on floors or walls in hallways, stairwells, entrances/ exits, etc.; six-feet perimeters in common spaces, e.g., lobbies, offices, waiting areas, bus platforms, libraries, cafeterias, multi-purpose rooms, etc).

    4. Capacity Planning
      1. Establish inventory of rooms within each building with detailed data points (e.g., square footage, sinks, A/C, furniture, room purpose, etc., to understand how various spaces may be used and how many occupants may be accommodated.