Re-Entry: Health & Safety

  • heart and cross The health and safety of all school community members is our primary focus as we return to in-person learning. The Geneva City School District will ensure that the reopening of school delivers safety measures that allow for high quality instruction and student learning. A healthy and safe return to school will include the district aligning its protocols with guidance from state, federal, and local levels. 

    Screenings

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    Screening for Students

    • All parents and guardians will conduct a daily pre-screening of their child at home.
    • Parents will report temperature checks to school on a daily basis using the district approved application, ezSCRN. If a child has a fever of 100 degrees or greater, parents must keep their child at home.
    • Temperature screens will be installed at each school entry point to scan students as they enter.

    Geneva High School Entry Screening

    • Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
    • Students may enter at the northern side by the new gymnasium or at the southern side at the bus loop.
    • Students who have completed the at-home pre-screening and register a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the entry temperature screen will proceed to classrooms; the school nurse will be responsible for those who have not completed a pre-screen or do not pass the entry temperature screen. 

    Geneva Middle School Entry Screening

    • Doors open at 7:20 a.m.
    • Each grade level should enter at the door to their grade level wing (“pod”).
    • Students who have completed the at-home pre-screening and register a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the entry temperature screen will proceed to classrooms; the school nurse will be responsible for those who have not completed a pre-screen or do not pass the entry temperature screen. 

    North Street School Entry Screening

    • Doors open at 9 a.m.
    • Each grade level has dedicated entry (second grade: entry on western side via grade wing door; third grade: entry on western side via grade wing door; fourth grade: entry by main entrance; fifth grade: entry by stairway west of main entry).
    • Students who have completed the at-home pre-screening and register a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the entry temperature screen will proceed to classrooms; the school nurse will be responsible for those who have not completed a pre-screen or do not pass the entry temperature screen.

    West Street School Entry Screening

    • Doors open at 8 a.m.
    • Kindergarten and first grade will enter through main door; Head Start/PK will enter at the southern side by the Head Start hallway.
    • Students who have completed the at-home pre-screening and register a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the entry temperature screen will proceed to classrooms; the school nurse will be responsible for those who have not completed a pre-screen or do not pass the entry temperature screen.

    Screening for Staff & Visitors

    • Mandatory health screening assessments will be completed before employees begin work each day. Visitors will also be required to complete a health screening upon entrance to the building.
    • If the answer to any of the pre-screening questions is yes, the employee/visitor will not be allowed to enter and will be directed to contact their healthcare professional for further evaluation. The employee will be required to notify their immediate supervisor and the COVID-19 coordinator.
    • Temperature screens will be installed at each building to scan staff and visitors as they enter.

    Social (Physical) Distancing

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    • Six-feet distance will be maintained, unless the safety or core function of the activity requires a shorter distance. Six feet will be maintained throughout the building, including classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, and buses. Increased social distancing of 12 feet in all directions will be maintained between individuals while participating in activities requiring aerobic activity, heavy breathing, voice projection or playing a wind instrument.
    • Spaces that do not allow for social distancing will be occupied by only one individual at a time unless all occupants are wearing face coverings (e.g. elevators, storage spaces, restrooms and vehicles).
    • Student personal belongings will be separated and shared supplies/materials will be disinfected in between cohort use.
    • Social distancing markers using tape/signs will denote six-feet spacing in all buildings/facilities and communicate the flow of traffic.
    • Designated areas for student drop off and pickup will be identified to help limit contact of persons. Staggered arrival and dismissal will be implemented at each building.
    • Students will be placed in a cohort model to reduce rotation.
    • Special area teachers will deliver instruction in the classroom to individual cohorts K–5.
    • Large school gatherings will transition to a virtual format until further notice (e.g. assemblies, athletic events, and parent conferences). 

    Face Coverings & Personal Protective Equipment

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    • Staff and students should arrive at school or board buses with masks on each day. If students and staff arrive without the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, the district will provide it at no cost. Face coverings that slide over the head (gaiter style) and bandanas are not acceptable masks for school. 
    • The district has an established supply chain and distribution process of PPE.
    • All staff, students, and visitors will wear a face covering at all times except for during meals and instruction with social distancing.
    • Breaks from masks will be provided in the classroom while students are seated and stationary during instruction.
    • Accommodations regarding PPE usage will be made on a case-by-case basis for vulnerable populations upon committee review.

     

    Cleaning & Disinfection

    To ensure student and staff safety along with compliance with hygiene and cleaning requirements, the district will:

    • Adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the CDC and DOH;
    • Develop a cleaning schedule for daily cleaning in all buildings;
    • Maintain cleaning logs for all areas of the school buildings;
    • Supply hand sanitizer throughout the buildings/facilities;
    • Supply sanitizing wipes on the buses and for common touch surfaces;
    • Close drinking fountains and encourage students to bring individual water bottles to fill at bottle filler stations ;
    • Increase cleaning routines: commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected twice daily, during school hours;
    • Reduce papers and clutter in classrooms and offices to ensure that staff can clean surfaces nightly;
    • Provide disinfectant on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2; and
    • Adhere to the following protocol if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported:
      • Close off areas used by the sick person,
      • Open doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area,
      • Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting, and
      • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the sick person.

    Medically Vulnerable & High Risk Groups

    • Staff requesting information on accommodations are to contact the Human Resources Department and follow the protocol set by that department; Human Resources will evaluate each request on a case-by-base basis in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act law.
    • Alternate plans for medically fragile students will be created in consultation with school health personnel. Parents and guardians should contact their building principal to request a Medical Accommodation Form or a Face Covering Exemption Form (Appendices A and B).

    Management of Ill Persons & Testing

    • Staff will utilize a COVID-19 flowchart to determine a positive screen (provided by the Ontario County DOH).
    • If a child displays COVID-19 symptoms, they should be sent to the school nurse’s office.
    • An isolation room staffed with an adult will be used for students with COVID-19 symptoms. Parents will be directed by school officials to contact their healthcare professional to seek further medical follow-up.
    • Staff with COVID-19 symptoms will leave the building immediately and inform their immediate supervisor and the COVID-19 coordinator. The staff member will be directed to seek medical follow-up.
    • The decision of whether a test needs to be conducted will be decided by the school physician or the Ontario County Department of Health.

    Contact Tracing

    • If a student or staff is diagnosed with a positive case of COVID-19, per Education Law 906, the school district will report it to the local health department.
    • The COVID-19 coordinator will collaborate with local health officials to provide and gather information necessary for tracking and tracing if a positive case is confirmed and follow CDC and DOH guidelines.
    • The district will maintain attendance records, including transportation, cafeteria and classroom use.

    Return to School

    • Sick staff and students should not return until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation; this will vary depending on severity of illness. Return to work or school should be reviewed by the school physician.
      • Isolation may be discontinued when at least 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms and since the positive diagnostic test was performed, but may require 20 days in compromised individuals.
        • In addition, 24 hours must have passed since:
        • Fever or fever-reducing medications have been used for any reason; and
        • Symptoms have improved;
        • A negative test based strategy may be implemented
        • Students may also return to school if they have been seen by their provider, been deemed to have another condition, have written documentation by the provider to return and have not had fever or sign of illness without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours.
        • Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (as assessed by school health staff) that are not diagnosed or tested by a provider must follow the rule of 10-day quarantine from onset of symptoms and be fever free for three days with improvement of symptoms.
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Last Modified on October 2, 2020