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Health & Safety

The links below will jump to the specified areas of the Health & Safety section of the district's reopening plan, or you may scroll down the page to read each section.

Daily Health & Temperature Screenings
Hand Hygiene Plan
Respiratory Hygiene Plan
Restricted Areas
Return to School After Ilness
COVID-19 Testing
Contact Tracing
School Health Office Cleaning

1. The Jamesville-DeWitt plan for reopening was guided by the following principles:
  • The health, safety, and well-being of the children and adults is paramount.
  • Educational equity will be at the forefront of decision-making.
  • Continuity of instruction will be maintained for all students.
  • Communication with stakeholders, such as staff, families, students, and the community is critical for success.
  • Plans must be flexible to meet the needs of all students, regardless of changing circumstances. 
The specifics of our reopening plan were created after a careful and thorough review of many factors including:
  • The district’s ability to maintain appropriate social distancing or face coverings;
  • PPE and face covering availability;
  • Availability of safe transportation; and
  • Local hospital capacity and other factors put forth by the Onondaga County Department of Health.
2. The Jamesville-DeWitt reopening plan was created with input from a variety of constituents and stakeholders.
  • The Reopening Committee members include: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, Business Administrator, Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors (PPS, Health, Athletics, and PE, Food Service, Transportation, Facilities, Technology), Assistant Directors, Medical Director.
  • Sub Committees were utilized as needed and included various staff members.
  • Input from the community and high school students was provided via ThoughtExchange and surveys.
3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include a communications plan for students, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information. 4. Developed in collaboration with the district’s school physician, a plan will be implemented to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and to respond to symptomatic persons by sending him or her to the school nurse or other designated personnel.

Parents/guardians and staff members will be provided resources via email communication from the district and specific buildings to educate them regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19. Resources from the CDC, such as the Symptoms of Coronavirus, will be used. Parents/guardians will be instructed that any student with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection should not be present in school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keep an up-to-date list of symptoms of coronavirus on its website. This list is not all inclusive as some individuals may display other symptoms or none at all.

As of 7/13/2020, the following are listed as the most common symptoms of COVID-19
  • Fever or chills (100°F or greater);
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle or body aches;
  • Headache;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Sore throat;
  • Congestion or runny nose;
  • Nausea or vomiting; and/or
  • Diarrhea.
All staff will be educated to observe students or other staff members for signs of any type of illness, such as:
  • Flushed cheeks;
  • Rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity);
  • Fatigue, and/or irritability; and
  • Frequent use of the bathroom.
Students exhibiting these signs with no other explanation for them will be sent to the school health office for an assessment by the school nurse.

Daily Health & Temperature Screenings

5. Jamesville-DeWitt has a protocol for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff, along with a daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff and periodic use of the questionnaire for students.

For the majority of staff, the district will utilize an app to complete a daily screening questionnaire. Information from the app will be received by the staff member’s direct supervisor. Staff without access to technology will be asked to sign in each day after acknowledging that they have read and answered the daily screening questions.

It is imperative that families partner with the school to keep children at home when they show symptoms of COVID-19. Parents/guardians will be required to take his or her child’s temperature daily and only send a child to school when he or she is symptom free. In addition, students will have their temperature checked each day at the entrance to school. At least once per week families will be asked to complete and submit a written screening questionnaire in addition to having their child’s temperature checked.

6. Jamesville-DeWitt requires that ill students be assessed by the school nurse and all ill students will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider.

Steps in this process include:
  • Teacher calls ahead to notify the nurse, and the student brings all his or her supplies. (No student reports to the nurse office without a teacher calling ahead to prevent non-urgent visit/ non-medical visit and due to limited space in the nurse office.)
  • If the nurse is not available to take the call, the teacher calls the main office, or the student should stay seated 6 feet apart from others with a mask until the nurse is available.
  • Nurse screens the student.
  • Student with + screen will wait in the isolation rooms, and the nurse will hand them our protocol (Protocol on RTS after illness below)
  • Nurse will contact administration and attendance staff.
  • Nurse calls home.
  • Parents must call MD.
  • School requires a note to the nurse to RTS, attendance to notify the nurse if a student has returned without note.
  • Nurse contacts parents regarding the mandate for a doctor’s note to return, and checks temperature. The student waits in the main office until a note arrives or parents pick up if fever free. If the student has a fever, return to the isolation room.
  • Contact DOH for + cases and follow their guidance.
  • See sample protocol on page 40 from the Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools - Reopening Guidance.
7. Jamesville-DeWitt requires all students with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the screening questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home.
  • Students with + screen will wait in the isolation rooms or other designated area
  • Nurse will contact administration and attendance staff.
  • Nurse calls home.
  • Parents must call MD.
  • School requires a doctor’s note to the nurse to RTS, attendance to notify the nurse if a student has returned without note.
  • Nurse contacts parents regarding the mandate for a doctor’s note to return, and checks temperature. The student waits in the main office until a note arrives. If the student has a fever, return to the isolation room.
  • Contact DOH for + cases and follow their guidance.
  • See sample protocol on page 40 from the Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools - Reopening Guidance.
Jamesville-DeWitt requires all staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the screening questionnaire contact their building administrator or supervisor immediately.

8. Jamesville-DeWitt requires all visitors, guests, contractors, and vendors entering the school to follow all district health screening guidelines.

Screening sheets will be kept, they will be filed in the main office and the secretary will take a temperature, but cannot record the temperature. Signify on the sheet pass or fail (clear or not clear).

Please note that per NYSDOH, schools are prohibited from keeping records of student, faculty, staff, and visitor health data (e.g., the specific temperature data of an individual), but are permitted to maintain records that confirm individuals were screened and the result of such screening (e.g., pass/fail, cleared/not cleared).

A screening questionnaire determines whether the individual has:
  • Knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F in the past 14 days: and/or
  • Has traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
9. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol to instruct parents/guardians to observe for signs of illness in their child that require staying home from school.

Parents/guardians and staff members will be provided resources via email communication from the district and specific buildings to educate them regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. Parents/guardians will be instructed that any student with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection should not be present in school.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps an up-to-date list of symptoms of coronavirus on its website. This list is not all inclusive as some individuals may display other symptoms or none at all. As of 7/13/2020, the following are listed as the most common symptoms of COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills (100°F or greater);
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle or body aches;
  • Headache;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Sore throat;
  • Congestion or runny nose;
  • Nausea or vomiting; and/or
  • Diarrhea.

Hand Hygiene Plan

10. Jamesville-DeWitt provides signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene. The district has printed multiple copies of the posters available through the CDC Toolkit for K-12 schools, for example, Wash Your Hands and Stop the Spread, for each building and facility.

Jamesville-Dewitt built in staggered hand washing times for students and staff. We have also increased hand hygiene to include:
  • Traditional hand washing (with soap and warm water, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds), which is the preferred method;
  • Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (60% alcohol or greater) available in classrooms and common areas in each school and facility;
  • Hand sanitizer throughout common areas (e.g. entrances, cafeteria), near high touch surfaces, and use touch free dispensers;
  • Signage near hand sanitizer indicating visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water;
  • Any staff or students unable to use hand sanitizer are permitted to wash their hands with soap and water; and
  • Equipping classrooms and other spaces with refillable “buckets” of wipes containing at least 70% alcohol. These wipes are adequate for both hand sanitizing and environmental cleaning/disinfecting as necessary including electronic equipment.
Jamesville-DeWitt provides the following:
  • Facilities and supplies for hand washing including soap and water;
  • Paper towels and touch free paper towel dispensers where feasible, air dryers have been removed and/or disabled from all buildings;
  • No-touch trash cans when possible;
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol or disinfectant hand wipes;
  • Time in the schedule to allow for frequent hand washing; and
  • Promotion of proper hand washing before meals, after recess or physical education, before and after removing PPE, and other times, as appropriate.
It is expected that all students and staff should wash or sanitize hands, as follows:
  • Upon entering the building and each classroom;
  • After using shared objects or surfaces (e.g. electronic devices, musical instruments, writing utensils, tools, toys, desks or table tops);
  • Before and after snacks and lunch;
  • After using the bathroom;
  • After helping a student with toileting;
  • After sneezing, wiping or blowing nose, or coughing into hands;
  • Upon coming in from outdoors; and
  • Anytime hands are visibly soiled.

Respiratory Hygiene Plan

All students and staff should cover their mouths or noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue appropriately. Jamesville-DeWitt provides tissues in each classroom and common areas. If no tissue is available, using the inside of the elbow (or shirtsleeve) to cover the mouth or nose is preferable to using the hands. Students and staff should always perform hand hygiene after sneezing, coughing and handling dirty tissues or other soiled material.

11. Jamesville-DeWitt has a written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distanced from each other. J-D defines social distancing as keeping a six foot space between yourself and others.

Jamesville-DeWitt has ensured that student groupings are as static as possible by having the same group/cohort of students stay together when possible. The steps our district is taking include:
  • The size of groups/cohorts of students are determined by the number of students who can be in each classroom while maintaining 6 feet social distancing.
  • Implementing a staggered arrival plan:
    • Parent drop off will occur before buses are scheduled to arrive
    • Buses will disembark upon arrival at school rather than waiting for common time
  • Increased signage, such as that provided by the CDC, Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19, are in place in all buildings
  • Additional signage in district building hallways/stairways will be posted with the following information:
    • Divider line on the floor creating one-way directional flows
    • Arrows on floors creating one-way directional flows and indicating the need to maintain social distancing
    • Social Distancing requirements
    • Mask requirements
  • Reducing in-school movement where possible: limited passing times at the high school, use of cohorts as much as possible at the middle and elementary schools, special area teachers travel to classrooms at the elementary schools
  • Staggered restroom plan
  • Turning desks to face the same direction in all rooms, including staff members.
  • Opening windows to improve ventilation.
  • Separating student belongings and limited use of shared supplies to one group of students, clean between use by cohorts of students.

Restricted Areas

Jamesville-DeWitt restricts the use of classrooms and other places where students, faculty, and staff gather (e.g., lockers, cubbies, entryways, hallways), so that individuals can be socially distanced. We are limiting gathering in small spaces (e.g., elevators, faculty offices) by more than one individual at a time, unless all individuals in such space are wearing acceptable face coverings.

Jamesville Elementary, Moses DeWitt Elementary, and Tecumseh Elementary will utilize playgrounds when proper safeguards are in place. We are staggering playground use. We will have students wash hands before and after touching play structures and keep 6 feet of space from other children as much as possible.

We have ensured that a distance of 12 feet in all directions is maintained between individuals while participating in activities that require projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity.

We are limiting visitors in the following ways:
  • Guests will be prohibited from entering the school. Teacher-Parent communication will occur via phone, Zoom, or other technology.
  • When dropping off an item for a student, an individual will ring the doorbell to notify the school secretary that an item is being dropped off, sign the log, and exit the area. The school secretary will retrieve the item.
  • Delivery people will be prohibited from entering the school. Smaller deliveries from UPS, FedEx and mail deliveries will be left outside the school and the school secretary will retrieve the items. The custodian will accept larger deliveries away from the general school operations.
  • It would be most advantageous to have all repairmen or service providers to access the building after school hours supervised by our custodians. Individuals representing agencies that must enter the building during the school day, such as CPS, will be admitted into the school by the school secretary. The secretary will ask the proper COVID screening questions and take the person’s temperature. The individual will sign the visitor log. If determined during the screening process, the visitor is deemed to be lacking necessary face coverings, the district will provide such face coverings.
  • The appropriate staff member will escort individuals who must enter the building beyond the office.
12. Jamesville-DeWitt provides accommodations to students in the school community that are medically vulnerable or high-risk groups.
  • Students that are medically fragile and unable to attend school in person may opt for an entirely virtual learning experience.
  • For families with special needs or students who are medically fragile and may not be able to maintain social distancing, hand or respiratory hygiene, or wear a face covering or mask it is important for parents/ guardians to work with their child’s healthcare providers so that an informed decision can be made on how best to meet the child’s needs at school while protecting their health and safety. Please use the school district directory to contact the school principal or the Director of Pupil Personnel Services so we can coordinate accommodations for your child.
    • We will coordinate with:
      • School health services personnel
      • Special education personnel
      • Pupil personnel services and
      • Administration
  • If you are choosing to not send your child to school, we will provide remote instruction.

13. Jamesville-DeWitt follows guidance from the NYS Department of Health, the CDC and the Onondaga Department of Health to take precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 for schools that are authorized to provide in-person instruction in the 2020-2021 school year. All employees, adult visitors, and students will be required to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

Jamesville-DeWitt will have adequate supplies of PPE for students and staff that do not bring their own. PPE is acquired through individual purchases with vendors, by working through cooperative purchases through our BOCES, and by collaborating with our local health department.

Jamesville-DeWitt requires all individuals in school facilities and on school grounds to put on a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance. All students and staff members must wear cloth face coverings:
  • Whenever they are within 6 feet of someone;
  • In classrooms;
  • In hallways;
  • In restrooms; and
  • In other congregate settings, including buses.
Jamesville-DeWitt does allow employees to wear their own acceptable face covering; however, employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering will not be required to do so.

Jamesville-DeWitt does allow students to wear their own acceptable face covering.

Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Mask breaks will be provided throughout the school day but social distancing will be maintained.

Jamesville-DeWitt staff and students are aware that face coverings should not be placed on:
  • Children younger than 2 years old;
  • Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction;
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious; or
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
Jamesville-Dewitt provides instructions via direct instruction and with signage from the CDC Toolkit for Schools to all 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;
  • The importance of routine cleaning of reusable face coverings; and
  • Face coverings are for individual use only and should not be shared.
Please note: Students and staff may use alternate PPE (i.e., face coverings that are transparent at or around the mouth) for instruction 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) who benefit from being able to see more of the face of the staff member. Supplies of specialized PPE are maintained by the Pupil Personnel Services Office.

14. Jamesville-DeWitt is ensuring we have adequate supplies of PPE through individual purchases with vendors, by working through cooperative purchases through our BOCES, and by collaborating with our local health department.

15. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, Jamesville-DeWitt will follow Education Law § 906, which provides whenever…a student in the public schools shows symptoms of any communicable or infectious disease reportable under the public health law that imposes a significant risk of infection of others in the school, he or she shall be excluded from the school and sent home immediately, in a safe and proper conveyance. The building administrator shall immediately notify a local public health agency of any disease reportable under the public health law and then notification will be made to the school physician.

Effective February 1, 2020, the 2019-Novel Coronavirus was added to the Public Health Law as a significant threat to public health, and the NYS Commissioner of Health designated 2019-Novel Coronavirus as a communicable disease under 10 NYCRR Section 2.1.

Jamesville-DeWill requires school staff immediately report any illness of students or staff to the school nurse or other designated school staff. Such reports are made in compliance with FERPA, and Education Law 2-d.

Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the parent/guardian will be isolated in a room or area separate from others, under the supervision of an adult utilizing appropriate PPE. Multiple students suspected of COVID-19 may be in this isolation room if they can be separated by at least 6 feet.

Upon confirmed receipt of a positive case, Jamesville-DeWitt will take the following steps:
  • Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using these areas until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred;
  • Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area if possible;
  • Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible;
  • Clean and disinfect all areas confirmed to have COVID-19, 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;
  • Jamesville-DeWitt refers to the DOH’s Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure for information on “close and proximate” contacts; and
  • 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.
To prevent the possible transmission of the virus to others while waiting for transportation home.

The following steps will be taken:
  • Students should be escorted from isolation area to the parent/guardian;
  • The parent or guardian will be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center;
  • Symptomatic students or staff members will follow CDC’s Stay Home When You Are Sick guidance unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider or the local department of health.
  • If the student or staff member has emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, a responsible adult will call 911 and notify the operator that the person may have COVID-19;
  • Jamesville-DeWitt nursing staff are aware of the symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 which is a serious condition associated with COVID-19 in children and youth. Nurses will notify the parent/guardian if a child shows any of the following symptoms and recommend the child be referred for immediate follow up with a healthcare provider:
    • Fever
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Neck pain
    • Rash
    • Bloodshot eyes
    • Feeling extra-tired
Staff must call for emergency transport (911) following district policies for any student showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain
If a student or staff member reports having tested positive for COVID-19, a school administrator or his/her designee should notify the local health department to determine what steps are needed for the school community.

Return to School After Illness

Jamesville-DeWitt follows CDC guidance for allowing a student or staff member to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • With a note from health care provider stating they are clear to return to school; and
  • With a negative COVID-19 test result; and
  • Symptom free.
Jamesville-DeWitt follows CDC and DOH guidance for allowing a student to return to school after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • With release from isolation documentation provided by Department of Health.
  • After at least 10 days since onset of symptoms.

COVID-19 Testing

Jamesville-DeWitt complies with CDC guidance and we do not conduct COVID-19 testing or require testing or antibody testing of students or staff members. The decision of whether a test needs to be conducted should be determined by a healthcare provider or the local department of health. If you need a COVID-19 test please contact your physician or use information available from the Onondaga County Health Department.

Prior to the Opening of School

To mitigate the risk of infection and ensure that schools reopen safely, the district will offer voluntary testing opportunities in partnership with Onondaga County. This proactive testing will be available for all school staff at mobile testing sites throughout the county. These sites will be appointment-based. In addition to staff, high school students will also be given the opportunity to be tested.

Ongoing Testing

Once schools are open, there will be a specific protocol in place for instances in which positive cases have been identified. Each school will have a portal on their website that will allow for 24-hour testing for those who have been in school while symptomatic.

When a positive case has been identified, those who should be tested will be identified by the contact tracers of the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) and will be directed to schedule a test through the school’s website portal. 

Surveillance Testing

To further promote safety and prevent COVID-19 spread, it will be appropriate to perform random saliva-based surveillance testing during the school year. This method of surveillance testing is approved by the New York State Department of Health. Pools of approximately 12 staff and students will be tested using the saliva protocol. Should the pool reveal the presence of COVID-19, everyone in the pool will need to have a diagnostic test performed.

Contact Tracing

Jamesville-DeWitt cooperates with state and local health department contact tracing. We assist public health departments in knowing who may have had contact at school with a confirmed case by:
  • Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
  • Ensuring student schedules are up to date;
  • Keeping a log of any visitors which includes date, time and where in the school they visited; and
  • Assisting local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual at school in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
  • Maintaining confidentiality as required by federal and state laws and regulations.
School staff will not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the Onondaga County Department of Health.

Once a lab-confirmed case has been reported to the Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD)

  • A staff person (case investigator) from OCHD will contact the person who has a confirmed case and, in the case of a student, their parent/guardian.
  • The OCHD will interview the person with the confirmed case and identify contacts. 
  • School personnel will assist the health department in identifying any specifics pertaining to the exposure.
  • The person with the confirmed case will be put in isolation for 10 days.
  • Release from isolation can only be granted by the OCHD.

A contact tracer will interview all contacts

  • All contacts of a person with a confirmed case will be interviewed to determine exposure risk.
  • A 14-day quarantine will be issued by contact tracer for all close contacts of the person with the confirmed case.

Quarantine process

  • Those directed to quarantine will be monitored by contact tracers for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Contacts who develop symptoms will become a Person Under Investigation (PUI) and are referred for testing and further investigation.
    • Positive tests for PUI are reported to the OCHD, and the process begins again.
  • Release from quarantine can only be granted by the OCHD.

Guidance from the OCHD on a school closure related to a positive case

  • School closure depends on the rate of infection in the community.
  • Closure will occur with the consultation and guidance of the OCHD and can vary depending on the situation:
    • One such example is if there are two separate, and seemingly unrelated, cases in two different classrooms of the same building.
Onondaga County Health Department/JD COVID-19 Student Contact Monitoring Process

16. Jamesville-DeWitt collaborates with our local health department to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in the school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level.

The Superintendent of Schools will consider closing school if absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely or he may choose to modify operations prior to closing to help mitigate a rise in cases. The Superintendent of Schools will consult with the school physician and the Onondaga County Department of Health prior to making such decisions.

17. Jamesville-DeWitt follows the CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection with specific guidance for schools along with the Cleaning and Disinfection Decision Tool to aid in determining what level of cleaning and/or disinfection is necessary.

Protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools, including high touch surfaces:
  • Custodians perform full terminal cleaning of every district building nightly. This includes all spaces occupied by students and staff during the day. None of these areas are reoccupied until the following day.
  • Periodically but no less than 2 additional times during the day all high touch surfaces in shared spaces such as bathrooms, corridors, stairwells, and shared classrooms are cleaned and disinfected by custodial staff.
  • Classrooms will be equipped with refillable “buckets” of wipes containing at least 70% alcohol. These wipes are adequate for both hand sanitizing and environmental cleaning/disinfecting as necessary including electronic equipment.
To help with cleaning and disinfection the district will perform the following:
  • Keep accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
  • Ensure student schedules are up to date;
  • Provide disinfection using US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectants against COVID-19.
  • Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children; and
  • Maintain logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection in a facility or area.
Students should not be present nor participate when disinfectants are utilized.

Playgrounds at the elementary buildings will be cleaned per CDC guidance.

School Health Office Cleaning

Jamesville-DeWitt follows the CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection with specific guidance for schools along with the Cleaning and Disinfection Decision Tool to aid in determining what level of cleaning and/or disinfection is necessary.

Protocol for cleaning and disinfection of health offices:
  • Custodians perform full terminal cleaning of the entire building nightly. This includes all spaces occupied by students and staff during the day. None of these areas are reoccupied until the following day.
  • Support cleaning provided by custodial staff as necessary during the academic day.
  • Health staff will conduct the cleaning of the patient area after each visit. The office will be equipped with refillable “buckets” of wipes containing at least 70% alcohol. These wipes are adequate for both hand sanitizing and environmental cleaning/disinfecting as necessary including electronic equipment.
  • Additional wall mounted 70% alcohol are located in each office.
  • HEPA filtration provided in health offices via a portable device.
18. All schools in the district will conduct the required evacuation drills and lockdown drills during the 2020-2021 school year.

In the event of an emergency, priority will be given to getting to safety and not social distancing. Safety drills will be conducted with modifications to ensure social distancing. Drills will ensure all students have in-person instruction and practice.
  • Evacuation Drills will be conducted on a staggered schedule on a similar day ensuring that all students are provided opportunities to practice.
  • Lockdown Drills will be conducted without hiding or sheltering. Safely sheltering in place will be taught and modeled.
19. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written plan for district/school run before and aftercare programs (or, for charter schools, as required by the school’s charter).

Not applicable.

20. Each school and/or district reopening plan must designate a COVID-19 safety coordinator (administrator) whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels.

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Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300
www.jamesvilledewitt.org


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