Green Island Union Free School District

ReOpening Plan

2021-2022

Introduction:

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Green Island Union Free School District for the 2021-22 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance 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).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and quarantine orders from the Department of Health. 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 as we move to open our schools.

Kelley Valentine will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator. She 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. Valentine  will access multi-media platforms to disseminate communication such as written and electronic letters, webinars and the district website.

Guiding Principles

  1. Adhere to state-level guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
  2. Plan with flexibility and fluidity regardless of changing conditions to create stability and structure for all our students.
  3. Maximize instructional opportunities for all students but prioritize in-person instruction to our younger learners and those who need additional assistance.

Overview: (most updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year)

Here are some key points for how the school year will start based on recommendations of the CDC and Academy of Pediatrics:

New York State Department of Health Released further guidance for all school districts on 9/2/21

*Subject to change depending on further guidance from Albany County Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Mitigation Protocol

Low Community Transmission

Moderate Community Transmission

Substantial Community Transmission

High Community Transmission

COVID-19 Vaccines

Strongly Encouraged

Strongly Encouraged

Strongly Encouraged

Strongly Encouraged

COVID-19 Testing (students)

No Surveillance Testing

No Surveillance Testing

Surveillance Testing (Rapid or Pool Test) at 10% per week

Surveillance Testing (Rapid or Pool test) at 20% per week

COVID-19 Testing (staff)

Unvaccinated Staff will be required to provide weekly proof of negative COVID-19 test

Unvaccinated Staff will be required to provide weekly proof of negative COVID-19 test

Unvaccinated Staff will be required to provide weekly proof of negative COVID-19 test

Unvaccinated Staff will be required to provide weekly proof of negative COVID-19 test

Facemasks (indoors)

Universal masking for all regardless of vaccination status while indoors

Universal masking for all regardless of vaccination status while indoors

Universal masking for all regardless of vaccination status while indoors

Universal masking for all regardless of vaccination status while indoors

Monitoring Community and School-Based Transmission

Ongoing; weekly benchmark based on ACDOH data

Ongoing; weekly benchmark based on ACDOH data

Ongoing; weekly benchmark based on ACDOH data

Ongoing; weekly benchmark based on ACDOH data

Social Distancing (indoors)

(students) 3’ when possible

(teachers) 6’ when possible

-Seating Charts in all areas

(students)3’ distancing when possible

(teachers) 6’ when possible

-Seating Charts in all areas

(students) 3’ distancing

(teachers) 6’

-Seating Charts in all areas

(students) 3’ distancing

(teachers) 6’

-Seating Charts in all areas

School Visitors

No restrictions

Minimal Restrictions

Moderate Restrictions;  no unnecessary visitors;  strictly limited “outside group” use of school facilities.

Strict restrictions;  no unnecessary visitors;  no “outside group” use of school facilities.

Handwashing, Hand Sanitizer and Respiratory Etiquette

Encouraged and Expected

Encouraged and Expected

Encouraged and Expected

Encouraged and Expected

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

District will conduct contact tracing with ACDOH and follow applicable DOH protocols

6’ close contact perimeter for more than 15 minutes and 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated asymptomatic contacts

6’ close contact perimeter for more than 15 minutes and 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated asymptomatic contacts

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6’ close contact perimeter for more than 15 minutes and 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated asymptomatic contacts.

6’ close contact perimeter for more than 15 minutes and 10-day quarantine for unvaccinated asymptomatic contacts

 

Staying Home When Sick (staff and students)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Return to School/Work Protocols (following illness)

Return per ACDOH protocols

Return per ACDOH protocols

Return per ACDOH protocols

Return per ACDOH protocols

Cleaning and Disinfection

Daily Routine Enhanced Cleaning

Daily Routine Enhanced Cleaning and Daily Disinfection of High-Touch Surfaces and health office

Daily Routine Enhanced Cleaning and Daily Disinfection of moderate and high-touch surfaces and health office

Daily Routine Enhanced Cleaning and Daily Disinfection of moderate and high-touch surfaces and health office

Recess and Physical Education (Outdoors)

No mask outdoor except unvaccinated should wear masks in crowded outdoor setting

No mask outdoor except unvaccinated should wear masks in crowded outdoor setting

No mask outdoor except unvaccinated should wear masks in crowded outdoor setting

Social distancing encouraged

Social distancing and masked

Cafeteria

No Restrictions

-Seating Charts in all areas

-promote hand hygiene before meals

6’ distancing -Seating Charts in all areas

-promote hand hygiene before meals

6’ distancing -Seating Charts in all areas

-promote hand hygiene before meals

6’ distancing

-Seating Charts in all areas

-promote hand hygiene before meals

Ventilation and Air Quality

Increased fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors)

Increased fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors)

-Keep windows ajar during cold weather

Increased fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors)

-promote hand hygiene before meals

Increased fresh air circulation (mechanical, open windows, open doors)

-promote hand hygiene before meals

High Risk Activities (Athletics and the Arts) Indoors

No Restrictions

-Weekly screening available for unvaccinated

-Masks for participants and spectators

-3’ social distancing for spectators

-Limited spectators

-Weekly Surveillance Rapid (10%) Testing for unvaccinated students in High Risk Sports

-Masks for participants and spectators

-3’ social distancing for spectators

-2 spectators per participant

-Weekly Surveillance Rapid (20%) Testing for unvaccinated students in High Risk Sports

-Masks for participants

-No spectators

-Weekly Surveillance Rapid (all) Testing for unvaccinated students in High Risk Sports

CDC Levels of Community Transmission

Indicator - If the two indicators suggest different transmission levels, the higher level is selected

Low

Community Transmission

Moderate

Community Transmission

Substantial

Community Transmission

High

Community Transmission

Total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days

0-9.99

10-49.99

50-99.99

≥100

Percentage of NAATs1 that are positive during the past 7 days

0-4.99%

5-7.99%

8-9.99%

≥10.0%

CDCs Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools, please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html

By Order of the CDC, students and staff must wear masks at all times while on school buses. Please s