Questions About Health & Safety

  • How will we know that students and staff will be kept safe and healthy if they return to school buildings in the fall?
    Our students and families will see an increase in the health and safety measures that will be put in place to combat the effects of COVID-19. In order to ensure a healthy and safe return to school, we will align our protocols with guidance from State, federal and local agencies, including an advisory board of community leaders.

    Will face coverings be required while in school buildings?
    Face coverings will be required in all school buildings for employees, visitors and students whenever six-feet social distancing cannot be maintained. Students and staff will be provided with reusable masks and expected to wear them while in school where social distancing is not possible and when exemptions do not apply. 

    Will temperatures be checked before coming into school buildings?
    We ask that students and staff do daily temperature checks at home before coming to school, and that you complete a screening questionnaire daily before entering the school building. If a student or staff member exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms or has a temperature of 100F or greater, they must stay home from school. In the event that temperature screening has not been completed before entering, the student/staff member will be given a non-contact temperature check at the school entrance. 

    Will there be additional opportunities for staff and students to wash hands and sanitize?
    All schools will be outfitted with additional sanitation stations with a variety of supplies to encourage proper cleaning practices.  Frequent hand washing breaks will be given throughout the day and at specific times, such as before and after meals, to ensure that everyone is contributing to a healthy environment.

    How will schools be cleaned and disinfected?
    We have increased daily cleaning and disinfecting intervals to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for our staff, students and visitors. Our custodial staff will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control to implement effective disinfection procedures that will help limit the spread of COVID-19. Occupied areas of the school buildings will be cleaned daily and disinfected periodically throughout the day as needed. High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. Staff will be instructed to clean shared, frequently used high-touch items before and after use. Buses used to transport students must be cleaned/disinfected daily. High contact spots must be wiped down between am/pm runs. 

    What happens if a student/staff member is suspected of having COVID-19?
    School nurses will have systems in place to screen students and staff who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Those individuals will be kept in a room separate from the nurse’s office that is designated for isolation. If their symptoms require further evaluation, they will need to leave the building. If the school district is notified that a staff member/student has tested positive for COVID-19, the Director of Student Support Services will work with the Chautauqua County Health Department to ensure all protocols relative to contact tracing and notification are followed.