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?

    Cloth face coverings are required by all students and staff on all JPS district buses and in all buildings.   

    Face coverings must be worn by students, staff, visitors and vendors when likely to be less than 6 feet away from others, at the bus stop and on the bus, in hallways and common areas such as restrooms and while waiting outside before and after school.

    Face coverings may be removed in the following situations, with appropriate social distancing measures in place:

    • while eating or drinking during assigned breakfast/lunch/snack periods
    • during “mask breaks” as directed by a teacher or school administrator

    Exemptions to the district masking protocol will only be granted to students or staff who have documented medical issues for which a face covering would cause an impairment. 

    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. In addition, each student who attends in-person will have a non-contact temperature check before boarding the bus or upon arrival at school. If a student or staff member exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms or has a temperature of 100F or greater, they must stay home from work and/or will not be permitted to attend school.

    Will there be additional opportunities for staff and students to wash hands and sanitize?
    All schools will be outfitted with additional hand sanitizing stations to encourage proper hand hygiene practices.  Frequent hand washing breaks will also 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 after each learning session and disinfected as required. High-touch surfaces such as faucets, bathroom fixtures, and door handles will be cleaned continuously throughout the day and disinfected each evening. Sharing of supplies and materials will be restricted, and staff will be instructed to clean any shared 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 quarantine are followed.