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Greenwich Central School District
COVID-19 Reopening Plan

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On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close. The safety and health of our students, our faculty, and our staff is paramount and has been at the forefront of our planning.  Our planning is designed to bring the most students back to face-to-face education as possible, while providing additional opportunities and improving upon the distance learning systems that we adopted this past spring.  To allow our school district to safely reopen, there are a number of features, contingencies, and safety protocols that we must plan for, and we have attempted to outline this throughout our plan.  We understand that the situation around COVID-19 is ever-evolving, and as a result, our plan will be forced to evolve with it.  We, as a school district, cannot anticipate the way that the disease will develop, nor can we fully anticipate the way that it will affect our region, but through careful planning, hard work, and resilience, we have put together a plan that allows our schools to have the flexibility to address these concerns.  This plan has been developed through the input of a vast number of stakeholders, including building and district administrators, our school medical director,  teachers, nurses, buildings and grounds staff, students, parents, board members and our local department of healthTheir time, efforts, and dedication have been inspiring and have provided the backbone for our return this fall.  Here is a list of the district’s sub-committee work groups:
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--------------------- Elementary- Chair Jennie Mueller
--------------------- Secondary- Chair George Niesz
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Transportation- Chairs Annie Ireland/Troy Tyler
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Nursing & Counseling- Chair Troy Tyler and Building Principals
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Custodial- Chair Ron Nicholson/Troy Tyler
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Athletics- George Niesz/Kevin Collins
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Remote Learning in the Future

The district also had a representative stakeholder Reopening Team that included:
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--------------------- Nurses- Karen Strope, Lisa D’Acchille, Ellen Kent
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School Physician Dr. Robert Nielson
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(k-12) Counselors- Eliane Keyes, Katelynn Kwiecien, Becky Catlin, Richard Zwirn
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(k-12) Administrators- George Niesz and Jennie Mueller
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School Business Official- Troy Tyler
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Transportation Supervisor- Anne Marie Ireland
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Facilities Supervisor- Ron Nicholson
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Network Analyst - Bill Hillebrandt
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CSEA- Jill Autiello and Sandy McReynolds
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GTA Staff- Christine Belden and Julie Vanderhoff
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BOE- Erin Boivin and Michael Conlin
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Students- Peytan Fronhofer (grade 6) and Tyler Ziehm (grade 12)
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Parents- Abigale McKenzie (elementary) and Amy Wise Foster (JSHS)
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Athletic Director- Kevin Collins
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Community Partner - Jackie Waite

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Table of Contents  

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Guiding Safety and Health Principles

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Educational Philosophy

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Safety and Health Procedures

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--------------------- Face Coverings
--------------------- Social Distancing
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Screening
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Confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school statement from Washington County DOH
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Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection
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Transportation
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Extracurricular Activities
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Communication
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Mental Health, Behavioral, and Emotional Support Services and Programs

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Education
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--------------------- Attendance
--------------------- Connectivity
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Learning Plans
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English Language Learners
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Evaluation

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Guiding Safety and Health Principles

Any and all discussions about how to safely and effectively reopen our schools requires us to understand the how of safely reopening.  For us to safely reopen, there are four major areas that need to be considered – face coverings, social distancing, hygiene, and screening – all of which will be covered throughout the course of this planning document.  As a baseline, we as a school district are required to maintain six feet of distancing in most scenarios; wear appropriate face coverings and PPE while in transit and when we cannot appropriately socially distance; we must maintain proper hand hygiene; and adhere to the CDC’s and Department of Health’s guidance as they relate to the cleaning and disinfection of our classrooms.  We will perform screening of all staff, students, and faculty members as they enter, or prior to their entry into the building.  In order for us to safely reopen, we need to be able to achieve and maintain these requirements, and throughout the course of this document we will explain and explore the process through which we will accomplish these requirements. According to our School Physician, Dr. Robert Nielson, there is enough science now to suggest that not only does wearing a mask protect others but, it also reduces the dose of virus that the mask wearer inhales which leads to less severe or asymptomatic infection (less deaths, ICU, ventilators, hospitalizations).  The district will request clarification from the person’s doctor as to why they are receiving a mask exemption and  develop  a form that doctors check off for mask exemption based on the CDC guidelines

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--------------------- Children younger than 2 years old
--------------------- Severe respiratory condition and diagnosis
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Incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
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Choking hazard
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Severe anxiety or claustrophobia

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Although young people, in general, have less severe COVID disease, if a student has a condition that makes him or her more vulnerable for severe disease (diabetes, immunocompromised, severe asthma, or medically unable to tolerate mask wear) then the parents should consider the district’s remote learning option.

The school district has designated Superintendent Mark Fish as their COVID-19 Safety Coordinator.  This individual shall be responsible for the 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.

The school district has designated Superintendent Mark Fish as the primary point of contact upon the identification of a positive COVID-19 case and to be responsible for subsequent communications.  This person shall be responsible for answering questions from students, faculty, staff, and parents or legal guardians regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and the plans being implemented in the school.

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Educational Philosophy

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During the course of our discussions with stakeholder groups, a number of different educational models were explored and the feasibility of each model was considered based on the resources available to us, our regional health metrics, and the guidance that we received from the New York State Department of Health and New York State Education Department.  As a result of these different factors, we will focus on a hybrid model that will provide daily face-to-face education for our youngest learners in pre-k through grade 4 and other students with learning challenges such as Students with Disabilities (based on their IEP’s or 504 plans); English Language Learnings; students without internet access; and others at risk of not engaging in our remote education plan as determined by our counseling and administrative team.   Our students in grades 5 through 12 will have weekly face-to-face education with a blend of remote learning.  Half of the student population will come in for two days and then do two days of remote class access.  The second group would then come for two days followed by remote class access for two days.  We determined that our older students were best able to access their teachers and the curriculum to learn during our extended remote instruction this spring.  Based on the social distancing requirements put forth by New York State, our school district is capable of having a maximum capacity of approximately 600 students, which directly affects the amount of students that we can provide face-to-face learning to at any given time.  In addition to classroom space considerations, common areas for students to eat, hallways, and transportation were considered in this plan.   In order to promote safety, our planning will also cohort students together to the extent that is practicable in order to limit the potential spread of the disease should anyone become infected.

Parents will be allowed to select a fully remote model. Parents selecting this option will need to notify the district by August 20, 2020, have access to the internet, and commit to 10 weeks of fully remote learning that may be extended upon request.

Given the highly contagious and opportunistic nature of COVID-19, our school district will provide accommodations to individuals who are at a high risk or who live with a person who is at a high risk of complications as a result of COVID-19.  Each case will be approached uniquely depending on the individual situation, but potential solutions for these vulnerable populations includes remote learning or telework, modified educational and work settings, or by providing additional PPE to individuals with underlying health conditions.  In addition to this, we understand that certain student and staff populations may require modifications to social distancing or PPE based on hearing loss or impairment; receipt of language services, or because they are a young student in an early education program.  In these scenarios, we may utilize specialized clear face coverings, face shields, or other protective barriers and ensure that any modifications would minimize COVID-19 exposure risk for students, faculty, and staff to the greatest extent possible.

The school district has given special consideration to the way that we will perform safety and emergency drills throughout the course of the school year while we are required to socially distance.  We will still complete our eight evacuation drills and four lockdown drills, but the way that we conduct our drills shall be modified for the upcoming school year.  Due to the hybrid nature of our school schedule, we will need to ensure all of our students receive instruction in emergency procedures and participate in drills.  In order to ensure the safety of our evacuation drills, we may conduct our drills on a “staggered” schedule by having classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once to ensure appropriate distancing.  To ensure the safety of our lockdown drills we may conduct them in several different ways to enforce social distancing – whether this be through the use of a “staggered” schedule with smaller numbers of students which allows us to maintain social distancing or by conducting a lockdown drill through verbal and visual instruction and providing students an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers about lockdowns.

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Safety and Health Procedures

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Face Coverings

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Prior to entering the school district, a school facility, or school grounds, staff, faculty, students, and visitors agree to wear a face covering in all required areas.  The school district will remind staff, faculty, students, and visitors of this process through training, signage, verbal communication, and other means throughout the school year.  During the school day, individuals will be required to wear a face covering while on the school bus, when they are entering or exiting the school building, while they are moving through the hallways or their classroom, at any time that they cannot maintain adequate and appropriate social distancing, and any other time as dictated by administration.  Individuals may not be required to wear a face covering while they are maintaining social distancing, including when they are seated in a classroom.  However,   The school district shall train all students, faculty, and staff on how to adequately put on, take off, clean, and discard PPE by utilizing our school nurses and the district’s video announcement capabilities.  This training will include an explanation of what is considered appropriate PPE and will be supplemented by signage, regular continued education and messaging, and verbal instruction as needed to support PPE use.

While the school district will encourage all staff, students, and faculty to provide their own face coverings, the school district will continue to maintain an adequate stock of disposable masks and other PPE for their emergency use or by request.  In order to ensure that stock is maintained, School Business Official Troy Tyler will be responsible for performing periodic checks of supplies and working to order more as need dictates.  The school district has worked throughout the spring and summer to supplement the stock of PPE for the upcoming school year and will continue to do so throughout the school year.  The school district will also maintain a supply of disposable face coverings on each of the school buses for students who have forgotten, broken, or soiled their face coverings.  Transportation Supervisor Anne Marie Ireland will work with her drivers to make sure an adequate supply is maintained.  The school district will also encourage students, staff, and faculty to keep a replacement mask(s) at the school district in case their initial mask fails or becomes soiled throughout the school day.

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Social Distancing

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For our school district to maintain safe operations, we must attempt to maintain social distancing to protect against the transmission of the COVID-19 virus while on school grounds and in school facilities.  To facilitate this, our school district has redesigned our classroom spaces, common areas, and other rooms throughout the buildings for appropriate social distancing.  Specifically, appropriate social distancing means six feet of space in all directions between individuals or the use of suitable physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk.  The only time where social distancing requirements may be relaxed in the school district is when the safety of an activity or the core activity requires a shorter distance or individuals are of the same household.  To promote this type of behavior, the school district has instituted measures such as placing six-foot distance markers in the school district, posting signage, changing traffic flow patterns to reduce bi-directional foot traffic, eliminating locker use at the Junior-Senior High School and staggering the school schedule to reduce the amount of students in the hallway at any given time.  Furthermore, the school district has evaluated smaller spaces in the school building, such as elevators, break rooms, and faculty offices, and will be limiting the use of these spaces.  These identified spaces will require the use of face coverings and occupancy should not exceed 50% of the maximum, unless the space is designed for use by a single occupant.  In addition to the above noted changes, our school district has evaluated the feasibility of modifying existing areas of mass assembly, such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias, to provide additional spaces for students that are more easily appropriately socially distanced.

The school district will implement additional bus runs to accommodate the number of students requiring district transportation and bus drop offs will be staggered in order to meet social distancing standards.  Students walking or being dropped-off/picked-up by parents will be asked to maintain social distancing when on school property.  Parents/legal guardians will not be permitted out of their cars or access to the building during this time of day to limit contact with students and staff.

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Screening

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To ensure that sick or ill students, staff, and faculty are not allowed on campus, the school district will be adopting a strict screening policy which includes temperature checks for students, faculty, and staff, daily screening questionnaires for faculty and staff, and periodic screening questionnaires for students.  The school district will also require screenings for contractors, vendors, and visitors who will be entering the school building.  We will require all screenings to occur before individuals reach the school building or enter any school facility and should an individual fail the screening or feel ill, then they should remain home.

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------------- Do you have a fever (100 degrees or higher) or have you taken any anti fever medication like tylenol/ibuprofen
--------------in the past 24 hours?
------------- Do you have a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, new loss of taste or smell,
--------------sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea?
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In the past 14 days, I have not knowingly been in close contact with anyone lab-confirmed with COVID-19.
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I am not currently clinically diagnosed as having COVID-19 or awaiting medically-directed COVID-19 test results.
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I have not been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health officials.
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I am aware of the CDC recommendation for handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer.

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Furthermore, we ask that parents and guardians remain vigilant in observing their students for signs of illness and to keep them home when they are ill.  To facilitate this process, the school district will utilize the SchoolTool portal for parents, faculty and staff to record daily remote temperature screening results of pass if under 100 or fail if 100 or over.  If an individual wants to enter a school building or facility, but has not been screened prior to entry, they will be required to complete an in-person screening with the school nurse, or other trained school personnel, who will be completing screenings and who will be provided with all required PPE recommended by our Medical Director, which is at a minimum an acceptable face covering and may include gloves, a gown, and/or a face shield to ensure their safety and well-being.  Parents not reporting student remote screening results will have their child called to a designated area for a school screening.  Parents will be called with the results of the school screening and will be reminded of this obligation for entry into the facility.

Our district’s screening process will meet all of the requirements as set forth by the state, where a temperature at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a failure of the screening will result in that individual not gaining entry into the school.  If the individual who fails a screening is a staff member, faculty member, or outside visitor, then they will be instructed to leave the school facility and see their health care provider.  If the individual who fails a screening is a student, then they shall be taken to that building’s isolation room to be assessed by the school nurse and await a parent, guardian, or emergency contact who can bring them to a health care provider for further evaluation.  The isolation room shall require appropriate social distancing to be maintained, an increased cleaning and disinfection schedule from the school district’s buildings and grounds staff, and constant visual supervision.  We will provide all required PPE to the individual(s) who will be supervising the isolation room to ensure their safety.  When an individual’s parent, guardian, or emergency contact arrives at the school district to pick up their student, we will once again remind them that their student is required to be seen by a health care provider in regards to the failed screening.  The school district will also instruct staff and faculty members to observe for signs of illness in others and require that symptomatic persons be sent to the school nurse or isolation room for a check-up.

The school district has worked with and remained in communication with our county health department to determine the specific return requirements of individuals who fail a screening, test positive for COVID-19 through a diagnostic test, or have come in close contact with or have been exposed to somebody who tests positive for the COVID-19 virus.  After a failed screening, the school district will require, at a minimum, documentation from a health care provider of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result and symptom resolution.  If, after a failed screening, that individual tests positive for COVID-19 from a diagnostic test, then the school district will work with our county department of health to determine their minimum standards for return to the school district.  In addition, the school district shall work with our county health department to determine the process for the provision or referral of diagnostic testing for students, faculty, and staff, should that become necessary.  The school district has also worked with our county department of health to determine what metrics will serve as early warning signs that COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level, both within our schools or within the larger local community.

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According to the Washington County Department of Health each County and District will identify a COVID-19 liaison to facilitate conversations about students or staff who have tested positive. Should the individual who tested positive live in a different county than the county where the building is located, both counties should be contacted immediately by the COVID liaison. The School District liaison will reach out to the county should there be a suspect or if there is a concern.

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Washington County Public Health Officials
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--------------------- Director Patricia Hunt
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Direct: 518-746-2493
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phunt@washingtoncountyny.gov
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Assistant Director and COVID Liaison for School Districts Kathy Jo McIntyre
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Direct: 518-746-2415
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kmcintyre@washingtoncountyny.gov

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Washington County Public Safety Officials

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--------------------- Director Glen Gosnell
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Cell: 518-796-1749
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Direct: 518-796-1749
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ggosnell@washingtoncountyny.gov
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Deputy Director and COVID Liaison for School Districts Tim Hardy
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Main:518-747-7520
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Direct: 518-812-9180
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thardy@washingtoncountyny.gov

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Students and staff who have tested positive must present proof of a negative test prior to returning to school. In addition, said individuals must have met any quarantine restrictions, imposed by the County/State or other government agency authorized to issue quarantine orders. Questions about specific situations can be brought to the attention of the County COVID-19 liaison. The county health department will collaborate with the school when there is a concern that diagnostic testing is needed. Diagnostic testing is generally someone who is a high priority or symptomatic. The School District liaison and/or the school nurse will work with the County Health Department and/or the district’s medical director to refer students/staff for required testing.  Individuals who have returned from international travel and/or a state designated through a New York State Travel advisory must complete mandatory quarantine prior to returning to the school.

Upon request, districts will be asked to provide information on the past locations of students and staff who are involved in the contact tracing program, including, but not limited to room locations, who was in the room and information on transportation. Districts will need to maintain adequate records to answer questions. Should this information be needed, the County Liaison will contact the District's Liaison to obtain the needed information in a timely manner.

Local Health Departments anticipate using data from the regional "control rooms" for this purpose of triggering a closure as well as regular communications with the district. Should a district experience any type of increase in absentee rates or individuals who have tested positive, the district's liaison should contact their COVID-19 liaison to review the data. Should it be warranted, the County Health Department Director will be consulted, and the Superintendent of Schools will make a determination if the school should be closed and for how long.

Should multiple cases be discovered in an area or school within the district, the district's COVID-19 liaison will contact the County liaison and should action be warranted, the County Health Department Director and the Superintendent of Schools will make a determination if a portion of the school, or a particular school shall be closed.

County Health Departments monitor  information in the regional control room. Should the County Health Department determine that there is a shortage of hospital capacity due to COVID-19, and if in the determination of the County Health Department that schools need to consider how many students and staff should be allowed on site, the County Health Director will contact the Superintendent of Schools to make a determination if the school district's plan or status should be altered.

The district's COVID-19 liaison will notify the County COVID-19 liaison (or counties should the individual live in a different county than the location of the school) should they become aware of a positive test for COVID-19 and/or any other disease reportable under public health law.

Upon request, districts will be asked to provide information on the past locations of students and staff who are involved in the contract tracing program, including, but not limited to room locations, who was in the room and information on transportation. Districts will need to maintain adequate records to answer questions. Should this information be needed, the County Liaison will contact the District's Liaison to obtain the needed information in a timely manner.

Should multiple cases be discovered in an area or school within the district, the district's COVID-19 liaison will contact the County liaison and should action be warranted, the County Health Department Director and the Superintendent of Schools will make a determination if a portion of the school, or a particular school shall be closed.

Families who are traveling to/vacationing in the states listed on the NYS Department of Health travel advisory page must quarantine for 14 days upon their return.  Students whose 14 day quarantine carries into the start of the school year will not be allowed to attend school until the quarantine period expires and documentation is provided to the schools.  For more information, please see https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

The school district has identified the school building nurses,  and their designated assistants, as the individuals who will serve as the central point of contact and who are responsible for receiving and attesting to having reviewed all screening activities on a daily basis.  These individual(s) shall also be identified as the contact for individuals to notify if they later experience COVID-19 related symptoms during the day or have COVID-19 exposure, as noted on their questionnaire.

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Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

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Our school district has instituted, trained on, and follows the CDC and NYDOH guidelines on the hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection of school buildings and materials.  We have developed extensive procedures and protocols for school-wide cleaning and the disinfection of classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, libraries, playgrounds, school buses, and all other school facilities based on the CDC guidance.  We have also identified the areas of buildings that will require additional cleaning and disinfection, such as bathrooms.  Throughout the course of the year, our district will maintain cleaning and disinfection logs which identify the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection for those areas.  We have also developed and maintained a list of commonly touched surfaces throughout the school district, with a cleaning and disinfection schedule assigned to individuals and positions for these surfaces.

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Appendix to this plan are the model Cleaning and Disinfectant logs the district staff will utilize to track how the district implements specific cleaning, hygiene, and disinfection protocols and procedures, including the cleaning and disinfection frequency for each facility and area type and who completed the task.

We will also be increasing ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible based on the outdoor air temperature and the capabilities of our HVAC system.  Lastly, the school district shall continue to conduct or complete the process of performing its required Lead-in-Water testing as required by NYS DOH regulation 67-4.

Our school district also understands that for us to maintain a safe and healthful school environment, we need to promote and encourage proper hand hygiene throughout the day.  In order to achieve this goal, we will be installing hand hygiene stations throughout common areas of the building so that students may sanitize their hands while they are in transition and at times where they may not be able to clean their hands with soap and water throughout the school day.  We will also be training students, faculty, and staff on proper hand hygiene throughout the school year and provide continued education for individuals through proper signage at all levels of the school district.  Throughout the course of the school day, we will also require students, staff, and faculty to wash or sanitize their hands before and after eating, upon arrival, and upon arriving in a new classroom.

In addition to regular cleaning and disinfecting practices, Junior-Senior High School classrooms will have sanitizing products for periodic use by faculty and staff when classes change.  When practical and appropriate students will participate in the sanitizing practice if it is part of meeting the industry standard in the subject area or where it is a regular part of the class routine like cleaning tools and lab equipment after use.  Parents may contact the school office with questions about this practice or to request that their student not participate.  Elementary cohort desks will be cleaned by the custodial staff each day after school.

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Transportation

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We recognize that transportation will present its own unique set of challenges for this upcoming school year and as a school district we are committing ourselves to providing a safe and healthful school environment at all phases and stages of the school day.  In order for us to maintain this safety, face coverings will be required while students are entering the bus, exiting the bus, and are seated on the bus, unless a student is not physically able to wear a face covering.  We will also maintain social distancing to the greatest extent possible while on the bus unless individuals are from the same household.  If a student tries to enter the bus without a proper face covering they will not be denied service or entry – instead they shall be provided with a disposable face covering that is kept on the bus.  Furthermore, transportation will not be denied to students with disabilities that would prevent them from wearing a mask nor will they be forced to do so during transportation.

The school district shall commit to ensuring that all buses that are used during the day are cleaned and disinfected at least daily and that all high-contact points shall be wiped down after each run.  While we acknowledge that school buses cannot be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible nature, and we will advise individuals to not bring personal hand sanitizer containers with them on the bus, we will ensure that hand sanitizing or hand washing stations are provided for all staff in transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/breaks rooms, and bus garages.  Furthermore, we will provide all required PPE for transportation department staff and require the use of a face covering.  Should a driver, monitor, or attendant be required to have direct physical contact with a child, they will be required to wear gloves, which the school district shall provide to ensure their safety and healthfulness.  These employees will also be required to complete the daily self-health screening prior to arriving at work to help ensure the safety and healthfulness of their fellow employees.

If our school district is in remote session or otherwise, we will continue to maintain transportation services to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools, or students whose Individualized Education Program has placed them out of district to schools who are meeting and conducting in-person session education when/if the district is not.

The district has conducted a parent survey to best ascertain the district’s transportation needs with required social distancing.  Additional runs and routes may be required to meet our needs.  The school district encourages walkers and parent drop-off throughout the year.  However, our district is a large, rural area, requiring many students to utilize school transportation to attend school.

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Extracurricular Activities

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--------------------- The school district is not allowing field trips, special congregate events, and visitors into our buildings,
----------------------without special permission of the building principal, considering the risk for COVID-19 transmission.
----------------------These types of activities will be conducted remotely until the risk has passed.
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The school district will follow guidance and direction from the NYSPHSAA in resuming extracurricular
----------------------athletic programs. After school activities and clubs will run remotely with the approval of the building
----------------------principal.  Other extracurricular activities will be suspended until the risk has passed.  Social distancing,
----------------------PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection process remain in place for any and all school activities.
--------------------- The school district works with the Saratoga Regional YMCA to provide after school care for students.
----------------------While not run by the district, we do provide space and will work with the YMCA to maintain the district’s
----------------------expectation for social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection of the district’s facility.
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The school district’s indoor facilities will be closed to the public. If any special circumstance arises,
----------------------anyone using the facility from the general public will follow the same guidelines that are required during
----------------------all other school operations.
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Guidelines for extracurriculars will be re-examined at 10 and 20 weeks or when additional information is
----------------------provided by NYSPHSAA, NYSED or the NYSDOH.

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Food Service

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Regardless of the educational model chosen by our school district and the dynamic nature with which that can change, our school district shall continue to provide school breakfast and lunch to all students who were previously receiving school meals – both on-site and remotely.  While on-site, we will maintain social distancing during the course of our meals and provide food service.  Students in the elementary school will eat in the classroom.  Students in the Junior-Senior High School will eat in the cafeteria or gymnasium based on their assignment.  All areas will allow for appropriate social distancing during meal times.  Food service will provide grab-and-go meals in designed distribution areas.

--------------------- All students with allergies will be identified by the school nurse. Staff supervising meals will ensure social
----------------------distancing.  Rooms will be identified and posted if a student with allergies is eating in the space.
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Students will be required, and reminded, to visit hand sanitizing stations for hand hygiene before and
----------------------after meals.
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Students will be routinely reminded that the sharing of food and beverages is an unsafe
----------------------practice and the practice will be discouraged by staff.
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Common areas used for eating will be cleaned and disinfected by our staff prior to the next group
----------------------students arriving for meals.

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Communication

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Our school district affirms and attests that we have reviewed and understand all state-issued industry guidelines and will submit our plans for reopening to them.  In addition to this, we will post copies of our finished plan on the school website, in conspicuous areas across school buildings and facilities, and on the district’s social media.  Throughout the course of this process, we will also develop consistent communication plans to ensure that members of the school community are kept up-to-date with all developments and changes to our plan.  This process will be managed through verbal instruction, posted signage that is consistent with DOH COVID-19 signage, the maintenance of a COVID-19 page on our school website, School Messenger calls and emails, and the district’s social media. We will also develop communications for students and families about how to prepare for the upcoming school year, including specific information on the social distancing requirements, how to properly wear a face covering, and proper hand and respiratory hygiene.  Throughout the course of the school year, we will continue to train students, faculty, and staff on how to follow any new COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly, including hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.

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Mental Health, Behavioral, and Emotional Support Services and Programs

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Our school district shall make every effort to provide and address the mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instruction.  Throughout the course of the school year, we will identify and support students who are having difficulty transitioning back into the school setting utilizing our counseling staff (Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist, and Social Worker)We will also enlist the support of Northern Rivers Family Services who has committed to providing on-site, mental health services for Greenwich students and their families.  We will also provide periodic training for faculty and staff on how to support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.  We will also provide information on developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff during training or through written materials.

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Education

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Attendance

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SchoolTool will be used to take student attendance daily.  Staff will monitor the attendance of both on site and remote learning students everyday.  Principals will work with their teachers to monitor teacher-student engagement during remote learning.  Students not engaging in either on site or remote learning opportunities will be identified and intervention will be employed, starting with parent engagement on the concern.

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Connectivity The district will conduct a School Messenger call survey to parents asking them to contact the school district if access to high-speed internet would be a problem in a remote learning situation.  The district is moving to 1 to 1 student device model so access to Chromebooks will not be a concern. We will make available AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile Cellular Wireless Hotspot devices to those students or staff that can demonstrate a need for access. Rural areas that have little or no cellular wireless or wired broadband access the district is deploying external wireless access points on our building for use in our parking lots.

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Learning Plans

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The district’s continuity of learning plan is limited by space to safely transport to school and provide in person learning, with appropriate social distancing, for all of our students, everyday.

We plan to conduct daily face-to-face education for our youngest learners in pre-k through grade 4 and other students with learning challenges such as Students with Disabilities (based on their IEP’s or 504 plans); English Language Learnings; students without internet access; and others at risk of not engaging in our remote education plan as determined by our counseling and administrative team.

We plan to utilize a hybrid model for students in grades 5 through 12. They will have weekly face-to-face education with a blend of remote learning.  Half of the student population will come in for two days and then do two days of remote class access.  The second group would then come for two days followed by remote class access for two days.  In our planning discussions we determined that our older students were best able to access their teachers and the curriculum to learn during our extended remote instruction this past spring.  Student attendance will be taken for on site and remote learning daily.

If circumstances arise due to a COVID-19 outbreak we would move to a fully remote plan.  As described above in the hybrid model, teachers would be expected to engage with all of their students daily in an instructionally purposeful manner.  Student attendance will be taken daily and learning will be monitored, assessed, and reported on by the faculty.

The school district administration and teacher leaders work collaboratively to ensure that the district’s educational programs are fully aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. The school district supports regular communication with students and their families.  The district will provide for students, families, and caregivers the opportunity to contact the school and teachers through e-mail or our google meets platform.  Additionally phone calls to the buildings or district offices with questions about their instruction and/or technology will be encouraged.  School Messenger calls and emails,  newsletters, and social media will be used to routinely share information to stakeholders.

FAPE: the district is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education for all students during our reopening.  Students with disabilities and the people providing educational and other services will be supported to the greatest extent possible to implement the students individualized educational plans (IEP).  In many cases these students will be provided face-to-face, daily instruction at school.

CPSE: Collaboration between the school district and CPSE will continue based on the needs of the preschool population.  Referrals will be processed as needed to comply with guidelines.  Meetings will continue to be held remotely and services will be provided based on CPSE IEP.  These services will be in person and/or remotely as agreed upon by parents and related service providers using guidance from DOH.  Communication/documentation will continue with parents, outside agencies, and staff to ensure compliance.  Preschool IEPs will reflect progress. Progress reports will be shared with parents.

CSE: Collaboration between the school district and CSE will continue with meetings being held remotely.  Services on the IEP will be implemented in a hybrid model based on the approved reopening plan.  This model will include in person services provided within the classroom and remote services. Progress will be documented in the IEP, progress reports will be shared with parents.  Staff will communicate with CSE and parents regularly to discuss student’s progress.

Accommodations/modifications, supplementary aids and services currently on a student's IEP will be followed as it relates to the educational setting.  All students will have access to a chrome book with the required applications as stated on the student’s IEP.  SLPs, special education teachers will oversee the technology needs of the students.

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English Language Learners

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ELL teachers (BOCES) will provide communication with parents in their preferred language or mode of communication.  ELL students will be provided instruction based on their current level of need.  Instruction will be provided in a hybrid model.  ELL teachers will communicate regularly with the school district and parents to discuss student’s progress.

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Evaluation

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Our school district’s plan ensures that all teachers and principals will be evaluated pursuant to our currently approved APPR plan, including any variance applications approved by the Department.  All teachers in our school district shall hold valid and appropriate certificates for their teaching assignments, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or Education Law.

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Approved By Superintendent of Schools Mark Fish:

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Date: July 30, 2020      

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Transportation Survey

In anticipation of Greenwich Central School’s reopening, the Transportation department is asking you
to let us know if your children will be riding the bus to school and/or home from school.

Please click here to complete the survey.