Reopening and Reimagining for a Brighter Future - Reopening Plan

Health & Safety

Mandatory Assurances

  1. Each BOCES reopening plan must review and consider the number of students and staff allowed to return in person. These factors should be considered when determining resumption of in person instruction: (1) Ability to maintain appropriate social distancing or face coverings; (2) PPE and face covering availability; (3) Availability of safe transportation; and (4) Local hospital capacity – consult your local department of health.
  2. Each BOCES reopening plan must engage with school stakeholders and community members (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/legal guardians of students, local health departments, local health care providers, and affiliated organizations, such as unions, alumni, and/or community-based groups)in developing their reopening plan and identify those that participated in the reopening plans.
  3. Each BOCES 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. Each BOCES reopening plan has a written protocol developed in collaboration with the district or school’s director of school health services to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel.
  5. Each BOCES reopening plan has a written 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.
  6. Each BOCES reopening plan requires that ill students and staff be assessed by the school nurse (registered professional nurse, RN) or medical director and that if a school nurse or medical director is not available, ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider.
  7. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol requiring students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home.
  8. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol to address visitors, guests, contractors, and vendors to the school which includes health screening.
  9. Each BOCES 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.
  10. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol and appropriate signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene.
  11. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
  12. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district/school will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk.
  13. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
  14. Each BOCES reopening plan has plan for obtaining and maintaining adequate supplies of cloth face coverings for school staff, students who forget their masks, and PPE for use by school health professionals.
  15. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol for actions to be taken if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19in the school.
  16. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol that complies with DOH and CDC guidance for the return to school of students and staff following a positive screen for COVID-19 symptoms, illness or diagnosis of confirmed case of COVID-19 or following quarantine due to contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Return to school will be coordinated with the local health department.
  17. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol to clean and disinfect schools following CDC guidance.
  18. Each BOCES reopening plan has written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons
  19. Each BOCES reopening plan has written plan for BOCES-run before and aftercare programs.
  20. Each BOCES reopening plan designates 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.