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MILLBROOK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-ENTRY PLAN 2020-21 - Elm Drive Elementary School Alden Place Elementary School Millbrook Middle School ...
       RE-ENTRY PLAN 2020-21

                      Elm Drive Elementary School
                    Alden Place Elementary School
                           Millbrook Middle School
                             Millbrook High School

                                   Posted: July 31, 2020
                        Reformatted: 8.7.2020, 9.13.2020
                           Updated: 8.7.2020, 9.13.2020

Table of Contents
Letter from Laura, The Proud Superintendent of Schools                             3

Core/Re-Entry Teams and Subcommittees                                              4

Timeline                                                                           6

Introduction                                                                       7

Communication/Family and Community Engagement                                      8

Health and Safety                                                                  10

             ●   Millbrook CSD COVID-19 Coordinator
             ●   Facility Entry
             ●   Daily Health Screening
             ●   Social Distancing
             ●   Personal Hygiene
             ●   Visitor and Vendor Practices
             ●   Training
             ●   Signs and Messages
             ●   When Students Eat in the Classroom
             ●   Space Design and Capacity (Offices, Classrooms, Restrooms, etc)
             ●   Engineering Controls
             ●   Ventilation
             ●   Cleaning and Disinfection

       COVID - 19                                                                  25

             ●   Suspected or Confirmed COVID Cases
             ●   Return to School after Illness
             ●   COVID - 19 Testing
             ●   Contact Tracing
             ●   Closure Considerations

Facilities                                                                         31

       Emergency Response Protocols and Drills

Child Nutrition                                                                    34

             ●   Meals Onsite
             ●   Meals Offsite/Remote

Transportation                                                                     35

             ●   Cleaning and Disinfecting
             ●   Bus Protocols for a Reported Case of COVID-19 on School Bus
             ●   Students on Transportation

●   Training
          ●   Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
          ●   Transportation Communication
          ●   Density Reduction, Social Distancing, Bus Capacity
          ●   Routing
          ●   Loading/Unloading and Pickup/Drop-Off
          ●   Transporting to BOCES

Social-Emotional Well-Being                                                39

          ●   Emotional Reactions to coming out of Quarantine
          ●   Addressing Social-Emotional Health
          ●   What Mental Health Professionals can do in Schools

School Schedules                                                           41

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism                                         42

          ●   Attendance and Attendance Reporting
          ●   Chronic Absenteeism

Technology and Connectivity                                                43

Teaching and Learning                                                      44

          ●   In-Person Instruction
          ●   Remote/Hybrid Instruction

Career and Education (CTE)                                                 46

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities                                   47

                 ○   Interscholastic Athletics
                 ○   Extracurricular Activities

Special Education                                                          49

Bilingual Education and World Languages                                    50

Staff                                                                      51

          ●   Teacher and Principal Evaluation System
          ●   Certification,Incidental Teaching, and Substitute Teaching
          ●   Student Teachers

Key References                                                             52

Letter from Laura, The Proud Superintendent
Dear Families and Community Members,

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present school districts with the unprecedented
challenges of maintaining continuity of operations, instruction and social-emotional supports
for students. In anticipation of the continued impact of COVID-19 on our schools, the
Millbrook Central School District enlisted the support of members of the community to form
Millbrook’s Re-Entry Team and Subcommittees. These members have been engaging in rich
conversations around three teaching and learning scenarios for the upcoming school year:

Scenario 1: In-Person Model - All students attend school every day.

Scenario 2: Hybrid Model - A cross-section of students attend school each day, and rotate
with an alternating group.

Scenario 3: Remote Model - All students remain at home for remote learning.

This Re-Entry Plan was heavily guided by the ​New York State Department of Health
(NYSDOH) and the ​New York State Department of Education (NYSED). This Plan will
continue to be influenced by stakeholder feedback, changing guidance from NYSDOH and
NYSED, and future Executive Orders from the Governor's Office and/or the County
Executive’s Office. A more detailed plan for the re-entry of schools in September will be
released later this month.

We miss our students and staff tremendously and want them to return to campus to enjoy
everything that makes us the special and loving school community we are. At the same time,
we must continue to prioritize public health and safety for all. We appreciate your ongoing
support, patience and positive energy thus far, and we will continue to need all three as we
venture into the 2020-2021 school year.

The Proud Superintendent of Schools

Re-Entry Teams and Subcommittee Members

CORE TEAM                                                 TEACHING & LEARNING SUBCOMMITTEE
Laura Mitchell​, Superintendent of Schools                Chairs​: Elliot Garcia & Laura Mitchell
Brian Fried​, Assistant Superintendent                    Members:
Caroline Hernandez Pidala​, Assistant                     John Ahern​, Middle School Teacher
Superintendent                                            Leslie Anson​, Middle School Teacher
Elliot Garcia​, Director of Technology & Data             Jillian Barnes​, Middle/High School Teacher
Services                                                  Joseph Carbone​, Middle School Teacher
                                                          Nicole Devincenzi​, Middle School Teacher
RE-ENTRY TEAM                                             Alicia Dorsman​, Elementary School Teacher
Laura Mitchell​, Superintendent of Schools                Katherine Doyle​, Elementary School Teacher
Brian Fried​, Assistant Superintendent                    Daniel Dunninger​, Middle/High School Teacher
Caroline Hernandez Pidala​, Assistant                     Frank Fiorenza​, High School Teacher
Superintendent                                            Ashley Gregor​, Elementary School Teacher
Elliot Garcia​, Director of Technology & Data             Corinne Goerlich​, Elementary School Teacher
Services                                                  Sarah Gonzalez, ​Elementary School Teacher
Holly Peters-Heady​, School Lunch Manager                 Dawn Harkenrider​, Middle School Teacher
Mike Ragusa​, Director of Facilities                      Georgia Herring​, High School Teacher​Claudia
Eric Seipp​, High School Principal                        Heunis​, Board Member/Parent
Steven Cabello​, Middle School Principal                  Jennifer Hunt​, Middle School Teacher
Tom Libka​, Alden Place Elementary School Principal       Eliza Jordan​, Elementary School Teacher
Debbie Caul ​& ​Karen McKinley​,​ ​First Student          Alissa Kelly​,​ ​Elementary School Teacher
Management                                                Cathie Morton​, MS Library Media Specialist
                                                          Annamarie Muscari​, Teacher Aide
TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE                               Sarah Rizzo​,​ E ​ lementary School Teacher
Chairs:​ Debbie Caul, Karen McKinley & Brian Fried        Chris Rosenbergen​, Board Member/Parent
Members:                                                  Maureen Seipp​,​ S   ​ chool Nurse
Jennifer Carnecchia​, Board Member/Parent                 Andrew Strawinski​, Middle School Teacher
Larry Helweg​, Bus Driver                                 Kim Sweck​,​ ​Parent
Janet Monahan​, Typist/Monitor                            Karen Tegeler​, Elementary School Teacher
Sarah Wertz​, School Nurse                                Jason Zmudosky​, Elementary School Teacher

Chairs: ​Caroline Hernandez-Pidala & Paige                Chairs:​ Holly Peters-Heady & Brian Fried
Emerson                                                   Members​:
Members​:                                                 LuTena Davis​, Food Service Worker/Parent
Devon Agne​, Middle School Teacher                        Arlene Looney​,​ ​Senior Food Service Worker
Dana Bo​, Middle School Teacher                           Kelly Marchant​, Food Service Worker/Parent
Samantha Bopp​, Elementary School Teacher                 John Rudy​, Board Member
Ann Burkart​, Teacher Aide                                Cheryl Sprague​, District Clerk/Administrative
Alexandra Chanowsky​, Elementary Teacher                  Assistant to the Superintendent
Heather Ciferri​, Parent
Rosanne Halvorsen​, School Nurse                          SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SUBCOMMITTEE
Laura Herzegovitch​, High School Teacher                  Chairs:​ Steven Cabello & Caroline Hernandez-Pidala
Joann Hobson​, Elementary School Teacher                  Members​:
Chris LaBelle​, Parent                                    Michelle Califano​, Parent
Chris Rosenbergen​, Board Member/Parent                   Rosalie Carey​, Elementary School Teacher
Trisha Redl​, Teaching Assistant                          Tom Chanowsky​, High School Guidance Counselor
Kristen Stuart​, Elementary School Teacher                Michelle Cring​, High School Teacher
Michelle Trapani​, Elementary School Teacher              Della Ferreri​, High/Middle School Teacher
                                                          Alejandra Godoy​, Elementary School Teacher

Colleen Wilber​, High School Teacher                      Charlene Hartley​, Teacher Aide
                                                          Ronni Jarvis​, Parent
ATHLETICS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                    Kelly Mahoney​, Middle School Guidance Counselor
SUBCOMMITTEE                                              Jennifer Obrizok​, Middle School Psychologist
Chairs​: Caroline Hernandez-Pidala & Eric Seipp           Nicholas Porta​, HIgh School Teacher
Members:                                                  Lauren Prince​, High School Guidance Counselor
Jeffrey Barnes​, Middle/High School Teacher               Laura Roberts​, High School Library Media Specialist
Joseph Carbone​, Middle School Teacher                    Mariah Stafford​, Elementary School Teacher
Robert Gehlhoff​, High School Teacher                     Heidi Tucci​, Elementary/Middle School Teacher
William Blayney​, High School Teacher                     Dawn Zamborsky​, Parent
Alfred Hammell​, Athletic Director/Dean of Students       Juliana Zengen​, School Nurse
Jessica Gilmour​, Middle/High School Teacher
Darren Sullivan​, High School Teacher
Jennifer Tibbetts​, Middle/High School Teacher
Paul Tobin​, Board Member/Parent
Dawn Tompkins​, Parent
Kerry Weller​, Parent

                                       SUBCOMMITTEE SUPPORT
                                              Health & Safety
                                     Public Relations & Communication

                  ​ r. Michael Ragusa, Director of Facilities,​ for being a constant presence and support for
Special thanks to M
                                       each of the subcommittees!

Timeline: June 16 - July 31

At Millbrook CSD our primary commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our
priority must be keeping them safe. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on-campus
school will look much different than previous years due to COVID-19 and the health and
safety measures that continue to evolve. This School Reopening Plan will define clear
guidance for the reopening of our four (4) schools and aligns with the guidelines developed
by the NYSDOH and the NYS Education Department.

The areas outlined in this plan represent the myriad considerations Millbrook CSD will
address to reopen schools safely and to sustain their safe operations. It is important to note
that our plan retains a strong focus on academic instruction to enhance student performance
and to address learning needs of our student populations.             An emphasis on the
social-emotional needs of our students is a priority and therefore have addressed this within
our plan.

      This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

      Elm Drive Elementary School- 845.677.4225

      Alden Place Elementary School- 845.677.4220

      Millbrook Middle School- 845.677.4210

      Millbrook High School- 845.677.2510

To be clear, the health and safety of our students, our staff, and their families is our top
priority. We have developed a plan that intends to insure that students and employees 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 pivot between three scenarios, in-person, hybrid and
remote learning, throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our
partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the
spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of
decision making as we move to open our schools.

Superintendent Mitchell ​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.

Of course, as with every plan being developed throughout New York State, this document is
fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, CDC, and NYSED and
in consideration of our families and our staff. We strongly believe the services described
throughout this plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff, and community.

Millbrook CSD COVID-19 Code for Students & Staff

The Millbrook CSD recognizes the commitment and responsibility we collectively have to
ensure the safety of our staff and students.

In the spirit of mutual cooperation and the support necessary to make our reopening
successful we are asking everyone to comply with the following:

   ●   WE WILL​ follow all safety protocols
   ●   WE WILL​ wear masks and any PPE required
   ●   WE WILL​ promise to actively practice social (physical) distance as much as possible
   ●   WE WILL review our health every day before school/work which includes monitoring
       our temperature and being aware of any signs/symptoms of COVID-19
   ●   WE WILL​ stay home from school or work if we are sick
   ●   WE WILL maintain our personal belongings, work space and school setting in an
       orderly way so cleaning and disinfection can be performed daily as required.
   ●   WE WILL ​use our own supplies; sharing of supplies and food is not permitted at this
   ●   WE WILL ​maintain personal hygiene including frequently washing our hands
   ●   WE WILL ​notify our school nurse, health care provider and Department of Health if we
       test positive for COVID-19
   ●   WE WILL remain #MillbrookStrong

Communication/Family and Community Engagement
To help inform our reopening plan, the Millbrook CSD has sought feedback and input from
stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students,
local health department officials and health care providers, employee unions and community
groups. Engagement efforts included online surveys, virtual meetings, and one-on-one

The district remains committed to communicating all elements of this Re-Entry Plan to
students, parents and guardians, staff and visitors. The plan is available to all stakeholders
via the ​District website​, and will be updated throughout the school year, as necessary, to
respond to local circumstances.

As part of its planning for the reopening of schools and the new academic year, the district
has developed a plan for communicating all necessary information to district staff, students,
parents/guardians, visitors and education partners and vendors. The district will use its
existing communication modes – including Blackboard, District website, Twitter, and email –
as well as appropriate signage and training opportunities to support the dissemination of
consistent messaging regarding new protocols and procedures, expectations, requirements
and options related to school Millbrook CSD Communication Goals:

   ● To encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written
     communication (e.g., signage) to adhere to NYSED, CDC, and DOH guidance
     regarding the use of acceptable face coverings - a face mask covering the nose and
     mouth, when a social distance cannot be maintained.
   ● To provide students with training particularly regarding the use of masks, hand
     sanitation, social distancing and respiratory hygiene.
   ● To provide regular updates about health and safety, scheduling, and all other
     information faculty, staff and families should be aware of.
   ● To provide information to families through a wide array of platforms including mail,
     email, telephone calls, text messaging, social media and website postings.
   ● To provide information on how families can access technology and receive technical
     support to assist with utilization and maintenance of equipment.

Millbrook CSD developed communication materials accordingly, including the creation of
sample messages/letters for COVID-19 cases or potential cases for various school
audiences. We will utilize communication methods used by the district to inform the school
community. The district will provide communications in the languages spoken at home among
families and written plans will be accessible to those with visual and/or hearing impairments.
Information will be dispersed in a variety of platforms that include:
    ● District website
    ● Call list/School Messenger
    ● Email blast
    ● Online training
    ● Correspondence (letters) to homes
    ● Social media accounts used by district
    ● Town Hall Meetings (Zoom, WebEx, Google Classroom, etc.)

Clear messaging will be prepared and consistently communicated before re-entry, on the first
day, during the first week, throughout the first month, and continuously throughout the year.
Minimum monthly communication will provide information on the following topics:
   ● Who to contact with questions, concerns or suggestions. Empower people to make a
      positive difference and communicate the expectation for them to do so.
   ● The facts as we currently know them (NYSDOH, CDC).
   ● The importance of social distancing, monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 and when to
      stay home.
   ● Set protocols for entrance (screening) and the review process for staff calling in sick.
      Constant reminders for staff to stay home if they feel sick.
   ● Encourage and implement social distancing in bathrooms, break rooms, hallways, etc.
      Installing social distancing markers on the floors, etc.
   ● Practice proper hand hygiene. Staff is allowed to use hand sanitizer, but hand washing
      with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is still more effective. Hand sanitizer works
      best on clean hands.
   ● Encourage and practice proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., coughing or sneezing into
      your elbow if a tissue is not available).
   ● Encouraging personal responsibility for yourself and your work area.
   ● Educating the school community on district policies/procedures, including how to
      properly wear and dispose of a face mask/respirator.

Health and Safety
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).

The following protocols and procedures will be in place in all district schools for the 2020-21
school year should in-person schooling resume. Anyone with questions or concerns should
contact our COVID-19 Safety Coordinator at o                 ​ r
845.677.4200, x1100.

For more information about how health and safety protocols and training will be
communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the ​Communication/Family and
Community Engagement section​ o​ f our reopening plan.

To ensure employees and students comply with communication requirements, Millbrook CSD

● Post signage throughout the buildings to remind personnel to adhere to proper
     hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning/disinfecting
   ● Establish a communication plan for employees, visitors, and parents/guardians with a
     consistent means to provide updated information. This will be accomplished through
     one or more of the following methods:
                ■ Website;
                ■ Email;
                ■ Social media;
                ■ Print copy mailings;
                ■ Voice and/or video messaging; and/or
                ■ Traditional media outlets.

 Maintain a continuous log of every person, including staff, workers, and visitors, who may
have close contact with other individuals at the work site, school, or area; excluding deliveries
that are performed with appropriate PPE or through contactless means.
   ● If a worker or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school district must
       immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact
       tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors
       who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by
       state and federal law and regulations.

​Facility Entry
   ● Where feasible, entry and egress in and out of all buildings will be limited to two
       locations per building (parent drop off and bus drop off). A single point of entry and
       egress will be utilized when possible and cross traffic will be minimized with training
       and careful monitoring. All entry to the buildings will occur through an entrance to a
       check-in point at a security/screening station.
   ● A face covering must be worn by all individuals, students, staff, and visitors on
       Millbrook CSD property when social distancing cannot be maintained, and in public
       areas at all times such as hallways and bathrooms (unless an individual is unable to
       medically tolerate a face covering).
   ● Proper face coverings include, but are not limited to, surgical masks, cloth masks,
       balaclavas or bandanas and must completely cover each individual's mouth and nose.
   ● A plastic face shield alone is not an acceptable face covering.
   ● All individuals should utilize their own acceptable face coverings; however, face
       coverings will be provided by Millbrook CSD daily, as needed.

Daily Health Screening
   ● Prior to entering all Millbrook CSD locations, individuals must complete a medical
      screening questionnaire to screen staff daily (and students periodically) consistent with

the Interim Department of Health Guidance dated July 13, 2020 [1], to answer
      ○ The individual has knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14
         days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for
         COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19;
      ○ The individual tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past
         14 days;.
      ○ The individual has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a
         temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days; and/or
      ○ Whether the individual has traveled internationally, or from a state with
         widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State
         Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

   [1] To provide students with training particularly regarding the use of masks, hand
   sanitation, social distancing and respiratory hygiene.

      Note: Refer to CDC guidance on “​Symptoms of Coronavirus​” for the most up to date
      information on symptoms associated with COVID-19.

      Parents and students will also be made aware that the manifestation of COVID-19
      in children, although similar, is not always the same as that for adults. Children
      may be less likely to present with fever as an initial symptom, and may only have
      gastrointestinal tract symptoms, which should be taken into consideration during
      the screening process. Reminders will also be sent out periodically to
      parents/guardians that students may not attend school if they have had a
      temperature of greater than 100.0°F at any time in the past 14 days, even if a
      fever-reducing medication was administered and the student no longer has a fever.

● Use this ​questionnaire through the Millbrook CSD website to determine eligibility for
  entry to the school building.
● Although filing of the health survey is preferred to be done online, paper copies of the
  questionnaire for visitors will be available at check-in stations.
● Staff will be required to monitor their own temperatures prior to arrival on campus and
  throughout the day. Anyone whose symptoms response changes from a NO to YES
  during the day, must contact their supervisor immediately and await further instruction.
● Students and visitors will be screened for temperature at arrival.
      ○ Parents are encouraged to monitor for temperatures and symptoms prior to
         sending their child on a bus; however, students will be screened at arrival for
         temperatures of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
      ○ Visitors will have their temperatures taken upon arrival.

● All staff must sign in and out of each building with the security desk ​each time they
    enter and exit the building to the extent required by guidance and subject to Article 14
    of the Civil Service Law, to the extent applicable.
  ● Students without fevers/symptoms will be signed-in and able to report to class.
    Students who present with fevers or other symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent to the
    health office for evaluation, to be released to their parent/guardian with follow-up
    instructions to contact their healthcare providers when required or deemed appropriate
    by the school nurse or school district physician, in consultation with the local health
    department as needed.
  ● For multiple individuals entering the building simultaneously, they will be required to
    stand at the marked-out locations on the floor, maintaining social distance until they
    can be signed in and screened.
  ● Lines will be created where individuals can enter the facility when in-person screening
    is utilized.
        ○ Multiple lines and entrances will be coordinated, if needed to reduce crowding.
        ○ Markings (whether in tape or otherwise) will be placed on the ground to indicate
             six (6) foot lengths to provide for greater social distancing for individuals while in
  ● Individuals who have been identified, cleared through the medical screening, and are
    wearing proper face coverings, will be granted access to the building.
  ● Should a person fail the medical screening, specific procedures should be followed.
    Please reference the Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19 Case section for guidance.

​Social Distancing
   ● All individuals on Millbrook CSD premises must maintain social distancing and face
      covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.
   ● Proper social distancing is defined as a six (6) foot separation between individuals.
      When social distancing is practiced, such as in an isolated office or large meeting
      space, the individuals may remove their face covering. However, in common areas,
      such as hallways or restrooms, the face covering must be worn.
   ● Ensure six (6) foot distance between personnel, unless safety or core function of the
      work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time personnel are less than six (6) feet
      apart from one another, personnel must wear acceptable face coverings.
   ● Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all
      occupants are wearing face coverings. If an area is occupied by more than one
      person, keep occupancy under 50% of maximum capacity.
   ● Social distance separation will be using tape or signs that denote six (6) feet of
      spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g., clock in/out
      stations, health screening stations, reception areas).
   ● In-person gatherings will be limited as much as possible, and tele- or
      video-conferencing will be considered as options. Essential in-person gatherings, such

as meetings, will be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social
     distancing among participants.
   ● Designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries will be established, limiting contact to the
     extent possible.

Personal Hygiene
Hand washing - Students and staff must practice good hand hygiene to help reduce the
spread of COVID-19. We will provide training for proper hand hygiene.

   ● Hand hygiene includes:
        ○ Signage encouraging hand washing and correct techniques;
        ○ Traditional hand washing (with soap and warm water, lathering for a minimum
            of 20 seconds), which is the preferred method. This can be accomplished by
            singing or humming the happy birthday song twice;
        ○ Adequate facilities and supplies for hand washing including soap and water;
        ○ Use of paper towels or touch-free paper towel dispensers where feasible (hand
            dryers are ​not​ recommended as they can aerosolize germs);
        ○ Use of no-touch/foot pedal trash can where feasible;
        ○ Flexibility in the day to encourage frequent hand washing.
   ● Students and staff should wash hands as follows
        ○ Upon entering the building and classrooms;
        ○ After sharing objects or surfaces;
        ○ Before and after snacks and lunch;
        ○ After using the bathroom;
        ○ After helping a student with toileting;
        ○ After sneezing, wiping, or blowing nose or coughing into hands;
        ○ Anytime hands are visibly soiled;
        ○ When handwashing is not available use a hand sanitizer;
   ● Hand Sanitizer - At times when hand washing is not available students and staff may
     use a hand sanitizer. In order for the sanitizer to be effective it must contain a
     minimum of 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. It should be noted the sanitizers
     are flammable and students must be monitored and supervised when using these.
     Using hand sanitizers should include:
        ○ Signage should be placed near sanitizer dispensers indicating soiled hands
            should be washed with soap and water;
          ○   Placement of sanitizer dispensers should be located near entrances and throughout common

Visitor and Vendor Practices
No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on school campuses, except for the safety
and well-being of students. Parents/guardians will report to the front entrance and not go
beyond such front entrance unless it is necessary for the safety or well-being of their child.

They will be health-screened upon entry to the building. Essential visitors to facilities and
parent/guardian visitors will be required to wear face coverings and will have restricted
access to our school buildings.
   ● All visitors must be wearing proper face covering prior to entering any building and it
     must be worn at all times when a six (6) foot social distance cannot be maintained.
   ● All visitors check in for temperature screening and to fill out the COVID-19 CHECK-IN
     SCREENING which can be found by the ​questionnaire​ link.
   ● No visitor should enter a building unless necessary. All meetings should be held
     outside or via virtual meetings when possible.
   ● All visitors must sign in and out at the main entrance of each building stating their
     destination at that building for contact tracing. When possible, all visitors should be
     accompanied by a staff member.
   ● Should a visitor become ill while on campus, they must alert the staff member they are
     visiting to report the issue and then immediately seek medical attention.
   ● At the end of each day, the receptionist/designee must scan the sign-in/out documents
     and send them individually to: Each document
     must be named indicating the location and date, following this format:

   ● All vendors must be wearing proper face covering prior to entering any building and it
     must be worn at all times when six (6) foot social distance cannot be maintained.
   ● All vendors must check in for temperature screening and fill out the COVID-19
     CHECK-IN SCREENING which can be found by the ​questionnaire​ link.
   ● No vendor should enter a building unless necessary for completion of their job. All
     meetings should be held outside or via virtually when possible.
   ● All vendors must sign in and out at the main entrance of each building stating their
     destination at that building for contact tracing. When possible, all visitors should be
     accompanied by a staff member.
   ● Should a vendor become ill while on campus, they must alert the staff member they’re
     visiting to report the issue and then immediately seek medical attention.
   ● At the end of each day, the receptionist/designee must scan the sign-in/out documents
     and send them individually to: Each document
     must be named indicating the location and date, following this format:

Millbrook CSD will train all personnel on new protocols and frequently communicate safety
guidelines. Training on the precautions listed below will be conducted either remotely or in

person. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all participants if training is
conducted in person. Training material is designed to be easy to understand and available in
the appropriate language and literacy level for all workers.

Millbrook CSD will ensure all students are taught or trained how to follow new COVID-19
protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering
wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene. Additional training will be provided in:
    ● Prevention of disease spreads by staying home when they are sick.
    ● Proper respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
    ● Avoiding the use of communal objects. If communal objects must be used, provide
       information on proper disinfection procedures between use. Examples of communal
       objects include, but are not limited to, other workers’ phones, desks, offices,
       computers or other devices, other work tools and equipment.
    ● Provide employees and students with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19.
    ● Risk factors and protective behaviors (i.e., cough etiquette and care of PPE).

Training for Screeners
Millbrook CSD will identify individuals familiar with CDC, OSHA protocols, and DOH
guidelines in each building who will be a trained screener. Screeners will wear appropriate
employer-provided PPE, including at a minimum, a face covering, a face shield, and gloves. If
social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, PPE
should be used when within six (6) feet of a student.

Training Topics for all Staff and Substitutes
   ● Proper hand washing: proper hand hygiene. Promote frequent and thorough hand
      washing by providing employees, the school community, and visitors with a place to
      wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide
      alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.
      Provide      training  on     proper    handwashing   and    hand    sanitizer    use
          ○ Hand washing video
   ● Proper cough and sneeze etiquette
   ● Social Distancing
          ○ Provide training for faculty/staff on how to address close contact interactions
              with students as part of every day job tasks.
   ● Operating procedures (various by building)
         ○ Entrance into the building
         ○ Cleaning procedures

○ Sick child pick up
      ○ Staff who are sick or suspected to be sick
● Proper cleaning techniques
      ○ Cleaning and disinfecting
● Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces,
  Businesses, Schools, and Homes
● Hazard Communication – Right-To-Know
      ○ Proper use of chemicals and Safety Data sheets
      ○ No chemicals from home
      ○ Transfer of hand sanitizer in smaller containers
      ○ List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
● Exposure Control Plan – with a focus on Pandemic/COVID-19
● Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
      ○ Update Hazard Assessment and PPE Selection Worksheet for all identified
      ○ Proper type, use, and size
      ○ Cleaning and sanitizing of the face covering (if applicable)
      ○ Provide training for staff and students on wearing, putting on, removing and
          discarding PPE, including in the context of their current and potential duties
● Use of face coverings (donning/doffing) (cloth vs. surgical)
      ○ ​Face coverings don/doff video
● Respirator Protection (N95 - required for identified employees per NYS where
  available; if not available surgical masks and face shields must be used, at a
      ○ Inclusive into your existing Respirator Protection Program or can be a separate
          Respirator Protection Program for medical staff only

○ Training provided for identified personnel only

Signs and Messages
S​igns will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms) that
promote everyday protective measures ​and describe how to ​stop the spread of germs (such
as by​ ​properly washing hands​ and​ ​properly wearing a cloth face cover​).

When Students Eat in Classrooms
  ● Train teachers on food allergies, including symptoms of allergic reactions to food.
  ● Train all non-food service staff on any meal service-related activities they will be responsible

Space Design and Capacities
General Office Area
  ● Where applicable all small spaces will be limited to one (1) individual at a time.
  ● Additional protective barriers such as polycarbonate screens or strip curtains will be
     utilized to create a physical separation without hindrance to egress or airflow.
  ● Workstations will be reconfigured so that employees do not face each other, or
     establish partitions if facing each other cannot be avoided
  ● Face coverings should be worn in these multiple use office settings.
  ● Additional breaks may be allotted to allow individuals time to leave the space to
     remove their masks, if necessary. Specific determination of these conditions will be
     determined by the individual’s program supervisor.
  ● Where possible the District will establish additional shifts to reduce the number of
     employees in the worksite at one time
  ● Will stagger shift start and end times greater than normal when possible (while still
     ensuring safe operations), to eliminate employees from congregating during the shift
     change-over, and from overcrowding at entrances and exits
  ● Will reduce tasks requiring large amounts of people to be in one area
  ● Employees may be encouraged to use virtual meeting tools, including phone and
     virtual teleconference, in lieu of in-person meetings, whenever possible
  ● If in-person meetings are essential, consider limiting meetings to 10 people or less

      depending on local, state, and federal guidelines.

Conference Rooms
  ● In-person gatherings will be limited as much as possible, and tele- or
     video-conferencing will be considered as options. Essential in-person gatherings, such
     as meetings, will be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social
     distancing among participants
  ● If meetings are to occur in person, they will be conducted in a quick manner
  ● Social distancing among participants will be required
  ● Lingering and socializing before and after meetings should be discouraged

Break Rooms and Lunch Rooms
   ● Breakroom use will be permitted when consuming food or drink can occur with a
      minimum of 6 feet of separation.
   ● Staff are advised to take their lunch and breaks in their private offices or classrooms;
      in their vehicles or outside at the picnic table throughout the campus.
   ● Staggered break schedules may be utilized to assist with separation concerns.
   ● If staff wish to take breaks together they must do such in a large space or outside,
      where at minimum 6ft. of separation can occur.
   ● Amenities that are handled with high contact frequency, such as water coolers, coffee
      makers, and bulk snacks may be replaced with alternatives where possible.
   ● Communal meals will not be provided to employees, and food will not be available in
      common areas where employees may congregate.

Copier Rooms/Areas
  ● Congregating in copier rooms/areas should be avoided so as to maintain social
      distancing to the maximum extent possible.
  ● Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be provided at copier stations.
  ● Staff are encouraged to wipe down touch surfaces post and prior use in addition to
      practicing proper hand hygiene.

   ● One adult in an elevator at a time.
   ● Personnel must wear acceptable face coverings when in common use areas.
   ● Elevators will be frequently disinfected.

   ● All restrooms regardless of size will be limited to two people at a time, practicing social
      distancing and wearing masks.
   ● Individuals must knock before entering to ensure there are no more than two others
   ● In special circumstances where a student must be assisted in the use of the lavatory,
      the adult present must be wearing all applicable personal protective equipment

including a face covering and when medically applicable, the student will be wearing a
     proper face covering as well.
   ● Signage will be posted on entry indicating no more than two occupants at a time.
   ● Touchless water fixtures will be considered for installation.

   ● Where feasible hallway traffic may be limited to single flow direction.
   ● Where single flow is not feasible, bi-direction traffic will be permitted.
   ● Directional flow will be identified by indications on the floor/stairs
   ● Adequate distancing will be obtained between all individuals by taped off lanes on the
      corridor floors/ stair treads.
   ● All individuals must also allow for adequate space between when traveling in the same

   ● Occupancy in each classroom will be specific and determined based off of the overall
      square footage of the space.
   ● Each student, teacher and support staff will receive a minimum of 6 feet of separation
      from others, unless safety and/or core activities require a closer distance in which
      event masks must be worn.
   ● Additional considerations will be taken into account for space utilized for classrooms
      and teaching material.
   ● Overall class sizes will be reduced to accommodate all safety parameters.
   ● Students, teachers and support staff will be required to wear a proper face covering
      (unless the face covering cannot be medically tolerated).
   ● Where possible special teachers and PPS staff will travel to the classroom to provide
   ● Reduce items in the classroom to essential items only.
          ○ Remove any unnecessary furniture.
          ○ Remove any soft surfaces that are difficult to disinfect such as:
                 ■ Area rugs
                 ■ Soft fabric chairs

Nurse Stations
  ● All students and staff are required to wear appropriate face coverings.
         ○ N95 Respirator use for nurses should be limited to situations of suspected
         ○ Nurses must receive proper training and fitment of N95 Respirators prior to use.
         ○ When N95 Respirators are not used, at a minimum, surgical face masks and
            face shields shall be used.
  ● Where applicable, nurse stations have been reconfigured to:

○ Maintain social distancing at minimum of 6 feet of separation.
         ○ Create “sick” and “well” zones.
                ■ Students that receive daily medication should be treated separately from
                  students presenting with symptoms of illness.
                ■ Nebulizer treatments should be conducted in a separate isolated space
                  with adequate fresh air circulation.
         ○ Physical separation will be achieved by utilizing:
                ■ Individual exam rooms
                ■ Retractable dividing curtain walls.
   ● Isolation Room(s)
         ○ Individuals presenting with symptoms representative of COVID-19 should be
             immediately isolated to reduce risk of transmission.
         ○ A separate room will be utilized where applicable.
         ○ Reference the Isolation Room(s) section for additional information​.

Isolation Rooms
   ● Where applicable, separate, independent room(s) with a door in close proximity to the
       exterior will be utilized for quarantining individuals who present with symptoms
       representative of COVID-19.
   ● Where excess space is not available, nurses’ stations will be equipped with dividing
       curtains allowing for both a physical divide and at minimum 6 feet of separation.
   ● Two nurses’ rooms per building have been identified in each building, one as an
       isolation room and one as a room to treat minor, non-contagious issues.

Millbrook CSD Isolation Rooms:

   ●   High School - Room 102C
   ●   Middle School - 43A
   ●   Alden Place - Room 87
   ●   Elm Drive - Room 1

Security Vestibule/Reception Areas
Check-in stations will remain at all entrances of each building, where currently existing.
  ● Where a multi-entrance design is used, additional check-in posts will be instituted.
  ● They will serve as the primary location for accounting for all individuals entering and
      exiting the building.
  ● All appropriate PPE will be provided to any person supervising the entry locations, if
  ● Floor demarcations will be installed to indicate where visitors shall stand to maintain
      social distance.
  ● Reception areas have had seating removed or adequately spaced to provide at
      minimum of 6 feet of separation.

● Frequently touched materials such as magazines will be removed.

​Computer Labs
   ● The use of shared space and equipment use will be limited where feasible.
   ● Blocks of computers will be sectioned off to ensure social distancing is maintained.
   ● Tables of computers will be reconfigured so as to not face each other or a
     polycarbonate barrier will be installed to create a physical barrier.
   ● Cleaning and disinfection of computer labs and keyboards will occur between cohorts
     of students or individual students, as applicable.
         ○ Keyboards should be wiped and disinfected before each use.
         ○ Keyboard covers may be utilized to aid in the cleaning and disinfection process.
   ● Students should be instructed to wash or sanitize hands prior to and after touching the
     keyboards along with other frequently touched surfaces and to avoid any touching of
     their faces to the maximum extent possible to mitigate against the transmission of

Library Spaces
   ● Remove all soft covered surfaces that cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected.
          ○ Bean bag chairs
          ○ Upholstered couches or chairs
          ○ Area rugs
   ● Reconfigure space to ensure social distancing.
          ○ Tables will be limited to one individual at a time where applicable.
                 ■ Polycarbonate barriers may be installed to create a physical barrier.
          ○ Desks should be arranged so as to not face each other.
          ○ Small reading nook use should be discontinued unless:
                 ■ limited to one person at a time.
                 ■ Cleaned and disinfected routinely
   ● Borrowing of materials such as books may need to be discontinued if adequate
      disinfection cannot be achieved.
   ● Create directional traffic flow patterns between bookcases to ensure social distancing

Engineering Controls
  ● Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available in each entry, in corridors, and each
  ● Restrooms
         ○ Limited to two occupants at a time.
         ○ Touchless soap dispensers will be considered for installation.
         ○ Touchless paper towels dispensers have been installed
         ○ Touchless faucets will be considered for installation in bathroom spaces

■ Areas where old style fixtures exist- they will be considered for
          ○ Entry doors to gang bathrooms will be left open where applicable to reduce the
              need to handle
   ●   Vestibules/Reception Areas
          ○ Polycarbonate barriers will be installed to provide protection for Millbrook CSD
              staff and visiting individuals.
                  ■ Barriers have been designed in accordance with New York State Fire
   ●   Water Fountains
          ○ As required by New York State Code a potable water supply will be provided
              per 150 occupants, but not less than one source per floor.
          ○ To reduce cross-contamination the bubbler/drink spout will be removed or
          ○ Automatic/touchless bottle filling equipment is installed in place of the drink
          ○ Additional bottle filler stations will be installed where possible.
          ○ These appliances will be routinely cleaned and disinfected as described in the
              Cleaning and Disinfection Section.
   ●   Floor Demarcations
          ○ All entrances or areas of static wait have floor signage installed allotting for a
              minimum of six (6) feet of separation between all individuals
          ○ All corridor floors and stairway treading will be fitted with stripping to indicate
              directional traffic flow and social distancing.
   ●   Corridor doors will all be affixed open using electromagnetic hold-open devices to
       minimize the need to touch doors.
   ●   Temperature screening equipment, as needed
   ●   Medical isolation tents, as needed

Millbrook CSD will ensure sufficient ventilation and fresh air to all spaces of occupancy by
means of:
    ● Modifications to the Building Management Systems to allow fresh air dampers to
       introduce more outside air.
    ● Air handling systems have been inspected for function with higher MERV rated filters.
           ○ Where applicable, filters will be exchanged for MERV ratings ranging from
    ● Spaces where fresh air is limited due to original building systems, fresh air will be
       introduced through open windows and doors.
           ○ Fan motors speeds have been increased where applicable to ensure volume
              and flow of 15 cfm minimum.

● More frequent maintenance and inspection of the systems will occur to mitigate extra
     strain on systems.
   ● Filter replacement schedules will be more frequent, in accordance with the instructions
     for the specific filters installed in the respective locations.

Cleaning and Disinfection
The Millbrook CSD will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection
requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and
Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD”
poster, as applicable. Cleaning and disinfection logs will be maintained that include the date,
time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

Examples of facility types where cleaning and disinfection frequency will be distinguished
    ● Bathrooms
    ● Athletic training rooms, locker rooms
    ● Health offices, isolation rooms
    ● Administrative offices (main office, reception area)
    ● Frequently touched surfaces in common areas (door handles, elevator buttons, copy
       machine keypads, etc.)
    ● Breakrooms
    ● Cafeterias/Kitchens
    ● Computer labs
    ● Science labs
    ● Classrooms
    ● Maintenance offices and work areas
    ● Bus Garage
    ● Buses, school vehicles
    ● Libraries
    ● Large meeting areas (auditoriums, gymnasiums, music rooms)
    ● Playgrounds (cleaning only)
    ● Outdoor seating areas (plastic or metal)

Students, faculty, and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and such
information will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians on ways to reinforce this at

The district will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the school, as follows:
   ● For handwashing: soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.
   ● For hand sanitizing: an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
      for areas where handwashing facilities may not be available or practical.

● Accommodations for students who cannot use hand sanitizer will be made.

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning
and disinfection for high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. This will include desks and
cafeteria tables, which should be cleaned and disinfected between each individual’s use.
Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more
frequently as needed.

The district will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms should be
cleaned and disinfected more often depending on frequency of use.

For more information about how cleaning and disinfection information will be communicated
to students, families and staff members, visit the ​Re-Entry Plan website​.

Disinfectants must be ​products that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-Cov-2​, the virus
that causes COVID-19, and be appropriate for the surface.

Suspected or Confirmed COVID Cases
  ● Emergency Response - Students and staff with symptoms of illness will be sent to the
     health office. A school nurse (Registered Professional Nurse, RN) is available to
     assess individuals as chronic conditions such as asthma and allergies or chronic
     gastrointestinal conditions may present the same symptoms as COVID-19, but are
     neither contagious nor pose a public health threat. Proper PPE will be required
     anytime a nurse may be in contact with a potential COVID-19 patient
  ● Isolation - Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the
     parent/guardian will be isolated in a room or area separate from others, with a
     supervising adult present utilizing appropriate PPE. Multiple students suspected of
     COVID-19 may also be in this isolation room if they can be separated by at least 6
     feet. If they cannot be isolated in a separate room from others, facemasks (e.g., cloth
     or surgical mask) will be provided to the student if the ill person can tolerate wearing it
     and does not have difficulty breathing, to prevent the possible transmission of the virus
     to others while waiting for transportation home. Students should be escorted from the
     isolation area to the parent/guardian. The parent or guardian will be instructed to call
     their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up
     with a local clinic or urgent care center; Other considerations include:
         ○ Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using these areas until after
             cleaning and disinfection has occurred;
         ○ Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area
         ○ Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is
             not feasible, wait as long as possible;

○ Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to
            have COVID-19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common
        ○ Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected it can be
            reopened for use.
        ○ Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or
            confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school
            activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection.
   ● Notification - the NYS and local health departments will be notified immediately upon
     being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in
     school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Return to School after Illness
The Millbrook CSD has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local
health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly
students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning
environment at school consistent with CDC Guidelines. This protocol includes:

   ● Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation
   ● Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result
   ● Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation

The district will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning
to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for
faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with

The district requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete
quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The
discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in
coordination with the local health department.

COVID - 19 Testing
The Millbrook CSD will comply with CDC guidance and not conduct COVID-19 testing or
require testing or antibody testing of students or staff members. The decision of whether a
test needs to be conducted will be determined by a healthcare provider or the local
department of health. In addition, the Millbrook CSD will collaborate with the Dutchess
County Department of Behavioral and Community Health and recommends their ​testing

Testing is readily available in our community. Students, staff, or visitors requiring
COVID-19 testing should contact their health provider, a local urgent care, federally
qualified health center or visit the NYSDOH website to locate a nearby testing facility​.

Dutchess County Department of Health / Millbrook CSD - ​COVID-19 Testing ​Procedure

COVID-19 remains a serious public health threat to the residents of Dutchess County, NY.
Recently, the Governor of New York State has approved that both public and private K-12
schools will be able to open for the upcoming school year and was given guidance
documents to develop plans to safely re-open with many COVID-19 mitigations. One of those
mitigations is to have a plan for COVID-19 testing for individuals in a school setting.
Information about testing in Dutchess County is described below.

Symptoms of COVID-19 ​Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and
include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or
body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose,
nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Types of COVID-19 tests ​There are two different types of tests – diagnostic tests and
antibody tests.

   ● A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take
     steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. Currently there are two types of
     diagnostic tests which detect the virus – molecular tests, such as RT-PCR tests, that
     detect the virus’s genetic material, and antigen tests that detect specific proteins on
     the surface of the virus.
   ● An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in
     response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections.
     Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection and
     may stay in your blood for several weeks or more after recovery. Because of this,
     antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection. At this
     time researchers do not know if the presence of antibodies means that you are
     immune to the coronavirus in the future.

How to be Tested for COVID-19

 1. Contact your primary care physician to receive a prescription to visiting a testing site; or

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