Face coverings, PPE and social distancing
UPDATE: As of June 7, 2021, the Governor announced masks are no longer required on school property for outdoor activities. Effective immediately, the Mayfield Central School District is lifting the mask requirement for outdoor activities. We anticipate this will positively impact remaining athletic events, physical education, recess, outdoor class activities and end-of-year events and outdoor celebrations including graduation. During the current extreme heat, schools will continue to provide extended mask breaks in class while students are seated and physically distanced among other measures to keep the classrooms as cool as possible. The Mayfield Central School District will continue to review any regulations provided by the state and act in accordance with these requirements as needed.
- The district has created new COVID-19 protocols to address hand-hygiene, wearing proper face covering, social distancing, respiratory hygiene.
- All employees, visitors, and students are required to wear appropriate face coverings per CDC/DOH guidelines when social distancing cannot be maintained. This will be posted on all entry doors to the buildings.
- Disposable masks will be available to students to supplement the cloth masks provided by the parent/guardian.
- Disposable masks will be available to all employees.
- The District will purchase cloth face coverings and PPE for school staff and students who do not have them. School health care professionals will distribute these in the buildings. Teachers will have extra facemasks in their respective classrooms, if a student does not have their face mask immediately available.
- To ensure the district maintains an adequate supply, we have consulted with HFM BOCES and Fulton County Public Health Department to assist us. The District referred to the calculation tools from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to determine the number of masks or face coverings needed, along with other Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and face shields.
If the physical or mental health condition prohibits a student or employee from wearing a mask, they will be offered the opportunity to learn virtually.
Face shields are not acceptable as the sole means for face coverings. The DOH does specifically states that face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or source control against COVID-19 and should not be used.
- Gloves will be provided to employees who will be in high-intensity contact with students or handling waste materials.
- All students will be required to utilize a face mask during the duration of all fire drills and/or lockdown drills. When student safety is achieved, students would then return to their socially distant spaces and be able to remove their face mask, if needed.
- Students and staff will maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible and wear appropriate face coverings per CDC/DOH guidelines at all times. Mask breaks will be provided throughout the day at the teachers’ discretion.
- Remote instruction will be available to all high-risk students or students with family members who are considered high risk.
- N-95 Masks will be offered to vulnerable staff members who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
Education of students and staff
- The district will ensure that all students are trained on new COVID-19 protocols safely and accurately. Students and staff will be required to watch instructional videos on correct hand-washing and respiratory hygiene.
- Flyers will be posted throughout the school on hand-washing and respiratory hygiene, and students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently and to maintain social distancing.
- Information and videos will be available via the district website, as well as the CDC and Department of Health recommendations.
Mayfield Central School District’s COVID-19’s Safety Coordinator will be Matthew Lewis, whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the District’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. Questions should be directed to him at at 518-661-8222 or by email at email@example.com.
Students and staff will have daily temperature screenings administered before or upon arrival. Daily screening questionnaires will be administered to staff and weekly to students. These questionnaires will be in accordance with NYS guidelines.
Any person visiting the school will be required to submit a questionnaire and temperature check upon arrival to the building.
- Staff will be required to electronically answer the screening form listed below daily. If they do not meet the minimum requirements, they will be denied access to the building.
- Students will be required to submit the health screening through an online form on a weekly basis.
The screening asks the following:
- Do you currently have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:
— 100.0+ degree temperature
— shortness of breath
— sore throat
— new loss of smell or taste
- Are you under mandatory or precautionary quarantine for COVID-19?
- In the last 14 days, have you participated in a mass gathering (100 or more people)?
- In the last 14 days, have you traveled to any of the designated hot-spot states
- In the last 14 days, have you come into close contact with another person known to be positive or a person who is awaiting test results for COVID-19?
- Students and staff feeling ill, will be assessed by the school nurse for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will be sent home for the following: a temperature greater than 100.0 F (thermal scan) with referral to their medical provider; for complaint of shortness of breath, cough, and oxygen saturation of 90% or below, and will be referred to the ER for further evaluation per medical director guidance.
- Students and staff exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent directly to the designated isolation area, students will be supervised while awaiting transportation home.
- Staff will be trained to observe signs and symptoms of illness and when necessary, will send students to the appropriate personnel and designated area.
- The district nurses and counseling staff, in conjunction with administration, will present information on the safety protocols, PPE and mental health assistance during the Superintendent’s Conference Day morning presentation.
- Students who display COVID-19 symptoms will remain in an isolation room, adjacent to the school nurse’s office, until his or her parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student. They will then exit the building from the closest exit, from the adjacent room, limiting exposure to other students or staff. The person picking the child up will wait in their vehicle in front of the school, and a staff member will walk the child to the family member. Students and staff will be required to follow appropriate CDC guidelines of those returning to education, after the exhibition of COVID symptoms.
- Students who display COVID-19 symptoms will remain in an isolated section of the school nurse’s office, until his or her parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student. They will then exit the building from the nurses office, when the office and hallway are clear, limiting exposure to other students and staff. The person picking the child up will wait in their vehicle in front of the school, and a staff member will walk the child to the family member. Students and staff will be required to follow appropriate CDC guidelines of those returning to education, after the exhibition of COVID-19 symptoms. If the student drives to school themselves, a parent/guardian will be contacted and permission will be sought for the student to drive herself/himself home.
If a student or employee is symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), they will be sent home immediately. Students will have to isolate in the school building until they can be picked up from school.
The student or employee must then seek medical attention and must have a note from a medical provider, a negative COVID-19 test, and a resolution of symptoms before returning to school.
In the event that large-scale testing may need to be conducted at the school, the district administration will consult with the school physician or the county health department in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health to identify potential provider(s) to develop testing protocols and/or procedures.
In accordance with DOH guidelines, a student or employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for a minimum of 10 days from the start of symptoms. The student or employee must be three days without a fever, without use of antipyretic (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) and have progressive improvement in symptoms before returning.
In the case of a positive COVID-19 test, the local health department will contact the student, parent or employee to perform the case investigation and contact tracing.
The following Department of Health flowcharts can assist families in navigating the protocols:
- Can my child go to school today?
- Can I go to work at the school today?
- When can my child return to school after having COVID-19 symptoms?
- When can a district staff member return to work in the school after having COVID-19 symptoms?
Reporting to the state dashboard
- In the event of a positive case in the school community, Mayfield CSD will follow all directives from the Fulton County Health Department.
- Coordination between the local health department and school is an integral part of mitigating COVID-19. Both are committed to coordinating all activities necessary to ensure the health of students, staff and the community.
- The county health department will conduct case investigations of individuals with confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Contact tracing follows case investigations and is a process to identify, monitor and support individuals who may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
- If a COVID-19 case is identified, the county health department will contact the school and request assistance from the school to identify potential contacts. The school district will do its part in contact tracing by providing attendance records and schedules of students and staff members. The main offices at both the elementary school and the junior/senior high school will keep a log of any visitors which includes date, time and location visited. In addition, the Mayfield Central School District Office will keep a log of any visitors which includes date, time and location visited.
In addition to regular daily attendance being taken, a daily log of all students riding the bus, migration sheets from classrooms and a log of all service providers entering each classroom will be maintained for contact tracing purposes should the need arise.
The district will protect private information of staff and students while assisting and cooperating with any contact tracing efforts.
Contact tracing begins 48 hours prior to the start of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test for an asymptomatic person. All persons who were within 6 feet of the person who tested positive for more than 10 minutes during that time frame will be quarantined for 14 days, monitored for symptoms and tested.
The local health department will notify the school for collaboration with contract tracing. Those who came in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be referred to local testing sites and can return to school after the 14-day quarantine period.
According to health department, case investigators and contact tracers will:
- Identify potential contacts through an interview of the person (or parent/guardian for children) with COVID-19 and school personnel.
- The positive person (or parent/guardian for children) is interviewed by county health department staff, who elicit information about the person’s illness, determine when they may have become infectious and determine other people who might have been exposed. Those potentially exposed individuals (or a parent/guardian) are then interviewed; persons who are determined to be close contacts are referred for testing and advised to quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure. For both cases and close contacts, public health staff will monitor their health status and compliance with disease control measures and connect them to local resources as necessary.
- The health department will need information about different areas within the school and who was in the area at a given time or locating information for identified children or staff associated with the facility. Health department staff may need to interview teachers, school staff, bus drivers, students, etc.
- Alert contacts of their exposure, assess their symptoms and risk, and provide instructions for next steps. The named contacts will be told of their potential exposure to COVID-19, but the person to whom they were exposed will not be named.
- Link those with symptoms to testing and care.
- Available testing sites, site operators, testing criteria, location and hours can be found here.
In the event of a positive case of COVID-19 within the district, a notification will be sent immediately using all existing communications platforms, including the Mayfield CSD website and parent communication tools, including voice messages, texts and email.
Mayfield Central School District will be notified by the Fulton County Department of Health if COVID-19 cases are increasing beyond an acceptable level. Parents and caregivers will be notified by the school’s BlackBoard Connect system if schools will be shut down.
Management of ill persons
- Parents will be informed of current CDC and Department of Health guidelines that require their children to stay at home. These include, but are not limited to, temperature of 100.0F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or other signs of respiratory illness. If you have concerns, additional guidance can be found here.
- Anyone who has a temperature greater than 100.0°F will be denied entry into the school buildings or sent to a dedicated area where they will sit until they are picked up. If the student drives themselves, a parent/guardian will be contacted and permission will be sought for the student to drive herself/himself home.
- Students and staff feeling ill, will be assessed by the school nurse, if available, for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will be sent home for the following: a temperature greater than 100.0 F (thermal scan) with a referral to their medical provider; complaint of shortness of breath, cough, and oxygen saturation of 90 % or below, and will be referred to the ER for further evaluation per medical director guidance.
- Schools will comply and participate in the state’s contact tracing program.
- Students/staff will comply with DOH and CDC guidelines for return to school/work following a positive COVID-19 screening, illness or diagnosis of a confirmed case of COVID-19, following quarantine and/or confirmed exposure to COVID-19.
Per NYS website: Stay home when sick. Students or staff with illness should stay home in accordance with Education Law § 906(1): whenever…a student in the public schools shows symptoms of any communicable or infectious disease reportable under the public health law that imposes a significant risk of infection of others in the school, he or she shall be excluded from the school and sent home immediately, in a safe and proper conveyance. The director of school health services shall immediately notify a local public health agency of any disease reportable under the public health law. In addition, effective February 1, 2020, the 2019-Novel Coronavirus was added to Public Health Law as a significant threat to the public health, and NYS Commissioner of Health designated 2019-Novel Coronavirus as a communicable disease under 10 NYCRR Section 2.1 (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc/aboutcharterschools/lawsandregs/covid19.pdf).
School Nurses: “For HCP with severe to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised1, the recommended duration for work exclusion was extended to 20 days after symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic severely immunocompromised1 HCP, 20 days after their initial positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test)” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html)
- Students who display COVID-19 symptoms will remain in an isolation room, adjacent to the school nurse’s office, until his or her parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student. They will then exit the building from the closest exit, from the adjacent room, limiting exposure to other students or staff. Parents will wait in their vehicle in front of the school. Students and staff will be required to follow appropriate CDC guidelines of those returning to education, after the exhibition of COVID symptoms.
Jr./Sr. High School
- Students who display COVID-19 symptoms will remain in an isolated section of the school nurse’s office, until his or her parent/guardian arrives to pick up the student. They will then exit the building from the nurses office, when the office and hallway are clear, limiting exposure to other students and staff. Parents will wait in their vehicle in front of the school. Students and staff will be required to follow appropriate CDC guidelines of those returning to education, after the exhibition of COVID symptoms.
The district will share protocols and safety measures taken by the school with all relevant parties including parents/legal guardians, faculty, staff, students and the local community.
- During the Superintendent’s Conference Day, videos that educate teachers and staff about safety protocols, mental health and PPE will be shown
- A parent’s page, located on our website, will provide videos on safety, mental health and PPE usage as well as provide educational videos on supporting students.
- Emails will also go out to parents on an as-needed basis.
- The District will utilize BlackBoard Connect on an as-needed basis.
- During the student’s first day of school, videos that educate students about safety protocols, mental health and PPE will be shown
Jr./Sr. High School
- During the student’s first day of school, videos that educate students about safety protocols, mental health and PPE will be shown
Symptom checker for Hard of hearing/deaf: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/13104.pdf
For adults: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neUTmGOLJys
Elementary age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T98gqC-yanU
Social distancing, wearing a mask, handwashing, stay home when sick, cleaning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-zhhSQDD1U
Mask wearing and care for adults, high school, older elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfk9qTmamTg
Why wear a mask for young students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLO1GNXKmNE