Health and Safety

Face coverings, PPE and social distancing

  • 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 a shield or the opportunity to learn virtually.  
  • 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 when social distancing is not possible. 

Vulnerable Populations

  • 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 lewis.matthew@mayfieldcsd.org.

Health screenings

Students and staff will have daily temperature screenings administered before or upon arrival. Daily screening questionnaires will be administered to staff and periodically 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. 

District level:

  • 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 screening on bi-weekly basis.

The screening asks the following:

  1. Do you currently have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: 
    — 100.0+ degree temperature
    — cough
    — shortness of breath
    — chills
    — sore throat
    — new loss of smell or taste
    — nausea/vomiting/diarrhea 
  2. Are you under mandatory or precautionary quarantine for COVID-19?
  3.  In the last 14 days, have you participated in a mass gathering (100 or more people)?
  4. In the last 14 days, have you traveled to any of the designated hot-spot states
  5. 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.

      Elementary School

      • 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. 

      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. 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. 

      Testing Protocols/Exposure

      • Mayfield Central School District will comply with DOH guidelines when informed of a positive COVID-19 test among a staff member or student.
      • Students/staff will comply with DOH and CDC guidelines for return to school/work following a positive COVID 19 Screen, illness or diagnosis of a confirmed case of COVID-19, following quarantine and/or confirmed exposure to COVID-19 in coordination with the local health department.
      • Individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus will be required to follow appropriate local DOH guidelines before returning to in-person learning. Discharge from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.
      • Available testing sites, site operators, testing criteria, location and hours can be found here. 
      • 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.  
      • 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)

      Elementary School

      • 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.

      Contact Tracing

      District level

      • In the event that a positive COVID-19 test is revealed, the Department of Health will contact the school. The school will be doing their part in contact tracing by providing attendance records and schedules of students and staff members. In addition, the Mayfield Central School District Office will keep a log of any visitors which includes date, time and location visited.

      Elementary School

      • The main office will keep a log of any visitors which includes date, time and location visited.

       Jr./Sr. High School

      • The main office will keep a log of any visitors which includes date, time and location visited.

       Communication 

      Plans to share protocols and safety measures taken by the school with all relevant parties including parents/legal guardians, faculty, staff, students and the local community.

      District level

      • 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.

      Elementary School

      • 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

      Educational/training resources: 

      Symptom checker for Hard of hearing/deaf: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/13104.pdf

      Facecoverings: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/05/13105_covid-19_facemasks_flyer_050420.pdf 

      Symptoms:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf

      Posters:

      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/Young_Mitigation_recommendations_and_resources_toolkit_03_HS.pdf  

      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread_poster.pdf

      Videos:

      Handwashing:

      For adults: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neUTmGOLJys

      Elementary age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T98gqC-yanU

      Any Age: https://jr.brainpop.com/health/bewell/washinghands/

      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

      Coronavirus: How to Teach Kids About COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoXxmzKdick