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Updated Information on School Reopening
Superintendent Roland Doig's August 10 message with important links
Click here for a July 28 message from the Superintendent
Click here for the district reopening plan
Click here for Remote Learning, Testing and Contact Tracing
Parents - we are extending our PARENT/GUARDIAN LEARNING CHOICE SURVEY to gather your input on your child's learning to begin the school year. You now have until Monday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m. to complete the survey. Your opinion is extremely important to us and we thank you for taking the time to participate.
 

SVCSD In-Person Education Protocols for Health and Safety

Prior to arriving to school or boarding a bus:
Students:
• Will answer a screening questionnaire to ensure that they have not:
o 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 has shown symptoms of COVID-19.
o Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
o Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100°F in the past 14 days, and/or
o Has travelled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
 
• Will have completed a health check performed by a parent/guardian to ensure no symptoms of COVID-19 including: a fever of 100°F or greater, 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/or diarrhea. 
• Students will be seated in assigned seats on their bus, and be seated from the back to the front of the bus. Students must wear masks* on the bus, unless otherwise noted in these protocols. 
 
Staff:
• Will answer a screening questionnaire to ensure that they have not:
o 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 has shown symptoms of COVID-19.
o Tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
o Has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100°F in the past 14 days, and/or
o Has travelled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.
 
• Will have completed a health check to ensure no symptoms of COVID-19 including: a fever of 100 °F or greater, 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/or diarrhea. 
 
Upon arrival to the school building: 
Students:
• Who arrive by bus will disembark from the front to the back of the bus and proceed to the school entrance. 
• Will pass through a thermal scanner to ensure a temperature below 100°F. Any student with a temperature of 100°F or higher will immediately be escorted to the building’s isolation room to await pick up by a parent or guardian. 
• Will proceed directly to the area they are assigned. Students will not gather or linger in hallways or other common areas. Students may proceed to a breakfast line where they can purchase breakfast and be seated in the cafeteria where social distancing will be maintained.
 
Staff/Visitors:
  • Will pass through a thermal scanner to ensure a temperature below 100°F. Any staff member or visitor with a temperature 100°F or higher will immediately be denied access to the building. 

While in the school building:
Students:

• Will wear a mask* at all times they are not seated in their instructional space where they are socially distanced from others. 
• In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 will remain in their classrooms for all instruction with the exception of Physical Education; students will eat lunch in the cafeteria area while socially distanced; students will have recess time built into their daily schedule. 
• In grades 9-12 will move from classroom to classroom for instruction. All student hallway traffic will be one-directional as indicated by hallway signage 
• Will be continually instructed regarding practices of proper hand and respiratory hygiene.

Staff:

• Will wear a mask at all times they are not seated in their instructional space where they are socially distanced from others. 
• Will be continually instructed regarding practices of proper hand and respiratory hygiene. 

Management of Ill Persons

• Any student or staff exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness will be immediately sent to the school nurse where further evaluation will take place. 
• Schools will continue to follow Education Law § 906. 
• Staff suspected of having COVID-19 will be sent home to seek medical consultation immediately. 
• Students suspected of having COVID-19 will be sent to an isolation area where they will await transport home by a parent or guardian. 
• Areas used by a sick person will be closed off and not used until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred. 
• Outside doors and windows will be opened to increase air circulation in the area. 
• All areas used by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected. 
• Once areas have been appropriately cleaned and disinfected, they will be reopened for use. 

Returning to School After Illness

• Schools will follow CDC guidance for allowing a student or staff member to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. If a person is not diagnosed by a healthcare provider with COVID-19 they can return to school:

o once there is no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours; 
o if they have been diagnosed with another condition and has a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.

• If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:

o it has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms; 
o it has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); and 
o it has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath. 

*Protocols Specific to Cloth Face Coverings: 

• Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment. All individuals in school facilities and on school grounds must be prepared to put on a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance. All students and staff members must wear cloth face coverings:

o whenever they are within 6 feet of someone; 
o in hallways; 
o in restrooms; and 
o in other congregate settings, including buses.

• Schools will provide acceptable face covering to employees (and students if they forget their own) and have an adequate supply in case of need for replacement per Executive Order 202.16. Employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering cannot be required to do so. 
• Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school, so scheduling mask breaks is important. Face coverings should not be placed on:

o Children younger than 2 years old; 
o Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction; 
o Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious; or 
o Anyone who is incapacitated or other unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
 

Susquehanna Valley Central School District - 1040 Conklin Rd. Conklin, New York 13748 - (607) 775-0170

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