COVID-19 Information

Safety Protocols

Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.

Your Responsibilities While in the Building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Face coverings: Face coverings are a proven effective tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a necessary component for school reopening and for ensuring the safety of students and staff. As face coverings contribute to slowing the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings will be required inside PS 377 at all times except while eating or drinking.
  • Hand washing: There will be increased access and regular opportunities for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • Social Distancing: PS 377 will comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. Signage has been posted, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance.
  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Capacity: PS 377 will operate at significantly reduced capacity for in-person instruction, with, on average, between half and one third of the student population attending at one time.
  • Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizing dispensers were installed throughout co-located spaces and high traffic areas.
  • Wellness Barriers: Wellness Barriers were placed in the general office, and at the main desk.
  • Social Distancing: PS 377 will comply with the COVID-19 health and safety protocols including maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing. Signage has been posted, including but not limited to signs to remind individuals to remain six feet apart, signs to support appropriate movement protocols, and floor markers that show six feet in distance.
  • Sanitizing the School Building: Custodians will sanitize school building on a nightly basis with an electrostatic sprayer that is CDC approved. Cleaning and disinfection will include all high touch surfaces: classrooms, desks & chairs, conference tables, drinking fountains, door handles and push plates, conference tables, light switches, restroom fixtures, partitions and hardware, buttons on hardware, buttons on vending machines, elevator buttons, gym padding, and physical therapy equipment.
  • Student Circulation: To reduce movement throughout the building, teachers should travel from class to class, with students remaining in the same room throughout the day to the extent possible. If students have to travel, proper social distancing protocols should be followed. 

Monitoring COVID-19

We have put monitoring procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Screening: DOE employees are encouraged to pre-screen themselves before heading to a DOE building using an online application. If DOE employees/visitors are not able to pre-screen themselves using the application, they will be asked to complete a screening assessment in-person at any DOE building prior to entering. Any staff/visitor who fails or does not complete their health screening will be refused entry to the building by the School Safety Agent/DOE Special Officer.
  • Daily Health Screenings for Students: Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families. The DOE is committed to purchasing of thermometers for at home use for families who may need them.
  • Random Temperature Screenings: Every morning, prior to entering the school, specific staff will perform random samplings of temperatures for both students and school-based staff using non-touch thermometers.
  • Testing and Tracing Protocols: We must use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick or has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Please visit this link to see the specific guidelines.

     

Resources

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Updates

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