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Extended School Year Reopening Plan

The Naugatuck Public School’s highest priority is to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of all of our students and staff. In anticipation of re-opening school for our students who are participating in Extended School Year Services on July 6, 2020, NPS will implement the following policies and procedures as delineated by the guidelines from Governor Lamont and
the Center for Disease Control.

Location: Andrew Avenue Elementary School

Compliance Liaisons: Melissa Cooney, Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Deborah Sauers, Nursing Supervisor, are the COVID-19 Health & Safety Compliance Liaison for Naugatuck Public Schools, parents & guardians, school personnel, and the State Department of Education. This will also be posted on the District’s website and shared with the aforementioned groups via email and the US Postal Service.

Medical Professional: Naugatuck Public Schools Nurse Supervisor Deborah Sauers, RN will manage positive and suspected cases of COVID-19 and students and staff who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19, in coordination with the local health department and NPS Medical Director.
 
Notice of Risks: See attached Notice of Risk Factors

Visitors: Visitors will not be permitted into the school facilities unless required by law, or otherwise required by a student’s individualized educational plan (IEP).

Student Meals: Summer school is in session Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM -11:30 AM. Upon dismissal, students will receive a boxed lunch to eat when they arrive home. Students will receive breakfast as well. This exchange will be planned to happen consistent with all public health and safety guidelines for social distancing. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a snack.
 
Training: The following training will be provided to the groups listed below. In-person training will also be provided at orientation in groups of no more than ten on June 29, June 30, and July 1.

Group

Training

Provided by Who

Date Provided By

All staff and students

(nurses, teachers, related service providers, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers)

How to put on and take off masks and gloves

Video provided by Deb Sauers 

 

All staff by June 30

Students will have video links sent home by June 30 and they will view the video on July 6.

All staff and students

(nurses, teachers, related service providers, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers)

Handwashing

Video  provided by Deb Sauers




All staff by June 30

Students will have video links sent home by June 30 and they will view the video on July 6.

All staff and students

(nurses, teachers, related service providers, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers)

Social Distancing

Video provided by Deb Sauers



All staff by June 30

Students will have video links sent home by June 30 and they will view the video on July 6.

All staff and students

(nurses, teachers, related service providers, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers)

Cleaning Protocols

NPS Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines Summer 2020

All staff by June 30

Students will have cleaning protocols shared with them on the first day of ESY. 

Nurses and all staff

Face Shields and Gowns

Video provided by Deb Sauers

and gown

Provided by June 30

Paraeducators and teachers

Temp taking and looking for illness

Deb Sauers will provide training about this written protocol 

Provided by June 30

All staff

(nurses, teachers, related service providers, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers)

COVID-19 Overview

Video (use school email address to log on)

Provided  by June 30

Process for Transportation:

  • Parents are encouraged to transport their child when possible
  • When parents can not transport, they should accompany the child to the bus stop to ensure social distancing.
  • Parents should check their child’s temperature and confirm that they do not have symptoms prior to sending them to school.
  • The bus monitor will ensure that students are wearing facemasks and sitting correctly.
  • Masks will be worn by all, except by those exempt, including the bus driver and the monitor.
  • No more than one student will be seated per row unless they are from the same household.
  • Students will be seated no closer than every other row.  Students will be seated in a diagonal formation, where if one student is seated on the right side of the bus, the next student is seated on the left side of the bus. Students will be seated from rear to front and will exit the bus from front to rear. 
  • Students will have assigned seats.
  • Cleaning protocols must be communicated to all staff, including measures to prevent harmful human exposure to chemicals.  
  • Sanitizer will be available on the buses.  
  • Students who arrive on the bus will be dropped off at the front entrance at AAES.  Students who arrive by parent transportation will be dropped off at the side loop.
  • Students will be reminded to maintain social distancing as they enter the building at their classrooms.
  • Upon arrival, students will participate in a Health Screening
  • If students have symptoms, parents will be contacted and will come to pick up the students. 

Process for Arrival:

  • At AAES, parents will pull to the side loop and park or pull all the way to the front of the loop.  Students can begin arriving at 8:10.
  • Parents will wait in their car with students until staff comes to perform a screening. This Screening Protocol will be used to guide this process. 
  • Students should remain in the car or on the bus until staff directs them.  Social Distancing should be maintained at all times.  

Class Groups:  The ratio for ESY will not exceed a 7:1 ratio.  This means that there will be no more than a total of seven staff and students assigned to a classroom.

Distancing Strategies: 

  • Students will be seated facing the same direction and at least six feet from each other.  They will be seated at desks or they will be the only student seated at a table.
  • Students will have assigned seats, which will remain the same for the duration of the program.
  • Student desks will face the same direction to reduce the transmission caused by virus-containing droplets (e.g., from talking, coughing, sneezing, etc.). 
  • In an effort to encourage effective social distancing, students will remain in their classes until their transportation arrives and be dismissed in small groups (less than 10 at a time).
  • As busses arrive, the bus number will be announced.  As parents arrive, the student will be called for over the radio.

Related Services:

  • Speech and Language Therapy

    • When possible, students will be provided their services individually.
    • If students need to be provided with group therapy, they will be grouped with students from their class.  If this is not possible, the SLP will work with the team to provide the group session virtually on-site (i.e. paraeducators will set up and support the students participating in a Google Meet while the SLP is in a separate location)
    • Face Shield Washing Protocol
  • Occupational Therapy

    • When possible, students will be provided their services individually.
    • If students need to be provided with group therapy, they will be grouped with students from their class.  If this is not possible, the OT will work with the team to provide the group session virtually on-site (i.e. paraeducators will set up and support the students participating in a Google Meet while the OT is in a separate location)
    • Face Shield Washing Protocol
  • Physical Therapy

    • Physical Therapy will be provided through distance learning.  The physical therapist will also provide activities to the teacher that can be done with the student in person.
  • Social Work/Counseling Services

    • When possible, students will be provided their services individually.
    • If students need to be provided with group therapy, they will be grouped with students from their class.  If this is not possible, the SW will work with the team to provide the group session virtually on-site (i.e. paraeducators will set up and support the students participating in a Google Meet while the SW is in a separate location)
    • Face Shield Washing Protocol

Material Sharing and Storage:

  • The sharing of educational materials between individuals will be restricted. These materials include, but are not limited to: books, computers, calculators, writing utensils, and art supplies. – No two individuals should use the same materials in a given school day.  
  • Each student will be provided with a specific cubby in the classroom to store their personal belongings.  These will be assigned for the duration of the summer
  • Materials will be appropriately cleaned, disinfected, or sanitized at the end of each school day.  The custodian will complete a log after cleaning each room/area
  • Chromebooks that students currently have at home should remain at home.  Chromebooks will be provided at school and cleaned daily.  iPads and other communication devices should be brought to and from school each day.  These items will be cleaned following this guidance:
    • Wear gloves.
    • Leave Chromebooks open and wipe down the screen and keyboard with a Lysol/Clorox wipe.  Make sure that the surfaces are wet and allow to air dry
    • Once dry, close the lid and repeat the process for the top and bottom surfaces of the Chromebook.
    • For iPads, wipe front and back surfaces and allow them to air dry.
    • The wipes can be used on more than one unit, provided that it is still wet enough to leave a coating of cleanser on the device. When it begins to dry, get a fresh one.  Wipe your gloves off periodically with the cleaner and discard all used materials.

Face Masks/Face Shields:

The following guidance will be used to determine the type of face covering that staff will wear.  The School will provide face coverings to any student or staff member who does not have one. Face covering includes cloth face covering or face masks.

  • Face masks. Surgical or procedure masks should be reserved for healthcare professionals (HCP), such as the school nurse or school medical advisor, or for staff providing direct support to students with special healthcare needs or disabilities. 
  • N95 respirators. N95 respirators should be primarily reserved for school nurses who may be involved in aerosol-generating procedures. These masks must be properly fitted to the wearer to ensure the effectiveness of the mask. Staff not engaged in providing such procedures may wear cloth face coverings (or procedure mask if available). 
  • Face Shields. Face shields protect the eyes, nose, and mouth from contamination from respiratory droplets, along with masks or respirators. – Face shields should be used by staff (such as school nurses) who are involved in aerosol-generating procedures.
    • Face shields worn with face masks may also be used by staff who support students with special healthcare needs (who are not able to wear masks and who may need assistance with activities of daily living, such as toileting, eating). – Face shields may also be worn by students during speech and language exercises when face coverings/masks are not appropriate for the activity. 
  • In cases where close contact between educators and students is highly likely (such as when interacting with certain students with disabilities who cannot socially distance), the school will provide educators with surgical masks and face shields. 
  • Restraints: If staff need to restrain a student, they will wear a face shield (available in each classroom) and will immediately remove the child’s mask.  No child shall be restrained while wearing a face mask

Staff Health Procedures:

Staff will be screened using the Employee Screening Protocol and will be asked Staff Screening Questions

  • Wear a face mask at all times while in the school
    • Let the nurse know if you do not have a mask or require other PPE depending on your required tasks 
    • Maintain your mask or face shield by properly cleaning and storing your PPE as instructed by your school nurse 
  • Complete the Employee self check screening document and submit to the nurse upon entering school daily
  • All employees must get a temperature and health screening by the nurse before entering the building daily
  • Social distance when able. If you are unable to maintain social distancing or are going to provide one on one close contact with a student who is not wearing a mask, please notify the nurse and program director so that appropriate PPE can be provided
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If presenting with flu or COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), employees must follow up with a medical provider and provide a clearance note prior to returning to school. 

Bathrooms:

  • Multi-stall bathrooms should only be used by those who feel well. A separate bathroom will be designated for any student that becomes ill. 
  • In multi-stall shared bathrooms, stalls and sinks will be closed so that there is at least six feet distance between stalls/sinks.  Bathroom stalls and sinks will be taped off and a sign will be placed indicating they should not be used. 
  • Specific bathrooms will be assigned to students/classes by zone and students will only use their assigned bathroom. 
  • Bathroom occupancy will be determined based on being able to maintain physical distance and each bathroom will be labeled with the number of people allowed at one time.  
  • No personal items will be stored within the bathroom (including staff bathrooms). 
  • Time in the bathroom will be minimized using staff supervision.
  • A trash can and paper towel roll will be placed by the bathroom door to allow students and staff to be prevented from touching the handle with their hands. 
  • Cleaning Practices
    • Bathrooms will be fully cleaned and disinfected twice a day.
    • Bathrooms will be cleaned following the NPS cleaning protocol and each cleaning will be logged.  The lead teacher will check the cleaning logs daily.

ADLs:

Activities of Daily Living such as toothbrushing, cooking, shopping in the community, etc. will not be addressed during in-person ESY.  Students who have goals/objectives in these areas and their families will be communicated with and given “distance” assignments that they can practice at home.

Attendance monitoring:

NPS will actively monitor staff and student absenteeism to identify any trends that would suggest the spread of an illness such as COVID-19.

  • Each day, the secretary will call all students who are absent and determine the reason for absence.  Students who are ill will be reported to the nurse.
  • Staff will report absences to the Lead Teacher.  The Lead Teacher will report all staff that are ill to the nurse.  

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

  • The school will post “Stop the Spread” signs in common areas of the school. 
  • Bathrooms will be sanitized twice a day and cleaning logs will be maintained to track frequency. 
  • NPS will reinforce to all students and staff that hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of their elbow; to dispose of soiled tissues immediately after use. 
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided in every classroom. 
  • Prior to the end of each class, students or staff will sanitize their desk with a sterile wipe. All soiled wipes will be disposed of upon use.
 

Sick Plan:

  • Sick Day Guidelines
  • Nebulization of medication will not be utilized at this time. The school nurse will consult with the treating physician once an Asthma Action Plan is received to discuss using a metered dose inhaler preferably with a spacer.
  • Any student and staff who are sent home with symptoms of fever or other symptoms of possible COVID are to stay home for 3 days AFTER fever fully resolves without antipyretics AND 10 days from the start of symptoms.                  
  • Staff or students with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 may only return to school with a documented negative COVID-19 test result or a note from a healthcare provider clearing them to safely return to the school program. 
  • Persons referred for testing will not be permitted to return to school until their test produces a negative result. 
  • If there is a suspected case of COVID-19 in the school, NPS will adhere to the following procedures: 
    •  Any student or staff member suspected of having or having been exposed to COVID-19 will practice self quarantining for 14 days;  this will include siblings of student suspected of being exposed, bus mates, and classmates who have had close contact(<6 feet). Suspicion of a COVID-19 exposure will be reported to the DPH for further procedures to follow.
    • The School Nurse will notify the Nursing Supervisor and Compliance Liaison
    • The Nursing Supervisor will contact the local DPH who will begin contact tracing.

Case Protocols and Notification: 

  • The school nurse will contact DPH, Superintendent, and Medical Director as soon as a positive COVID case is identified. In addition, the Superintendent in collaboration with the Local DPH, Medical Director, and School Nurse Supervisor should establish specific notification procedures that must be taken if a staff member or student is suspected of being sick while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA, privacy expectations, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The local DPH will advise on how and when to:
    • Notify  the guardians of students who may have come into contact with the person of the suspected case
    • Notify guardians of enrolled students and appropriate personnel;
    • The Superintendent of Schools will determine if summer school will continue based on informed recommendations from medical experts.

Schedule of Central Office Administration Overseeing the Program:

  • July 6: Reichardt
  • July 7-13: Aronheim (off-site)
  • July 14-16: Reichardt
  • July 17-20: Aronheim (off-site)
  • July 21-23: Reichardt
  • July 24-27: Aronheim (off-site)
  • July 28-30: Reichardt
  • July 31: Aronheim (off-site)