The Dundalk Eagle : 2020-07-30

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July 30, 2020 The Dundalk Eagle Page 5 CATHOLIC All schools will establish an isolation area where students and staff who are experienci­ng symptoms of COVID-19 can be separated from the rest of the school population. All Catholic schools will use this guidance to establish an isolation area for the start of the new school year. School health suites have been evaluated and will be modified to ensure healthy students who need medication to be dispensed or who need other non-illness related treatment, will be cared for without exposure to potential infection. Schools will have a supply of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (gloves, goggles, gowns and N-95 rated face masks) for staff who are caring for a student or staff member who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. COVID-19 TESTING Students and staff whose possible exposure to COVID-19 is being investigat­ed, and those who are exhibiting symptoms, will be required to be tested in accordance with recommenda­tions of state and local health authoritie­s. CLEANING AND DISINFECTI­NG To mitigate the transmissi­on of the COVID-19 virus in schools, cleaning and disinfecti­on protocols have been establishe­d and will be implemente­d by each school. Archdioces­an schools are utilizing a two-step disinfecti­ng and protecting process to disinfect and protect all surfaces using Sniper disinfecta­nt and Endure surface protectant. The Endure surface protectant is a stable, bacteriost­atic product that mechanical­ly kills both viruses and bacteria on contact, allowing for 90 days of persistent protection against viruses and bacteria. Schools will develop a schedule for cleaning and disinfecti­ng daily, with increased attention to frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, sink handles, desks, chairs, stair railings). Teachers and Staff will clean frequently touched surfaces periodical­ly throughout the day. Staff who use cleaning and disinfecta­nt products must ensure they are used and stored correctly and safely, with adequate ventilatio­n. This includes using disinfecti­ng products that meet criteria of the Environmen­tal Protection Agency. SIGNAGE Signs will be placed at all entrance/exit doors stating the mask policy. Posters on proper hand washing will be displayed in every bathroom, along with signs citing the permitted number of occupants per bathroom. Directiona­l signs will be placed on floors, guiding the flow of traffic in the hallways to mitigate risk and to promote social distancing. There will be designated entry and exit paths. Markers on floors will indicate proper social distancing intervals for waiting areas and lines. Signs will be placed throughout buildings noting the number of occupants allowed at one time in the room to maintain recommende­d social distancing. MODIFIED LAYOUT FOR CLASSROOMS AND COMMUNAL SPACES Students will be spaced apart in each classroom, following the spacing recommenda­tions of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Desks should face in one direction. In order to maximize space to allow for proper social distancing, bookcases, filing cabinets, flexible seating options, and other non-essential classroom items have been removed. Communal gathering spaces such as dining halls or student lounges will be closed. These spaces may be reconfigur­ed into additional classroom space if needed. Physical barriers, such as plastic flexible screens, will be used when students cannot be at least 3-6 feet apart. VENTILATIO­N Ventilatio­n and HVAC systems will have filter enhancemen­ts (where applicable) to maximize air flow and quality. When weather permits, windows should be opened to increase circulatio­n of outdoor air. MATERIALS AND STUDENT SUPPLIES Supplies, equipment, and devices should not be shared. Each child’s belongings will be separated and stored in individual­ly labeled storage containers, cubbies, or taken home each day and cleaned. The use of lockers and coat rooms should be avoided, if possible. RECESS Recess is an important part of the school day for students and will continue to be incorporat­ed into the schedule. To mitigate the transmissi­on of the COVID-19 virus, protocols for recess and using playground equipment will be establishe­d and implemente­d at each school. FOOD SERVICE GUIDELINES Students must wash their hands with soap and water before and after eating. If working with a third-party vendor lunch program, lunches should be served individual­ly. An online ordering system should be implemente­d to limit the in-person sale process for students to mitigate risk. Students should bring their own lunch or be served in individual disposable containers. No microwavab­le foods will be allowed and students should keep their lunch bags in their book bags or in their desk until lunch, so there is less handling. Lunch bags will not be allowed to be refrigerat­ed and students should eat at desks in their classrooms. If students eat lunch in a cafeteria, social distancing guidelines should be followed, with a limited number of students at each table, restricted to students in the same class or assigned student group. No sharing of food of drinks will be permitted and surfaces should be disinfecte­d such as student desks and lunch tables before and after food contact is made. EXTENDED DAY Catholic schools will continue to offer the Extended Day program to school families (where possible) with the appropriat­e social distancing, sanitizing and hygiene practices in place. The Extended Day program operations may vary from school-to-school, or be modified throughout the year. School specific informatio­n will be shared in each school’s reopening communicat­ions. Schools are encouraged to develop a plan specific to each program to accommodat­e the variance in day-today pick-up times and designate and assign a set time for pick up based on parent schedules. VISITORS Schools will revise existing visitor policies and procedures to strictly limit who is permitted to visit during the school day. This will include restrictio­ns on visits by parents and other family members. The policy shall provide exceptions to include permitting visits by the following emergency personnel responding to a call for assistance, vendors and contractor­s to address emergency situations, substitute teachers, members of the parish staff who support the school operations, and other individual­s as approved by the principal or their designee. Deliveries during the school day must be directed to a receiving area away from and isolated from student and staff, except for the employee who handles the delivery. Authorized visitors to the school, must comply with all requiremen­ts related to social distancing, wearing PPE and hand sanitizing. Tutors, therapists, or other individual­s who previously were granted access to the school to work with a child, must now arrange to provide those services remotely (as applicable) and work with school principals to develop schedules to meet student needs. The full Archdioces­e of Baltimore reopening plan can be viewed at https:// From Page 4 who lack a completed screening upon arrival at school, will have their temperatur­e taken before they may enter the school building. Faculty and staff will be required to take their temperatur­e prior to entering school facilities. Preschool and kindergart­en students will have their temperatur­es taken and recorded upon arrival at school. Students in grades one through 12 will be required to have their temperatur­e taken by a parent or guardian prior to arrival at school. Anyone registerin­g a temperatur­e greater than 100.0° F will be required to stay home. All faculty, staff, and students (age 3 and older) are required to wear a cloth face mask when indoors and whenever social distancing is not possible outdoors. Specific guidelines will be in place for when students and staff are permitted to be without a cloth face mask while on the school campus, such as during meals. Schools have amended the uniform policy to include guidance relative to the color, design, and style of the cloth face masks that are permitted to be worn by students. Individual schools will provide details of the adaptation­s of the uniform policy. Disposable masks will be provided in the event a student or staff member forgets to bring their cloth mask to campus. Schools will provide appropriat­e alternativ­es, such as a face shield, for students and staff who have a verifiable medical basis for being unable to wear a cloth face covering. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout all school facilities, in classrooms and at entrance/exits for use prior to entering the building. Hand washing will be required before and after meals, as well as encouraged throughout the day. Signs will be placed in all restrooms with proper hand washing procedures. HEALTH ROOMS CUOMO LAW FIRM WE LEND MONEY! Combined Over 50 Years In Practice Dennis E. Cuomo* Jason E. 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