Protocol for Social Distancing

Social Distancing​ also called “physical distancing” means keeping a six foot space between yourself and others.

Springville-Griffith Institute CSD​ will ensure that student groupings are as intact as possible by having the same group/cohort of students stay together when possible. Additionally, we will follow the recommendations:

a. The size of groups/cohorts of students will be determined by the number of students who can be in each classroom while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing.

b. We will follow all safety requirements when considering the use of other entrances and ensure that all entrances are monitored and are locked after use.

c. We will establish designated areas for student drop-off and pick-up at each building, limiting contact and entry of parents/guardians into the building, to the greatest extent possible.

d. We will reduce in-school movement where possible by keeping students within a defined area or classroom and modifying class schedules or class transitions using these NYSED recommendations​:

  • When possible, have the same cohort of students with the same teacher each day.
  • Special area teachers (e.g., music, art, physical education) may go to individual classrooms versus rotating all students through a shared space that is not able to be cleaned with each new use. Whenever possible, hold physical education and music classes outside and encourage students to spread out.
  • Stagger the use of restrooms, allowing use at other times when necessary. Bathrooms may be monitored by staff to ensure social distancing, that it is clean, and students are washing hands after use.
  • Open windows to improve ventilation, but will not open windows if there is a health or safety risk (e.g., allergies).
  • Keep individual student belongings separated. Limit use of shared supplies to one group of students, clean between use by cohorts of students.
  • Use visual aids (e.g., painter’s tape, stickers, posters, cones etc.) to illustrate traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing.
  • Explore the use of alternate spaces (e.g., classroom) for eating lunch and breakfast if we cannot adequately socially distance in the lunchroom. If alternate spaces are not available, ensure classroom groups are together in lunchrooms while adhering to the social distancing rules.
  • Restrict the use of classrooms and other places where students, faculty, and staff gather (e.g., lockers, cubbies, entryways, hallways), so that individuals can be socially distanced. Assign lockers or other student storage areas by cohort or reduce their use – however, students should not carry an unreasonable number of books or materials throughout the day.
  • Playgrounds may continue to be used when proper safeguards are in place. In elementary school settings, we will stagger playground use rather than allowing multiple classes to play together. Wash hands before and after touching play structures and keep 6 feet of space from other children as much as possible.
  • Based on recommendations of the NYSDOH and NYSED, we will ensure that a distance of twelve feet in all directions is maintained between individuals while participating in activities requiring projecting the voice (e.g., singing, playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity). This also refers to teachers who are instructing a class of children and expecting that they will appropriately distance when instructing the whole group.
  • Cancel/limit student assemblies, athletic events/practices, performances, school-wide parent meetings. Consider transitioning field trips to free virtual opportunities. Consider changing in-school events to a virtual format; and
  • Limit visitors to school buildings. Consider using online meetings with parents and other persons when feasible.
  • Tightly confined spaces will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing face coverings. If occupied by more than one person, occupancy will be kept under 50% of maximum capacity. Examples include elevators, copy rooms, storage spaces, and vehicles.
  • Six feet distance between personnel and students will be maintained, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time personnel and/or students are less than six feet apart from one another, personnel and students must wear acceptable face coverings unless medically noted.
  • Some common situations that may not allow for six feet of distance between individuals:
    • Custodial and Maintenance Work
    • Bus Maintenance and Repairs
    • Food Preparation and Distribution
  • Office workstations will be arranged so that employees are at least six feet apart. This may be accomplished by leaving workstations empty or installing physical barriers. Physical barriers can include: strip curtains, cubicle walls, polycarbonate or another impermeable divider. A six foot distance marker may be placed around workstations.
  • Shared workstations will be discouraged and should only be used when no other option exists. If a shared workstation is used, it must be cleaned and disinfected before and after by the user.
  • Post social distancing markers using tape or signs that denote six feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g. clock in/out stations, health screening stations, reception areas).
  • Limit in-person gatherings as much as possible and use telephone or video-conferencing whenever possible. Essential in-person gatherings (e.g. meetings) will be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants.
  • Establish designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible.