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In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently-touched spaces regularly. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces. Plans for changes or additions to facilities that require review by the Office of Facilities Planning (OFP), will be submitted to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code.
The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged.
The district plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Visual Inspections on time. In addition, lead-in-water sampling will be carried out upon the reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”
Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water systems will be flushed in all buildings.
- The district has worked with engineers to establish proper filtration requirements (e.g., filters that your HVAC system can handle) that will maintain adequate, code required ventilation as designed.
- Maximum number of individuals allowed to be in the bathroom at once will be regulated to one person per stall and, if applicable, plus one person in every other urinal.
- Drinking Water Facilities: bottle filler drinking fountains will be utilized instead of regular drinking fountains in order to maintain proper hygiene. There is more than one bottle filler per hundred occupants.
School safety drills
The district will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by New York State and the fire code without exception. Schools must continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies.
The school district modifications to evacuation drill protocols will include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting drills on a staggered schedule, where classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once, and appropriate distance is kept between students to the evacuation site
- Staggering by classroom, minimizes contact of students in hallways, stairwells, and at the evacuation site
- If conducting drills using a modified procedure, the drill will be conducted with all students in the school building on that school day and may be necessary to do so during a class period that is extended for this purpose
- If schools reopen with a hybrid instruction model, schools will be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures and participating in drills while they are in attendance in person.
- School buildings will conduct lockdown drills in classroom settings while maintaining social distancing/using masks
Required Square Footage
- The district will contact an architect at the OFP with questions pertaining to change of room use and occupant load becomes necessary to maintain social distancing suggestions.
Facility Alterations and Acquisition
- No alterations or acquisitions are planned at this time
- Classroom desks and chairs will be minimized in classrooms
- Desks will be spaced out 6 ft apart as much as possible
- A designated room in each of the school buildings will be converted into the isolation room for when individuals show COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting pick up
- If any dividers at doors and other points of congregation are used, the district will first consult our architect and have floor plans submitted to OFP for approval
- The district will also make sure any plastic separators that are installed comply with the 2020 BCNYS Section 2606
Changes to Space Utilization and/or Alterations
The district does not intend to change space utilization and/or make alterations, but if it becomes necessary; we will consult our architect and submit floor plans to OFP for approval and ensure the project submissions only dedicated to “COVID-19 Reopening” are labeled as such.
The district does not intend to expand our square footage to enable improved social distancing currently.
Tents/Leasing for Additional Space
The district does not intend to presently use tents or lease additional space. Should this change, the district will consult OFP, as required.
Plumbing Facilities and Fixtures
- Minimum number of toilets available for use within each school building’s bathrooms will be clearly regulated and the minimum number required by building code will always be maintained.
- The district will ensure sinks and soap will always be available to all building occupants
- Any new Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers installed in any locations in the district will be in accordance with FCNYS 2020 Section 5705.5
- Bottle filler drinking fountains shall be used instead of regular drinking fountains in each school
- Drinking fountains and bathrooms will be cleaned regularly and log sheets will be used within each building to document when cleaning occurred
- Physical barriers will be installed between sinks if social distance is not feasible
- Hand dryers will be disabled and touch free paper towel dispensers will be used instead in all buildings
- To ensure that social distancing is being adhered to, signage will be displayed within all school buildings and a limitation as to how many people can occupy the bathroom at one time will be displayed as well
In order to prevent Legionella risk, the district will implement the following practices when starting back up building water systems if they have been dormant:
- Flush the entire water system to replace all water
- Use an approved chlorine-testing device to measure residual chlorine, flush until measured levels are equal to or slightly less than the supplying utility’s chlorine residuals
Some flushing considerations are listed below. Additional flushing guidance can be found at the Environmental Science, Policy, and Research Institute (ESPRI) 12 website.
- Verify that testing for back flow assemblies is up to date prior to flushing
- Create a list of all plumbing fixtures that will need to be flushed including ice machines, dishwashers, and point of use (POU) treatment devices to ensure that no fixture is overlooked. Point of use filters should be replaced
- Make sure that fixture drains are functioning and can handle expected flows without overflowing
- During flushing operate all valves in the fully open position so that any particulate matter can be flushed through
- Pay close attention to float-operated or other restrictive valves which need to be manually opened to clear particulates and prevent fouling of the valves
- Remove all aerator screens before flushing
- Clean or replace aerator screens to get rid of scale deposits that may contain harmful metals (lead) or microbial biofilms
- Disinfect, heat sterilize, or replace showerheads especially if vulnerable populations have access to the showers
- Adjust valves back to normal operating positions to ensure that the system is rebalanced
- Return hot water systems to normal operating temperatures
- Document all start up actions in the daily maintenance log
- Evaluate the effectiveness of startup procedures relative to Legionella by testing for Legionella using an approved culture method or one cited by the National Academies of Science for testing of Legionella in water
All school buildings will increase ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible by opening of windows and doors if it does not present a danger to the occupants. The district will maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed and seek to increase fresh air ventilation rates to the extent possible to aid in maintaining a healthy indoor air quality and use the best filters possible to support this ventilation. Ventilation Systems will be run at a minimum of two hours before and after occupancy in all buildings. This is to create a thermal lag and minimize HVAC operations when occupied and allow as much fresh air to be pulled in as possible. Ventilation systems are all controlled through an automated system and will be open for pulling in outside air to the fullest extent possible when occupied by students and staff. Reporting will be tracked to ensure systems are operating at capacity. Unit ventilators will be checked continuously for proper operations.