2021-22 School Reopening Plan

COVID-19 Safety and Protection Protocols

Students in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will return to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. Read on and click here to learn about the layered mitigation protocols that are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep students in school. These protocols are based on guidelines and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (DOH), and New York State Education Department (NYSED).

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Masks

  • Masks are required to be worn by all individuals inside any school regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks must be worn at indoor school events and while playing or attending athletic or any other indoor events.
  • Mask breaks with social distancing will be provided.
  • Masks are not required outdoors. Unvaccinated people should wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or when three feet of social distancing is not possible.
  • A mask will be provided to any student who does not have one or who needs a new one.

Social Distancing

  • Maintain three feet of social distancing between students in classrooms and indoor school locations, combined with mask-wearing.

Sports & Activities

  • Masks are required to be worn by athletes and all individuals during indoor sporting events.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask outdoors during any sporting event when three feet of social distancing is not possible.
  • High-risk sports and activities may be canceled or held virtually depending on vaccination and community transmission rate.
  • Spectators may be limited or not allowed, depending on the community transmission rate.

Transportation

  • Masks must be always worn on buses by all individuals on the bus, including drivers and students.
  • A mask will be provided to any student who does not have one or who needs a new one.

Cleaning & Sanitizing

  • Cleaning and sanitizing remain rigorous. The district is stocked with personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer, masks, gloves, and surface cleaning supplies.
  • School spaces and buses are cleaned and sanitized daily using approved disinfectants.
  • If someone in a school tests positive for COVID-19, the classroom or space will be disinfected immediately.

Ventilation

  • Schools will follow all ventilation protocols, including mechanical and natural ventilation where appropriate.
  • Ventilation strategies include bringing fresh outdoor air into the building by opening multiple doors and windows and using child-safe fans to increase airflow.
  • During transportation, the windows on buses will be cracked open or opened.

Meals & Cafeteria Use

  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided to all students in the district, free of charge.
  • Cafeterias may be used if students are able to maintain three-foot social distancing when masks are removed for eating. When necessary, schools will create lunch schedules that reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time or determine alternate locations.
  • Students must wear masks when moving through the food service line.
  • Cafeterias will be cleaned immediately after use. Surfaces that are in contact with food will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meals.

Communication

  • All communication and any updates to these protocols will be posted on the district website.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified of COVID-related schedule changes via ParentSquare.
  • Families are urged to make sure their ParentSquare account reflects their most up-to-date contact information, and check that their notification settings reflect how they wish to receive messages from Broadalbin-Perth.

Handwashing & Hygiene

  • Students and staff will have every opportunity to properly wash their hands throughout the day.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to reinforce good etiquette in school by reminding everyone to wash their hands frequently and to assist young children with handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be available in all locations for use when handwashing is not possible.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to teach young children coughing and sneezing etiquette and to keep hands away from their faces.

Signage

  • Signage will be placed throughout district facilities reinforcing the main elements of our health and safety protocols.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Broadalbin-Perth will implement a voluntary testing program to randomly test specific percentages of the school district population weekly based on the current level of community transmission.
  • Testing is recommended in certain instances. Students will not be tested without written parent/guardian consent.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Parents, guardians, caregivers, and staff members are urged to be mindful of indications of illness; to stay home when they show signs and symptoms of illness; and to seek testing when symptoms are present.
  • Any student who exhibits symptoms will be required to go home and not return to in-person learning for 10 days unless they have a negative COVID test result or have a physician’s note with an alternate diagnosis and are symptom-free. Students who must be out of school because they have symptoms will be provided opportunities to make up missed learning when they return to school.

Contact Tracing

  • Contact tracing protocols will continue to be followed. 
  • The CDC flowchart will be followed in decision making if there is a COVID-19 diagnosis at school.
  • New diagnoses of COVID-19 will be reported to the Fulton County Public Health Department and the district will follow all of their directives.
  • Teachers, staff, and families of students who were close contacts (as defined by the CDC) of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified immediately.
  • People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. It is recommended that they get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Programs & Instruction

  • As long as allowed by public health officials, schools will be open for in-person teaching and learning, and students should be in school.
  • Remote instruction will be provided to students who are medically vulnerable through the Capital Region BOCES collaborative remote learning program.
  • In the case of a school closure because of a public health emergency, all schools will be prepared to provide remote instruction.
  • Any student who is placed under quarantine and cannot attend school in person because of illness or COVID-19 exposure will be provided additional learning opportunities to make up for the missed time in school.

Technology

  • All technology devices are undergoing sanitation and being prepared for a phased-in redistribution at the start of the school year.

Physical Education Classes

  • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be conducted outdoors in acceptable weather.
  • When classes are conducted indoors, mask-wearing is required.
  • Teachers will make efforts to establish properly distanced mask breaks for students during indoor activities.

Special Education

  • Services to students with disabilities will be held in person unless otherwise indicated in the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or other means.

Music

  • Masks must be worn at all times, including instrument masks while playing.
  • Three feet of social distancing will be maintained during activities such as singing, shouting, band, and during any activity when increased exhalation occurs.
  • Activities will be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated areas whenever possible.
  • Healthy hygiene practice includes handwashing, sanitizing, preventing uncontrolled spit valve release, and the use of bell covers and/or bags for woodwind and brass instruments.

Guidance & Communication

  • The district will continue to consult with the Fulton County Public Health Department to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to make decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies.
  • The district will implement a continuum of protections based on the community transmission rate.
  • Community transmission levels may be monitored using the CDC COVID Data Tracker.