Procedures for COVID-19

COVID-19 Tasks at Morning Entry

• In collaboration with the principal, the Building Response Team (BRT), and other identified staff will assist with morning entry. The primary task will be ensuring physical distancing and PPE guidelines. In addition, be sure to adhere to all signage and floor markings in place within the school building and at all line-up areas (along the perimeter or in the schoolyard).
• Staff must be present on the exterior of the building to assist students lining up for entry. 
• There is only ONE main entrance and this WILL be the entrance used by all visitors during the day.
• Staff and School Safety Agent(s) will perform random temperature screenings of students upon entry into the building.
• Staff will direct students to go straight to their assigned classrooms.

The Isolation Room 

  • PS 7 will have an Isolation Room with a staff member assigned to monitor the room when in use.
  • PPE will be provided to anyone assigned to the Isolation Room.
  • Physical distancing and face-covering guidelines will be followed.
  • Any student exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms during morning entry or during the school day will be evaluated onsite by a nurse or health professional. 
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever of 100.00 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If a student exhibit COVID-19 like symptoms, the parent/guardian will be called.
  • An Emergency Officer will meet the parent/guardian at the visitors’ entrance where the child will be escorted to be released to the parent/guardian.T
  • The school will advise the parent/guardian to have the student seen by a doctor and get tested for COVID-19.

Dismissal

Students will engage in physical distancing while exiting the building. 

  • Additional staff will be deployed to assist with dismissal. 
  • Designated points of egress will be considered as well as multiple points of egress.
  • Staff will remind individuals to proceed home, towards their mode of transportation (i.e. bus stop or subway station), or towards any designated parent pick-up area to prevent large groups from gathering once the school day is over. 

School Closures

  • If there is more than one case in a school, and it is not in the same classroom, learning will continue remotely and the school building will close for at least 24 hours while NYC Test +
    Trace and NYC Health investigate.
  • Depending on the outcome of the investigation, affected classrooms or the whole building will remain closed for 14 days for quarantine.
  • If a student or teacher is feeling sick, they are required to stay home and, if their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, are
    asked to get tested.
  • • Always remember to:
    • Keep a safe physical distance from others.
    • Wear your face mask.
    • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.

Temperature/ Health Screening 

Temperature/ Health screening protocols are as follows: 

  • Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families and by school-based staff. 
  • Students and staff, upon entry into the school building, will undergo a random temperature screening. 

• All visitors will undergo temperature/health screening upon entry.