The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and theNew York State Education Department (NYSED).

The following protocols and procedures will be in place in all BOCES facilitiesfor the 2020-21 school year should in-person schooling resume. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator, Stacy Vincent, at svincent@mail.fehb.org or 518-483-6420.

For more information about how health and safety protocols and trainings will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

Health Checks

AEC, NFEC, Chateaugay, Salmon River and OWS

Screening (Staff/Students)

Staff members and parents/guardians will be provided with resources to educate them regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and the health screenings that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. As a minimum, this information will include the requirement that any student or staff member with a temperature of greater than 100.0 and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection should not be present in school. An updated list of symptoms is maintained by the CDC and can be found here. FEH BOCES will not keep any records of students, faculty, staff, and/or visitor health data. Rather, FEH BOCES will maintain records that confirm individuals were screened and the result of such screening (pass/fail, cleared/not cleared) as articulated below.

  • Prior to entering all FEH BOCES locations, all staff and students will be required to complete a medical screening questionnaire as outlined below.
    • FEH BOCES will employ a digital COVID-19 screening tool deployed in partnership with the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) for ongoing staff and student health screening. The tool will track who has completed the screening and immediately transmits the results to a central database. Additionally, the tool will recognize a positive COVID-19 screening, will instruct the individual to stay home, and will transmit an alert to designees at the FEH BOCES for follow up.
  • Training on the use of this tool will be provided to staff via written and virtual live sessions prior to the physical return to school.
    • Students will be trained on the use of the screening tool on the first day of school. Because of this, FEH BOCES parents/guardians/students will receive written correspondence prior to the first day of school instructing them on how to perform a self-screening and to not come to school in an instance of a positive COVID-19 screening. As an additional safeguard, FEH BOCES will manually screen all students prior to entering the building on the first day of school.
    • Although the filing of the health screening is preferred to be done through the digital tool, a paper based/phone screening will be provided to staff and students without access to adequate technology and for other specific situations warranting the use of a paper-based process.
  • Incoming screening questionnaires will be reviewed daily by and attest to their completion.
  • Staff and students/parents/guardians are required to complete this screening on a daily basis prior to arriving at school. Staff and students who fail to self-screen prior to arriving will not be allowed entry into any FEH BOCES facility until a live screening is performed.
  • The FEH BOCES will seek to coordinate screening protocols with component districts to ensure that screening practices are done in a consistent manner and to also ensure that every student is screened. Staff located in another school district (Chateaugay and Salmon River) will follow that district’s health screening process for district staff.

Screening (Visitors)

  • All visitors must be wearing proper face covering prior to entering any building and it must be worn at all times.
  • All visitors must check in at the main entrance and await a school nurse or designee for temperature screening and to fill out the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
  • No visitor should enter a building unless necessary. All meetings should be held outside or via virtual meetings when possible.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the main entrance of each building stating their destination at that building for contact tracing. All visitors should be accompanied by a staff member whenever possible.
  • Should a visitor become ill while on campus, they must alert the staff member they are visiting to report the issue and then immediately report to the school nurse’s office.

Training for Screeners

FEH BOCES will identify individuals familiar with CDC, OSHA protocols, and DOH guidelines in each building who will be a trained screener. Screeners will wear appropriate employer-provided PPE, including at a minimum, a face covering and will employ social distancing whenever possible. If social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, PPE should be used when within six (6) feet of a student/staff/visitor.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

Hand washing - Students and staff must practice good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Schools should plan time in the school day schedule to allow for hand hygiene.

  • Hand hygiene includes:
    • Signage encouraging hand washing and correct techniques;
    • Traditional hand washing (with soap and warm water, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds), which is the preferred method. This can be accomplished by singing or humming the happy birthday song twice;
    • Adequate facilities and supplies for hand washing including soap and water.
    • Use of paper towels or touch-free paper towel dispensers where feasible (hand dryers are not recommended as they can aerolize germs);
    • Use of no-touch/foot pedal trash can where feasible;
    • Extra time in the schedule to encourage frequent hand washing.
  • Students and staff should wash hands as follows
    • Upon entering the building and classrooms;
    • After sharing objects or surfaces;
    • Before and after snacks and lunch;
    • After using the bathroom;
    • After helping a student with toileting;
    • After sneezing, wiping, or blowing nose or coughing into hands;
    • Anytime hands are visibly soiled;
    • When hand washing is not available use a hand sanitizer;
  • Hand Sanitizer - At times when hand washing is not available students and staff may use a hand sanitizer. It should be noted the sanitizers are flammable and students must be monitored and supervised when using these. Using hand sanitizers should include:
    • Signage should be placed near sanitizer dispensers indicating soiled hands should be washed with soap and water;
    • Placement of sanitizer dispensers should be located near entrances and throughout common areas.

Respiratory Hygiene – Although mask use is being required at all times, if an individual is in a situation where she/he is not wearing a mask, it is important to cover mouths or noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue appropriately.

  • A supply of tissues and open trash cans will be available in each room when feasible.
  • If no tissue is available, using the inside of the elbow (or shirtsleeve) to cover the mouth or nose is preferable to using the hands.
  • Students and staff will be instructed to perform hand hygiene after sneezing, coughing and handling dirty tissues or other soiled material, including changing a mask if it becomes wet from sneezing or coughing

Signage Protocol

FEH BOCES will use signage developed by the CDC, NYSDOH, other public health outlets, the NYS Department of Education, and create new signs where appropriate. Appropriate signage and markings will be placed throughout FEH BOCES’ offices and buildings to remind staff, students, and visitors (when permitted) to maintain physical distancing, wash hands adequately, wear masks, etc. Specifically signage will be posted at all building entrances, restrooms, cafeterias, classrooms, administrative offices, and janitorial staff areas. Signage will also be installed to mark the direction of flow in hallways to limit exposure.

Social Distancing

FEH BOCES will review all spaces and facilities to be utilized in order to maintain the health and safety of students and staff, especially when tending to individual student medical or personal needs. Specifically:

  • Appropriate physical distancing will be maintained in all directions between individuals or use of appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect airflow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk.
  • oIf used, physical barriers will be in place in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and may include strip curtains, cubicle walls, plexiglass or similar materials, or other impermeable divider or partition.
  • FEH BOCES will ensure that appropriate social distancing is maintained between individuals while in school facilities and on school grounds, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff, unless safety or the core activity (e.g., instruction, moving equipment, using an elevator, traveling in common areas) requires a shorter distance or individuals are of the same household.
  • The number of people in all campus spaces will be limited to the number that can be reasonably accommodated while maintaining a minimum of a six-foot distance between individuals in all directions. Six feet is the current minimum recommendation for physical distancing from the NYSDOH, but FEH BOCES will pay attention to future modifications in public health recommendations as information evolves.
  • A distance of twelve feet in all directions will be maintained between individuals while participating in activities requires projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity resulting in heavy breathing (e.g., participating in gym classes).
  • To the extent possible, and as recommended by the NYSDOH, FEH BOCES will attempt to create smaller student/educator cohorts to minimize the mixing of student groups throughout the day. FEH BOCES will minimize the movement of students, educators, and staff as much as possible.
  • Outdoor spaces will be used at the greatest extent possible.
  • In a circumstance where sufficient physical distancing is difficult or impossible, such as when students enter or exit a school bus in proximity to the bus driver, all individuals, including staff and students, should wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose consistent with CDC guidelines.

Student Physical Distancing Protocols will include:

  • Reviewing the student and staff capacity of each school building to meet the six foot physical distancing objectives;
  • Posting social distancing markings using tape or signs that denote six feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas;
  • Determining maximum capacity for students of each classroom to meet the six- foot physical distancing objectives;
  • Arranging desks/tables to be a minimum of six feet apart and arranged in a way that minimizes face-to-face contact;
  • Addressing physical distancing objectives as students move between classrooms. Floor decals will guide the direction of traffic in the hallways;
  • Utilizing other campus spaces for instructional activities (e.g., conference rooms, cafeterias, outdoors);
  • Grouping activities in a developmentally appropriate manner to allow for smaller groups and rearranging furniture and play spaces to maintain separation, when possible;
  • Utilizing physical barriers where possible but in compliance with OSHA regulations; and
  • Scheduling virtual activities in lieu of field trips and intergroup events.


  • Students and staff will enter the restrooms one at a time.
  • Where possible, use bathrooms in the classroom.
  • Where feasible, every other stall and sink will be closed off to ensure six feet of separation.
  • Proper personal hygiene practices should be employed after using the restroom.

Staff physical distancing protocols will include:

  • Evaluating workplaces to ensure that employees can maintain physical distancing to the extent possible;
  • Rearranging work spaces to incorporate a minimum of six feet between employees and students;
  • Using physical barriers if physical distancing between work spaces or between employees and students and visitors is not possible;
  • Limiting the use of small spaces such as elevators, supply rooms, personal offices, and vehicles to not more than one individual at a time, unless all individuals in such space at the same time are wearing acceptable face coverings. However, even when face coverings are in use, occupancy must never exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the space or vehicle, unless it is designed for use by a single occupant.
  • Avoiding staff congregation in work environments, break rooms, staff rooms, and bathrooms; and
  • Avoiding unnecessary grouping of staff together for training or staff development. Virtual training will be conducted, or, if in-person, distancing will be maintained.

Building Specific Social Distancing Considerations

Adirondack Educational Center

  • Staff will enter and exit AEC through the exterior door in, or closest to, their classroom.
  • Visitors will enter and exit AEC through Door 1.
  • At both AM and PM bus arrival and dismissal times, students will enter and exit AEC by program, as follows:
    • Door 1
      • Cosmetology
      • Culinary Arts
      • Health Occupations
      • New Vision Health
    • Door 2
      • Automotive Technology
      • Building Trades
      • Natural Resource Science
      • PASS (Alternative Education)
      • New Vision Game Design and Development

A staff member will be assigned to each door to ensure that the proper health screening for each student has been completed for that day. In any instance where the appropriate health screening has not been completed, or if such screening indicates either exposure to, or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, that student will be redirected to exterior Door 16for immediate isolation and further assessment by the School Nurse.

By entering and exiting the building as specified above, both Hallway A and Hallway B will become one-way corridors.

  • CTE programs have sufficient total space (classroom and shop areas combined) to ensure social distancing (6ft minimum). Whenever possible, outdoor projects and activities will be planned. Overhead doors in Automotive Technology, Building Trades and Natural Resource Science will be opened before, between and after classes as weather and security concerns allow.
  • PASS (Alternative Education) will need to access supplemental spaces at certain times of the day in order to ensure adequate social distancing (6ft minimum). In addition, whenever possible, outdoor learning will be planned. These spaces include: B12, E1, and A3.
  • Physical Education - Weather permitting, Physical Education classes will be held outdoors, otherwise, Room B12 (Large Group Instruction) will be used for this purpose.
  • Lunch - Students will eat their lunches in Room B12 (Large Group Instruction) which is large enough to ensure adequate social distancing (6ft minimum).
  • School Store - The school store will remain closed until further notice.

North Franklin Educational Center

  • Faculty and Staff will enter and exit the North Franklin Educational Center (NFEC) through the exterior door in or closest to their classroom/workspace. (This does contradict portions of our pre-COVID safety plan but will help with various aspects for the 2020-2021 school year.)
  • Visitors will enter and exit NFEC through the various main entrances on campus. Use of the main office vestibule will help in directing visitors where they need to go.
  • For both the AM and PM portions of our day, students entering NFEC will utilize the exterior door attached to their specific classroom. If no direct access to the classroom exists, students will enter at the nearest main entrance to the building. Staff will be present at each entry point. Busses will be instructed to drop off and pick up students at centralized locations that consider both crowd size and ease of movement.
  • Seniors: Seniors coming from a district where daily screening has taken place are to follow the plan above. If they are arriving via their own transportation they are to enter through the main entrance where they will be met by NFEC staff.

*A staff member will be assigned to each door to ensure that the proper health screening for each student has been completed for that day. In any instance where the appropriate health screening has not been completed, or if such screening indicates either exposure to, or symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, that student will be redirected to isolate immediately and undergo further assessment by the School Nurse.

  • CTE programs have sufficient total space (classroom and shop areas combined) to ensure social distancing (6ft minimum). Whenever possible, outdoor projects and activities will be planned. Overhead doors in Automotive Technology, Building Trades and Natural Resource Science will be opened before, between and after classes as weather and security concerns allow.
  • Alternative Education enrollment is not firm at this point. If the student population does not greatly exceed previous years, our classrooms are adequate to maintain all required social distancing norms. Overflow spaces are available should student numbers rise.
  • Weather permitting, Physical Education classes will be held outdoors, otherwise alternate space on campus will be utilized. This space will meet/exceed all required social distancing guidelines.
  • Students will eat their lunches in the Alternative Education multi-purpose room. Currently this space is large enough to ensure adequate social distancing.

Chateaugay CSD 12:1+3, CTE Programming at Salmon River CSD

  • The BOCES will work directly with these school districts to address any specific needs related to the health and safety of the staff and students in this classroom.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protocol

FEH BOCES reviewed the OSHA COVID-19 guidance, the CDC guidance on proper PPE use and consulted with local Department of Health officials in developing the following PPE procedures.

Students, staff and visitors to FEH BOCES will be expected to wear face coverings indoors, even when six-foot physical distancing is possible. Students, staff and visitors will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, for short breaks, and when outdoors so long as they maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of social distance.

  • All staff and students shall wear face coverings as required above. Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost by FEH BOCES.
  • Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings (e. homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana), and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.
  • Staff and students are allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose.
  • Staff and/or students with legitimate healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering may, at a minimum, be required to wear a face shield, and may have to follow additional social distancing protocols where appropriate. In some cases staff who are medically unable to wear a mask may be reassigned to protect the health of high-risk students and staff nearby.
  • FEH BOCES will supply other PPE appropriate for work assignments (complying with OSHA requirements).
    • Employees engaging in symptom screening: surgical masks, face shields, and disposable gloves will be provided.
    • Nurses will have access to a higher degree of PPE due to the nature of their work. Fit testing will be conducted to ensure appropriate fitting of N-95 face masks.
    • Front office and food service employees: face coverings, and disposable gloves will be provided.
    • Custodial staff: equipment and PPE for cleaning and disinfecting (disposable gown, gloves, eye protection, and mask or respirator in addition to PPE as required by product instructions) will be provided for the following:
    • Regular surface cleaning
    • Deep cleaning and disinfecting
    • Protect employees from the hazards of cleaning products used

*A daily checklist will be used by school personnel to inspect their areas and ensure that they have sufficient supplies each day. Inventory checklists will be monitored by the Facilities Department.

Face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Children younger than 2 years old;
  • Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction;
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious; and
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.


Training will be provided to staff and students on proper PPE use including:

  • The proper way to wear face coverings;
  • Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering;
  • Proper way to discard disposable face coverings; and
  • The importance of routine cleaning of reusable face coverings; and Face coverings are for individual use only and should not be shared.

Management of Ill Persons

  • Any person exhibiting symptoms should be required to immediately wear a face covering.
  • Staff and/or students who are symptomatic while entering campus or develop symptoms during the school day should be separated from others right away to a designated area that is isolated where others do not enter or pass.
    • This person will be assessed by the school nurse who will ensure that he/she is wearing appropriate PPE.
      • The school nurse will assess for possibility of other chronic conditions such as asthma and allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions that may present the same symptoms as COVID-19 but are neither contagious nor pose a public health threat.
      • The school nurse will assess for symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, a serious condition associated with COVID-19 in children and youth. FEH BOCES will notify the parent/guardian if their child shows any of the fol- lowing symptoms: fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, and/or bloodshot eyes feeling extra tired.
      • Schools must call for emergency transport (911) following district policies, for any student showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs.
  • If more than one person is in an isolation area, ensure physical distancing.
  • Individuals should remain in an isolation area with continued supervision and care until picked up by a parent/guardian or authorized adult.
    • Staff members who develop symptoms of COVID-19 during operation hours should leave the campus and seek medical attention from their own medical provider.
    • Students should wait in the designated isolation area until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility. Students should be escorted from the isolation area to the parent/guardian with instructions that will include seeking medical attention, NYSDOH resources for identifying testing sites, and the protocol for returning to school.
    • FEH BOCES will require anyone picking a suspected COVID-19 student/staff member to not enter the building and to call a designated number upon arrival. The suspected sick individual will then be escorted out of the building.
    • Awareness information of the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children associated with COVID-19 should also be provided.
  • If a person believes they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19, the person should self-quarantine even if they are not sick. Individuals should watch for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days of quarantine, beginning with the last day they were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. They should not go to work, child care, school, or public places for 14 days.
  • FEH BOCES will notify the NYSDOH and Franklin or Essex County DOH immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • FEH BOCES staff will notify FEH BOCES via PHONE # or EMAIL if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms outside of the workday.

Building Specific Considerations for the Management of Ill Persons

FEH BOCES requires individuals that have not performed or failed screening, upon arrival

At AEC: These students will be directed to the vestibule (Room Vestibule B), the side entrance of the building to be assessed by the school nurse or other designated staff.

At NFEC: These students will be directed to the (To the front foyer) for assessment by the school nurse or other designated staff.

If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse or other designee in the area designated for assessment, students must wait at least six feet apart.

FEH BOCES has designated areas to separate individuals with COVID-19 symptoms from others.

School Health Office:

At AEC: Designated area (Room B-4A) to administer first aid and/or medications.

At NFEC: Designated area (Nurses Office) to administer first aid and/or medications.

Isolation Room: Designated room to separate individuals who screened positive upon arrival, or individuals should they become symptomatic while at school, until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of symptoms. Students will be separated by at least six feet at all times.

At AEC: Isolation room (C-3) is the small room adjacent to the nurse’s office. Student will be supervised by the school nurse or other designated staff while in the isolation room.

At NFEC: Isolation room (Office #3 - vacant office closest to the Nurses office ) Student will be supervised by the school nurse or other designated staff while in the isolation room.

Protocol for how parents or legal guardians should pick up their student with instructions that student must be seen by a healthcare provider.

At AEC: Isolated students will be escorted and will be picked up at side entrance Door # 16.

At NFEC: Isolated students will be escorted out to the vehicle picking them put. parents will be required to call with estimated arrival time of call upon arrival and given with directions for pick up. Upon escort of  the student being brought to vehicle the parent will receive written instructions indicating that the student must be evaluated by a health care provider and other requirements prior to the student returning to school. 

Parents/legal guardians will not enter the building.

At Chateaugay and Salmon River CSD: FEH BOCES will work with the districts directly to follow their protocol for ill persons.  

Returning to School Protocol

The FEH BOCES has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. This protocol includes:

  • Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation
  • Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result
  • Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation

The FEH BOCES will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The FEH BOCES requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

Addressing Positive COVID-19 Cases or Community Surges Protocol

  • FEH BOCES will work closely with the Franklin and/or Essex County DOH in the event that large scale testing in our region is needed.
  • FEH BOCES has a plan to close schools based on guidance from the NYSDOH formula for closing schools and in coordination with local public health officials.
  • When a student, teacher, or staff member or a member of their household (parent/guardian/sibling or any other person living in the same household) tests positive for COVID-19, and has exposed others at school, FEH BOCES will implement the following steps:
    • Students whose parents/guardian test positive for COVID-19 are not permitted to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation.
    • In consultation with the local public health officials, the appropriate FEH BOCES district official may consider whether school closure is warranted and the length of time, based on the risk level within the specific community as determined by the local public health officer.
    • Closing off area where the COVID-19-positive individual was based;
    • Areas of the school visited by the COVID-19-positive individual may also need to be closed temporarily for cleaning and disinfection. Appropriate notification will be made to the occupants of such areas.
    • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
    • Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible;
    • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to haveCOVID-19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common areas.
    • Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected it can be reopened for use.
    • Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection.
    • Additional close contacts such as teachers, direct aides, classmates, and others should also quarantine at home.
    • Implement the plan for continuity of education, medical and social services, and meal programs for individuals in isolation.

COVID-19 Testing

As articulated in the Management of Ill Persons section of this plan, any student or staff member who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and not allowed back into any FEH BOCES facility until the following requirements have been met.

  • Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation
  • Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result
  • Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation

FEH BOCES will refer all individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to the following as recommended by the Franklin County DOH.

  • Primary Care Physician
  • Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, NY – 518-897-2462
  • Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone NY – 518-481-2700
  • Mountain Medical Urgent Care
    • Malone, NY – 518-521-3322
    • Saranac Lake, NY – 518-897-1000

Contact Tracing

  • FEH BOCES will make every effort to assist the local health department and contract tracers to trace all persons who had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. To do this, FEH BOCES will ensure that it:
    • will keep accurate attendance records of students and staff members;
    • ensure student schedules are up to date; and
    • keep a log of any visitors which includes dates, time, and where in the school they visited.
  • Contact Tracing Responsible Parties will be determined by officials at the Franklin and/or Essex County DOH and at each school in coordination with the COVID-19 Coordinator.
  • The nurse will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID 19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors in accordance with Education Law § 906
  • FEH BOCES will support local county DOH’s efforts in tracing all contacts of the individual, in accordance with the protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.
  • Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations. Responsible Parties must cooperate with all state and local health department contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine efforts.

School Closing Protocol

Similar to closures due to COVID-19 in March 2020, if FEH BOCES is mandated to close by NYS’s closure formula, schools and office operations will go remote. Details for how schools will operate remotely are included in the Instructional Programs section below. Parents have been notified that this is a possibility and all students have been provided with the technology to support remote learning.

Cleaning and Disinfection

FEH BOCES will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD” poster, as applicable. Cleaning and disinfection logs will be maintained that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

Examples of facility types where cleaning and disinfection frequency will be distinguished include

  • Bathrooms
  • Health offices, isolation rooms
  • Administrative offices (main office, reception area)
  • Frequently touched surfaces in common areas (door handles, elevator buttons, copy machine keypads, etc.)
  • Break rooms
  • Cafeterias/Kitchens
  • Computer labs
  • Science labs
  • Classrooms
  • Maintenance offices and work areas
  • Buses, school vehicles
  • Libraries
  • Large meeting areas (auditoriums, gymnasiums, music rooms)
  • Playgrounds (cleaning only)
  • Outdoor seating areas (plastic or metal)

Students, faculty, and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and such information will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians on ways to reinforce this at home.

The district will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the school, as follows:

  • For hand washing: soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.
  • For hand sanitizing: an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol for areas where hand washing facilities may not be available or practical.
  • Accommodations for students who cannot use hand sanitizer will be made.

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. This will include desks and cafeteria tables, which should be cleaned and disinfected between each individual’s use. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed.

FEH BOCES will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms should be cleaned and disinfected more often depending on frequency of use.

For more information about how cleaning and disinfection information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Health and Safety portionof our reopening plan.

Disinfectants must be products that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and be appropriate for the surface.