Q: Will wipes be available and provided for teachers?
A: Yes, the district has purchased wipes for the start of school. There is a limited supply available, so as a backup we will have paper towels and spray bottles with a disinfecting solution.
Q: Will the district discontinue the use of hand dryers?
A: The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and John Hopkins University have stated that there is no evidence that hand dryers either kill or spread COVID-19. The district will continue using hand dryers but there will also be paper towels in all restrooms.
Q: Is hand sanitizer being supplied?
A: The district has purchased and is installing touchless hand sanitizer dispensers for each classroom and all common areas.
Q: Can teachers use portable fans in their classrooms?
A: Yes, fans can be used in a classroom as long as it does not oscillate or blow on students or staff. Having a fan in a window to either exhaust or draw air in is acceptable.
Q: How will teachers store classroom furniture?
A: Classroom furniture will stay in the classrooms. Desks will be spread out so students are six feet apart. The desks and chairs not in use will be shrinkwrapped to identify non-use. Classrooms will have assigned seating. Classrooms with tables can use the tables and use student desks from other classrooms if needed. Below is an example of how classroom furniture may be spaced.
Q: Can food be served in classrooms?
A: The goal is to keep the classroom cleaned and disinfected, so food should not be served in the classroom unless it is absolutely necessary. We are allowing K-1 to serve lunch in the classroom. Food in classrooms brings a whole host of issues including sanitation, pest control, proper disposal and cleaning of spills.
Q: Are masks and face shields being supplied to staff?
A: Yes, the district has purchased cloth masks for students and staff. The district will have a supply of disposable masks in case students and staff misplace/forget their masks. The district will also be suppling face shields and gloves for staff.
Q: Can teachers put up Plexiglas barrier in front of their desk or work station?
A: Because of the fire codes, certain plastic barriers cannot be used because of their flammability.
Q: Will animals and insects still be used during certain science classes?
A: Teachers will be required to notifiy the head custoidian in advance if they'd llike to bring insects or animals out during their lesson. However, it is recommended that animals and insects stay sheltered at this time.
Q: What type of ventilation do the classrooms have?
A: A typical classroom has a Unit ventilator (UV or Univent) is a piece of mechanical equipment. This is similar to a hot air furnace in a house except it has a louver outside which draws and delivers fresh air into the classroom. The fresh air is either heated or cooled depending if it is a heat only or combination. It is designed to deliver 15 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of fresh air per student. Typical classroom design is 30 students or 450 CFM.
Q: What type of ventilation is in the cafeteria? Is it possible for students to eat outside rather than inside?
A: The cafeterias have unit ventilators that deliver the fresh air into the cafeterias and an exhaust fan that expels the air out of the building. The cafeteria also has air conditioning to maintain comfort and reduce humidity. Students and staff can also eat outside when weather permits.
Q: What type of ventilation is in the restroom? How many students are allowed in the restroom at a time?
A: Each restroom has an exhaust fan mounted on the roof in most cases, designed for the size of the room to provide proper air exchange.
Q: What are the district’s plans for cleaning and disinfecting school buildings?
A: The district will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and Department of Health. Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection for high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed.
Q: What cleaning supplies is the district using?
A: Listed below are the EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products that may be used in our buildings by custodial staff on a regular basis. Some of these products will be available in classrooms for staff use as well as wipes. Students will not be permitted to use these disinfecting products. If a student needs to clean off their area, they will use soap and water.
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Total 360® Disinfectant Cleaner
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Sanitizing Spray
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach
Morning Mist Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner
RAINDANCE Low Foam Neutral Floor Cleaner
Orbio® os3 MultiMicro™ 200 Disinfectant and Surface Cleaner
Oxivir Tb (US) Disinfectant Cleaner
BIOPROTECT™ Antimicrobial Disinfectant Cleaner
Q: How many times a day will restrooms be cleaned?
A: Restrooms other “high-touch” areas are scheduled to be cleaned before school begins, mid-morning, before and after lunch and just before the school day ends.
Q: Was the White Plains Department of Public Safety consulted while the district was creating its reopening plan?
A: Yes, we have been and will continue to work closely with our community partners during the 2020-21 school year.
Q: Will the district post “Stop the Spread” signage and social distancing floor markings in our schools?
A: Yes. Stop the Spread signage is currently being placed in and around our buildings as required by the New York State recommended guidelines.
Q: Will there be ventilation in each classroom? What about air purifiers?
A: We are changing our filters a\\based pon the recommended by the Department of Health and the district's mechnical engineer. At this time, we do not have purifiers in each classroom. Teachers will keep the windows open if weather permits.
Q: What is the school district doing about getting clean airflow into classrooms?
A: Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible while maintaining health and safety protocols.
Q: What efforts are being made to ensure larger groups of students maintain proper social distance in the hallways during class changes, meal times, recess and dismissal?
A: Room letter designations will be used to stagger building movement for class changes, meal times, recess and dismissal.