Covid 19 Updates

Safety Procedures

Our school has adopted a number of safety procedures in response to COVID-19 to keep our students and staff safe. Focused on preventive actions, we will be performing randomized health checks and screenings, per DOH guidance, and recognize signs and symptoms of illness in students and staff; develop plans to maximize social distancing; develop plans to manage and isolate ill persons until they can be sent home; instruct students and staff in proper hand and respiratory hygiene; require wearing appropriate face coverings; and develop cleaning and disinfection procedures for the school in accordance with CDC and DOH guidance.

 

  • Masks and PPE: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students (with the exception being students who are medically or developmentally unable). Signage will be provided to remind students, faculty, and staff of the importance of wearing appropriate PPE.
  • Handwashing and Sanitizing:Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  
  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office.
  • Bussing Procedures:
  • Limiting Interaction: Where possible, students should remain with the same group of students, in a cohort, throughout the day.
  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 
  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times. Hungerford redesigned movement protocols within each of our buildings to minimize congestion, including designating one-way direction stairwell, single file routes, and limiting movement where possible.
  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas:Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.
  • Social Distancing: There will be guidelines and visuals in each classroom indicating social distancing guidelines of 6 ft.
  • Monitoring Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

Safety Precautions

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes:We've reduced the average class size based on the size of the room and guidance from the CDC and DOH.
  • Improvements in ventilation:In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and classrooms ventilation systems have been checked to ensure they are fully functional.
  • Increases in cleaning frequency:Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 

Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas