Our 2021-2022 Re-Entry Plan has been released. 
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2021-2022 Re-Entry Plan

Meals During Quarantine

If a parent/guardian wants a meal(s) for a quarantined student they need to call the HS Kitchen (607-648-2485) and specify the number of days they need meals for during their quarantine. Then this will be brought to the main office of the respective building and be picked up by the parent/guardian. This doesn’t pertain to homeschool students or students not enrolled in the district. 

Re-Entry Plan, as of Aug. 27, 2021

Easing of Restrictions:

  • Students will attend school in-person 5 days a week with the pre-Covid start and end times.

CF Elementary – Students enter at 8:30 AM.  School starts at 8:50 and ends at 2:50 PM.

CFMS/HS – Students enter at 7:15 AM.  Warning bell is at 7:38 am.  School starts at 7:40 and ends at 2:17 PM. Remedial session is from 2:20 – 3:00 M-Th.

  • Lockers will be available to students.

  • Hallways will no longer be divided or directional.

  • Temperature screenings and screening affidavits are no longer required.

  • Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after exposure unless they have symptoms.

  • Extra-curricular activities will be active.


Masking:

  • Indoor masking will be required for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. 

  • Masks are required of all passengers and drivers on school buses regardless of their vaccination status.  There are no physical distancing requirements.  The district will promote families sitting together and seats will be assigned for purposes of contact tracing.  

  • Masks are required at indoor athletics and school events.

  • Masks are optional outdoors.

  • Mask breaks will be given throughout the day.  


Physical Distancing:

  • At least 3’ of physical distance between students within classrooms while masked should be maintained.

  • Any adult not fully vaccinated should maintain a physical distance of at least 6’ between themselves and other adults or students.

  • Physical distancing is not required on school buses.

  • Physical distancing of at least 3’ in the cafeteria while in the food line and 6’ while eating.


 Mitigation Measures:

  • Masking

  • Physical Distancing

  • Training in handwashing and respiratory etiquette

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Promotion of students and staff staying home when sick or awaiting a test/result

  • Support Broome DOH with contact tracing and quarantining

  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of buildings, classrooms, and vehicles/buses

  • Planned upgrades to building ventilation systems

  • Students and staff should stay home if they show signs and symptoms of infectious illness and get tested

  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to screen their children for symptoms prior to the start of each school day.


Sports and Extracurricular Activities:

  • Students and adults should follow the same school-day policies and procedures during athletic and extracurricular activities.

  • Further guidance may be forthcoming from the NYS Education Department regarding the need for testing of student athletes in close contact sports, and extracurricular activities that involve singing, shouting, band, and exercise. 

  • As per Section IV, indoor sports will wear masks, outdoor sports are masks optional, unvaccinated coaches are strongly encouraged to wear masks outdoors, and physical distancing will be adhered to both indoors and outdoors as much as possible.

  • Band/Chorus/Cheer must maintain 3’ physical distance and be masked.

  • Students playing wind/brass instruments will have masks down while playing their instruments and up when not.   


Remote Learning:

  • While Chenango Forks wants every student to return to in-person learning, it is understood that some students are medically vulnerable. For those students, a remote learning option will be available through a third party.  Medical notes will be required for full remote learning, and the district’s medical director/school physician will review and consult with the district on each request. Medical requests for the 2021/22 school year require a one-year commitment, should be made by Monday, August 30, 2021, and sent to Ms. Catherine Kacyvenski, Chenango Forks Elementary Principal, Mr. Drew Rullo, Chenango Forks Middle School Principal, or Mr. Steve Tronovitch, Chenango Forks High School Principal.  Exemption from in-person learning will also exempt a student from being eligible to participate in co-curricular activities such as athletics, music, clubs, fine arts, etc. 

Transportation:

  • Masks are required of all passengers and drivers on school buses regardless of their vaccination status.  

  • There are no physical distancing requirements. 

  • The district will promote families sitting together and seats will be assigned for purposes of contact     

tracing.  

  • Students will need to ride the same bus to and from school except for those MS/HS students attending the remedial session. Five days notice is required to make transportation changes.  


Volunteer Protocol:  

  • No new volunteers to begin the 2021/22 school year.

  • Veteran volunteers may be allowed in the building as they are invited by whomever they report to and once they have gone through the volunteer re-entry protocol.   

  • Volunteers must abide by all masking, physical distancing, and other Covid related protocols.

  • Volunteers must present proof of vaccination before they can start. Vaccination card or photo of vaccination card will constitute proof of vaccination.  


Non-Parent Visitor Protocol:

  • Visitors must abide by all masking, physical distancing, and other Covid related protocols.

  • Proof of vaccination will be required for invited, essential visitors such as college recruiters, Upward Bound Program personnel, student teachers, interns, etc.  Principals will determine whether a visitor is essential if an uninvited, unannounced visitor presents. Vaccination card or photo of vaccination card will constitute proof of vaccination.   

  • Large scale indoor events with visitors are not allowed at this time.  


Facilities Use:

  • At this time, outside groups/agencies are not allowed to use any district facility without approval from the Superintendent.


Parent/Guardian Information:

  • Parents/Guardians must abide by all masking, physical distancing, and other Covid related protocols.

  • Parents/Guardians are asked to make appointments to enter a school building if entry is necessary.

  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held via phone or Zoom.

  • Parents may drop off essential items such as band instruments, replacements for soiled clothing, etc. at each building’s main entrance.

  • Birthday treats or food for celebrations can not be accepted until further notice.


Quarantined Student Protocol:

  • A student exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms will be excused from school until tested for Covid-19.  If positive, will be per local DOH guidelines.  If negative, the student may return as per district illness procedures.  If testing is recommended but not done, the student needs to remain home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and can return as per district illness procedures (24-hour fever free).

  • Students who are medically quarantined or who are self-quarantining awaiting a test/result or have tested positive for Covid-19 will be provided the following:

  • MS/HS-Students will Zoom into the appropriate classrooms throughout the day.  Teachers will post assignments on the Schoology platform.

  • CFE-Students will Zoom into their classroom throughout the day.  Assignments will be posted on the appropriate online platform. See-Saw will be utilized in grades K-2 and Google Classroom will be used for grades 3-5.  


Quarantined Teacher Protocol:

  • Teachers who are medically quarantined or who are self-quarantining awaiting a test/result or have tested positive for Covid-19 and are home may use the Covid remote protocol utilizing Zoom technology to continue teaching their courses.  


On-Site Testing:

  • Discussions with the Broome County Department of Health are occurring with the goal being to have an agreement with DOH wherein the CFCSD will be able to offer on-site Covid testing.  

  • Protocols for who may be tested, how arrangements will be made for individual tests, what personnel will provide the testing, and circumstances for testing will be created and documented.


Lunchroom Protocols:

  • Physical distancing of at least 3’ while masked in the cafeteria food line.

  • Physical distancing of at least 6’ while eating in the cafeteria. 


Attendance Protocols:

  • The Chenango Forks CSD regular attendance policy, procedures, and consequences will be in place for all students.

  • Students will be expected to be in class, whether in-person or remotely, for all courses to which they are assigned. 



Any section of the re-entry plan above may be amended through federal, state, or local order or directive.  As changes occur, they will be communicated to stakeholders as quickly as possible.


8/24/2021

Mask studies

At the Aug. 26, 2021 Special Board of Education Meeting, attendees asked for studies that prove the effectiveness of cloth masks. Below are two studies the Broome County Health Department provided that demonstrate the effectiveness of cloth masks in reducing the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19.
 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: “An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19”
US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: “How effective is a mask in preventing COVID-19 infection?”
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