School Facilities

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School Facilities
In order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently touched spaces regularly. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces. Plans for changes or additions to facilities that require review by The Office of Facilities Planning (OFP), will be submitted to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code. Any project necessary for reopening related to COVID-19 will be labeled as such. Any and all use of plastic separators will comply with the 2020 BCNYS Section 2606. The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm), will remain unchanged. 

The district plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Visual Inspections. In addition, lead in water sampling will be carried out upon the reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”

Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.

Cleaning

  • Follow EPA 6 steps for Safe and Effective Disinfection - Environmental Protection Agency
  • All disinfectants are EPA-registered
  • BioShield Disinfectant Spray (every 3 months) high touch services with electrostatic sprayers and misters
  • Scheduled checks of room ventilation rates: Thermo/Hygrometer
  • Scheduled checks of room humidity levels: Thermo/Hygrometer
Cleaning and Disinfecting Supplies for Classrooms, Hallways, Offices and Large Spaces
  • Symmetry hand sanitizer dispensers with Ion pure for antimicrobial protection
  • Symmetry hand sanitizer dispensers with 60% alcohol hand sanitizer
  • EPA-registered disposable wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, Oxivir spray and wipes. Sprayers and misters spread these disinfectant products that meet EPA’s list for use against COVID-19 pathogens
  • HVAC MERV 13 filters Installed where applicable and replaced as needed
Classroom Cleaning
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, and or Oxivir wipes/spray. (Min.1x / week) using electrostatic sprayers and misters, meeting EPA's list for use against COVID-19
  • Spot-check tables and chairs
  • Air vents
  • Window hardware
  • Sinks and bathrooms
  • Dust mop floors or use filtered vacuum, depending on the floors; wet mop as needed
Nightly Cleaning
  • Door knobs
  • Light switches
  • Teachers desks when empty of materials
  • Whiteboards
  • Replace Symmetry Hand Sanitizer with Ion Pure for antimicrobial protection, as needed
  • Replace EPA-registered disposable wipes as needed, so that commonly used surfaces (eg: keyboards, desks, remote controls, telephone receivers, Etc) can be wiped down before use
  • Empty garbage
Hallways
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, and or Oxivir wipes/spray. (Min.1x / week) using electrostatic sprayers and misters.
  • Cleaned with an auto scrubbing machine and disinfectant.
Hand Clean (3x daily)
  • Water fountains
  • Handrails
  • Door knobs/push bars of high traffic areas
  • Handles on equipment
  • Push buttons on vending machines and elevators.
  • Hand sanitizer stations (clean and replenish.)
  • All other high touch-points
  • Wet mop as needed
Bathrooms
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, and or Oxivir wipes/spray. (Min.1x / week)   Using electrostatic sprayers and misters

Daily cleaning (3x per day)
  • Faucets
  • Toilet handles
  • Dispensers
  • Stall handles and locks
  • Check soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and replenish
Night Cleaning
  • Faucets
  • Toilet handles
  • Dispensers
  • Stall handles and locks
  • Check soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and replenish
  • Floors cleaned and mopped
  • Trash emptied
  • Pressure wash when needed
Offices
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, and or Oxivir wipes/spray. (Min.1x / week) using electrostatic sprayers and misters

Nightly hand cleaning
  • Door knobs
  • Light switches
  • Desks when empty of materials
  • Air vents
  • Window Hardware
  • Sinks/kitchenettes
  • All other high touch-points
  • Dust mop floors or use filtered vacuum, depending on floors, wet mop as needed.
  • Replace Symmetry Hand Sanitizer with Ion Pure for antimicrobial protection, as needed.
  • Replace EPA-registered disposable wipes as needed, so that commonly used surfaces (eg: keyboards, desks, remote controls, telephone receivers, etc.) can be wiped down before use.
  • Empty garbage and replace bags
Cafeteria
  • Clorox 360 disinfectant spray, Buckeye Ecosystem E23 spray, and or Oxivir wipes/spray. (Min.1x / week).   Using electrostatic sprayers and misters, meeting epa's list for use against COVID-19.

Clean after each period
  • Cafeteria tables and benches
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers
  •  Water fountains
  •  Door handles, light switches, and other frequently touch surfaces
End of day cleaning
  • Cafeteria tables and benches
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Water fountains

Plumbing Facilities and Fixtures

  • Minimum number of toilet fixtures will be maintained based on building occupancy code guidelines set by NYS building codes.
  • Drinking water facilities: drinking fountains will not be reduced but will be restricted to bottle fill only. Drinking fountains will maintain Code Compliance of 1 Fountain per 100 occupants.
  • Potable water system will be flushed before the buildings are reoccupied..
  • Best practices for bathroom usage:
  • Bathroom usage will be monitored by staff to ensure social distancing.
  • Combination of paper towels and hand dryers will be used.
  • Districts will ensure distancing rules are adhered to by using signage, occupied markers, or other methods to reduce restroom occupancy at any given time, where feasible.
  • Hand washing signage and social distancing markers will be maintained.

Ventilation

  • Maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed.
  • Weekly inspections of HVAC equipment to ensure outside air requirements are met.
  • Ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible will be utilized by opening windows and doors while maintaining health and safety protocols, and fire codes as necessary.
  • Installation of higher efficiency MERV 13 air filters where applicable.