Faith Bible Academy
School Reopening Plan
July 31, 2020
Faith Bible Academy
106 Crosby Road
Sprakers, NY 12166
(518)-234-3497 ext. 2
Pastor David White, Administrator
Faith Bible Academy developed this reopening plan under guidance provided by the New York State Departments of Health and Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Christian Law Association. We desire our school families to know that it is subject to change and modifications as conditions arise. We intend to review all facets of the plan throughout the 2020-2021 school year. We believe we have created steps that will help minimize the risk of Covid-19 spread in the Faith Bible Academy school community.
Faith Bible Academy will reopen according to the attached school calendar with the following provisions to prevent the spread of Covid-19:
1. Health and Safety:
FBA staff will perform daily health checks and screenings of all staff and students, including no-contact temperature-taking and recognizing signs and symptoms of illness in students and staff. In accordance with CDC guidance, students and staff will be excluded from FBA if they test positive for Covid-19 or exhibit one or more of the following symptoms of Covid-19:
Ill persons will be isolated in a room set apart for this purpose until they can be sent home. Such persons will be asked to wear a surgical mask until they exit the building. Students should not attend school if they exhibit any of these symptoms before leaving home each morning.
Students and staff will be instructed in proper hand and respiratory hygiene and will be provided with time and materials for such handwashing during the school day. Hand sanitizer will be provided in every student and staff area.
2. Facility Use & Social Distancing Strategies:
School staff will promote social distancing by spacing students in each classroom six feet apart. School staff will provide academic instruction while using social distancing measures. When such measures are not possible, school staff will wear appropriate face coverings.
Student traffic in the hallway will be staggered to allow for one-way traffic with social distancing. This will include arrival, dismissal, recess, bathroom, lunch, and assembly times.
Each class will become a cohort to provide stable groups within our school community. Students will not interact with others outside of their classroom group. Each student will provide his/her own school supplies to limit the sharing of material and communal storage of items. Recess and P.E. class will continue to take place with modifications to allow for social distancing.
Faith Bible Academy will continue to conduct mandatory fire drills according to the existing statutory schedule. School leaders will plan for these drills to be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies. Students will be given adequate instruction on how to conduct drills safely and while maintaining social distancing.
3. Sanitization Strategies:
Cleaning and disinfection procedures for high contact surfaces (door handles, desks, tables, chairs, toilet facilities, light switches, locker handles, classroom coatracks, keyboards and computer hardware, etc.) will take place daily.
Students will be responsible for providing their own lunch and snacks during the school day. Students will be seated for lunch and snack times at six feet apart. Students may not share food or beverages with other students.
Parents are responsible to provide or obtain transportation for their children to Faith Bible Academy. According to http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/state-education-department-issues-guidance-reopen-new-york-state-schools, bus transportation will be provided for the 2020-2021 school year:
“Both students and drivers will wear masks and social distance on the bus.
Districts will continue to provide transportation to homeless students,
students in foster care, those who attend religious, independent or charter
schools – and those with disabilities – just as they always have.”6. School Schedule
The current Faith Bible Academy reopening plan includes in-person instruction only. Should a local outbreak of Covid-19 take place, FBA leadership will implement alternate plans to ensure the continued education of FBA students through at-home learning.7. Outbreak Management Plan
Faith Bible Academy will continue to monitor and coordinate with local education agencies and local health officials during the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Changes to policies and protocols will be based upon state and local orders, in conjunction with the local education agencies and local health officials, and by following the guidance established by the CDC. The CDC has established decision trees for school leaders to make ongoing assessments during the pandemic.
As per the current Faith Bible Academy Emergency Management Plan, in the event of a public health or medical related issue, school administration will mobilize information quickly, so faculty, staff, and families have relevant facts and school-recommended actions as soon as possible. Public health or medical-related information will be provided to school faculty and staff through the school office, then communicated to parents via text alert, phone call, or email as appropriate. If needed, a link to a web page will be provided for access to the most relevant updates.
Faith Bible Academy Response to Exclusion from School or Self-Quarantine:
As soon as FBA becomes aware of a student or staff member that may have Covid-19 or who has been excluded from school or recommended to self-quarantine, the school will contact the local health department. All desks, lockers, and workspaces of the person will be thoroughly disinfected.
Return to School After Exclusion:
Once a student or staff member is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently those guidelines are:
1. Untested: Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of Covid-19, but experience symptoms, may return if the following three conditions are met:
a. They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is at least three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers);
b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath has improved); and
c. At least ten (10) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
2. Tested: Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for Covid-19 may return to school if the following three conditions are met:
a. They no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers);
b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
c. They have received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
3. Tested with no symptoms: Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for Covid-19 may return when they have gone ten (10) calendar days without symptoms and have been released by a healthcare provider.
Students may also return if they are approved to do so in writing by the student’s health care provider.
Siblings or Other Students in the Household:
If a student is excluded from school due to Covid-19 symptoms or has had a positive Covid-19 test, his or her siblings, or other students living in the same household, will be asked to self-quarantine.
If a student or staff member has recently had close contact with a person with Covid-19 symptoms, or diagnosed with Covid-19, or has recently been somewhere considered to be a “hot spot” by the CDC, the school may exclude the student or staff member from the school campus and recommend that they self-quarantine for 14 calendar days.
Confirmed Case of Covid-19 in the School Building:
When there is confirmation that a person infected with Covid-19 was on the school campus, the school will contact the local health department immediately. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, the school will close the school building for a minimum of 2-5 days and work with the local health department to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community, and other factors that will determine when the building should reopen. The school will contact parents/students and employees to notify them that a person who tested positive for Covid-19 was in the building, and to encourage cooperation with the school and the local health department to trace contacts with the individual. The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large but may need to be selectively identified for contact tracing by the health department. While the school building is closed, all school activities will be cancelled or rescheduled, regardless of whether the activity was to take place in the building, or another location, including extra-curricular activities, before and after-school programs, and field trips. Parents/students and employees will be encouraged to stay at home until more information is provided by the school or health department.
Any decisions to close school will come from the administrator based on confirmed information from local education, city, state, or federal agencies. With an announcement to close school, faculty and staff are expected to remain to supervise students and perform student release procedures. The school will then consider an alternate education plan in order to maintain continuity of instruction.