Updated Reopening Plans With Health and Safety Protocols 7/25/20
CCTI Students and Families:
Based on the July 16th Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools from the PA Department of Education, the reopening model we will be presenting to the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) for approval will have your CCTI student attending school every other day. A reopening plan must be approved and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by the end of July. In early August, details of your students’ schedule will be disseminated.
When the students are in attendance they will spend a full day in their technical course and have the flexibility to receive some academic support if needed. All academic courses will be delivered through distance learning. When a student is not in the building, he/she will be receiving academic instruction through distance learning.
Academic instructors will be in the school building using cameras and other technologies to deliver their live synchronous lessons to the students who are at home. Since the academic instructors will be in their classrooms, there will be opportunities for them to provide academic support (tutoring and small group instruction) to the students who are also in the building on any given day. Some “after school” extra help/tutoring through distance learning will also be available one or two days a week from 2:15-3:30.
A summary of the planned health and safety protocols follows:
Health and Safety Plan Summary: Carbon Career & Technical Institute
Terms Used In Summary
ASHRAE- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
CDC- Center for Disease Control
DOH- Department of Health
PPE- Personal Protective Equipment
Anticipated First Day of School–September 8, 2020
Facilities Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting and Ventilation
Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, drinking fountains, hallways, and transportation)
We will use a CDC approved disinfectant on all high touch areas daily.
Ventilation: On a continuous basis we bring in a minimum of 10% outside air to our building (former ASHRAE recommendation). We are working on the new/latest ASHRAE recommendations prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak by bringing in the “maximum amount of outside air” allowable by system design. We’ve accomplished this by instituting an automatic scheduled daily building flush. This brings in 100% outside air to the building overnight on each weekday. We will also complete unscheduled “manual” building purges when we have any confirmed case of COVID-19.
Instructors/staff will wipe down desks, tools, devices with disinfectant as needed. Bathrooms and water fountains will be disinfected periodically throughout the day.
Disposable cups will be required to be used at all water fountains.
Additional water dispensers will be placed in classrooms. Students will be allowed to bring clear refillable containers.
Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols
Classroom/learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible
6 feet of separation between desks/tables/students/teacher workspaces in classrooms will be established.
Restricting the use of cafeterias and other congregate settings, and serving meals in alternate settings such as classrooms
Congregate settings will be restricted. Meals may be served in classrooms or in small groups in the cafeteria.
Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of hand-washing and other best practices
Sanitize/wash hands when entering and exiting spaces such as classrooms, bathrooms, tool rooms, etc. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at appropriate locations.
Posting signs, in highly visible locations, that promote everyday protective measures, and how to stop the spread of germs
Signs will be prominently placed throughout classrooms and highly visible locations.
Limiting the sharing of materials among students
Sharing will be limited by encouraging “bring your own tools and electronic devices” when feasible. We will provide as much 1 to 1 electronic devices, tools, toolboxes, books, etc. as feasible.
Staggering the use of communal spaces and hallways
Employing the two-day rotation schedule, serving lunches in classrooms, holding virtual class meetings, assemblies, etc., will greatly reduce the use and crowding of communal spaces. Social distancing and facemask/shield protocols will be followed in all areas.
Adjusting transportation schedules and practices to create social distance between students
Employ the two-day rotation schedule to reduce the number of students needing bus transportation on a given day. Two students per seat maximum with masks/face shields. Disinfecting buses based on CDC/DOH guidelines. Bus drivers following facemask/shield protocols. Allowing students with permits to drive and park on campus. Encourage parent transportation.
Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students
Two-day rotation schedule to limit the number of students in classrooms and labs to enable effective social distancing.
Monitoring Student and Staff Health
Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure
Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body/muscle pains/aches, headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell/taste, repeated shaking with chills) and/or has come in contact with someone with COVID-19 are asked not to report to school/work. Staff is required to notify a supervisor if they are experiencing symptoms and/or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19. Staff and students will be asked to complete self-checks (using a standard checklist) before arriving at school.
Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure
Several spaces throughout the building have been designated as quarantine isolation areas. The goal is for students and staff to spend a minimal amount of time in isolation before being transported to their appropriate destination.
Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school
CDC Guidelines will be followed:
Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school- year changes in safety protocols
Changes/Closures-Decisions will be based on government/PDE/CDC directives/recommendations, and outbreaks within the school and local community. All stakeholders will be notified of closures and modifications to operations. Decisions will be made by the administration in conjunction with our JOC.
Other Considerations for Students and Staff
Protecting students and staff at higher risk for severe illness
Higher risk students and staff may be required to wear additional PPE. We will seek advice from their medical providers. However, with all of CCTI’s safety protocols in place, it will be as if we are treating everyone as if they are at higher risk for severe illness. By maintaining social distancing, facial coverings for staff, and having extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place, we hope to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff and students
CCTI will comply with the Governor’s Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings announced July 1, 2020, that designates that all staff and students will be required to wear a face mask or shield in all public areas in the school with the following exceptions: eating or drinking when space at least 6 feet apart; seated at desks or assigned workspaces at least 6 feet apart; or engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (ex. face-covering breaks, etc.). Masks/shields may not display messages, slogans, or anything that violates dress policy.
Strategic deployment of staff
All staff will be expected to perform their duties as assigned to deliver a high-quality educational program and maintain the health, safety, and welfare of all.