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HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Overview
2021-2022

We have taken several precautions to prepare for health safety and to prevent the spread of illness at school. Thank you for adhering to school health safety protocols for the well being of the entire school community!

 

School

  • Guideline Adherence CIBM follows all guidelines set forth by the Albany County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department Office of Religious and Independent Schools. This guidance continues to evolve related to protocols around isolation, quarantine, surveillance and diagnostic testing.  (See button above for updated CIBM protocols; and, buttons below for updated government agency guidance documents.)

  • Weekly Surveillance Testing All children and staff will participate in weekly saliva pooled COVID PCR tests, required and provided by the Albany County DOH. The samples are sent to Quadrant Labs in Buffalo, NY and have results sent directly to parents in a confidential online portal 48-72 hours later.

  • Ventilation There are high-capacity medical-grade air purifiers with HEPA filters (replaced every 6 months) in each school space: classrooms, after care, art studio, reception, etc

  • Meal Seating Classroom tables and folding tables provided, so that children eat six-feet apart

  • Mask Straps Each child provided with a mask-strap to keep their mask from falling on the floor

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Furniture, floors and bathrooms are deeply cleaned and disinfected weekly, including classrooms, After Care, Art Studio, etc

  • Communication Responsive, clear and concise announcements, notices and messages are exchanged between the school, staff and parents via multiple modes: email, vCita (parent portal), automated SMS, phone, and Zoom or, when possible, face-to-face meetings

 

 

Staff

  • COVID-19 Vaccination All staff are vaccinated

  • Clean Hands Ensure that each child use hand sanitizer after each activity and wash their hands with soap and water before and after meals and a sneeze or cough

  • Disinfected Touch-Points Use non-toxic disinfectant to wipe down touch-points daily

  • Cleaning Wash and disinfect tables and chairs before and after each snack and lunch  

  • Illness Policy Adherence All staff must stay home if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms and must follow the protocols listed in the above document (button) to return to in-person attendance at school. 

Parents

 

  • Daily COVID At-Home Screening & Temperature Check Check child’s temperature and for any symptoms daily before arrival to school

  • Clean Cloth or KN95/N95 Mask A clean and labeled cloth mask each day for your child, and at least two extras kept at school

  • Limited Travel and Social Visits with Family and Friends CIBM recommends that families limit travel and mask-less socializing. 

  • Illness Policy Adherence All children must stay home if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms and must follow the protocols listed in the above document (button) to return to in-person attendance at school.