Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Message from M-W nurses regarding the return to school

Health checks

The district has developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening measures that must be conducted each morning before coming to school. The resources include the requirement for any student or staff member with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection to not come to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of Coronavirus symptoms was used to develop these resources.

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District will implement the following practices to conduct mandated health screening:

MWCSD will be utilizing a daily COVID screening tool developed by Capital Region BOCES and the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC). This screening tool will not collect individual health data of students, staff and guests, only if they are cleared to enter our buildings. After completing the screening process, the district will be notified if a student, staff member or guest is not allowed to enter one of the district buildings.

Hand hygiene

Students and staff will be instructed on proper hand hygiene. The district will provide hand sanitizer stations in all school buildings as well as in the classrooms. Students will have access to sinks and instructed on proper hand washing techniques in health education lessons. CDC hand washing posters will be placed throughout the building (https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html ) as reminders to students and staff. Emails to families will include information on hand washing from CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/family_handwashing-508.pdf

Social distancing

Students and staff will be instructed to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times. Desks will be placed 6 feet apart in classrooms and floor markers will be placed throughout the buildings. The importance of physical distancing in controlling the spread of COVID-19 will be emphasized in emails to parents.

Proper face covering procedures

  • Students will be instructed on how to wear their face covering correctly:
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Hands should be washed before and after applying face coverings
  • Face coverings should be washed daily

If students/staff become ill

If students or staff become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 at school, the district requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Read more