Managing COVID-19 In Schools
Throughout the week, CSA has been consistently communicating with DOE to ensure that our members are receiving necessary information in as timely a manner as possible. We will continue to be part of an ongoing conversation with the city and DOE to advocate that school leaders’ evolving concerns be adequately addressed.
Click here to find the guidance that DOE sent Principals on March 3, 2020.
Click here to find the guidance that DOE sent to school nurses on March 3, 2020.
Click here to find the memorandum that went out to custodial engineers on March 4, 2020.
Click here to find a COVID-19 Protocol Checklist.
Click here to find a payroll administration memorandum that details timekeeping procedures enacted for absences related to the COVID-19 virus.
These are all documents that the DOE has already sent out throughout the week.
According to guidance intended for school nurses, the current protocols require the designation of staff members (primary and back-up) to escort students with symptoms to a pre-designated private room and provide adult presence during isolation.
CSA asked DOE to establish protocols to follow in the event that a staff member does not volunteer for this assignment. If a principal doesn’t have staff members at their school who volunteer to handle these duties, they should email their superintendent right away to ask for further instructions and copy email@example.com on any email correspondence.
Similarly, principals should email their superintendent and CSA if they don’t have the proper space to designate as a private room to isolate students with symptoms, or if they do not have the appropriate supplies and protective equipment.
At this moment, the DOE will be providing further instructions on a case-by-case basis if any infection is confirmed. CSA has been in regular conversations with the DOE to ensure that they will soon issue standard protocols around the communication of any confirmed cases and the subsequent remediation of relevant school buildings.
As always, we are here to advocate on our members’ behalf and protect their safety and welfare.