ENTRY PROTOCOLS

 

DOE policy require that schools conduct random No-touch thermometer assessment of school based staff and students. This process involves:

  • Asking the students/school based staff if they have recently traveled internationally or returned from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

    • If recent travel to a state with widespread community transmission, the nurse or staff member will inform the Principal or administration.

    • Use a No-touch thermometer to take the temperature of the student/school based staff.

    • If the student/school based staff has a temperature of 100.4 or greater or displaying any COVID 19 symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea, the administration will be notified. (BRT COVID Team Activated)

  • Students who fail to meet the entry requirements will be held in the isolation room (607 D), reassessed by the school nurse and await parent pickup.

  • Staff members exhibiting COVID – 19 symptoms will be directed to leave the building.

 

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met: 

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND 

  • Isolated for 10 days AND 

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

OR 

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test AND 

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

OR 

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND 

  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

  • The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

 

Schools are prohibited to record or track student and/or staff temperatures or other health information. Face coverings and gloves will be worn continually by designated staff taking temperatures. 

STUDENT ENTRY

  • All students will approach the building from the east side of 56th street, from 2nd avenue.  Social distance markers placed in front of the building must be followed as student form a queue for entry. Students must remain in a single file keeping six feet from the person ahead.

  • Students must wear a mask. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided for you.

  • Staff will randomly check student temperature while awaiting entry.

  • Student will scan in with their student ID and proceed to staircase C to head up to class following the directional markers.

  • Staircase D is for down traffic only.

  • Once you exit stairwell (C) on any floor please follow the directional markers to your class. The flow of traffic will move to the right as you enter the hallway.

  • Grab-N-Go breakfast and lunch will be available for pick in the lobby

 

 

Parents are encouraged to assess child, and students are encouraged to self-assess, prior leaving home and should not report to school if they are experiencing any of the symptoms described above:

temperature of 100.4 or greater, a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.

VISITOR ENTRY

DOE policy require that schools conduct No-touch thermometer assessment for all visitors. This process involves:

  • Asking the visitor if they have you recently traveled internationally or returned from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

    • If recent travel to a state with widespread community transmission, the principal or administration will be notified and the visitor will be denied entry.

    • Use a No-touch thermometer to take the temperature of the visitor.

    • If the visitor has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, coughing, shortness of breath, the  administration will be notified and the visitor will be denied entry. (BRT COVID Team Activated)

    • In an effort to limit the number of visitors in a school at any given time, all visitor and parent concerns by will be addressed via phone or computer. • Principals and designated staff will conduct meetings remotely where possible (e.g. Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meets). 

    • When it is necessary to hold a meeting in person, all visitors are required to follow the visitor control protocols, including temperature checks, complying with physical distancing requirements and wearing a face covering. 

    • In order to avoid hand-to-hand contact, we will provide multiple writing tools for visitors to sign in. 

    • Visitors must leave their names and contact information in the event they need to be notified for COVID-19 purposes. 

    • All visitors must receive a visitor’s pass, which must be returned upon exiting the building. 

    • All visitors must be escorted to and from the meeting destination, in order to prevent visitors from accessing unauthorized areas, limiting the possibility of exposure. 

    • If a parent is called to the school to pick up their child, the child must be brought to the main lobby to meet the parent. 

    • Non-essential individuals should not be allowed to enter school building. 

    • All packages are to be delivered to the main lobby in a manner consistent with social distancing protocols.

Parents are encouraged to schedule virtual conferences and to avoid in person conferences at all cost.

 

 HALL PASSES

  • All students who ask to leave the classroom must first get the teacher’s permission. Teachers will utilize single use hall passes that can be given to students whom they permit to leave the room. Replacement single use passes can be replenished via the main office. Only one student is allowed out of the classroom at any given time and students will not be allowed out the first and last ten minutes of each period.

BATHROOM USAGE- Students

  • The single use bathrooms will be available on the 10th and 7th floors. Only one student in the bathroom at a time.

  • Appropriate signage regarding hand washing will be displayed and must be followed by all students.

HAND SANITIZING

  • Dispensers: Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available at the following locations:

    • Outside the Attendance office- Room 103

    • Outside the Guidance suite- Room 102

    • Outside the save room – Room 428

    • Inside the cafeteria

    • Outside the main office – Suite 607

    • Outside the nurses office- Room 604

    • Outside suite 701

    • Outside AP humanities office- Room 802

    • Outside the faculty lounge- Room 918

    • Outside PTA/Work based learning suite – Room 1001

    • Outside AP Art office- Room 1119

  • Additional hand sanitizers will be available in every classroom and office.

 

STUDENT MOVEMENT PROTOCOLS

  • STAIRCASE A – Up traffic only floors 6 through 11

  • STAIRCASE C – Up and down traffic, follow the directional arrows. 

  • When entering from the first floor, the right half of the staircase is for up traffic only.  The left half is for down traffic.

  • When entering from floors 5 through 11, the right half is for down traffic only and the left half is for up traffic.

  • STAIRCASE D – Down traffic only.

  • HALLWAYS – When entering the hallway from a staircase or a classroom , traffic moves to the right and in a counter clockwise motion around the perimeter of the hallway.

 

 

 

EXITING THE BUILDING

  • At dismissal student will engage in social distancing in a single file format as they exit the halls into the stairwell and out the building.

  • Class rooms will follow the evacuation chart below into the staircase and out the building accordingly:

  • Staircase C – Exit through main doors

  • Staircase D – Exit through Exit D

  • As students exit the building, they will make a sharp left and proceed east on 56th street to 2nd avenue.

  • At 2nd avenue students will:

  • Head South on second avenue to the 53rd street train station to access E and M trains.

  • Head North on second avenue to the  59th street train station to access the N, R, W, 4, 5, 6 trains

NURSES OFFICE

  • Minor issues such as paper cuts should be addressed by the teacher in the classroom.

  • The nurse’s bathroom will only be accessible to patients in the nurse’s office.  Student with bladder or bowel concerns should be referred to the nurse. 

  • To comply with COVID -19 social distancing guidelines, teachers must call the medical room prior to sending students to the medical room for first aid or treatment.

  • If a student becomes ill at school the nurses will seek to obtain consent from the students’ parent/guardian allowing the student to be released from school to travel home or to a doctor unaccompanied. In addition, the nurse must determine that the student is not too ill to either walk or travel alone using public transportation. If the student is deemed not well enough to travel alone she/he/they may only be picked up by a parent/guardian or other adult designated on the students blue, home contact card.

  • The nurse’s office will keep a written record of a parent’s verbal consent along with the nurses written assessment that the student was well enough to walk or travel alone using public transportation.

  • If a student is referred to the nurse’s office displaying COVID -19 symptoms the student will escorted to the isolation room and await pickup from parent/guardian or adult on the blue card. 

The High School of Art and Design

245 East 56th Street NY, NY 10022 

Tel: (212) 752-4340 | Fax: (212) 752-4945