In alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the division wishes, to the greatest extent possible, to have students in classrooms with a 6-foot social distance. However, there will be exceptions as students and staff move around the building.
Therefore, to the greatest extent possible, social distancing will occur for the following:
- Classroom desks/tables will be setup in a modified layout with all students facing the same direction and sitting on one side only (dependent on how many students). If alternate seating patterns are implemented, appropriate distancing and/or protective barriers will be implemented.
- In hallways, the division will be providing clear boundaries and physical guides in the form of signs and directional tape on floors.
- School will create assigned restroom usage plans that will be staff monitored, use reduced capacities and will feature posted signage.
Communally available high-touch hard surfaces will be cleaned on a rotational and on-going basis. To that end, the division has procured over 50 commercial sprayers for treating doorknobs, counters and restrooms.
Student desks and shared items/spaces such as classroom tables will be sanitized by instructional staff with division supplied fast acting disinfectant sprayers and cleaning supplies, at frequent intervals or between classes.
Cleaning procedures will be provided in writing and custodial staff will support instructional staff as available.
During a short-term closure: disinfecting of known affected and common areas will occur before returning to Phase III procedures.
Any publicly shared hard surface will be disinfected by custodial services throughout the day with fast application disinfectant sprayers (to include handrails, doorknobs, bathrooms, counters, etc.) during school hours.
Air Conditioning Settings
All YCSD ventilation systems have been designed and constructed in accordance with the industry standard ASHRAE 62.1 Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality and the International Mechanical Code, Chapter 4, Ventilation which is adopted by the Virginia Uniform Building Code. While the Standard and the Code have changed over time, the result of the procedure for determining the amount of ventilation air required has remained nearly constant at approximately 15 cubic feet per minute (CFM) per person. Ventilation air is introduced into buildings via the HVAC systems to dilute the indoor air of contaminants.
At Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Elementary, Yorktown Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary and the Grafton Complex, the ventilation systems were designed and constructed in accordance with the Standards and Codes identified above. In addition, bipolar ionization technology was designed and installed into these HVAC systems and was shown to reduce the level of contaminants in the indoor air and allow for a reduction in ventilation air. The bipolar ionization device produces positive and negative ions which attack contaminants in the air stream and kills them. Contaminants killed include viruses, mold spores and bacteria and bipolar ionization has also been shown to effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2 under certain test conditions. The use of bipolar ionization allowed for a reduction of ventilation air to between 5 to 7.5 CFM/person.
Operations staff will be available meet with administrative staff from each school early in September to design a customized plan coordinating arrival and dismissal processes assist with proper social distancing.
Only visits to schools scheduled in advance will occur, visitors will be asked to wear masks for IEP meetings or required student conferences. Persons unable or unwilling to wear masks will have virtual meetings.
Reminder signage requiring the use of masks by visitors will be posted. Student pick up will occur in vestibules with visitors wearing masks.
Initially, no in-building volunteering will occur. Volunteering will be revisited if determined to be necessary to support a specific learning model.
Community Facility Use
Use of Facilities/Grounds will be granted to, or through, our partner agencies as long as Executive Order, CDC and VDH guidelines and restrictions can be followed:
- Participants in activities that require exertion should maintain social distancing as appropriate of ten feet. Spectators should maintain a safe distance of six feet.
- Hand washing strategies should be made available before and after activities. There should be no communal sharing of equipment, water bottles, etc. without an effective strategy for disinfection.
- Use of indoor facilities/buildings is restricted only to our partner agencies until the Governor places the region into a phase beyond Phase III. The only exception granted will be for instructional purposes and Parks and Recreation summer programs.