This page is a one-stop location for all information regarding the re-opening of schools and the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
Please click hyperlinks to access each page listed.
*Cleaning and disinfecting protocols, transportation information and more are in previous updates below.
Updated August 12 at 5:40 pm
Each school within our district will present a pre-recorded virtual briefing of its school re-entry plan, which will be aired starting at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 21st. We are encouraging our families to submit questions in advance, which will be answered by the building administration during this briefing. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Updated August 11 at 9 am
The William Floyd School District hosted a virtual meeting on re-opening schools via our YouTube channel on August 11th at 6:30pm. To watch the replay of the event, please CLICK HERE
Updated August 6 at 1:50 pm
In addition to the hybrid plan, the district is also offering the virtual learning option for the entirety of Stage 1. Please click here for more information on the virtual learning option and a registration form.
Updated July 30 at 4:55 pm
The William Floyd School District is proposing a hybrid model (some days in school and some days remotely) to begin Stage 1 of re-opening this September. Please click here for the full details.
Updated July 23 at 3:30 pm
Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols for the 2020-21 School Year
As the William Floyd School District continues to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, we wanted to inform you of the cleaning and disinfecting protocols that will be in place should schools be allowed to re-open for either the full-time in-person option or the hybrid option (some days in school/some days remote). The district’s re-opening plan is due to New York State by July 31 and Governor Cuomo will make a decision on whether schools can re-open in person during the week of August 1-7.
Below are some frequently asked questions in relation to cleaning and disinfecting schools and buildings when schools are able to have in-person instruction once again.
What will a typical day of in-school cleaning and disinfecting look like?
The William Floyd custodial staff will be hard at work on a daily basis ensuring that high-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day. High touch areas include but are not limited to doorknobs, door handles, hand rails, bathrooms, light switches, shared common areas such as cafeteria tables (if used), etc.
What about nighttime cleaning and weekends?
In addition to a thorough cleaning of each classroom and building (entrance ways, hallways, office spaces, cafeteria, gymnasium, etc.) at night and on weekends, the district will also be using electrostatic spray misting devices (brand names Karcher and EM360), which provides a powerful and efficient disinfectant treatment weekly and as needed. This patented application system places an electrostatic charge to liquid disinfectants as they leave the spray nozzle, which causes them to cling to any surface.
How does electrostatic spray work?
As outlined above, electrostatic spray misters provide a full 360-degree coating made possible by the negative charge of the sprayed solution as it exits an electrostatic spray nozzle, and the positive charge of the surfaces it reaches. It atomizes cleaning solutions, using electrostatics to attach to and wrap around harmful micro-organisms and remove them from surfaces.
What types of cleaning products will the district use?
The district will use 3M Quat Disinfectant cleaner 5A, 5L and 5H, a solution that is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses, bacteria and fungi, including the SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus) COVID-19. The Center for Biocide Chemistries lists this product as effective at fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be used as a cleaning product in the electrostatic spray and the solution for wiping down surfaces.
Will the district use any other types of high-tech cleaning?
Yes, the district will use backpack ionizers that operate using the same technology as the electrostatic spray, releasing a positive charge and atomizing the cleaning solutions wrap around and remove harmful micro-organisms from surfaces.
What type of cleaning solution will the district use with the backpack ionizers?
For the backpack ionizers (pictured above), the district will use a biostatic surface protectant called Bioshield 75, a patented technology for the elimination of harmful surface bacteria that provides up to 90 days of protection on surfaces. The product is applied to surfaces and forms a covalent bond resulting in a protective microbiostatic layer of positively charged long chain molecules. Pathogens, spoilage bacteria and other harmful microorganisms are attracted to the positively charged ion and through lysis (the disintegration or rupture of the cell wall or membrane), the cell is destroyed. Since this is a physical disruption, the destroyed cell cannot mutate or replicate thus avoiding the possibility of developing antimicrobial resistance.
How often will classrooms and buildings be ionized?
Bioshield 75 provides up to 90 days of protection, so to ensure that there is continual uninhibited protection, the ionization process will take place at least once per month. This process is in addition to the electrostatic spraying and frequent cleaning and disinfecting processes deployed on a daily basis as outlined above.
What about the cleaning of buses?
The William Floyd School District uses two transportation providers to transport students – First Student Inc. for the large buses and Durham School Services for the mini-buses. Each company has strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place utilizing a daily and monthly cleaning and disinfecting protocol, which the district has requested. You can read more about each company’s disinfection protocol at the following links: First Student Inc./Durham School Services.
What about air quality?
Although the New York State guidance does not require schools to install higher MERV-rated air filters for HVAC systems at this time (as it does for malls), the district proactively plans to increase the MERV rating of the filters that we use. MERV or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value signifies the size of the particles that an air filter is designed to catch. The higher the MERV rating, the better the filter is at capturing smaller particles.
Will there be hand sanitizer available?
Yes, the district has installed alcohol-based hand rub dispensers in each classroom and in high-traffic locations throughout each school.
Updated July 17, 2020 at 1 pm
NYS Re-opening Guidance Received, Gov. Cuomo to Decide on Re-opening Schools Between Aug. 1-7
On Thursday, July 16, the New York State Education Department released guidance to help schools and school districts prepare for re-opening, whether that occurs in one of three scenarios: in person (all students return to school), remotely (all distance learning) or in a hybrid model (some days in person/some days remotely). The guidance builds on the “Framework of Guidance” that the New York State Education Department presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13.
Additionally, Governor Cuomo has outlined the formula for schools to re-open. Schools in a region can re-open if that region is in Phase 4 of re-opening (Long Island entered Phase 4 on July 8) and if that region’s daily infection rate remains below five percent or lower using a 14-day average. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above nine percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1. Mr. Cuomo will announce his decision during the week of August 1-7. (sourced here)
The William Floyd School District continues to create plans for all scenarios outlined above to be prepared for the governor’s decision. Districts received the full guidance on July 16 and have until July 31 to submit their plans to the state. Again, the final decision rests with Governor Cuomo and will be made during the week of August 1-7.
Fall High School Sports Season Changes Announced
On July 16, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced they will postpone the start of the 2020 fall high school sports until September 21, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that announcement, the NYSPHSAA also canceled the fall 2020 regional and state championships due to the pandemic. In the event that athletics are prohibited for the remainder of 2020, the organization is planning for a condensed season schedule beginning in January 2020 (all three sports seasons: fall, winter and spring). Click here for the full details.
Updated July 8, 2020 at 11:15 am
The William Floyd School District has been working diligently to prepare for the potential re-opening of schools for in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. While the state, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, has not released its re-opening guidance, all 700+ school districts across New York have been tasked with creating re-opening plans.
To that end, the district has created a re-opening committee of key stakeholders from across the district, who have already met several times (virtually), to identify the potential options and scenarios to ensure all students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience that they are accustomed to and deserve. We have also assembled a committee of parents with a representative from each building.
The district also had great opportunities to represent our students and community on the state level with two appointments to important statewide re-opening committees: William Floyd High School science teacher Martin Palermo was only one of two educators from across the state selected to serve on Governor Cuomo’s “Reimagine Education” advisory council; and William Floyd Board of Education President Robert Vecchio was selected as the New York State School Boards Association Suffolk County representative on the “Board of Regents’ Re-opening Task Force.” Both are strong advocates for the William Floyd School District, and, education as a whole, and serve(d) an integral role on each committee.
Please know that the district is committed to keeping our residents informed so this page will serve as a one-stop location for re-opening information and updates.
Please stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for more information on potential school schedule changes, health and safety measures, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, masks and personal protective equipment, entering and exiting schools, transition between classes, school meals, school transportation, student access to technology, music, fine arts, athletics, extra-curricular activities and much more.
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