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Coronavirus Health & Safety Plan

Coronavirus Health and Safety Plan

 

Introduction

The Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology provides lifelong learning opportunities to adult students through traditional classroom didactics and comprehensive skills training. The Adult & Continuing Education Center’s goal is to continue in its mission to provide adult learners with technical and basic skills to prepare them for customer- centered professions that foster continuous learning and contribute to workforce development.

Due to the infectious nature of COVID-19, the Adult & Continuing Education Center halted in- person instruction on March 15th, 2020 but continued Adult Education programs using remote instruction methods. Recent guidance from the local government, Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA-DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that resumption of in-person instruction for postsecondary educational programs may occur.  A Health and Safety Plan is required to ensure that the health and safety of all individuals is maintained to mitigate and manage risks related to COVID-19. The strategies and protocols listed below address measures to resume in-person instruction while ensuring the health and safety of individuals.

Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

The administration has categorized reopening into three broad phases:  red, yellow, or green. These designations signal how counties and/or regions may begin easing some restrictions on school, work, congregate settings, and social interactions:

  • The Red Phase: Schools remain closed for in-person instruction and all instruction must be provided via remote learning, whether using digital or non-digital platforms. Provisions for student services such as school meal programs should continue. Large gatherings are prohibited.
  • The Yellow Phase and Green Phase: Schools may provide in-person instruction after developing a written Health and Safety Plan, to be approved by the local governing body (e.g. board of directors/trustees) and posted on the school entity’s publicly available website.

Type of Reopening

Based on York County’s current designation and local community needs, the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology has selected the following type reopening, as designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) :

  • □  Total reopen for all students and staff (but some students/families opt for distance learning out of safety/health concern).                                                                                                                              
  • □  Scaffolded reopening: Some students are engaged in in-person learning, while others are distance learning (i.e., some grade levels in-person, other grade levels remote learning).

    Blended reopening that balances in-person learning and remote learning for all students (i.e., alternating days or weeks).

  • □  Total remote learning for all students. (Plan should reflect future action steps to be implemented and conditions that would prompt the decision as to when schools will re-open for in-person learning).                 

The launch date for in-person learning (i.e., start of blended, scaffolded, or total reopening): June 1, 2020

 

Pandemic Coordinator/Team

Individual(s)

Stakeholder Group Represented

Pandemic Team Roles and Responsibilities (Options Above)

Kirk D Schlotzhauer

Administrator

Plan Development & Response Team

Vance Miller

Administrator

Pandemic Response Coordinator

Frances Bietsch

Administrator

Healthcare Professional (MSN)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Guiding Principles

The policies and protocols of the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for our local healthcare providers, safety for our staff, safety for our faculty, safety for our students and for the safety of the public that we interact with.

Our primary goals for the Adult & Continuing Education Center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health while continuing our school’s vital mission of providing quality adult vocational, technical and basic skills education, training and services in a professional, customer-focused atmosphere that fosters continuous learning and promotes workforce development.

The Adult & Continuing Education Center’s plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of York County, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s phased re-opening model. We will also follow the published guidelines of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PA Department of Health (DOH), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and the Joint Operating Committee and Administration of the York County School of Technology.

Return to the Workplace, Classrooms and Labs

All staff, faculty and students are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this Coronavirus Health and Safety Plan. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

Phased Staffing and In-person Instruction:

The Adult & Continuing Education Center will phase in a return of staff and students over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing, availability of PPE (personal protective equipment) and testing capabilities for COVID-19.

The need to reduce the number of people on campus (density) to meet social distancing requirements will continue for some time. Staff and technical programs that can continue to effectively work and deliver curriculum remotely will likely continue to do so until restrictions are eased for larger gatherings.

As staffing on-site increases and operations expand, school administration will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing policies and procedures for mitigation.  If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions, reduced staffing and increased remote instruction may need to be re-implemented.

Staffing Options:

The school will use several options to maintain required social distancing measures and reduce population density within the building and work spaces.

  • Remote Work: Those who can work remotely to fulfill some or all of their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. These arrangements, which should be approved by the immediate supervisor, can be done in on a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate.
  • Alternating Days: In order to limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus, we will schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces.
  • Staggered Reporting/Departing: The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry/exit points of the building. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements.


Technical
Programs & Training Limitations/Requirements for all:

In all instances, training programs must operate in the manner best designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the communities in which they are located and the communities they serve. Programs are expected to employ remote or virtual methods of training and instruction whenever possible.

In-person instruction shall employ social distancing measures, universal masking, and/or applicable PA DOH and CDC guidelines. During the yellow phase, class size is limited to 25 or fewer students for in-person instruction whenever possible.

Students must also wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in all clinical patient encounters and can only participate in training and patient encounters if there is an adequate supply of PPE. Programs should strive to minimize opportunities for personal interaction as such interactions provide greater opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19.

We must continue to be vigilant in our precautions and creative in delivery of the curriculum of our programs. All programs are expected to resume training using a hybrid model of remote instruction as feasible, and hands-on training in the classroom and labs as necessary to provide our students with the skills necessary to successfully complete their respective programs.

Personal Safety Practices

Face Masks/Cloth Face Coverings: Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all staff and students while in the building or on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Staff and students are expected to provide their own face mask or face covering. However, disposable masks will be provided by the school, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the wear in the school, in accordance with appropriate attire addressed in the student handbook. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

See details regarding mask use and care below.