Layered Mitigation Protocol

For more about Menands CSD’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy, review the complete 2021-22 COVID-19 Layered Mitigation Protocols.

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Low Community Transmission

Our community is an area of low COVID-19 transmission if, over the past seven days, there have been:

  • 0-9.99 new cases per 100,000 persons
  • 0-4.99% of NAATs that are positive

Protocols when transmission is low include:

  1. Vaccines: Encouraged
  2. Surveillance testing: Potential surveillance testing for teachers and staff not fully vaccinated.
  3. Face masks: Encouraged and supported for all. Discouraging of mask wearing will not be tolerated. Required for unvaccinated adults/staff. Provide for mask breaks as needed and appropriate with explicit guidance and opportunities.
  4. Monitoring of community- and school-based transmission: Ongoing.
  5. Physical distancing: Not applicable.
  6. School visitors: No restrictions
  7. Hand washing, hand sanitizer use and respiratory etiquette: Expected and encouraged. Instruction and signage.
  8. Quarantining: Pursuant to Dept. of Health regulations. At present vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.
  9. Staying home when sick (staff and students): Required.
  10. Return to school/work protocols (following illness): Return per ACDOH protocols.
  11. Cleaning and disinfection: Daily cleaning and disinfection.
  12. Cafeteria: No restrictions.
  13. Recess and physical education (outdoors): No restrictions.
  14. Ventilation and air quality: No restrictions.
  15. Transportation: Masks required at all times. Seating charts.
  16. After school clubs and athletics: No restrictions.
  17. Performing arts: No restrictions.

Moderate Community Transmission

Our community is an area of moderate COVID-19 transmission if, over the past seven days, there have been:

  • 10-49.99 new cases per 100,000 persons
  • 5-7.99% of NAATs that are positive

Protocols when transmission is moderate include:

  1. Vaccines: Encouraged
  2. Surveillance testing: Potential surveillance testing for teachers and staff not fully vaccinated.
  3. Face masks: Encouraged and supported for all. Discouraging of mask wearing will not be tolerated. Required for unvaccinated adults/staff. Provide for mask breaks as needed and appropriate with explicit guidance and opportunities.
  4. Monitoring of community- and school-based transmission: Ongoing; weekly benchmark.
  5. Physical distancing: Three feet when practicable.
  6. School visitors: Minimal restrictions
  7. Hand washing, hand sanitizer use and respiratory etiquette: Expected and encouraged. Instruction and signage.
  8. Quarantining: Pursuant to Dept. of Health regulations. At present vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.
  9. Staying home when sick (staff and students): Required.
  10. Return to school/work protocols (following illness): Return per ACDOH protocols.
  11. Cleaning and disinfection: Daily routine cleaning and increased disinfection of moderate and high-touch surfaces.
  12. Cafeteria: Six feet distancing encouraged.
  13. Recess and physical education (outdoors): Masks encouraged.
  14. Ventilation and air quality: Maximize ventilation. Increased fresh air circulation. (Mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  15. Transportation: Masks required at all times. Seating charts.
  16. After school clubs and athletics: Will be allowed with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, remaining in cohorts when practical. Game play could be contingent on protocols of opposing teams. Spectators may be limited.
  17. Performing arts: Will be allowed with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, use of bell covers, cohorts when practical. Spectators may be limited.

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Substantial Community Transmission

Our community is an area of substantial COVID-19 transmission if, over the past seven days, there have been:

  • 50-99.99 new cases per 100,000 persons
  • 8-9.99% of NAATs that are positive

Protocols when transmission is substantial include:

  1. Vaccines: Encouraged
  2. Surveillance testing: Surveillance testing at 5% per week for non-vaccinated. Parental consent required.
  3. Face masks: Required by all indoors at all times. Provide for mask breaks as needed and appropriate with explicit guidance and opportunities.
  4. Monitoring of community- and school-based transmission: Ongoing; weekly benchmark.
  5. Physical distancing: Three feet when practicable.
  6. School visitors: Strict restrictions; no unnecessary visitors; no “outside group” use of school facilities.
  7. Hand washing, hand sanitizer use and respiratory etiquette: Expected and encouraged. Instruction and signage.
  8. Quarantining: Pursuant to Dept. of Health regulations. At present vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.
  9. Staying home when sick (staff and students): Required.
  10. Return to school/work protocols (following illness): Return per ACDOH protocols.
  11. Cleaning and disinfection: Daily routine cleaning and increased disinfection of moderate and high-touch surfaces.
  12. Cafeteria: Six feet distancing when practicable.
  13. Recess and physical education (outdoors): Social distancing and masks encouraged.
  14. Ventilation and air quality: Maximize ventilation. Increased fresh air circulation. (Mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  15. Transportation: Masks required at all times. Seating charts.
  16. After school clubs and athletics: Will be considered with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, remaining in cohorts when practical. Spectators may be limited. Game play could be contingent on protocols of opposing teams. Verification of vaccination/ regular testing may be required.
  17. Performing arts: Will be considered with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, use of bell covers, cohorts when practical. Spectators may be limited. Verification of vaccination/ regular testing may be required.

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High Community Transmission

Our community is an area of high COVID-19 transmission if, over the past seven days, there have been:

  • 100 or more new cases per 100,000 persons
  • 10% or more of NAATs that are positive

Protocols when transmission is high include:

  1. Vaccines: Encouraged
  2. Surveillance testing: Surveillance testing at 10% per week for non-vaccinated. Parental consent required.
  3. Face masks: Required by all indoors at all times. Provide for mask breaks as needed and appropriate with explicit guidance and opportunities.
  4. Monitoring of community- and school-based transmission: Ongoing; weekly benchmark.
  5. Physical distancing: Three feet when practicable.
  6. School visitors: Strict restrictions; no unnecessary visitors; no “outside group” use of school facilities.
  7. Hand washing, hand sanitizer use and respiratory etiquette: Expected and encouraged. Instruction and signage.
  8. Quarantining: Pursuant to Dept. of Health regulations. At present vaccinated and asymptomatic do not need to quarantine.
  9. Staying home when sick (staff and students): Required.
  10. Return to school/work protocols (following illness): Return per ACDOH protocols.
  11. Cleaning and disinfection: Daily routine cleaning and increased disinfection of moderate and high-touch surfaces.
  12. Cafeteria: Six feet distancing when practicable.
  13. Recess and physical education (outdoors): Social distancing and masks encouraged.
  14. Ventilation and air quality: Maximize ventilation. Increased fresh air circulation. (Mechanical, open windows, open doors.)
  15. Transportation: Masks required at all times. Seating charts.
  16. After school clubs and athletics: Will be considered with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, remaining in cohorts when practical. Spectators may be limited, and in some cases not allowed. Game play could be contingent on protocols of opposing teams. Verification of vaccination/regular testing may be required.
  17. Performing arts: Will be considered with mitigation protocols in place, including but not limited to: physical distancing, masking, use of bell covers, cohorts when practical. Spectators may be limited, and in some cases not allowed. Verification of vaccination/regular testing may be required.

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