Stay Open Plan 2021-22

Galway Central School District Stay Open Plan DRAFT


To allow the Galway Central School District to safely open, our priorities are three-fold:

1.  Students will participate in in-person learning at 100% capacity

2.  Maintain a safe environment for all students and staff

3.  Provide the maximum opportunities for students to participate in co-curricular, extracurricular, and athletic activities


All students in the GCSD are expected to attend class on campus every day.

GCSD students and staff who are not able to attend school due to: 1) specific medical need; or 2) a DOH assigned quarantine should contact their principal.

Remote learning/tutors will only be provided if a student is mandatory quarantined by the Saratoga County Department of Health.  

Daily Screening for Students, Staff and Visitors

The GCSD staff will be required to complete a daily health screening.

GCSD will send weekly communication to parents/guardians to remind them to monitor and check their child/children for COVID-19 symptoms and keep their child/children home when sick, and seek testing where appropriate.

GCSD will take temperature checks of all students entering the building.

Visitors to GCSD will be required to sign in, complete an attestation, and do a temperature check prior to entering the building.


Indoors - Masks are required indoors when students are present.

1.  Masks may be removed during meals when eating.

2.  Limited indoor masks breaks are allowed not to exceed 15 minutes per day.

Outdoors - In general, students and staff do not need to wear masks when outdoors.  CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people.  

Transportation - Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses at all times.

Physical Distancing

As a baseline, GCSD will maintain three feet of physical distance between students when possible.

1.  Seating charts will be maintained in classrooms to assist with contact tracing.


Masks are required by all drivers and passengers at all times.  

1.  Seating charts will be maintained for each bus.  

2.  Windows/vents will be open to the extent possible.  

3.  High touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between bus runs

Use of School Facilities

1.  No indoor use of school facilities by outside groups during county designation of CDC high and substantial community transmission.

2.  Outdoor use of facilities by outside groups will be permitted.

Parent/Guardian Visitation

Parents/Guardian will be allowed in the building if masked (regardless of vaccination status).

Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette: GCSD will:

1.  Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

2.  Remind everyone in the facility to wash hands frequently and assist young children with handwashing.

3.  Supply and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol (for teachers, staff, and older students who can safely use hand sanitizer). Hand sanitizers will be stored up, away, and out of sight of young children and used only with adult supervision for children under 6 years of age.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

GCSD will provide appropriate PPE to staff and students as appropriate, i.e., masks, gowns, gloves, hand-sanitizer, etc.

1.  GSCD will maintain an appropriate supply of PPE.

Routine Screening Testing

In an effort to mitigate potential cases of COVID-19, GSCD intends to work with the Saratoga County Department of Health to implement occasional screening testing. Parental or staff member consent will be necessary to individuals to participate in the testing.

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Do not need to screen students.

Offer screening testing for students who are not fully vaccinated at least once per week.

Teachers and staff

Offer screening testing for teachers and staff who are not fully vaccinated at least once per week.

High risk sports and activities

Recommend screening testing for high-risk sports2 and extracurricular activities3 at least once per week for participants who are not fully vaccinated.

Recommend screening testing for high-risk sports and extracurricular activities twice per week for participants who are not fully vaccinated.

Cancel or hold high-risk sports and extracurricular activities virtually to protect in-person learning, unless all participants are fully vaccinated.

Low- and intermediate-risk sports

Do not need to screen students participating in low- and intermediate-risk sports.2

Recommend screening testing for low- and intermediate-risk sports at least once per week for participants who are not fully vaccinated.

1 Levels of community transmission defined as total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days (low, 0-9; moderate 10-49; substantial, 50-99, high, ≥100) and percentage of positive tests in the past 7 days (low, <5%; moderate, 5-7.9%; substantial, 8-9.9%; high, ≥10%.)

2 Examples of low-risk sports are diving and golf; intermediate-risk sport examples are baseball and cross country; high-risk sport examples are football and wrestling.

3High-risk extracurricular activities are those in which increased exhalation occurs, such as activities that involve singing, shouting, band, or exercise, especially when conducted indoors.

Symptomatic Testing 

In an effort to mitigate potential cases of COVID-19, Galway CSD intends to implement the following protocols for the testing of symptomatic students and staff:

1.  Students or staff members who are symptomatic will be sent to the nurses office for evaluation.

High risk symptoms include fever over 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste.

2.  The Galway CSD will use Quadrant Biosciences COVID-19 saliva tests for symptomatic students.

Tests come back within 24 hours.

Parents must consent to testing of students at school.

Should a parent or staff member not agree to the diagnostic testing, the individual will be allowed to return to school/work following an official notification of a negative test or upon the end of a quarantine period as determined by the Saratoga County Department of Health.

Nurses COVID-19 Protocols The Galway CSD Nursing Staff will send home a student and perform a diagnostic test (with parent approval) when a student exhibits any of the following symptoms:

Fever over 100 / chills


Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing


Muscle or Body Aches

Sore Throat

Congestion or runny nose



New Loss of Smell or Taste

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)


The Galway Central School District has increased outdoor air ventilation rates well above minimum code requirements, especially in outdoor air temperature conditions above freezing. Once freezing temperatures are approached, the district will evaluate what the maximum outdoor air rate the individual system can handle while still meeting heating demands and avoid potential coil freezing conditions. Outside air-intakes are located directly behind each heating unit in all classrooms.


TBS, as part of their contract, changes district filters every six months. Currently our filters are rated from MERV 8 to MERV 14. MERV 8's are being replaced by MERV 11's. The HVAC system, the rooftop units, filters are rated MERV 13 and 14.

Daily Cleaning and Disinfection Strategies  

The district will continue regular cleaning and disinfection daily or more frequently, as needed, along with frequent cleaning and disinfection of shared objects and surfaces as well as high transit areas, such as restrooms and common areas.  

1.  High touch surfaces will be cleaned several times a day.

2.  Areas where symptomatic/positive cases are presumed will be disinfected following occupancy.

3.  Classrooms will be provided with additional cleaning/disinfecting supplies for staff use during the day.

4.  Shared equipment will be cleaned between use.

Additional Mitigation Strategies

1.  Encourage Vaccinations CDC recommends that all teachers, staff and eligible students be vaccinated as soon as possible.

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