Stay Open Plan 2021-22

Galway Central School District Stay Open Plan Updated 1.19.2022


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.  



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

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.


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.

If a student has COVID-19 symptoms:

•  Regardless of vaccination status, if a student has COVID-19 symptoms they must have a lab negative NAAT, lab antigen test, or two negative Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home or take-home) antigen tests taken 36 hours apart, in order to return to school.

•  If parents/guardians are presenting the district with two negative Over-the-Counter antigen tests, they must also present the following attestation signed by a parent or guardian utilizing our district’s Google form.  Link to Form

•  In addition to a negative test result(s), students must be well enough to:

•  Participate in school;

•  Not have runny nose or cough severe enough to make mask wearing difficult or unhygienic;

•  Be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications; and

•  Meet other school or district requirements to return to school after a non-COVID illness.


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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