Health & Safety Resources
Stand Up Mask Up Stay 6 Feet Apart!
Parents are required to complete a Student At Home Health Checklist, monitoring for symptoms like fever, cough, nausea, etc. If your student (or anyone in the home) has any of the symptoms, they are required to stay home.
The written results of the checklist do not need to be submitted to the school but families are expected to complete the checklist each morning prior to sending their student to school. If a student shows any signs on the checklist, they are required to stay home and learn remotely.
Emergency contact forms will be made available to families. These are essential documents. Please communicate any changes to the information included on the form to the school’s main office at (617) 635-8169 or by emailing the School Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that changes to the address and/or additional contact information can ONLY be made by calling one of the BPS Welcome Centers. The central office number is (617) 635-9010.
WEARING A MASK
Masks are one of the most important tools to prevent transmission of the virus. Public health experts agree that people should wear face masks covering their nose and mouth whenever they are within six feet of another person in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All students and staff are expected to wear a mask whenever inside the Haley or on a school bus. Students and staff are also expected to wear a mask while outside on school grounds and within a distance of six feet or less of others. Accommodations will be made for our students with sensory issues and for our most vulnerable and medically fragile students, as appropriate and necessary. At least 2 mask breaks will be scheduled throughout the day or as needed. Whenever possible, mask breaks will be held outdoors where students can be 10 feet apart.
BPS will provide at least two reusable masks to all students and staff, though all are allowed to bring and wear their own mask as well. Acceptable face coverings include multi-layered cotton masks, disposable surgical masks and/or KN95/N95 masks. Students/staff are not allowed to use neck gaiters, open chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind.
Students and staff are expected to bring and wear their own cloth masks whenever possible and appropriate. Anyone who forgets their reusable mask, will be provided with a disposable mask to wear on the bus and within the school building.
Physical distancing - defined for the purposes of this document as staying at least six feet apart from any other person keeps everyone safer by minimizing face-to-face interactions and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Haley students and staff are expected to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet apart at all possible times.
Significant Information to Know:
On buses, students will be assigned seats with the limitation of one student per bench.
School entryways and hallways will be marked with traffic flow lanes and/or signage to ensure that students maintain physical distancing when traveling through the school.
Signage will be posted throughout each school building reminding all occupants to physically distance themselves from others.
Large group interactions will be eliminated or reduced when feasible.
Restroom use will be limited to the number of students required to maintain physical distancing.
Lockers will not be used unless physical distancing can be maintained including through staggered schedules of access or other enforceable means.
Classroom furniture will be placed in such a manner as to provide appropriate physical distancing. As each school building is made up of classrooms of varying sizes with differently-shaped furniture, classroom layouts will vary at each school. All layouts will be designed to maintain six feet of physical distance between all persons present at any one time, even if there is less than six feet between items of furniture.
The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is for everyone to wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water [see CDC guidance linked here ], or to clean hands using a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. All BPS students and staff will be expected to engage in frequent handwashing and/or hand sanitation throughout the day and specifically in the following situations:
After nose blowing, coughing, or sneezing
Before entering or exiting a yellow school bus or public transportation
Before entering or exiting a BPS school building
Before putting on or removing a face covering/mask
Before and after eating and/or preparing food
Before touching one’s eyes or face
After using or assisting someone in the bathroom
Before putting on and after removing gloves
After touching garbage
Appropriate hand sanitizer will be available on every bus, in school entryways and hallways, and in every classroom.