What are the School’s layered mitigation strategies to reduce the transmission of COVID?
Per the CDC’s recommendation, the School is using layered prevention strategies, including
Universal and correct use of masks
What is the mask policy for students, faculty and staff?
- Cleaning facilities
- Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, if a case occurs at the School.
Recommended face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff over the nose and mouth when indoors. Anyone seen not wearing a face covering indoors will be immediately asked to wear one. If they do not have one, York will provide a disposable mask. The CDC provides guidelines and recommendations for face coverings here
(e.g., wearing masks that properly fit, wearing double masks, etc.). (Note: Any exemptions for wearing masks are governed by the state of California. As per CDPH Guidance on Face Coverings, "persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask" as well as "persons who are hearing impaired" are exempt from mask requirements. A physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional are the only people able to determine if a student or faculty or staff member is exempt from the mask policy.)How often will classrooms be cleaned and disinfected?
Each classroom will have disinfectant spray bottles and paper towels, in case faculty would like to sanitize surfaces before and after class (although this is not required). In addition, each classroom will have hand sanitizer for student use before and after each class and as frequently as they can. Finally, we also will encourage students to wash hands as frequently as possible.What are the restroom policies and procedures?
All restrooms on campus are sanitized each night. All restroom sinks have been upgraded to hands-free, and soap and paper towels are provided in all restrooms. Based on their size, some restrooms may be used by only one person at a time, while others may be used by two people at a time. Door signs on each bathroom indicate the policy for that restroom.What steps are being taken with campus ventilation systems to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID?
When indoors, good air circulation and ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air. The School has taken several steps to accomplish improved ventilation.
First, during indoor, in-person learning, all windows and doors shall remain open. Second, every single classroom has improved air filtration systems. The School has installed CDC-recommended MERV 13 filters into the central air systems of Classrooms 1-11, the Chapel, and the Science Building. When the central air system is turned on in each of these areas, air forced through the systems will be filtered and blown into the rooms.
In the Day Hall lower classrooms, where the central air systems could not be retrofitted with MERV 13 filters, the following mitigation strategies have been employed:
Fans with Merv 13 filters (one inflow and the other outflow) have been installed in the windows to increase air circulation.
Portable air purifiers
have been placed in the rooms, and carbon dioxide monitors, to check for air quality, have been installed.
Merv 13 filters have been installed on restroom in-take fans.Will windows and doors be kept open?
In the upper Day Hall Student Center and Music Room, Merv 13 filters have been installed. These rooms have high vaulted ceilings and adequate air circulation through windows and doors.
Yes. During indoor, in-person learning, all windows and doors shall remain open.
What is the food policy on campus?
All students should consume food and water outside. If weather makes that rule prohibitive, we will notify the entire community that morning. Who is responsible for enforcing these safety measures?
We all will need to work as a community to enforce the School’s COVID safety measures and procedures. As faculty and staff walk across campus, if they notice a violation of our policies, they will immediately remind our community members of these important safety measures.