From the Supt.: For Required to Attend Workforce

Staff Working ON CAMPUS
Posted on 03/30/2020

30 March 2020

Staff Working ON CAMPUS 

Thank you for supporting our families and the students and staff of the District with your essential work on Campus. By order of the President, the Governor, and the County Executive, the work of government and schools must continue through this emergency action. While we were able to move a substantial number of people off campus to work from home, many of the tasks we are asked to complete require in-person action. From food service, transportation, technology services, construction, and administration there are numerous tasks that must be completed on-site as our facilities and services are ordered essential. We have cross contracts with the Monroe County Sheriff’s, Local Ambulance and EMS, the American Red Cross and others. The facilities must be disinfected and in working order, as needed to respond to this emergency. While we are not a hospital or a grocery store, we provide essential food, safety, and learning to a community of over 2,000 students.

In order to provide consistent feedback to all staff on campus, we ask you, and all visitors on campus to follow the following directives:

  1. After arriving on campus, be sure to wash your hands. (wash before you leave as well)
  1. If you are ill please stay home from work.
  1. If you live with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please call your supervisor prior to coming to work.
  1. Clean and disinfect frequently as you work. Follow the CDC guidelines below.
  2. All staff assigned to be on site should continue to use the Frontline system for managing absences whether related to illness, vacation, or other personal needs. However, we also ask that if you believe you have come into contact with a person who has been infected with COVID-19, to notify your direct supervisor via e-mail, and accept a phone interview from the Director of Human Relations, Mr. David Leahy. Each situation will be investigated following the recommended protocol.

 

 How can I prevent COVID-19?

A: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. View the current list of products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask unless they are caring for someone who is sick (and that person is not able to wear a facemask).
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place; after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

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Public schools in New York have been asked to provide essential services or functions where personnel are needed to perform critical functions, including infrastructure, public safety, and other essential operations, such as food service, and may allow personnel who were exposed to or are recovering from COVID-19 to work in the workplace setting, if needed to maintain essential operations. Essential services or functions include but are not limited to public health personnel, utility and water operators, skilled manufacturers and supporting supply chains, transportation infrastructure, food service, law enforcement, and emergency response personnel.

On March 28, 2020 the NYS Department of Health provided new guidelines for all public entities to follow. They can be found here: https://hcr.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19_essentialpersonnelreturntowork_032820.pdf

The School District is also working with all of our partners in the Monroe County and Livingston Counties Departments of Health. We have made available to all https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/counterterrorism-and-emerging-threats/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 which provides guidance for all involved with food handling during this crisis.

FAQ Food or Computer Distribution

  1. Should I wear a mask if handing out food?

There is not a requirement to wear a mask when preparing or handling food. A non-sterile mask may assist you, in the prevention of spreading illnesses to others. Therefore, if you would like to wear a mask, you certainly may. However, they are not required.

  1. Should I wear gloves?

A fresh pair of gloves or washed hands provide the same amount of protection. All persons handling the preparation of food are reminded of the safe handling requirements that are required. If you are handing food out, gloves are required, again, to ease anxiety.

  1. Are we at risk of passing COVID-19 through food packaging?

According to the CDC and U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), “there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

  1. What if I am just worried or afraid of coming to work?

Worry regarding this event is normal and we want you to know we are being flexible as allowed by law. Please feel free to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program at (585) 383-4478 if you remain worried after talking to your supervisor. We all want you to be safe and focused while at work. We also want you to work smarter and on tasks that are essential, in the event, our schools need to be opened as schools, emergency shelters, hospitals, or recovery centers immediately.  

  1. What if I don’t feel the work I am doing is essential?

Taking care of thousands of people has strained the organization. We may not have a typical time off this summer to maintain or deep clean buildings. We also recognize that our directors and leaders need to be clear on the tasks we have prioritized. A #1 priority is wrapping up the current construction project. The longer it goes, the more crowded our buildings will be. Therefore, it is essential we continue construction as safely as possible, while also continuing to prepare facilities, busses, and provide routine maintenance and exercise to our buildings as much as possible. Please work with your direct supervisor and share areas that you believe are most important to prioritize during this period.

If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact me directly via e-mail at gene.mancuso@hflcsd.org

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Leahy, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, at: Email - David.Leahy@hflcsd.org, Telephone - (585) 624-7181, Address - 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Inquiries concerning the application of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).

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