Director: Rebecca Marzeski
Secretary: Alesha Smith
Web Master:  Jean Kosina
220 Henry Street Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone: (315) 866-4831 Fax: (315) 866-9043

Infection Control Strategies

Describe the infection control strategies that will occur, including time management,

plastic separators, alcohol-based hand rub dispensers and dividers at doors and other

points of congregation.

Describe how social distancing will be maintained if changing class size. Use NYSED guidance

on square footage per person. Contact an architect at the OFP with questions pertaining to

change of room use and occupant load or if a proposed change in occupancy of a space

results in an occupant count greater than 49. A higher expected number of occupants may

change the requirements for exits.

If acquiring additional space to meet social distancing initiatives, be aware that all spaces to

be occupied by school students and staff must meet the requirements of the 2020 New York

State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the State Energy Conservation Code. 

Six foot markers will be placed for arrival/dismissal for staggered arrival. Arrival/

Dismissal times are as followed:

8:00 - Kindergarten through North door and First Grade through Gym door

8:30 - Pre-K 3’s through North door and 4’s through Gym door

2:15 - Pre-K 3’s  through North door and 4’s through Gym door

2:45 -  Kindergarten through North door and First Grade through Gym door

Hand washing will take place once children get into their classroom.  Hand railings

will be cleaned and disinfected as each child walks to the classroom.  Individual bins

will be in place for each child’s belongings and school items.

All barriers, dividers, dispensers, doors, tables, chairs, etc. will be placed on a checklist

for teachers and maintenance staff to be checked, cleaned, and disinfected at the end

f each day or as necessary during the school day.

We have measured the rooms and reduced class sizes so that the students and staff

will be able to maintain a 6’ distance at all times.

Facility Alterations and Acquisition

  • See maps below for the  alterations to the configuration of existing classrooms or spaces.

  • Each classroom will have movable approved acrylic barriers between students when 6’

  • distance cannot be maintained. The change will be submitted to OFP, the local

  • municipality and/or code enforcement officials for review. Safety inspector, Sal Carbone

  • will do an annual inspection.

Floor Plans for Classrooms

First Grade Altered Floor Plan:

Kindergarten Altered Floor Plan:


Pre-K 4 Classroom 2 altered floor plan

Pre-K 3 Primary Altered Classroom Floor Plan

Pre-K 3 Secondary Altered Classroom Floor Plan

  • See maps below for means of egress, fire alarm system, ventilation, and lighting may be

  • affected and must be indicated on all submitted plans. Chief Staffo will do an

  • annual inspection.

 Fire Exits

First grade fire exit plan:

Kindergarten fire exit plan:

Pre-K 4 Classroom 1 - Fire Exit Plan

Pre-K 3 Primary Classroom Fire Exit Plan

  • Pre-K 3 Secondary Room Fire Exit PLan

    Pre-K 3 Secondary Room Fire Exit Plan

    Use of cafeterias, libraries, auditoriums and gymnasiums: A floor plan of the entire
  • room showing the furniture layout with egress aisles shall be considered. Lighting,
  • ventilation, means of egress, and fire alarm coverage must be indicated. 

Space Expansion

Describe how you will expand square footage in order to enable improved social distancing

(e.g., building additions, lease space, transportable classroom units or spaces such as tents). 

Religious and independent schools may choose to expand their square footage in order to

improve social distancing. This could include building additions, leased space, transportable

classroom units or spaces such as tents. For all alterations, the school should notify and

consult with the local municipalities and/or code enforcement officials and follow all

applicable codes. 

  • We reduced class sizes and used more classrooms and other available rooms.

  • Plastic separators will be used during snack and lunch time.

Tents for Additional Space

If we need a tent, we will discuss building codes section 3103.1 with a codes enforcement officer.

  • Tents, both temporary and permanent are regulated by code and must be submitted for

  • a building permit.

  • Temporary structures and tents are those erected for 180 days or less. The Building Code

  • Section 3103.1 indicates, “tents and membrane structures erected for a period of less than

  • 180 days shall comply with the Fire Code of NYS”.

  • The Fire Code (FC) Chapter 31 contains extensive requirements for Tents and Other

  • Membrane Structures. FC Section 3103.2 indicates that a permit and approval

  • of temporary tents is required. FC Section 3103 contains requirements for temporary tents

  • and Section 3104 has requirements for permanent tents. They include requirements for

  • construction documents, access roads, location, seating plans, means of egress, illumination,

  • exit signs, construction, use.

If we need a temporary tent for recess or outdoor learning,the following information will be

shown on the drawings: Dimensions, Minimum separation distance to other structures,

Tent sides (yes) (no), Duration of use, Type of use/activity, Anchor- age, Number of Exits,

Width of each exit, Table/Chair/Contents, layout, Fire extinguisher Location, Occupant load,

Heating or Cooking equipment, Utilities, Exit signs, NFPA 701 testing/label/certification.  

We will submit for OFP approval.

If the tent is used for E-occupancy, consult with local municipalities and/or code enforcers

provide code-compliant design for mechanical heat and ventilation; lighting; emergency

lighting; power; fire alarm; plumbing; etc., as required.

Schools must consult their architect and submit to OFP for approval. The school must provide

an architectural quality floor plan, which clearly indicates existing and proposed use of space

showing the furniture layout with egress aisles. Lighting, ventilation, means of egress, and fire

alarm coverage must be indicated.

Plumbing Facilities and Fixtures

Describe the plan for available facilities and fixtures.  Keep in mind the following: 

  • Minimum number of toilet fixtures that must be available for use in a building is established

  • in the building code

    • We have six restrooms available for 55 students to use. We have 8 toilets for 55 children.

    • We have 6 regular sinks for handwashing and 3 portable sinks.

  • Drinking Water Facilities: Districts or other applicable schools may wish to reduce the

  • number of drinking fountains available, in order to facilitate frequent cleaning. However,

  • drinking fountains are a code required plumbing fixture. One fountain is required for each

  • one hundred occupants.

    • We will be using 2 water coolers rather than drinking fountains.

  • if building has been unoccupied the water system must be flushed 

  • Best practices to implement in residential, shared (i.e., communal) bathrooms include,

  • but are not limited to:

    • Installation of physical barriers between toilets and sinks if six feet of separation is

    • not feasible

    • Use of touch-free paper towel dispensers in lieu of air dryers.

We have barriers between toilets.  One child will use the restroom

at a time.  After each use, the toilet, stall and door and everything the

child may have touched will be cleaned and disinfected.  

We will use touch-free paper towel dispensers.  These will remain laid out along

the wall near each classroom door.


  •  We will maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed,

  • with open window and air purifiers.

  • We will increase ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible (e.g., opening

  • windows and doors) while maintaining health and safety protocols, particularly for younger

  • students.

  • We will establish proper filtration requirements (what will your system handle)