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

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Face Covering

Students, staff and visitors to our school will be expected to wear face coverings indoors and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction, and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one.  A 6’ to 12’ distance will be maintained at all times, where appropriate.

Because students and staff will need to be prepared to wear a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance, they will be required to wear a face covering in all common areas (e.g., entrances and exits) and when traveling around the school. 

Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. 

An employee is allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose. Employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face covering will not be required to do so.

Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school, so there may be periods of time when masks are not worn. 

Face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Children younger than 2 years old

  • Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious

  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance 

The school will instruct students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors and vendors on:

  • The proper way to wear face coverings

  • Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering

  • Proper way to discard disposable face coverings

Management of Ill persons, Contact Tracing and Monitoring

The school requires students, faculty, or staff members who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day to report to the nurse’s office. If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, students must wait at least 6 feet apart. The school has designated areas to separate individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 from others until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of illness. One area will be used to treat injuries, provide medications or nursing treatments, and the other area will be used for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. Both areas will be supervised by an adult and have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies.

The Nurse’s office on the second floor will be designated at the Healthy Room, and the Sick Room will be located on the first floor kitchen/bathroom area.

PPE requirements for school health office staff caring for sick individuals includes both standard and transmission-based precautions. In areas with moderate to substantial community transmission, eye protection (e.g., goggles or face shield) should be added. When caring for a suspect or confirmed individual with COVID-19, gloves, a gown, eye protection, and a fit-tested N-95 respirator will be used, if available. If an N-95 respirator is not available, a surgical face mask and face shield will be used.

School health office cleaning will occur after each use of cots, bathrooms, and health office equipment (e.g., blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, stethoscopes). Health office equipment will be cleaned following manufacturer’s directions.

Disposable items will be used as much as possible (e.g., disposable pillow protectors, disposable thermometers, disposable thermometer sheaths or probes, disposable otoscope specula).

Aerosol Generating Procedures

Respiratory treatments administered by nurses generally result in aerosolization of respiratory secretions. These aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) potentially put healthcare personnel and others at an increased risk for pathogen exposure and infection. The district requires the following PPE to be worn during AGPs: gloves, N-95 or a surgical mask with face shield, eye protection and a gown. PPE will be used when: suctioning, administering nebulizer treatments, or using peak flow meters with students who have respiratory conditions. 

Treatments such as nebulized medication treatments and oral or tracheostomy suctioning will be conducted in a room separate from others with nursing personnel wearing appropriate PPE. For nebulizer treatments, if developmentally appropriate, the nurse will leave the room and return when the nebulizer treatment is finished. 

Cleaning of the room will occur between use and cleaning of the equipment should be done following manufacturer’s instructions after each use.  

If Students or Staff become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

The school requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least 6 feet. Students will be escorted from the isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students or staff will be referred to a healthcare provider and provided resources on COVID-19 testing.

Return to School After Illness

The school has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department(s), about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. This protocol includes:

  1. Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation 

  2. Negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result 

  3. Symptom resolution, or if COVID-19 positive, release from isolation 

The school will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The school requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

COVID-19 Testing

[Outline plans to share protocols and safety measures taken by the school during containment (positive or presumed-positive cases) with all relevant parties including parents/legal guardians, faculty, staff, students and the local community.] 

  • Teacher will call the nurse.  If the nurse is not on duty, the teacher will call the main office.

  • Nurse or secretary will put on extra PPE and go to the classroom and take the child to the room designated as the possible COVID-19 case room (Sick room - 1st floor kitchen/bathroom).  If more than one child is ill, we will social distance them and/or use an additional room and staff member until the parent arrives.

  • The teacher will relocate the rest of the class to an outdoor activity or a spare classroom.

  • Secretary will call the child’s parent to come and take the child for medical attention. Children will be permitted back to school with a doctor’s note.

  • Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect the child’s classroom.  After the child leaves the Sick Room, cleaning staff will clean and disinfect the room.

  • All air purifiers will be moved to that area of the building.

  • If a staff member is ill, they will contact the office, leave immediately, and seek medical attention. Other staff and children in that room will be evacuated to an outdoor activity or to a spare classroom.

  • Cleaning staff will clean and disinfect that classroom.

  • All air purifiers will be moved to that area of the building.

When referring, sourcing, and/or administering testing, the school will work with the following providers:

  • Herkimer County Public Health Department 315-867-1176

  • Bassett Healthcare Clinic 315-867-2700

Contact Tracing

The school will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the school has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.  

The school may assist with contact tracing by:

  1. Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members

  2. Ensuring student schedules are up to date 

  3. Keeping a log of any visitor which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited

  4. Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program

If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered in the school, in consultation with the local health department, the school will do the following:

  • Same procedure as listed in the COVID-19 section above.

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department. 

For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section [] of our reopening plan.

School Closures

A closure refers to contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in- person education and/or closing the school. The school will collaborate with the local health department to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (e.g., increased absenteeism or increased illness in the school community) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level. 

At a minimum, the plan will incorporate the following:

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center will close if the regional infection rate rises over 9% after Aug. 1. Schools will close if the 7-day rolling average of the infection rate is above 9%.

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center can reopen if the daily infection rate remains below 5 percent using a 14-day average, unless otherwise directed from the LOCAL Herkimer County health department. 

  • If the infection rate rises about 9%, schools must wait until the 14-day average is below 5%

  • Once schools open at Phase IV below 5% for a 14-day rolling average, schools can remain open even if the rate continues to rise about 5% until it reaches 9% for the 7-day average.

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center  will be notified by: Herkimer County health department on the situation.

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center   administrators should consider closing school if absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely. 

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center   may choose to modify operations prior to closing to help mitigate a rise in cases. If infection rates are rising above 5%; consider modifying school operations for medically vulnerable students and staff if they are participating in in-person activities.

  • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center  Schools should consult their school nurse and/or the local department of health when making such decisions.

  • Determine which operations will be decreased, or ceased and which operations will be conducted remotely; include a process to conduct orderly closures which may include phasing, milestones, and involvement of key personnel. 

St Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center

Plan 2- Remote Learning Plan

2020-2021 School Year

*These plans are subject to any changes deemed necessary by Governor Cuomo and/or NYS Health Department and the Catholic Diocese of Albany.*

Staff Reduction- We would need (1)full time 3 year old teacher, (2) full time 4 year old teachers, (1) Kindergarten teacher, (1)full time First grade teacher and (1) secretary.

Pre K 3’s and 4’s-

Every day – Zoom on-line lesson

        Zoom online-learning 9:30-10:00

Monday Morning- Deliver lesson plan packets to all students.

Tuesday Morning- Zoom on-line learning 9:30-10:00




      Share time student and/or parent

      Closing Prayer

Tuesday Afternoon- Plan for next week

Wednesday- Zoom on-line learning with students

Thursday Afternoon- Prepare all materials for the lesson plan packets

Friday- FaceTime each student.

Throughout the entire remote leaning time, maintain communications through Dojo (electronic communication), texting, and Zoom with families.

During each remote contact with children, gather evidence of learning (see attached pre-k evaluation).

Kindergarten and First Grade-

Monday Morning- Zoom 10:00-10:40


       Review (look at completed work)

       Lesson ELA

               Lesson Math

                Share time

       Closing prayer

Monday Afternoon- Prepare lesson plans for next week.

Tuesday Morning- Zoom 10:00-10:40


          Review (look at completed work)

       Lesson- ELA

       Lesson- Math

       Lesson- Social Studies

       Share time Student and/or parent

       Closing prayer

Wednesday Morning- Zoom


             Review (look at completed work)

Lesson – ELA

Lesson – Math

Lesson – Science

Share time – students and/or parents

Closing prayer

Work on instructional materials for take home packets.

Thursday Morning-     Zoom


Review (look at completed work)

Lesson – ELA

Lesson – Math

Lesson – Art lesson

Share time – students and/or parents

Closing prayer

Zoom with staff 1:00-2:00

Friday -

FaceTime Friday

Assess individual performances in ELA and Math


Parents drop off completed work and pick up new lessons.

Drop off/Pick up plastic covered box outside door with hand sanitizer for parent use before and after picking out packet.

Overall school communication plan


  • Faculty- Once/week Thursday afternoons

  • Parent/school association once/month

St Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center

Reopening Plan 3- Both In-School Teaching and Learning

AND Remote Teaching and Learning

2020-2021 School Year

*These plans are subject to any changes deemed necessary by Governor Cuomo and/or NYS Department of Education and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.*

Staff needed -

Pre K 3 - 1 full time teacher, 1 full time aide, 1 part time aide

Pre K 4- 2 full time teachers, 1 half time aide

Kindergarten- 1 full time teacher and 1 on 1 aide

First Grade- 1 full time teacher

Lesson Plans for all classes will be completed one week in advance and available for pick up each Friday 9:00- 11:00 or 1:00- 2:00

Google Meets would be available for remote learners at the following times:



FaceTime will be available individual students & parents

Monday – Friday after school 2:30-3:15 by appointment.

Please call our Main Office for an appointment. 315-866-4831

For more information about how school closure information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.