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

Visitors on Campus

No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on the school campus, except for the safety and well-being of students. Parents/guardians will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child. Essential visitors to facilities will be required to wear face coverings and will be restricted in their access to our school building. 

Visitors must follow all safety protocols as listed above.

The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged.

The school plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Occupational Safety Inspections on time.

Upon reopening, the school plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.

The school will revisit Emergency Response Plans, protocols, and procedures and make modifications in light of COVID-19.   

Describe the facilities reopening plan and activities, which will occur including:

  • Fire Code Compliance: The construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, and demolition of every building or structure, and every appurtenance connected or attached to any building or structure, must comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC), except as specified in 19 NYCRR 1221.2(d). Such activity may require building permits and review by local municipalities and/or code enforcement officials to ensure such compliance.  Schools should consult their local authority that has jurisdiction for code enforcement. Changes or additions to facilities may require review by local municipalities and/or code enforcement officials to ensure such compliance.  

    • St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center will continue to perform monthly inspections of equipment.  

    • In September, Brown and Randall will inspect our Fire Extinguishers.

    • Chief Staffo will inspect the school building for fire codes.

  • Doorways: Many stair and corridor doors have closers with automatic hold opens. These doors are normally held in the open position and are automatically released by the fire alarm system. The function, position, and operation of those doors must remain unchanged. Fortunately, they need not be touched during normal use.

  • Time Management: School leaders should manage time and schedules to reduce student use of the corridors. The traditional practice of changing classes between periods results in congested hallways and may make social distance challenging. 

    • Children will remain in their pods/classrooms unless going outside for learning or recess; or going to the gymnasium for P.E.

  •  We will leave Doors Open: To reduce the spread of the virus from touching door levers and knobs, doors may be fixed in the open position. This is only permitted at doors without door closers and doors which are not fire rated.

  • Plastic Separators: The use of light-transmitting plastics is recommended in locations where social distance or mask requirements cannot be complied with or easily regulated (e.g., to separate individual lavatory sinks from each other). Light-transmitting plastics must comply with Building Code Section 2606.

  • Alcohol-Based Hand Rub Dispensers: Religious and independent schools should assess each building’s capacity to provide adequate hand washing facilities and determine if the use of alcohol-based hand rub dispensers is required. Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers are permitted to be installed in rooms and corridors in limited quantities in accordance with the 2020 Fire Code of New York State (FCNYS) Section 5705.5.

    • Portable hand washing stations will be placed in the three classrooms where running water is not available.  

    • Antibacterial soap will be used in a case where running water is not available.


  • Dividers at Doors and Other Points of Congregation: Clear plastic  dividers at queue lines and other areas subject to overcrowding will be used to control groups entering the building.  Cones/markers will be used for families to maintain social distancing outside  the doors. Consult your local municipality and/or code enforcement officials. Their review is necessary, because improperly placed dividers could obstruct escape during an emergency.

  • Work with engineers to establish proper filtration requirements (e.g., filters that your HVAC system can handle). - 

    • This is in working progress.  We are planning to add an air filter to our existing heating and cooling system.  We are also working on purchasing portable air filtration units in the classrooms that aren’t hooked to the same heating and cooling system.

  • Alterations to the configuration of existing classrooms or spaces or the introduction of temporary and/or movable partitions, the change must be submitted to the local municipality and/or code enforcement officials for review.

    • We will have two rooms for 3 year olds, two rooms for 4 year olds, and one room for Kindergarten and one room for first grade.

    • There will be no more than 7-12 students in any room per square footage requirement.

  • Tents, both temporary and permanent are regulated by code and must be submitted for a building permit.

    • If a tent is needed, we will contact our building codes enforcer for a permit.

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

    • Three classrooms have a toilet in them.  The second 3 year old pod will use a designated private restroom for their pod.   Kindergarten will use a restroom across the hall.  First grade will use a restroom near their classroom.  For all of these, one student will be allowed to use the restroom at a time, and the restroom will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

  • Drinking Water Facilities: 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 are going to block off our drinking fountains. 

    • Children will bring their own water bottles.

    • A water cooler is available to refill water bottles and/or  we have disposable cups as needed.

  • Maintain adequate, Code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed.

    • Windows and doors will be opened as needed.

If other air cleaning equipment (e.g. new technology) is proposed, submit to OFP (Mr. Peepers and Sal Carbone)  for review and approval.