Safety

School Year 21

Your Responsibilities while in the building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students while in the building. If a student is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.

Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.

Entry and dismissal procedures: Students can begin entering the building at 9:45 AM on their assigned day, and must maintain social distancing when entering the building. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the scanning stations as quickly as possible to make room for students behind you.

Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. All visitors must complete a Health Screening before they can enter the building.

While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a name-tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.

  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.


Safety Precautions Taken by our School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, IDP has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Please take some time to read this important document outlining the most up-to-date COVID-19 School Health & Safety policies.


  • Health Screenings: All staff and students are instructed to do a daily pre-screening at home for symptoms (cough, chills, loss of taste/smell, muscle pain, etc.) AND temperature check. Do not come to school with any symptoms. Students and staff can expect random temperature checks at entry, and all staff, students, and visitors must complete this Daily Pre-Screening before entering the building.

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 25 to 10 for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible.

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms daily. In addition, all classrooms have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day.

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and are working to add hand sanitizer stations in common areas.




Safety Updates