1. What is the Toms River Regional Schools PPE Plan?
The safety of the Toms River Regional Schools’ students and staff is our greatest priority. Throughout the pandemic, accommodations have been and continue to be made for all staff members including those that fall into the ‘high-risk’ category. Furthermore, universal precautions found below will be followed to maintain the safety of all students and staff:
Maintain proper social distancing throughout the school day.
- All staff and students will be required to wear face coverings.
- Regular student and staff screenings will be conducted.
- Deep cleaning will occur daily.
Procedures in the event of a student/staff member becoming ill including respectful isolation along with contact to the local board of health.
2. If I am unable to return in person to work, what are my options?
Staff members who are unable to work due to the need to care for a child under the age of 18 if the school or child care provider is closed may be eligible for the Federal Families First CoronaVirus Response Act. This leave entitles staff members to the following: up to (2) weeks of paid leave and then the next ten weeks of leave is paid at 2/3 of the employee’s regular rate of pay, up to $200 per day and $10,000 in the aggregate.
Staff members who have an underlying medical condition, or who are the primary caretaker for an individual who has an underlying medical condition, may have the option to telework. Conditions include but are not limited to the following: chronic lung disease or asthma, serious heart conditions, immuno-compromised, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease, higher risk for illness, including adults over 65. Medical documentation that contains details related to the condition and/or your role as the caretaker must accompany all formal requests for telework.
Childcare Hardship: Staff members who have a hardship related to childcare may have the option to telework. Documentation of childcare provider or school closure must accompany all formal requests for telework.
3. Where can I access information on the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act?
The Notice Of Eligibility and Rights and Responsibilities under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act is posted to our #TRSafeReturn web page, as well as our Staff page at the top left and under Human Resources Forms.
4. How will students and staff be screened?
Locations for health screenings for staff and students will be created. Furthermore, daily self-monitoring checklists for COVID-19 symptoms will be administered daily for all students and staff through our parent portal and staff portal data system.
5. How will buses accommodate social distancing requirements?
A transportation schedule has been designed to allow us to assign fewer students to our buses. Students and bus staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
6. How will schools be cleaned and sanitized?
Daily cleaning will continue, and will include disinfection of touch points both in common areas and classrooms (touch points include but are not limited to light switches, door handles, pencil sharpeners, desk/table/counter tops, water fountains, bathroom fixtures, paper/soap/sanitizer dispensers, railings, floors, etc.). The TRRS custodial staff will be following a Covid-19 cleaning protocol as recommended by the CDC, NJ DOE, NJ DOH, as well as the manufacturer and supplier of our disinfectants and cleaning agents. TRRS will continue to consider and investigate alternative disinfection agents, evaluate the efficacy of the overall cleaning and disinfection program, increase routine inspections, quality control efforts, and focus on providing safe and clean facilities during this unprecedented health crisis in our county and state.
7. What has the district purchased to ensure that healthy and safety guidelines for sanitizing and disinfecting are met?
The district allocated nearly 1 million dollars toward enhanced PPE. This includes sanitizer, no-touch sanitizer dispensers, disinfectant wipes, Virex, hand pump sprayers, mist sprayers, foggers, gloves, masks, shields, disposable gowns, plexiglass shields and partitions, autoscrubbers, HEPA air filtration systems for our nurses’ offices, no-touch thermometers, and specialized face masks for students and staff.
8. How will the district ensure that indoor facilities have adequate ventilation?
Following the guidance from “The Road Back,” all of our buildings that have recirculated air have a fresh air component, windows will be opened if AC is not provided, and filters for our HVAC units have been maintained and changed according to manufacturer recommendations.