Niles Community Schools Reopen Safely Plan
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Niles Community Schools Reopen Safely Plan

Phase I


These plans are based on the best current understanding of COVID-19 and what is required for continued containment and mitigation. At the same time, this dynamic public health situation requires adaptive planning and the acknowledgement that the plan will evolve as the situation evolves. This plan will require modifications based on future guidance from national, state, and local health officials. A vaccine might not be readily available for 18 months or more, meaning that plans should take into account both the 2020-2021and 2021-2022 school years. Therefore, these plans will be in place for the foreseeable future.

Plan Goal: To transition employees back to onsite work safely.

Implementation Schedule:

Starting the week of June 1st, all employees who work year-round should be prepared to report to their worksite.

Plan Elements:

Mask Protocol:

Masks are available and employees are encouraged to bring their own masks. Due to limited availability, employer-provided masks should be reused as long as possible.

  1. If you are in your own office, you do not have to wear a mask. When you leave your office and are in the hallway, restroom, common area, classroom or conference room, you must wear a mask. Staff and the public will be required to wear a face mask covering nose and mouth when entering any building. Masks must be worn in all common areas, lobbies, hallways and where physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not guaranteed.
  2. If you are outdoors you do not have to wear a mask but physical distancing still applies.
  3. If you are at an outdoor event with multiple participants, masks are required.

Any employee who cannot report to work should contact Tracy Hertsel, Director of Student Support Services, 269 683-6662 x10005,

Responsibility of Employee:

Employees must review the Niles Community Schools Pandemic Preparedness Plan prior to reporting to their worksite.

Pandemic Preparedness Plan: Please click this link to view NCS plan.