Bronx charter school adopts thorough health procedures as opening day nears
A Bronx charter school says it's going beyond the recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy reopening for its school community.
Atmosphere Academy Public Charter Schools has adopted several health protocols, including thermal cameras, UV light air scrubbers and distancing student desks 6 feet apart.
The school, which runs from sixth to eighth grade, has three building to house each grade separately. Staff says students will remain in small groups in the same classroom. These groups will have their own bathroom.
The school's gym has been transformed into additional to space for learning, and there are foot markers throughout the hallways reminding students to keep six feet apart.
Upgrades have also been made to the school's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
Plexiglass has been installed at the front entrance where students will get their temperature checked manually or at a thermal camera.
In additional to daily disinfecting and sanitizing, the school will close every Wednesday to undergo an extensive deep cleaning by its custodial staff.
Atmosphere Academy has opted for blended learning with an option of full remote learning.
The administration says if a student shows signs of COVID-19, they would be taken to an isolation room and their parent will be notified. The building with the affected student would go to full remote learning, but the buildings housing the other grade levels would remain open.
Remote learning for the charter school begins on Friday, while in-class instruction to begins Sept. 10.
The school says it's still accepting new students. More information can be found on their website.