The Ethical Culture Fieldston School continues to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation in the greater New York area, nationally, and globally. We are following guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), as well as other county-level departments of health as necessary.
We will communicate with our community through email as new information or guidance emerges. We have also created this website as a centralized, one-stop status dashboard for our community updates, remote learning plan, and forms.
Since January, both the Ethical Culture and Fieldston campus custodial teams have been using several products included on the EPA’s registry of cleaners confirmed for use against COVID-19. These products include Virex, Clorox Disinfectant Wipes, Clorox Disinfecting Bleach, and Lysol. The custodial teams have also employed electrostatic chemical sprayers to apply disinfectant to high-touch surfaces like fitness equipment, desktops, tabletops, seats, and more.
Please be assured that appropriate training and use of personal protective equipment are our norms.
A modified cleaning process has been implemented that includes use of products on the EPA’s registry of cleaners confirmed for use against COVID-19. This modified cleaning is conducted in addition to the normally scheduled bus cleaning. All buses are cleaned and disinfected before leaving in the morning for pick-up and before leaving in the afternoon for drop-off. The cleaning process includes high-touch areas like handrails, seat belts, and seats.
All drivers, mechanics, and supervisory staff have been instructed to follow prevention measures recommended by public health agencies.
Dining Hall Cleaning
A modified cleaning process has been implemented that includes use of products on the EPA’s registry of cleaners confirmed for use against COVID-19. This modified cleaning is conducted in addition to the normally scheduled dining hall, serving area, and kitchen cleaning. Staff have been vigilant in monitoring all dining and cooking areas, particularly those where members of our community serve themselves. Tongs and service utensils are changed following each lunch service and replaced with newly cleaned ones. We have also transitioned all plates and cutlery from our reusable wares to disposable single-use items.
All dining staff have been instructed to follow prevention measures recommended by public health agencies.
Resources from New York City
- Get your flu shot — it’s not too late. Although the flu shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it will help prevent the flu, which has similar symptoms to this Coronavirus.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Do not use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well.
We have urged members of our community to be diligent with frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and using Purell to sanitize between handwashing. Additional Purell dispensers have been deployed across both campuses with a particular focus on high-traffic areas.
Public health experts and agencies have recommended handwashing and use of hand sanitizers like Purell. Various resources from the Centers for Disease Control are provided below: