Staff Development

NOTE: This document is based upon current guidelines and recommendations from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department. It is a living document and is subject to updates as more information becomes available.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation System

All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan. Carmel Central School District will consider whether their currently approved APPR plans may need to be revised in order to be consistent with their plans for re-opening under an in-person, remote or hybrid instructional model. School leaders will continue to attend annually required Lead Evaluator training.

Certification, Incidental Teaching and Substitute Teaching

All teachers will hold valid and appropriate certificates for teaching assignment, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or education law.

Student Teachers

Student teachers from NYSED registered college or university programs  can serve under the supervision of fully certified teachers in the Carmel Central School District.  Student teachers will  follow all of the social distancing,  mask wearing, health status reporting, and other COVID-19  procedures that the teachers follow.  Student teachers will serve under the supervision of our full time certified teachers only.  At no time will a student teacher be used as a teacher of record.


Carmel Central School District will train all personnel on new protocols and frequently communicate safety guidelines. Training on the precautions listed below will be conducted either remotely or in person. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all participants if training is conducted in person. Training material is designed to be easy to understand and available in the appropriate language and literacy level for all workers.

The District will ensure all students are taught or trained how to follow new COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene. Additional training will be provided in:

  • Prevention of disease spreads by staying home when they are sick.
  • Proper respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding the use of communal objects. If communal objects must be used, provide information on proper disinfection procedures between use. Examples of communal objects include, but are not limited to, other workers’ phones, desks, offices, computers or other devices, other work tools and equipment.
  • Provide employees and students with up-to-date education and training on COVID-19.
  • Risk factors and protective behaviors (i.e., cough etiquette and care of PPE).

Training for Screeners

Carmel Central School District will identify individuals familiar with CDC, OSHA protocols, and DOH guidelines in each building who will be  a trained screener.  Screeners will wear appropriate employer-provided PPE, including at a minimum, a face covering, temperature screenings and social distancing. If social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, PPE should be used when within six (6) feet of a student. 

Training topics for all staff and substitutes

  • Proper hand washing: proper hand hygiene. Promote frequent and thorough hand washing by providing employees, the school community, and visitors with a place to wash their hands. If soap and running water are not immediately available, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Provide training on proper handwashing and hand sanitizer use
  • Proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Social Distancing
    • Provide training for faculty/staff on how to address close contact interactions with students as part of every day job tasks.

  • Operating procedures (various by building)
    • Entrance into the building
    • Cleaning procedures
    • Sick child pick up
    • Staff who are sick or suspected to be sick

  • Proper cleaning techniques
    • Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

  • Hazard Communication – Right-To-Know
    • Proper use of chemicals and Safety Data sheets
    • No chemicals from home
    • Transfer of hand sanitizer in smaller containers
    • List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
    • Exposure Control Plan – with a focus on Pandemic/COVID-19
    • Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
      • Update Hazard Assessment and PPE Selection Worksheet for all identified employees
      • Proper type, use, and size
      • Cleaning and sanitizing of the face covering (if applicable)
      • Provide training for staff and students on wearing, putting on, removing and discarding PPE, including in the context of their current and potential duties

  • Use of face coverings (donning/doffing) (cloth vs. surgical)
  • Respirator Protection (N95 - required for identified employees per NYS)
    • Inclusive into your existing Respirator Protection Program or can be a separate Respirator Protection Program for medical staff only
    • Training provided for identified personnel only