Health and Safety Etiquette

  • Throughout the day, please wash your hands frequently, and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

    Please follow these guidelines:

    Face coverings

    All employees should bring a face covering with them to work each day. Face coverings should be able to cover your nose and mouth when necessary. If you do not have your own face covering, you may ask for one at the main security/reception area in your building. Face coverings should be worn any time you are away from your work area.

    Social distancing

    Maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other people. If you cannot maintain six feet of distance, wear a face covering.

    Shared equipment

    Please limit the use of shared equipment when possible. If possible, assign one person to operate all equipment within your section each day. If you do use shared equipment such as a copy machine, we recommend wearing a face covering in these areas to help avoid touching your face. If supplies allow, the agency will provide hand sanitizer in shared equipment spaces. Please use it before and after using shared equipment. We also recommend that you wash your hands when you are done.

    Coughing and sneezing

    Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue. After you use a tissue, wash your hands with soap and water.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Face coverings are available at the security/reception areas in all Nassau BOCES buildings. Requests for additional PPE should go to department administration (Executive, Association or Assistant Directors).

    Building entry processes


    Before staff enter a Nassau BOCES facility, they are now asked to complete a self-assessment. This can be done easily via our new phone app, Power Apps, which is available free in your phone’s app store. The app will ask you which building(s) you will be entering followed by three questions regarding COVID-19. If you do not have COVID symptoms, haven’t had a recent exposure to someone diagnosed with the virus and haven’t recently traveled to a state subject to quarantine, you will get a green screen.

    Learn more about how to use the app at If you are unable to download the app, you may complete the self-assessment with the building security guard/receptionist.

    Swipe your ID badge

    Nassau BOCES is required to keep detailed logs for possible contact tracing in case someone who works in or visits one of our buildings should test positive for COVID-19. Starting next week, all staff will be asked to swipe their ID badge as they enter our buildings. This will automatically add staff to the log. If a staff member does not have their ID badge with them, they will need to sign in and out of the building.

    New visitor management systems

    The agency has installed new visitor management systems at both the Farber and Lupinskie Centers to help us meet the state’s contact tracing requirements for visitors. While guests will be limited for the foreseeable future, there are some visitors that will need access to our facilities to make deliveries and for other business purposes. Visitors will also be asked to acknowledge that they have completed a self-assessment.

Last Modified on July 8, 2020