The George F. Johnson Memorial Library has adopted this Pandemic Response Plan in compliance with New York State Labor Law §27-C to implement operation plans in the event of certain declared public health emergencies including, but not limited to, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or other communicable disease or pandemic illness.
The primary goals of George F. Johnson Memorial Library's Pandemic Response Plan are to establish:
- The roles and responsibilities during all phases of a public health emergency
- Preparedness activities and response protocols
- Coordination and decision making for the continuation of operations
The Pandemic Response Plan is designed to ensure precautionary, response, and recovery measures to a public health emergency involving a communicable disease threatening to impact or immediately impacting the library's staff, trustees, volunteers, and/or community members.
The Library Director, as authorized by the Board of Trustees, administers the Pandemic Response Plan. This includes activating the plan, establishing an internal communications network, and coordinating all response and recovery activities. If the Library Director is unable or unavailable to administer the plan for any reason, administrative authority shall be passed to the Head of the Adult Services Department.
The following terms are hereby defined for the purposes of this policy:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Equipment worn to minimize exposure to a communicable disease or pandemic illness as mandated by local, state, or federal law and/or any Executive Orders related to the public health emergency or mandates issued by federal agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Employee: Any person employed by the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, regardless of job classification or title.
- Contractor: Any individual performing paid services for the library, but not a George F. Johnson Memorial Library employee.
- Essential: Designation made to an employee whose duties require them to be physically present at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library to perform their job OR tasks that are vital or necessary to the library's safety or operational needs.
- Non-Essential: Designation made to an employee whose duties do not require them to be physically present at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library, OR tasks that are not vital or necessary to the library's safety or operational needs.
- Communicable Disease: Illness caused by an infectious agent that occurs through the direct or indirect transmission of the infectious agent or its byproducts or via inanimate environment or object to a susceptible person or persons.
- Retaliatory Action: The discharge, suspension, demotion, penalization, discrimination, or other adverse employment action taken against any employee.
ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES OR DUTIES
In the event of a state-ordered reduction of in-person workforce, the Library Director shall be designated as an Essential Employee and is permitted to be physically present at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library to perform tasks essential to their job or the operations of the library including, but not limited to, maintenance to the facilities that could otherwise threaten or pose a risk to the library’s facilities if not performed; bookkeeping such as accounts payable, accounts receiving, and processing payroll; and/or accepting, sorting, and opening postal mail or packages.
These essential tasks may be delegated to a specific employee or contractor at the Library Director's discretion. This employee or contractor is permitted to be physically present at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library to perform only the designated essential tasks as assigned.
TELECOMMUTE/WORK FROM HOME
In the event of a state-ordered reduction of in-person workforce, George F. Johnson Memorial Library’s employees will be required to work from home.
All employees whose duties and routine tasks require the use of a computer and/or internet access, will be provided library-issued equipment necessary to perform those duties and tasks as needed.
The Library Director will provide instructions for downloading/installing software for employees to perform their duties remotely.
The Library Director will coordinate the schedule for employees and contractors reporting to the library in-person to perform essential tasks so that the George F. Johnson Memorial Library remains in compliance with the state-ordered reduction of the in-person workforce. No employee or contractor is permitted to report to the George F. Johnson Memorial Library without the Library Director's authorization.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
The George F. Johnson Memorial Library will provide PPE as required by local, state or federal laws or Executive Orders. As per OSHA guidelines, employees are not financially responsible for mandated PPE. Employees may provide their own PPE if they desire. Employee’s PPE must comply with all local, state, or federal laws or Executive Orders and CDC and OSHA regulations.
The George F. Johnson Memorial Library will arrange for any necessary training for mandated PPE, including proper use and disposal.
The George F. Johnson Memorial Library will keep a supply of PPE in storage in the event a public health emergency is immediately declared. All employees will be aware of the storage location of PPE. The Library Director will monitor PPE supply levels and replenish the supply as needed in accordance with the library’s Procurement Policy.
Failure to comply with PPE mandates may result in disciplinary action.
EXPOSURE TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
If required by local, state or federal laws or Executive Orders, mandatory, continuous health screening practices will be implemented for all employees.
In the event an employee is exposed to a known case of the communicable disease that is the subject of the public health emergency, exhibits symptoms of such disease, or tests positive for such disease, the following procedures will be immediately implemented:
- The employee must not report to the library or they must leave the premises immediately, if already and notify the Library Director.
- The Library Director will notify both local and state health departments and will follow guidance specific to workplaces with a suspected or positive case.
- The Library Director and the employee will determine which other staff members were in close contact and possibly exposed to the communicable disease.
- The Library Director and the employee will determine which areas of the library are now considered “contaminated” and need to be immediately closed.
CLEANING CONTAMINATED AREAS
The library will immediately close off contaminated area(s). The area(s) will be quarantined for a length of time determined by local or state health departments.
After the determined length of time, the are(s) used by the employee will be cleaned, vacuumed, and disinfected including work spaces, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like computers, tablets, keyboards, and other office supplies. The area(s) will be cleaned by library staff using CDC-recommended cleaning solutions and wearing appropriate PPE.
Once the area(s) has (have) been appropriately disinfected, it (they) can be opened for use. The library will continue routine cleaning and disinfecting and logging these activities as recommended.
The Library Director will adhere to local and state guidance regarding Contact Tracing, which may include reporting or contacting other employees, contractors, visitors, and patrons who voluntarily supplied their information for the purpose of Contact Tracing who may have been in close contact with the employee suspected or confirmed to have the communicable disease. The Library Director will keep the health status of employees confidential.
The George F. Johnson Memorial Library will adhere to all local, state, or federal laws or Executive Orders regarding sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specific reasons related to a communicable disease.
RETURNING TO WORK
If an employee is exposed to a communicable disease or exhibits symptoms of having a communicable disease, they must follow all local and state health department directives which may include being tested for that communicable disease and/or quarantining for a specified amount of time at home.
If an employee has a suspected or confirmed case they must not report back to work until they have me all of the following criteria in consultation with a healthcare provider an in accordance with local, state, and/or federal criteria specific to the communicable disease.
All other employees will be provided instructions for returning to work dependent on the determination of risk of exposure by the local or state health department during Contact Tracing.
Reporting to work following a known-exposure to the communicable disease, having symptoms consistent with the communicable disease, or reporting to work following a positive test without being medically cleared to return to work as defined above will be considered a violation of library policy and may result in disciplinary action.
The George F. Johnson Memorial Library will not take any retaliatory action for employees not reporting to work due to a suspected or confirmed case of the communicable disease. Employees must follow established protocols for reporting an absence.
CONTINUATION OF OPERATIONS
In the event of a declared public health emergency involving a communicable disease, the Library Director will address operations according to the following outline. Some circumstances will require deviation from this sequence in order to best serve the safety and health of the library staff and community.
- Asses the emergency declaration as it relates to the library’s facilities, materials, staff, or community.
- Notify the appropriate persons including employees and the Board of Trustees.
- Determine the next steps, with the information available, regarding:
- Services or service points
- Hours of operation
- Draft a press release or statement to the public.
- Document in detail the sequence or timeline of events before, during, and after the declared public health emergency.
- Prepare for recovery.
Once approved by the Board of Trustees, this Pandemic Response Plan will be published in a clear and conspicuous location at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library and on the library’s website. A copy will be provided to all employees.
ONGOING USE EVALUATION
This Pandemic Response Plan is required by law with the health and safety of the library’s employees and community as the top priority.
The Pandemic Response Plan will be evaluated annually by the Library Director and Library Board of Trustees, and updated as needed.
Questions or concerns regarding this plan should be directed to the Library Director.
Adopted by the George F. Johnson Memorial Library Board of Trustees March 18, 2021
1. PLANNING SUMMARY
During the Fall of 2019, the George F. Johnson Memorial Library Board of Trustees attended a board retreat. During the retreat, the Board participated in a Strategic Plan brainstorming workshop, which was facilitated by the Four County Library System. The brainstorming workshop provided valuable feedback from the Board regarding the direction they felt the library should take over the next few years. Their input from the retreat was used as the primary resource for crafting this plan’s strategic goals. The South Central Regional Library Council also conducted three focus groups to gauge the community’s thoughts on the current state of the library and potential future challenges the library may encounter. The community’s feedback was also used as a resource in crafting the strategic plan goals for this document.
2. MISSION STATEMENT
To provide materials in varied formats, information from technological and traditional sources, and services from trained and qualified employees for library users of all ages for their recreations, educational and lifelong learning needs. As we work to accomplish this mission, we vow to strive to uphold the rights of all people of all ages under the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the guidelines of the Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association Council of January 23, 1980.
3.1 Improve the Accessibility & Functionality of Library Spaces: Main Floor Meeting Room
Purpose: To expand the library’s meeting room capacity. It will allow for an improved meeting room experience for library patrons because they will have access to the library’s restroom facilities, which are located on the main floor. The proposed meeting room will also be larger than either of the two smaller meeting rooms that are located downstairs.
Action Plan: Repurpose library space for the meeting room. This includes adding doors, whiteboard, and technology to current library space.
Measurement: Meeting room space will be created and offered for use to the public.
3.2 Improve the Accessibility & Functionality of Library Spaces: ADA Compliant Circulation Desk
Purpose: A new circulation desk that is handicap accessible and would allow every George F. Johnson Memorial Library patron to be able to utilize the library with dignity.
Action Plan: Survey staff needs for desk specifications. Get quotes for a new desk that will be ADA compliant and meet circulation staff needs.
Measurement: The new ADA compliant circulation desk will be installed. The desk will be able to serve all patrons, and staff will have a workstation that is adequate to solve 21st-century library issues.
3.3 Funding Future Capital Improvements: Parking Lot
Purpose: Improve the current lot, so it is safe and handicap accessible.
Action Plan: Renovate the parking lot by using construction grant funds, GFJ Library capital improvement funds, and Village Funds.
Measurement: Parking lot installed, adequate drainage, and safety issues addressed. Handicap accessible ramp will be installed. New signage will be created and posted.
3.4 Funding Future Capital Improvements: Library Roof
Purpose: To provide patrons with a safe and accessible library.
Action Plan: Construction grant and library funds will be used to pay for a new roof. Estimates for the roof renovation will be procured. An infrared test will be conducted to assess the full extent of the roof’s damage.
Measurement: New roof Installed, all leaking and safety issues addressed, which will include the trimming and removal of trees that overhang the roof where necessary.