Health and Safety

The Ministry of Education has provided direction on supporting a return to a more normalized learning experience for students while maintaining specific protective measures.

  • Students, staff members and school visitors are not required to wear masks in school. Individuals who feel more comfortable or who are advised to wear a mask can continue to wear a mask and will be supported in doing so.

  • Students, staff members and visitors should continue to review and adhere to the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), prior to entering the school daily. 

  • Hand hygiene and normal cleaning and disinfection protocols will continue. In addition, we will continue to follow our current ventilation practices. 

For additional details on health and safety measures, please see the information below.


For more information about how to use a face mask properly, visitwww.york.ca/safeatschool.


As outlined by the Ministry of Education, students, staff members and school visitors are not  required to wear masks in school. Individuals who feel more comfortable or who are advised to wear a mask can continue to wear a mask and will be supported in doing so.

As some students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks or eye protection, the school will continue to provide masks when needed.

On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18 and students over 18, staff members and visitors should review and adhere to the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Too (please click on Check for Symptoms Daily), before entering the school daily.

Individuals who do not pass screening should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool.

Staff and students will not be required to complete the screening confirmation form each day. 

All visitors are required to continue electronic completion of the visitor log.

All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine), must not attend school or work and follow the guidance in the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool. This may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required,and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

https://www.york.ca/health/covid-19/staying-safe-schoolEvery school has a designated isolation room. Parents or caregivers must pick up their child as soon as possible if they are notified by the school that their child has become symptomatic at school.

 

For more information on correct handwashing procedures and how to use hand sanitizer, please visit www.york.ca/safeatschool. 


  • Students are to wash hands using soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately before: leaving home, leaving the classroom, eating, touching one’s face, and leaving school. 

  • Students are to wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately after: arriving at school/entering the classroom, finishing lunch, touching shared objects, using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, and blowing one’s nose, and arriving at home.

  • A hand sanitizing station will be placed in the front lobby of the school and in classrooms. 

  • It is recommended that students not bring their own hand sanitizer to school for issues of quality, fragrance and management of potential hazards. No alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be brought in or used in schools or Board facilities including personal-size products.

  • Cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces will be done daily as per Public Health guidelines.

  • Cleaning and disinfection of shared items is to continue to be done in accordance with board protocols and Public Health guidelines. Examples of shared equipment include IT/Chromebooks and carts, photocopiers, physical education equipment, science apparatus, etc.

For hot, humid weather relief in classrooms or portables, Board-approved fans may be used to provide air movement in the room. The use of fans must support strategies for minimizing the risk of infection transmission (COVID-19 and other organisms): 

  • Only Board-approved fans may be used and must provide access to the blades for cleaning/disinfecting.

  • Fans should be kept on low setting.

  • Fans should always be placed on a clean surface.  Fans should never be placed at floor level.

  • Airflow should never be pointed or passed through any individual and must always be aimed upwards, toward the ceiling or wall, and not at face level.

Drinking fountains are in service and are maintained according to board protocols and Public Health guidelines. 

  • Field trips may resume; however, many factors will need to be considered in planning field trips, including: coverage, isolation spaces and transportation.  
  • International Travel will continue to be paused for now. 
  • Outdoor Education excursions to YRDSB sites continue to be offered. All Health and Safety protocols are followed and information is provided to students when visits to Outdoor Education Centres are planned.

  • Intra-murals and Inter-school Sports:  May return to normal practice.
  • Music:  Wind instruments, singing and music rooms can be fully used without distancing or masking.  Cleaning and disinfection of instruments will be done in accordance with Board Protocols and Public Health Guidelines. 
  • Assemblies/Performances: May return to normal practice. 
  • Guest speakers/clinicians - Permitted following applicable Board policies.

Mask use is optional for students, staff and visitors on student transportation. 

We encourage all families and students to use active modes to travel to and from school as often as possible (walk, cycle, and scooter). Schools may share additional information about their active school travel plan.

To learn more, please visit Student Transportation COVID-19 information.

We encourage all families and students to use active modes to travel to and from school as often as possible (walk, cycle, and scooter). Schools may share additional information about their active school travel plan to ensure that students are dropped off and picked up according to these guidelines:

  • Walking or Biking to School

    • Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres (or six feet) away from other people, including crossing guards whenever possible. If physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain, wear a mask.

    • All students who live within walking distance are encouraged to walk or bike to and from school. Students in Grades 4 to 8 are especially encouraged to travel on foot or by bike rather than being driven to school.

  • Pick-up and Drop-off

    • If you choose to drive your child to school, park your car a few blocks away and walk the rest of the way to support safe physical distance for all. Follow all street signage and obey parking bylaws.

For more details, please see: Active School Travel Guidelines.

May return to normal practice. 

May return to normal practice. 

Schools will inform their community about the format of meetings. Meetings may return face-to-face and schools should consider the most effective way to connect with families.  A hybrid or online model may be considered.

Entrance

  • Schools to continue with past practice - entry to classrooms 15 minutes before the bell with supervision inside or enter the classroom after the bell with yard supervision prior.
  • Students are to use hand sanitizer or, where practical, wash hands upon arrival in the classroom.

Student Pickup and Late Arrivals During School Hours 

  • Parents/guardians may sign-in and sign-out children as per past practices.

Dismissal

  • Students are expected to leave the school and school property after their last class or extra-curricul activity

  • Students are permitted to go home for lunch.  When students return they do not need to re-screen. If students fall ill during lunch they are to remain home.
  • Students are to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • Students are to be reminded not to share food, utensils or drinks.
  • It is strongly recommended for students remaining at school for lunch to bring their lunch, including hot lunches.
  • Individual food delivery services are not currently accepted. Approved food programs may resume as per past practice, including secondary cafeterias on a phased approach.