Health and Safety


How to put on and take off a face mask.

For more information about how to use a face mask properly, visitwww.york.ca/covid19.


Students

  • Non-medical or cloth masks are required for all students in Grades 1 to 12 while inside the school unless directed by staff.

  • It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.

  • Non-medical or cloth masks must:

    • cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping

    • allow for easy breathing

    • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops

    • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments

    • maintain its shape after washing and drying

    • be made from tightly woven material such as linen or cotton

    • Public Health Agency of Canada recommends Canadians wear three-layer cloth masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    • A two-layer cloth mask can be converted into a three-layer cloth mask by adding filters for an extra layer of protection against COVID-19. Health Canada offers instructions on how to easily convert a two-layer cloth mask into a three-layer cloth mask.  Adding a filter to your existing two-layer mask will help protect against COVID-19 by trapping smaller infectious particles. Plastic films or pieces of non-breathable plastic are not suitable filters.

  • Students will be instructed not to share masks and avoid touching their mask or adjusting it too often.

  • Mask donning and doffing must be supervised by staff and masks stored properly. Hand hygiene should be performed before donning and doffing masks; remove the mask using the ties or ear loops.

  • It is recommended that where possible, physical distance be maintained from other individuals inside the school building and outdoors on the school yard. 

  • Masks are required during Physical Education classes inside for low and high-contact activity.

  • Masks are required during Physical Education classes outside for high-contact activities (eg. Football, Soccer).   Masks are not required during Physical Education classes outside for low-contact activities (eg. Track and Field).  It is recommended that Parents/guardians provide their child with at least three clean masks (non-medical or cloth) each day to wear at school. The wearing of masks helps to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets to others. 

  • If a student does not have a mask, a non-medical mask will be provided by the school.

  • It is suggested that parents/guardians provide separate bags to store clean and dirty/wet masks and a pouch or fanny pack to hold them. Wash cloth masks daily.

 

Student Mask Exemptions

In-person attendance at school without a mask will not be allowed for students from Grades 1 to 12, except when there is an authorized exemption. It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.   York Region Public Health (YRPH) allows a student mask exemption to be granted based on the following rationale:

  • A child requires a medical accommodation

    • If an accommodation is required for a medical condition, (cognitive or physical) that prevents a child from wearing a face mask,  parent/guardian will be asked to complete a Mask Exemption Notification Form 

    • A  treating health care provider will be required to complete a Mask Exemption Certificate.

  • A child requires an alternate accommodation

    • Parent/guardian will be asked to complete a Mask Exemption Notification Form.  Additional documentation may be required.  Principals are to work closely with their Superintendent to assess alternate accommodation requests.

  • If a mask exemption is granted, the Board will endeavour to provide, where possible, physical distance in the classroom.

  • If a mask exemption is not granted students must wear a mask to attend school.  

 

School Staff

  • All school staff (Teachers, Occasional/Casual Staff, Itinerant Staff, EAs, etc.) will be provided with PPE.

  • Medical masks must be worn by school staff indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.  

  • Eye protection (face shield, goggles, safety glasses) in addition to a medical mask must also be worn by staff working in close contact (less than two metres distance) with students without masks (for example students in kindergarten, while students are eating lunch). 

  • Eye protection is not required for staff working with students or other staff who wear masks even when they are in close contact. Staff must have their eye protection readily available at all times.

 

Visitors

  • Permitted visitors must wear a medical grade mask at all times inside a school.  If a visitor does not have a medical grade mask, they will be provided one by the school.

  • Before entry, visitors must review the self-assessment poster posted on the front door. Visitors are to provide a verbal response when checking in that they have completed the self-assessment.

 

Students

  • On a daily basis, parents/guardians of students under 18 and students over 18 are responsible 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.

  • Confirmation Form for Elementary Students 

    • Parents/guardians of elementary students will have to provide confirmation of a successful screening as follows:

      • Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  “Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Elementary Student Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information. Information on how to access your child’s GAPPS account is available on the Board’s website. If the child does not have a student number/username, one is to be provided by the child/student’s teacher. 

  • Confirmation Form for Secondary Students 

    • After completing the screening tool, secondary students must complete the Secondary School Confirmation Form. Upon completion of the form confirming successful screening, students will receive an email.  For students who may not be able to complete the self-assessment process independently, parents/guardians are to complete

    • After receiving this email, students can then attend their school and will have to show the email response in one of the following ways to school staff:

      • Show email on phone (showing the email or a photo of the email)

      • Hard copy printout of the email 

      • If neither option is available, students can provide verbal response confirming completion.

  • All students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine), must not enter any school and follow the guidance in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/ors getting tested for COVID-19.

  • Where possible, students must maintain a physical distance at all times, as they enter, move through and exit the building.

Staff

  • On a daily basis, before entry, staff are to review and adhere to the instructions on the COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool posted at all exterior doors.

  • Before entry, staff visitors must review and adhere to the instructions on the employee/essential visitor poster and provide response to the main reception staff.

  • All staff 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 screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. 

Visitors

  • All visitors are to report to the main office.  Upon entry to the main office, School Office Support Staff (EOAAs, SOAAs) will complete a “Visitor Log.”

  • All visitors to a school are required to wear a medical grade mask while on school premises. A medical mask will be provided by the school if needed.

  • All visitors who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool (not related to a COVID-19 vaccine), must not enter the school and follow the guidance in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

  • Until further notice lunch drop offs will not be available, including access to lunch delivery services.  Unless a child is going home for lunch, families should ensure that snacks and lunch are provided.

  • Visitor(s) are not to enter the school during hours of operation unless identified through a prearranged exception.

  • It is expected that parents/guardians first contact the school by telephone if assistance is required.

  • Prearranged Exceptions:

    • When a parent/guardian needs to meet with the Principal in person, the meeting must be scheduled in advance. 
    • Families registering a new student:
      • Where possible only one parent/guardian, student and a translator, if required.
      • Principal discretion is permitted in circumstances where additional family members need to be present.
      • By appointment only.

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 Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

  • Every school will establish a designated isolation room. While in the Designated Isolation Room a two-metre physical distance must be maintained at all times.

Hallways

  • To minimize close contact between students, directional floor decals will be installed in all schools to manage movement of students.

  • All hallways to be divided into two-way paths for movement in schools.

Stairwells

  • All stairways to be divided into two-way paths for movement in schools.

  • Directional floor decals for top/bottom of stairs, mid landing if exists.

  • Wall signage to be posted at top/bottom of stairs, mid landing if exists to promote physical distancing.

Elevators/Lifts

  • If assistance is required by a student, maximum users in an elevator/lift will be two.

  • Staff must wear a medical grade mask in an elevator/lift.

  • Students in grades 1-12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask in an  elevator/lift.

  • Floor decals to be installed indicating recommended standing locations.  Physical distancing should be maintained while in the elevator/lift where feasible.

Washrooms

  • Where possible, floor decals spaced two-metres physically apart are to be placed inside washrooms at areas such as sinks/hand washing areas.

Other locations 

Other locations to consider for one-way options or physical distancing wait spots:

  • gym entry

  • guidance office

  • library entry

  • Kindergarten rooms

  • lunch/milk/snack pick up locations

  • places where students are required to line up including library and school bus loading zones

  • Masks must be worn at all times.  

  • To reduce crowding in the office, students and visitors are requested to wait in the hall to be called into the office. "Please wait" floor decals to be placed a two-metre distance away from the office reception counter to remind students and visitors where to stand. Floor decals placed two metres apart in the hallway outside the office will provide appropriate waiting locations prior to entering the office.

  • Furniture will be decluttered and removed where possible to minimize areas that are touchable and to maximize mobility. Where possible, student work spaces are to be spaced physically apart.

  • Designated seating will be assigned and visual aids used to indicate that some furniture is “off limits.”

  • Until further notice, all fabric cushions, pads and furniture with padding or fabric are to be removed, unless dedicated to one student. Porous items required in a Community Class (e.g. bean bag chair) will be designated to one student or be removed.

Correct handwashing procedure poster

How to use hand sanitizer poster

  • 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.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school. It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask. 

  • Students are to maintain physical distance at all times within the washroom, where possible. 

  • Students are to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the washroom.

  • Elementary teachers are recommended to create a washroom schedule with clear washroom breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).

  • Elementary cohorts are to travel in groups to use designated washrooms. 

  • For unscheduled visits, 

    • Administrators are to post the recommended number of users allowed per washroom based on the number of toilets/urinals in each washroom.

    • It is recommended that the number of students allowed in a washroom not exceed the existing number of toilets/urinals.

    • Students are to assess if the washroom has reached maximum usage as they enter based on posted signage. If maximum has been reached, students are to wait in hall in designated area

    • Floor decals spaced two metres apart are to be placed outside washrooms for students to wait if the washroom is full.

    • Where possible, floor decals spaced two metres apart are to be placed inside washrooms at areas such as sinks/hand washing areas.

    • It is recommended that students immediately leave the washroom as soon as they are finished.

  • Cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces will be done twice a day as per Public Health guidelines and COVID-19 Standard Operating Practice: Cleaning and Disinfection.

  • Students/classroom staff or office staff (as appropriate) are expected to clean and disinfect shared equipment between users.  Examples of shared equipment: IT/chromebooks and carts, photocopiers, physical education equipment and science apparatus, etc. 

  • Cleaning and disinfection products will be provided in all areas where shared items are used.

  • The playing of wind/brass instruments indoors may only take place when a two-metre distance can be maintained between students at all times.  Instruments must be sanitized as per the COVID-19 Standard Operating Practice: Cleaning and Disinfection.

Students who have school learning equipment, such as textbooks from the 2020-2021 school year are asked to return them to the school as soon as possible.

  • Students may be placed into small groups for special education support with students from other cohorts. 

  • It is expected that staff and students in small rooms are to work maintaining physical distance between them.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school.

(School staff or Assessment, Reading Recovery, Psychologists, Social Workers and other Itinerant Staff)

  • It is expected that staff and students in small rooms are to work maintaining physical distance between them.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school.

  • It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.

The use of libraries is permitted.

(in Gymnasiums, Weight Rooms and Outdoors)

  • Indoors:

    • Masks are required for all students in Grades 1 to 12 during all indoor Physical Education classes.

    • Low-contact activities (eg. Volleyball, Badminton) indoors can take place, including full play.

    • High-contact activities are not permitted indoors at this time.  Further information and direction on high-contact activities indoors will be provided.

    • Students can temporarily remove their mask during Physical Education for water breaks.  Students need to be two metres apart while drinking. 

  • Outdoors:

    • Masks are not required for students in Grades 1 to 12 during outdoor Physical Education classes when engaging in low or high-contact activities (eg. Track and Field, Football, and Soccer) if done within the class. 

  • It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.

  • Weight rooms in secondary schools may only be used by one class/cohort at a time.

  • Students must be two metres apart when utilizing fitness equipment.

  • Students under the supervision of staff must wipe down equipment with Board supplied disinfectant before and after use.

For hot, humid weather relief in classrooms or portables, Board-approved fans may be used to provide air movement in the room. The guidelines below outline strategies for minimizing risk of infection transmission (COVID-19 and other organisms), minimizing turbulence, and reducing particle spread to minimize propelling infectious droplets: 

  • Fans cannot be used in Isolation Rooms or rooms with Aerosol Generating Medical procedures.

  • Where fans are used, the principal must ensure classroom staff understand the requirements for their safe use - as per Public Health Ontario guidance, portable fans, if used, must meet all of the following:

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

  • Fans are not to be used in rooms with Droplet and Contact Precautions (ie. in isolation rooms), or during aseptic procedures, sterile procedures, or aerosol-generating medical procedures.

  • Fans must 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.

  • Large industrial hall fans are not to be used at this time

  • During lunch periods, fans are to be turned off.

  • Water bottles will be required to be filled at designated drinking water sources (water fountain, water filling station or food prep area), rather than students and staff drinking directly from the mouthpiece of water fountains.

  • Water fountain knobs and push buttons are considered high-touch surfaces and will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

  • Use of lockers and/or coat hooks is permitted.

  • Students should not share lockers where feasible.  Where this presents a challenge, schools are to consider strategies in assigning them to those who require access.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school.

  • Locker doors are considered a high-touch surface and will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day.

Field trips will be paused to start the school year. 

After consultation with York Region Public Health, and recognizing the importance that extra-curricular activities provide students in support of their physical and mental health, our schools will have the opportunity to offer inter-school athletics commencing in September.  In doing so, we are following the directions from the Ministry of Education as well as the guidance from York Region Public Health, to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 

The guidelines for the permitted fall intra-mural/intra-school athletics are based on:

  • the fact that they involve students from multiple cohorts
  • conditions for indoor and and outdoor, full game play and individual skill drill/practicing
  • conditions for low contact sports (limited/intermittent proximity/contact) and high contact sports (routine close proximity)  

The guidelines outline the regularly scheduled fall inter-school sports, for elementary and secondary and identify the sports that may proceed with full game play/competition and those restricted to modified individual skill practice.  Additional requirements for coaches, players and spectators are also included.


Inter-school Athletics and Intra-school Intramurals

(multi-cohort, extra-curricular)

Fall - 2021-2022:  Based on current conditions and guidance from York Region Public Health, effective Sept 3, 2021; to be reviewed as required as per emerging conditions.  

 

Key Guiding Principles

  • Inter/Intra-school athletics involves multiple cohorts
  • The guidelines for permitted fall intra-mural/intra-school athletics are based on the following conditions:
  1. Indoor vs outdoor
  2. Full game play vs individual skill drill/practicing
  3. High contact (routine close proximity) vs low contact (Limited/intermittent proximity/contact)

 

Indoor Sports:

  • Masks are required at all times 
  • Low contact sports full games and individual skill drill/practicing may take place 
  • High contact sports full games are not permitted, individual skill drill/practicing are permitted 

 

Outdoor Sports:

  • Low contact sports full games and individual skill drill/practicing are permitted outdoors and masks are not required during the competition/game 
  • High contact sports full games and individual skill drill/practicing are only permitted outdoors and masks are required at all times


 

Coaches/Player/Spectator Expectations:

 

Outdoors

Indoors

Athletes

High Contact:

  • Masks must be worn at all times.

Low Contact:

  • Masks must be worn when not actively participating (eg. on side-lines) as well as prior to, and immediately after, the event
  • Masks at all times 
  • No games (including inter-squad games), only practice/drills, etc. at this time

Coaches

  • Must wear masks at all times and eye protection as per Staff PPE requirements. 
  • Must wear masks at all times and eye protection as per Staff PPE requirements. 
  • No games (including inter-squad games), only practice/drills, etc. at this time

Spectators

  • Wear masks at all times
  • Specific zone for spectators
  • Maintain physical distance
  • Limit 1:1 spectator to athlete attending
  • No spectators allowed in buildings before, during or after practice, for any purpose

 

Elementary

Indoors:

 

High/Low Contact

Mask Required

Full Games Permitted

Individual Skill Drill/Practicing Permitted

Volleyball (Int.)

High

Yes

No

Individual skills training (e.g. serving, volleying, passing, hitting, etc.) and drills that avoid close contact 

Outdoors:

 

High/Low Contact

Mask Required

Full Games Permitted

Individual Skill Drill/Practicing Permitted

Softball (3 Pitch) – CEC N only

Low

No

Yes

Individual skills training (e.g. catching, hitting, pitching) and drills that minimize close contact 

Cross Country

Low

No

Yes

Running training that minimizes close contact 

Secondary

Indoors:

 

High/Low Contact

Mask Required

Full Play Allowed

Individual Skill Drill/Practicing Permitted

Basketball (Female)

High

Yes

No

Individual skills training (e.g. footwork, passing, dribbling, shooting, layups, etc.) and drills that avoid close contact (e.g. positional drills, line drills, rebounding)

Volleyball

(Male)

High

Yes

No

Individual skills training (e.g. serving, volleying, passing, hitting, etc.) and drills that avoid close contact 

Outdoors:

 

High/Low Contact

Mask Required

Full Play Allowed

Individual Skill Drill/Practicing Permitted

Cross Country

Low

No

Yes

Running training that minimizes close contact

Cricket

Low

No

Yes

Individual skills training (e.g. batting, bowling) and team drills that minimize close contact 

Tennis

Low

No

Yes

Individual skills training that minimizes close contact 

Golf

Low

No

Yes

Individual skills training that minimizes close contact 

Soccer

(Male)

High

Yes

Yes

Individual skills training (e.g. ball handling, passing, shooting, etc.) and team drills that minimize close contact 

Field Hockey

(Female)

High

Yes

Yes

Individual skills training (e.g. ball handling, passing, shooting, etc.) and team drills that minimize close contact 

Football

High

Yes

Yes

Individual skills training (e.g. passing, catching, kicking, route running, etc.) and team drills that minimize close contact

Rugby 7’s

High

Yes

No

Individual skills training (e.g. passing/ball handling, kicking, etc.) positional drills) and team drills that minimize close contact 

 

Student Transportation Services of York Region (STSYR), in collaboration with YRDSB, YCDSB, York Regional Public Health, School Vehicle Vendors, and the Ministry of Education, have developed COVID-19 Transportation Protocols to mitigate potential health risks.

School Vehicle Seating Plan 

  • School Administration is asked to develop school vehicle seating plans during the first week of school.
  • Students from the same household and/or class cohort should be seated together. 

School Arrival and Departure

  • Upon arriving at the school, drivers will assist students to disembark the bus from the front to the back, one seat at a time, while maintaining physical distance. School staff will then direct students to appropriate safe locations. 
  • At dismissal time, school staff are asked to direct students to maintain their class cohorts until they board a school vehicle.

PPE

  • Students in grades 1 to 12 must wear a face mask while waiting at the bus stop and while riding their bus unless they are unable to due to medical reasons. 
  • While students in kindergarten are not required to wear a face mask, it is strongly recommended they do so while waiting at the bus stop and while riding on the school bus, unless they are unable due to medical reasons. 

Contact Tracing

  • In the event an individual who may have been in contact with students on a bus, is identified as positive for COVID-19, the school should follow protocol established by the Board.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the School Transportation page

 

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.

Until further notice, in-person school assemblies are not permitted.  Further information will be provided when available.

Until further notice, on-site school photographs by third-party photographers are not permitted.  Further information will be provided when available.

Until further notice, all school councils are to operate virtually. Further information will be provided when available.

Student Councils that are required as per Policy and Procedure #672.0, Student Leadership and Student Voice, must be physically distanced if meeting in person and are encouraged to meet virtually.

  • Singing (Vocals) indoors may only take place within an assigned class of students. Students must wear a non-medical or cloth mask and maintain distance between students at all times.

  • The playing of string/percussion instruments indoors is permitted within an assigned class of students.  Students must wear a non-medical or cloth mask and maintain distance.

  • The playing of wind/brass instruments indoors may only take place when a two-metres distance can be maintained between students at all times within a class.  Further information will be provided when available.

  • Use of prayer rooms is allowed, provided that physical distance between students can be maintained.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school. It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.

  • Prayer mats should be designated to an individual and not shared unless they can be disinfected between users. 

As directed by the Ministry of Education, we are currently developing an immunization disclosure policy for staff members and other individuals visiting or accessing our schools.

Elementary

Cohorts are consistent groupings of students; and may include

  • Bus cohort
  • Class cohort (homeroom)
  • Recess cohort
    • Up to 4 classes (max 120 students) can play in a zone at one time
  • Small group cohort: Student Support Centre, ELL, etc.
  • Extra-Curricular cohort when permitted.

Families

Parents/guardians are not to enter the school. Those who are dropping off and picking up Kindergarten students are encouraged to:

  • Maintain physical distance from other adults and children.

  • Wear face masks. 

  • Remain outside the Kindergarten play area and leave immediately after dropping off or picking up their child.

  • Kindergarten students in Before Care are escorted by staff directly into their designated classrooms. 

  • Late drop off or early pick up, parents will be asked to call the school from the front door, but will not be permitted into the school. Office staff will sign the student in or out and notify the classroom teacher. A staff member will be requested to escort the Kindergarten student either from or to class.

 

Staff

  • Kindergarten team members will receive and dismiss Kindergarten students from the Kindergarten play area. 

  • Staff are encouraged to release children to caregivers one at a time, maintaining distance from other cohorts. 

  • Staff are encouraged to conduct standard hand hygiene protocols before students enter the classroom and before they exit the classroom. 

 

Area Rugs/Floor Sitting

  • Until further notice:

    • All area rugs are to be removed from classrooms. 

    • Kindergarten students are not to sit on the floor. 

    • “Sit spots” foam pads are not permitted at this time.

    • The only exception is for community classes where these are dedicated to a student.

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 in Grades 1 to 12 will wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school.

  • It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask.

  • Where possible, maintain a physical distance at all times, as you enter and move through the building.

  • Students are to use hand sanitizer or, where practical, wash hands upon arrival in the classroom.

  • Each school will identify a preferred school entry protocol for students to minimize congestion (ie., consider having students line up outside before entering,  grouping students in the yard and designating specific entry doors, having only one class enter at a time, using an increased number of entry doors, etc). Please follow the information and use decals identified in the student movement section. 

 

Late Arrival

  • When a student arrives late:

    • Parents/guardians are asked to ring the front door buzzer when they arrive at school. 

    • Parents/guardians must line up physically apart outside the front door, wearing a face mask, while they wait for office staff to respond.

    • Once the door is unlocked by the office, only the student is to enter the building and proceed to the office.

    • Parents/guardians are not to enter the building. 

    • Students are to enter the main office as per the access protocol outlined above.

  • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while in school. 

  • It is strongly recommended that students in Kindergarten wear a non-medical or cloth mask. 

  • School staff will complete the late arrival sign-in for students.

 

Dismissal

  • Grade 1-8 students are expected to wear a non-medical or cloth mask when they exit the school.

  • Each school will identify a preferred school exit protocol (eg., bus students exit from only one door, identify specific exit doors for other students by grade, panel or geographic location) to exit building, stagger release of students, etc.

  • Students are required to leave school property as soon as possible after dismissal.

  • Bus students are asked to line up for buses as outlined by school, maintaining a physical distance from other students where possible (eg. consider designated multiple line up areas for buses, and request bus students exit school by only one door).

 

Student Pickup During School Hours

  • Parents/guardians need to pre-arrange pickup with the office.

  • Office staff will record pickup in the ‘In/Out’ binder. 

  • Parents/guardians must ring the front door buzzer when they arrive at school. 

  • Parents/guardians are not to enter the building. 

  • Office staff to confirm identity.

  • Office staff will ensure the student is delivered to parent/guardian safely.

Only those food programs established in support of the physical and mental well-being of students may operate at this time, as noted below:

 

Breakfast Programs

Breakfast programs may continue to operate.

  • Breakfast Program volunteers must have Food Handler Certification and wear a medical mask at all times and gloves when handling food.

  • All food items must be individually pre-packaged.

  • Students are to be reminded not to share food, utensils or drinks.

  • Students are to wash or sanitize hands before and after eating.

 

Snack Programs

Snack programs may continue to operate.

  • All snacks must be nut-free and individually pre-packaged, such as cheese strings, granola bars, yogurt or individual bagged fruit/vegetables.

  • Students are to be reminded not to share food, utensils or drinks.

  • Students are to wash or sanitize hands before and after eating.

 

Milk Program

Milk programs may continue to operate. 

  • Milk can only be provided in prepackaged individual cartons.

Lunch Guidelines for Students

  • 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. For safety reasons, lunch drop offs will not be permitted.

  • Until further notice, all special lunch programs/food days (e.g., pizza, sub, etc.) will not be permitted.  Further information will be provided when available.

  • All food delivery services will not be accepted. 

Recess

  • Students in Grades 1 to 8 must wear a non-medical or cloth mask while they exit and enter the school and move through the hallways.

  • Students are to wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after recess.

  • Once students exit the school building they remove their mask from their face and store it properly.

    • With clean hands, fold the mask in half so that the outer surface is inwards (so that the outer surface is not contacting anything during storage) and place it in a clean, sealable paper bag or breathable container until ready to use it again the same day

  • Use of exterior school playground structures are permitted with appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • Students are expected to remain in their cohorts during recess times.

  • Encourage students to maintain a physical distance while playing outside.

Cubbies

  • Use of cubbies and coat hook areas are permitted.

  • Cubbies and coat hooks are considered a high-touch surfaces and will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day.

 

Student Change of Clothes

  • Students may continue to bring a spare set of clothes and shoes for physical education class.

  • Clothes are to remain in backpack, student’s cubby or basket at school.

  • Until further notice, students are not able to volunteer in the main office, other classrooms, libraries, etc.  Further information will be provided when available.

  • This includes reading buddies, lunch monitors, Kindergarten helpers, bus helpers, library helpers, assisting caretakers with recycling, Grade 8 helpers, etc. 

 

Secondary

Entrance

  • The building will be opened 60 minutes prior to the first bell unless directed otherwise by the Principal.

  • Classrooms will be locked until 15 minutes before the first bell.

  • Students are encouraged not to arrive until 15 minutes prior to the bell and then move directly to their first period class.

  • Students are expected to wear a non-medical or cloth mask as they arrive at school.

  • Students may access the school atrium and hallways until classes open.

  • Students are expected to maintain physical distance at all times, as they enter and move through the building.

 

Late Arrival

  • Students are expected to wear a non-medical or cloth mask as they arrive at school.

  • Students proceed directly to the office.

  • Students will enter the main office as per the access protocol outlined above.

  • Office staff will record late arrival.

  • Parents/guardians are not to enter the building.

 

Dismissal

  • Students are expected to leave the school and school property after their last class or extracurricular activity, as applicable.

  • Students are expected to wear a non-medical or cloth mask when they exit the school.

  • Bus students are asked to immediately load buses as outlined by school, maintaining a physical distance from other students.

Cafeteria

  • Cafeterias to be divided into quadrants by grade to support easy contact tracing.  There is also an expectation that students need to be mindful each day where and with whom they eat lunch. This allows the cafeteria to be used closer to a normal capacity.

  • School to assign a maximum per table, not to exceed eight students to avoid overcrowding.

  • Masks may only be removed while seated and are eating/drinking.

  • Students must follow appropriate donning and doffing protocols.

  • Masks must be put back on when finished eating.

  • High-touch surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected at the end of the lunch period.

 

Cafeteria Food Service

  • Until further notice, there will be no cafeteria food service provided in all secondary schools.

  • Students are allowed to leave the premises for lunch.

  • If remaining in the school to eat during the lunch break, students will be required to bring their own food for lunch.

 

Library

  • Students are welcome to study in the library and may eat lunch while they are studying.  There is also an expectation that students need to be mindful each day where and with whom they eat lunch. 

  • Seating capacity will be posted on each table that can be wiped.

  • Hand sanitizer to be provided at both entrance/exit.

  • Masks may only be removed while seated and are eating/drinking.

  • Students must follow appropriate donning and doffing protocols.

  • Masks must be put back on when finished eating.

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned/disinfected at the end of the lunch period.


Alternative Spaces

  • Use the front foyer,  lecture hall, meeting rooms and other common spaces where students would normally congregate at lunch prior to COVID-19 as additional spaces in which students can eat lunch with supervision.

  • Students may eat in specific locations throughout the school as per pre-Covid times.

  • Masks may only be removed while seated and are eating/drinking.

  • Students must follow appropriate donning and doffing protocols.

  • Masks must be put back on when finished eating.

  • High touch surfaces cleaned/disinfected at the end of the lunch period.

 

Additional Safety Measures

  • Students are encouraged to eat/go outside during good weather (exterior patio and benches).

  • The school has a mechanical ventilation system that maximizes the use of outdoor air. Each building is flushed with outdoor air two hours before the beginning of the day.

  • Merv13 filters have been installed.  In exhaust only classrooms a Portable HEPA air filtering unit has been supplied.

Gym Change Rooms

  • Gym Change rooms are open for use by students.

  • Students must wear non-medical or cloth masks at all times in the change room.

 

Weight Rooms

  • Weight rooms in secondary schools may only be used by one class/cohort at a time.

  • Students must be two-metres apart when utilizing fitness equipment.

  • Students under the supervision of staff must wipe down equipment with Board supplied disinfectant after use.

  • Face-to-face individual meetings with students are permitted.

  • Students in Grades 9 to 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school.

  • Physical distance must be maintained for face-to-face meetings.

  • Principal discretion is permitted in circumstances where additional family members must be present.