- Keep your child at home if they are sick; perform a daily self-assessment for each child;
- Where possible, schedule appointments prior to or after instructional day;
- Prevent the Spread by following preventative measures outside of school (e.g., physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene).
- Student personal belongings brought to school will go home at the end of the day. Students will not be assigned lockers. This will ensure proper disinfecting at the end of each day;
- Students may not share items or bring items that are non-essential (e.g., play/sport equipment);
- Essential daily items only (e.g., backpack, clothing, sun protection, water bottles, food);
- For parents needing to drop off essential items, schools will communicate a drop off location and process. Parents are not to enter the building.
- Schools will be closed to visitors. Parents may not enter the building;
- Schools will provide further guidance on student entry/exit in their welcome messaging (e.g., designated entrance for your child);
- Sanitizing stations have been placed at each designated entrance for use by students and essential visitors on entry and exit.
OUTDOOR PLAY STRUCTURES
- Schedules will be created for the use of outdoor play structures;
- Students will be asked to wash/disinfect hands before going outside for breaks and once they have returned inside the school.
SCHOOL HOURS/ACCESS AND VISITORS
- Schools will be closed to visitors;
- To the extent possible, meetings with school staff and others should occur over the phone or virtually;
- Where face to face meetings are scheduled by appointment, screening will be required and medical masks must be worn (these will be available at the school);
- Volunteer programs in schools are paused.
LUNCH AND SNACKS
- Students should bring food every day;
- Microwaves are not accessible as they would be a high touch area. No microwaveable lunches please;
- Water bottles, food and utensils may not be shared;
- Students who go home for lunch will follow school processes; no other students may leave for lunch;
- Students should bring a refillable water bottle.
- If a student must leave school before dismissal, the parent is to contact the school (Attendance line or school phone) to register the appointment;
- For late arrivals, parents should notify the school via the School Secretary or come to the school with your child(ren);
- Parents will not be able to enter the school;
FOOD PROGRAMS, FUNDRAISING AND VENDING
- Food programs for students who are experiencing food insecurity will continue, following TNCDSB and NWHU protocols (e.g., "Grab & Go");
- All surfaces, bins and containers for food distribution will be disinfected prior to and after use;
- Food programs/fundraising (e.g., pizza, hot dog days) and hot lunch programs are paused;
- Vending machines will not be accessible.
- School buses will operate at capacity in accordance with information provided in the Ministry of Education Guide to Reopening Ontario's Schools;
- Students in Grades 4 to 8 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks, and students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged, but not required to wear masks while on the bus;
- Seating will be assigned, with siblings or students from the same household/daycare sitting together, and possibly with students from the same classroom cohort;
- Buses will be cleaned, including all high touch surfaces, between the morning and afternoon run, and again at the end of the day.
- Schools will develop processes to adhere to physical distancing and cohorts in practicing the following:
- Fire Drills, Hold and Secures, Lockdowns, School Evacuations, Bomb Threats, etc.