School District 60 has published its restart plan for the 2020-21 school year.
The 10-page plan has been approved by the province, and outlines the policies and procedures students, teachers, parents, and visitors must follow to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
Orientation Week will run Sept. 8 to 11, and teachers and staff will spend the first two days training and preparing for students to return. Students will be will be welcomed back for a short day on Sept. 10, and a full day on Sept. 11.
Key highlights from the plan:
- Staff and visitors are asked to perform the Daily Health Check prior to arriving at school.
- Staff, students, and all visitors are required to wash their hands immediately upon entering the school. Hand sanitizing stations are set up at each school’s main entrance and throughout the school.
- Access to buildings has been limited to business services and District staff. Parents and caregivers are asked to contact the school to schedule appointments if necessary.
- Parents are asked not to enter schools to pick up or drop off students. Parents are asked to make arrangements with their schools for midday arrival or dismissals.
- Visitors and volunteers will need to schedule in advance their entry into schools.
- Elementary students will be organized into learning groups of 60. Further information will come to families from their school.
- Middle school students will be organized into learning groups of 60, and schools are working on timetables to maintain as much access to curriculum as possible while following the health and safety expectations. More information will come to families from their school.
- North Peace Secondary students will be organized into learning groups of 120. Students will follow a "Quarter" timetable system, meaning students will take two courses each day for 10 weeks at a time. More information will come to families from their school.
- Band will continue with attention to physical distancing and sanitization.
- Sports are available within cohorts with minimized physical contact or with physical distancing. Inter-school sports teams and travel have been cancelled. This may be reassessed during the school year.
- In-person assemblies and other school-wide events will be cancelled, or held virtually to avoid a large gatherings.
- Middle and Secondary students will be required to wear a non-medical masks in high traffic areas or anytime when interacting outside their cohort where physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Middle and Secondary students will be required to wear a mask during transportation on SD60 buses.
- Drivers will wear a face shield or non-medical mask during loading / offloading of passengers.
- Seating will be directed to minimize contact as much as possible. Family groups may share a seat.
- The bus will be disinfected before and after each run.
- The School District will provide two reusable masks for all students and staff. Masks and shields will be available upon request.
- Elementary students are not required to wear masks as per the PHO.
- No student needs to wear a mask if they do not tolerate it.
- Staff that doesn’t belong to a cohort and cannot maintain physical distance will be required to wear a mask.
- Staff working in close proximity with students with complex behaviours and/or diverse abilities will be required to wear a mask when physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added to schools and spray cleaners are available for teachers
- Students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands when they enter, before meals, and after meals.
- High touch surfaces will be disinfected twice per day and one deep cleaning of the school at night.
- There is no illness permitted at any location. Students or staff are asked to stay home if sick or symptomatic.
- Schools and District sites must report illness rates of 10% of the total population (staff and students) and include symptoms when known to the Superintendent. The District will then pass on this information to the Northern Health Authority if warranted.
- In the event of a case or outbreak at a school, Northern Health will take the lead on communications. Schools and the district will communicate based on direction from Northern Health
Read the Restart Plan in full by clicking here.
Read the Transportation Guidelines by clicking here.
Read the COVID-19 Safety Plan by clicking here.
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