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Calvary Christian School Safe Reopening Plan

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

From our discussions with our staff, board, and with other Christian schools, the consensus is that we are endeavoring to have reopening plans that are, first and foremost, honouring to God and provide good safety protocols. We also need to be respectful to the requirements set out by our government, and Public Health and listen to the advice of medical experts to the best of our ability.  Also, our fellow Christian schools, along with us, agree that there is still much uncertainty, lots of questions, and we certainly do not have all the answers.  There is also the legal and liability aspect that needs to be considered.  Upon investigation with our school’s insurance company, our coverage for general liability insurance that includes the unintended transmission of disease will be in effect as long as we operate in accordance with the Provincial government requirements and local Public Health guidelines and do not show negligence.

Updated: August 29, 2020

*Subject to change due to government mandates and public health regulations. Calvary Christian School will adapt and implement its safety protocols as new changes are mandated by these regulatory offices.  We will also adapt and change as we evaluate how the safety protocols are working in and outside of the school building.  We will be keeping the safety protocol but possibly changing the process.  We will communicate relevant changes to our school families.

Based on the Ministry of Education and Public Health recommendations, the re-opening of Calvary Christian School in September 2020 will have these enhanced safety protocols:

  1. Screening

  2. Hand Hygiene

  3. Physical Distancing

  4. Cohorts – minimizing contact

  5. Cleaning

  6. Personal Protective Equipment

  7. Ventilation

  8. COVID-19 Management in Schools

 

1. Screening

  • All students, staff, and visitors entering the building are required to daily self-screen using the questionnaire provided to them from the school administration.

  • Signs will be posted at the entrance of building to remind student, staff, and visitors of screening requirements.

  • All students and visitors must enter at the main entrance of the school building where they will be asked by a staff member if they have completed the self screening and are cleared to enter the building.

  • Screening questions include:

    •   Do you have any of the following?

      • Fever / chills

      • New cough or a cough that is getting worse

      • Difficulty breathing

      • Shortness of breath (even when sitting or walking regularly)

      • Sore throat, trouble swallowing (not due to allergies)

      • A runny or congested nose (not due to allergies)

      • Unusual headache

      • Unusual level of fatigue

      • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite

      • Feeling unwell for an unknown reason

    • Have you been in close contact with someone who is sick or has had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in past 14 days?

    • Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days?

  • If a student or staff member is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from school and seek appropriate medical attention.

  • All staff and students who are experiencing new or worsened symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must not attend school and seek appropriate medical attention as required, which may include getting tested at a COVID-19 testing centre.

  • Staff and students feeling sick are required to remain at home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and cleared by a doctor. If they are guided by their physician to receive a COVID-19 test, the individual and siblings that attend the school must remain at home until test results come in.

  • If a symptomatic individual tests positive for COVID-19, they should continue to remain in isolation at home and follow the directions of their local public health unit. Any family members that are in close contact with individuals that test positive must also stay home.

 

2. Hand Hygiene

  • Students and staff will be trained on how to properly clean hands using soap and water and alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Sanitizers will be placed near the door of every classroom, as well as the main entrance and exit of the building.

  • Handwashing signs will be posted at each bathroom sink and sanitizer station.

  • Staff, students, and visitors are required to clean hands when entering and exiting the building.

  • Students and staff are asked to wash/sanitize their hands before removing or putting on a mask or before eating.

  • Students may bring a personal bottle of unscented hand sanitizer for their desk, but it cannot be shared.

 

3. Physical Distancing

Arrival

  • A staggered arrival of Pre-K - 8 students into the building will be controlled by a staff member.

  • Parents/Guardians of Pre-K through Grade 2 students must accompany their child(ren) to the screening table.

  • Signage for spacing (2 meters) will be visible for those lining up to enter the building.

  • Parents/Guardians of SK – Grade 8 are not allowed into the building at arrival times. Grade 1-8 students will walk to their classroom themselves, and a staff member will meet the SK students outside and bring them to their classroom.  SK families will wait at the school entrance at the designated school area.

  • Pre-K and JK families will line up while entering and waiting in the building, following the signage to ensure they are physically distanced from others. Parents/Guardians will exit up the stairs and out the JK fire door.

Dismissal

  • A staggered dismissal of Pre-K - 8 students out of the building will be controlled by staff members.

  • Gr. SK-8 parents/guardians must wait in the “Waiting Zone” at the front of the building ensuring they are physically distanced from others.

  • Grades (cohorts) will have a designated place (visible with lines) to stand while waiting for parents/guardians to arrive (Grade SK-8 at side of building) with their teacher supervising.

  • When the teacher releases students to parents/guardians, students must follow proper flow of traffic prompted by the arrows on the ground.

  • Parents/Guardians of students in SK through Grade 8 are not allowed into the building or the student waiting zone. Only Pre-K/JK families are permitted.

  • SK students will be picked up outside in front of the building (in the walking zone area).

Staggered Scheduled

  • Grades 1-4 will arrive between 8:30am-8:40am. Recesses at 10:00am, 12:05pm, and 1:45pm. Dismissal between 3:15pm-3:25pm.

  • Grades 5-8 will arrive between 8:40am-8:50am. Recesses at 10:15am, 12:25pm, and 2:00pm. Dismissal between 3:25pm-3:35pm.

  • SK will arrive between 8:30am-8:40am. Recesses at 10:40am and 2:20pm. Dismissal between 3:15pm-3:25pm.

  • PreK-JK students will arrive between 8:30am-8:50am. Recesses at 10:40am and 2:20pm. Dismissal between 3:15pm-3:35pm.

Late Arrival or Early Pick Up

  • Students arriving late will be asked screening questions by a staff member before entering the building. Parents/guardians must bring and wait with their child outside of the main school entrance, and must not enter the building.

  • If students are required to be picked up early (i.e. doctor’s appointment), parents/guardians must call the school office when they have arrived on site. A staff member will bring the student outside to the parent at the school entrance.

Rainy Day Dismissal

  • Pre-K and JK will have the same dismissal format as normal.

  • Parents/Guardians of Gr. SK – 8 are required to wait outside by the school entrance, ensuring they are physically distant from one another. A staff member will walkie talkie the classroom teacher when the parent/guardian arrives.

  • Parents/Guardians: Please bring an umbrella or two. We appreciate your patience as the school day ends at different times for different grades (cohorts). Wait times may be longer than past rainy day dismissals.

Hallways and Lobby

  • As much as possible, communication and payment between school office and school families will be done by phone calls, emails, and electronically. For those requiring entrance to the building, the office and lobby area will be open to parent/guardians and visitors between 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:40pm-4:00pm (closed during high traffic times: 8:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-3:40pm).

  • A maximum of 3 people are allowed in the lobby when waiting to speak to the office.

  • Signs (“Stand Here”) and arrows for proper flow and distancing will be placed throughout the hallways and lobby.

  • Some grades will be using their classroom fire exits directly from their classroom (Grades 5, 7) to avoid contact in the halls.

  • Other grades (cohorts) will dismiss in an orderly way to ensure grades are not in close contact.

Classrooms

  • Desks will be set up with as much distancing as possible between other students and facing forward

  • Teachers will have approximately 2 meters of distancing for whole group instruction (i.e. about 2 meters between Smart Board and student desk).

  • All unnecessary furniture, resources, and any other items will be removed from the classroom to declutter to maximize spacing.

  • When possible, staff members are encouraged to take students outside for instructional purposes.

Lunch

  • Students will sit in their seats (masks off when eating) during lunch.

  • Students are required to bring home all their garbage/recycling/organics from their lunch. Please pack the student’s lunches accordingly or bring a bag (i.e. zip lock bag) for students to store their garbage/recycling/organics that will be brought home.

  • The government guidance states that “grab and go” lunch items are allowed so we will continue to offer the optional lunch program for prepackaged subs and pitas.

Recess

  • Designated play areas and equipment for each grade (cohort) will be assigned. Pylons, signs and spray paint will be used to create boundaries.

  • Schedule use of the playground structure with cleaning between each use.

  • Designated areas to line up at the end of recess, ensuring they are physically distant from other grades.

Bathrooms

  • Scheduled bathroom breaks for each grade (cohort) will occur 3 times a day.

  • A maximum of 4 students for each grade (cohort) will be permitted in the same bathroom.

  • Signage for spacing and proper hand hygiene will be posted.

  • In the event that students require to use the bathroom outside of their scheduled time, students will knock and wait for the bathroom to be empty of any other students from a different grade (cohort) before entering.

  • Staff have designated bathrooms with only 1 person allowed to use it at a time.

Signage and Directional Arrows

  • All staff, students, and visitors are required to adhere to all signage and directional arrows for traffic flow and physical distancing.

Water Fountains

  • Students are required to bring a reusable water bottle.

  • Water dispensers will be provided in each classroom.

  • If classroom water dispenser is empty, students may fill their water bottles using the touchless filling station.

  • Use of the water fountain mouthpiece is prohibited and will be covered.

Physical Education (Gym)

  • All students are required to come to school wearing gym uniforms on days where Physical Education is scheduled.

  • Each grade (cohort) will use designated equipment. If equipment is shared between cohorts, it will be disinfected between each use.

  • Activities in Physical Education will involve physical distancing.

  • Outdoor Physical Education will be encouraged, weather permitting.

Large Gatherings

  • All large gatherings (morning exercises in common area, chapel, unity team events, sports events) are changed to virtual or postponed until further notice.

Staff Spaces

  • Optimize physical distancing in all common areas (photocopier, staff meetings, resource room) with signage or barriers (plexiglass).

  • Maximum number of people allowed in common areas will be posted.

 

4. Cohorts – Minimize Contact

Special Education

  • Students will be able to leave their classroom to receive additional supports through our Tutoring program

  • Direct and indirect contacts in the school will be limited to approximately 50.

Rotary Teachers

  • Specialized teachers (e.g. French teacher) will be able to go into classrooms to provide the full breadth of programming for students.

Visitors

  • Schools are asked to significantly limit or even prohibit visitors including parent/guardians in the school.

  • Any visitor to the school will be required to self-screen and wear a mask while on the school premises and sign a visitor log at the office.

  • Parents/guardians should also wear a mask outside, for example, at the screening table.

  • For those requiring entrance to the building, the office and lobby area will be open to visitors between 9:00am-3:00pm and 3:40pm-4:00pm (closed during high traffic times: 8:00-9:00am and 3:00pm-3:40pm).

Personal Belongings

  • Personal belongings brought to school are to be minimal.

  • Personal items being brought to school (e.g. backpack, clothing, water bottles, food) should be labeled and stored separately in cubbies or designated areas.

  • Shared items between students will be minimized.

Field Trips

  • At this time, field trips will not be planned (e.g. the Ottawa trip) until Public Health data suggests otherwise.

Clubs and Sports Teams

  • At this time, no clubs or sports teams will be planned. This includes intramurals.

Lunch Services

  • Third party food services will be delivered in a way that any student that wishes to participate can do so. “Grab and Go” format will be required.

 

5. Cleaning

  • Janitorial hours will be increased.

  • Cleaning of high touch surfaces will occur more frequently (a minimum of twice a day).

  • Playground structure will be cleaned between each grade (cohort) using it.

  • Shared items between grades (cohorts) will be disinfected between each use.

  • Items that need to be cleaned/disinfected will be put in designated area before being cleaned.

  • Garbage/recycling in a student’s lunch will be brought home each day.

 

6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Students in Grades 4 to 8 will be required to wear a non-medical or cloth mask indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear masks in indoor spaces.

  • Outdoor time (e.g. recess) will be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks within their grades (cohorts).

  • Students are required to bring a clean plastic (Tupperware) container about the size of a sandwich container each day to school to store the mask in. Please label the container. The container must go home daily to be cleaned and returned.

  • Students will be trained on proper use of the mask by their teachers (i.e. properly wearing, taking it off and on).

  • All school-based staff will be required to wear medical masks. Masks and eye protection (e.g. face shield) will be provided by the school to all staff.

  • An isolation room (Board Room) will be used by any student or staff member that has any COVID-19 related symptoms while at school. Parents/guardians will be informed immediately, and the child will be required to be picked up. Proper personal protective equipment will be available for those who are ill and those in contact with them.

 

7. Ventilation

  • Heating and air conditioning units have been recently serviced and are operating efficiently.

  • Fans will be set to “on” throughout the entire school day (8am-4pm) to maximize air flow in the building.

  • The heating and air conditioning unit in the portable has been serviced and is operating efficiently.

 

8. COVID-19 School Management

  • Staff will be required to record seating charts for their classroom.

  • If any students are showing signs of COVID -19 symptoms, they will be brought to the isolation room while they wait for their parent/caregiver to pick them up.

  • Parents/Caregivers must pick up their ill child as soon as possible.

  • A COVID-19 advisory section will be posted on the school’s website. The school will provide information if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or a staff member in the school setting.

  • Students or staff members may withdraw from school if a family or household member has a confirmed case of COVID-19 but information will not be posted in these instances.

  • In the interest of privacy, information provided to school communities will not identify the student or staff member that has received a positive COVID-19 test.

  • If public health advises that a class, cohort or a school should be closed for a period of time, parents, students and staff will be notified immediately.

  • Notice of any closures of classes, cohorts or school will be posted on the school’s website on the COVID-19 page.

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