COVID-19 Policy

Policy Name: Health COVID 19

Policy

Policy

The Health COVID 19 Policy provides updated procedures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and maintain healthy environments for children and staff attending the SMS (school) and the SELC (daycare). All parents, children and staff who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days or who were identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate according to current provincial and federal orders.
All parents, children and staff who have symptoms of influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease (see Appendix C) may not enter the SMS or the SELC until:
In the case of a single symptom, with the exception of fever, 24 hours has passed (since onset) and the symptom improves and the person feels well enough to return to the SMS or the SELC.
In the case of two or more symptoms, or if a fever is present, the person has sought a health assessment by either calling  (8-1-1) or a primary health care provider and it is determined that their condition is not contagious and it is safe for the person to return to the SMS or the SELC
.
Children and staff will be assessed daily before being permitted to enter the school (SMS) or daycare (SELC). Children and staff developing symptoms while at the school must be sent home immediately.

Procedure

Daily health assessment/declaration

  • All children and staff will be assessed daily before they are permitted to enter the school (SMS) or the daycare (SELC).
    For SMS school children: This can be done either through a verbal questionnaire conducted by their classroom teacher which means a parent/guardian must be present to answer verbally or through a paper or electronic questionnaire filled in by the parent/guardian the morning before arrival at school. The paper or virtual questionnaire must be submitted to the classroom teacher before the student may enter the school.
    For SELC daycare children: By signing your children in at the SELC parents/guardians are automatically declaring their child has met the Health COVID-19 Policy requirements.

If children or staff show symptoms:

  • Children or staff who have symptoms of influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease must remain home and may not enter the SMS school or the SELC building until:

In the case of a single symptom, with the exception of fever, 24 hours has passed (since onset) and the symptom improves and the person feels well enough to return to the SMS or the SELC.
In the case of two or more symptoms, or if a fever is present, the person has sought a health assessment by either calling  (8-1-1) or a primary health care provider and it is determined that their condition is not contagious and it is safe for the person to return to the SMS or the SELC
.

If children or staff develop symptoms while at school (SMS) or daycare (SELC):

  • If a child develops symptoms while at school or daycare, they must be moved to a separate area from others in a supervised area until they can go home.
  • The child’s parent/ guardian or another emergency contact must be called to pick the child up right away.
  • The staff supervising the sick child should maintain a 2-meter distance from the ill child if possible. If this is not possible then the staff member must wear a mask or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth.
  • The staff should also provide the child with a tissue/mask and other necessary support to minimizing illness transmission for example, opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Once the child is picked up the staff member must wash their hands and clean and disinfect the space where the ill child was, utilizing personal protective equipment. Wash hands when finished even if gloves were worn.
  • If a staff member develops symptoms while at work, they should go home right away.
  • If this is not possible, they should move to a separate area, cover their nose and mouth with a mask or tissue, ventilate the room and maintain a 2-meter distance from anyone else.
  • Once the ill staff leaves, a remaining staff member must clean and disinfect the space where the ill staff was, utilizing personal protective equipment. Wash hands when finished even if gloves were worn.

Visitors to School Property:

  • ALL Visitors to school and Early Learning Centre are required to maintain a physical distance of 2m and wear a non-medical mask while inside the school.
  • Guardians, parents, and caregivers are asked to wear masks when dropping off and picking up children.
  • Any visitors entering the buildings are required to sanitize and sign in with the date, their name, contact information, and health declaration at the SMS front office, prior to entering the rest of the school or Early Learning Centre.

Teacher and Staff Mask Requirements:

  • Staff are required to wear a mask or a face shield (in which case a mask should be worn in addition to the face shield) in schools – within school, except when:
    • sitting in (or standing at) their desk/workstation, or while maintaining physical distance (2M), in a classroom/learning environment;
    • eating and drinking; or
    • outdoors

K-12 Mask Requirements:

  • All students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear a mask or a face shield (in which case a non-medical mask should be worn in addition to the face shield) indoors in schools and on school buses – both within and outside of their learning group.
  • Students in Grades K to 3 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in schools and on school buses, but are not required to do so – mask wearing remains a personal or family/caregiver choice for these students, and their choices must be respected.

 

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 Symptoms call 8-1-1

Approved Sept. 15, 2020:

Stephanie Griffiths, President SOMSS Board of Directors

Amendments approved February 26, 2021:

Chandra Moffat, President SOMSS Board of Directors

Most recent updates to reflect Provincial regulations: April 9, 2021