We’ve updated our COVID-19 Protocols based on the most recent Ministry of Education, WorkSafe BC, and Provincial Health Office requirements. Please read on to see our COVID-19 Protocols as customized for our school. You can also click on the link for our WorkSafe BC Checklist. We are aiming to keep staff, students, visitors, and parents safe. Click above for a PDF or read the text below. Your choice!
Minimize shared air / Physical distancing / Wear a mask / Don’t share personal items / Wash hands No crowding / Daily Health Check
There are two learning groups at KESS: the main group and an “overflow group”. The overflow group consists of all student teachers, Derek Chidley, Ms. Szetela, and Mr. Gledhill. Visitors are not part of either learning group. The significance of different learning groups is that, between those in different learning groups, in addition to wearing masks, social distancing must also be maintained. Similarly, visitors must abide by both social distancing and mask wearing.
SELF ASSESSMENT, SELF ISOLATION AND SYMPTOMS
Staff: Complete the WorkSafe BC Daily Health Check and initial sign-in form after doing so.
Parents/Guardians/Students: Complete the Student Daily Health Check.
Stay Home: Staff and students shall not come to or stay at school/work when not free of all disqualifying symptoms.
Get Advice from a Healthcare Professional: Any student, staff, or other person within the school who has not passed the health check should seek assessment by a health-care provider and self-isolate while they await the results. Those unsure if they should self-isolate or be tested for COVID-19 should be directed to use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en or contact 8-1-1 or the local public health unit or contact a family physician or nurse practitioner for assessment.
Those Who Have Travelled: Any student, staff or other person who has travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days OR was identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak must stay home and self-isolate.
Family Member Ill: Students or staff may still attend school if a member of their household has cold, influenza, or COVID19-like symptoms, provided the student/staff is asymptomatic. It is expected the symptomatic household member is seeking assessment by a health-care provider.
Allergies and Chronic or Existing Conditions: Students and staff who experience seasonal allergies or other COVID-19-like symptoms, which are related to an existing condition can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal. If they experience any change in symptoms, they should seek assessment by a health-care provider.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Masks: Visitors, K-12 staff, and students in grades 4-12 should wear a mask indoors at school except when:
- Sitting or standing at their seat or workstation in a classroom or learning space,
- There is a barrier in place,
- Eating or drinking
Students in Grades K to 3 are encouraged to wear a mask, 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. K-12 staff are required to wear masks during PHE/outdoor program classes when they are indoors and a barrier is not present.
Exceptions. Masks are not required when, or for those:
- who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
- who are unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
- removing a mask temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
- removing a mask temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. playing a wind instrument, engaging in high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
- eating or drinking;
- behind a barrier; or
- providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment) where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.
Barriers: Barriers (transparent desk shields) will be available for staff by request.
Hand Sanitizing: Wash hands frequently and always when entering the building, after blowing noses, coughing, sneezing, or going to the bathroom, before preparing food or eating and using a water fountain. When a sink for washing is not available, hand sanitizer may be used, instead.
- Dispense an adequate amount of soap to allow for good lather
- Wash hands for 20 seconds and ensure that palms, tops of hands, wrists, thumbs, finger nails, and in between each finger is lathered and scrubbed.
- Dry hands and leave a length of clean paper towel for the next person.
Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette:
- Cough or sneeze into elbows or a tissue.
- If into a tissue, dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Then wash hands.
Face Touching: Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
Water Filling Stations and Drinking Fountains:
- Wash hands.
- Fill cups, mugs or water bottles
- Do NOT drink straight from the fountain
MANAGING PHYSICAL SPACES
Classroom Setup: Desks and tables should be set up with maximum reasonable spacing, when possible. Unnecessary equipment, tables, carts, etc. should be removed from rooms to increase the amount of space available for movement.
Staffroom: Except when eating, staff should practice social distancing and wear masks.
Room Occupancy: Room occupancies are posted and followed.
Fitness Centre: The Fitness Centre is to be used only by students and staff. Exceptions for visitors may be approved only by the principal, who will announce and explain the rationale for exceptions. Those using the fitness centre must follow the enhanced safety measures as follows:
- All “touch surfaces” (handles, benches, bars, mats).on equipment must be cleaned with vinegar spray bottle solution immediately after use. This is not to disinfect from COVID but as part of ordinary gym etiquette.
- Physical distancing (2m/6ft) with no contact must be maintained while using each piece of equipment and when moving within the centre.
- The doors of the Fitness Centre should be open when there are more than five in the room.
- Custodial staff will disinfect all touch surfaces once per day.
Meetings: Face to face meetings should be avoided when possible.
Crowding: Crowding (in hallways, doorways and other small spaces) must be avoided.
Physical (Social) Distancing: Social distancing of six feet/two meters between yourself and others must be maintained with those outside of your learning group. Within the learning group, social distancing should be maintained, whenever possible. All members of the learning group should keep their hands to themselves.
Maximize Air Flow/Reduce Shared Air: As the number of persons in a room and the length of time they spend in a room increases, so does the need for increasing air flow by opening windows and/or doors.
Monitor Absenteeism: Notify SD 84 senior staff and the local medical health officer if staff and/or student absenteeism exceeds 10 percent of normal attendance.
Sharing: Don’t share personal items.
Education and Training (Staff and Students): Staff and students will be educated and trained on this protocol, how to report an exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19, and as they arise, changes made to work policies, practices, and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Documentation: Documentation will be kept on the following: COVID-19-related meetings, instruction and training provided to students and staff regarding COVID-19, and reports of exposure and first aid records.
Enforcement: Teachers and the principal share responsibility for monitoring, checking and confirming that students are complying with all protocols, including the Daily Health Check, hand washing (including duration), wearing masks (when applicable), and crowding, etc.
Visual Cues and Signage: Visual cues and signage for reinforcing practices will be prominent throughout.
Additional Hand-washing: In addition to the ordinary times when hand washing is required (listed in the Hygiene section) students and staff must also wash hands BEFORE AND AFTER:
- Physical Education Class
- Entering the Fitness Centre
- Music class
- Art class (if using art equipment such as paints and paint brushes) will be part of the class
- Using playground equipment
SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS AND COURSES
Field Trips: Conduct a relative risk assessment when considering possible field trip locations – science experiment in a lab vs. exploring at the beach. Field trip destination facilities must provide their COVID-19 operating plan the field trip organizer must verify that it does not conflict with the school’s plan. In addition,
- Use of parent volunteers for driving groups of students is not permitted.
- Volunteer supervisors are trained in and strictly adhere to physical distancing and all safety guidelines.
- No overnight or international field trips.
Physical and Health Education: Teachers should plan activities that limit the use of shared equipment and minimize physical contact. Only cleaned and sanitized equipment should be used. Refer to Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada guidelines. Consider the following:
- Outdoor activities and school field activities as much as possible.
- Avoid high intensity (high exhalation) activities in small spaces.
- Students to come to school in clothing appropriate for PE and the weather to eliminate use of change rooms.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
Daily: Clean and disinfect the premises and surfaces at least once in a 24-hour period.
Frequently Touched Surfaces: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice in 24 hours, including at least once during regular school hours. Some shared items will be designated for “always after use” cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces at KESS are: doorknobs, light switches, faucet and toilet handles, tables, desks, water fountains, shared learning items and manipulatives, and shared equipment and appliances (microwave, photocopier, laminator, etc.).
Visibly Dirty Surfaces: Clean and disinfect any surface that is visibly dirty at once.
Computer Keyboards: Computer keyboards and mice (laptops, Chromebooks, the shared desktop computer in the staff room and meeting room, and all desktop computers in the library) must be disinfected by user, or teacher in charge of the activity, immediately after use and BEFORE the next user.
Photocopier: Each user of the photocopier’s keyboard will disinfect the keyboard after each use.
Music Equipment: Music equipment (guitars, drums, keyboards) must be disinfected after use.
PHE Equipment: Avoid and minimize shared equipment. When sharing equipment is unavoidable, after use it must be segregated for disinfection, before being used by the next group.
Teaching Aids: Teaching aids (e.g., clipboards, white boards, pens, plastic bins for transporting materials etc.) must be disinfected after use.
Playgrounds: Minimize direct contact between students while on playgrounds and when using playground equipment.
Visitor access during school hours should be limited and prioritized to those supporting activities that benefit student learning and well-being (e.g., teacher candidates, public health nurses). Visitors must be aware of health and safety protocols and requirements prior to entering the school. The school gymnasium and equipment will not be available for community use until further notice. After hours student use, under staff or designate supervision may be permitted with special permission from the principal.
Procedures for Visitors
- Prior to entering the school, read the KESS Visitors’ Covid-19 protocol and agree to comply with all described health and safety procedures.
- Upon arrival, check in at the office and sign acknowledge and confirm health check.
- Sign in with the date, names and contact information, and identify area of school visiting.
- When visit is complete, check out at office.
If you (visitor) become ill while here
- Leave the premises immediately
- Call the school and speak to the principal to provide more details about where you have been and what surfaces you may have touched, while here, so that they can be disinfected.
Promptly separate students and staff who exhibit symptoms at arrival or who become ill during the day from other staff until able to be sent to the isolation room.
- Inform the office in a social distancing manner or while wearing a mask, that you are leaving, or, if you are severely ill (trouble breathing, chest pain, for example), have a colleague call 911, and proceed to the isolation room.
- As soon as possible, speak to the principal to provide more details, including identifying which work stations you have been at, in order that they may be disinfected, and to make other plans, as necessary.
- As soon as possible provide a mask to the ill student.
- Inform the principal (or designate that the isolation room (Art Room) is needed immediately.
- Assign a second staff member to the situation.
- If the student is seriously ill (trouble breathing, for example), call 911.
- One staff member will observe the sick person at a safe distance while another staff member contacts the home and arrange for pick-up of the individual.
- Bring the student to the Art Room as soon as it is cleared.
- As soon as possible identify which work stations, desks, chairs, tables and equipment has been recently used by the student and arrange to have it disinfected.
- When the parent or guardian arrives, dismiss the student and provide instructions to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of what to do next and when to come back to school.
- Wash hands.
WorkSafe BC Checklist (please click)