Each plan includes eight elements:
- Parents and guardians are advised to monitor children for symptoms.
If you’re not sure if a student is showing symptoms, check out the province’s self-assessment tool.
A quarantine zone will be in place at each school, where students with symptoms can self-isolate until they can be recovered.
Allocation of seats on school buses.
Students from the same home will be seated together.
Parents are encouraged to transport their children to school themselves as much as possible.
Buses must be disinfected between trips.
Dedicated entry and exit doors will be in place in each school.
Lunches, recess and other transitions will be staggered to minimize interactions between students.
Signs and markings will be used to control student and staff movement in common areas.
Increased access to hand sanitizers.
Daycare staff will systematically clean school facilities.
Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be disinfected regularly.
Limit physical contact such as cuddling and high-fives.
Outdoor learning if possible.
Protocols for bringing materials such as backpacks in and out of school.
Support will be put in place to properly educate “medically fragile” children.
School divisions will work with public health to meet the needs of immunocompromised students.
Alternative learning will be put in place for students who cannot attend school.
Weekly briefings will take place between education and health officials.
SECURE ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS
Level 1: Return to school as close to normal as possible, with additional health measures and precautions. This is the scenario officials predict on September 1.
Level 2: use of the mask as determined by public health. These masks are purchased by the province and will be distributed to school divisions.
Level 3: If necessary, the capacity of the school will be reduced. This may include establishing cohorts and hybrid learning models.
Level 4: implementation of learning continuity plans, transition to compulsory distance learning.
NDP opposition education critic Carla Beck is expected to comment on the province’s plan on Tuesday afternoon.