Rationale: B.C. students can be provided with full-time in-person learning with limited exceptions[1].

Understandings[2]:

COVID-19 infection rates in children are very low.

Schools can be operated safely with Public Health Principles.

Schools support children in developing the skills and attributes they need for lifelong success. In-person learning provides the opportunity for peer engagement, which supports social and emotional development as well as overall wellness.

Schools provide many children access to programs and services that are integral to their overall health and well-being.

Public Health Measures Adopted

  • Anyone travelling outside Canada will not return to class without first self-quarantining for 14 days.
  • Elementary schools are being divided into learning cohorts of no more than 60 students to minimize contacts between individuals. At A.J. Elliott we have a total of 36 students and are considered one learning cohort.
  • Staff and students are required to stay home when they are sick.
  • Suspected cases of Covid-19 will be reported to Public Health.

Environmental Measures Implemented

  • Visual cues will be placed to promote social distancing, and children will be taught the concept of physical distance.
  • Visitor access to the building is restricted and only those with urgent matters will have access by appointment.
  • Parents and caregivers will drop their children off outside the building and wait for them outside at pick up time. Parents are requested not to send children to school before 8:45 am.
  • There will be increased cleaning and disinfection of the building, particularly in high traffic areas.

Administrative efforts

  • All staff will receive Health and Safety training on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
  • Avoid contact between staff-staff, staff-student, student-student, through direct teaching, and visual reminders.
  • Close greetings like hugs or handshakes will be avoided and students will be reminded to keep their hands to themselves when possible.
  • Learning groups may share structured and unstructured time together.
  • Physical education will focus on healthy activities rather than team sports.
  • Furniture will be removed to create space in classrooms.
  • Outside learning will occur when possible.
  • There will be daily check-ins with staff and students regarding how they are feeling.
  • An isolation room will be used if a student or staff member is displaying symptoms of Covid-19.
  • The staffroom will remain closed for coffee and congregating. Staff may use the microwave but all other uses are restricted.
  • Group activities such as intra and intermural sports will not take place until Public Health indicates it is safe to do so.
  • School volunteers will be suspended until it is safe to do so.

Personal Measures

  • All staff and students are required to perform a personal health check before entering the school.
  • Students and staff who have been in contact with someone who has confirmed Covid-19, will self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • All staff and students will engage in frequent hand-washing (which will be taught), including upon entering the building and prior to leaving the building at the end of the day.
  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands at a minimum:
    • When they arrive at school and before they go home
    • Before eating and drinking
    • After using the toilet
    • After sneezing or coughing into hands or tissue
    • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
    • When moving between different learning environments (e.g., outdoor-indoor transitions, from the gym to the classroom).
  • Workers will assist younger students with hand hygiene as needed.
  • If a sink is not available alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
  • Food will not be shared by students.
  • Shared items where cross-contamination is possible (e.g., shared school supplies) will not be used. Students will be responsible for their own school supplies.
  • Respiratory etiquette will be taught directly to students, along with frequent reminders to cough/sneeze into their sleeve, and that the wearing of masks is a personal choice.
  • Reusable masks will be provided for staff and student use but will not be required at this time. Students who choose to wear a mask will be taught how to use one appropriately to provide maximum protection.
  • A portable plexiglass screen will be used by the school district counsellor when working with students.

Preliminary Classroom Configuration 2020-2021

  # of students
K/1/2/3 8:50-10:30 and 12:00-3:06   16
4/5/6/7 8:50-10:30 and 12:00-3:06   20
K/1 10:45-12:00 8
2/3/4 10:45-12:00 13
5/6/7 10:45-12:00 15

Common Areas

Library

Book Exchange: Students may exchange books when directed by their classroom teacher.

Computer Lab

Computers: Classes will be assigned computer time allowing for the cleaning of technology between uses.

Gymnasium

The gym will be open. Classes will be encouraged to go outside for physical learning whenever possible.

Playground

Staggered use of playground areas by primary and intermediate students during recess and lunch breaks.

Student Orientation and Gradual Entry

Half of each class will be scheduled for an orientation morning, or afternoon, on Thursday, September 10th (schedule will be emailed to families the week of Aug. 31). All students will attend full days starting Friday, September 11 (except kindergarten students who will attend a half-day Friday and will begin full days on Monday).


[1] Families of students with compromised immune systems should confer with their public health provider regarding sending their child to school.

[2] Source: BCCDC