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Addendum:
F.W. Howay Elementary – School/Site Safety Plan


Further to the District Biohazardous Exposure Control Plan and the COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan (V2.0), this addendum represents the site specific application of most effective to least effective measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, where practicable.

The following additional measures are listed below:

Learning Space Configuration

  • Desks and tables have been arranged to maximize space between staff/students.
    • Where possible, people are arranged to minimize facing one another directly, i.e., collaboration spaces are spaced apart and independent activity is encouraged.
    • Assigned seating is arranged.
  • If weather permits and without impact on HVAC systems, staff have been advised to open windows.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • As per section 3.0 Work Environment & 4.0 Cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • Teachers and support staff have been provided with disinfection solution and have been trained on its safe use.

Ventilation and air exchange

  • School’s ventilation system is serviced and operating to specifications. It is regularly checked by District Maintenance staff and those same staff are available for emergency or non-emergency callout.

Other additional Environmental Measures:

  • Refilling water stations are cleaned and disinfected and are to be used to refill personal containers.
  • Gym equipment is limited and cleaned between use.
  • Students are not to be in gym storage area.
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaner is available in gym.
  • Staff encouraged to take students outside for PE.
  • Tables are sprayed in library between each class use and before staff use. Cleaner is available in library.
  • Physical barriers have been supplied to all non-enrolling staff who work with multiple cohorts.
  • Face shields are available for all staff that feel they want extra coverage (in addition to masks).
  • Plexiglas barriers in office as well as library.

Entrance & Exits

To avoid crowding in common spaces, entrance and exits students enter and exit in single file and are led by their classroom teachers. Multiple designated entry/exit points are assigned to accommodate for staggered entry/exit.

Floor plans with exits and entrances marked with pedestrian directions, where applicable, are available to staff at each site/school.

Physical distancing outside of learning groups are maintained

  • where possible at 2m between staff and students when indoors for elementary
  • physical distancing posters are posted in high visibility/traffic areas

Learning groups/cohorts remain consistent and are changed on a minimal frequency (i.e. quarter semester or not at all throughout the school year.)

Staff only common spaces (e.g. break rooms, copy rooms, mail room, etc.)

  • Visual cues on occupancy limits, and posters on physical distancing, hand hygiene, ‘how to wear a face masks’ are posted. Limits are strictly enforced.
  • Opportunities for food preparation and or food consumption have been removed or restricted.

Itinerant Staff workspace has been designated, extra supplies of the disinfection solution, hand hygiene stations, and/or physical barriers are provided. Workspace assignment is centralized in the general office. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

TTOC, Sub EA, casual support staff have been instructed to follow protocols and site-specific orientation protocols are provided at each school/site. Limits are strictly enforced. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

All visitors are required to complete a daily health check prior to entry. Visitors are not permitted to enter the site unless are such entry is deemed essential by the Principal or designate.

Other additional Administrative Measures:

  • No events that bring staff and students together outside of regular learning activities occur on this site.
  • Health Declaration is included in the sign in & sign out binder/MS Forms.
  • Division 1 and 2 enter from the west doors for all entrance and exit to school (morning, afternoon, recess and lunch) – staggered one class at a time.
  • Division 3 enters through own door on North side for all entering and exiting.
  • Division 4 and 5 enter from the east doors – staggered.
  • Division 6 is in modular so has own exit and entry points.
  • Primary and intermediate play areas have been designated for recess and lunch.
  • Staff are able to eat in the library and staff room during lunch break as we have space for physical distancing and we have staggered breaks.
  • Table set up at front entrance for parents to drop off missing student items and also for any deliveries.

Daily Health Checks

  • Staff and all other adult visitors are required to declare that they have completed a daily health check. Declaration sheet is located at first point of entry on site.
  • Parents and students are been reminded of their responsibilities.
  • Strategically located posters remind all of the Daily Health Check requirements.
  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to complete the daily health check each day and before entering the school/site.

 Stay Home When Sick Messaging

  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to stay home when sick.
  • Strategically located posters/signage reminders.

Other additional Personal Measures:

  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings
  • Daily check ins from Principal on each classroom to monitor any concerns or changes with student numbers.
  • Daily review of student attendance for patterns in classrooms or increased absenteeism.

Masks

  • Staff, itinerant staff, and visitors (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Students (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Extra supply of masks are available at the front desk for those how have forgotten theirs.
  • Extra dust masks or non surgical masks are provided in each classroom’s emergency bag.

Other additional PPE Measures:

  • Questions regarding PPE will be answered by administration.
  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings.
  • Physical barriers have been supplied to all non-enrolling staff who work with multiple cohorts.
  • Face shields are available for all staff that feel they want extra coverage.
  • Plexiglas barriers in office as well as library.
  • Extra face masks for staff and students available in office.

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