Students will be asked to adhere to physical distancing guidelines while using the washroom. Washrooms will be equipped with visual cues (floor markings and signs) to prompt physical distancing and hand washing
Students’ use of lockers may be permitted this year. Schools will develop individual guidelines appropriate for their site. Lockers, if used, may not be immediately available for the first day of school. Younger students will have access to cubbies and hooks. Use of these cubbies will be staggered within and between cohorts.
With adequate supervision, physical distancing and hand hygiene, playground equipment will be available for use during the school day. Schools will develop local procedures for student access.
Fitness equipment will need to be cleaned between users in addition to hand hygiene before and after use. Physical distancing and current masking protocols will be followed.
Shared materials are important for learning (for example, toys for imaginative play in kindergarten, manipulatives for math, computers and other tech materials, books, art supplies, indoor physical education equipment and shared outdoor equipment). The use of shared materials is permitted. The risk associated with transmission with shared objects is low. The focus should be on regular hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette to reduce the risk of infection related to shared equipment, particularly when regular cleaning of shared objects is not feasible.
Safety protocols will be in place for students to access library materials. These protocols include, but are not limited to:
- Revised circulation limits
- Revised sign-out procedures
- Isolation of returned library materials (removal from circulation) for a prescribed amount of time prior to returning to circulation
Cleaning and Disinfection
Regular cleaning and disinfection are essential to preventing the transmission of COVID-19 from contaminated objects and surfaces. Schools will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Public Health Ontario’s Environmental Cleaning fact sheet (PDF). The WRDSB utilizes Health Canada-approved cleaning and disinfectant products that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN).
Cleaning is the physical removal of visible soiling (e.g. dust, soil, blood, mucus). Cleaning removes, rather than kills, viruses and bacteria. It is done with water, detergents and steady friction from a cleaning cloth. Cleaning for COVID-19 virus is the same as for other common viruses. All visibly soiled surfaces should be cleaned before being disinfected.
Disinfection is the killing of viruses and bacteria. A disinfectant is only applied to objects, never on the human body. Disinfectants have a required contact time (generally between 1 and 10 minutes) to ensure their effectiveness.
Regular and as-needed cleaning and disinfection will be performed by staff.
- Cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common areas twice per day.
- There will be ongoing inspection and filling of handwashing supplies, including alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers where applicable.
- All necessary cleaning and disinfecting supplies are in stock and available.
- Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided to staff.
- During the evening a thorough cleaning of all areas in use at the site will occur.
- Garbage containers will be emptied daily.
All WRDSB staff will be required to clean and disinfect in their areas of work as needed in order to maintain a clean environment and where applicable, support their duty of care.
Cleaning High Touch Surfaces
Staff will support the cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces twice daily at a minimum, or as required. This includes washrooms (toilet fixtures, faucets), shared eating areas (tables, sinks, counters), doorknobs, light switches, handles, push buttons, handrails, bottle fillers, etc.
At this time, water fountains will be unavailable and where possible replaced with bottle-fillers.
Water bottle filling stations will remain open.
Students will be asked to bring litterless lunches as much as possible. Garbage will be collected in lined, touchless bins.