Restrooms

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 hygiene

Lockers/Storage

At this time lockers will not be in use and students will be asked to keep their personal belongings with them through the day. Younger students will have access to ‘cubbies’ and hooks. Use will be staggered within and between cohorts.

Playground Equipment

At this time, due to the level of cleaning required between users, playground equipment will not be available during the school day. This item will be revisited if expectations change

Fitness Equipment

Fitness Equipment will need to be cleaned between users in addition to hand hygiene before and after use.

Shared Materials

Use of shared objects (for example, gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, toys, games) should be limited when possible, or the objects should be cleaned between each use. Whenever possible, students will be provided with individual learning materials for their use in class. Hand hygiene will be required before and after use of shared materials.

Library Books

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

(Please note that the WRDSB is still awaiting direction from the Ministry of Education, Public Health Ontario and Region of Waterloo Public Health)

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 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 – 10 minutes) to ensure their effectiveness.

Cleaning Responsibilities

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/disinfecting supplies are in stock and available.
    • cleaning/disinfecting supplies will be provided to staff.
    • during the evening a thorough cleaning of all areas in use at the site will occur f
    • garbage containers will be emptied daily.

All Board staff will be required to clean/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.

Water Fountains

At this time, water fountains will be unavailable and where possible replaced with bottle-fillers.

Garbage

Students will be asked to bring “littlerless” lunches as much as possible. Garbage will be collected in lined, touchless bins.