Monitoring and Screening for COVID-19
We have developed comprehensive measures for screening all students, staff, and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms in order to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.
As part of our active screening efforts, all students, staff and visitors are required to complete the COVID-19 screening survey before going to school every day.
Our physical distancing measures will be in place in non-instructional area and seating at least two meters apart, installing physical distancing markings and plexiglass partitioning, staggering timetables, adapting in-class activities, cancelling field trips, providing virtual lessons and virtual social activities.
Strict protocols on cleaning and disinfecting the premises will be observed. Public spaces and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day using approved hard surface disinfectants.
Staff and Student Hygiene
Sanitation stations are available in each classroom and communal space. They are equipped with hand sanitizers, paper towels, adequate respiratory hygiene products, and closed bins for hygienic disposal.
Sings on the appropriate hand washing techniques and cough/sneeze etiquette are displayed on the premises. Training in effective hand washing and the cough/sneeze etiquette will be provided.
Please note that all students, staff, and faculty must abide by the Public Health and CanPacific requirements related to physical distancing, hygiene, and sanitation.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Staff, faculty, students and essential visitors must wear non-medical masks or face coverings on the school premises. Training on how to properly use personal protective equipment will be provided. If you need a mask, please let us know.
Protecting Mental Health
Recognizing that students, staff and faculty may be experiencing stress and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to provide the following resources for supporting mental health and emotional well-being:
- Taking Care of Your Mental and Physical Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic resource contains information on actions that can be taken if you are in a crisis, a description of common feelings of stress and worry during the pandemic, advice for taking care of yourself, additional ways to get help, and provincial and territorial resources (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/mental-health.html);
- The Wellness Together Canada portal was launched by the Minister of Health in April, 2020. It is dedicated to mental wellness (https://ca.portal.gs);
- Mental Health and Wellness Support is provided by the Province of Ontario and includes information on finding public mental health programs (https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-people#section-4);
- The Canadian Red Cross Society provides a handbook on psychological first aid that includes information on self-care, caring for others, and more. It includes a daily stress self-assessment questionnaire (https://www.redcross.ca/crc/documents/CRC-Psychological-First-Aid-Guide-2019.pdf);
- The Canadian Mental Health Asssociation provides links to resources for self-care, workplace mental health, caring for others, and more (https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health)
- The Canadian Psychological Association provides the following guides:
- Student Wellness and COVID-19 (https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PW_StudentWellness_COVID-19.pdf)
- Helping Teens Cope with the Impacts of and Restrictions Related to COVID-19 (https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PW_HelpingTeensCopeWithImpacts_COVID-19.pdf)
- Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PW_Psychological_Impacts_COVID-19.pdf)
- Working from Home During COVID-19, With and Without Children (https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PW_COVID-19_Working%20from%20Home.pdf)
- Coping With and Preventing COVID-19 (https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PsychologyWorksFactSheet-COVID-19.pdf)
- Public Health Agency of Canada “Addressing Stigma: Towards a More Inclusive Health System” (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/publications/chief-public-health-officer-reports-state-public-health-canada/addressing-stigma-toward-more-inclusive-health-system.html)
- Public Health Agency of Canada “Addressing stigma in Canada’s health system” (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/organizational-structure/canada-chief-public-health-officer/addressing-stigma.html)
- Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety handout “Preventing Stigma” (https://www.ccohs.ca/images/products/pandemiccovid19/pdf/preventing_stigma.pdf)
- The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) resource, which includes a comprehensive list of links to all things COVID-19. Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Case Management and Outbreak Response Plan
A comprehensive case management and outbreak response plan has been developed to quickly and effectively respond to any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case if it occurs. Please contact us if you have any questions.