HCOS Face-to-Face Protocols
HCOS protocols for face to face programming are formulated in alignment with HCOS Mission Vision and Values and in conjunction with guidance received from the Ministry of Education K-12 Educational Recovery Plan. Below are the general protocols that will be in place as we transition back to face to face learning this fall and promote a safe and caring learning environments for all.
This page will be updated as needed and is current with information received October 1, 2021
Note: Nuances may vary per event, learning activity and region; the Coordinator will communicate information and protocols as applicable in that setting.
Key points and on-site protocols to note:
- Overall, schools are lower- risk sites for COVID- 19 transmission when prevention measures were in place
- Enabling children to return to closer- to- normal learning, recreational and social activities is an important pandemic recovery action.
- A daily health check is required
- Cleaning will more closely resemble pre-pandemic practices with a continued commitment to providing a clean and safe learning environment.
- Frequently touched surfaces and shared equipment are advised to be cleaned and disinfected at least once a day and when visibly dirty.
- Effective October 4th, all school staff, volunteers, visitors and students in gr. K-12 are required to wear masks indoors, unless exempt (see more information below).
- Cohorts and strict physical distances of 2 m are no longer recommended but have been replaced by practices that respect personal space.
- Vaccines are not mandated for staff and students over the age of 12 who could be vaccinated. The government will focus on encouraging greater vaccination levels across the province.
- Extra-curricular school activities will be governed by the wider provincial or local health authority orders.
Parent Initiated Activities
- If a parent engages a third party to provide a learning activity for their child it is the parents' responsibility to ensure reasonable health and safety measures are in place for those programs or services.
Learning Group School Run events
- Parents are encouraged to review protocols with their child(ren), as appropriate, to help prepare for their attendance to face to face activities.
- On the day of, all adults and children on-site are responsible to complete a self Daily Health Check with your children and stay home if sick (common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies are exempt).
- If adult or student attendees develop symptoms while on-site, the individual will be separated from the group and head home or be picked up.
- On-site personnel, visitors and students who can not tolerate wearing a mask for health, mental health, or behavioural reasons, or if unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance, are exempt from doing so. To communicate an exemption, Adults please fill out this FORM for the coordinator of your event to have on file; no further documentation is required.
- For those who may have forgotten a mask at home, or if symptoms develop while in attendance, masks will be available on-site.
- Each child should be provided snacks/lunch and a full water bottle, and basic school supplies, as appropriate to the Learning Group opportunity. A water bottle may be refilled; mouths should not touch fountains.
- Any student without symptoms may still attend school if a household member develops new symptoms of illness. If the household member or a classmate tests positive for COVID-19, public health will advise close contacts on isolation or attendance. A person directed by health staff to get tested for COVID-19 is to remain home until test results are received.
- If students are attending a field trip, only private vehicles will be used for transportation. If carpooling occurs, maximum ventilation, spacing and the use of masks is encouraged as well as hand-washing. The host site's communicable disease plan will be reviewed prior to booking to help ensure student safety.
- For Community Connections (CC):
- Visitors to a CC will be admitted on a limited basis as needed, and will be required to complete the daily health check prior to entering, share contact information in the visitor log, and wear a mask.
- Parents are requested to drop off and pick-up their child(ren) outside in areas designated by the Coordinator, respecting the personal space of others.