Health & Safety Training Is A Priority For September Schools Re-opening

The Ontario Government has provided school boards with guidance on how to prepare plans for September re-openings. Plans must include health & safety training based on guidance from public health or public health units. Guidance includes: environmental cleaning, physical distancing, cohorting, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, disinfectants, risk mitigation for staff and students, screening and self-assessment, management of suspected cases, testing, contact tracing, outbreaks.

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Environmental Cleaning

Cleaning products. Disinfection. Drug Identification Number (DIN). Manufacturer’s instructions. Frequency and timing. Child safety. PPE for cleaning staff. Signage. Inventory. Storage. Porous or soft items such as stuffed toys, area rugs, fabric upholstered seating. High touch surfaces. Shared equipment. Auxillary spaces and common rooms. Washrooms. Toilet fixtures. Faucets, Eating areas, Tables. Sinks. Countertops. Doorknobs. Light switches. Handrails, Keyboards. Sports equipment.

Physical Distancing

Classroom furniture. Designated routes. Different and separate entrance points for students in different grades. Visual cues/Physical guides. Tape on floors. Signs/posters. One way routes in hallways. Staggered periods of student movement. Ensure physical distancing is maintained while students are eating. Staggering pick-up and drop-off of students. Personal belongings brought to school should be stored separately in cubbies/designated areas or lockers.

Risk Mitigation for Teachers and Staff

Self-screening by staff for COVID-19. Symptom screening by parents and caregivers of their children before school. What to do if symptoms appear at school? Masks for teachers and students. Record keeping for contact tracing purposes. Teach children/youth in age-appropriate and non-stigmatizing language how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 and instruct them to speak to a staff member immediately if they are experiencing symptoms.


Purpose of cohorting. Teacher remaining with the class. If different teachers required, which teachers should come to the classroom so students are not required to change rooms? Use of supplies and equipment per cohort group as well as disinfection between use. Posting a cleaning log to track cleaning. Plans should be made to prevent mixing of cohorts in washrooms/changerooms. Supplies and equipment limited to one cohort at a time. Adapted timetables for elementary and secondary levels. Size limitations. Daily record keeping.

Hand Hygiene - Respiratory Etiquette

Ontario Government guidance on when hand hygiene should be conducted in a school setting. Health Canada authorized list of hand sanitizers and hard- hard-surface disinfectants Proper way to hand wash or use an alcohol based sanitizer. Hand washing training designed for students with special needs. Respiratory etiquette training for staff and students. Age-appropriate posters or signage to be placed around the school. Supplies needed to conduct appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Non-medical & surgical grade masks. Goggles & face shields. Gloves for disinfecting and cleaning products. Training employees on the care, use and limitations of any PPE that they use. Teachers using masks should explain rationale to the students. Parents choosing to send cloth masks to school with their children. PPE should be provided to Educational Assistants who work in close proximity with special needs students . Non-teaching staff and visitors may also choose to wear a mask and be responsible for safe use.

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