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Sep 13
Protect your peers on our playgrounds

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Play is integral to the health, well-being and education of our students, and with the appropriate safety measures, playgrounds are a safe environment for our elementary students.

According to the updated Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings, there is no current evidence of COVID-19 transmission in playground environments.

Students and staff are reminded to follow a few key measures when using playgrounds.

  • Ensure hands are washed or sanitized before and after outdoor play.
  • While cohorts and two-metre physical distancing are no longer mandatory, students are encouraged to respect the personal space of others, and adults are asked to try to minimize unintentional physical contact between students.
  • If the amount of physical space is an issue, staggered break and play times are encouraged so everyone has an opportunity to use playground equipment safely.
  • Sand and water can be used for play if children wash their hands before and after play. COVID-19 does not survive well on surfaces and there is no evidence showing that the virus survives on sand, in water or on playdough.


Playgrounds are just one area where our health and safety protocols apply. Students are asked to continue to Check Up, Back Up, Wash Up, Mask Up and Vax Up.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy, read about our health and safety protocols.


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