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Sep 08
Staff receive health & safety training ahead of students' return to school

For many of our school-based staff, including teachers and support staff, Tuesday marked the first day back to school. But unlike previous years, staff will have two days at school without students so they can undergo important health and safety training, and set up classrooms and work spaces according to the district's health and safety plan.

"The district is taking extensive measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff and students as they return to their schools," said Mary Campbell, Manager of Health & Safety at the district. "Staff will be participating in health and safety orientation prior to students coming on site so they can take appropriate  precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain healthy environments for everyone."

The orientation will include protocols on how to safely manage staff and students with symptoms or confirmation of COVID-19 (also available in Punjabi & Chinese), safe classroom configurations, managing cohorts/learning groups, hand hygiene reminders, cleaning procedures, hallway traffic flow and first aid. It will also train staff on:

  • The risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the signs and symptoms of the disease.
  • Safe work procedures or instruction to be followed, including hand washing and cough/sneeze etiquette.
  • How to report an exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Changes they have made to work policies, practices, and procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep records of that training.

"This year will look very different from previous years," explains Campbell. "We have new protocols in place to reduce the number of in-person, close interactions students and staff will have in a day through set cohorts and physical distancing. We are also expecting staff and students to conduct a daily health check to determine if they are okay to attend school. Any staff or student who has symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home."

Students in the face-to-face program will receive orientation on September 10 and 11, and will begin regular instruction on September 14. Students registered in the transition programs will have orientation during the week of September 14, with transition programs being fully operational by September 21.

Further details and schedule information will come from your child's school. If you have questions or require further clarification, please contact your school directly.


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