COVID-19 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLAN SEPTEMBER 2020

Welcome to Glarea Elevated Learning! We have been working diligently to ensure our new school is safe, welcoming, and ready for students. We continue to plan and prepare to welcome your children safely back to campus for Stage 2 of BC’s School Restart Plan: full-time in-class instruction on September 14, 2020. The Ministry of Education states that Stage 2 is intended for full-time, in-class instruction for all students. We are also prepared to shift quickly between Stages if required by the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office.

Our staff will be providing full-time in-class instruction and support for students at home will be available for those that are unable to attend based on Ministry guidelines. We are preparing to offer some accommodation for those that can’t attend to keep current with their studies with work online, check-ins with a teacher to support learning and live streaming of classes.

At Glarea Elevated Learning, we will act as one cohort with 5 staff members and approximately 15 students in September 2020. We are allowed to be one cohort up to 60 people and anticipate we will not grow larger than this during the 2020-2021 school year. Staff and students will work together at times and other times are in smaller grade level groups (K/1, 2/3 and 4/5). Everyone will be given the option of wearing masks while indoors. The focus for the first week will be community building and learning new safety routines.

ATTENDANCE & WELLNESS

Families are expected to conduct daily health checks and keep students at home if they are showing any symptoms of illness that could be passed onto another child or adult.

If any member of the household has symptoms of COVID-19, is a confirmed case or has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case, do NOT send your child to school. Please phone HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for an assessment and to determine next steps.

While at school, any students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.8 C (100 F) or higher will be sent home from school. If a student develops symptoms at school or has an injury or illness, they will be given a mask, safely escorted to a separate room and a staff member will contact the parent for pick-up within 30 minutes. Our staff will clean and disinfect the areas the person used. Schools will immediately inform public health of a potential case; families will also be instructed to notify Public Health at 811 for further instructions. Generally, the Public Health will:

  • Reach out and identify any potential cases
  • Contact people in close contact with the patient
  • Recommend 14-day isolation if necessary
  • Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary
  • Together, the school and public health officials will determine if suspending in-class learning is necessary. If so, the school will provide learning support to students required to self-isolate or all.
  • Those who contract COVID cannot return to school until a clearance letter is received from their doctor. Typically, you must be symptom free for 10 days.  (Taken from BC’s Back to School Plan.)

ENTERING AND EXITING GLAREA ELEVATED LEARNING AND THE EXCELLENT ICE FACILITY

Before coming to school, families are asked to conduct a daily health check with their children. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, your child must stay at home and seek the guidance and care from your healthcare provider.

  • Does your child have the symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease?
  • Has your child been outside Canada in the last 14 days?
  • Has your child been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak?

Parents will arrive by 7:45 for drop off and 4:00pm for pick up. We cannot accommodate late or early arrivals or dismissals. If there is an emergency, please contact the school in advance. Please help your child to wait in front of the school on the designated spaces to maintain physical distancing for the start of the day. Students will be dismissed outside of the school in a similar fashion with a staff member assisting students.

When entering from outdoors everyone must use hand sanitizer and have a verbal health check.

Unless arranged with the Head of the School, there will be no regular visitors or parents other than our staff members, Founders, cleaning staff, and Expert instructors from Excellent Ice, Arts Umbrella Instructors and Martial Arts. These people are essential to supporting activities that are of benefit to student learning and wellbeing. They should report to reception and sign in to ensure sufficient information has been left to assist contact tracing. All visitors should confirm they have completed a daily health check. If student materials are to be dropped-off, parents will contact once they have arrived and someone will collect the materials outside.

DAY TO DAY PROTOCOL

Students will wash their hands or sanitize before entering the building, before and after eating snacks and lunches, after using the washroom, before and after going outdoors, using the common areas, after sneezing or coughing into hands, whenever hands are visibly dirty and before leaving for the day.

All movement of students around and within the building is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected two-meter distance from others. When students are moving around the building, they will be informed of expectations and made aware of signs outlining: moving to the right when in halls and on stairwells, avoiding using the stairs when occupied, keeping hands and bodies to yourself, and staying two meters apart.

VENTILATION AND AIR PURIFICATION

Prior to, and throughout construction, modifications to our facility were made while consulting with the Fraser Health Authority to specifically address ways to reduce contagion risk and increase the safety of our community wherever possible. With this in mind we worked with blutree.ca Indoor Climate Systems and have installed a state of the air climate control and air quality purification system. Some of the highlights are:

  • Air Purification System: Filter & UV Light Sanitization
  • Constant Fresh Air Movement and Monitoring
  • Real Time Monitoring and Adjustment
  • Advanced High Efficiency Heating/Cooling/Humidity Control
  • O2 Levels Monitored and Controlled

CLASSROOMS AND SHARED SPACES

Classrooms will be set up to promote spacing between students and although people in the elementary cohort are not required to stay two metres apart, whenever possible, students will be separated by two meters throughout the school day, both in the class and when transitioning to/from outdoors. Classrooms will be set up so there is a teaching space directly in front of the class’s interactive whiteboards.

Students will stay at their workspaces for much of their work. They will be given personal bins for their equipment (pencils, crayons, erasers, etc.) and will not share writing utensils, art supplies, computers, etc. Younger students will be provided with “choice” bins with activities for two days at a time. At the end of the two days, the materials will be sanitized, dried, and left for 24 hours before the next child can use them. All learning materials can only be used once by students and then packed away in a sealed container for 72 hours if they cannot be sanitized. We do not have any soft toys, pillows, blankets, etc. at school. We encourage your child to bring a towel to sit on outside or on the floor in the classroom. This will be taken home each day in their backpack.

As there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted on textbooks, paper or other paper-based products, schools can share books or paper-based educational resources with students. (B.C.’s Back to School Plan)

All school materials stay at school; no home materials are brought to school with the exception of technology devices if we go into a remote learning plan. Children cannot bring personal toys or comfort items to school.

Technology devices will be used with washed or sanitized hands and must not be shared while using. All devices will be wiped before school and/or at the end of the day.

One staff member will monitor the cohort outside during morning recess and two staff members will accompany students outside or to the nearby playground for PE in the afternoons. Equipment will be sanitized regularly.

We will eat lunch together with a staff supervising, with physical distancing measures and hand washing routines in place. Students must be able to manage their lunch independently as staff are not permitted to assist. We do not have fridges or microwaves for student use. Please assist your child in ensuring he/she can open and close things independently. Students will pack their garbage and left-over food to take home.

CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Hand sanitizer will be placed inside the building main entry door and in every room along with disinfectant wipes. Everyone will wash or sanitize upon entering and exiting the classroom.

All tables, desks, door handles, railings, light switches, etc. will be wiped down on a continuous basis. All desks and tables will be wiped down before and after lunch. Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day and all hard surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized each day after class.

STAFF

When working with others in the same room, staff will adhere to the two-metre distance guideline, spread chairs out in meeting rooms, and wash or sanitize hands and tables before and after using the space. Staff will use Google Meet/Zoom as much as possible for meetings.

All staff members are expected to conduct daily health checks. Anyone who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has returned from international travel should self-isolate and watch for symptoms of COVID-19, which can appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone with COVID‐19-like symptoms, such as sore throat, fever, sneezing or coughing, must self‐isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until their symptoms are completely resolved. Staff can return to school 48 hours after they are no longer showing any symptoms of illness. This means that if you have symptoms of illness, you must stay home until you are well.

Staff who show any signs of illness or who have a temperature of 37.8 C (100 F) or higher should not come to school; if already at school, you must go home immediately. Those unsure whether they should self-isolate can use the BC COVID-19 Self- Assessment Tool. If concerned, they are advised to contact Healthlink 811 or the local public health unit to seek advice.

If a person who has been at school is confirmed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19, the school must be alerted in order to inform the persons with whom they have been in close contact. It is recommended that persons with COVID-19 isolate themselves as much as possible in the home away from others family members and follow BC Centre of Disease Control instructions on how to isolate.

When a staff member shows symptoms of an illness that could be communicable in nature, you need to be tested and let Traci know. Other staff members will cover for three days (one day for illness and two for the 48-hour period without symptoms).

References:

PUBLIC HEALTH LINKS / CORONAVIRUS

BC Health COVID-19 Self Assessment Symptom Tool

Healthlink BC

Public Health Agency of Canada Travel Restrictions & Advisories

BC RESTART PLAN

BC’s Back to School Plan

Five Stages Framework for K-12 Education

 


 

Glarea Elevated Learning will ensure students are able to return to school as safely as possible while supporting their learning and development needs. Under Stage 2 of the government’s Five-Stage Plan for the education system, elementary schools will run full time with students having in-person instruction. The government stated rules allow a maximum of 60 people in each group or ‘bubble.’ At Glarea our total enrolment of students plus staff will be below that number allowing for an unrestricted learning environment while adhering to all health and safety measures prescribed by the Provincial Health & Safety Office and the Ministry of Education. This means Glarea will have more days in class and less risk of disruptions than other schools.

The recent announcement from the Government of BC to delay the start of schools will allow our team to take advantage of the extra time on site to review all our health and safety measures and update students and families on specific details before our September 14th start date. We will open with full Monday to Friday, 7:45AM to 4:00PM, programming for all of our students.

The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and community is our priority. With this in mind we have enhanced health and safety protocols that include:

  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Frequent hand washing/sanitizing
  • Reminders to reduce physical contact and maximize physical distancing in all schools
  • Frequent reminders about respiratory etiquette will take place
  • Daily self-health assessments for all staff and students
  • No shared food, drinks, or belongings
  • Spacing reminders will be posted
  • School access will be limited to staff and students, other visitors can request an appointment through administration
  • Hand washing or sanitizing stations
  • If a student or staff member is sick, they must stay home
  • If a student or staff member becomes sick while at school, they will be isolated
  • Students and staff of course have the option to wear a mask or face shield
  • Traffic flow in common spaces will be managed with directional signs

Prior to, and throughout construction, modifications to our facility were made while consulting with the Fraser Health Authority to specifically address ways to reduce contagion risk and increase the safety of our community wherever possible. With this in mind we worked with blutree.ca Indoor Climate Systems and have installed a state of the air climate control and air quality purification system. Some of the highlights are:

  • Air Purification System: Filter & UV Light Sanitization
  • Constant Fresh Air Movement and Monitoring
  • Real Time Monitoring and Adjustment
  • Advanced High Efficiency Heating/Cooling/Humidity Control
  • O2 Levels Monitored and Controlled

All Glarea’s Contagion Risk Mitigation procedures and protocols will be reassessed periodically to strictly adhere to any changes in the Provincial Health & Safety Office and the Ministry of Education’s guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming our first year Glareans on this new adventure of becoming the  educational catalyst driving change and empowering students to identify and pursue their unique purpose!