Plans established for student and staff safe re-entry into CCS

A Back to School Plan was issued for Canora Composite School by the Good Spirit School Division on August 26 and it can be viewed in detail at the CCS website.

The plan says that facilities will ensure that heightened sanitary and hygienic practices are in place and limits will be placed on mass gatherings. Personal Protective Equipment is mandatory for all students. The Division will purchase two reusable non-medical grade masks for each student and staff member, the Plan says.

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Students and staff who are sick are to stay at home.

Arrival and dismissal

Families were to be notified that there will be staggered entry on September 8 to September 11.

Arrival time will be 8:40 a.m. with dismissal at 3:05 p.m. for Grade 5 and 3:10 p.m. for Grade 6.

Multiple entry and exit points will be used. Students are to remain with their cohort in classrooms. Entrance and exit will be through the south door.

Grades 7 to 9 arrive at 8:50 a.m. at west entrance. Dismissal at: 3:10 p.m. for Grade 7, 3:15 p.m. for Grade 8 and 3:05 p.m. for Grade 9. Grade 7 exit south doors. Grade 8 and 9 exit west doors. .

Grades 10 to 12 arrive at 8:55 a.m. at west entrance and east entrance. Dismissal at 3:05 p.m. at west and east exits. Students remain in room during the day for instruction. Stay within classrooms as much as possible and avoid other areas of the school.

Movement of students

In cohort groups are to remain in same room with limited teacher switches. Breaks monitored by the teacher and staggered within cohort groups.

Classroom configuration

Teachers will declutter their classrooms prior to September 8 to support physical distancing.

Classrooms will be arranged with a front facing configuration. The arrangement of the classroom will support physical distancing. Interaction in smaller groups will be supported and large group activity limited. Individual learning activities will be balanced with small group interactions.

The full Saskatchewan curriculum will be delivered. Extra-curricular activity has been discontinued. Student-teacher contact time must be prioritized regardless of the delivery format. Differentiation of instruction will be necessary due to the supplemental learning that occurred.

The focus will be on the teaching of outcomes, rather than the amount of time per subject (a

cross-curricular approach is recommended). The focus will be on efficient learning opportunities and approaches that are conducive to flexible groupings and interaction time with teachers.

Schools will make plans for library resources to be delivered to classrooms for borrowing.

Teachers will continue to explore options for blended learning. Support and professional

development from GSSD will be offered.

Multiple modes of delivery should be considered to accommodate all students (i.e., pencil/paper,

technology, asynchronous, synchronous, etc.). Consider land-based learning whenever possible, ensuring physical distancing from community members. 

Assessment

Teachers will follow the GSSD assessment windows outlined in the Department calendar, which will take into account that students were engaged in supplemental learning from March to June.

School supplies and personal belongings

No lockers will be used and only school backpacks that are labelled will be allowed in classrooms. No sharing of materials. Personal water bottles will be used, no water fountain use.

Students must come changed for PE. Change rooms will not be used. Mandatory supplies include a personal water bottle. The Division will provide two reusable masks per student. Schools may consider purchasing supplies for all students.

Materials will be organized in containers and labeled with student names.

Gym

Physical education and other classes will be by arrangement. Use of outdoor spaces as much as possible will be encouraged and proper entry/exit procedures are to be in place. Students must sanitize their hands before and after use of the equipment. Equipment will be sanitized after each class. Equipment should be used on a rotational basis that includes proper cleaning and disinfecting between student and classroom usage. Clear and standard procedures should be established as to how equipment is used and stored. No use of any equipment that has the potential to be shared among students.

Library

Students must request books. No in-class sitting. Students may create/request a list using the Destiny system. Library techs will put together a class list of books in a bin and have them delivered. Tech devices will be disinfected daily.

Computer Lab

Hand sanitizer must be used before and after each use. Students should have a dedicated device to use all year. If sharing: sanitize before and after each use, and use the same device for the same sharing group. Tech devices will be disinfected each day.

Cafeteria and common areas

No cafeteria. Student centre will incorporate distancing with chairs and tables. Foyer tables/chairs will be taped off to maximize distancing. Entrances and congregation will be limited. No microwaves will be available.

Transitions

No transitions between classes. Exit times will be staggered.

Student and staff well-being

Students are to be taught about a “personal bubble” and using alternative greetings that are non-contact. Anyone ill at school will be sent to the isolation room for pick up. PPE will be mandatory. Focus will be on physical distancing and the limit and control outside visitors. Mental health services will be available to everyone.

Attendance

Attendance will be taken daily. In the event of a COVID sickness they will remain at home until there is a clean bill of health from the health agency. If anyone has been known to be in contact with suspected COVID case, he or she will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.