Operational and Building Preparedness
Increasing Cleaning and Disinfecting
The St. Emile custodial team will be increasing our cleaning and disinfecting regimen, with more frequent cleaning of washrooms and high touch surfaces. We have purchased a disinfectant sprayer, allowing us to completely disinfect a classroom in ten minutes. Each classroom will be cleaned and disinfected at least once per day. Doors of washrooms will be set open to allow for less contact. Other high touch surfaces including handrails, push-releases, counters and light switches will cleaned with greater frequency. Hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies and disinfectant have been secured for this purpose and will be restocked as needed.
All entrances, rooms and spaces are equipped with hand sanitizer. Anyone entering the building will be expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. A schedule for class hand washing will be in place (before eating, after recess, after wiping their nose and additionally as needed) with students receiving direct instruction on hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
Physical Distancing in and Around the School
Signage has been installed around the school encouraging hand hygiene, physical distancing and listing symptoms of COVID-19 for all to be aware. All traffic flow through the building will be “keep right” as students and staff move through the building. Review of this practice will be part of the education for students.
Students will be assigned specific washrooms throughout the school. Staff will be attentive in keeping bathrooms limited to three students at a time. Each teacher will review these procedures with students.
Our water fountains are all equipped with touchless water dispensers for filling water bottles. The touch buttons have been closed off. Students must bring a water bottle to school each day. Water bottles will go home for families to disinfect at the end of each learning day.
Locker and Cubby Usage
As we are seeking to minimize traffic in the hallways, students will only be using lockers and cubbies for clothing such as coats and ski pants. Students will be on a timed schedule, outlined by teachers, that will allow for minimum students in the hall.
Outdoor Learning and Play
Outdoor learning and play is considered by Public Health to be one of the safest of choices and will be part of teachers’ planning in the fall, at least until winter weather arrives. Students must come to school prepared to go outside, both for Physical Education and other classes. Hand hygiene will take place before and after outdoor play.
Lunch and Recess
All students will participate in a staggered recess and lunch program. Teachers will be emailing recess and lunch schedules to all parents before school begins. The goal is to create opportunities for students to play in their cohorts with less total students on the playground.
Lunch for all students, will be located in their classrooms. Each class will have staff supervision.
Use of Microwaves
In order to limit contact points for students, all microwaves will be removed from classrooms. Please ensure students either use a thermos to keep food warm from home or bring a lunch that does not require heating.
For the month of September there will be no hot lunches offered. We are looking for safe ways in which we can offer students the opportunity to have hot lunches at a later date.
Shared Supplies and Personal Items
Teachers are actively planning on ways to avoid sharing items and school supplies. Although families have always been asked to label personal items, this will be of increased importance.
As sharing of personal Items is not permitted, please ensure that your child has their full name written on their uniform.
Facility Use and Gym Rentals
Until further notice, St. Emile School will not be offering the building for rentals of any kind.
The school has a well-established policy on “No Sharing” of foods brought from home, originally set as an allergy measure. Students will be reminded of this rule and its increased importance through the pandemic.
Shared food as part of a class celebration will be suspended until further notice. As well, special lunches, as hosted by our Parent Association will be on hold until the process of distributing food has been evaluated and protocols put in place to ensure safety of students, staff and volunteers.
The Milk program will be available for students. The procedures for the program will be reviewed to ensure that there is little risk involved to the students and staff.
Toys and Other Shared Learning Equipment
Play is an integral part of the learning in the early years, as reaffirmed in Manitoba Education’s publication Learning and Joy in the Pandemic: Manitoba Kindergarten Practice Resource. Consideration will be given to how to mitigate the risks of interactive play. Staff will assess the toys and other items used in the classrooms and put away items that are not easily disinfected, including: stuffed toys, costumes, hats, etc. An electrostatic sprayer will be used to disinfect the remaining items.