DAILY SCREENING FOR SYMPTOMS
- Students, teachers and school staff must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home.
- Students and staff who are unwell must stay home from school.
- If a student has a pre-existing medical condition, parents are advised to talk to the family’s health provider before returning to school.
Multiple protection strategies, informed by public health advice, will be used to ensure that Torah High is a healthy and safe environment for students and staff. This includes:
- All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school.
- Temperature checks may be administered upon arrival at Torah High locations.
- Minimize class size by 50% to adhere to physical distancing.
- Signs to reinforce self-screening, hand hygiene, distancing and one-way use of hallways, adjustments to entrance and exit practices, and availability of hand sanitizer.
- Students will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes.
- Medical masks and eye protection (i.e. face shield) will be provided to all teachers.
- School-based staff who are regularly in close contact with students will be provided with masks as well.
- Schools will significantly limit or even prohibit visitors, including parents.
- A light dinner will be provided to students at the conclusion of their class instead of during the break.
MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 IN SCHOOLS
The Ministry of Health maintains case definitions for a probable case and a confirmed case. These definitions are maintained on the Ontario Ministry of Health site and are subject to updating. Please refer to this site for the most current version of these key definitions.
Management of ill individuals during school hours
This section applies to students or staff who become ill during the school day and on school premises.
Students will be made aware, in age-appropriate and non-stigmatizing language, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 and should be instructed to speak to a staff member immediately if they feel ill.
Torah High will maintain a personal protective equipment (PPE) kit specifically for managing students or others who become ill during school hours.
If an individual, including students, staff, becomes ill while at school, Torah High will ensure that:
- anyone providing care to the ill individual should maintain as much physical distance as possible
- the staff person caring for the individual should wear a surgical/procedural mask and eye protection
- if tolerated, the ill individual will also wear a surgical/procedural mask
- hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will be practiced while the ill individual is waiting to be picked up
- cleaning of the isolation room area and other areas of the school where the ill individual was will be conducted as soon as reasonably possible after the ill individual leaves
- advise the ill individual and/or their parent or guardian to have the ill individual seek medical advice, including the recommendation of testing for COVID-19 as appropriate or as advised by their medical provider. Ensure direction is aligned with screening and return to school direction
- initiate communication protocols and plans to update and inform necessary stakeholders within the school community while maintaining confidentiality of the ill individual
- regular school functions will continue unless directed otherwise by the local public health unit
A list of students and staff in the school who were in contact with/in the same cohort as the ill individual will be prepared. Those who are identified as potential close contacts will remain cohorted. The local Public Health Unit will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of these contacts, if necessary. In most instances, testing and isolation would only be recommended for contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
Management of individuals exposed to COVID-19 outside of the school
This section applies to individuals closely related to Torah High, such as bus drivers, parents or members of a student’s or staff member’s household, who test positive for COVID-19 outside of the school.
Situations will arise where students, staff, or teachers may be exposed to COVID-19 outside of the school environment (For example, family members that don’t attend the school, social contacts outside of school, etc).
Household members and others who live with the individual who have tested positive should isolate for 14 days.
Torah High has necessary arrangements in place to support continuity of education for students who require isolation.
Management of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the school community
This section applies to a student or staff member who is regularly in the school, who informs the school that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 should not attend school until they are cleared by their local PHU (Public Health Unit) or health care provider.
- Any individuals who test positive must remain in isolation for 14 days. Retesting is not recommended and will not alter this 14-day isolation requirement.
- Every individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is contacted by their local PHU for further follow-up.
- The local PHU will notify the school of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. In some cases, the local PHU may not be the same local PHU as the school; and in these circumstances, coordination between the PHUs and the school is required for further direction. Having designated points of contact within the school and the PHU can assist with ensuring clear processes for communication are in place.
- Where the local PHU determines there was a transmission risk to others in the school, students and staff will be assessed to determine if they were at high risk of exposure (requiring isolation) or if they were at low risk of exposure (can self-monitor for symptoms and return to school).
- Classroom cohorts (students and staff affiliated with the cohort) will generally be considered at high risk of exposure.
- All students and staff determined to be at high risk of exposure will be directed to isolate and recommended to be tested (voluntary testing) within their isolation period.
- Negative test results do not change the requirement for isolation nor do they shorten the isolation period for close contacts.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
While an individual suspected to have COVID-19 is waiting for test results they must be in isolation and cannot attend school in person. The individual can attend school virtually if they feel well enough to participate.
Individuals who have had a COVID-19 test because of symptoms, but who test negative should not return to school until at least 24 hours after their symptoms have resolved.
Individuals who have traveled out of the country should isolate for 14 days.
Where a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, the local PHU will be in contact with the school to provide further direction on returning to school.
If an ill individual does not have COVID-19
For an ill individual who has a known alternative diagnosis provided by a health care provider, return to school can occur when symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours.
If you test positive for COVID-19 at an assessment centre, you cannot return to school until you are cleared according to public health guidance. After your initial positive test, when you retest negative, you can return to school after you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
Torah High will keep records of:
- seating charts
- daily visitors who are approved to enter the school
Visitors might include supply teachers, and custodians.
These records and the records will be readily available for public health for contact tracing purposes.
HEALTH & SAFETY
ADAPTED SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
- Staggered class entry and exit.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at school entrances and exits and in classrooms.
- Designated routes for students to get to and from classrooms, including different and separate entrance points for students in different grades.
- Visual cues/physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs/posters on walls, to guide appropriate distances in lines/queues and at other times (for example, guides for creating “one-way routes” in hallways).
- Periods of student movement will be staggered to limit student congregation in the hallways.
- Congregation of teachers/staff will be limited to minimize potential for adult-to-adult transmission.
CLEANING STANDARDS AND PROTOCOLS
Increased Cleaning: Torah High has hired additional cleaning staff to increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing high touch surfaces.
High Touch Surfaces: Cleaning plus disinfection before each class at a minimum;
however, more frequent cleaning and disinfection may be necessary, depending on the frequency of use and extent of soilage.
• doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, phones, chairs, handrails, computers,
RULES FOR PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Personal belongings brought to school should be minimized.
We ask that students purchase a binder and writing apparatus to have during each Torah High class and ensure that it is taken home with them at the conclusion of the day.
Food may not be brought in from outside. In the event that food is provided to the students, minimum safe distancing (2 metres) will be maintained.
Students may bring a water bottle from home. When drinking, safe distancing (2 metres) must be maintained.
Students and staff may not share food or drink.
If a student exhibits COVID-19 symptoms and cannot attend Torah High, all courses will have access to Google classroom and learning materials will be shared online, This will ensure that students can learn at home and not have to worry about missing course material.