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Covid School Plan

July 14, 2022

Masks & Vaccinations

In accordance with Public Health orders, all DMCI staff are required to be fully vaccinated by October 31st 2021 or submit to regular COVID-19 testing. Therefore, the following measures have been put in place: 

1. All staff are required to show proof of their completed second vaccination of an approved COVID-19 vaccine by noon of October 17th 2021. A scanned or photocopy showing proof of the second dose must be submitted to Mr. Bendu by noon of the same date. 

2. Fully-immunized staff who have received two doses (any combination) of an approved COVID-19 vaccine with more than 14 days having passed since the final vaccination was received should submit an electronic or hard copy of their vaccination card by September 10th 2021. 

3. Staff who have not been fully-immunized and are unable to show proof of full vaccination (two doses of any combination) by this date will be required to take a COVID-19 test three times a week outside of school hours and provide proof of test results to the school after each test, effective first week of re-opening. 

4. Mask use indoors is Mandatory. All staff are urged to wear disposable 3-ply medical masks   whenever possible in school. 

5. Any further details about COVID-19 testing sites for WSD staff and/or other details about WSD procedures and protocols for showing proof of full-immunization in schools will be communicated to staff as soon as available

Health & Safety

Entering, Moving Through and Exiting the School:

Before coming to school, all staff and students are expected to conduct a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms using the online screening tool:

(https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/)

Once students arrive at the school we will verify the at home screening. If required, a secondary screening will be conducted before they are allowed to enter the school. 

Each grade will be assigned a different entry point to the school upon their arrival for both the AM and PM classes.

Gr 9/10 Alverstone Entrance Door 1 (Main Doors)

Gr 11 Alverstone Entrance Door 2 (Guidance Doors)

Gr 12 Alverstone Entrance Door 3 (Special Ed/English Doors)

Upon dismissal, there will be a staggered exit and students will use the exit doors closest to their classroom. In addition, parent pick/drop off signage will be placed on Banning St. & McIntyre Ave. to establish protocols for students being dropped off and picked up from school.

Students and staff will strive to practice physical distancing and remain 2 meters apart to the maximum extent possible. Floors will be marked with vinyl decals to designate physical distancing and hallway traffic flow. Signage will be placed throughout the building to reinforce safety protocols and discussed with students in their classes.

Where physical distancing is not possible in our main office, guidance offices, library and reception areas we will utilize appropriate PPE's and Plexiglas barriers. In order to reduce the potential for larger gathering of students we will limit occupancy levels in our common areas (hallways, stairwells, library, gymnasium etc.)

Lockers will not be utilized at this time and students are encouraged to travel lightly when they arrive for in class learning. Sharing of classroom supplies, resources and other high touch materials between students will be minimized as much as possible.

Increased Cleaning & Disinfecting:

Our custodial staff will have an increased cleaning schedule in place where they will disinfect and clean all classrooms between our AM and PM classes. Additionally, frequent cleaning of door handles, stairway handrails, washrooms etc. will occur throughout the day.

Portable hand hygiene stations will be placed throughout the school for students to use as they enter and exit the school and classrooms.

Each classroom will be equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies.

Critical Role of Families

  1. Caregivers must prescreen their child/children each day before school to ensure they are no exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms. Any student that is showing any of the symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headache etc.) must stay home. Please use this as a guide: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ .
  2. If a student develops symptoms while they are at school, they will be required to go home immediately. The student will be removed from their classroom, taken to our designated isolation area and will be monitored. Parents/guardians will be notified immediately and will be required to pick up their child as soon as possible.
  3. Students should pack a water bottle with them, as our water fountains will not be in operation. Our water bottle filling station will remain usable at this time.
  4. Students are now able to access cafeteria services at school. However, to keep yourself and your family as protected as possible, students are encouraged to report home for lunch if possible.
  5. If a Covid-19 case develops, DMCI’s administrative team will follow the directives of the Manitoba Public Health Authorities as required. 

Well Being and Supports for Students

Returning to school after many months away will require time to address the social and emotional needs of students. DMCI is committed to continue to provide ongoing support to students who need it by:

  • Assessing the need for recovery learning
  • Teachers to focus on building community and student relationships.
  • Maintaining a relaxed and calm classroom environment
  • Designated space for students to go if they are feeling overwhelmed
  • Support for re-developing school routines
  • Providing support and resources for social emotional skills
  • Use of our Clinical Support Services as required (Social Worker, School Psychologist, Guidance Counselors)

We know all staff will have a critical role to play in supporting student's metal health and well-being. Building relationships with students and offering supports will help ease the transition back to school and meet the needs for a form of normalcy to our students.

Our guidance team has committed to providing a blended model of support with both in-person and virtual supports. Office hours and the structure for counselling appointments will be communicated to all students upon their return to school.

In addition, there will also be support for our students at a transition point, particularly our new Grade 9 & 10 students. DMCI staff will strive to provide re-engagement support and opportunities to be welcomed by and connected to other students.

Helpful Links and Resources

Please find some useful resources listed below for your use as we begin to navigate this upcoming school year. For any other current information pertaining to COVID-19, please refer to https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/ .

  Link to WSD Pandemic Planning:

https://www.winnipegsd.ca/page/13349/pandemic-planning 

Return to School Information for Parents/Guardians:

https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/covid/k-12-reopeningplan-guideforparents.pdf

Covid-19 Screening Tool:

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ 

Restoring Safe Schools—A Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Students:

https://news.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2021/08/K-12_GuideForParents_Aug_2021_FNL.pdf  

 

 

Homeschooling Information:

https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/schools/ind/homeschool/index.html


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