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Health and Safety

School-Year-2021-22

Health and Safety

Health and safety is a priority in our schools and the TDSB is taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep schools safe for staff and students.

The Province of Ontario has shared their preliminary guidance for the upcoming school year: COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022). The TDSB will continue to work with Toronto Public Health and with employee groups to develop specific operational plans for TDSB – details that provide more information on how our schools and administrative centres will create and maintain health and safety measures and procedures that need to be in place when school resumes in September.

 

Some of the health and safety measures in place for 2021-22 include:

Vaccinations

The most important step we can take to ensure the health and safety of all community members is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Children age 12 and up are eligible to receive a first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Ontario.  Below are links to additional information where you can learn more about the vaccines to help you make an informed decision for your family.  

 

Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms Daily

  • Requiring all students and staff to conduct a daily self-assessment and stay home if they have symptoms or other COVID-19 exposure risk factors.
  • Screening information needs to be recorded daily on either the TDSB Health Pass (paper) on the TDSB Health Screening app, which will allow you to enter to your school. Learn more.
  • Following guidance from Toronto Public Health in the event of symptoms or other COVID-19 risk factors.

 

Wearing Masks

  • Staff are required to wear a medical mask, as well as face shields and other PPE as appropriate.
  • All students, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, are required to wear a mask indoors at school. During recess, if they are unable to maintain physical distance from others outdoors, it is advised that they keep their mask on.  If this is not possible, then masks breaks can be taken outside while students are with members of their cohort.
  • Read the TDSB Mask Procedure.

 

Improving Ventilation

  • Installing institutional-grade HEPA filters in every occupied classroom.
  • Increasing ventilation in schools and classrooms with mechanical systems by adjusting the air exchanges and running them two hours before class and two hours after class.
  • Increasing natural ventilation by opening windows for short periods of time.


Practicing Physical Distancing

  • Encouraging and maintaining physical distancing measures as much as possible.
  • Marking floors with stickers to designate traffic flow and distancing.

 

Practicing Proper Hygiene

  • Posting visible signage about hand washing and proper respiratory etiquette.
  • Building in hand washing time into daily routines, including after washroom use, recess and lunch breaks.
  • Providing alcohol-based sanitizers throughout the school and at designated entry and exit points.

  

Enhancing Cleaning and Other Measures

  • Caretaking staff will perform routine cleaning of general facilities through the day and enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces such as light switches, handrails, door handles, etc.
  • Identifying capacity limits in washrooms and on elevators.
  • Using water fountains only to refill water bottles.

 

Read more from Province of Ontario’s  COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022)

 

Read more questions and answers about Health and Safety.

 

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