School Re-Entry Plan
St. Benedict Catholic School
This document has been created to provide parents with information about the protocols and procedures that will be in place for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. These protocols and procedures will follow the mandated and recommended protocols from Alberta Health Services and the Edmonton Catholic School Division’s Re-Entry plan for the Division. These may change with directives from AHS or the school division.
Choice of Program Delivery
- Parents are to choose on-line learning or in-person learning for children by August 28 through their PowerSchool account.
- Students can change the mode of learning for each quarter of the year. The second quarter begins in November.
- On-line students will receive instruction in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion.
- All teachers for in-person learning will be maintaining their Google classroom. In-person learning students will remain part of this cohort in the event the student becomes ill or must self-isolate. The classroom teacher will provide work and check-ins through his/her Google classroom until the child can return to school.
- Staggered entry for students K to Gr. 6 on September 2 and 3 for in-person learning.
- Schedule for staggered entry will be determined after August 28.
- Students to bring school supplies that day.
- Teachers will review and practice the protocols (described below) with the small groups of students. Supplies will be organized, and desk/space will be assigned.
- Parents are to bring student to designated door that day at the appropriate time.
- Parents are not allowed to be in the school as per AHS/Division protocols.
- Buses will only be running before school and after school on Wednesday, September 2. Parents are responsible for transportation at the end of the morning session and beginning of the afternoon session. On Thursday, September 3, an Early Dismissal day, the bus will pick up students at the end of the morning.
- PD Day for staff on Friday, September 4.
- Instruction for all students will begin Tuesday, September 8.
Protocols and Procedures to Create a Safe Learning Environment
Regular handwashing/cleaning, physical distance, and wearing masks are three important ways to help control the spread of germs.
- Students will be provided with two reusable masks.
- Grade 4 to 6 students and staff are required to wear masks when in common areas, such as library, hallways, and washrooms and in the classroom if they are less than 2 metres apart from others.
- It is highly recommended that K to Grade 3 students wear masks during the school day, dependent on the student’s ability to do so.
- It is recommended that parents provide more masks than the ones given because the worn masks need to be washed after each use.
Soap and water for 20 seconds are the preferred method for cleaning hands.
- The expectation is that students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer several times a day, in the following situations:
- Before leaving home, on arrival at school, and before leaving school
- After using the washroom
- Before and after any transitions within the school setting (ex. To another classroom, indoor-outdoor transitions, etc.)
- After sneezing or coughing
- Before and after breaks and sporting activities
- Before and after eating any food, including snacks
- Before touching face (nose, hands, or mouth)
- Whenever hands are visibly dirty
- Regularly throughout the day
- If a sink is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be in all classrooms, common areas, and entrances.
Entering and Exiting the School
- Parents are asked to drop off their students at the designated door. Parents are not able to come into the building with their children.
- Students will enter through their designated door in the morning before school and at the end of recess.
- There will be a supervisor at each door to ensure students are following the safety protocols.
- Students will line up in the designated area, spacing between students of 2 metres. The designated line-up will be marked on the ground or with pylons.
- The classroom teachers will let each of their classes in, one group at a time. The next class will enter the school when the boot room area is clear.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at entry.
- Students will exit the building at recess times and at the end of the day through their designated exit. Teachers will stagger the exit of students to ensure that there is no crowding in the boot room area and hallway.
- At the end of the day, students will be dismissed in the following order:
- Bus 662 students
- Enoch bus students
- Students who are walking home or being picked up
- Bus 661 students
- Parents will arrange a pick-up spot with their children outside of the school.
Classroom and Learning Activities
- Furniture in the classrooms will be arranged so that maximum physical distance is maintained between desks or tables.
- Students will keep all their school supplies and books in their desk or a bin at their personal workspace.
- There will be no sharing of supplies or materials.
- Students are not allowed to bring toys, stuffies, games, sports equipment (except for hockey academy), etc. from home.
- The teacher will create protocols for collecting assignments for assessment. Some assignments may be done on Google classroom so that paper does not have to be exchanged.
- Food will not be shared.
- At this time, the Music teacher will come to the classrooms to teach Music.
- PE classes will be taught outside unless there is inclement weather.
- Only one class will use the gym at a time.
- PE equipment used will be wiped down after use.
- At this time, there will be no learning activities that require students to share materials or be seated closer together than assigned location in classroom.
- Assemblies and celebrations will be broadcast through the school. Students will participate from their own classroom.
- At this time, there will be no fieldtrips to other locations such as Space Science Centre, etc.
- We are in the process of determining protocols for the use of the library.
Lunch and Recess
- Recess times will be staggered so there are fewer students outside.
- All students will sanitize their hands before going out for recess and when coming in from recess.
- Students will play with other students within their own grade.
- Grade 4 to 6 students will play in their own designated areas of the field.
- Students will sanitize their hands before entering the playground. Students will sanitize their hands after playing on the playground.
- Grade K and 1 students will have access to the small playground. A schedule will be created so they are not on the playground at the same time. An area of the field near the small playground will be designated for K and 1 students.
- Grade 2 and 3 students will have access to the large playground and a designated area of the field. A schedule will be created for the large playground access.
- Students will sanitize their hands before and after eating lunch.
- Students will eat lunch in their own classrooms. School staff will be supervising.
- Students are not to share their lunch with each other and must stay in their seat throughout lunch.
Moving through the Hallway
- Grade 4 to 6 students and all staff must wear a mask when moving through the hallways.
- Directional signs will be posted on the floor to indicate where to walk.
- Students and staff will walk on the right side of the hallways.
- When moving as a group through the hallway, students will maintain a physical distance of 2 metres between them.
- Each classroom will be assigned to a particular washroom.
- Washrooms will have some stalls, urinals, and sinks blocked off so that students can be physically distant from each other.
- Grade 4 to 6 students will need to wear their masks when they go to the washroom.
- Only one girl and one boy can be out of a classroom to use the washroom at the same time.
- Each washroom will have a total capacity number which will be posted. Students will wait in the hallway in a designated spot until there is a space in the washroom.
- Students will sanitize their hands when they leave the classroom to go to the washroom and will take the “Bathroom Pass” with them. This “Bathroom Pass” will be hung on a hook outside the bathroom door so it is easy to see how many students are in the washroom. If all the hooks are filled, a student will wait in the designated area outside the washroom.
- Students are to wash their hands after using the toilet/urinal. If the sinks are all being used, there will be a designated area to wait for a sink to become available.
- Students will be reminded that they are not to loiter or socialize in the washroom.
- The Hockey Academy will be running this year.
- Hockey Academy students will have assigned seating on the bus to the arena and must sit in that seat for every trip. Students must wear their masks on the bus. If changes to the seating plan are needed, these will be determined by the Hockey Director. The office will keep a copy of the seating plan.
- Students will do the health check before they are allowed on the bus.
- Students will not be allowed to eat on the bus.
- Students will follow all protocols that are required at City of Edmonton arenas. The hockey director will ensure that the students are aware of these protocols.
- At this time, there will be some limitations on which other venues the hockey students will be visiting for fitness activities.
Keeping everyone healthy
- All students are asked to have a water bottle at school.
- Parents are asked to check their children for symptoms of colds, flu, or Covid-19 every morning before sending them to school.
- If your child has symptoms, do not send them to school. Follow AHS protocols for self-isolation and testing.
- If a child needs to stay home due to illness, in-person learners will be able to access schoolwork through Google classroom.
- If a child becomes ill at school:
- the child will be provided a medical-grade mask and will be quarantined in a space designated for this purpose. The child will be supervised by a staff member until a parent can pick up the child.
- Parents will be called immediately. It is important that the parents come as soon as possible to take their child home.
- Parents will need to contact AHS for advice on self-isolation and testing.
- Ensure that your phone numbers and Emergency contact numbers are up to date with the office.
- The quarantine space will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized immediately after the child goes home.
- If a child tests positive for Covid-19, the school will work with AHS to contain any spread of the illness. The school and Division will follow AHS directives.
- Soft furnishings such as carpets and pillows will be removed from classrooms. These items are difficult to sanitize.
- High touch areas such as door handles and light switches will be sanitized throughout the day with AHS approved cleaning supplies.
- The school will be given a deep cleaning every day after school.
- Parents and guardians are not allowed to enter the building to drop off or pick up their children.
- Parents and guardians will need to make an appointment to meet with the school staff. These meetings can be held through Microsoft Teams or in-person. In-person meetings will require adherence to protocols about physical distance and sanitizing.
- A parent or guardian will need to sign into the building if they are here for 15 minutes or more.
- Only one person at a time will be allowed in the office. There will be a designated area to wait outside the office.
- If you need to drop off items such as lunch or homework, there will be a system of no-contact drop-off. A table will be set up inside the front door of the school. Parents can place the items, with the student name, on the table.
- All students will need to wear a mask when riding the bus.
- Students will have assigned seating on the bus. Siblings will be seated together.
- When loading the bus at the end of the day, students will line up, physically separate with the students who sit at the back of the bus entering the bus first.