École Qayqayt Elementary – School/Site Safety Plan

Further to the District Biohazardous Exposure Control Plan and the COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan (V2.0), this addendum represents the site specific application of most effective to least effective measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, where practicable.

The following additional measures are listed below:

Learning Space Configuration

  • Desks and tables have been arranged to maximize space between staff/students.
    • Where possible, people are arranged to minimize facing one another directly, i.e., collaboration spaces are spaced apart and independent activity is encouraged.
    • Assigned seating is arranged.
  • If weather permits and without impact on HVAC systems, staff have been advised to open windows.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • As per section 3.0 Work Environment & 4.0 Cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • Teachers and support staff have been provided with disinfection solution and have been trained on its safe use.

Ventilation and air exchange

  • School’s ventilation system is serviced and operating to specifications. It is regularly checked by District Maintenance staff and those same staff are available for emergency or non-emergency callout.

Other additional Environmental Measures:

  • Learning Space
    • Classroom seating is recorded in the office-changes to seating are kept to a minimum.
    • Unnecessary furnishings have been removed from classrooms to provide greater available space.
    • Plexiglass shields are used/available as required.
  • Handwashing and Sanitizing
    • Sanitizing stations are located at the two main entrance points to the building. (Front door entrance and entrance off of parking lot).
    • Each classroom has access to a sink, soap and paper towel.
    • Hand washing stations were installed in each portable. Washcart is in the process of being installed.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
    • Disinfection supplies are replenished as needed.
    • Refilling water stations are cleaned and disinfected and are to be used to refill personal containers.
  • Visuals / Signage
    • Visual cues for traffic flow and physical spacing have been installed throughout the school.
    • Posters and signage are displayed in classrooms and hallways to remind all of health and safety guidelines. Specifically: physical distancing, hand washing.
    • Room capacity notifications are posted for smaller areas.
    • Classes have specific line up areas for entry/exit to the school. Classes are brought into the school single file by staff.
  • Working Space Configuration
    • Plexiglass shields have been installed in the office area. Signage is on the plexiglass in the office.
    • Decals are on the floor indicating 2m physical distancing.

Entrance & Exits

To avoid crowding in common spaces, entrance and exits students enter and exit in single file and are led by their classroom teachers. Multiple designated entry/exit points are assigned to accommodate for staggered entry/exit.

Floor plans with exits and entrances marked with pedestrian directions, where applicable, are available to staff at each site/school.

Physical distancing outside of learning groups are maintained

  • where possible at 2m between staff and students when indoors for elementary
  • physical distancing posters are posted in high visibility/traffic areas

Learning groups/cohorts remain consistent and are changed on a minimal frequency (i.e. quarter semester or not at all throughout the school year.)

Staff only common spaces (e.g. break rooms, copy rooms, mail room, etc.)

  • Visual cues on occupancy limits, and posters on physical distancing, hand hygiene, ‘how to wear a face masks’ are posted. Limits are strictly enforced.
  • Opportunities for food preparation and or food consumption have been removed or restricted.

Itinerant Staff workspace has been designated, extra supplies of the disinfection solution, hand hygiene stations, and/or physical barriers are provided. Workspace assignment is centralized in the general office. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

TTOC, Sub EA, casual support staff have been instructed to follow protocols and site-specific orientation protocols are provided at each school/site. Limits are strictly enforced. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

All visitors are required to complete a daily health check prior to entry. Visitors are not permitted to enter the site unless are such entry is deemed essential by the Principal or designate.

Other additional Administrative Measures:

  • Learning Group
    • Learning groups consist of individual classes only.
    • Each class/learning group has a designated line up area.
    • Classroom teachers and EA’s collect the classes from their designated areas and walk them inside single file ensuring distancing.
    • No events that bring staff and students together outside of regular learning activities occur on this site.
    • Staff who routinely interact with more than one learning group (ie. Itinerant teachers, administrations, prep teachers, EA’s) MUST practice physical distancing AND wear a mask at all times. (plexiglass barriers and face shields are used and are available as required)
    • Occupancy limits are posted outside the elevator.
  • Health and Safety
    • Health Declaration is included in the sign in & sign out forms.
    • Staff are provided with daily health and safety reminders through weekly updates and staff meetings.
    • Parents and students are reminded about daily health check through emails and announcements.
    • Students and staff are provided with daily safety reminders through the morning announcements.
    • Visitors are only allowed to enter through the main front doors. Upon entering visitors are to use the hand sanitizer and then sign in at the office declaring that they have done their Health Check. Visitors will sign out upon leaving the school.
  • Recess and Lunch
    • There are two recess times and two lunch times in order to reduce the number of students at play outside.
    • During outside playing, such as recess and lunch, students are reminded to engage in play that is non-contact.
    • Additional staff lunch/break areas has been made available in the gym, NLC, library and extra classroom with distancing in place.
    • Only fridge, kettle and microwave are available and are to be disinfected after each use.
    • Students and staff are not to share food.
  • Common Areas
    • Staff are encouraged to take vigorous gym/physical activity outdoors.
    • A bottle of disinfectant and a microfiber cleaning cloth is in the gym and disinfectant and microfiber cleaning cloths are available in each classroom for use in common project areas and copier area.

Daily Health Checks

  • Staff and all other adult visitors are required to declare that they have completed a daily health check. Declaration sheet is located at first point of entry on site.
  • Parents and students are been reminded of their responsibilities.
  • Strategically located posters remind all of the Daily Health Check requirements.
  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to complete the daily health check each day and before entering the school/site.

 Stay Home When Sick Messaging

  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to stay home when sick.
  • Strategically located posters/signage reminders.

Other additional Personal Measures:

  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings
  • Hand Hygiene – staff and students practice hand hygiene after entering the school and prior to exiting the school, before and after eating, after using the washroom, before and after handling shared materials, and before and after transitioning to various locations around the school.


  • Staff, itinerant staff, and visitors (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Students (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Extra supply of masks are available at the front desk for those how have forgotten theirs.
  • Extra dust masks or non surgical masks are provided in each classroom’s emergency bag.

Other additional PPE Measures:

  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings.
  • Questions regarding PPE will be answered by administration.
  • PPE
    • Each staff member was provided with reusable face masks in the fall.
    • Disposable masks are available for students upon request.
    • Plexiglass screens were made available to all staff and are available on an on-going basis, as requested.