COVID-19 Planning

Restricted (ORANGE)

 School preparedness is an on-going process. Our school plan is a complete and comprehensive plan that is unique to our School Facility based on the most up-to-date public health information and guidance available to us. Careful planning will ensure the safety and well-being of our students and our staff throughout the school year. It will also ensure that we can safely deliver programs that families rely upon such as our extended day program. 

 

The St. Ignatius School planning document continues to evolve. School Administration continues to monitor public health announcements and also continues to participate in weekly meetings with representatives from government agencies including Public Health, The Department of Education, the Government of Manitoba, and Superintendents from school divisions across the province and administrators from Independent schools. Our school plan will continue to evolve as the COVID-19 situation changes, as consultations continue to occur with various governing bodies, and as implementations begin with teachers and staff before the start date for students.  

 

The most updated version of this school plans document will be posted to the website as changes or additions are made. Should an unexpected significant change be made from an existing version, the Administration will also email that information to parents/guardians and school staff.  

 

The Government of Manitoba has published several helpful documents that are being used extensively in our planning. The following website is an excellent source of information:  

https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/index.html  

Also the document: https://manitoba.ca/asset_library/en/covid/k12-GuideForParents-aug2021.pdf is an excellent resource for parents. 

St. Ignatius School is carefully preparing for the following levels of emergency: 

Level Green 

Limited Risk 

Level Yellow 

Caution 

Level Orange 

Restricted 

Level Red 

Critical 

Open 

No restrictions 

Open with full occupancy Cohorts required for distancing 

Students with pre-existing health concerns will register with the Manitoba Remote Learning Center rather than returning to in-class learning. 

Blended Learning 

Higher level of restriction 

Smaller Cohorts required for distancing 

Students with pre-existing health concerns will register with the Manitoba Remote Learning Center rather than returning to in-class learning. 

Closed 

Remote learning except for K-6 children of critical workers and for students with pre-existing health concerns who have been given this advice from their family doctor. 

 

Level Orange:  In-class learning for all students who choose to attend. Families are now given the option to keep their children at home. This will allow schools more flexibility and will help facilitate the 2 meter social distancing to the greatest extent possible that is required at this caution level. 

Public health orders and guidance: Risk of COVID-19 transmission is low to moderate. 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Ignatius School Specific Plan 

 

Three Priority areas will guide the practice at St. Ignatius School. 

 

  • The Health and safety of our students and our staff 
  • Promoting mental health and wellness 
  • Assessing and addressing the impact COVID-19 has had on student learning 
  • Assemblies, gatherings and events in the school and in the Church will proceed in accordance with Public Health Orders or recommendations.  
  • Extra-curricular activities, sports and field trips can proceed as long as all guidelines can be followed. 
  • Sharing books, equipment and toys that can be cleaned  
  • Libraries are open for use by students. 
  • Self-screening and staying home when sick/preventing individuals who are ill from entering the school  
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas 
  • Non-Touch water fountain 

 

Office Hours and Procedures 

 

  • In order to avoid unecessary contact with others, milk crates will be set up in the front foyer and labelled with grades for pick-up and drop off of learning packages for Remote Learners. 
  • Homeroom teachers will email parents/students indicating when packages are ready for pick up. 

 

 

St. Ignatius School has implemented a multi-layered approach. 

 

 

Layer 1: Building and Maintenance Preparations 

 

  • Classrooms have been configured to allow for 1 meter or more distancing between each student 
  • Signage will be placed throughout the building and outside the building reminding all people to social distance. 
  • Signage and floor markings to manage flow of common areas such as hallways and washrooms 
  • The School library will be re-purposed as an isolation space for students who exhibit symptoms during the school day 
  • Stop signs will be placed outside all washroom facilities 
  • Signs will be placed in every hallway, entrance and classroom reminding people to adhere to social distancing practices. 
  • Proper Handwashing instructions will be posted in every washroom and classrooms where there is a sink 

 

Layer 2: Sanitization of the Facility 

 

  • We have purchased an Anolyte fogging system which allows us to disinfect areas in a timely manner in order to eliminate air-borne pathogens. Anolyte is eco-friendly and is safe for people, animals and plants. 
  • Additional maintenance staff has been hired 
  • Bathrooms will be sanitized 3 times per day 
  • High touch surfaces such as stairway guardrails, door handles, etc. will be disinfected frequently throughout the day 
  • Shared spaces such as the science lab will be sanitized between cohorts. 
  • The gym will be sanitized before the first scheduled class of the day. 
  • Homeroom teachers will sanitize manipulatives such as Lego after use in the cohort. 
  • Student desks and all classroom surfaces will be sanitized daily 
  • Chairs will be pulled out at the end of the day so the Anolyte disinfectant will reach all surface areas of chairs 
  • Chairs will be labelled with the student’s name so they use the same chair throughout the school year. 

 

Layer 3: Personal Protective Equipment  

 

  • Plexiglas desk shields have been purchased for every student in our school. These will create a cubicle style barrier for each student when seated 
  • Non-medical masks are now mandatory in all grades 
  • The school has procured a large supply and homeroom teachers keep them handy in the classroom at all times. 
  • Our school still has a vulnerable population; our nursery to grade 6 students have not had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.  
  • All adults will wear masks at all times when 2 meters of distance cannot be maintained. 
  • The school has hundreds of adult size and pediatric masks medical masks in stock 
  • Visitors will only be permitted to enter the building via the School Office Entrance. 
  • No visitor will be permitted into the school unless they are wearing a mask. 
  • Plastic face shields have been purchased for all staff who choose to wear them 

 

Layer 4: Cohorts 

 

  • Students will remain in the homeroom classroom for French and Music  
  • With the exception of Physical Education, Specialists will move from classroom to classroom to avoid cohorts mixing in hallways 
  • Specialists will use hand sanitizer between classrooms  
  • Students will only share materials within their classroom cohort 
  • Students will attend Physical Education classes. Physical Education will take place outside or in the gymnasium. When used, the gym will be sanitized between groups. 
  • Students will not change for PE classes in order to maintain social distancing that cannot be monitored in the change rooms. 
  • Schedule for PE will be staggered to ensure that students are not utilizing the same hallway at the same time 

 

Technology  

  • The computer lab use will be limited due to constraints of sanitizing all devices between use 
  • Bring Your Own Device will be policy wherever possible 
  • If a student is unable to bring a device when there is a classroom need, the school will provide a device  
  • If a student borrows a device, they will be sanitized by school staff before they may be used by another student 
  • Special sanitizers will be used to protect devices  

 

Library 

  • Classes will be allowed in the library in small groups while respecting social distancing standards 
  • Teachers will select resources from the library for classroom use 
  • Teachers will be responsible for signing books in and out of the library for the cohort 
  • Books will be quarantined for 48 hours before being made available to another cohort 

 

Music 

  • Choral activities allowed if 2 meters of distance can be maintained between singers 
  • Each student will be given a coffee tin with several rhythm instruments for individual use 
  • Focus on theory 
  • Cohorts will use larger school instruments on a rotational basis and instruments will be sanitized between cohorts 

 

Physical Education 

  • Classes will be held outdoors as much as possible 
  • Shared equipment within each cohort but not between cohorts 
  • Equipment will be sanitized daily following use by cohorts 

 

SHOPS (applies to grade 7 & 8 only) 

  • Staff from Kelvin High School will come to St. Ignatius School and will provide opportunities for students to work with electronics and technology. 

 

Secondary Cohorts: Recess and Lunch 

  • Lunch hour will be supervised by Educational Assistants 
  • Teaching staff will supervise outdoor recess  
  • Outdoor Recess cohorts may not exceed 75 students. 
  • Two classes will be combined into a Recess Cohort  
  • In order to limit contact between classroom cohorts, when outside, each cohort will be assigned an area. For example, grade 1 on the play structure, grade 3 on the field and grade 5 on the basketball court. 

 

 

Tertiary Cohorts: Before and After School Program 

  • Students will maintain a 2 meter distance between each other. 
  • Nursery and Kindergarten will be located in the nursery school. 
  • Grades 1 2 will be in the multi-purpose room 
  • Grade 3-6 will be in the French room and Science lab 

 

Additional Important information for Before and After School Program  

Before School 

  • Before school will begin at 7:30 a.m. 
  • All students will enter through the main school entrance 
  • Parents who accompany their child into the school must wear masks at all times 
  • Students from grades 4 – 8 must wear their mask into the building. 

 

After School 

  • Depending on our numbers, students will be assigned groups and rooms. 
  • No snack will be provided due to current Public Health Guidelines 
  • Due to this, the after school cost is reduced to $7.00/day for this school year 
  • Please pack your child an additional snack for after school. 

 

Please note that our student numbers for Before and After School must be limited this year due to constraints in staffing and spacing. 

 

Parents are expected to pick up children in a timely manner. Emergency drop in spots are extremely limited. 

 

 

Layer 5: Health Screening 

 

Parents who requested Rapid Test Kits will use one test prior to sending their child to school on January 10, 2022 and will continue to test their children every 3 days until the 5 kits have been used. 

 

Parents who did not receive test kits, will continue to be expected to screen their child for symptoms of COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms each day before bringing them to school. Parents will be directed to use the Province of Manitoba’s screening tool, available online at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/  

 

According to Dr. Brent Roussin, the most important thing that we, as a community, can do to support each other throughout the pandemic is to self-screen at home.  

 

It will be absolutely imperative that staff and students experiencing symptoms stay at home until they can confirm the symptoms are not COVID related.  

 

If at any time, students show symptoms of illness while at school, the following will occur: 

  • Administration will be notified 
  • Student will be asked to wear a medical-grade mask and will be isolated from their peers in the school office with adult supervision 
  • Parents will be contacted for immediate pick up 

 

 

Isolation Requirements: Guidelines for St. Ignatius School 

If your child has any cold or flu symptoms, such as a runny nose, cough, fever, headache or sore throat, they must stay home. Parents should complete the on-line screening tool in order to find out if you/they must get tested for COVID-19.  

 

The screening tool will indicate whether or not you or your child(ren) should be taken for a COVID test.  

 

If you complete the screening tool and it directs you/them to have a COVID-19 test and you choose not to, then you/they must self-isolate for 14 days. (longer if symptoms persist)  

 

I have compiled a set of guidelines, based on the current Public Health information for St. Ignatius School to follow. Please note, some of the guidelines from Public Health are very general and are not specifically for families with young children. Here is a summary of isolation rules for St. Ignatius School families to follow: 

 

Close Contact / Family member of Close Contact 

  • If you or your child is named as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, you/they must self-isolate. 
  • Exemptions may be given to those who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID in the last 6 months. You should still isolate until you hear otherwise from Public Health. 
  • In a school context, school administration, in conjunction with advice from Public Health, will determine the level of risk of transmission.  Identifying if the risk of exposure is high or low will depend on many things. If it is determined to be a low-risk of exposure, staff and students will be asked to monitor for symptoms but will not need to self-isolate as long as they remain symptom-free. If it is determined to be a higher-risk, then individuals, or potentially entire cohorts, will be expected to self-isolate. In this instance, the teachers of that cohort will move to remote learning 
  • There are many factors to consider before indicating which classmates or cohort-mates would be named as close contacts, or if an entire cohort would be moved to remote learning. Some of the factors will depend on the developmental stage of students. Some factors are: 
  • Consistency of wearing a mask properly 
  • Use of medical or non-medical masks 
  • Ability to maintain physical distance 
  • Hand hygiene compliance 
  • Vaccination status  
  • Household members of the close contact do not need to self-isolate as long as the close contact remains symptom-free. However, in families where maintaining physical distance is not possible, then members should wait until a negative test result is received before returning to school. 
  • If the close contact develops symptoms of COVID-19 then all household members should self-isolate until the test result comes back. 
  • If you choose not to be tested, the family must self-isolate for 10 days, followed by 4 days of self-monitoring for symptoms since their last exposure to the symptomatic close contact. 
  • You may receive an exemption if you are fully vaccinated or have had COVID in the last 6 months. 

Covid-19 Symptoms – No known Contact & Family Members 

  • If physical distancing is not possible, particularly with young children, siblings should remain home until the negative test result is reported even if they are symptom free. 
  • If a negative test is received: