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Infection Prevention & Control at Oak Learners

COVID-19 Precautions & Policies

Infection Prevention & Control

The current community spread of COVID-19 requires schools to prepare a range of delivery circumstances for school and camp operations. The following enhancements to our facility and programs are being put into place to protect the health and safety of our students, our staff, and our families.

**NOTE: All policies and procedures are continuously reviewed and revised regularly to be always in accordance with the most current guidelines from Toronto Public Health.

Facility Enhancements

  • Entry to Oak Learners is restricted to staff and students only. Parents will drop-off and pick-up from outside, adhering to strict social distancing practices.
  • The capacity inside of Oak Learners at any given time is limited to a total of 50 individuals. 
  • Classrooms are limited to only 6 students and 1 teacher.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom. 
  • Oak Learners has increased daily cleaning and sanitizing of our facility, as per Toronto Public Health guidelines. Washrooms and high-touch surfaces are cleaned at least 2-3 times daily.  
  • All unnecessary or hard-to-clean items have been removed from classrooms. All other materials and equipment undergo daily cleaning and/or cleaning between uses. 

 

Programming Enhancements

  • Designing our unique programs with an increased emphasis on Outdoor Education to maximize the learning opportunities for children while we spend at least 30% of our school day outside.
  • Maintaining our focus on social and emotional learning for our students through a supportive and flexible program.
  • A complete plan for flexible transitions between at-home and in-school learning. Staff and students will receive an at-home plan for sick days or isolation days to ensure there is fluidity between home and school to reduce any potential loss of learning. 
  • Virtual learning classes and private tutoring will be offered during potential school closures 

 

Participant & Staff Requirements

  • All children ages 6 and up are required to wear masks indoors. Children under 6 are highly encouraged to wear masks indoors
  • All staff and teachers will be required to wear 3-layer surgical masks indoors.
  • Masks will not be required for Outdoor Education activities and outdoor eating unless the students and staff are in close proximity to one another. We encourage the students to wear their masks on a lanyard to have easier on/off access. 
  • Students and staff will participate in increased “Hygiene Breaks” for hand washing before and after each activity.
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged between students as well as reminders of healthy hygiene practices. 
  • Students will be reminded to practice healthy respiratory etiquette, such as speaking to others from a safe distance, coughing and sneezing into their shirt or sleeve and staying home when sick. 
  • If a student or staff member becomes sick during the school day, they will be immediately isolated from others and required to wear a mask. Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child immediately and follow telehealth recommendations for next steps. 

 

Covid-19 Specific Procedures

  • All students and staff will undergo daily COVID-19 screening via a daily passport. 
  • If a student or staff is suspected of being sick with COVID-19, a negative test result or a self-isolation of 10 days will be required before they return to school. 
  • Students and staff who are sick with any cold or flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to attend school until they have been symptom-free for at least 24hrs. 
  • Students and staff who are COVID positive cannot return to school until they are cleared by public health (typically 14 days after symptoms started).

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