COVID19 Update:

 

The province has announced Scenario 1 meaning “near-normal” school operations. As most of you probably already know, this has caused quite the debate among parents and I suspect there will be some modifications to the school re-entry plans from the government prior to school actually starting. 

However, we do not expect any changes to our own re-entry plan based on what we know right now.

 

Highlights of our Changemaker School COVID19 efforts:

  1. We are focusing on cohorting rather than masking or distancing. We already planned on having an average regular class size of 12 with very spacious classrooms. We are already set up as small, full-time cohorts and each class has its own entrances, exits and bathrooms.

  2. Our entire school of less than 50 still qualifies as a cohort under scenario 1. If we had to switch to scenario 2 quickly we should not have to make any major modifications but we would limit assemblies and interactions between classes. 

  3. As an outdoor focused school much of our time will be spent outdoors. We will have outdoor classrooms with heaters in the winter. Gym and music classes were already planned to be outdoors for most of this year.

  4. We have installed automatic touchless UV light hand dryers in each bathroom and have budgeted for more soap and more hand sanitizer.

  5. We have hired one of the best local cleaning/sanitization companies to disinfect our school regularly. 

  6. We have made an effort to replace most of our seating, rugs and pillow fabrics with wipeable/washable material such as faux grass rugs, chair covers that are easily removed for washing and soft seating is vinyl or marine fabric. We have a washer and dryer in our school building for washing fabric materials as needed.

  7. We will be issuing parents with a school supply list for purchasing personal items that will limit the sharing of high-touch materials. 

  8. We have established a collaborative culture that includes parents, volunteers, teachers and staff working together to cover sick leaves and support at-home learning for children who are sick. 

  9. Finally, we have a clearly laid out re-entry plan posted on our website that balances mental health needs with physical health needs that was created in consultation with our parents and faculty that can be reviewed on our handbooks page

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