Facilities, Cleaning & Personal Protective Equipment
A thorough cleaning of the facilities has taken place prior to re–entry and procedures are in place to ensure increased cleaning practices and efficiencies.
Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas and equipment (e.g. door knobs, water fountains, counters) inside and outside classrooms will be conducted. All washrooms and high-touch areas will be cleaned four times during the school day.
Each night, the entire school will be disinfected.
Additional custodial staff have been hired to accommodate the increased cleaning of the facility and cleaning logs will be kept and maintained to ensure the completion of all cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Electrostatic sanitizers have also been purchased to assist in sanitizing large areas efficiently and effectively.
Teachers and students will also be encouraged to sanitize their work areas regularly, and to wipe down any shared equipment or items after each use.
GCA has been replacing its HVAC systems as part of a multi-year capital plan over the past few years. GCA will continue to replace end-of-life HVAC systems as required, and will continue maintenance as required to ensure adequate air-flow throughout the building.
Personal Protective Equipment Expectations
GCA will follow AHS guidelines in regards to personal protective equipment and masks.
Students in grades 4 to 9 must wear a mask at school, including classrooms, hallways, common areas and whenever physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. Students may remove masks when working quietly at their desks and not moving around the classroom, but otherwise it is recommended they keep them on. These students will also wear masks when travelling on school buses.
For students in Grade 3 and younger, including Junior Kindergarten, masks continue to be optional throughout the school day. As per AHS, "Mask use for younger children is a challenge due to difficulties with proper fit and compliance. In addition, evidence shows that children under 10 may be less likely than older children or adults to transmit COVID-19."
For all teachers and staff, a mask must be worn in the same situations as older students, above, whenever two metre distancing cannot be maintained. Exemptions will be made for students and staff who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other needs.
Masks sent with students must respect the character and nature of the school.
All regular personal protective equipment that is typically used in one’s role should still be used (ie: goggles in science experiments (disinfected between each use).