School Operations FAQs
Will the school be able to maintain physical distance of 2 metres between students?
As much as possible, physical distancing between students will be maintained to minimize risk. However, we will be unable to maintain two metres of physical separation between students at all times. This is why it is key that anyone showing symptoms stays home, then gets tested and cleared before returning to school.
Will students be able to use lockers?
Do students need to bring all the items on the school supply list, if there is limited space in the classroom?
Your student will need to have their own supplies at school because they will not be allowed to share supplies. Teachers can give students direction about which supplies may not be needed yet, and could be stored at home.
If students are in the same classroom together all the time, why can’t they share school supplies?
Unfortunately, to limit contact with one another and with surfaces, students will not be able to share supplies.
Should my child bring disinfecting wipes to school?
What is a cohort?
Will there be a change to bell times? How will bell times be staggered?
Bell times will be staggered when possible to reduce density in hallways.
Will there be any all-school gatherings or assemblies?
Many schools are changing water fountains to water-bottle enabled fountains. Is GCA doing the same?
We will not be replacing our existing water fountains, though we will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of them. Students are welcome to bring water bottles from home and refill them as necessary at school.
Will students be expected to access the washroom one at a time?
Regular washroom access will be maintained. Washroom capacity will be posted, and students will be expected to wait, while practicing physical distancing from each other, if the washroom capacity is exceeded.
Will the cafeteria be open and available to students?
What will Phys Ed classes look like?
All physical education classes are encouraged to be outside, weather permitting. However, the gymnasium will be used when that is not possible. Physical education curriculum will be modified to accommodate for distancing and to avoid sharing of equipment. Activities in the gymnasium will focus on units that do not require close contact or sharing of equipment as much as possible.
Will students use locker rooms for Phys Ed?
To promote physical distancing, Grades 4-5 will no longer use the locker rooms, instead wearing their gym strips under their uniforms (same as Grades 1-3). For Junior High, the students will still use the locker rooms, however, capacity limitations will be set (5 students in each locker room at a time).
How will there be enough time for only 5 students to use the locker room at a time?
Has there been a change in start time for school?
No. Elementary students can be dropped off to the school and go directly to their classrooms any time after 8:10 am. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Junior High students can be dropped off at the school any time after 8:00 am, with classes beginning at the regular time.