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COVID-19 Updates
Return to School Plan

Safety Measures

GNS will deploy a combination of strategies to control the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, including:
  1. Engineering Controls – These are measures relating to physical space, structures and technologies. These measures will vary given the control scenario. These include Environmental Measures such as changes to the physical environment that reduce the risk of exposure. Examples include being in outdoor spaces, using visual cues for maintaining physical distance or directing traffic flow in hallways, erecting physical barriers where appropriate and frequent cleaning and disinfection.
  2. Administrative Controls – These are measures relating to the management of resources and personnel, and will likewise vary depending on the control scenario. Administrative Measures are measures enabled through the implementation of policies, procedures, training and education that reduce the risk of exposure. Examples of these include health and wellness policies, cohorts, modified schedules and supporting the ability of individuals to maintain physical distance.
  3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – The use of protective equipment will be in addition to any engineering or administrative controls. General PPE used for controlling COVID-19 transmission or exposure is face masks and/or shields, latex gloves, gowns and plexiglass screens.
  4. Personal Measures – Personal Measures are actions individuals can take to protect themselves and others. Examples include maintaining physical distance/minimizing physical contact, washing your hands frequently, coughing into your elbow and staying home if you are sick.

Engineering Controls

List of 7 items.

  • Physical Distancing

    Physical contact will be limited between members of Learning Groups and physical distancing of 2 metres will be used between members of different Learning Groups whenever possible to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Teachers providing instruction to more than one Learning Group will maintain 2 metres physical distancing whenever possible and will use additional health and safety measures in the event that sustained distancing is not possible. In situations where 2 metre spacing is not possible, the greatest possible spacing and additional safety precautions will be employed.
    Desks and tables in classrooms will be arranged to maximize the distance between individuals within the learning space and so that students are not directly facing each other (e.g., arranged so that students are in rows rather than in small groups of four or in a semi-circle).
    In Junior Kindergarten, physical distancing is not expected between students, but teachers will endeavor to have some distance between them and the students wherever possible.
    At recesses, students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will play in Learning Groups separate from all other Learning Groups. Students will use specific entrances to the school that keep them in areas only used by their Learning Groups. Junior School specialist teachers will travel to each homeform, keeping physical distance between themselves and students while in the classroom.
    In other situations such as while riding on school buses or during transitions in common areas of the school or during sporting activities, there will also be an increased focus on PPE, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cleaning and disinfecting.
    In circumstances requiring extended periods of close proximity (longer than 15 minutes) within a Learning Group, individuals may also choose to wear non-medical face masks as an extra precaution.
    To further support physical distancing requirements, the following strategies will be implemented where possible:
    • Physical contact will be minimized as much as possible.
    • Close greetings (e.g., hugs, handshakes) will be discouraged.
    • Regular reminders for students about keeping their hands to themselves. 
    • Creation of space between students/staff as much as possible through seating arrangements, and removal of excess equipment and furniture in order to open more space.
    • When possible, some classes and activities may occur outside.
    • Use of manipulatives and items in class that encourage individual play, and that can be easily cleaned and reduce hand-to-hand-contact and cross-contamination via sharing. 
    • Increased acquisition of adequate amounts of high-touch materials, such as pencils or art supplies, in order to minimize sharing between children. 
    • Only necessary personal items should be brought to school (e.g., backpacks, school supplies, water bottles). Personal items should be labelled with the owner’s name to discourage accidental sharing.
    • For situations where members of different Learning Groups interact, if people will be in the same space for extended periods of time (>15 minutes), the space should be sufficiently large, and/or should have limits on the number of people so that 2 metres of space is available between people of different Learning Groups. Where possible, the activity may be conducted outdoors. If people are in the space for transition purposes and other measures are in place, there should be enough space to ensure no physical contact.
  • Floor Markings, Signage, and Movement Patterns

    Floor markings, signs, arrows, sandwich boards, maps, posters on doors, etc., will be used to denote the proposed flow of traffic around the campuses and in and out of any building. This is meant to be followed at all times but is particularly vital during high traffic times—class changes, recess, lunch, arrival and departure to campus. The following documents outline the movement flow for each campus:
    NOTE: Persons with particular mobility issues will be able to travel around campus however it is deemed best for them. This will need to be planned and may occur outside of busy transitions (just before/waiting until after movement).
    Signage will also be used to denote specific cleaning protocols, safety precautions or special instructions to community members.
  • Physical Barriers Where Required

    Plexiglass physical barriers have been placed in areas where there is increased interactions between members of different Learning Groups or where there is an opportunity for transmission between individuals. For example, at reception desks for the learning commons, at the school store counter, various office spaces and in between band conductors and students performing with musical instruments.
  • Environmental Cleaning

    GNS will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of objects and high-touch surfaces is very important to help prevent the transmission of viruses from contaminated objects and surfaces.
  • Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

    • General cleaning and disinfecting of the premises at least once every 24 hours.
      • This includes items that only a single student uses, like an individual desk or locker.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently-touched surfaces at least twice every 24 hours.
      • These include doorknobs/crash bars, stairwell railings, light switches, toilet handles, faucets, tables, desks and chairs used by multiple students, keyboards and toys.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting of any surface that is visibly dirty.
    All employees and students attending the school will be instructed to wash or disinfect their hands as often as possible. In addition, our custodial/maintenance staff will take extra precautions to clean and disinfect the school premises using Oxivir or Viper products (or equivalent); these are hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners that comply with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants Guide for Public Settings
    Each classroom will also be supplied with a disinfectant spray bottle and paper towels as well as disinfectant wipes for use by teachers and students in between cleanings. High touch surfaces will be wiped down multiple times per day.
    A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the campus will be conducted by Bee-Clean Building Maintenance each evening. Microfibre cloths will be used for cleaning, as these are proven to have the greatest ability to remove microbes from surfaces and inhibit microbial growth. All sinks in washrooms, common areas and kitchens will be well-stocked with handwashing supplies at all times (i.e., soap and paper towels).
    Plush toys, fabric or soft items, rugs, cloth-covered furniture and other such items that cannot be easily cleaned have been removed from classrooms.
  • Waste Disposal and Other Potentially Infectious Material

    Caution will be taken when handling garbage because it may contain contaminated material with blood and/or bodily fluids. Additionally, although the risk of disease transmission from contaminated or soiled laundry is low, it should also be handled carefully. Disposable gloves should be worn at all times when handling waste or laundry. Daily waste removal is sufficient per usual standards.
    Custodial and/or maintenance staff will be notified to clean up spills, including biohazard spills (blood and bodily fluids) as they have been trained to do so and will use appropriate Spill Kits and PPE in these circumstances.
  • Ventilation

    Ventilation is a type of engineering control that may help reduce airborne concentrations of a virus and filter out other microbes. At this time, there is no evidence that a building’s ventilation system, in good operating condition, is contributing to the spread of the virus. Basic guidelines:
    • Classrooms will be appropriately and sufficiently ventilated to ensure a supply of clean air. Doors and windows will remain open wherever possible.
    • For classrooms where heat can be an issue, a fan may be used as long as it is placed in an area at least 2 metres from others.
    • Some activities may take place outdoors, weather permitting.
    • Should a prospective case of COVID-19 be identified/reported on campus, the ventilation system providing HVAC to the room where the carrier was identified will be shut down and filters will be changed. This would only be applicable to the newer JK/K building and the new Main Building at the Junior School, where these systems exist.

Administrative Controls

List of 9 items.

  • Limiting Gathering Densities

    The following measures are in place to minimize COVID-19 exposure:
    1. Public access to the school will be limited. Parent access to either campus is by appointment only. Where a student requires materials to be picked-up/dropped off at Pemberton Woods, parents must remain in their vehicles in the Maddison Street parking lot.
    2. All parents and/or visitors permitted on site will be expected to practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres.
    3. In-person school events and activities where large crowds gather (beyond Learning Group cohorts) at close proximity are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
    4. Common gathering areas will be restricted to Learning Groups. Safety precautions and physical distancing protocols will be maintained when this is not possible.
    5. School gatherings such as Student-led conferences, Student-Teacher-Parent Interviews, ribbon cutting/opening ceremonies, celebrations, etc., will be done virtually, or if possible, in small, contained groups with health and safety protocols in place.
    6. Personal tutors will not be permitted on-site at Pemberton Woods at this time. Any academic supports organized by the school will follow distancing and health and safety guidelines.
    7. Strict student drop-off/pick-up rules will be enforced and designated entry and exit points will be established for each Learning Group.
    8. Only approved third-party facility rentals are permitted, to ensure operation under applicable health and safety guidelines.
    9. In the Junior School, assemblies will be weekly and will be virtual. A video will be created and shared with students and their families at 8:00 a.m. every Friday morning.
    10. In the Middle and Senior Schools, when assemblies occur, they will be in-person for one Learning Group at a time, while other Learning Groups watch a live stream video of the event. Different Learning Groups will switch to be the group attending in person on a rotational basis.
    11. Co-curricular activities including sports, arts or special interest clubs can occur if physical distance can be maintained between members of different cohorts and reduced physical contact is practiced by those within the same cohort. However, the school will cancel all inter-school events including competitions, tournaments and festivals related to co-curricular activities.
  • Learning Groups

    According to the Ministry of Education, “a learning group is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other. Learning groups were recommended by the Provincial Health Officer to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.” The use of Learning Groups (cohort model) in schools is designed to reduce the number of in-person, close interactions a person has in school without requiring physical distancing to consistently be practiced.
    Learning Groups are smaller in the Junior and Middle schools due to the recognition that younger children are less able to consistently implement personal measures such as hand hygiene, reducing physical contact and recognizing and articulating symptoms of illness. Older students and adults are more consistently able to minimize physical contact, practice hand hygiene, ensure physical distance where necessary and recognize and articulate symptoms of illness.
    The composition of Learning Groups will remain consistent until further notice. Physical contact is discouraged within Learning Groups and 2 metres physical distancing does not need to be maintained. However, individuals from different Learning Groups should maintain physical distancing and adhere to additional health and safety measures as applicable.
    For example, a teacher, coach or activity leader may interact with multiple cohorts but will be required to maintain physical distance from students and other staff. During meetings, staff from different cohorts will maintain distancing. When multiple classes from different cohorts are in the same learning space at the same time, 2 metres will be maintained between members of different cohorts. During breaks or various co-curricular activities, students may socialize with peers in different cohorts providing they maintain physical distancing guidelines.
    To assist public health should contact tracing need to occur, GNS will keep up-to-date lists of all members of a Learning Group and consistent seating arrangements will be maintained where practical.
  • Daily Health Monitoring

    All community members (staff, students, parents, visitors, etc.) are required to do a Daily Health Check Screening prior to coming to school each day. We have included a GNS Daily Health Screening Tool for your use. This tool will help parents and caregivers to assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory diseases. If any child, parent or staff member has symptoms they must not come to the school.
    If a student or staff member begins to experience symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, GNS will:
    • Promptly separate students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 from others until they can safely leave the school, with appropriate supervision for students by the school’s nurse in the designated sick room. Anyone who is required to provide care to the ill person should maintain a distance of 2 metres between them and the ill individual and practice diligent hand hygiene while the ill person is waiting to be picked up.
    • Notify parents or guardians and require the student to be picked up immediately.
    • Students exhibiting symptoms will be required to wear a face mask and to self-isolate. All students and staff are expected to have face masks on their person, or be able to access them at any time throughout the day. In addition, face masks are available from Maintenance or the main office. If an individual is not able to wear a face mask, the ill person should be provided with tissues to practice good respiratory etiquette. Soiled tissues must be safely disposed of in waste receptacles.
    • The school will conduct environmental cleaning of the space used for separation and any rooms used by the ill person once they’ve left the school. The Custodial/Maintenance team is to be notified immediately of any need for priority cleaning.
    • A staff member who shows symptoms of COVID-19 must notify their supervisor immediately and promptly go home. The supervisor must confirm the location(s) the employee was working in to ensure environmental cleaning can be conducted in those spaces. Robin Bennett for Pemberton Woods campus and Charles Bennett for the Beach Drive campus must be notified.
    • The school will contact the local public health unit if a case of COVID-19 is suspected or diagnosed.
    • Communication regarding testing results or relating to contact tracing would come under the direction of the Public Health Authority.
    • The school will work with the local medical health officer to ensure policies and procedures are in place regarding reporting elevated staff and student absenteeism due to influenza-like illness to public health/the local medical health officer if staff and/or student absenteeism exceeds 10 percent of regular attendance to support early identification of clusters and outbreaks.
  • Students with Pre-existing Medical Conditions

    It is important that families update their child’s medical history in the New School Year Medical Form on Blackbaud and notify the school of any pre-existing medical conditions or changes to medication. This is an expectation for all students and particularly important for any individuals with allergies or any on-going health issues which may present as symptoms similar to those experienced with COVID-19 as it will help to inform a baseline for the individual with which to compare should symptoms change or worsen. For students whose baseline health situation presents as symptoms related to COVID-19, it is important for families to communicate this with their child’s teachers so that they are aware of the situation.
    Students and staff who experience seasonal allergies or other COVID-19-like symptoms, which are related to an existing condition, can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal. If they experience any change in symptoms, they should seek assessment by a health-care provider.
  • Sick Policy, Self-isolation and Quarantine

    It is our commitment as a community to partner together to ensure the safest possible environment. It is possible that a member of the community will acquire or be involved in the transmission of COVID-19 and consequently, we have developed a plan for these instances. To minimize the risks of COVID-19 transmission, there will be a low threshold for identification of symptoms before the school contacts home.
    In the event that a student develops or exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 while at school or involved in school activities, the student will be immediately directed to the school nurse. They will be asked to wear a non-medical mask (if they are able to) and will be isolated 2 metres away from others. Steps will be followed according to the Positive COVID-19 Case in the School Community guidelines provided by the Ministry’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings.
    Parents/guardians will be notified and requested to come to pick up their child. It is expected that parents/guardians will come to the school to pick up the student immediately. We encourage families to have a plan for pick up in the event that their child is ill and parents/guardians may have complications with work preventing an immediate pick-up.

    It is the school’s right to request that the family provides evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or of being cleared by a medical practitioner and being symptom-free prior to returning to school.
    Students and staff should stay at home if they develop common-cold, influenza or COVID-19 symptoms. The key symptoms to watch for are fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If the staff or student (or their parent) indicates that the symptoms are consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition and are not unusual for that individual, they may return to school. No assessment or note is required from a health care provider. For mild symptoms without fever, students and staff can monitor at home for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they can return to school without further assessment. If symptoms include fever, or if after 24 hours, symptoms remain unchanged or worsen, seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 8-1-1, checking with a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner, or going to a COVID-19 testing centre.
    Stay Home When Required To Self-isolate:
    The following students, staff or adults must stay home and self-isolate:
    • A person confirmed by the health authority a testing positive for COVID-19; or
    • A person confirmed by the health authority as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak of COVID-19; or
    • A person who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days; or
    • A person who has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting the test result.
    It is recommended that people with symptoms or otherwise identified by a health professional should be tested for COVID-19. This includes children.
    Testing can also result in false positive and false negatives for the following groups:
    • Asymptomatic people
    • Those who are very early on in the illness
    • Those who may be incubating the disease
    • When a COVID-19 test is recommended by the health assessment, if the test is positive, the person should continue to stay home until they are told by public health to end their self-isolation. In most cases, this is 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Public health will contact everyone with a positive test. If the COVID-19 test is negative, the person can return to school once symptoms have improved and they feel well enough. Symptoms of common respiratory illnesses can persist for a week or more. Re-testing is not needed unless the person develops a new illness. BCCDC has information on receiving negative test results. If a COVID-19 test is recommended but is not done because the person or parent chooses not to have the test or a health assessment is not sought when recommended, and the person’s symptoms are not related to a previously diagnosed health condition, they should stay home from school until 10 days after the onset of symptoms, and then they may return if feeling well enough.
      Students or staff may still attend school if a member of their household or bubble has cold, influenza, or COVID- 19-like symptoms, provided the student/staff member is not sick. It is expected that the symptomatic household member is seeking assessment by a health-care provider.
      Quarantine is a term typically reserved for persons who return from travel outside the country and are at risk of developing COVID-19. As of March 25, 2020, all persons arriving in Canada must self-isolate (quarantine) and monitor for symptoms for 14 days under the Quarantine Act. Unless you are exempt, all international travellers returning to BC are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan. It is critical that all staff/parents/caregivers inform the school of any travel outside Canada. If a parent/caregiver has travelled outside Canada and is able to self-isolate within their home away from other family members, then the child may attend school. This same requirement is applicable to staff whose children attend GNS. If a parent/caregiver or anyone in your household has travelled outside Canada and cannot self-isolate away from other family members, the child cannot attend school until the quarantine period is over.
  • COVID Support Team

    The 'COVID Support Team' will be asked to provide assistance and support for the school’s Leadership Team in the event of a positive case and/or suspected case in our school community once classes have commenced in September.
    Specific areas:
    • Kim Holmes: Staff and Faculty
    • Harvey Thorau/Brie Reid: SS Students
    • Kate Pagett and Kate Dziwenka: MS Students
    • Gavin Bowers/Cora Pamperrien: JS Students
    • Dawn Nordin/Lara Feldman: Whole School Support
    • Nurse: Liaison and support for whole school, families, health services
  • Exposure Containment and Response

    In the event a student or staff member is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 where exposure to others on GNS premises has occurred, the school will follow the guidance of the BC Public Health Authority regarding all recommendations to contain COVID-19 exposure. Further actions for the school and especially for those in the classroom or otherwise in close contact with the suspected COVID-19 positive person will be dictated by local authorities and will likely include initiatives such as contact tracing, quarantine and/or isolation procedures.
    If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, public health contacts affected school community members directly. Regional health authorities also post school notifications on their websites, providing the date and type of notification (outbreak, cluster or exposure) for impacted schools. See Island Health.
    1. Decontamination Cleaning
      GNS will engage Bee-Clean Building Maintenance who will execute their Decontamination Cleaning Guidelines for Non-Clinical Environments.
    2. Risk Communication
      Public statements and communications to parents/caregivers and staff containing public health messaging, including references to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the school community, must be reviewed and approved by the regional health authority prior to release. As such, the Critical Response Team will prepare and distribute an appropriate communication to our community following consultation with the Public Health Authority. GNS will do its best to ensure that staff, students and families who are impacted directly are treated with respect, fairness and compassion with a focus on dignity and the protection of their privacy.
  • GNS COVID-19 Student Health and Safety Agreement

    In an effort to promote the safest possible environment for our community, families will be asked to read and adhere to an age-appropriate GNS COVID-19 Student Health and Safety Agreement. This will be one component of the school start-up forms package that families will need to complete prior to September 9.
  • Campus Visitor Protocols

    Please review the Campus Visitor Protocols on our website.
    Guidelines for visits on campus:
    • Drop-in visits are not permitted. Parents and visitors should not enter school property without an appointment.
    • We kindly ask that all visitors wear a mask when on campus. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please let us know and we will adjust our meeting spaces accordingly.
    • We will aim to meet with visitors outside whenever possible to allow for appropriate distancing.
    • Please use hand sanitizer wherever provided and try to avoid touching your face or mouth.
    • Visitors should go directly to the appropriate reception area as soon as they arrive on campus.
    • Students are not allowed to arrange food delivery services to the school.
    When picking up your child during the school day for a scheduled appointment, please follow these school specific guidelines:
    For Junior School:
    • Please contact Cora Papperien at 250-370-6854 upon your arrival at the Junior School.
    • Junior School students will then be escorted by a staff member to the front gate to be picked up.
    For Middle School:
    • Prior to the appointment, notify Kate Dziwenka by email at and copy your child's homeform teachers.
    • Middle School students will wait at the Senior School office to be picked up.
    • When arriving at the school to pick-up your child, call 250-370-6800 to notify staff that you are on-site.
    • All student pick-ups and drop-offs will take place at the Maddison Street loop.
    For Senior School:
    • Prior to the appointment, notify the GNS Senior School Office by email at and copy your child's homeform teacher.
    • Senior School students will wait at the Senior School office to be picked up or may sign out to leave.
    • When arriving at the school to pick-up your child, call 250-370-6800 to notify staff that you are on-site.
    • All student pick-ups and drop-offs will take place at the Maddison Street loop.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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  • Mask Use

    Under the updated ministry health and safety guidelines (March 30, 2021), all JK to 12 staff and all students in Grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including:
    • At their work stations (desks)
    • On school buses
    • Within and outside learning groups
    Exceptions include:
    • A person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons
    • A person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person
    • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it
    • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask. For example:
      • Playing a wind instrument
      • Engaging in high-intensity physical activity
    • If a person is eating or drinking
    • If a person is behind a barrier
    • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (including but not limited to a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important
    According to the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings, students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in schools and on school buses. Mask wearing remains a personal or family/caregiver choice for these students, and their choices must be respected.
    Junior school students are not required to wear masks; however, they will be required to wear them if they are showing symptoms of illness at school and need to be isolated while awaiting the arrival of a parent for pick-up.
    As we interpret these guidelines, we are requiring all staff to wear masks at all times while indoors unless in a situation as described in the exemptions above, while on school buses, or when alone in a private space. Further, due to the fact that our students and staff at the Pemberton Woods campus are moving between many different buildings throughout the day where they have the potential to interact with others outside of their designated Learning Group during transitions (including during pick up/drop off times), we are maintaining the expectation that masks continue to be worn during these transition periods. Staff need to be physically distanced when eating or drinking with others. Staff providing care within close proximity (closer than 2 metres distance) to an individual with complex medical needs, who is immuno-compromised, or who is symptomatic of illness, are required to wear a mask regardless of the exemptions above.
    Mask exemptions remain in place for students and staff who cannot wear a mask for health or behavioural reasons. A medical note is not required.
    Medical-grade masks are not required in schools settings for general use.
    Junior School students in JK to Grade 3 students are encouraged, though not required, to wear masks and it remains a family decision.
    Physical distancing between members of different Learning Groups and minimizing physical contact within Learning Groups whenever possible remain the recommendation. In situations when this is not possible, additional precautions will be taken, which can include masks, hand hygiene, additional cleaning, barriers, etc.
    If a student or staff member develops symptoms while at school, they must wear a mask while they are preparing to go home. Review COVID-19 mask use information from the BCCDC.
    • Face shields are not a substitute for masks. Thus, any time a face mask is required, if a person is wearing a face shield, they also are required to wear a mask. The reason for this is that the purpose of the face mask and face shield is different. The mask protects others, the shield protects the self.
    • Masks will be provided for all employees.
    • Students are expected to bring their own masks from home and GNS will have a supply in the event they are required.
    • Exceptions will be made for students and staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons. A doctor’s note will be required.
    • Everyone is expected to respect an individual's decision to wear a mask or not in situations where it is optional.
    • If a student or staff member develops symptoms while at school, they must wear a mask while they are preparing to go home. We are requesting that all students and staff have a non-medical mask or face covering available with them at all times at school so it is accessible should they become ill while at school.
    • There must be no crowding, gathering or congregating of people from different Learning Groups, even if non-medical masks are worn. In the event that students from different Learning Groups are in the same learning space, seating arrangements will be arranged to support 2 metre distancing.
    Junior School 
    (Beach Drive)
    Middle School &
    Senior School
    (Pemberton Woods)
    Students JK to Grade 5 will not wear masks or shields except when riding on the bus. If the regulations change, students (K to 5) will have a GNS ball cap with a face shield attached as well as a mask to be worn on-site if required. Students in K to Grade 2 will have their PPE cleaned for them. Students in Grades 3 to 5 will be taught to clean their shields and will be required to clean them at least once per day. JK students will not be expected to wear masks or shields at any time. Faculty will be provided with masks and will wear them when interacting outside of Learning Groups when distancing cannot be maintained.
    Members of the GNS community on the Pemberton Woods Campus are expected to wear masks during transition times (bus transport, between classes, through public or common areas) and whenever physical distancing with those outside of one’s own cohort cannot be maintained. As well, we ask that all Middle and Senior students and all staff arrive at school each day wearing masks.
    Masks can be taken off during classroom desk work and outside activities when in Learning Groups and/or whenever physical distancing can be maintained.
    If a staff member is attached to a specific Learning Group, it is optional for that staff member to maintain physical distance or wear a mask/face shield within that Learning Group. Physical contact should be avoided. 
    Students are expected to bring their own masks from home and GNS will have a supply in the event they are required.
    Faculty will be provided with masks and will wear them when interacting outside of Learning Groups when distancing cannot be maintained.
    More information about COVID-related mask use is available here.
  • Use of Additional PPE

    The following table outlines the PPE that will be worn when performing certain tasks.
    TaskPPE to be Worn
    When caring for a sick childGown, mask, gloves and face shield
    When administering first aidGown, mask, gloves and face shield
    When a staff member is assisting a young child who has soiled themselvesGloves and gown
    When a student or staff member exhibits symptoms (prior to going home).Mask
    When handling contaminated objects/materials (i.e., garbage, waste, soiled laundry).Gloves
    When custodial staff are cleaning classrooms and/or bathrooms when no students are present.Gloves
    When custodial staff are cleaning classrooms and bathrooms when students are present.Gloves and mask
    When custodial staff are required to clean up biohazard spills (vomit, blood, urine, etc.) or conduct decontamination cleaning.Gloves, gown and mask

Personal Measures

List of 2 items.

  • General Hygiene Protocols

    Good personal hygiene is the key to reducing the risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19 from an infected person to a healthy individual. The following hygiene practices are expected:
    • Washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds is the most important thing you can do to help protect yourself from getting sick. When soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer which is available at all entrances to the school, in common areas, classrooms and photocopier rooms.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or direct into the elbow when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately. If you observe others not using appropriate etiquette, politely remind them.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You may have just touched a surface contaminated with the virus.
    • Do not hug or shake hands with anyone outside your household.
    • Do not share food or beverages with others outside your household. Food needs to be self-contained.
    • Do not share tools such as pens, eating utensils or other such items with students or coworkers.
    • Do not drink from water fountains. GNS has turned off water fountains with mouthpieces. Beverage containers should be filled from taps and those fountains that are equipped with bottle fill spouts. Students should bring a personal, labelled water bottle and refrain from sharing.
    • Keep your workspace clean and clean surfaces in your own work area routinely. Staff must wipe down their computer, iPad, keyboard, mouse, etc., several times a day. A spray bottle with Oxivir or Viper disinfectant (or equivalent) and/or disinfectant wipes will be provided for classrooms and common areas.
    • The sharing of school owned electronic devices will be minimized and devices such as laptops, Chromebooks, IPads, keyboards and screens will be cleaned between use. Families are recommended to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products used on personal electronic devices. Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics to facilitate cleaning.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. A distance of 2 metres (6 feet) is recommended. Keep your interactions with anyone who is sick as brief as possible.
    • Stay away from crowded places whenever possible—practice physical distancing as mandated by health authorities.
    • Stay home and seek medical attention if you are sick. Report illness to school.
    • If you’re feeling heightened stress or anxiety, reach out for support.
  • Hand Washing

    Hand washing is one of the best ways to minimize the risk of infection. Proper hand washing helps prevent the transfer of infectious material from the hands to other parts of the body—particularly the eyes, nose, and mouth—or to other surfaces that are touched.
    It is expected that hands be washed or sanitized at these key times to limit the spread of germs:
    When Students Should Perform Hand HygieneWhen Staff Should Perform Hand Hygiene
    • When they arrive at school and before they go home.
    • Before and after any breaks (e.g., recess, lunch)
    • Between different learning environments (e.g., outdoor-indoor transitions, from the gym to the classroom).
    • Before and after eating and drinking.
    • After using the toilet.
    • After handling common resources/equipment/supplies or pets.
    • After sneezing or coughing into hands.
    • Whenever hands are visibly dirty.
    • When they arrive at school and before they go home.
    • Before and after any breaks (e.g., recess, lunch)
    • Between different learning environments (e.g., outdoor-indoor transitions, from the gym to the classroom).
    • Before and after eating and drinking.
    • Before and after handling food or assisting students with eating.
    • Before and after giving medication to a student or self.
    • After using the toilet.
    • After contact with bodily fluids (i.e., runny noses, spit, vomit, blood).
    • After cleaning tasks.
    • After removing gloves.
    • After handling garbage.
    • Whenever hands are visibly dirty.
    Use soap and warm running water. (It doesn’t have to be hot to do the job.) Wash following the guidance above for 20 seconds. If water is not available, use a waterless hand cleanser that has at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer has been placed at all entrances to the school, in common areas, classrooms and photocopier rooms.

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