General safety measures

Adopt safe behaviours

  • Students and staff must follow the health recommendations during a pandemic at all times.
  • People must avoid greetings that involve physical contact, such as shaking hands. Use alternative ways to greet people.
  • Groups must take their recess and move about the school at different times.
  • Telework must be prioritized if staff are not required to be in the school to carry out certain tasks.
  • As much as possible, people must avoid sharing items (pencils, toys, copybooks, dishes, utensils, etc.).
  • Students and staff must limit the items they carry with them between school and home.
  • Students and staff must bring their own lunch.
  • Students and staff who have a condition that increases their risk for serious complications of COVID-19 are advised to stay home until September 2020.

Reorganization of rooms

  • The number of children per group, the teacher-child ratio and the physical organization of rooms must take into account the need to comply with the physical distancing standard of 2 metres at all times.
  • Using visual markers in order to comply with the physical distancing standard of 2 metres is encouraged.
  • Some facilities such as libraries and computer laboratories are closed.
  • Play structures may not be used.

Health and hygiene measures

Strict health and hygiene measures have been put in place in preschools and schools:

  • Alcohol-based hand rub, soap and disposable paper towels are provided for students and staff to encourage very frequent handwashing during the day.
  • Hand hygiene must be performed when entering the school, before and after each recess, before and after eating food, after blowing your nose and when leaving the school.
  • Tissues are provided for students and staff in order to comply with cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Rooms are cleaned daily.
  • Washrooms and surfaces that are touched regularly (door handles, switches, offices, computer equipment, microwave ovens, drinking fountains, faucets, etc.) are cleaned with the usual cleaning products several times a day.
  • Items that are shared by several students are cleaned after each use.
  • Staff in elementary schools are not required to wear a face covering. However, anyone who would like to do so can read the information sheet Wearing a Face Covering in Public Settings to find out how to make a face covering and how to use it properly.
  • Staff in educational childcare services are provided with additional personal protective equipment, since it is impossible to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres between themselves and the young children under their care.

Stay-at-home order

The following people must stay at home:

  • Anyone who has symptoms compatible with COVID‑19, such as fever, cough, trouble breathing or loss of sense of smell without a stuffy nose. These people must consult the recommendations in the Development of symptoms section.
  • Anyone who has been told to self-isolate by their regional public health office.
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID‑19.
  • Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID‑19.
  • Anyone who has returned from travelling until their period of self-isolation is over.

Anyone who develops symptoms compatible with COVID‑19 during the day will be isolated in a room until they leave the school. They will be given a mask. If it is a child, they will be supervised by a staff member wearing appropriate protective equipment (mask, face shield, gown and gloves). The room will be aired and disinfected once the person has left.