General safety measures

Safe behaviours

  • Students and staff must follow pandemic health recommendations at all times.
  • People must avoid greetings that involve physical contact, such as shaking hands. Use alternative ways to greet people.
  • 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.). If sharing cannot be avoided, the item must be thoroughly disinfected (if possible) and people must wash their hands before and after use.
  • Students and staff must limit the items they carry with them between school and home.
  • Workers must follow the measures to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace This hyperlink will open in a new window. that are recommended for schools and educational facilities.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing is not required between students in the same stable class group. This applies to all grades.
  • A distance of 1 metre must nevertheless be maintained between students from different classes when moving around common areas, including corridors, except in red zones where a distance of 2 metres must be maintained.
  • A physical distance of 2 metres between adults and students must be maintained, except for preschool (kindergarten age 4 and 5) where distancing is not required between students and teachers.
  • A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between adults.

Reorganization of rooms and management of movement

  • The number of students per group, the student-teacher ratio and the physical organization of rooms must take into account the need to comply with the recommended physical distancing standard, where applicable.
  • The use of visual markers to comply with the physical distancing standard is encouraged.
  • Breaks, recess and movement are adjusted to prevent contact between different class groups.

In red zones, the following additional measures must be put in place as of October 8:

  • rooms may not loaned to municipalities;
  • the number of visitors to the school must be kept to a minimum;
  • students must have lunch with their stable class group, preferably in the classroom; if not, in the cafeteria with their stable class group, with physical distancing of 2 metres observed between different groups.

Health and hygiene measures

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

  • Alcohol-based hand rub, soap and paper towels are provided to allow students and staff to wash their hands very frequently 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 the principles of cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Rooms are cleaned daily according to the recommendations in force This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only). In red zones, rooms and common areas are cleaned and disinfected more frequently.
  • Washrooms and surfaces that are touched regularly (door handles, switches, desks, computer equipment, microwave ovens, water fountains, faucets, etc.) are cleaned with the usual cleaning products several times a day.
  • Items that are shared by several students are cleaned between each class group change and at least once a day if used by a single class group.
  • Resources are available online for more information about surface cleaning This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only) and recommended disinfectants This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Masks or face coverings

  • Students in preschool and in grades 1 to 4 of elementary school are not required to wear a face covering.
  • Students in grades 5 and 6 and secondary school students must wear a face covering when moving outside classrooms, in common areas and in the presence of students who do not belong to their class group. They must also wear a face covering in school transportation or public transit (age 10 and up).
  • See the information sheet on wearing a face covering (PDF 233 Kb) in various settings.
  • Visit the Wearing a Face Covering in Public Settings page to learn how to make and use a face covering properly.

In red zones, the following additional measures must be put in place as of October 8:

  • all school staff must wear a procedure (or surgical mask) at all times in common areas, staff rooms and on school grounds;
  • in secondary schools, all students must wear a face covering at all times in common areas, including in the classroom with their stable class group, on school grounds and during elective classes with a different class group.

Stay-at-home order

Before entering the educational facility, anyone who has one or more symptoms compatible with COVID‑19 must complete the Symptom Self-Assessment Tool or call 1‑877‑644‑4545 and follow the instructions provided.

The following people must stay at home:

  • Anyone who has been instructed to self-isolate at home (people under investigation, moderate / high-risk contacts and confirmed cases)
  • Anyone who has been instructed to self-isolate after returning from a stay outside Canada

Management of people who develop symptoms while in school

  • People who develop symptoms compatible with COVID‑19 during the day should return home as soon as possible without using school transportation or public transit. They will be given a medical procedure mask and isolated in a room until they leave the institution.
  • If it is a child, they will be supervised by a staff member wearing appropriate protective equipment (medical procedure mask and protective eyewear) while keeping a distance of 2 metres as much as possible.
  • If physical contact is required with the person who has symptoms, the designated staff member must also wear a gown and gloves and wash their hands immediately after contact with the person who developed the symptoms as well as when leaving the room.
  • The room will be aired and disinfected once the person has left.