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.

Physical distancing between children

As of June 22, a distance of 1 metre will be allowed between children age 16 and under. This will allow children to interact more easily while keeping a safe distance.

Bubbles of 4 to 6 children or young people will be formed, allowing them to talk, play or work together by doing away with distancing within these limited groups.

Since schools are considered environments where children and workers mix, physical distancing of 2 metres between adults and children will, however, have to be maintained.

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 of 1 metre between children and 2 metres between children and adults (educators, teachers).
  • Using visual markers in order to comply with the physical distancing standard of 1 metre between children and young people is encouraged.
  • Some facilities such as libraries and computer laboratories are closed.

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. These people must consult the recommendations in the Symptoms and treatment 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.