Face coverings are an added preventative measure along with other infection prevention and control measures, such as physical distancing.
To keep students and staff safe, the provincial government is requiring all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 must wear non-medical or cloth masks or face coverings indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes, on school transportation and outdoors during recess where students cannot maintain physical distancing.
All staff and students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 are required to wear face masks, entering and exiting the school, walking in the halls, common areas and to the bathrooms.
Please provide your child with two-layer masks, at minimum, to wear at school. Packing an extra mask or two for changes throughout the day is recommended.
All students must wear a mask participating in before and after care programs as an additional protective measure.
Parents are asked to supply their child(ren) with:
- 3-4 face masks each day, clearly labelled with their child’s name. This allows for a new mask to be worn after recesses and lunch.
- A small cloth or lunch-sized paper bag is recommended to put their mask away in when it is not being worn
- And a small unscented personal hand sanitizer so students can disinfect their hands as they feel comfortable. Please note that each classroom as well as many other spaces in the school are outfitted with hand sanitizer dispensers.
Disposable, 3-layer masks are available for any student who has forgotten to bring a mask to school upon entrance into the school and in every classroom. Hand sanitizer is also provided throughout the school and in every classroom.
Disposable face masks are for one-time use and are to be disposed of properly at the end of the school day. The disposable face masks are not to be reused multiple times. After disposing of a mask, students and staff must wash their hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer.
Face masks and coverings are mandated for all staff, students and visitors upon arrival and exit, during class, in hallways, common areas, washrooms and any movement throughout the school. This is important as we can not ensure physically distancing measures can be met in these spaces which are used by multiple people.
All staff and students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 are required to wear face masks while in the building. Masks are encouraged outdoors when you cannot be physically distant from others.
Medical masks (surgical/procedural) are required to be worn by school staff outdoors if two metres of distance from others cannot be maintained. Eye protection is also required if a staff member comes within two metres of an unmasked individual both indoors and outdoors, as per occupational health and safety requirements. At the advice of the local public health unit, schools may choose to implement additional masking measures based on local circumstances.
Teachers can continue to take their students outside for a short break during longer class periods to give students an opportunity to remove their masks while ensuring physical distancing.
Eating lunch, recess, and outdoor classes also provide a break from wearing a face mask for all students and staff as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
Wearing Masks During Drop Off and Pick UpExemptions
All parents/guardians who leave their vehicle during drop off and pick up must wear a face mask or covering. We are asking our families to do this as an additional layer of protection in our community.
to the requirement to wear masks will apply. Students who have a medical condition that requires an exemption from wearing a face mask should contact the Head of School
, who will require a note from their doctor. The Head of School is solely responsible for approving accommodations and exemptions, and School staff are solely responsible for enforcing the masking policy.
Medical masks (surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders. At HTS, we have asked all staff and students to wear masks while at school.
Wearing a face shield can be worn in conjunction with a mask, but it does not replace wearing a face mask.
All staff working with students are encouraged to wear both a face shield/goggles and a mask where physical distance can not be maintained.
Wearing and Removing a Mask
It is important to keep in mind that when using a face covering, the outer layer should be treated as contaminated, therefore there is a greater risk to the user of cross-contamination each time they are putting on their mask, removing their mask, and storing their face covering, if the proper procedures are not followed. Students and staff must follow the procedures below.
Removing the mask:
- Clean hands
- Remove from ear loops being careful not to touch the front of the mask
- Fold it inwards and place in a clean, individually labelled breathable cloth/paper bag
- Clean hands again
Putting on a mask:
- Clean hands
- Open face covering storage bag
- Pick up face covering by the ear loops and put on the face being careful not to touch the outside of the face covering to the face
Be careful not to touch anyone else's face covering.