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Section 11: School Operations 

Section 11: School Operations

11.1 Fire and Lockdown Drills

Fire drills and lockdown practices will continue to occur. Educators will work with their classes to identify safe and effective ways to meet the requirements of both fire drills and lockdown drills.

11.2 Field trips

Field trips will not be occurring at this time. Educators are encouraged to explore virtual field trips.

11.3 Community use of schools

Community use of schools, for indoor use, will be delayed and re-evaluated the week of October 5, 2020.  Requests to use exterior spaces will be accepted starting August 31st, 2020.

11.4 Assemblies

Large gatherings and assemblies will not occur. Considerations should be given to offering sessions virtually.

11.5 Electronic payments

Any collection of funds should be done through electronic means. Cash should not be collected in schools. It is anticipated that there will be minimum requirement for collection of money. 

11.6 Play Structures

Play structures may be used by cohorts of students when physical distancing can be maintained. Handwashing/sanitizing before and after recess will be required.

11.7 Student Nutrition Programs

Nutrition programs may continue in schools where a “grab and go” format for the distribution of food can be introduced.


Conclusion

As schools prepare to reopen, the UCDSB continues to work in close collaboration with our local Medical Officers of Health and receives guidance from the Ministry of Education. We will continue to need to be flexible during the pandemic response as the landscape is ever-changing and new information is received regularly. The health and safety of our staff, our students and our families remain at the forefront of all of the planning and preparation that is occurring for the return to school. We are excited to welcome students back to the school environment in September and are thankful for all of the work and effort of all staff in the preparations that they have undertaken in these unprecedented times.

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