2022-2023 Health and Safety Measures in Schools
We ask that all staff, students and visitors continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the school and child care screening tool. Following public health guidance, individuals should stay home if they are feeling ill to prevent the spread of illness.
As was the case last spring, masks will not be required for students, staff and visitors in schools, school board offices and on student transportation.
Some students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks at times, or consistently throughout the school year. Our schools will remain mask-friendly environments which are safe and inclusive for everyone.
There may be times throughout the school year when, based on advice from local public health, we may strongly encourage masking for all students, staff and school visitors.
Students, staff, parents and guardians can learn more about our Board’s strategy to optimize air quality through improved ventilation and filtration in schools, including a school-by-school ventilation report here: www.pvnccdsb.on.ca/school-ventilation-hvac-and-air-quality/
Principals will report any significant spike in absenteeism (30% or higher) at individual schools to the local public health unit, which depending on a review of underlying factors, may recommend time-limited precautions for the school community.
Hand Hygiene / Respiratory Etiquette / Enhanced Cleaning
Schools will continue to promote and integrate appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette throughout the school day and hand sanitizer will continue to be available. Schools and school vehicles will continue with enhanced cleaning protocols in place.