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Health & Wellness


Hand Hygiene

Rigorous hand washing with plain soap and water and good hygiene practices are the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness. Faculty will reinforce these practices amongst students.

Wash hands often with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Antibacterial soap is not needed for COVID-19.

If sinks are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 per cent alcohol.

Hand sanitizer is available at every entrance to the buildings, in each office and classroom, as well as the Dining Hall.

If hands are visibly soiled, alcohol-based hand rub may not be effective in eliminating respiratory viruses. Soap and water are preferred when hands are visibly dirty.

Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the arm, not the hand.

Dispose of any tissues that have been used in a lined wastebasket and wash hands afterwards.

Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Wash your hands

When students should perform hand hygiene

  • When they arrive at school and before they go home
  • Before and after any breaks (e.g. recess, lunch)
  • Between different learning environments (e.g. outdoor-indoor transitions, from the gym to classroom)
  • Before and after eating and drinking
  • After using the toilet
  • After handling common resources, equipment or supplies
  • After sneezing or coughing into tissue
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • Upon exiting and entering the classroom

When staff should perform hand hygiene

  • When they arrive at school and before they go home
  • Before and after any breaks (e.g. recess, lunch)
  • Between different learning environments (e.g. outdoor-indoor transitions, from the gym to classroom)
  • Before and after eating and drinking
  • Before and after handling foods or assisting students with food
  • After using the toilet
  • After contact with body fluids (e.g. runny nose, spit, vomit, blood etc.)
  • After cleaning tasks
  • After removing gloves
  • After handling garbage
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • Upon entering and exiting a room


Students, parents, visitors, contractors, faculty, and staff must stay away from school if they are experiencing COVID-19 type symptoms or if they have had exposure to somebody who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms must stay home, stay away from others, be assessed by their health care provider and review their need for COVID-19 testing using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool provided by the Government of Ontario.

Anyone with a temperature over 37.8C should not be at school or they will be sent home/isolated.


  • Students are required to have a completed daily screening via the Edusafe app each morning before coming to school – Parents will complete it for Day students and Boarding staff will complete it for Boarding students – Information provided is reviewed by the Health Centre staff. Students who arrive at school without the completed screening will be sent to the Health Centre and isolated until their parent/guardian can complete the necessary information

  • Students will be observed throughout the day for symptoms by staff

  • Students displaying or reporting any COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to the immediately cover their mouth (with whatever is available) and report to the Main Health Centre

  • Students with COVID-19 symptoms will be kept isolated under the supervision of the Health Centre team

  • Health Centre staff will contact parents to arrange immediate pick up of the student (day students). If the student is a boarding student, the Director of Boarding and Health Services will be contacted and the student will be isolated in one of the bedrooms in the Main Health Centre

  • Health Centre staff can assist with the review of the COVID-19 Assessment and determine if a COVID-19 test needs to be done as per the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Health Centre Medical Directive

  • Any staff supervising symptomatic students must use strict hand washing techniques and wear gloves and a surgical mask when providing care to symptomatic students

  • If there is a potential or confirmed case of COVID-19 (either reported to attendance or report received by the Health Centre) the Health Centre staff will report it to York Region Public Health

  • Strict disinfecting practices are in place for the Health Centre

Following recovery from COVID-19, students may only return to school/work when they are symptom free (without the use of any medication), and have had two consecutive negative tests done at least 24 hours apart or 14 days after symptom onset, provided that the individual has no fever and symptoms are improving for at least 72 hours and there is a written clearance from the primary medical practitioner. If a student is assessed by their family physician or nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do not have COVID-19, they should notify the Health Centre and may return 72 hours after their symptoms have resolved without the use of medication. See Ontario Ministry of Health – COVID-19 Quick Reference Public Health Guidance on Testing and Clearance.



Students from JK-12 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks while in school buildings. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are required to wear masks. Faculty will ensure that there is enough outdoor time during the day to allow for breaks from mask wearing. Reasonable exceptions will be made as required for medical or sensory conditions.



Privacy Areas (Isolation)

The Health Centre area has been designated as the isolation area where sick students and staff will be kept until they can be picked up or go home. It is also the space where sick boarding students stay if they present COVID-19 like symptoms.

If additional boarding rooms are needed, students will be moved out of the third floor of New House and out of the South West Wing of Firth House and those rooms will be used for boarding students who have COVID-19 like symptoms.