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Occupational Health & Safety

Physical Distancing

  • All workers, visitors and contractors must attempt to maintain Physical Distancing by remaining a minimum of 2 meters apart.

  • Employees will be instructed to ensure that they maintain physical distancing in any shared workspace or common areas by a minimum of 2 meters. Should employees not be able to consistently maintain a minimum of 2 meters apart, masks must be worn.

  • Employees will be provided with medical grade masks to wear while at work. These can be picked up from the Director of Boarding and Health Services office or the Health Centre.

  • Employees will have the option of wearing a face shield/goggles provided by the School. Video Assembling the COVID Shield - Instructions – How to Care for your Shield

  • The maximum capacity of each classroom or gathering space will be determined by the guidelines from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

  • Signage and physical markers will be used to promote physical distancing.

  • Stairwells are designated for divisions. Students are advised to stay to the right.

  • Hallways will include signage to stay to the right.

  • In offices spaces where a separation of less than 2 meters cannot be maintained between workers and guests, the School has installed plexiglass screening and other strategy measures to ensure 2 meter physical distancing.

  • Administrative support staff will be encouraged to work from home, where possible.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The use of masks is an added way to protect others around you, particularly when physical distancing may be a challenge. It is currently mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in enclosed public spaces in York Region. Medical masks and face shields will be provided for faculty and staff. Staff are required to wear a medical mask, with reasonable exceptions for medical conditions. Students in Grades 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 face shields when outside. Masks may be temporarily removed indoors to consume food or drink, with a minimum distance of two metres maintained between cohorts and as much distancing as possible within a cohort. Students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but distancing should be encouraged between cohorts as much as possible. Reasonable exceptions will be made as required for medical or sensory conditions.

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 the public health and safety requirements.

PPE for staff is available from the Health Centre.

Putting on Eye Protection – Ontario Public Health Video
Taking Off Eye Protection – Ontario Public Health Video

PPE is required for and will be provided to Health Centre staff and others who will be in close proximity to those with COVID-19 symptoms.

Managing students with complex behaviours, on a health care plan or experiencing a health emergency may require staff to be in close proximity with the student.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) including both medical masks and eye protection (e.g. face shield or goggles and some, but not all, safety glasses) is required for faculty and staff working in close contact with students who are not wearing masks. Eye protection is not required but is optional for education staff working with students who wear masks. Where necessary for faces to be seen for lip reading to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing, masks with clear sections may be appropriate.

No additional personal protective equipment beyond normal universal precautions is required.

Putting on Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Ontario Public Health Video
Taking off Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Ontario Public Health Video

Students are expected to bring their own masks to wear on PC buses and at school. Students are supported to wear their masks to the greatest extent possible.

Visitors are required to wear medical masks while indoors at school, including in the hallways and common spaces.


  • Staff complete their WHMIS training annually.
  • All disinfectants, detergents and hand sanitizers must be stored safely out of reach of students. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all products are available in designated locations – The complete set is kept in the Mail Room. Subsections of the SDS binder are kept in the Kitchen, Science Department, Facilities Punch Room, Art Room, New House (Chemical Room) and Arena.
  • All chemicals must be properly labelled in accordance with WHMIS requirements.
  • Faculty and staff are responsible for assisting with the cleaning protocol and are required to follow the directions on the cleaning wipes or chemicals provided.
  • Soap and water are the preferred method of sanitizing hands. Hand sanitizers should only be used by children under 10 years of age under the direct control of supervising staff. However, when soap and water is unavailable, hand sanitizer may be used as an alternative.

Accidental Exposure to cleaning or chemical products

If anyone has been negatively exposed to a disinfectant or sanitizer, the following first aid measures should be followed and the Ontario Poison Control contacted at: 1-800-268-9017.

If someone has swallowed or has been in contact with a poison, it is important to know the right thing to do. Call 911 right away if someone – Stops breathing, collapses, or has a seizure.

First Aid for Poison Contact:

  • Swallowed Poisons – Give the person water to drink if they are awake and able to swallow. DO NOT try to make the person throw up. Call the Ontario Poison Centre right away!
  • Inhaled Poisons – Ventilate the area and take the person outside to get fresh air immediately. Call the Ontario Poison Centre right away!
  • Eye Exposure to Poisons – Rinse the person’s eyes with lukewarm water. Do not force the eye open. Call the Ontario Poison Centre right away!
  • Skin Exposure to Poisons – Remove any clothing that was touched by the poison. Rinse the person’s skin with lukewarm water. Call the Ontario Poison Centre right away!
  • Adapted from the Ontario Poison Centre website

Training and Education

All school employees are required to:

  • Review this document and all periodic updates/notices as distributed by the Emergency Response Team/Director, Human Resources
  • Participate in any hands-on or virtual training or education sessions as required
  • Complete and submit an online form (Permission Click) confirming that they have reviewed and will follow all requirements provided for in this document. This document will be sent out the last week of August during Orientation Week