You are probably aware of provincial government’s decision to close all publicly-funded schools in Ontario from March 14 to April 5, 2020 in order to amid the growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Through this Ministerial Order from the Minister of Education, the Ontario government is ordering school boards to close schools to minimize contact between people, especially children, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For this reason, there is going to be no classes from March 14 through to April 5, 2020.
As many of us are preparing to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation during March Break, naturally there are questions about what steps will be taken to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19. The World Health Organization has now declared the Coronavirus a global pandemic. The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised of key strategies to prevent and control respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, in schools and childcare settings:
1. Stay home if you are sick: This has always been our practice, whether it’s the seasonal flu, or any other infectious illness. Given the current situation with COVID-19, Principals have been directed to heighten their awareness of symptoms among staff, students and visitors, and enforce this requirement.
2. Practice Hand Hygiene and Cough Etiquette: Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, including before and after eating, after you cough and before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Regular and Routine Cleaning: As always, our custodial staff have been required to follow specific procedures to ensure the cleanliness of our schools, using approved disinfectants safe for school environments.
Information on COVID-19 is evolving, and the global situation changes day by day. For this reason, anyone who is considering travel is strongly advised to refer to the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices. This site provides region-specific recommendations for travellers. As of March 12, 2020, for the safety of travellers as well as the safety of all Canadians upon their return, the Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending the following:
· avoid all cruise ship travel;
· avoid non-essential travel to Italy, China and Iran
- take additional precautions when travelling to South Korea, Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore
If you travel anywhere outside of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada asks that you monitor your health for 14 days after you return home as you may have come into contact with COVID-19. If you develop a fever, cough and difficulty breathing within 14 days of travel, even mild symptoms, self-isolate, avoid contact with others and contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for further instructions.