The health, safety and overall wellness of our students, staff and their families is our guiding priority. All of our decisions have been underpinned by a commitment to this. All of our plans allow us the flexibility to transition quickly to alternate learning models as government regulations and changing health conditions in the school, the city or the province evolve.
Our commitment to the values and mission of the College is unwavering. Whatever school looks like, the promise of our faculty and staff to know and love our boys remains.
Please stay tuned to this page for our plans and protocols that ensure the health and safety of our students and staff during the 2020-2021 school year. It is constantly changing to stay aligned with Toronto Public Health, so please bookmark this page and check back frequently.
Measures to Reduce Risk
RSGC will continue to follow guidance and best practices recommended from Public Health authorities with respect to controlling the spread of infectious disease. We have consulted with, and taken recommendations from, medical professionals, facilities design professionals and mechanical engineering professionals to ensure that we are taking measures to alter and enhance our environment to be as safe as possible. Education and training for all members of our community is a top priority and will take place prior to returning to school and re-opening to students.
Screening and adherence to health and safety guidelines are a shared responsibility. Reducing the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses requires diligence on a daily basis. Parents/guardians of students will be required to attest each day that their son(s) are not experiencing symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19. Employees will also need to self-screen.
We are using the app MyMedBot for pre-screening and ask parents to complete this every morning, even if their son(s) is at home. No adult or student will be admitted onto campus without daily pre-screening.
The Government of Canada has implemented technology in Ontario through a free app COVID Alert to inform the public about their potential exposure to COVID-19. RSGC strongly encourages the use of this technology by any member of our community who brings a smartphone to school as an effective and efficient means of identifying increased risk of exposure and contact tracing.
While conducting a daily screening assessment, any person who identifies a symptom consistent with COVID-19 is not to attend school. Family members of any person experiencing symptoms of illness at home, who also attend RSGC as a student or staff member, are to remain home and not be present at school. Symptoms should be monitored at home and if symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention and follow the guidance recommended by the medical practitioner. Daily absences are expected to be reported as per usual.
Any person who exhibits symptoms of illness during the school day is to report to the School Nurse for assessment.
The School’s Registered Nurse will assess the individual and determine the most appropriate course of action to care for the individual. If symptoms of illness are consistent with COVID-19, the Nurse will ensure the individual is cared for in an isolated sick room.
If the individual is a student, the Nurse will contact the parent or guardian to pick up the student immediately, (within 45 minutes). Any student that is displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be sent home and all family members present at school will also be sent home: this includes the siblings of the student and any parent who works at RSGC. The Nurse will advise the parent or guardian of the student to contact their medical practitioner for consultation of a suspected case of COVID-19. If the individual is an adult, the Nurse will assist in ensuring the adult is picked up/sent home immediately and will be instructed to contact his/her medical practitioner for consultation of a suspected case of COVID-19.
As required by local health authorities, the Nurse will report any suspected case of COVID-19 to Toronto Public Health and ensure appropriate class records and cohort documentation is provided for purposes of contact tracing.
Any member of the community who experiences symptoms of illness will be expected to follow direction from a medical practitioner and be symptom free of illness (without the use of medication) for a minimum of 24 hours. Please contact the Health Centre for further instructions on returning to school after recovering from general illness.
Any member of the community who tests positive for COVID-19 is to isolate, rest and recover, and not to return to campus until cleared to do so by a medical professional and Toronto Public Health. RSGC will follow guidance and instruction from Toronto Public Health and follow their lead in informing the school community accordingly.
Returning to school from an absence due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will require medical clearance and guidance from Toronto Public Health. Please contact the Health Centre for further instruction on returning to school after recovering from COVID-19.
We know that the practice of frequent and proper hand washing is the most effective means of eliminating the spread of germs, including COVID-19. Practicing proper hand hygiene will be expected by all members of the RSGC community throughout the day. Hand hygiene breaks will occur frequently and students will be reminded verbally about proper hand hygiene protocol. Hands should also be washed before and after mask removal. Illustrated signage will serve as reminders as well. Handwashing stations and additional washroom facilities have been placed throughout the school to allow for increased use and convenience. When hand washing with soap and water is not possible, hand sanitizer may be used. Hand sanitizing stations, containing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ABHS) as recommended by Public Health, have been installed throughout the school in strategic locations to ensure optimal use.
In addition to practicing hand hygiene and proper respiratory etiquette, it continues to be important to avoid touching the face.
For example, hands should be washed or sanitized:
• After using the restroom • Before entering and leaving the classroom • Before and after mask removal • Before and after eating • After touching frequently touched areas • Before and after touching your face • After being outdoors or in physical education
Prior to returning to campus, students will be advised of designated entry points to the school, hallways, corridors and stairways, and designated washroom facilities. The use of designated areas is important to reduce the number of contacts in a given area and will be important for contact tracing if needed. Staggered start times will also manage the number of people in a given area at any one time.
Physical distancing of two metres will be maintained in all classrooms during the school day. Smaller class sizes, cohorting of students and classroom redesign have all been implemented to ensure there is space available to maintain physical distancing. No large group gatherings will be held. All cohorts have their own entrances into and exits from their classroom areas.
Increased housekeeping staff will be available during the day for ongoing surface cleaning in each of our buildings. Housekeeping staff will be trained in the best disinfection protocols and safety methods to help prevent the transmission of viruses. Electrostatic sprayers will allow for rapid sanitization of classrooms during the day. All of our buildings will have a thorough deep cleaning after school hours each day.
Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment that is appropriate for daily use in a school setting includes the use of face masks, face shields and gloves, for source control.
Students in Grades 3 to 12 will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including in hallways and during classes. Outdoor times like recess can be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks within their cohorts. Masks may also be removed for lunch and snacks. Hands should be washed both before and after mask removal. When worn properly, a face mask must cover both the mouth and nose. Students should bring their own face mask from home and have an extra face mask in their school supplies. Medical grade masks face masks and eye protection (face shield and goggles) will be provided by the School for all faculty and staff on campus. Any student or staff member who chooses to wear a face shield in addition to the required face mask is encouraged to do so. Please note, face shields are not to be used as a replacement for a face mask.
All classrooms are also supplied with an emergency containment ‘kit’ to be used in case of illness, where exposure to COVID-19 is a possibility. Items in the emergency kit include; medical-grade face masks, single use gloves, eye protection/face shield, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, a gown, disinfectant cleaning supplies and waste disposal bags.
Specialized training for faculty and staff regarding proper use of personal protective equipment and emergency kit supplies will occur prior to the start of school.
We want to hear from you with any questions you have about health, safety and returning to school. We’ll do our best to provide answers. Please send your email to email@example.com and your question will be addressed as soon as possible.
RSGC will be following the Government of Canada travel guidelines. These guidelines will evolve as the COVID-19 situation changes and currently include the following:
Avoid all non-essential travel. To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises that individuals avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. RSGC has halted any work-related travel.
For essential travel, students, parents, families of the student, and staff must respect and follow the Government of Canada quarantine requirements and not enter the school after returning. If students or staff do travel out of Canada, they are required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days when they return. They will also be asked not to come into physical contact with anyone from RSGC during this time.
If family members that live in the same household travel outside of Canada, the family member must take responsibility to follow the quarantine guidelines outside of the home where the student/staff member is residing in order for the student/staff member to continue to attend school/work. Should the family member be following quarantine guidelines in the same house as the RSGC student/staff member, he/she must also observe the same 14-day quarantine and not come to campus.
Royal St. George's College is an independent school for boys located in The Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school admits boys from Grades 3 through 12. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each of our students to become the best version of himself.