Covid-19 Health and Safety Plan

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 2022-2023 school year.

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.
 

Vaccination Policy

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  • Mandatory Vaccines

    RSGC has implemented a mandatory vaccine policy. RSGC requires that all those intending to be present on campus, and are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes all faculty and staff, as well as all eligible students. as students 12 and up, volunteers and visitors to campus.

    Recognizing that the eligibility for vaccination of our Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students has emerged during the school year, we have determined that the deadline for these students to be fully vaccinated will be August 15, 2022. Please note that an individual is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second dose. 
     
    In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, our policy for both students and staff allows for applications for an exemption for documented medical reasons. Accommodation may be considered for any member of our community requiring an exemption to the policy, supported by a physician’s note. Regularly administered rapid at-home testing, among other provisions, are part of our accommodation plan.

    This policy decision is a key part of the school’s carefully developed and extensive COVID-19 protocols, which include screening of staff and students, mandatory wearing of face masks, distancing, use of outdoor space, hand hygiene, cleaning protocols, extensive upgrades to our ventilation and other safety measures.

Mask Policy

We are a mask-friendly, mask-optional school.

When worn properly, a face mask must cover both the mouth and nose.
 

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Altered Daily Routines

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  • Hand Hygiene

    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.

    Please refer to the following video from the Government of Canada regarding the practise of proper hand washing.

    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
  • Cleaning and Sanitization

    Increased housekeeping staff will be available during the day for ongoing surface cleaning in each of our buildings. Housekeeping staff have been trained in the best disinfection protocols and safety methods to help prevent the transmission of viruses. Electrostatic sprayers allow for rapid sanitization of classrooms during the day. All of our buildings will have a thorough deep cleaning after school hours each day.

Questions?

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 the School Nurse and your question will be addressed as soon as possible.

Travel Guidelines

Please review the travel guidance issued by the Government of Canada. Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated youth under 12 years of age, who have travelled out of the country, cannot attend school for 14 days.
 
This document was recently updated to include the following restrictions and measures for vaccinated travellers:
 
Fully vaccinated travellers who have been in any country other than Canada and the United States in the 14 days prior to entry to Canada may be selected for arrival testing. They must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. If they’re selected for arrival testing, they may take connecting flights to their place of quarantine. The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks.