Prairie Christian Academy Return to School Plan

PCA has been working closely with Saskatchewan Department of Education and the Saskatchewan Health Authority to put together our plan to return to school this fall. We are confident that the plan we are putting in place will be effective in keeping our children healthy and safe. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our school office between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at 306-652-2230

STUDENT OFFICE DIVIDERS: We have just finished assembling brand new student offices from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and students are separated by a divider which provides appropriate social distancing and protection.

SCORING STATIONS: Two scoring stations will be placed in classroom from Grades 1-12. This will allow for a more appropriate spacing of students. All scoring stations will be fitted with a plexiglass or tempered glass divider running end to end along the middle of the score station.

HARD SURFACES: All hard surfaces, such as student offices, scoring stations, and tables, will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times daily.

HAND WASHING: All staff and students will be required to wash their hands thoroughly and often during the course of
the day. Approved sanitizing products will be available in all staff- and student-occupied spaces.

SYMPTOMS: Staff and students showing symptoms of sickness will be asked to stay home or will be sent home. A safe area will be provided for a student while waiting to be picked up.

LUNCH: Students will remain in their home classroom at lunch time and will eat in their office cubicle. PCA will not be offering any hot lunches during the remainder of the pandemic. Water fountains have been temporarily disabled. Students are asked to bring a reusable water bottle filled from home to school every day. This water bottle is for personal use and must not be shared with others. PCA Staff will not be supplying plastic utensils for student lunches.

SCHOOL DAY STRUCTURE: Classroom breaks will be staggered throughout the day to minimize cross cohort interactions. Classrooms will take breaks in separate designated areas.

Students (Grades K-12) and staff will be required to wear masks in the following:

  • When entering or exiting the building entrances
  • In hallways and bathrooms. (Student numbers in bathrooms will be limited to the number of stalls. Increased sanitation of bathrooms will occur)
  • Any other instance where physical distancing outside of classroom cohort cannot be maintained.

SHARED MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:

  • All students will be responsible for their own school supplies. Sharing of student personal supplies such as electronic devices, writing instruments, supplies, and food, will not be allowed.
  • Learning materials that are shared amongst students during classroom lessons will be reduced and sanitized. Items that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected will not be used. No stuffed animals or porous toys will be permitted.
  • Computers used in the school that are shared by students will be cleaned between each use.

ENTRANCES AND EXITS: Parents and caregivers are asked to transport their own children when possible. Picking up and dropping off students outside of the building is encouraged.

Senior class students (grades 9-12) will be required to use the rear entrance to the school to help maintain physical distancing from other classroom cohorts.

Designated PCA staff will remain in the front entrance to help facilitate pickup/dropoff of students.

STUDENT TRAFFIC: A center stripe will be fixed to the hallway floors to guide directional flow of traffic.

TRANSPORTATION: PCA vans used for transporting students will require designated seating, and siblings will sit together. Vehicle seats will be cleansed with approved sanitizing products after each use. Students and driver will be required to wear a mask.

PARENT MEETINGS: Meetings between staff and parents will be conducted in a spacious environment where social distancing can be maintained with ease.

STUDENTS REMAINING AT HOME: Parents have been informed that if they feel anxious about their children returning to school this fall for health reasons and would prefer they work at home, PCA will provide the necessary support to maintain their progress, as was done successfully this past spring.

CONTINGENCY PLAN: In the event that school closure becomes necessary during the upcoming academic year, the home learning system used successfully this past spring will be reinstated. It involves the use of learner-centered booklets, video conference calls, phone calls and texts between teachers and students, and online gatherings on a designated social media site.

LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS: Director of PCA will be in contact with the Local Saskatchewan Health Officer throughout the course of the pandemic.

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE): Students and staff of PCA will be required to wear PPE where social distancing is not possible.

  • When entering or exiting the building entrances
  • In hallways and bathrooms. (Student numbers in bathrooms will be limited to the number of stalls. Increased sanitation of bathrooms will occur)
  • Any other instance where physical distancing outside of classroom cohort cannot be maintained (for example, before and after school program)

IMMUNE-COMPROMISED STAFF AND STUDENTS: Staff and Parents of students who are immune compromised will decide the best steps necessary to protect themselves from a potential Covid-19 infection. This may mean wearing PPE at all times, increased sanitation, or working remotely. PCA uses curriculum that works very well in a “school at home” scenario.

NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND COMMERCIAL COOKING/FOOD STUDIES:

  • PCA will continue to offer PAA Cooking (grades 6 – 9) and Food Studies (grade 10) programs. Within the context of Commercial Cooking and Food Studies, students learn about safety and sanitation in the preparation and storage of food, and Commercial Cooking may involve students participating in the preparation and service of the school cafeteria. The precautions taken will follow the direction of the Chief Medical Health Officer and Re-Open Saskatchewan, including the Restaurant and Licensed Establishments Guidelines as applicable for their facility.
  • At this point in time, PCA will not be providing our regular “Hot Lunch Wednesdays” meal.

PERFORMING ARTS: We may run these programs in a facility that will limit physical contact and promote physical distancing.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES FOR ILLNESS IN CARE:

  • Students who are showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be immediately sent to a designated isolation area if they are not able to immediately leave the school facility.
  • Designated school official will call parents or caregivers immediately to pick up and remove their child from the school.
  • If a case of Covid-19 is confirmed by the Sask. Health Authority the school will be notified by SHA Public Health on the next steps that would be required.
  • Staff who develop symptoms consistent with Covid-19 must inform PCA Director to provide alternative arrangements for in class instruction. Once the teacher has notified the Director, they should immediately leave the school facility and the school cleaning and disinfecting protocols will take place.

STAFF PRESENT IN SCHOOLS: PCA Staff will remain physically present in school in the case of a level 4 lockdown, but we acknowledge that in some
contingency situations, that might not be possible.

Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada and Saskatchewan High Schools Athletics Association (SHSAA) Guidelines

PCA will follow the guidelines set out in Re-Open Saskatchewan.

TRANSITION SECTION: PCA will do our best to help students transition into full time school this fall and we understand that there may be many fears and anxieties that students and parents are faced with since March 2020. Much consideration has been given to help make this transition as smooth as possible.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: PCA has cancelled any and all extracurricular activities aside from sports which will continue at this point under the SHSAA guidelines.

FIELD TRIPS: PCA has cancelled all field trips until further guidance from the Chief Medical Officer and Re-Open Saskatchewan is available.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS:
PCA designated official will be available to both students and staff to assist with mental health and social emotional support.

TRANSPORTATION: PCA bus transportation – Students who use PCA’s bus service will be required to sit in assigned seating and will be required to wear PPE while riding in the bus.

VISITORS: Parents/Caregivers will need to contact the main office to make appointment if they need to enter the school. At this point, we request that this occur only if necessary. Until further notice, there will be no external presentations/guest speakers allowed in schools. If a parent/caregiver needs to enter the building, they will wear a mask and use sanitizer upon entrance and their visit will be logged.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a new virus in the coronavirus family of viruses that typically infects the respiratory system. “The infection transmits via coughing and sneezing (droplet transmission). It can also be spread by touching surfaces
with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.” – Government of Saskatchewan website: About COVID-19

Common symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • fever
  • cough
  • headaches
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to practice everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Clean and disinfect your home regularly;
  • Maintain safe food practices;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas; and
  • Avoid large crowds and practice physical distancing (do not shake hands, hug or kiss).

More detailed information can be found on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.

PLEASE NOTE: School plans will evolve as required by emerging health risk assessments. PCA will do our best to keep you updated on any and all changes as they Occur. Thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times.