BGCDSB says masks are key in return to in-class learning

The Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board is ready to welcome students back Monday.

Students from Kindergarten through grade 12 will be required to wear a mask.

Due to possible staff shortages because of the virus, families are being told there may be the possibility of school closures when the board cannot staff the schools adequately to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

A letter from the Director of Education Gary O’Donnell reminds parents about some of the guidelines.

– Students MUST use the daily screener before coming to school every day and follow the guidance. Student school screening – Please use this self assessment tool as well for your guidance. Student self assessment tool – If Students are sick they MUST stay home and isolate as required. – Students MUST properly wear a mask at school. – Students MUST sanitize their hands regularly while at school.

The letter stated, “As we return to school during this phase of Covid-19, due to the high transmission of the virus all students from K-12 must wear a mask. Requiring our Kindergarten students to wear a mask at this time is an added layer of protection for students and staff. Staff will be provided with non-fit N95 masks and can wear either a medical grade mask or an N95. Students are to wear their own mask or a 3 ply cloth mask which will be available for those who need a mask.”

It continued, “We have also been informed that we will be receiving Rapid Antigen Tests for students and staff. (Two tests per individual) When they arrive, distribution will begin with elementary schools and when we receive subsequent shipments we will send them home with our Secondary Students. The Rapid Antigen Tests are to be used when an individual is symptomatic. Please use them in conjunction with the revised symptom screener.”

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