Hillsborough Elementary School
The following plan is based on the
provincial Back to School Plans:
to School: Direction for School Districts and Schools
to School: Guide for Parents and the Public
The plan will require cooperation and
patience as we all learn new procedures and guidelines to ensure a safe and
positive learning environment.
This plan will be monitored and is subject
to change after we see how the plan works with staff and students.
Before Coming to School
Passive screening is required before staff,
students and others are permitted in the school building. They should check
their temperature prior to leaving for school and practice self monitoring. Parents
are responsible for reviewing the screening questions (noted at the end of this
document) with their children prior to leaving for school and only sending
their child to school when they are well. Those who have two or more symptoms
of COVID-19 must stay home and contact 811 to determine whether COVID-19
testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, individuals must follow
Public Health advice for returning to school.
If a student feels unwell at school, they
will be asked to wear their mask in a designated area (room 125) to await
pick-up. It is imperative that the
school can contact a parent/guardian for prompt pick-up of a student who is not
well. Please make sure that your contact information is up to date the
first week of classes. Any changes in
your contact information during the school year should be reported to the
school. If there is a confirmed case of
COVID-19 in the school, public health will direct the school community on how
Students will need to bring a water
bottle, clearly marked with their name (and take home for cleaning). Only
water bottle fillers will be available in the school. Regular fountain spouts
will not be available.
Students will also bring 1-2 community
masks to school. Although students must have access to their own mask at
school, the use of masks by students and staff inside the classroom is not
required. However, masks will be encouraged
in common areas when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will be used as a precaution if someone
begins to exhibit symptoms of illness at school. In this situation, students will wait in a designated area (rm
125) until picked up by a parent.
Hours of Operation
As it presently stands, hours of operation will remain the same. First bell at 8:35 with classes beginning at
8:40. Grades K-2 will finish at 2pm and
grades 3-5 will finish at 3pm however will begin a staggered dismissal at
2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.
Busing and Morning Arrival
Transportation Department at Anglophone East establishes bus runs and decides
who is eligible for pick-up and drops offs. Busing details are now available on the
Anglophone East website or you can call the school (734-3700).
Bus arrival is usually staggered. Bus students
will enter from the back of the building under the catwalk and go directly to
their homeroom, respecting physical distancing and following the directional
arrows. A staff member will be there to help with physical distancing and
encouraging the use of masks when distancing is not possible.
For those in need of breakfast,
grab and go items will be available in the classrooms.
bus students will maintain a minimum of one meter apart and be limited
to one student per seat unless from the same family. Students in Grades K-5 are not required to
wear a mask on the bus. Students in
Grades 6 -12 will wear a community face mask when entering and exiting the
bus. Additional information on busing
can be found in the government’s “Return to School Guide for Parents and the
Public”. The district transportation
plan can be seen at:
Students getting dropped off or walking can
arrive at 8:10 or after when supervision begins. These students will enter
through the doors at the end beside the parking lot. Physical distancing is
required. Dropoff should be a quick transition to avoid a long line up of cars.
Students will go directly to their classes following the directional arrows.
Access to inside the school is
limited to students and staff to lessen the risk of exposure and facilitate the
contact tracing process.
Physical Distancing and Classes
Directional arrows and appropriate signage are
in place to promote physical distancing in common areas.
Each class will be its own bubble. Within the bubble, physical distancing is not required. However,
each class will distance (2m) from other classes at all times.
Students will still have recess and lunch
breaks with their own class. They will
take part in speciality subjects with their own class.
Effort has been made to limit the number of
staff with each class. However, students
will still see different teachers/staff.
Again, this will help with contact tracing, if needed.
Classroom teachers with each bubble are not
required to wear a mask. Teachers who
teach multiple classes are required to distance (2M) or wear a mask within the
class. (The latter includes supply
teachers in the building.) Staff will also wear a mask in common areas.
Grades K-2 will remain on the first floor
and staying centralized to their own classroom.
Grades 2/3, 3, 4, 5 will remain on the second
floor for most classes staying centralized to their main classrooms. They will
be able to move between classrooms for some specialties (ex. Phys. Ed)
practicing social distance.
Shared spaces must be cleaned between
uses ie. Chairs wiped, ipads, keyboards,
balls etc. Students will assist teachers with this task.
Approved cleaning products will be
available in all classrooms as well as paper towels.
Recess and Lunch
Recess times have been adjusted to accommodate four classes outside at a time (K-2, 2/3-5). Classroom bubbles will be maintained by
designating four distinct play areas marked on the playground. Player areas will be rotated weekly. At the
end of recess, they will line up in designated areas to maintain
There will be two recess times
Staff will follow the duty schedule. Duty
will also include the lining up and dismissal of each class to ensure classes
are physically distanced.
Students will exit to playground through
the front door by the office, when directed by the teacher.
Students will re-enter from the playground
through the door by the parking lot when directed by the teacher.
Classes will enter with their own class,
the furthest from the door, going first, followed by the others. This will avoid passing other classes in the
will be divided into two eating times (k-2 and 3-5) While one group eats in their classrooms, the
other group will be outside for recess and then they will switch using the same
system outlined above.
Grades k-2 outside Grades 3-5
eating lunch in classrooms
Teacher will line classes up and dismiss
using the out door and respecting distancing between classes.
12:30-1:00pm K-2 re-enters building using
system outlined above and eats lunch in their classrooms.
Cafeteria – TBD (Information will be communcated when received)
If cafeteria services are provided,
students will place orders in a bag in each individual classroom by the door. These will be picked up by an EA and
delivered to the cafeteria.
Orders will be delivered to the classes on
trays with individual orders at lunch time.
Grab and go items will be available for
students who do not have a lunch.
Students and staff will walk on the
far-right side. There will be
directional arrows on the floor.
Stairs will be one way. The stairs by the office will be DOWN only,
stairs by the parking lot doors will be UP only.
The bus hallway stairs will be used for bus
times or gym use only – Morning arrival
(up) Afternoon dismissal (down). The gym teachers will use these stairs to
transport classes to and from their classes throughout the day.
ELEVATOR – to be used by one person only at
any one time unless a student needs the elevator then a staff member will
accompany the student. Masks are to be
worn when two people occupy the elevator.
Only one student will be permitted in the
main hallway washrooms at one time. Only one student will be permitted out of
the class at one time.
While in the washroom, physical distancing
is required. While waiting outside the
washroom, use spaces on the floor to distance from others.
Masks are encouraged when going to the washroom
when unable to physical distance.
Teachers may take a class bubble to the washroom
and ensure other students are not in the washrooms so that more than one student
from the same class bubble may be in the washroom at the same time.
At 2pm students will be dismissed to
parents from the front doors by the office. Parents will wait outside for the
students to be released.
Bus students will be dismissed through the
bus doors under the catwalk.
At 3pm students will be dismissed by class. Walking students or those being picked up
will use the end door by the parking lot.
(After 3pm this door will be used as an exit.) A staggered dismissal will begin at 2:50pm to reduce numbers in the parking lot and loading buses.
All teachers will dismiss their own classes
and will ensure classes are distanced during dismissal.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are asked to promote
physical distancing outside of the building.
In case of fire
staff and students will follow the usual fire procedures (using the closest exit as
posted, leaving immediately (not taking time to get masks), single file with
their class and meeting in their safe place with their teacher) Distancing may not be in place and they may
not have masks when this happens.
Access to the building is limited to the
public. Appointments are needed to enter.
Public entrance will continue to be the
front doors by the office. Visitors will ring the bell and wait for direction.
For pick up of a student or items, the
visitor will wait outside the door for the student to come or the item to be
brought to them.
Meetings with the teacher will be done by
phone or skype whenever possible.
If a face to face meeting is required, this
will be scheduled, and physical distancing will be respected.
Anyone entering the building must sign
in at the office and include the time and contact
information. (This includes all visitors
and district staff, but not school staff)
Visiting staff must keep a log of places
and students they interact with. They must also maintain a 2m distance or wear
STAFF and COMMON SPACES
Schedules will limit the number of teachers
and EAs with each class.
Staff will respect 2m distance from other
Staff room has a limit of five people at
any one time.
Photocopy room has a limit of 2 people.
The main office has a limit of one person
besides the admin assistant.
Commonly used items such as copier must be
cleaned after each use.
HAND WASHING and CLEANING
Custodial staff will be cleaning high traffic
areas such as washrooms, handrails and doorknobs as per the Cleaning and
Disinfection Standards (Appendix G) in the Return to school Plan September 2020
document. (Listed at the beginning of
Hand sanitation stations will be in
each class and entrances to the school. Students and school personnel are
required to wash or sanitize their hands when they arrive, before they enter/exit any room/gym. They also must wash/sanitize before and after
Teachers will incorporate handwashing
schedules into the school day.
Although teachers will be mindful of communal
materials, sharing of some classroom materials will still occur. For example,
computers and iPads may still be used between students from the same
homeroom. Items will be cleaned regularly.
Additional details on cleaning can be found in
the government’s Back to School Plans listed at the beginning of this document.
Covid cleaning supplies inventory will be
monitored by the principal and head custodian.
Covid 19 Screening Questions:
Do you have any of following
• Fever/feverish • Sore throat • Headache •
Runny nose • New cough or worsening chronic cough • New onset fatigue or muscle
ache • Diarrhea • Loss of taste or smell • In children, purple markings on
fingers or toes
If you answered YES, and
have ONLY ONE symptom, you may phone 811 to discuss COVID-19 testing, but you
do not need to self-isolate. As a precaution, please self-monitor for onset of
additional symptoms that may develop. If you answered YES, and have 2 OR MORE
of the symptoms, then self isolate at home and call 811.
If you answer YES to ANY of the following
below, then you must stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.
a) Have you had close contact within the last
14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
b) You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
within the past 14 days?
c) Have you returned from travel outside of
Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia
within the last 14 days (IF for work purposes, you are not required to
self-isolate upon return, but should self-monitor for symptoms)?
d) Have you been told by
Public Health told by public health that you may have been exposed to Covid 19.