Skwo:wech Elementary – School/Site Safety Plan

Further to the District Biohazardous Exposure Control Plan and the New Westminster Schools COVID-19 Communicable Disease Plan 3.3, this addendum represents the site specific application of most effective to least effective measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, where practicable.

The following additional measures are listed below:

Learning Space Configuration

  • Desks and tables have been arranged to maximize space between staff/students.
    • Where possible, people are arranged to minimize facing one another directly, i.e., collaboration spaces are spaced apart and independent activity is encouraged.
    • Assigned seating is arranged.
      • Seating Assignment is maintained on file at the office.
    • Plexiglass shields are used/available to be used as required.
  • If weather permits and without impact on HVAC systems, staff have been advised to open windows.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • As per section 3.0 Work Environment & 4.0 Cleaning and disinfection protocols.
  • Teachers and support staff have been provided with disinfection solution and microfiber cloths, and have been trained on its safe use.

Ventilation and air exchange

  • School’s ventilation system is serviced and operating to specifications. It is regularly checked by District Maintenance staff and those same staff are available for emergency or non-emergency callout.

Other additional Environmental Measures:

  • Sanitizing stations are located at the two main entrance points to the building.
  • Hand washing stations were installed in each portable.
  • Disinfection supplies are replenished upon request.
  • Refilling water stations are cleaned and disinfected and are to be used to refill personal containers.
  • Visual cues for traffic flow and physical spacing have been installed throughout the school.
  • Posters and signage are displayed in classrooms and hallways to remind all of health and safety guidelines. Specifically: physical distancing, hand washing, room capacity notifications.
  • Markers were added outdoors to indicate line up spaces for classes.
  • Unnecessary furnishings have been removed from classrooms to provide greater available space.

Entrance & Exits

To avoid crowding in common spaces, entrance and exits students enter and exit in single file and are led by their classroom teachers. Multiple designated entry/exit points are assigned to accommodate for staggered entry/exit. In order to facilitate physical spacing upon arrival, staggered entry times have been established. Additionally, there are two recess times and two lunch times in order to reduce the number of students at play outside.

Floor plans with exits and entrances marked with pedestrian directions, where applicable, are available to staff at each site/school.

Physical distancing outside of learning groups are maintained

  • where possible at 2m between staff and students when indoors for elementary
  • physical distancing posters are posted in high visibility/traffic areas

Learning groups/cohorts remain consistent and are changed on a minimal frequency (i.e. quarter semester or not at all throughout the school year.)

Staff only common spaces (e.g. break rooms, copy rooms, mail room, etc.)

  • Visual cues on occupancy limits, and posters on physical distancing, hand hygiene, ‘how to wear a face mask’ are posted. Limits are strictly enforced.
  • Opportunities for food preparation and or food consumption have been removed or restricted.

Itinerant Staff workspace has been designated, extra supplies of the disinfection solution, hand hygiene stations, and/or physical barriers are provided. Workspace assignment is centralized in the general office. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

TTOC, Sub EA, casual support staff have been instructed to follow protocols and site-specific orientation protocols are provided at each school/site. Limits are strictly enforced. Refer to personal measures for daily health check.

All visitors are required to complete a daily health check prior to entry. Visitors are not permitted to enter the site unless are such entry is deemed essential by the Principal or designate.

Other additional Administrative Measures:

  • No events that bring staff and students together outside of regular learning activities occur on this site.
  • Health Declaration is included on all sign in & sign out forms.
  • Students and staff are provided with daily safety reminders through the morning announcements.
  • An additional staff lunch/break area has been made available on the stage in the gym with distancing in place.
  • During outside playing, such as recess and lunch, students are reminded to engage in play that is non-contact and tools have been provided for various activities. Additionally, structured outside games are provided at recess and lunch for students.
  • Staff are encouraged to take vigorous gym/physical activity outdoors.
  • Gym times are scheduled to provide space for cleaning.
  • A hand sanitizer station and bottle of disinfectant and a microfiber cleaning clothing are in the gym.

Daily Health Checks

  • Staff and all other adult visitors are required to declare that they have completed a daily health check. Declaration sheet is located at first point of entry on site.
  • Parents and students are been reminded of their responsibilities.
  • Strategically located posters remind all of the Daily Health Check requirements.
  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to complete the daily health check each day and before entering the school/site.

 Stay Home When Sick Messaging

  • During staff meetings and PA announcements, staff and students are reminded to stay home when sick.
  • Strategically located posters/signage reminders.

Other additional Personal Measures:

  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings.
  • Each staff member and student was provided with reusable face masks in the fall and additional face masks are available upon request.


  • Staff, itinerant staff, and visitors (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Students (who are able to), wear masks in accordance with the K-12 Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Extra supply of masks are available at the front desk for those how have forgotten theirs.
  • Extra dust masks or non surgical masks are provided in each classroom’s emergency bag.

Other additional PPE Measures:

  • Questions regarding PPE will be answered by administration.
  • OHS is a rolling agenda topic in staff meetings.
  • Plexiglass screens were made available to all staff and are available on an on-going basis, as requested.