Effective June 1, 2020
The return to voluntary school starting June 1, 2020 will look dramatically different for students and staff. Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafe BC protocols means that the entire landscape of the learning environment, including its routines, furniture, structure, and delivery models, have all been radically transformed and this will be a shocking experience for students returning to school. The decisions made within this manual have been made in light of provincial guidelines from the Ministry of Health, WorkSafe BC, as well as our particular building, our staff, and of course the students who will choose to return and those who will continue to learn remotely. It is important to remember that this is a voluntary return and the school will remain firm in its expectations so that all staff and students remain safe and healthy.
Furthermore, the guidelines stated below could change due to any number of reasons.
What we know about COVID-19
The BC Center for Disease Control has published the following key information in its
May 14, 2020 COVID-19: Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings
• In BC, COVID-19 virus has a very low infection rate in children and youth. Less than 1% of children and youth tested have been COVID-19 positive. Most children and youth are not at high risk for COVID-19 infection.
• Children who are considered more vulnerable can receive in-person instruction. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to consult with their health care provider to determine if their child should attend in-person instruction if they are uncertain.
• There is no documented evidence of child-to-adult transmission.
• There is no conclusive evidence that children who are asymptomatic pose a risk to other children or to adults.
• There is no evidence indicating children of health care workers (HCW) are at increased
risk of COVID-19 infection than children of non-HCW. This is likely due to careful monitoring of HCW for symptoms and follow-up of their household contacts.
The Provincial Health Officer’s Order for Mass Gatherings continues to prohibit gatherings and events of people in excess of 50 people. As such, there can be more than 50 students and Staff in a school at any given time if they are not all in one area and if they are actively engaged in physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
The following recommendations (in black font) have been made by PHO and WorkSafe BC: DSA Taekwon-Do’s response to the directives can be seen in the blue font:
- General cleaning and disinfecting of the premises should occur at least once a day.
- DSA Taekwon-Do has always taken an approach that values doing more than the minimum required. As such, as part of our discipline, after every class, students will be mopping down and disinfect their own area before they use it. This will be them minimum 6 x 2 meter marked area that students will be confined in for the meantime. We will provide cleaning materials.
- Evening cleaning will also occur every day
- Cleaning of the dojang will be performed in the following manner:
- Each student will wipe down the 6 mats they are assigned to train in. An additional 5 minutes class time will be added for cleaning.
- At end of the day, cleaning of surfaces starts at the doorway and works around the room in a clockwise direction which will ensure no areas are missed.
- – Cleaning of the washroom will be performed in the following manner:
- After each use, surfaces must be sprayed with disinfectant.
- We encourage students to limit washroom use so please go the washroom before leaving home.
- Staff will spray and wipedown the washroom after each class.
- Frequently touched shared surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.
- A disinfectant kit will be provided so that the staff can frequently clean the high touch areas.
- There will be no sharing of personal equipment.
- Only kicking will be allowed when using shields, pads and bags. They will be numbered so that the holder and kicker is responsible for that equipment. If they are holding a pad or shield for someone, they are responsible for that shield. If a different kicker comes, wipe down the kicking surface before proceeding.
- To reduce the number of surfaces, excess furniture will be removed and the dojang decluttered. Tops of shelves will be cleared for easy cleaning.
- The waiting area will be closed off.
- Clean and disinfect any surface that is visibly dirty.
- Staff will maintain clean surfaces. Outdoor handrails will be added to the cleaning protocol.
- Use common, commercially-available detergents and disinfectant products and closely follow the instructions on the label.
- Germicide3 Medical/Dental surface cleaner will be used on surfaces throughout the dojang.
- Limit items that are not easily cleaned (e.g. fabric or soft items).
- Front door carpets will be removed.
- Students have to train in clean/washed clothes.
- If cleaning the uniform daily causes undue hardship, students can wear clean non uniform, non restrictive clothing.
- We will not be maintaining a lost and found during this time – parents must label all belongings and students must be responsible for their belongings. Unlabelled articles of clothes, containers, or supplies will be thrown out.
- Empty garbage containers daily.
- We will ensure that garbage cans are emptied, disinfected, and returned to their exact location to ensure that there is minimal touch of the garbage container. Further, students are encouraged not to bring anything not essential to their training.
- Wash hands before wearing and after removing gloves.
- Wearing gloves and mouth coverings (even cloth ones) is recommended but optional. The ninja look (using balaclavas) is allowed.
- Washrooms should be cleaned at least twice a day keeping in line with the high touch surface area protocols.
- Washrooms will be cleaned after every class.
- Providing paper hand towels rather than hand dryers.
- We do not have hand dryers. Paper towels are available.
Staff and Student Protocols
The PHO recommends that “the number of students in a space should not exceed the ability to maintain health and safety measures.” The following bullets are taken from the PHO, WorkSafe BC, and Ministry of Education documents and are in black font. DSA Taekwon-Do’s response for action is in blue font.
WorkSafe BC reminds us that:
- The risk of person-to-person transmission is increased the closer you come to other people, the amount of time you spend near them, and the number of people you come near. Physical distancing measures help mitigate this risk.
- The risk of surface transmission is increased when many people contact the same surface, and when those contacts happen in short intervals of time. Effective cleaning and hygiene practices help mitigate this risk.
- Spread people out into different areas. Consider different learning environment configurations to allow distance between students and adults.
- However, we will take precautions to spread students and staff out. Excess furniture will be removed, and training spaces per student will increased.
- Clear protocols for employees, students, and others entering and exiting schools as well as school outdoor activities and student pick-up and drop-off.
- Drop off Routines: 1 parent or caregiver will accompany their child (if below age 9) to the dojang door. WAIT OUTSIDE. Students age 10 and up can line up outside the door independently, provided the parent can guarantee that they will follow social distancing rules and be able to answer questions pertaining to their health.
- Parents and students must maintain 2-meter social distancing while waiting outside (rain or shine).
- DSA Staff will signal them to come in and:
- One child will enter at a time after the staff has gone through a verbal confirmation of symptoms check with the student, parent or caregiver (see appendix A). Parents should perform a daily check before leaving the house so that they are not turned away once at the school.
- The child will head directly to the sink to wash their hands for 20 seconds, then they will head to their designated training area. Once seated the next student will enter to wash their hands and so forth.
- DROP OFF TIMES: (subject to change depending on number of students)
- Little Dragons: 4:10pm
- Beginners: 5pm
- Advance: (Blue to Black Belt) 6:15pm
- Pickup Routines: Parents will wait outside while social distancing from each other. Students will exit one at a time. Students who go home on their own must have a written permission slip from their parents to be allowed to go out.
- PICKUP TIMES: (subject to change depending on number of students) Students will not be allowed out until parents asks for them or permission slips are provided.
- Little Dragons: 4:55 pm
- Beginners Class: 6:05pm
- Advance Class: 7:20pm
There is no outdoor supervision or late supervision.
- All students must be picked up on time. As soon as students are picked up families need to go home.
- Parents, depending on the number of children, should plan for approximately 10 to 20 minutes in drop off and pick up procedures.
- Manage flow of people in common areas, including hallways and bathrooms.
- Everyone must go through the perimeter (outside red mats) to go to the washroom or doors. Do not cross another student’s training area. The graphic below shows most likely pathways.
- Only one student per class can visit the washroom at any given time regardless of gender – when the child returns, they will need to immediately wash their hands a second time.
- Take students outside more often. Weather permitting, we may train outside by the school grounds so wear shoes.
- Parents and caregivers and other non-staff adults entering the school should be minimized. Limit the public coming into the office. Encourage parents and others to call or email instead of visiting the dojang.
- Designate a 2-metre area in front of or behind a kiosk. Consider the use of tape or other floor markers to designate where people can stand and line up (if required). A plexiglass barrier is installed.
- Plexiglass may be used to separate administrative workers from the public if two metres of separation cannot be maintained. Plexiglass is being installed in the office but a 2 metre mark will also added. Only one person can visit the office at any time – others will have to wait while following appropriate social distancing.
- Clear protocols for bringing materials (e.g. bags, school supplies) into and out of schools.
- As sparring will not be allowed for the meantime, no other materials are allowed except for a water bottle and their handbooks which they have to keep within their training area while in the dojang.
- Students must be able to be independent with their clothing (e.g. if your child cannot tie their own belts, they are excused from wearing their belts for now.
- Parents will need to take precautions for disinfecting their child’s uniform, handbooks and water bottle when they get home.
- All items and supplies brought to school will need to be taken home each day for sanitation purposes.
- Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school.
- As part of the drop off procedure in the morning, students or caregivers will be asked if the student has any symptoms.
- Establish procedures for students and staff who become sick while at school to be sent
If a student develops symptoms while at school:Immediately separate the symptomatic student from others in a supervised area.
- We will put the sick child on a holding area.
- If a child becomes sick (vomits) in the classroom, all students will leave the room via the exit with their belongings. Weather permitting, training will continue at an area outside of the dojang. Students may resume training inside once the affected area is sanitized according to WorkSafe BC.
- Contact the student’s parent or caregiver to pick them up as soon as possible.
- Contact 811 or the local public health unit to notify them of a potential case and seek further input.
- Where possible, maintain a distance of 2 metres from the ill student. If not possible, staff may wear a mask if available and tolerated, or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth.
- Provide the student with tissues to cover their coughs or sneezes. Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and perform hand hygiene.
- Avoid touching the student’s body fluids (e.g., mucous, saliva). If you do, practice diligent hand hygiene.
- Once the student is picked up, practice diligent hand hygiene.
- Workers responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the student was separated and any areas used by them (e.g., classroom, bathroom, common areas).
- Parents or caregivers must pick up their child as soon as possible if they are notified their child is ill.
- If a child or staff member is assessed by their family physician or nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do NOT have COVID-19, they may return to training once symptoms are resolve.
- At DSA Taekwon-do we will request a doctor’s note from parents for any student that was sent home due to illness.
- If your child has seasonal allergies please get a doctor’s note indicating so.
- Rigorous hand washing with plain soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Both students and staff can pick up and spread germs easily, from objects, surfaces, food and people. Everyone should practice diligent hand hygiene. Parents, caregivers and staff can teach and reinforce these practices amongst students.
- Students and staff will wash their hands at the following times:
- When they first enter the dojang.
- Anytime they leave the training area and return they will wash their hands
- After any sneeze or cough.
- Ensure hand washing supplies are well stocked at all times including soap, paper towels and where appropriate, alcohol-based hand rub with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
- Cough and sneeze into their elbow, sleeve, or a tissue. Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
- Students will need to have their own personal supply of tissues with them. We will not supply tissues to students as we want to avoid communal sharing of tissues.
- Wearing a mask is a personal choice. It is important to treat people wearing masks with respect.
- Staff and students are permitted to wear masks, but this is not mandated by the PHO as of yet. If this changes, our procedures will adapt.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves are not needed, beyond those used by staff as part of regular precautions for the hazards normally encountered in their regular course of work.
- According to WorkSafe BC, the precautions and protocols that were in place prior to Covid 19 with regards to the cleaning of vomit, blood, and other bodily fluids remain the same. The schools PPE (gloves and masks) are reserved for these cases.
- Any staff member providing First Aid will be required to use PPE (mask and gloves) according to best practice in First Aid.
Continuity of Learning
With the return of students to the dojang, the delivery models of instruction for students is going to change. Below, we outline how we plan to address the continuity of learning.
How is the school organizing the delivery of in-class instruction?
- In-class training will be limited to 10 students per class. They will be spaced out 2 metres apart from the sides and 3 meters front and back.
How is the school organizing the delivery of remote instruction for students who choose to continue to learn remotely? Please address:
- Online classes will continue simultaneous with in-class training. If a student has a specific question about techniques or anything on their curriculum, send an email and the instructor will address them appropriately.