September 2020 Restart Plan: Summary of Key Health & Safety Measures

HJ. Cambie Secondary School Return to School 

September 2020 Restart Plan

Summary of Key Health & Safety Measures

  1. Non-Medical Masks

All Staff, Students and visitors are REQUIRED to wear a non-medical mask, a face covering, or a face shield (non-medical mask should be worn in addition to the face shield) in high traffic areas. Students and staff will each be given two re-useable face masks.

High Traffic Areas that require Non-Medical Masks are:

  • Whenever entering and exiting the school
  • Whenever in hallways, washrooms, etc.
  • All Common areas for students, staff, parents (Library, office, lunchroom, etc.)
  • Anytime students and staff are outside of their learning cohort group
  • Whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Whenever a visitor enters your cohort group

Notes: *Staff can also wear a mask, a face covering, or a face shield within their classroom or learning group if that is their personal preference.

**No student needs to wear a non-medical mask if, for medical reasons, they cannot tolerate it.

  1. Cleaning and Disinfecting procedures

Regular cleaning and disinfection are essential for preventing the transmission of COVID-19 from contaminated objects and surfaces. Schools should be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for(link is external) Public Settings (link is external)document.


i) Remove or limit the use of:

  • Frequently touched items that are not easily cleaned
  • Shared equipment


ii) Cleaning and Disinfecting Frequency

  • General cleaning and disinfecting of the premises will occur at least once every 24 hours. This includes items that only a single student uses, like an individual desk or assigned seating.
  • Frequently-touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice every 24 hours. These include door knobs, light switches, toilet handles, tables, desks and chairs used by multiple students, keyboards and toys.
  • Clean and disinfect any surface that is visibly dirty.
  • Empty garbage containers daily.


iii)  Frequently Touched Surfaces that will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice every 24 hours include:

  • Door knobs, light switches, faucet handles, toilet handles, tables, desks and chairs used by multiple students, keyboards and toys, water bottle filling stations.
  • Shared learning items and manipulatives
  • Shared equipment (eg: computer keyboards and tablets, glassware and testing equipment in science labs, kitchen equipment for culinary programs, sewing machine and equipment for home economic programs, etc)
  • Appliances (staff and students can share the use of appliances and other objects, but treat items like microwaves, refrigerators, coffee pots, photocopiers or laminators as frequently touched surfaces)
  • Clean and disinfect cots in medical rooms prior to use and after they are used or soiled. If pillow cases and blankets are not single use, launder between each student.


iv)  Cleaning and Disinfecting Bodily Fluids

  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning blood or body fluids (eg: runny nose, vomit, stool, urine).
  • Wash hands before wearing and after removing gloves.
  • Follow regular health and safety procedures and regularly used PPE for blood and bodily fluids (eg: toileting, spitting, biting).


V)  Laundry

  • Laundry should be placed in a laundry basket with a plastic liner.
  • Do not shake dirty items.
  • Wearing gloves is optional. Wash hands before wearing and after removing gloves.
  • Wash with regular laundry soap in hot water.


  1. Food in School
  • Schools should continue to emphasize that food and beverages should not be shared.
  • Schools should not allow homemade food items to be made available to other students at this time (eg: birthday treats, bake sale items). For families who want to supply treats, the treats should be store bought and individually packaged.
  • Schools can continue to include food preparation as part of learning and provide food services, including for sale and meal programs.