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Healthy Habits

Updated: August, 2022

We continue to encourage the use of healthy habits we know are effective in this current phase of living with COVID-19. The efforts of staff, students, families, and partners are greatly appreciated. 
 

  • Encourage timely and full vaccination and boosters for those who are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Students and staff are also encouraged to be up to date on all other recommended vaccines, including their influenza vaccine.

  • It continues to be the best practice for individuals to stay home when they are feeling unwell
  • If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19 they should complete the COVID-19 Self-assessment to find out if they need a COVID-19 test.
  • We will have more information to share about availability of rapid test kits in the near future.  

  • Public Health continues to recommend to all Nova Scotians that they make the individual choice to wear masks when in crowded, indoor places, and schools should create supportive environments for those who choose to wear a mask.
  • When deciding whether or not to wear a mask, students and staff will want to consider things like, size of space, number of other people, their own health and the health of others around them and their ability to wear a mask for a longer time.
  • Students and staff should wear a mask if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if they’ve tested positive for COVID-19. It is a best practice to stay home if people are feeling unwell.

  • Maintaining good hygiene helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. This includes washing your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and cleaning surfaces. 
  • Encourage hand hygiene before and after use of shared objects.
  • Hand sanitizers will continue to be available at no cost to schools.
  • Discourage sharing food, drinks and personal items such as water bottles and lip gloss.

  • Continued attention to cleaning and disinfecting, with emphasis on high traffic areas and high touch surfaces.
  • Consider where high touch surfaces can be eliminated, such as using no-touch items (e.g., waste receptacles).

  • Similar to last school year, avoid policies, practices and procedures that may encourage children to attend school while sick, including the loss of credit provision in the school Attendance Policy related to exam exemptions.

  • Prioritize use of outdoor spaces and attention to ventilation when indoors.
  • Spread out within the available space and minimize congestion in common areas.
  • Open exterior windows and doors when appropriate.
  • Ensure ventilation (HVAC) systems operate properly, are adjusted appropriately, and are routinely maintained.

  • Develop plans for symptomatic individuals in school settings, such as prompt separation from others, monitoring, masking, and hand hygiene while awaiting pickup.
  • Schools should maintain attendance records and report absenteeism to Public Health as directed.