Can schools allow singing indoors in the classroom or school hall?
- Singing in the classroom is discouraged, as many students and the teacher share the same airspace, which means that they are more vulnerable to COVID-19 air droplets that could be exhaled by someone and inhaled or rubbed into the eyes and/or mouth of others.
- Singing can take place in a school hall or outdoors as follows: Singing should take place outdoors as much as possible to reduce the risk of transmission and exposure to the virus. If in the school hall or outdoors, singing can take place with physical distancing, students not breathing towards/facing one another but standing in a semi-circle, spaced 6 feet apart; or in straight rows with 6 feet between each student and row. In addition, masks should be worn, if possible, and all windows and doors should be open for optimal ventilation.
Morning Care Program and Afterschool Program:
Why can students from different class bubbles and/or year-levels mix and merge during the Morning Care Program or Afterschool Program?
- Ideally, students will be kept in groups that represent their individual class bubbles. However, this may not be possible. In this case, the Morning Care Program or Afterschool Program will form their own bubbles, ensuring that before students from different class bubbles enter their assigned location(s), they wear their face masks, wash their hands with soap and water or use hand wipes/sanitizer, and sit or stand at least 6 feet apart. Students will also wash their hands with soap and water or use hand wipes/sanitizer when transitioning from one activity to another. Students will not share materials of any kind and they/the counselors will disinfect the tables/desks and chairs used before and after the program ends each day.
- Outdoor activities are highly recommended to reduce the risk of transmission and exposure to the virus.
Why can children from the same class bubble play close to one another during outdoor play?
- Any outdoor activity is taking place in a setting where transmission and exposure to the virus are reduced, but not eliminated.
- Children from the same bubble will not be in close contact for 15 minutes straight: i.e., they will not be sharing the same breathing space or be less than 6 feet from one another for 15 uninterrupted minutes.
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