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COVID-19 Options for Planning Events in Schools

On March 21, 2022, the Ministry of Education removed all limitations on in-person gatherings and assemblies, thereby allowing schools to plan and host in-person events.

To support decision-making regarding an event, the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit encourages schools to consider their absenteeism rate and their community’s COVID-19 status.

If you choose to plan or host a school event, consider the following health and safety measures:

  • Use a well-ventilated area with plenty of space where participants can physically distance if they choose to do so. Where possible, gather outdoors for more space and good ventilation.
    • If the event is held in an indoor crowded area, encourage participants to wear a mask.
  • All participants (staff, students, volunteer, family members etc.) should self-screen prior to attending the event using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening tool.
    • Post a sign with COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance and ask participants not to enter if they have a symptom(s).
  • Post a sign reinforcing hand hygiene and provide hand sanitizer at key locations such as at the entrance or by shared items.
  • Encourage mask wearing, particularly if older adults or immunocompromised individuals will be participating in the event to help protect them from serious illness as a result of a COVID-19 infection. 

If you are serving food, consult Food in Schools during COVID-19 for more COVID-19 health and safety measures.