As you know, we have been working diligently to create a multi-step pandemic plan which will allow us to best meet the needs of our students. We are continuing to work on these documents and expect to have the plan complete in the next few weeks. In the spirit of full disclosure, here are some of the details we are including:
The plan is multi-tiered, meaning that depending on the severity of cases throughout our community, we can quickly switch between models.
Under most of the tiers, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to choose between in person or virtual attendance. When an in-person option is available, virtual attendance will be synchronous (in real time).
Families will be asked to indicate their intent to participate in in-person or virtual prior to the start of the school year. This will help us with staffing needs.
Families that elect the virtual model will have the opportunity to borrow computers from the school for student use.
In general, most elementary and middle school classes will be "looping" from the 2019/2020 school year. This means most elementary/middle school students will have the same teacher for ELA, Intensive, and Math that they had during the 2019/20 school year. They will not be repeating the course, rather, they are continuing with a teacher with whom they have an established relationship.
Under all tiers, we have included student and staff temperature checks upon arrival. We have also increased our cleaning/disinfecting protocols, and structured environments to allow for increased distancing between individuals.
We will continue to provide you with more updates as they become available.
To all our families, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that you are enjoying a well-deserved long-weekend.
As we are mindful today of what we have to give thanks for in our daily lives, we should also be reminded of the many families that will still need food bank donations after this holiday. Upon the return to school next week, we will be collecting items to donate to the Vaughan Food Bank, so that many other families can enjoy a post-Thanksgiving meal. Beginning Thursday, please consider donating a non-perishable food item or $2. Let’s keep our community well fed, because “Hunger Takes No Holiday”.