Screening for COVID-19
Parents/caregivers play an integral role in the screening process for their child’s daily involvement in school. Each day, before arriving at the school, families MUST
use this self-assessment tool
to determine if it is safe for their child to attend school.
Students should NOT come to school if they:
- are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new or worsening cough, and/or shortness of breath - See the Peel Public Health website for a full list of symptoms)
- have returned to Canada in the last 14 days
- have been in close contact with a person who has returned from outside of Canada in the last 2 weeks with new COVID-19 symptoms (like a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing)
- have been asked to self-isolate by public health authorities
- have had close contact with someone who is ill with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
What to bring to school
Students are able to bring their own personal items to school, but will be required to return home with them daily.
Use this chart to help determine what to bring to school, and what to leave at home.
- A mask and/or face covering (required for all grade 1 to 8 students)
- A reusable water bottle
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Any items that need to be locked away. Lockers will not be used.
- Any personal items from home (e.g. a book to share)
If cubbies are used, they will be spaced appropriately to maintain physical distance, and will be cleaned and disinfected between use. Lockers will not be used—any locks put on lockers will be removed. Every effort will be made to provide lockers later in the school year when it is deemed safe to do so.
Parents/guardians should avoid dropping off lunches or other items during the school day. If necessary, they must phone the school ahead of time and establish a time that they could be met at the entry door by either their child or office personnel. Lunches from third-party services (e.g. Skip the Dishes) will not be accepted.
Student arrival and dismissal
As students arrive and leave school each day, our priority will be getting them to and from their classrooms in a safe, distanced manner.
At the start of the day, arriving students will be directed to the outdoor play area or entry area assigned to their cohort and will be supervised by school staff. Follow instructions provided by your school to know which door will be your child’s designated entry area.
Families who are dropping off their child for a before-school program should check with their provider for specific directions.
Students arriving by car will follow Kiss N Ride procedures communicated by the school, while following physical distancing and all other safety protocols. Specific pick-up/drop-off instructions will be provided to families who are dropping off student(s) with special needs.
Students who take the bus
will be loaded from back-to-front and unloaded from front-to-back in an orderly fashion for safe physical distancing. Staff will be on-site to help manage congestion and ensure physical distancing when getting students on-and-off from the bus loading area. Learn more in our Transportation section
As students enter the building, they will be required to:
Sanitize their hands: Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at entry doors, and all individuals, including students, must sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the building.
Put on their masks and/or face coverings, if they are in grade 1 to 8: All staff, visitors and grade 1 to 8 students who enter the school will be required to wear a mask and/or face covering. Kindergarten students will be strongly encouraged to do so as well. Learn more about our masks and face covering requirements, as directed by the Ministry of Education.
As in previous school years, all doors will remain locked until entry time and be locked after students have entered the building.
To help ensure a smooth arrival and dismissal, parents/caregivers are encouraged to:
- Follow instructions shared by school staff.
- Have the same adult drop off and pick up their child.
- Wear masks if physical distancing is not possible. Hand sanitizer upon entry is required.
- Maintain physical distance from other adults and children.
- Remain outside the play area (for families with kindergarten students).
- Leave immediately after dropping off or picking up their child. To help with physical distancing measures, families/caregivers will not be permitted to enter the school to drop off or pick up students.
What if a student arrives late for school?
If you are dropping off your child after the morning bell, you will be required to call or buzz the school from the front door to let them know your child has arrived. Office staff will sign the student in, notify their Teacher, and the student will go directly to class without entering the office. You will not be permitted inside the school to accompany your child. For kindergarten students, a member of the kindergarten Educator team will escort the child to class.
Hand hygiene routines
The start of every school day will begin with proper hand sanitizing as students line up to enter the building. Hand hygiene routines will be repeated throughout the school day, using hand sanitizer in the classroom and/or during designated washroom breaks.
Reporting student absences
Regular school attendance procedures will be followed for students who attend school in person.
If your child is:
- scheduled to be at school and will be absent, please report their absence through Safe Arrival.
- is participating in full distance learning, you do not need to call in their absence but should notify the online teacher.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow directions from Peel Public Health and notify the school Principal immediately.