Secondary: Before the School Day Begins
On days when your teen is joining us at school for in-class learning, we want to make sure they are familiar with their school routines.
Before your teen enters the school, here is what you need to know:
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
to determine if it is safe for their teen 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 (or not bring) to school
Students should only bring necessary items for that day’s classes. 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.
Personal belongings will be kept near student desks at all times and should not be shared between students.
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 9 to 12 students)
A reusable water bottle
Binder/text for the course for that day
Backpacks or bag
Computer, tablet or other device
Students may consider bringing a snack to class. Snacks should be things like granola bars, fruit, etc. and should not require use of a microwave.
- Any items that need to be locked away. Lockers will not be used.
Lunch--secondary students will not eat lunch at school.
Student arrival and departure routines
As students arrive and leave school each day, our priority will be getting them to and from their classrooms in a safe, distanced manner. All grade 9 to 12 students, staff and visitors entering and exiting the school will be required to wear a mask and/or face covering. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at entry doors and all individuals, including students, must sanitize their hands immediately upon entering the building.
Students may be assigned a door to enter the school based on their class location. Please follow instructions provided by your school, as some schools may provide specific arrival times for some cohorts of students to stagger entry.
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. Learn more about our revised
All doors will remain locked until entry time and be locked after students have entered the building. Students should not be leaving the building during the instructional block. If they do, they will have to return through the main entrance and re-sanitize their hands.
What if a student arrives late for school?
If secondary students arrive late, they should go directly to their class and not to the office (teachers can mark students late), but must sanitize their hands upon entering the school.
Hand hygiene routines
The start of every school day will begin with proper hand sanitizing as students enter the building and their classroom. 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
Schools will continue to follow regular attendance procedures for students who are attending in person with their cohort.
If your teen is:
scheduled to be at school and will be absent, please report their absence to the school.
is absent and their cohort group is not scheduled to be physically at school, you do not need to call in their absence.
is participating in full distance learning, you do not need to call in their absence to the school but should inform the online teacher.
If your teen has been tested positive for COVID-19, please follow directions from Peel Public Health and inform the school Principal immediately.
Last updated: Aug. 13, 2020