Dear KPR Parents and Guardians: We wanted to provide an update on our continued planning for the upcoming school year. We know that parents ...
Dear KPR Parents and Guardians:
We wanted to provide an update on our continued planning for the upcoming school year. We know that parents are anxious for their children’s continued learning, and are eager for further clarity on what programming for students may look like as we move forward.
Today, the provincial government announced that elementary students, Kindergarten to Grade 8, will attend school five days per week, with enhanced health and safety requirements. Secondary students in our school board will also attend school full-time, with timetable adjustments that reduce the number of classes each day, and limit student and staff contacts.
Please see the news release from the Ministry of Education below for the full announcement.
Locally, our return to school planning will support one central principle: safeguarding the health and welfare of students, staff and the community in a manner that reflects the Board’s core values.
As we continue to work toward finalizing our plans, here is what we can share right now based on the latest directives from the provincial government. As always, our plans are based on advice, guidance and directives of provincial and local public health officials.
Elementary Model Overview
Elementary students will attend school every day in regular classroom numbers with one cohort for the full day, including recess and lunch. Physical distancing and hand hygiene protocols will also be implemented. Students in Grade 4 and up will be required to wear non-medical face masks while at school, while students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks in indoor spaces.
Secondary Model Overview
Secondary students will attend school full-time, but timetables will be adjusted to reduce the number of classes each day, and limit student and staff contacts. Physical distancing and hand hygiene protocols will also be implemented. Secondary students will be required to wear non-medical face masks while at school.
Now that we have confirmation on the models for school start-up, we can finalize our planning for the return of students. In the coming days and weeks, we will share all of this important information with families, to support a successful transition back to school.
Learning At-Home - The Ministry has indicated that families may choose not to attend in-person school at this time (both elementary and secondary). Students who opt-out of in-class learning will continue to receive instruction through our established distance learning models, with an emphasis on real-time learning. Teachers assigned specifically to at-home learning will teach students. More information about the learning at-home option will be shared with parents soon. Once all details about our back-to-school plan have been shared, families will be asked to inform schools if they intend to opt-out of in-school learning.
PPE - School-based staff who are regularly in close contact with students will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including medical face masks and face shields where appropriate. The government will provide PPE and cleaning products to school boards and will work closely with boards to facilitate appropriate supply and delivery.
Adjustments to School Routines - Our ongoing planning will include adjustments to how students and staff share space within schools. This will include physical distancing protocols in a number of areas, including:
Lunch and Recess Breaks
School Entry and Exit Processes
Hand Hygiene - Hand hygiene will be an important part of school routines. We will have touchless sanitizers in key areas throughout all schools and every classroom will have hand sanitizer available for students. Signage at sinks and sanitizing stations will remind students about proper cleaning techniques. Time will be provided for handwashing and/or hand sanitizing throughout the school day.
Pandemic Cleaning Practices - All schools are implementing Pandemic Cleaning protocols to support healthy, safe school facilities. Pandemic Cleaning includes the increased cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces in schools - three times per day. In addition to this, at the end of each school day, an afternoon shift of custodial workers will come in to thoroughly clean schools to ensure a safe environment for students the next day.
Illness and Screening Protocols – We continue to develop and finalize, in collaboration and discussion with our local health units, a protocol for responding and communicating to parents about any possible infection outbreaks. We are also working on self-screening tools to support student and staff attendance.
Mental Health - It is recognized that additional supports will need to be in place for students as they transition back to the classroom. Mental Health Clinicians will participate in school planning meetings and transition meetings to support the planning for those students with mental health needs. Teacher resources and strategies are also being provided to all KPR teachers to assist with student transitions back to school.
Students with Special Education Needs - Our Special Education Services staff have been working to ensure that our return to school plans include strategies to support students with specialized learning needs attending school with their peers. Students registered in the congregated Learning and Life Skills (LLS) classes, and all students with special education needs, will be able to attend school every day.
Transportation – We continue to plan, with our bus operators, for the safe resumption of transportation to school for all eligible students. This will include enhanced health and safety and cleaning protocols. This important information will be communicated to families soon.
We appreciate that, in addition to the uncommon experiences shaping our day-to-day lives currently, that the uncertainty and expectations for the new school year are a point of stress for students and families.
We will provide further information home as soon as we are able to allow parents to complete their planning for September.
Please continue to practice physical distancing.
Director of Education
July 30, 2020
Province Providing Critical Investments and Resources to Keep Students and Staff Safe
TORONTO — The Ontario government is announcing the safe reopening of schools for in-class instruction beginning this September. The government has unveiled a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, and provides school boards with unprecedented resources and flexibility, while accommodating regional differences in trends of key public health indicators. This plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and paediatric experts.
Details on the safe restart of the 2020-2021 school year were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will reopen provincewide, with in-class instruction five days a week. Secondary schools with lower risk will reopen with a normal daily schedule, five days a week, while most secondary schools will start the school year in an adapted model of part-time attendance with class cohorts of up to 15 students alternating between attending in-person and online. Students from Grade 4-12 and school staff will be required to wear masks.
"It's been hard on families to balance work and child care, while kids have been separated from friends and other kids their own age. We want to get our kids back to school, but it has to be done safely," said Premier Ford. "That's why we've worked with our public health experts, Ontario Health and the medical experts at SickKids to develop a plan that ensures students can return to the classroom five days a week in a way that protects the health and safety of our children, teachers, and school staff."
Parents will continue to have the option to enroll their children in remote delivery, which respects their fundamental role in making the final determination of whether they feel safe with their children returning to school.
Based on the best medical advice available, the province is implementing additional public health protocols to keep students and staff safe when they return to school in September. To support the implementation of these protocols, the government is providing over $300 million in targeted, immediate, and evidence-informed investments, including:
· $60 million in procurement of medical and cloth masks for students and staff, with direction to boards to ensure that students who cannot afford a mask are provided one;
· $30 million for teacher staffing to support supervision, keeping classes small and other safety related measures;
· $50 million to hire up to 500 additional school-focused nurses in public health units to provide rapid-response support to schools and boards in facilitating public health and preventative measures, including screening, testing, tracing and mitigation strategies;
· Over $23 million to provide testing capacity to help keep schools safe;
· $75 million in funding to hire over 900 additional custodians and purchase cleaning supplies for schools;
· $40 million to clean school buses, to ensure that students are in a thoroughly cleaned transportation environment;
· $10 million for health and safety training for occasional teachers, who have historically not been covered by professional development that is offered to permanent teachers;
· $10 million to support special needs students in the classroom; and
· $10 million to support student mental health.
This funding is in addition to a $25 million investment in mental health and technology, which will see an additional $10 million dedicated to mental health staff, resources, and programs, as well as $15 million in technology funding to support the procurement of over 35,000 devices for Ontario's students to support their synchronous learning in-school and beyond.
"This plan reflects the best medical and scientific advice with a single aim: to keep your child safe," added Minister Lecce. "While this plan will continue to evolve to respond to the changing threat of COVID-19, we will remain constant and consistent in investing in the resources, staffing, and cleaning supports, and strict health and safety protocols to keep our communities and our classrooms safe."
The Ministry of Education has received clear and compelling public health guidance to inform the delivery of instruction for boards for the 2020-2021 school year. These decisions are adaptable to changing public health situations and were based on the rigorous and data-informed guidance of leading medical, epidemiological, and paediatric leaders in the province.
"Based on the current data, we are seeing that overall instances of COVID-19 are declining in Ontario. When considering the health of the whole child, and as long as this trend continues, we believe that with the appropriate measures and strategies in place to handle potential outbreaks and prevent spread, schools are expected to be a safe place for Ontario's students and staff who attend in person," said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure the safety of students and staff and will be prepared to transition to alternative options should circumstances change."
"As a society, we've made an important shift in the dialogue about our children and the adverse health impacts of school closures," says Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO of SickKids. "While we recognize that COVID-19 will be with us for some time, continuing to stay home from school has become untenable for many children, youth and families. Effective, evidence-based strategies can help promote the safety of students, teachers, school staff and families as they return to school."
The Ministry of Education will continue working closely with public health and school boards to monitor and report on the health status of school communities, which is part of the government's outbreak management plan. This plan, which was developed with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Health, outlines clear protocols and authorities of the multiple agencies and organizations involved in the public health landscape. In the event of positive cases of COVID-19 among students, parents, teachers, or other staff, these protocols will enable immediate action by health and education sector officials to identify, track, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the education system. Every school board will have communication protocols in place to keep families informed.
Office of the Premier
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