Nancy’s Notes 1/12/2022

Getting Ready for In-Person Learning

We are so happy to learn that we will be returning to in-person learning on Monday, January 17. We feel strongly that in-person learning is the most appropriate and effective option for young children. We continue to review and revise our COVID protocols, and, in the interest of keeping our community as safe as possible, we have a few requests for you:

  1. Vaccinate your children ASAP. Currently, only about 45% of eligible children have received their first dose, and the province seems to be stalled at this number. According to Toronto Public Health: “With the more transmissible variant of concern, Omicron, the best thing you can do to protect your children and those who can’t get vaccinated (children under 5) is to get them vaccinated as soon as possible ….” As you know, we have adopted a Mandatory Vaccination Policy for the 2022-2023 school year.
  1. Continue daily screening of your children, by 7:45 am on school days, using our EduSafe app. Completing this routine prior to drop-off helps ensure a smooth arrival for all.
  1. Once we return to in-person learning, participate in our Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) Screening System. If you haven’t already signed up, you can sign up here. We would like every student to engage in RAT Monday and Thursday mornings. While a negative result is unreliable, a positive result quite likely means that your child has COVID. In fact, the province no longer requires a confirmatory PCR test. We have sent home enough rapid tests to allow for testing twice a week until the end of February. If you have run out of tests, please contact Alex Simons at our reception desk. And remember – the first time your child is coming back to the building, please do a RAT first. 
  1. Upgrade your child’s mask. A three-layered cloth mask is acceptable, but a medical-grade mask is better, and an N95 or KN95 mask is best. These masks are hard to come by these days, so best to put in your orders now.

We have had the most wonderful feedback about our teachers’ efforts during this challenging time. One parent writes: “​​I know online learning isn’t easy but you’re doing an incredible job and we feel so lucky that [our child] has wonderful teachers like you.” Another writes: “As always, you guys are doing a great job and are an inspiration to rise to the occasion!” 

We feel the same about you! Thank you for working together with us to make this whole experience as positive as possible for your children. After all, they deserve the best we have to give.