Important Information and Resources: COVID-19

August 10, 2020 Update

Dear KPR Parents and Guardians:

We want to update everyone on our continued planning for the upcoming school year.

As you know, the provincial government has directed that elementary students in KPR 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.

We appreciate your patience as we work through these very complex matters. Throughout all, we want to emphasize that our planning supports one central principle: safeguarding the health and welfare of students, staff and the community in a manner that reflects the Board’s core values.

Our planning has also been based on advice, guidance and directives of provincial and local public health officials.

Here is where we are in the process, and an outline of next steps for this week:

Our current planning document is being reviewed by the Board of Trustees at a meeting this Wednesday evening. The plan includes important information and protocols for students, staff and families in the following areas:

o   School Day Planning for Students

o   Modified School Routines

o   Healthy, Safe Schools and Facilities

o   Support for Students, and

o   Transportation.

That draft document is now available online here :  

Important Note: This plan is a living document that reflects the most recent provincial directives and public health guidelines. As the situation evolves, and in response to any changes in directives and guidelines, our plan will be updated.

After review by the Board, we will be sharing home to parents this week further information, including common Questions and Answers related to the new school year.

At that time, and as part of our ongoing planning, we will also be canvassing parents on their intentions to participate in conventional school attendance, or opting for distance learning. This information is necessary for us to finalize our staffing and educational planning for the new year.

Again, we appreciate your patience as we work through these uncommon days in preparation for the new year.

We wish you continued health and wellness.

Jennifer Leclerc

Director of Education

 

July 30, 2020 Update

Hello everyone,

We wanted to provide you with an update on our continued planning for the upcoming school year. We know that everyone is anxious 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
Classroom Set-Up
Hallways
Common Spaces
Outdoor Spaces
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. Be well.

Jennifer Leclerc  Director of Education

 

Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

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.

QUICK FACTS

  • Since June, school boards have been planning for three models of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year: conventional delivery, adapted instruction, and remote instruction, bolstered by live, dynamic synchronous learning. As the public health situation unfolds through the course of the school year, boards will continue to rely on these three models to respond nimbly and pragmatically to local public health dynamics.
  • Over the summer, students and families took advantage of expanded summer learning across the province. Over 150,000 students enrolled in high school programs, including more than 21,000 students who took Reach Ahead credits. Elementary students participated in literacy and numeracy programs and students with special education needs and mental health concerns are participating in new targeted and transition programs in preparation for the coming school year.
  • The government will be releasing a Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) to school boards to outline the requirements for educators and board staff in utilizing synchronous learning as part of remote and online forms of instruction during the school year.
  • As part of Bill 197, the government enabled a double-cohort of students in the province’s demonstration schools for the 2020-2021 school year, which will provide critical support and learning for students with severe learning needs. This was in direct response to the potential learning and development loss resulting from the school closure as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On June 19, 2020, the government released a provincial reopening guidance plan to school boards and asked boards to prepare their own restart plans for the upcoming school year, which they will present to the Ministry of Education in early August.
  • The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services will supply key personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to schools. Supplies needed for September are ready to be delivered to schools by mid-August.
  • Prior to school starting, School Mental Health Ontario will provide school boards with a professional learning framework and toolkit to support the mental health of all students that can be tailored at the board and school levels for different audiences. The professional learning will have a strong focus on building students’ social-emotional learning skills so that they can build resilience, manage their stress and build positive relationships.
  • On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Education unveiled the Learn at Home / Apprendre à la maison portal, which provides online resources for families and students while schools remain closed.

Parents and guardians still have until August 31, 2020 to apply for Support for Families. Under this program, parents or guardians of children between 0-12 years old, or up to 21 years old for children and youth with special needs, are eligible for a one-time payment, per child, to purchase educational materials to support learning at home.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Actions Taken to Keep Schools Safe During Reopening 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

 

 

June 25, 2020 Update

Video Messages from the Minister of Education for Graduating Students

Please find below congratulatory videos addressed to this year’s graduating students from Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.

For the last few months, students have taken extraordinary steps and shown great flexibility to continue their learning journey. Their accomplishments, especially in these unprecedented circumstances, are a testament to the importance of education and its impact on their future success. Although graduations will look a little different this year, it is important to recognize and celebrate this milestone for those graduating from Kindergarten, Grade 8 and Grade 12 as they start a new chapter in their lives.

The Minister of Education has asked us to share these videos with families and students.

Kindergarten graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/308146146885546/

Grade 8 graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/417781892512179/

Grade 12 graduates

https://www.facebook.com/OntarioEducation/videos/959231917882486/

 

 

 

June 23, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The purpose of this message is to provide a follow-up to the June report card email, which was sent to parents/guardians last week. As communicated, elementary report cards will be sent home this year by email on Thursday, June 25, 2020 via a password protected attachment.  To open the protected file, you will need to enter your child’s date of birth as MMDDYYYY.  For example, if your child’s date of birth is March 8, 2014 then the password is 03082014. 

A website has also been created to allow parents/guardians access to the name of your child’s teacher for September 2020.  To access this website, please click the following link, or type the following into the address bar of your web browser http://classlookup.kprdsb.ca/.  You will be brought to a website that looks like the following:



 

You will need to enter the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which you can access on your child’s report card, and their date of birth and click search.  If both entries match in our database, you will be shown your child’s name along with their homeroom teacher for next year, if available.  It is important to note that some classes may not have an assigned teacher yet and in those cases the teacher’s name will be recorded as TBD (to be determined).  If you experience any difficulties accessing this information, please contact your school’s principal or secretary for assistance.

If you are unable to access the website for other reasons, a printout will be posted on the front door of the school.  The printout will show the student’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) and corresponding teacher’s name.

Finally, it is important to note that due to changes in enrolment during the summer or early fall, your child’s teacher may change, and therefore, your child’s teacher is tentative at this time.  Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy summer.

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Our Professional Services staff have expanded the collection of resources and tips we have available online to support student, staff and parents’ mental health and well-being. Specifically, our team has developed a series of Everyday Mental Health Activities, as well as toolboxes of activities specifically for kids, teens and parents. Together, we will continue to do all that we can to support the positive mental health of our students, families and staff in these troubling times.  Please click here to access.

Ongoing Learning Resources for Parents and Students

DISTANCE LEARNING - began the week of April 6. Please click here for our Distance Learning page and supports

As a first step to ensure the continued learning of your children, the government launched an online portal to provide access to a wide variety of educational resources, for all students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. 

This online portal, which is available at Ontario.ca/learnathome, and Apprendre à la maison enables students at every grade level to continue learning while away from school. 

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES

Support for Families

While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset costs, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing. Please note KPR does not expect or require parents to purchase learning resources at this time.

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families

WiFi at Schools

We know that not all KPR students and families have access to WiFi.  As we work to support our communities in these challenging days, we have designated all our schools as public WiFi hotspots. Members of the public may access the internet at no charge from outside our buildings. In using this resource, we encourage everyone to follow public health directives and maintain physical distancing. Please click here to see the instructions for accessing the WiFi.

 

Important Online Health Resources

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  • Staffing
  • Who to contact

in our Staff FAQ here:    https://kprweb.kprdsb.ca/